YTD recordings listened to: 774
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 477
Not good music: 241
Honorable Mentions: 10
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Vessel. Earls of Leicester, Khun Narin, Orlando Julius, Vaudou Game
@@@ Vaudou Game: Apiafo (Hot Casa, 2014). I got to this record via the WRIR weekly email. Oh my, that’s funky drummer right there. He’s joined by a poppin’ bass player, an electric organ player, a chickenscratch guitar player, and a singer singing in — wait on the Duck Duck Go. He’s from Togo. What the fuck, wait a minute — Togo is sandwiched between Ghana and Benin in West Africa. Yes, the geography less is free. The vocals sound like Frank Zappa vocal harmonies over a bumpin’ funky band, especially on the second track Dangerous Bees. I’m gonna check out this record more thoroughly when I have the time. This is some pretty surreal African music with all manner of influences swirled over that rhythm section.
@@@ Palm Ghosts: Palm Ghosts (Not sure, 2014). An ambient Americana record that I got to via a music publicist email. The pace of the opener, Dr. Tiger, is slow and deliberate with sparse parts of acoustic guitar, banjo, and piano, and voice. There’s a thin line between dreamy and sleepy time tea so we’ll see which side they choose. The second tune brings in the drum kit and a more uptempo vibe. This is some pretty solid music, check it out. A little bit of Simon and Garfunkel, a little bit of the Band…they’re going more for the dreamy than the sleepy time tea.
@@@ Typ-Ill: 100 Dollar Bill. Stripped down funk hip hop beats with medium roughneck lyrics — fuck off, chasin’ paper, it’s in that neighborhood. The MC here is very urgent and there’s not much space between his words — he just goes and goes. I like the ringing bell like sound in the arrangement.
@@@ Taurus: Opus IV: Elevations (Mylodon Records, 2014). Off last week’s Aquarius Records weekly email. A bit dark, a bit New Age, neither heavy metal nor electronica. I guess it’s instrumental synth prog with guitars. Yikers, this really isn’t record of the week material for me, this is cheese for my sandwich. But hey, if you dig the epic instrumental prog, have at it.
@@@ Black Rain: Dark Pool (Blackest Ever Black, 2014). I’ll try another Aquarius Records record of the week because I didn’t like the first one. That’s yer American stick-to-it-ness/low self-esteem. Oh boy, I’m not sure this is going to work out. The second tune, is the proto-female voice — all huge-a-tated with reverb over a dark drone. Now when they don’t have the female singer doing here space queen routine they got some a pretty sick cauldron of dark futuristic drones bubbling so it’s a bit of a mixed bag.