@@@ Albert Castiglia: Big Dog (Ruf, 2016). Some rocking electric blues that I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email. Castiglia’s guitar tone is extremely close to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s famous piercing sound but Castiglia has a super gruff voice which lends a different vibe to the tunes. Homie is drinking a lot of coffee to get to this level of energetic guitar playing. I don’t usually go for this modern style of electric blues (making a big exception for Stevie Ray Vaughan) because it’s so close rock but Castiglia takes the energy and roughness very close to punk blues. He doesn’t seem interested in much besides turning his amp up and playing his ass off.
@@@ Myriad3: Moons (Alma, 2016). Another record off CFUV’s weekly playlist email. This first tune opens up very Bad Bad Plus with some mathy piano and an understated and simple rock beat underneath. The first tune takes the energy down and the second tune Noyammas gets more deeply into the jazz/rock rhythm section vibe. It’s all right. Regular readers know I prefer the fiery improv so this polished and more restrained approach is a stretch for me.
@@@ Joseph Israel: Paradise (Lions of Israel, 2016) A sticky old school (think Peter Tosh) roots reggae record I got to via the CFUV weekly email. From fetching this clip off the GooglePimpTube I see that Mr. Israel appears to be of the White Rasta tribe and he gets pretty deep into Rasta/Old Testament moralizing. The sounds are pretty high end here with touches of modern production epic-ness without serving up the full cheese plate. I’m not sure I can get with Mr. Israel’s depiction of himself on the video below.
YTD recordings listened to: 693
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 389
Not good music: 255
Honorable Mentions: 12
Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Destruction Unit, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Mystic Braves, Divanhana, Unrestrained, Moken, Systema Solar, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, The Lickshots, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Changui Majadero, Joe Sticky, Vieux Kante, Keefe Jackson, Unfun