YTD recordings listened to: 950
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 567
Not good music: 298
Honorable Mentions: 18
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Melt Yourself Down, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, Andrew Cedermark, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, All Pigs Must Die, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Cage the Elephant, Carcass, Defeater, Tal National, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee
@@@ Tricky: False Idols (False Idols, 2013). I like Tricky’s older work so I ducked this thinking that if he’s been smoking pot this long his music would be crusty and burned out. However, I saw it make a couple of year end lists so I’ll give it a spin. Classic, sparse Tricky production and a pleasant darkness to the proceedings. I like a bunch of the sounds, but I don’t think I like the songs as much.
@@@ 7 Days of Funk: 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw, 2013). Off the MOG new release page. West Coast style funk featuring Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins, at least on the opener. Sounds an awful lot like 80′s era George Clinton productions. It’s all right, I would take the basic formula if they added some shit to it. It’s too much of a copy for my taste.
@@@ Death Valley Driver: Choke the River (Diminished Fifth, 2013). Off the CFUV end of year email, the record opens up with massive riffage, a tight and popping snare and a real caveman on the mic. Oh wait duder is more intelligible after the opening croak. The riffage is really the star of the show here, so if that’s how you roll have at it.
@@@ David Gogo: Come On Down (Cordoba Bay 2013). Another record off the year end charts at CFUV. Modern blues rock in the Black Crowes neighborhood. I like the guitar arrangements and playing on the title track, which is clipped below.
@@@ Charlie XCX: True Romance (Atlantic, 2013). Off an end of year list over here.
Cut and paste PR spin:
True Romance may seem chaotic, but it’s a laser-focused piece of grinding synthpop with a digital art coating and a deeply real emotional core.
It’s slightly above average mainstream synth pop. She’s got some personality on the mic, but there’s no real emotional core nor any laser focus. It’s a load of marketing shit.
@@@ R. Kelly: Black Panties (RCA, 2013). Some corporate porn hop from veteran horndog R. Kelly. A very shiny chunk of club vulgarity. Pretty much a waste of time and money as far as I’m concerned. Lick the middle like an Oreo!