@@@ Mystic Braves: Days of Yesteryear (Mystic Braves, 2015). A record I got to via the Psychedelic Baby blog. The first tune is pretty polished rock with psych twinges and a dose of early-mid ’60s Rolling Stones flavor. Except with a much better singer. An above average drummer, nice jangly guitars that have aren’t soft as butter, a popping rhythm section and a good singer. You’re not going to get much more from a rock band. They also remind of an 00s band, The Coral, who I highly recommend to my beloved blog readers. These guys do a good job making hooky songs without cheesy production. Y’all know how much I love President Kanye, so I say Imma gonna roll back on this record when I get a chance.
@@@ Colours: Monster (Victory Records, 2015). A single off the Apple Music alternative section that does a unique job of combining NIN darkness with blue eyed disco. The singer needs a hit off an asthma inhaler, as he’s gasping a lot during the song. Am I the only one who hates the gasping? Solid sounds, professionally executed on this fairly predictable self-hating corporate rock.
@@@ Pusha T: Untouchable (Getting Out of Our Dreams, 2015). A hip hop single off the Apple Music highlights page. Mr. T is pretty gangsta, not ridiculously so but he’s a rough one. At least his tone is. He’s got a pretty hooky and psychotic repeating figure that he raps over. Beats sound closer to New York than L.A. or Dirty South. Ah, he’s from the Bronx so I get gold star for that. It appears that Mr. T might be involved in the drug trade, I hear kilos in the lyrics, and gangstas named Pablo, and people shooting up Mexico. It’s a good track and that psycho sample is hot.
@@@ Motorpsycho: Behind the Sun (Stickman, 2014). I saw this band has a new record out on Rune Gramvofon, but this is one up on the Apple Music. It’s a heavy, proggy vibe on this first tune, Cloudwalker. Shades of Yes, but a tad heavier. The auto correct on my browser changed the name of this record to Behind the Sub, which woulda made one helluva tribute to a sandwich. The sensitive and alienated Pink Floyd space rock side comes out on the second tune, Ghost. The tones are very nice on this record, but I guess I’m just not a prog fella. Not today at least.
YTD recordings listened to: 973
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 549
Not good music: 338
Honorable Mentions: 23
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng, Graeme Barrett, Kowloon Walled City, Lionel Loueke, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Noisem, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Tinariwen, Mystic Braves