@@@ Drenge: Undertow (Infectious Music, 2015). Off the big list I been working off of. The first tune opens up like an ’80s record by the Cult. Big arena rocking, but a bit slack and a bit dark. The singer leads the slack brigade and the drummer pushes the tune. I think there are definitely some Stone Temple Pilots records in this band’s record collection, but less glam and more dour. The drummer is the star of this band, solid B for the band as a whole.
@@@ Bop English: Constant Bop (Downtown, 2015). Also from here. A big mash of 1970’s music influences. A little glam, a little piano rock, a little mainstream FM rock. Elton John/ELO/Gerry Rafferty lovechild, anybody? Mr. English’s voice is processed with a little phaser action and it’s not a typical rock star voice. I like the arrangements, but it’s a tad soft for my taste.
@@@ Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment: Surf (Self-released, 2015). A net-soul record off the list I binna workin. The first tune has a bit of a space ship feeling with plenty of squirts and bleeps and robot voices. Oh, it’s an intro and now we got Chance the Rapper rhyming. I would say the vibe in this first tune is Prince-y with less rocking and some Age of Aquarius smoove swirled in. Full instrumentation here — drums, bass, guitar(s), lotsa stacked vocals, and synths. I like the rhymes, but the arrangements could use some muscle. I like the ambient sounds and all the vocals but some contrasting funk would work better for me. But check it for yourself, you might feel it.
YTD recordings listened to: 39
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 25
Not good music: 13
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, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Reverend Peyton, James McMurtry