Active Music Listening Tuesday September 16, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 727
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 455
Not good music: 224

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 13

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, 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, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Lenguas Largas

@@@ Dee Sada: Bells and Ships and Songs (Tip Top, 2014).  Opens up with some nice space bass and a waif female singer.   I predict a big crushing guitar chorus — let’s wait for it, shall we?  1/3 through, no crunch.  Holidays are coming.  Maybe this is it — that would be quite minimalist and unexpected.  Let’s wait for it, shall we?  Over 1/2 way through, just bass and vocals.  I’m starting to think this is it.  Let’s wait for it, shall we?  We’re getting some spacy female ooh aahs, and some high pitched Morse code squeaks.  10 seconds to go, I guess that’s it.  Wow, that was deep.

@@@ Brandon Cunningham: Giveout (Self-released, 2014).  Some slow alt-country I got to via a music publicist.   I’m a sucker for the slow reverbed steel guitar.  Let’s see what the singer has for us.  A little My Morning Jacket singer style but without the rock star trip.  He gets to big, slow guitar shred 4 minutes through the tune.  Very confessional lyrics combined with minimal arrangements and a big sound make this a slow burning feelings bomb.  The guitar shreds are tasty.

@@@ Dune Rats: Smile (Inertia Access, 2013).  Some bouncy ass self-released pop punk indie I got to via a music publicist.  I may be mistaken but I believe the record cover has a dude taking it up the butt in a bunk bed.  I’ve clipped the bandcamp player below which shows the cover, but I must say it’s not every day you see a dude taking it back there on a record cover.  Moving on, I like the music.  Tight vocal harmonies over a pretty straight rock beat, and a lot of clean Violent Femmes strummed guitar.

@@@ Step-Panther: Candy in the Sky (HUB/Inertia, 2014).  Some Australian jangle indie off a publicist email.  Drums high in the mix (always into that), some clean guitar strumming (all right) and a nasal-esque singer rocking a big melody in the chorus.

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