YTD recordings listened to: 262
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 171
Not good music: 70
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, Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph, Hollis Brown, Dave Arner Trio
@@@ David Arner Trio: Out/In the Open (Not Two, 2009). I came to this record after seeing an email for Cadence magazine’s 39th anniversary show series. It’s a piano/bass/drums recording. I like this session. It’s well recorded and the energy is good. Some racket, but not a straight up Cecil Taylor pounding festival.
@@@ Vintage Trouble: The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Vintage Trouble, 2012). I was talking to a music fan friend of mine and he said he was a big fan of these guys. A straight up blues band heavy on the guitar attack. The singer is charismatic if not particularly memorable, and the drums are mixed high on this record, which I view as a big plus. Solid B for me. Check out Buddy Guy’s Sweet Tea from early last decade if you want your face ripped off.
@@@ Alkaline Trio: My Shame is True (Epitaph, 2013). A MOG new release. Sidle on up and get yer dose of Orange County California straight punk. Not my favorite style as I prefer the freak punk of SST. The guitars are maximum width and classic crunchy with big drums sounds — it’s basically mainstream rock production with less reverb and a little more punch. The songs are pretty standard, nothing jumping out of the speakers.
@@@ Wall: Shoestring (Big Picnic, 2013) I caught a glowing write up of this EP at the Guardian over here. It’s a sweet, melodic indie electronic record. The singer is super close up on the microphone only a few notches above a whisper. The multi-tracked vocal arrangements are on top of clean guitar arpeggios, some electric organ, and solid but not downtempo beats. It’s a tad cloying for my taste.