Active Music Listening Monday August 11, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 617
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 384
Not good music: 186

Honorable Mentions: 4
Buys: 9

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,  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, Open Mike Eagle, Lenguas Largas

@@@ Lammergyer: The Burning Tree (Utech, 2013).  I saw this record listed on Aquarius Records’ new arrivals of the week and found it on the Bandcamp.  I love the bandcamp.  The first tune is full on free jazz shred — the duo is sax and drums and it is caffeinated beyond caffeinated.   This is some pretty relentless music and I think I prefer the manic energy of the sax player to the manic energy of the drummer.

@@@ Freedom Family: Ayantsoo (Academy LPs, 2014).  A vinyl digital release of vintage African music.  Midtempo Afrobeat funk with power horn lines and the layered ensemble playing.  More partyistic than political shout out to the bass player — he/she is tearing it up down there.  Also off the recent Aquarius Records email.

@@@ Doroty Ashy: Afro-Harping (Verve, 1968)  I saw a reissue listed on the Aquarius Records weekly email but this is up on my Beats yo.  If you took a slightly watered down blaxploitation soundtrack and put some harp improv over the top you’d get close to this record.  The second tune is summer fresh breezy Latin number.

@@@ The Wind and the Wave: Self-titled (RCA, 2014).  Some major label country rock/pop I caught on last week’s email.  It outperforms my expectations that it would smell like the wind from a dog followed by a wave of nausea, but it’s your major label fare — handclaps, everything in its place, production for all those folks out there who need things to be neat and tidy.  The female singer has pipes to be sure, the arrangements could use some muscle.

@@@ Twin Peaks: Wild Onion (Grand Jury Music, 2014).  If the Strokes and T. Rex had a gay sex baby that gay sex baby’s band would sound like these guys.  Medium slashing guitars and a jubilant vocalist and most likely a lot of coffee.  Celebrating the ’70s with some slightly funk white boy rock!!!!  Ooh, a little Alex Chilton slipped in there as well.  Off last week’s All Music weekly email.

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