Active Music Listening Monday December 3, 2012

YTD recordings listened to: 914
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 534
Not good music: 331
Buys: 30 (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, Chris McGregor, Brother Ali (2009), Bio Ritmo, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Mrs. Medicine, Nico Muhly, Code Orange Kids, Bob Gluck Trio

@@@ Jason Eady: AM Country Heaven (Self-released, 2012)  A throwback country traditionalist that I found over here.  I like this guy — the video clipped down below is part celebration of old school country and part music business protest.  He’s got a classic country voice and I would listen to more of his music but I could only find a 2005 on MOG.

You can purchase over here at his website.

@@@ Zoe Sundra: The Hunt (Zoe Sundra, 2012).  I found this record via the Brooklyn standy Tea Lounge monthly gig calendar email.  Sundra works a confessional folk rock singer songwriter sound.  The first tune ‘Scarlett’ features a little E-Street band saxophone, and the second tune ‘Ache’ gets more into a darker space.  The band pushes pretty good for folk

@@@ Anduin: Stolen Years (SMTG, 2012).  From the Aquarius Records weekly email.  Opens up with ‘Behind the Voyeur’s Wall of Glass’ — some quasi-distant saxophone makes an appearance amongst the darker ambient electronic waves of sound.  The music is slow moving and diffuse — a lot of interesting layers but not really a central core to focus on.  I dig it.

@@@ aTelecine: Sounds that Gods Fear (Pendu Sound Recordins, 2012).  Another Aquarius email list favorite.  The words spooky and metallic spring to mind.  Oh my we just got into the slashing guitar power chords and the serial killer whispered echo shit.  I think I might have just soiled myself and I think you might have to be loaded up on weed to have this music chill you out.  Dark shit yo.

@@@ Discount Guns: Odessa (Self-released?, 2012).  I found this band over here at   Big guitar riffs with a sort of hand clap stripper pole drum beat and a reverbed out voice. I think these guys have potential and I like the caveman bash of the drummer — he steals the show.

The band won’t let me embed this video but here’s a link (and you can listen to three tunes at the ninebullets link.

@@@ Ronnie Fauss: I’m Not the Man You Know I’m Not (Normal Town, 2012).  I found this debut record over here at Slacker Country.  Your classic country rock ‘n roll.  Gravelly voice, solid rhythm section.  Think John Hiatt minus a bit of the poetics or John Mellencamp without the cheesy aw-shucks Midwestern virtues.



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