Active Music Listening Friday August 31, 2012

YTD recordings listened to: 556
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 323
Not good music:200
Buys: 19 (not all 2012 releases)
Possibles: Left Lane Cruiser/James Leg, Dennis Bovell, Seluah, Donnie and Joe Emerson,  Zani Diabate, Isaiah Toothtaker (2011), Ondatropica, Lianne Le Havas, Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, The Ones to Blame, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, The Semi-Colons, Cryptopsy

@@@ Semi-Colon: Ndia Egbuo Ndia (Comb & Razor, 2012)  I found this record while looking for blogs to hit up with an African music record I put out at the end of July.  You can find the label site over here.  He specializes in Nigerian music.  This record is burning both rhytmically and melodically.  Great beats, great guitar playing, just a real good vibe.

@@@ Midnight Groovers: O Ti Yo (Strut, 2012).  If you would like to hear some polyrhythms related to both reggae and African music but not exactly like either, check this tune out on the Sofrito: International Soundclash.  I’m going to have to check out the whole compilation, this band is fresh.

@@@ Tamaryn: The Waves (Mexican Summer, 2010)  If you’re gonna listen to 80’s influenced indie rock these guys at least allow you to have some dignity.  Pretty nice guitar and bass sounds, especially the fuzzy bass sound.  It’s got a hefty dollop of shoegaze mixed into, but for some reason I don’t find this music nearly as annoying as so much of the indie rock floating around.  Maybe it’s the lack of a synth player.

@@@  Tiny Leaves: In These Narrow Spaces (Self-released/Bandcamp, 2012)  I found this recording via the Ambient Music Blog over here.  This is piano based sort of New Age-y ambient music.  I’m not sure I would call this ambient music myself it’s kind of a widdle diddle solo piano jam.  Check it for yourself.

@@@ Bekay: 15 Months of Violins (Coalmine, 2012).  I really like the piano hook on this track and the MC’s flow has the urgency of a classic Eminem track.  He’s upset, no doubt.

@@@ Cryptopsy: Cryptopsy (Self-released on 9/12)  I found these guys over here at  These guys are just straight up fucking brutal and the drummer is a complete drumming animal   The singer is not shredding his voice as much as squealing.  He sounds like a pig being butchered.  The band if completely fucked in the head — the tightness and technical acrobatics of the tunes are ridiculous.  Check it for yourself.

@@@ Sammy Adams: All Night Longer (RCA, 2012)  I found this eloquent and fabulous singer on the front page of the Major League Baseball website.  It’s a hymn for alcoholics — it’s not completely toxic towards women, but make no mistake this is some shallow ass shit.  Oh boy, this is why the Chinese are doing better than us.

He’s a cute little foul mouthed fuck, which is part of how the mainstream music scene works but he’s gonna fade hard, no doubt.

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