Active Music Listening Wednesday October 10, 2012

YTD recordings listened to: 710
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 415
Not good music: 255
Buys: 23 (not all 2012 releases)
Possibles: Left Lane Cruiser/James Leg, Dennis Bovell, Seluah, Donnie and Joe Emerson,  Zani Diabate, Isaiah Toothtaker (2011), Ondatropica, Sidsel Endresen & Stan Westerhus, The Ones to Blame, Boyd Rivers, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Cryptopsy, Nick Waterhouse, Patterson Hood, Wahid, Wadada Leo Smith ‘Ten Freedom Summers’, Skyzoo, Pig Destroyer

@@@ Kiss: Monster (UME, 2012).  An unfortunate grab bag of recycled Aerosmith guitar licks that should have been sent to Florida to retire and play shuffleboard.  Paul Stanley, the singer, can still do his thing but with Gene Simmons’ constant tirades against downloaders decreasing his supply of hookers and blow you know these cats are cranking up the nostalgia machine one last time to extract more dollars from their eternally adolescent fan base.

@@@ Wolf People: Steeple (Jagjaguwar, 2010).  I came across this band via a British music blog that was talking about them being added to a Black Mountain gig in the U.K.  I tend to dog out a lot of indie bands for being soft as butter but these guys flex some muscle on this record.  Personally, I think this band would be shit without the drummer — he’s quite the animal.  He holds this thing together and provides the muscle that allows the other guys to do their Jethro Tull thing over what he does.

@@@ Warren Byrom and the Canelands: The Fabled Canelands (Self-released, 2012).  I found this record via the blog over here at You Ain’t No Picasso.  The record works a folk/rock formula.  I like the singer’s voice — no oversinging but has a slight strain to it.  The third tune ‘Home’ is the best of what I listened to from these guys.

@@@ The Spring Standards: Would Things Be Different (Self-released, 2010).  I found these guys over here at Seismic Sound.  A classic indie sound — rocking but still sweet, poppy but not overly so.  They spent a lot of time arranging the vocals for these tunes.

@@@ Disclosure: The Face EP (Greco-Roman, 2012)  I found this record over here at Hilly Dilly.  It’s an uber smooth club track with groomed multi-layered female vocals over your standard club beats.  This is sexy people music.

@@@ The Script: #3 (Epic, 2012).  A combination of pop, epic rock, and white boy hip hop flow.  Not much good to say here.  The singer is overwrought, the lyrics are cliche, the music familiar.

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