Active Music Listening Monday July 21, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 550
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 343
Not good music: 165

Honorable Mentions: 4
Buys: 6

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, 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,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Traams, Karol Conka

@@@ Priory: Weekend (Warner Brothers, 2014).  More New Age indie electronic!  Any tune with handclaps in it is aimed straight at the heart of shopping mall America.  It’s a song about the weekend.   I just got paid, I’m psyched for the weekend, I’m done working for the Man!  Big hooky, chorus — soft as butter, friendly boy singer — and the handclaps, oh the handclaps.  Highly polished corporate sonic biscuit.  I got to this tune via the fine folks at Warner Brothers promo, and I wish they hadn’t sent this my way.

@@@ Vox Mod + DGH: New Concerns (Not sure, 2014).  More New Age electronic music, it’s a tidal wave people!  Help me I’m drowning.  A minimalist krautrock, arpeggiated (and ping pong) synths and a falsetto vocal, those are the basic elements of the tune.  I got to this via a publicist email, and frankly I’m flipping out at all the New Age music exploding in my earholes.

@@@ Ridley Bent: Wild Card (Americana North, 2014).  Some power roots/country I saw on the CFUV weely email.  Guitar power chords and banjo has always been one of my favorite combos (not).  I like the second tune, The Most Beautiful Woman Around, better than the first tune, which is clipped below.

@@@ Stumbleine featuring Violet Skies: We’re Shadows (Monotreme, 2014).  Some New Age-y electronic r&b I got to via a music publicist email.  Meaningful piano chords, ample reverb on the female vocalist, arpeggiated synthesizers.

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