Music for 10/25/21!!! Keshav Batish, Deli Teli

@@@ Keshav Batish: Binaries In Cycle (Woven Strand, 2021) I think I got to this via a tweet on the Twatter. I love me some Twatter. This instrumentation here is sax, bass, drums and piano. Mix is nice, pretty clean sounds, well really clean sounds to be quite frank. The tempo is quite quick with the piano player taking the first solo and he’s doin’ all right. Oh, I think this might be an electric bass, there’s no shame in it but it does produce a pretty different vibe. The sax player took his solo and I’m most excited by the piano player, he’s catching my ears the most. It is my professionalism that has forced me to make it to the drum solo, the last solo of the quartet. It’s pretty meh, he sounds a bit like he should be in a rock band so the piano player wins the contest as the most interesting musician on this track. All right-y then.

@@@ Deli Teli: Boumpam (Rebel Up, 2021) This is some Greek psychedelic music from a small UK label that specializes in interesting mashups that always include some sort of world music style. Middle Eastern electronic, Greek pyschedelic, African shit from all over the place really. I’m on their mailing list. Two things — I can’t find this track on Apple Music so you’re going to have to deal with GooglePimpTube. Secondly I have a fair amount of Greek music in my vinyl collection so I’m a fan. What I’m struck about most here is not the instruments or the singing in Greek, it’s the distinctly surf-y vibe they’ve injected into the track. So what’s described as Greek psychedelic is more like Greek surf. I guess surf doesn’t have the best genre reputation but I dig surf music, it’s cool and weird. The bass player is on fleek, the drummer is good and in addition you have plenty of keyboard and stringed instruments, bouzouki most notably. I like the vibe here, it’s smart party music. Check it out if you dig surf or party music.

Music for 2/9/21!!! Celeste, The Telescopes, A.J. Croce

@@@ Celeste: Love is Back (UMG, 2020) Off this week’s All Music notable releae email and it’s most notable for taking retro r&b/soul and fully modernizing the production making it more intimate and individualized. Not a Daptone phase-y thing, much more of a pumped major label thing. I like the production as well as kinda hating it as it makes the tune sounds more like a technological accomplishment than a song. The song is all right but I can’t say I’m shocked or surprised at it, major label music isn’t built to surprise or hit you hard. Celeste has a very nice voice, sometimes soaring and sometimes more nasal and intimate.

@@@ The Telescopes: Mesmerized (Tapete Records, 2021) Labelled as psychedelic I got to this via this week’s All Music notable release email. It opens up well but it sags when the singer comes in all mopey and Beck-y. Wow, this is oxy-rock as I feel the energy draining out of me though I do like the guitar player. As the ol’ soul singers used to say there’s a thin line between mesmerization and sedation, they said that right? I made it halfway through but Imma check the next track and maybe they popped a Red Bull between tracks. The next tune is called Come Bring Your Love and it’s even less energetic, I can’t deal. We all have our lines and I understand mine is different from y’allz but make sure you get some tea before you hit this bitch or you may not survive. At least be ready for a nap.

@@@ A.J. Croce: Nothing from Nothing (Compass, 2021) This is some grown up rock/blues rock for people with jobs. Oh wow, super crispy and compressed mix here for maximum impact. It’s a cover so discussion of the tune is limited, it’s a great track and it’s about the plating and the presentation here. I like his voice, I like the band playing and his piano playing but it’s a bit aggressive to my ears. The mix and the compression that is and it squashes the swinging and vibe. Most people do not fucking notice this so have at it but I hear what I hear.

Music for May 1, 2020!!! Joe Wong, Avishai Cohen, Fire in the Radio, Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn

@@@ Joe Wong: Dreams Wash Away (UMG, 2020) A song connected to a new Netflix animated series. I got to this track via a music publicist email.  It’s a pleasantly trippy track with a few Beatles feels as well as downer indie elements.  It opens with big panned guitars and reduces (like a good sauce) down to a strummed songwriter-y thing before bringing the full band back into it for a big hook chorus.  It’s sonically immaculate and does solid work as a soundtrack-y tune to run the credits over.

@@@ Avishai Cohen: Big Vicious (ECM, 2020)  I got to this music via the London Jazz music blog weekly email.  The first tune on the record and Imma guessing they’re going for a slightly different jazz vibe from the name Big Vicious.  Could be wrong, am wrong quite often!  It opens with a submarine ping that gives way to some mellow trumpet and a slightly janky drum beat.  I’m not a huge fan of the somewhat washed out guitar sound and I’m now guessing that the term big vicious is ironical or misinformed as this is quite luxurious straight jazz that colors pretty much within the lines.  It’s for people with good jobs.  I respect the playing but I like my jazz a bit hotter and wilder than this.  This is straight up missionary position jazz, satisfying in its way but a bit standard.

@@@ Fire in the Radio: Let’s Get to the Start (Wednesday, 2020) I got to this punk rock track via a music publicist email.  Apple Music has it typed in as EMO, so that’s emo punk with extra sauce Imma guessing.  It’s got a hopped up dream beat coming in, but it also has a distinct Cure feel to it, not up and over the top as some emo is.  Though it is EMO.  We all got different definitions and shit and for me this is less EMO and more ’80s/shoegaze flavorings.  Not that the fate of the universe rests on the classification.  I like the drummer, he’s working hard, the singer I’m sure is a great gent but he’s a bit low energy.  I like my EMO super ramped, at the end of the rope style.  This is more in the earnest camp and less in the ‘Shit is fucked up and bullshit’ camp.

@@@ Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn: The Roving Cowboy (Smithsonian, 2020) I got to this roots tune via the weekly CFUV playlist email.  I like the Smithsonain label as they’re going to be more focused on culture and less focused on commercial viability.  This is a collaboration between a Chinese artist and an American one and on this record they combine folk music traditions from China and America.  I was about to say this appears to be an instrumental record when both women start singing, one in English and Wu Fei in Chinese.  Washburn is rocking an old school vocal style.  I like the concept of this record and I like performances, especially the dual string playing.  Color me impressed when Washburn starts singing in Chinese, that’s impressive.

YTD recordings listened to: 326
Good music, not list worthy: 170
Not good music: 144

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge

Music for 1/29/19!!! Eerie Wanda, White Fence

@@@ Eerie Wanda: Pet Town (Joyful Noise, 2019) I got to both of the records today via this week’s All Music notable release email.   Anytime you get finger snaps in the first tune, well you’re getting finger snaps in the first tune.  I was going to say it’s most likely going to be a poppy record and thus far this has proven correct.  The singer is super friendly– horribly friendly in fact.  I bet she had some sort of stable and happy childhood — one of those people!  I don’t know if the female singer is named Wanda but if she’s named Wanda she’s not super eerie.  She’s a singer that you might have heard on an early ’60s pop rock type of record.  Handclaps on the third tune.  You know what that means?  Handclaps on the third tune, that’s what it means.  Indie pop with a fair amount of reverb on the singer’s voice people, come and get it!

@@@ White Fence: I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk (Drag City, 2019) Pleasantly off kilter bedroom indie with guitars and other ambient goodies packed in.  Boy, he’s king of a tiny strange world.  Lots of organ type patches (or an organ itself) so it gives the proceedings an the worldly, churchy vibe.  You’re not going to tune into this for the rocking or the swinging, it’s about witnessing this vibe.  I get it and appreciate it in its way but it’s not really go to music for me.  This is for hardcore indie listeners.

YTD recordings listened to: 60
Good music, not list worthy: 34
Not good music: 23

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808

Music for 11/20/18!!! Vaudou Game, Ras Medy, Tallawit Timbouctou

@@@ VAUDOU GAME: Otodi  (Hot Casa, 2018)  I got to this record via this week’s WRIR playlist email.  Vaudou Game is a top flight African funk outfit.  This is some Trans Atlantic James Brown shit for sure.  Fatness at all positions — chicken scratch guitar, tighter than a well digger’s ass drummer, funky bass player, and swinging horn section.  What more can you ask for?  I’m not going to go on and on as this is the internet age and you can peep music for yourself but this is the shit.  The record sounds great and I’m on the third tune and they’re all funky as fuck.  This will make my list for 2018 for sure.

@@@ Ras Medy: All I Want (Thr33land Enterprises, 2018)  Modern dancehall also off the WRIR weekly email.  Smooth sounds in the arrangement as well as the vocals.  Think a couple shades darker than Drake, naimsayin’?  Drake flirts more with dancehall while this guy is swimming in the pool.  It’s not my favorite style of Jamaican music but I will take this over Drake in a hot minute.

