YTD recordings listened to: 378
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 243
Not good music: 106
Honorable Mentions: 9
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, Safe Haven, Cyanide Pills, Trap Them, Orchestra Super Mazembe, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood, Inzinzac
@@@ Inzinzac: Inzinzac (High Two, 2011) I caught this group via a PR email for a free improv series run in Philadelphia. This record is a bit of a hard nugget to classify. Jagged in the opener, 71, with sax bouncing on top of a slashing thin Telecaster sound. Usually with these genre spanners, the music has an overall soft feel to it, which I think defeats the purpose of it. This record is mixed as a hot mess. Drums up super high in the mix (awesome!) with the guitar tucked behind. The playing is both meandering and cycling and creates an old school freak punk flow. This is what I thought indie rock was going to turn into instead of the diarrhea-like synth poopage so common today. Up in your grill and flying the freak flag. The temperature of the second is less in your face but the playing remains out and interesting.
@@@ Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni Records, 2013). I saw this record reviewed on the Guardian over here. As it says there, it’s a shout to early ’90′s guitar-o-centric indie rock/grunge. It sports a very nice array of guitar sound, and it’s slacker-y but not too dour. Check it for yourself. I dig the simplicity and straight forward-ness of the third tune Lips and Limbs.
@@@ Wild Nothing: Empty Estate (Captured Tracks, 2013). Off the MOG new release page. Tuneful vocals with a super compressed power chords and lilting melodic synthesizers. Heavy on the ’80s influences here. Somebody dig up Ronald Reagan, we’re going back! I honestly don’t know who listens to this kind of music, how they would find it, and what about it they find pleasing. Well, the third tune does get into a pretty nice spot with a big swirling synth loop-fest which I think is well done, but otherwise….not really my cup of tea.