Active Music Listening Monday September 22, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 746
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 465
Not good music: 231

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, Vessel. Earls of Leicester, Khun Narin

@@@ Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band (Innovative Leisure, 2014).  Some out electric psychedelic music that sounds both like a Mali guitar band and the Doors.  This is the end, my only friend.  I think the guitar player is backed by a bunch of hand drum and percussion players, but it sounds amazingly like a drum kit.  The bass player straddles the stoner rock/dub genre — he’s laying down some thick and melodic low end.  I’m going to check this record out more and I hope you peep it as well.  Given the tidal wave of psychedelia spewing out from all corners of the world this outfit shoots to the very top in just a brief listen.

@@@ Wolf: Devil Seed (Century Media, 2014).  We start out our new week of listening with some straight ahead classic metal I got to via Aquarius Records weekly email.  The guitars are driving the bus here — dual attack, excellent tone, some nice melodic work and some classic power chord action.  Oddly enough a little bit of spy music at the end of track one.  Here is the singer and he’s classic.  Some operatic vibes with a little hissing lizard and a generous helping of tight rag around the balls upper register singing.  Excellent production on this bad boy.

@@@ Sloan: Commonwealth (Yep Roc, 2014).  We take it down a couple of notches with an update on the classic rock formula I got to via the Aquarius Records weekly email.  Above average vocal work, some classic rock guitar that has sharpness, and that melodic ’70s bass sound.  Sound a lot like Paul McCartney before he hit the weed bag really hard.  This could work for all you cubicle dwellers out there — ooh, a bit of Squeeze on this second track, You’ve Got a lot on your mind.  If you dig sweet vocals and harmonizing there’s a good chance you will like this record.

@@@ Blackwolfgoat: Drone Maintenance (Small Stone, 2014).  Also off this past Saturday’s Aquarius Records list.  Not really what I expected.  Sort of a straight ahead rock band setting with a big guitar solo right out of the gate.  A bit of a guitar style mashup going on here — a bit of prog, a little cheese metal, some guitar indie and even a little acoustic guitar folk.  An odd duck, and that’s all right on this blog, god dammit.

 

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