Active Music Listening Friday May 30, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 251
Not good music: 121

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

@@@ John Fullbright: Songs (Blue Dirt, 2014).  Roots music off the All Music weekly email.  He’s got a really authentic tone to his voice and the general vibe is no bullshit/straight ahead.  The tunes are torch-y and are about love.  I could use a bit more rockin’ mixed in there, but check it out if you’re lonesome.

@@@ Hundred Waters: The Moon Rang Like a Bell (Owsla, 2014)  Off the All Music weekly email.  Opens up female a capella and then comes the piano and the synth bass.   The record is interesting in that it contains a lot of electronic elements but also has tinges of gospel soul and black music.  Sounds a bit like Kate Bush after she’s smoked a fattie.

@@@ Oren Ambarchi: Tikkun (Cuneiform, 2014).  Some heavy prog I saw on the All Music weekly notable releases email.    Fat buzzy bass and swirling guitars in the opener, Washington DC – T4v1.  I like the bass tone and the drummer, but I’m not a huge fan of the guitar playing.  Check it out for yourself.

@@@ Tussilago: Say Hello (Ingrid, 2014).  A single by a Swedish band that I got to via a music publicist email.  Intimate indie with a pleasant male voice and melodic guitar work (both with a lot of reverb) and medium downtempo shoegaze vibe without the big sad power chords.  The tune does build to a more rocking conclusion but it’s more epic than messy.

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