Music for 12/29/16!!! Darcy James Argue, Anna Hogberg Attack, Nine Inch Nails

@@@ Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society: You Are Here (New Amsterdam, 2016)  I saw this record on Pitchfork’s best 100 records of the year and then again on the Chicago Reader’s best of 2016 list.  After an open, more ambient first piece the second piece is a spy movie theme but with jazz instrumentation.  I don’t find the playing on this second particularly moving but I will peep a little more.  It’s a purposeful and wide ranging mash of musical sounds but to my ears its a large ensemble fusion record with conceptual lipstick.

@@@ Anna Hogberg Attack: Self-titled (Omlott, 2016).  Another jazz record off the Chicago Reader’s best of 2016 jazz.  It is a six player ensemble with two sax players, a bass player.  I like the slow melodic opening of this first track and the way it builds in intensity.  This first track is quite fine and let’s peep more.  Ah, some extremely tasty percussion/bass/piano improv in this first tune.  I’ve peeped four of the tunes and it’s all been very high quality.  Imma going to swing back on this record but it looks like it’s going to make my year end list.

@@@ Nine Inch Nails: Not the Actual Events (Null Corp, 2016).  The latest from a band I’ve never really grocked.  I did not get the hype but I dig this first tune.  It’s an industrial rock with electronic flavorings.  I like this second tune which is brisker with a tight beat and quick agitated and arpeggiated synths.  I’m remembering that I don’t love Mr. Reznor’s voice.  You, dear reader, are free to love it love it love it.  I like the sounds, the tunes are pretty standard.

YTD recordings listened to: 993
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 555
Not good music: 376

Buys: 19
Honorable Mentions: 22

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg

 

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Music for 12/22/16!!! LAL, Above Top Secret, Henry Threadgill

@@@ LAL: Find Safety (Coax, 2016).  Some electronica off the CFUV volunteer best of 2016.  This first tune is pretty minimalist and polished unt-sss or boom-titch as I call it.  Oh, there’s a vocalist and she’s got some Nine Simone going.  It’s an interesting mash of video game aesthetics, world music threads and some undercover New Age sounds all swirled up.

@@@  Above Top Secret: Above Top Secret (Daps, 2016).  Also off the CFUV volunteer best of 2016 list.  This first tune is either spoken word with hip hop sauce or left field hip hop with poetry slam sauce.  I like the rough, aggressively lo fi feel of the music, but overall I’m not super feeling the music here.

 

@@@ Henry Threadgill: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi, 2016).  I’m a big fan of Henry Threadgill.  Not every album but when he hits it the ball goes a mile.  After a solo piano intro the whole ensemble enters including tuba which really sticks out to my ears.  I prefer the shorter second piece to the opener.  They heat up to a pretty good temperature by the middle of the third tune.  I like the improv here but I don’t love it.  What you like is very personal so peep it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 993
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 555
Not good music: 377

Buys: 19
Honorable Mentions: 21

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away

Music for 12/20/16!! Angel Du$t, Gouge Away, Mark Pritchard, Havoc and the Alchemist

@@@ Angel Du$t: Rock the Fuck On Forever (Pop Wig Records, 2016).  Some crispy punk nuggets off a record I got to via the CFUV volunteer favorite records of 2016.  Very skilled drummer, he’s really driving the bus and I’m reaching for the volume knob for this second tune.  I think this is what Dave Growl wanted the Foo Fighters to be before he got ass rich.  This has elements of ol’ School Orange County Fat Wrechords (spelling?) sing a long punk, and the Foos as we’ve mentioned.  Great music to drink a lot of beer to and then go burn down Trump’s house!

@@@ Gouge Away: , Dies (Gouge Away, 2016).  From the same CFUV gent or lady (can’t remember) and it’s much rougher.  It’s got more metal swirled in but still retains punk elements.  The singer is awesome, he sounds like he’s about to barf his tongue and he rides on waves of high energy.  Sweet.  Let’s peep more.  These tunes range from 50 seconds to just over 3 minutes with the bulk of them around a minute and a half so these tunes come in commando style and rock you Seal Team 6 style.  Except they don’t kill you.  I will have to swing back on this record as it is some heartfelt business.  As I always say let those bad feelings out, they will fuck you up if you don’t.

