@@@ Ondatropica: Baile Bucanero (Soundway, 2017) These guys made my list with their 2012 record so they get a repeat listen. They do a mash of styles — Brazilian music as well as other Caribbean musics including a dash of reggae and a splash of Mexican music. Also some funk music and electronic music elements. They’re excellent and creative players. These first two tunes are very laid-back. I’m on the fifth tune and it’s not super breezy but I don’t feel it to be super hard hitting. I like it all right but you should check for yourself as it’s a hard record to describe.
@@@ Girl Ray: Earl Grey (Moshi Moshi, 2017) Some vintage indie guitar pop I got to from the blog Line of Best Fit. That’s where I go to listen to the tracks of the week and usually when I do that the internet just breaks. It shits itself and breaks out of sheer joy. This first tune is a female vocalist fuel cotton candy nugget with eagerly strummed clean guitar chords and some falsetto singing. Do not listen to this record when you’re eating ice cream as it will make your teeth hurt.
@@@ Julian Borrego: Ouroboros (Julian Borrego, 2017) An older school funk record I got to via the indie music blog Indiepulse. Big funky bass lines, medium bounce beats, falsetto vocals, it’s all here, skranky guitars, etc. I would say Earth Wind and Fire is the best touchstone for this music. Funky and friendly. I like it but I wish it hit harder. Ya know, a tad more doobie in the funk.
@@@ Motograter: Dorian (EMP Label Group, 2017) A hard rock single also off the indie music blog Indiepulse. Opens up with a monster riff and a clippy kick drum sound. Let’s see how the singer hits, Imma guessing cucumber in the leather pants rock star action. Yeah, mostly that but not too dramatic. It gets pretty mainstream in the chorus and here we encounter the self-loathing of many mainstream hard rock bands. I will fade away, become nothing, a ghost of who I used to be — some such wallowing. Oh boy, life’s too short for this I’d rather listen to dogs fornicate. It’s an okay song, they play all right I don’t get the sentiment.
YTD recordings listened to: 506
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 276
Not good music: 208
Honorable Mentions: 6
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., 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, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity