Active Music Listening Wednesday September 3, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 689
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 428
Not good music: 209

Honorable Mentions: 8
Buys: 12

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, Ruthie Foster

@@@ Crater: Gross Relations (Mermaid Ave, 2014).  Some indie guitar, big female vocals and some twitchy clicks and synth blurbles.  There’s a spacey electronic breakdown before the tune resumes with the guitars and the singing and what not.  I dig it all right, no jumpin up and down, check it for yourself.

@@@ Overkill: White Devil Armory (eOne, 2014).  How can you not check out a record called White Devil Armory?  Off the CFUV weekly email.  After a brief theatrical intro niblet, I believe we’ll head right into the crushing chamber.  Yes, as predicted.  Double kick drum to the dome, old school (Scorpions-esque) metal singer and healthy blast of ka-chunk.  They skip into some boogie metal in the second tune, Armorist, but this is the old school metal flying its flag.

@@@ Minus the Bear: Cat Calls & Ill Means (Dangerbird, 2014).  Off a late fall record.  Super clean mix — excellent drum sound and distorto bass sound.  When I hear the full framed mix like this I want to hear the singer go absolutely nuts, but he’s pretty tame.  I like the contrast of clean band/dirty singer but that’s not the way this is going.  For all you clean rockers out there, have at it.  You’re blue jeans (or whatever trousers you may be sporting) will not be ruffled by this track.

@@@ Crew Tour De Force: Battlecry Remix LP (Dub-Stuy Records, 2014).  I got to this record via a music publicist email.  The main marketing pitch is to blend new electronic music elements with old school dub elements.  Get the club kids and the old school Rastas together, probably to sell them some weeds to help with the comedown off the club pills.  I like this mashup — the bass is massive and authentic and the pieces work together — to my ear at least.  I checked out half the record and think they do a good job honoring the dub spirit while pushing it forward.



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