YTD recordings listened to: 268
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 177
Not good music: 75
Honorable Mentions: 0
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, All Pigs Must Die, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Cage the Elephant, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, Tiger Hatchery, Xiu Xiu, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Mexican Dubwiser, Toxic Holocaust
@@@ Alden Penner: Exegesis (Self-released, 2014) I found this record on the CFUV weekly charts email out of Vancouver. Stripped down intimate folk that morphs into a full band slacker/psych vibe opens up the record. The female singer sounds an awful lot like Yoko Ono — something you don’t encounter very often. The second tune, Louis XIV, is much more rockin’ than the opener, Precession. There are different types of tunes within this record, but not so much for it to feel fragmented. I also thought of the Pixies as one of the tunes was rolling through. Lots of subtle quirk packed in here.
@@@ I Exist: From Darkness (Prosthetic, 2013). Some buzzy thrash off a recent heavy metal mailorder email. Very engaging drummer, a surprising amount of bass for a metal record and a piquant blend of power chordage and classic metal guitar shred. They get into a more mainstream hard rock vibe on the third tune, Sorrow on Hill.
@@@ Teebs: Estara (Brainfeeder, 2014). Some New Age influenced ambient electronica I found on the CFUV weekly charts email. I liked the arrangements of the sounds more than I dug the vocals. Has a wee bit of a Sigur Ros feel.
@@@ Horse Thief: Fear in Bliss (Bella Union, 2014). Some dramatic, soft indie electronic that I got to via a music publicist email. The second tune, I Don’t Mind, is an uplifting dittie with a big swelling chorus. Instrumentation is basic band plus required synth player tucked in there. The lead singer sports a bit of a Dylanesque nasal twang, but he’s ensconced in a basket of oohs and aahs and harmony vocals.
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