YTD recordings listened to: 392
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 249
Not good music: 114
Honorable Mentions: 10
Possibles: Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Skyzoo, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bob Gluck Trio, Ether Net, Oddisee, Holly Williams, Dave Arner Trio, Graveola, Cyanide Pills, Trap Them, Orchestra Super Mazembe, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood, Inzinzac
@@@ Thirty Seconds to Mars: Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (Virgin, 2013) Opens up with birth and some breathy, male orgasm singing. Strike one, I hate that shit! Big, big production — almost soundtrack-y in its bigness. I expect to see some big, steroided out superhero dude shot up and shit stumbling towards a hot girl and picking her up and saving her. Second tune Conquistador, rips a Wolfmother guitar riff — strike two! No stealing. I’ve not heard so many whoa ho backup vocals since I crashed a Bon Jovi barbecue. Strike three! This record stinks.
@@@ Anciients: Heart of Oak (Season of Mist, 2013). Off the CFUV weekly email. I need me a little heavy music to cleanse the pallette after that regrettable Thirty Seconds to Mars. This record opens up more proggy than metal, but I anticipate (and hope) that skulls will get crushed. And there she blows, right on time. Some classic riffage that segues into the double kick drum head smash. I love it, horns up in the air you shittaz! I love saying that with my kids but this isn’t really Satanic music — it’s heavy, quasi-operatic metal. Check it out. The second tune, Overthrone, gets to the mash down purdy quick. Not my favorite style of metal, but the guitarist and drummer really push this along well.
@@@ Impetigo: Horror of the Zombies (Friendly Fire, 2013). Let’s keep on the metal tip with this record from the Omega weekly email. This is your thrash/throat whoop metal. Interspersed with vocal snippets from serial murderers and generally anti-social bastards this is not the kind of record you throw on around Christmas. Part horror movie, part post hardcore freakshow. It appears from the Youtube clip that this might be a re-issue from about 5 years ago but it is as fresh and Satanic as the sweat coming off Dick Cheney’s ill brow.
@@@ Andrey Kiritchenko: Misterrious (Spekk, 2008) This ambient recording was recommended to me by the MOG referral machine. The first tune, Let Oneself In, is a blend of nature sounds, slow piano single key playing, single line acoustic guitar and bells. A tad New Age-y. The second tune builds on the formula of the first with the addition of a bass (electric I believe) and some drums. It’s all right, a little too light for my taste. This clip below is not from the record, but from around the same time.