@@@ Mark Pritchard: Under the Sun (Warp, 2016).  Over at albumoftheyear.org they have tons of best of 2016 lists so Imma peeping this one from CRACK.  It’s a break from our previous two listens it’s an ambient jam, opening up with a tune called ? which consists in its early sections as an oscillating fluff and a slow dialing sound.  More elements enter the mix over its six minutes and it’s a solidly focused first piece.  Let’s peep more.  The second tune is more of a tune with vocals and I dig it less.  I’ve nibbled at pieces of five tunes and I liked the ambient opener best.  It’s not that I hate them, I just dig the slowness.

@@@ Havoc & the Alchemist: The Silent Partner (Babygrande, 2016).  Another record off the CRACK top 100 list and it’s a throwback ’90s sounding hip hop record.  It’s pretty tough without being full gangster business.  I like the beats and a bunch of the sounds, it’s  solid hip hop for the style that it is.  Reminiscent of the Wu and a tad of Fugees flavor.

YTD recordings listened to: 990
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 553
Not good music: 376

Buys: 19
Honorable Mentions: 21

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away

Music for 12/19/16!!! Preoccupations, Ricky Eat Acid, Noname, Ray Lamontagne

@@@ Preoccupations: Preoccupations (Jagjaguwar, 2016).  Some post punk off Flood’s best of 2016 list.  I don’t know who the hell Flood is I’m just trying to find some records.  This first tune has a dark vibe, ’80s influenced pop punk rock.  Let’s peep more. Oh, we’re not referencing the ’80s here, we’re diving right in.  Yikes, I’m not down with that. Low voiced singer, kinda mopey, growly bass lines, chorused electric guitar, it’s in that vein.

@@@ Ricky Eat Acid: Talk to You Soon (Terrible Records, 2016).  What the hell, check out Entertainment Weekly’s top records of the year.  I like this better than the mope-fest above.  It opens up slightly chopped and a little tinkly and looped.   I expect some four on the floor in a minute but we’ll see.  Ah, this is more of an indie dance beat with some symphonic touches when the intro clears.  This second tune, So Nice to See You, is more openly funky with a tight, wanking bass line, some pops and skitters.  More string parts here, that’s not really working for me.  Peep one mo.  I’m finding this to be a blend åof very cool, abstract sounds with some cheese sauce over the top.

@@@ Noname: Telefone (Neoname, 2016).  Oh, Entertainment Weekly getting out there with some left field self-released hip hop.  Imagine dat.  This is sort of a jazzy, black hippie, laid-back opening tune.  She’s got a little Stevie Wonder space child going here, this is a pretty nice first tune.  Let’s peep more.  Oooh, this second tune opens up with flavor — some chill electric organ, a nice hi hat pattern and some super flavorful black church singing.  I like that she’s rocking this vibe but it’s not all soft and mushy.  If you dig Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul classic business Noname might work for you.  Imma swing back on this record.

@@@ Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros (RCA, 2016)  I saw someone rave about this record early this year and it’s on the EW list so I thought I would throw some ears at it.  It opens up slow and pompitus but it will return.  This is wise white boy space folk rock.  Pink Floyd and Paul Simon lovechild.  Ah, this second tune opens up with a pretty standard epic guitar riff and breathy vocals.  Hmm, Imma give one more peep then I’m heading elsewhere.  More big rock riffs in this third song.  I will listen as I finish up proof reading (which I do poorly) but then I’m outy.

YTD recordings listened to: 986
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 551
Not good music: 375

Buys: 19
Honorable Mentions: 21

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname

Music for 12/18/16!!! Rebel Kind, The LOX, Gucci Mane

@@@ Rebel Kind: Just for Fools (Urinal Cake, 2016).  Some three chord, old school girl punk indie off this week’s All Music notable release email.  Crunchy guitars, slack vocals, straight drumming, you know the drill.  Either the singer needs some Red Bull or I need some decaf.

