Active Music Listening Tuesday October 30, 2012

YTD recordings listened to: 794
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 465
Not good music: 286
Buys: 27 (not all 2012 releases)
Possibles: 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, Skyzoo, Pig Destroyer, Bettye Lavette, Philippe Petite, Paul Giallorenzo, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009)

@@@ Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill (Reprise, 2012).  The great parts of this record are the jams, the long jams.  The first ‘Driftin’ Back’ is a 27 minute monster.  I get the premise of the tune, and I agree with it — that things have changed and he misses the way music used to be etc, but the lyrics annoy me.  My wife, a big Neil Young fan, said the lyrics sounded lazy.  I found the lyrics in ‘Driftin’ Back’ to be weird and annoying and in another song he tosses in a ‘Let the good times roll’.  It’s 2012, I’d love for the line ‘good times roll’ to be retired for a while.  I’d also like references to bleeding to get a rest (not a theme Neil Young has participated in).  If you’re able to easily not listen to lyrics, the playing on this record is high end.  If music has lyrics I like to listen to them.

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