Active Music Listening Wednesday July 30, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 582
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 361
Not good music: 175

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, Open Mike Eagle, Bry Webb

@@@ Jenny Lewis: The Voyager (Warner Brothers, 2014).  Well, on her Beats profile picture she’s wearing a hat, a big old school affair, not the Pharrell Williams ranger hat, but I am very suspicious of mainstream musicians wearing hats.  It’s like they’re trying to come off as friendly and quirky — hey, check me out, I’m wearing a hat, I’m different.

This is not full on Miley Cyrus ride the wiener music, but it’s more like Cyndi Lauper quirky girl pop.  Production is slick and shiny, Lewis’ voice is good, but the material, oy.

Remember it’s ride the wiener week here at Deep in the Music so here we go:

miley cyrus rides the weiner

@@@ Wildest Dreams: Wildest Dreams (Smalltown Supersound, 2014).  I think something from Smalltown Supersound should cleanse the sonic palette after that shiny happy encounter with Jenny Lewis and her hat.  I was not fucking around, musicians in hats are a bad signifier.

I would call these guys slow psych with some pretty hip attention to the lyrics.  Wordplay and lyrical complexity are not the hallmark of indie and psych music these days.  And here comes the big ol’ hippie guitar jam.  Nice.  Muy excellent wah wah-tito senors.  These guys are feeling it.

@@@ Ed Motta: AOR (Tummy Touch, 2014).  Off the WRIR weekly playlist email this is smooth r&b fusion.  Full horn section, piano, organ, and most notably Motta’s soft, inviting vocals.  He’s on full loverboy.  Not my thing, really, but check it out if it is.  I guess this record was originally sung in Spanish and then this English version came out.  Imrpressive.

@@@ Melancholy and the Grave: We Need Secrets (St. Marie, 2014).  Opens up with a shoegaze distorted guitar and a slow voice nested in the middle of the noise.  It all explodes into a panned hard left/right guitar explosion.  After that there’s some

@@@ Johnny Aires: This Grave is My Bed tonight (Frenchkiss, 2014).  A Cheap Trick pop rock tune I got to via a music publicisit.  Except the guitars are chorused and the singer is a bit of a mope.   All right I change that, it’s more like a Smiths tune.  Nice bass sound and a classic 1980’s snare sound.

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