Active Music Listening Monday May 26, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 384
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 245
Not good music: 115

Honorable Mentions: 2
Buys: 2

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, Tiger Hatchery, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Mexican Dubwiser, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Curtis Harding, Third Coast Kings

@@@ Third Coast Kings: West Grand Boulevard (Record Kicks, 2014).  Some late ’60s early ’70s full ensemble funk.  Big horn lines, wah wah hippie rock guitar and organ.  I dig organ in funk bands.  Nice thick sound with modern punch, folks should check these guys out.  I’m gonna check out more of this when I have time and this could be a hot record for the summer for a lot of folks out there.

@@@ Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark, 2014).  Some medium rough power popper I found on an older Aquarius Records list.  Big guitar swagger with a propulsive drummer and slacker vocals.  Not as spaced as a shoegaze record, but a pleasant combination of rockin’ — reminiscent of old Lemonheads.

@@@ Fennesz: Becs (Edition Mego, 2014).  Off the Aquarius Records weekly email.  Heavy processing on instrumental tunes — the first tune featuring a strummed acoustic guitar with some chopped up melodies and stuttered and fucked up beats.  Fucked up in terms of the phaser, the delays, etc.  It’s got a New Age, but all melted and mental.  The second tune is more synth-y with some distorted guitar veins within it.  I like it all right, I’m not sure why it’s a record of the week, but it’s their store.

@@@  DID:Skills (Not Sure, 2014).  Marketed as avant pop in the publicist email I received it’s basically a disco track played by a band.  Sounds like live drums, some guitar, some ping pong synth action, and some Autotune processing on the vocals.  Not much avant about it, but leave it to the music business to put some high end marketing dressing on a simple salad.  It’s a decent tune.

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