@@@ The LOX: Filthy America….It’s Beautiful (D-Block/Roc Nation, 2016).  Some NYC hip hop — the first in 16 years for these guys.  This is the kind of music Trump bangs his wife to — high end and dirty at the same time.  I like the beats.  The third track has a multitrack vocal choir sample part as a key part of the arrangement and that parallels the opener.  This is what I call partial gangsta — it’s not full on filthy gangster subculture, it has a sheen over it but there’s plenty of drug dealing, shooting, ladies and what not.  It’s all right.

@@@ Gucci Mane: The Return of East Atlanta Santa (Atlantic, 2016).  This record is front and center on the Apple Music home page and this first tune is a gangster Christmas tune.  It’s a Christmas featuring a lot of weed and sex.  Let’s peep more to see if keeps up with the Afro Kris Kringle theme.  I would dig a full length Christmas hip hop record in this style but it moves on from that and goes straight gangsta.  I like a bunch of the bass sounds and Mr. Mane does not play.  He’s shooting people in the face, he’s moving weight, he’s quite active in his areas of business.  I wouldn’t condemn him or his lifestyle but I don’t really need to listen to it.

YTD recordings listened to: 982
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 549
Not good music: 374

Buys: 19
Honorable Mentions: 21

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest

Best of 2016!!!

Note 1:  These records are listed in the order they hit the list through the course of the year, not in any sort best to worst order.

Note 2: I will be adding more records between now and the end of 2016 but I got my best of 2015 list up in July 2016 and did not want a repeat of that.

1: Noisem: Blossoming Decay (A389 Recordings, 2015) There’s a moment on the seventh song, Another Night Sleeping in the Cold, where the rhythm of the drums and the power chord sauce from the guitarist rhythmically lock and it sounds like you’re taking a pleasurable and savage beating. Listen

2: Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta: Dos Santos (Self-released, 2015) A rocking cumbia explosión out of Chicago.  Strong rhythm section, great guitar tones at work and you get the space organ for free. Listen.

3: Living Hell: Oblivion (Eulogy, 2009) This 2009 metal record is being reissued and I understand why.  This band is a very tasty blend of metal with touches of classic metal and hardcore punk. Listen.

4: Los Hacheros: Bambulaye (Jacob Plasse, 2016). I have their 2012 effort on my best of list for its beautiful ambient salsa sound and this record makes the list for it’s powerful combination of melody and rhythm. Listen

5: Ghostlimb: Confluence (Vitriol, 2012).  An emo punk brain scraper that lurches and confesses from the opening measures.  The singer is fully at the end of his rope, the drummer is on it and loose and alive, and the songs are spin and jerk around, just like in real life.  Every member of the band is on full tilt. Listen.

6: Alvin Youngblood Hart: Down in the Alley (Memphis Int’l, 2002) Hart is a superlative guitar player specializing in finger picking.  He also sports a soulful, classic blues voice with a combination of gruffness and black church gospel melodies. Listen.

7: Eliades Ochoa: Leyendas (Plus One Music, 2016).  Smoking old school Cuban music from a Buena Vista Social club alumnus.    The singing is beautiful, the stringed instrument playing is righteous with plenty of space for solos, and the percussionist/conga player is hot. Listen.

8. Konono No. 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Disc, 2016) Are you a four on the floor drum machine kinda person/cubicle dweller or do you get the strange and driving power of an electrified thumb piano?  Distorted and driving with a guitar player, some electronics, awesome singing and chanting. Listen.

9: Al Scorch: Circle Round the Signs (Bloodshot, 2016).  An Americana roots record with very good lyrics, great energy, a really good singer and a variety of tunes. Listen.

10: Jim the Boss: Hudson Soul (Boom One, 2016) Super true roots reggae. TIght rhythms, classic sounds, great sax in this second track.  Of course booming bass as what would one expect from a label called Boom One? Listen.

11. Jessie Mae Hemphill: Get Right Blues (High Water Recording, 2003)  This is straight ahead, no bullshit/no marketing music.  And in terms of emotional impact great blues can really pack a wallop and such is the case with Jessie Mae Hemphill. Listen.

