Active Music Listening Wednesday August 20, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 647
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 402
Not good music: 194

Honorable Mentions: 6
Buys: 10

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, 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, Lenguas Largas, Los Hacheros

@@@ East India Youth: Heaven, How Long? (Stolen Recordings, 2014).  Today we peep the Quietus’ top 75 recordings of 2014 thus far.  And this fine work of electronica clocks in at #2.  I’m only gonna be able to judge on this one song, Heaven How Long?, and it is a meaningful male singer singing over a fine rubric of ping pong synths.  Here are some beats, krautrock-y in vibe.  Here comes the church organ and this is a hymn to love people!  I await the climax (musically, that is).  Here it is — if there’s a video this is where the singer spreads his arms wide and looks up imploring whoever/whatever might be up there.  Oh yeah, they went for it.  Big Brit/Kraut biscuit up in the sky!

@@@ Perc: The Power and the Glory (Not sure, 2014).  #3 on the Quietus’ best of 2014 thus far!  More electronica, this time more agitated.  This is some rough club music — straight for on the floor with a track of static punctuated by a blast of a different type of static, and then a funky beat layered over the top of the four on the floor.  The highlighted track was deep down on the record, and I’m back to the opener — Rotting Sound — more aggro, less clubby, same chainsaw synths but not in service to a beat.  Oh, I feel the boom titch is about to break out.  Nope, spurty, constipated blasts of sound.  One more track — this wouldn’t be my number 3 record of the year thus far.  I think you have to be high for this bad boy.

@@@ The Body: I Shall Die Here (Not sure, 2014).  Tres dramatical title.  I can only peep two tracks off this record.  To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me — yikes, heavy.  Crushed drums, caveman rock beat with some electronic fly by squirts.  And here’s that ‘there’s a monster in our town’ bass sound.  Sludging and soiling everybody it touches, I like that.  I’m gonna need more than this for #4 on my best of 2014 list.   There are some horror movie screams way back in the mix.  They’re throwing in some chopped sounds, like crickets on meth.  I will check out a bit of the second tune, Hail to thee, Everlasting Pain.  Big throbbing bass, metal bugs sprayed around, a nice tasteful industrial beat.  These guys do some interesting arranging, but the tunes don’t sound fully cooked for impact.

@@@ Katie Gately: Pipes (Blue Tapes, 2014) #5 on the Quietus list.  Looks like we’re headed out of aggro land, but we’re still in computer land with a cut and paste female choir of loops.  That sound a bit like Organ pipes, oddly enough.  This is a dream swirler, a baskin robbins of reverbed out and processed vocal sounds.  Interesting and pretty.  Now we’ve segued into a Kate Bush weird and happy poppy chopping of the vocal elements.

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