Active Music Listening Wednesday September 17, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 732
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 458
Not good music: 226

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

@@@ Shellac: Dude, Incredible (Touch and Go, 2014)  So incredible, in fact, that nothing has appeared on the web for people to listen to to see if they like it.  I have resorted to illicit means to check out this album for my faithful readers.  Ah, there we go.  Recorded at Steve Albini’s studio it sports a big, open and plain drum sound with tasty guitar sounds and the bass a little low..  Vocals are slack and take a back seat to the band playing which is pretty top notch.  This is like a jazz record — the emphasis here is on interplay between musicians and tone.  The tunes have a jammy quality to them and are multi-sectioned so if you’re not interested in their musical meanderings it’s probably not going to work for you.

@@@ Princess: Molly (Not sure, 2014).  A debut space rock extravaganza I got to via a music publicist email.  Think Pink Floyd with Patti Smith all downered out on cough syrup on vocals.  Excellent and most tasty ambient distorted guitar sounds, a very tasteful minimalist drum sound, but I wanted a bit more than the slow space hippie vocal.

You can stream it over here at Stereogum.

@@@ Diabolic: Fightin’ Words (Media 360, 2014).  A monster shot of Wu-Tang-y influenced hip hop I got to via a promo email.  I dig the beats and the darkness of the arrangements.  Be warned there is quite a bit of explicit sexual lyrics and a dose of medium violence.  A lot of ‘lick my ass crack’ and ‘3 weeks of ball sweat’ and I guess you can lick that as well.  Boy this dude is workin’ the microphone hard.

@@@ Blake Mills: Heigh Ho (Verve, 2014).  Off the latest All Music weekly email.  I would call this super friendly, New Age tinged roots music.  There’s some Ry Cooder-esque guitar playing and a lot of gospel-y singing in the first tune, If I’m Unworthy.  Very creative guitar sounds and arrangement on this tune.  Mills has an engaging and warm voice and this is some of the most uplifting alt-country music I’ve heard in a long time.

@@@ Shintaro Sakamoto: Let’s Dance Raw (Other Music Recording, 2014).  If you’ve ever wanted to hear a Japanese woman play a quasi-Brazilian bossa nova you’re in luck!  From what I’ve heard thus far on this record I got to via All Music, this record has very little to do with dance music and is more accurately an lush, relaxed art rock record — a bit downtown.  It’s not solely a female singer and there is a variety of musical contexts here — a tad of country roots, a bit of soft rock, a little world music.




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