@@@ YG: Still Brazy (Def Jam, 2016). A West Coast hip hop song with a fierce woofer destroying bass line, skittering beats and a lot of lyrics regarding Mr. YG’s safety — he’s been capped twice and he’s carrying guns and the situations sounds hectic. It’s a nice stripped down arrangment with some trippy floating tasteful synths and it’s not a celebration of violence as much as a description. Brazy is a gangsta term from the Bloods so Mr. YG has some affiliations.
@@@ Haley Bonar: Last War (Memphis, 2014). Some feel good guitar indie with late ’80s/pre Nirvana flavorings that I got to via a music publicist email about her new record. I like her voice and the arrangements less so — I’m getting Cure flashbacks. The second tune switches it up within the indie subgenre stack. This third tune borrows a few guitar sounds from the Edge’s playbook with a straight rock beat and a long note vocal melody so this is gonna be a grab bag of indie sounds.
@@@ DRI: But Wait…There’s More (Our Own Music, 2016). A punk thrash band from way the fuck back in the day. Mostly hardcore with kinda metal guitars and beats that are both hardcore and a wee bit thrash. Great music for unclogging a toilet or removing a big ass booger from your beak, or your wife’s nose, or maybe even your dog if he lets you roll out on him like that. Make sure to drink really shitty beer when listening to this music.
YTD recordings listened to: 506
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 280
Not good music: 188
Honorable Mentions: 9
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, 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, Mastery, Leviathan, 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, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Xenia Rubinos, Eli Paperboy Reed