Active Music Listening Thursday August 28, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 673
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 417
Not good music: 204

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 11

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, 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, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Lenguas Largas, Los Hacheros, Ruthie Foster

@@@ Merchandise: After the End (4AD, 2014).  Also off the new adds at CFUV.  I’m not a huge 4AD fan, but hey you never know.  Thus far, it’s New Age movie trailer cheese.  Big acoustic guitar strums, a swirling angel pipe synth, simple (yet meaningful) piano figures.  I expect an angel wing to come and wipe my ass for me.  That’s inappropriate.  I hope we get some sort of operatic, epic singer to complete the heaven-gasm.  Tympanis, oh my!  And we segue into a straight rock track — and the singer is a brooder.  I envision a sweep of hair over his brow, a laborious winding of his mortal coil around the microphone stand.  Livin’ the dream.  This might actually work live, but there’s been so much polished put on in the studio that I can’t make room for it.

@@@ Cold Specks: Neuroplasticity (Mute, 2014).  Off last week’s CFUV weekly email.  I would put this in the PJ Harvey rock camp — female aggro, raw, not quite as close to the edge as vintage Ms. Harvey.  The second tune is a more math-y guitar indie number — I like Ms. Spx’s voice and there is some really solid arranging going on here.  She describes her sound as ‘Doom Soul’ but outside of her voice which does some soul type singing, it’s mostly a rock affair.

@@@  MNDSGN: Yawn Zen (Stones Throw, 2014).  Also off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  It’s a hip hop record that’s opening up ambient electronic.  After that instrumental intro tidbit it looks like we’re gonna get some rhymes but with a similar electronic arrangement — measured and chill.  I like the ringing bell in the second track.  Huh, maybe there will be no rhymes.  On the third tune, Sheets, the MC makes an appearance in a detached sing song manner.  It’s quite trippy.  There are some really interesting and unique arrangements going on here.

@@@ White Hex: Gold Signs (Felte, 2014)  Last listen of the day, some electronica off the CFUV weekly email.  A dibble of kraut rock type singing, and a completely unfunky guitar synth band.  They could not be more on the 1.  This is just a bit too square for me, but if you’re a square ass mofo this could be heaven for you.



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