YTD recordings listened to: 612
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 381
Not good music: 184
Honorable Mentions: 4
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Open Mike Eagle, Lenguas Largas
@@@ Lenguas Largas: Come on In (Recess Records, 2014). Sort of a dirty, punky band outfit I got to via a music publicist. Some solid manic energy on this first track, the title track, Come on In. We’ll see how things unfold — the second tune is a bit of a stranger, midtempo melancholic number called Blizzards of Snow. The third tune is back to the buzzy guitars but a pretty sweet vocal melody. These guys have skills — the layering of the vocal melodies over the dirty undercarriage works for me. Check these guys out.
@@@ Adult Jazz: Gist Is (Spare Thought, 2014). Off this week’s All Music weekly email. Another genre masher — an out indie electronic/pop record. If you can’t get with the singer you’re gonna find this to be an unpleasant listening experience. He’s very ethereal sounding, a tad New Age due to his tone and delivery. I like the drummer, and I find the arrangements to be pretty interesting. It’s very interesting how this record is extremely quirky and poppy/accessible at the same time.
@@@ Spider Bags: Frozen Letter (Merge, 2014). Slotted as garage punk on the All Music weekly email I clicked through until I saw the label was Merge. And you know if it’s a Merge production it’s not gonna be too rough and I like garage punk raw and rough. And as Elvis Costello sang My Aim is True. The record is laced with a medium dose of racket, but a distinct lack of slash and burn garage punk. If you like your garage punk kinda pudding sweet this could work for you.
@@@ Crater: Gross Relations (Mermaid Avenue, 2014) A more interesting indie electronic tune that I got to via a music publicist email. Standard reverberd out female vocals, but the arrangment is pretty smart with some interesting sonic changes as well as changes in the dynamics.
@@@ Minus the Bear: The Lucky Ones (Dangerbird Records, 2014) A bit of a genre mash tune that I got to via a music publicist email. A little prog, a little indie electronic, a little classic guitar indie, and a tad of a jam band feeling. Lead voice is mellow and centered between the panned guitar lines. I don’t like the synth part and I felt it was getting a bit bogged down in the title hook when they broke out of it into a jam.