12: Vieux Kante: Young Man’s Harp (Sterns, 2016).  Virtuosic koura playing out of Mali accompanied by a deft bass player and great tunes.  Listen.

14. Changui Majadero: El Changui Majadero (Changui Majadero, 2016) Full on blasting Cuban music out of Cali.  Great female singer, great playing.  Listen.

15. The Lickshots: The Lickshots (Rockers Int’l, 2016) This is about as sweet a dub record as you’re gonna find.  Classic delays, thick bass and well done drumming but with some really tasty flute and horn work (see clip below).  Listen.

16. Vaudou Game: Kidayu (Hot Casa, 2016) African James Brown+ and no fucking around!   Unbelievably funky drummer with great players and singers all around. Listen.

17. Neurosis: Fires Within Fires (Neurot, 2016) They’re 30 years tight, the arrangements are tight, and the playing is lean, seasoned with heavy doses of old school punk, noise, and of course, metal. The mood is dark but three dimensional. Listen.

18. Mystic Braves: Days of Yesteryear (Mystic Braves, 2015) An indie record reminiscent of The Byrds, The Coral and even a pube or two of R.E.M.  Great guitar playing and rhythm section action.  Listen.

19. Solange: A Seat at the Table (Columbia, 2016).  Everything her sister Beyonce is not and thank God for that.  Listen.

HONORABLE MENTIONS 2016!!!!

1. Mohammed Abozekry: Chaos (Neonovo, 2013) Abozekry is a French-Egyptian oud player and he shreds. He’s accompanied by an upright bass player, a hand drummer, and another string player Listen.

2. Xibalba: Tierra Y Libertad (Southern Lord, 2015) Straight up, no bullshit metal beat down.  Big drummer/guitar rhythmic lockdown. Listen.

3. Debruit and Alsarah: Aljawal (Soundways, 2013) Some of my favorite electronic music involves African people.  This collaboration between a French producer and a Sudanese singer does a really great job combining electronic music elements with African music. Listen.

4. The Reverend Peyton and his Damned Big Band: So Delicious (Shanachie, 2015) This roots rock record is both dirty and nerdy.  The band is high energy and pretty rocking (for the style) and the singer sports a unique lower register voice. Listen.

5. Michael Daves:  Orchids and Violence (Nonesuch, 2016). A concept record in that he plays 12 songs in a bluegrass style and then plays the same 12 songs electric.  And man the bluegrass record is pretty kicking. Listen.

6. Carrie Rodriguez: Lola (Luz Records, 2016) A fantastically produced record of mostly torch songs with Tex Mex twang, Mexican music, and some rock and roll. Listen.

7. Matt Parker: Twos and Fours (Concierge, 2015) A raucous and swinging jazz record I found a few months ago.  I love the energy of the playing as well as the sound of the record. Listen.

8. James McMurtry: Complicated Game (Complicated Game, 2016) This roots record has a lot going for.  It sounds great, the band plays very tastefully, and McMurtry rocks some pretty high end lyrics. Listen.

9. Cha Wa: Funk ‘n Feathers (Cha Wa, 2016) Righteous uplifting vocals, a lot of catchy and standard New Orleans party tunes but done with some rock/funk muscle, especially the guitar player, the organ player and the drummer. Listen.

10. Eli Paperboy Reed: My Way Home (Yep Roc, 2016)  Mr. Paperboy brings it on this record.  The band is hot with special shout outs to the bass player and the background vocalists. Listen.

11. Xenia Rubinos: Black Terry Cat (Anti-, 2016) This is what I thought indie rock was supposed to be.  Quirky music that draws from various genres and melts it all together to make something a bit like rock but not obsessively so. Listen.

12. Bone Dance: Bone Dance (Self-released, 2013) These guys work the neighborhood where post-rock, emo, hardcore punk, and metal meet.  Listen.

13. Gorguts: Pleiades’ Dust (Gorguts, 2016) If you want to hear a band stretch out and aspire and you dig the sonic palette of really rough heavy metal bands this record will work for you. Listen.

14. Brent Cobb: Shine on Rainy Day (Elektra, 2016) A John Prine tinged country rock record.  The lyrics are above average but not quite great and this record has a lot of things going for it including an excellent bass player with a great tone, tasteful arrangements, and a singer with a voice that sits solidly in the country tradition. Listen.

15. Kadhja Bonet: The Visitor (Fat Possum, 2016). An avant soul record.  I like the drummer, the sounds and the arrangements but the singer Bonet is the star here.  She has a commanding and beautiful voice — she smokes anything I’ve heard out of Beyonce. Listen.

16. Michael Wollny & Vincent Peirani: Tandem (ACT, 2016) The contrast between the highbrow piano and the folk-y sound of the accordion is delicious — it works for me big time. The mood of these pieces is slower rather than faster, not sad but certainly not bouncy. Listen.

17. Xylouris White: Black Peak (Bella Union, 2016). Xylouris White is going for what I would call an ecstatic energy.  He pushes both his playing and his singing and he whips the drummer into quite a shitty as well. Listen.

18. Destruction Unit: Negative Feedback Resistor (Sacred Bones, 2015). Definitely one of the most blasted out heavy psych records you will ever encounter.  Beyond distorted guitars, distorted vocals, a filthy sewer bass, it’s really about a full blast of energy here.  Listen.

19. 6Lack: Free 6Lack (Interscope, 2016) 6Lack (pronounced black) has some of the best hip hop/r&b sounds going this year.  Really abstract and beautiful shit that floats and pulsates and hovers over the skittery beats you get from musicians down South. Listen.

20. Dori Freeman: Dori Freeman (Dori Freeman/Free Dirt, 2016).  A country/roots/folk record by a female artist with a voice that fits right into the country tradition — the sad song part of it any way.  The first three songs are the best on the record.  Listen.

21. Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina (Glitterbeat, 2016) Seymali is a singing giant with a huge voice and her husband is totally boss on the guitar.  Funky West African business.  Listen.

 

 

 

 

Music for 12/15/16!!! Shirley Collins, Innercity Ensemble, J. Cole

@@@ Shirley Collins: Lodestar (Domino, 2016).  Some old school pastoral Brit/Irish folk from a musician that looks like she had a lot of records from the late ’50s to the late ’60s and has been re-recorded at a much later date (as in this year).  Besides being a sort of time capsule it’s very pretty folk music with orchestral flourishes.  Oh the bagpipes are out in this second tune, awesome.  I’m on the fourth tune and I like Collins’ voice — I happen to own a bunch of old school folk on vinyl from my work in building a streaming archive of obscure vinyl.  I’ve heard these sounds before but she does a good job and check her flow out and then maybe throw the Lord of the Rings on the ol’ Roku.

@@@ Innercity Ensemble: III (Instant Classic, 2016)  A mash of noise rock, electronic elements and even some ambient jazz horn work on this opening track from a record that is #3 on the Quietus records best of 2016.  Let’s peep more and hope it holds up.  I guess I got a little pumped up as that was rocking third tune I was listening to and the opener is more of a long tone piece.  I’m a pretty finicky jazz listener and I like this trumpet player — he’s above average and his playing works well within the context of this record.  The combination of sounds is fresh but not gimmicky. This is why I dig outfits like the Quietus.  This is their #3 record of the year, Pitchfork would never do that.  It’s a really good record check it out.

@@@ J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only (Roc Nation, 2016).  This record is getting a big push on Apple Music.  I don’t know if it’s exclusive to the Big Apple but this first tune is pretty above average newer style r&b.  He’s got a tasteful trumpet player and his singing is solid, though it’s starting to get a bit overwrought in this first tune.  This second tune is a more standard hip hop tune and I like the sounds except it’s a pretty weak defense of being a drug dealer.  Fuck that.  Sonically it’s a pretty progressive sounding hip hop record — well color me confused.  I thought at first it was an r&b record, then I thought it was a hip hop record but it’s both.  I’m on the fourth tune and it has been two hip hop tunes and two r&b tunes.  I would recommend 6Lack’s new record over this as it mashes hip hop and r&b but does a better job.

YTD recordings listened to: 979
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 547
Not good music: 372

Buys: 19
Honorable Mentions: 21

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Divanhana, Moken, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest