YTD recordings listened to: 539
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 337
Not good music: 160
Honorable Mentions: 3
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, 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, Tiger Hatchery, 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, Jack White, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Traams
@@@ Traams: Cissa (Fat Cat, 2014). A barbed old school melodic EP off the All Music weekly email. Some excellent work by the bass player and the whole band is a couple of notches above uptempo. I think this is the band the Strokes always wanted to be. These are interestingly arranged indie tunes played with some enthusiasm. I’m gonna check out the rest of this 18 minute EP when I get a chance.
Nothing on the Youtube, but you can hear some nuggets over at the label website here.
@@@ Ricardo Lumva: La Rumba Soyo (Cumbancha, 2014). Some African salsa out of the Congo that I got to via a WRIR email review. From the review blurb Lumva has lived in LA since the 80s. The first tune, Santonio Antonio d0 Zaire, is pretty straightforward Zaire, althought there is some pretty wicked single line guitar work tucked into the side of the mix There’s some pretty nice accordion to go with the guitar work in the clip below. The record is a little slick sounding for my taste, but the playing is excellent.
@@@ Puss ‘n Boots: No Fools, No Fun (Blue Note, 2014). Who needs sleepy time tea when we have Norah Jones? She is the master of the valium low midtempo sweet tune and here she’s showcased with other two other gals and two of the women are wearing boots on the cover and they all have a puss. Sweet singing, a lot of double entendres (Sex Degrees of Separation is one song title), and above all else that slow loping sleepytime meter.
@@@ Bleachers: Strange Desire (RCA, 2014) Some major label new wave/post punk off the All Music weekly email. I think these guys should be proud of their shopping mall synth/guitar pop sound because they sure as shit have diddly squat to do with post punk. The second tune has a bit of new wave, but this is a straight up pop cheese biscuit, make no mistake about it.
@@@ Novembers Doom: Bled White (The End, 2014). Some caveman fronted metal off the All Music email. Oh, the lyrics are grunted and the choruses are sung. Double kick drum spraying drummer, big guitar kachunk with bits of shred sprinkled through. There’s some epic-ness to the second tune, Heartfelt and the formula is pretty much the same as the album moves on.