@@@ Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds: Foul Weather (Predator Fowl, 2015) There’s a music writer named Ted Gioia who is the only dude that listens to as much or more music than I do. He doesn’t really listen to any angry music, which is on him so I beat him on variety. Imma gonna spend a few days on this top 100 list for his top 100 list and this record clocks in at #61. It’s a white blues rock kinda record in the Blues Traveler/Joan Osborne tradition. I’ll check the next few tunes, but I don’t like this formula. Big rock guitars, rock drums, not enough swing and the singer is not as good as she thinks she is.
@@@ Allen Stone: Radius (Capitol, 2015). Let’s stick in the r&b vein as this record clocks in at #44. I might have heard this cat before and I don’t think he did well the first time around. He’s got a white Stevie Wonder voice, which is pleasant. But he’s gasping like somebody is taking the oxygen out of the room. I straight up hate that shit. And the record is more cute than muscular, them old Stevie Wonder records had funk. This is more like funk-lite. I can see this diet soda soul being huge in low IQ frat houses across America. Stick with ’70 Stevie.
@@@ The Reverend Peyton’s Damned Big Band: So Delicious (Shanachie, 2015). #83 on the Ted Gioia list. This record makes a better impression because the band is pushing harder than the two purveyors above and the singer has an atypical voice. Dude sounds like a Devo-inspired, trailer park mofo. Gravelly, nerdy and weird. I don’t know if the Reverend is shredding on the guitar but someone surely is. The second tune, Pot Roast and Kisses, features some pretty sweet arpeggiated folk/blues and some odd ass lyrics about Pot Roast and Kisses. Big respect for flying the freak flag here. I appreciate that while Peyton is working off a blues/black music template he’s definitely injecting his own freakshow personality into the proceedings and I find that way more interesting. Imma gonna swing back on this record as it’s off to a good start.
YTD recordings listened to: 25
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 17
Not good music: 8
Honorable Mentions: 1
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, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Akitsa, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Noisem, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Reverend Peyton