@@@ Tallawit Timbouctou: Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds, 2018)  I was combing through the WRIR playlist email to replace a record that I had put up for review but I had heard it before.  So down the bottom of the page there was this record and it’s happening.  I often write about super clean African music and how I don’t prefer it and here we have an electrified lute and it’s the opposite of that.  It’s got a bite to it that I find invigorating.  After the 7 minute opening jam they get into the title track (clipped below) and it is the same hand drumming, monster lute and trance style singing.  It most definitely have jam band vibes to it but this guy shreds up one side and down the other.  It is rare for me to find two bangin’ records in one day, but here we are.  I’m going to swing back for the full show but this is happening African music for sure and folks should check it out!  If you compare this to white boy psychedelic music this stomps it.

YTD recordings listened to: 649
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 352
Not good music: 255

Best: 11
Honorable Mentions: 8

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Gouge Away, Barro, Daniel Khan, Vaudou Game, Tallawit Timbouctou

Music for 4/8/17!!! Girls in Synthesis, Ecstatic Vision

@@@ Girls in Synthesis: Mound/Disappear (Own It Records, 2017)  A noise rock single I got to via a music publicist email.  You know how much I love those music publicists!  People use noise in their marketing because it’s cool, but this actually does have a fair dollop of noise to it.  A simple punk beat on the drums and a Brit going on about something.  Nothing like a British accent to class the joint up.  The second tune (clipped below) is slightly more tuneful but still served up with a nice thick layer of noise and that accent.  Solid B.

@@@ Ecstatic Vision: Raw Rock Fury (Relapse, 2017)  Some hard hippie influenced psych that I got to via a music publicist email.  Love them music publicists, f’real!  This tune exploded out of the gate with fuzz wah, a fairly long bass line that pushes the tune forward, and a second guitar shredding it up.  The second tune opens up more ambient with some delayed chopped up vocals a guitar feedback drone.  I’m on the fifth tune and I like it all right — I would want more than the sound they have to get excited — some memorable freaky tunes perhaps?

YTD recordings listened to: 231
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 125
Not good music: 86

Buys: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab

Music for 12/11/16!!! Arabrot, Fat White Family, Neil Young

@@@ Arabrot: The Gospel (Fysisk Format, 2016).  I dig the year end list at Quietus because they actually get freaky with it (like myself).  This is their #1 pick of the year and you gotta give respect that they didn’t give it Beyonce or Kanye.  It is strange how the indie folks are so hot on the black music dick these days.  This is slotted as noise rock and it’s a tad noisy, but it’s far from a meltdown and has more than a few shades of Devo, krautrock, a little Surfer Rosa era Pixies, and whiteboy non-funky unhappy music.  The singer is a bit of pronouncer, not a pissed screamer nor a particularly noisy chap.  He’s in the Johnny Lydon tradtion.  Let’s peep a little more but if the first tune is any indication of the rest of the record which it should be it’s not going to be my #1 record of the year.  Eh, I’m going to move on, I wanted more noise and I didn’t feel the singer.

@@@ Fat White Family: Songs for Our Mothers (Fat Possum, 2016) Also in the top 10 of the Quitues best of 2016.  I was expecting the big junky guitars right out of the gate but I guess this is some synthy guitar rock.  It’s a bit trippy and a tad snaky in this first tune — a melted, multi-layered vocal part and also some Devo-esque threads.  Maybe Devo is going to come back with this total fucking asshole Trump.  I’m also feeling this is a bit mis-labelled — it’s garage-y but it’s got other things going on.  This is not what I thought a Fat White Family record would sound like.  This is like a garage-y Zappa record, which is fine.

@@@ Neil Young: Peace Trail (Reprise, 2016).  I liked the title track/first single from this record so I thought I would peep this record while I did other stuff around the house.  I made it about 5 or 6 songs in.  There are some really nice drum sounds as well as guitar sounds but I find the spirit of the lyrics to be a bit out of date.  There are a lot of references to Native Americans, which is fine, it’s more the old school hippie cliches that pop up here and there.  You have to check it out in order to get what I’m saying.  Or maybe I’m out of my mind.  Check for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 968
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 541
Not good music: 367

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, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest

2016 Honorable Mention Pick 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.

I shouldn’t say that, there are tunes here and melodies just awash in fuzz and dirt.  Some nice kicking out the freak boogie moments as well.  Lots of disorienting swirling waves of sound as well, it’s not an easy job to describe this fuzz ball.

Truly trippy teeth grinding psych punk.

8/12/16: Bad Sports, Cyanide Pills, Horseback,

@@@ Bad Sports: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up (Dirtnap, 2016).  If you’re looking for some old school punk rawk these guy’ll do ya.  The guitar player owns a bunch of Ramones rcords (same with the drummer) and the singer sounds just like….fuck slow hard drive…still spinning….I gotta come back to it.  Somebody help a brother out!  Warren Zevon, my magnetic sectors still store data.  Nice and tight, or tight as a bull’s ass at fly time as a crazy old man once told me.  Solid B and if you like this check out Cyanide Pills effort Still Bored and this record goes out to the Russian Olympic team.  I ain’t looking for any sort of Cold War redux but y’all are mad dopehead/bad sports/cheaters.

@@@ Cyanide Pills: Government (Damaged Goods, 2015).  Speaking of a bunch of Brits with bad teeth I didn’t see this single that was excreted last year.  Compare the poppy British punk bounce with the somewhat slack NYC style of the band above.  This one goes out to all you beyond erectile dysfunctione hedge fund motherfuckers hoarding your money and hookers and real estate.  Oh the government is screwing me over!!!  Fuck you pigs.

@@@ Horseback: Dead Ringers (Relapse, 2016).  I saw this record on this week’s All Music weekly email (all that is notable and paid for by PR!)  Oh, this may not be yer usual Relapse Records skullcrusher as it opens up slower and trance-y and is labelled as neo-psychedelia.  This is the end my friends even down to the space organ.  The singer is a bit snoozy pants but the drummer has flavor.  Let’s peep more mabye their will be some crushing.  Nope in the beginning of this second tune (clipped below!)  I don’t like this singer, you can like him, I’m sure he’s awesome I just don’t love his singing.

YTD recordings listened to: 646
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 352
Not good music: 235

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 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, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Margo Price, Changui Majadero, Seratones, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson, Jim the Boss

8/3/16: Jay Arner, Moth and Locusts, RBG, Kaleo

@@@ Jay Arner: Jay II (Mint Records, 2016).  Oh my somebody loves the ’70s Dreamweaver rock and has studied how to recreate it.  Super pillowy vocals, dreamy arrangements, and probably a big bag of cheap weed.  Let’s see if he goes full monty ’70s and peep more.  He speeds it up a bit on this second tune so the answer is no and the third tune is an ’80s synth bouncer.  I miss that first tune now but if you like these flavors Arner will hook you up big time.  I got to this via the CFUV weekly playlist email.

@@@ Moths & Locusts: Helios Rising (Moths & Locusts, 2016).  A hard psych record I got to from the loud section of the CFUV weekly email.  Somebody dribbled some speed onto their sheet of acid and they’re on edge.  They also have a little bit of a Sonic Youth flow but not the annoying ‘I can’t sing part’ but rather the noisy punk component.  My iTunes shit the bed, oh wait here she comes with a cloud of guitar screech and wail to open up this second tune.  These guys are all right they got some muscle going with their psych tendencies.  Let’s peep another fiery biscuit.  In this third tune, Troubled, they have a bit of a Jane’s Addiction art school heaviness going on.  They have now exited that flavor and have moved back into unleashing the storm of noisy guitars.  Psych fans should peep these guys.

@@@ Red Hot Gospel: RHG (Red Hot Gospel, 2016).  Some punky, mostly in your face, glammy power rock that I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  The songs are short, the singer is much more of an entertainer than a dissatisfied pissed punk and the guitar playing and song arrangements and sounds are more mainstream than underground metal or hardcore.  But certainly rougher than the Strokes.

@@@ Kaleo: A/B (Elektra, 2016).  I read the music wiz windbag Bob Lefsetz and he had a post about this band and I thought I would throw it a peep.  The Apple Music blurb says it’s ‘thundering blues rock and cinematic folk.’  I’m on the third tune and I haven’t heard not a whit of cinematic folk and I now believe the cinematic folk to be a bit of a marketing nugget designed to make the record appear more sophisticated than it is.  The production is groomed and polished, but sadly it’s a mainstream rock record with a few pubes of the blues put in.  If I were to guess these fine young gents from Iceland are not listening to Robert Johnson and Howling Wolf but more likely Eric Clapton and Bad Company, which isn’t bad per se, but it’s not the blues that I enjoy.

YTD recordings listened to: 623
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 341
Not good music: 225

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 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, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Margo Price, Changui Majadero, Seratones, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante