Active Music Listening Friday September 25, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 765
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 475
Not good music: 239

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, Orlando Julius

@@@ Hand Job Academy: #ikeamonkey (Self-released, 2014).  I’m both fascinated by and repulsed by the potty mouth female rap.  Here we have three white girls talkin smack over West Coast beats.  Lots of bitches, lots of sex talk with production that’s both poppy and funky.  I can’t tell if they’re lesbians or if they’re rappin’ from the perspective of a dude — well, I think they rugmunchers after hearing Pu$$y Chicken.  And I do mean rugmunchers in the most positive way.  Potty mouth lesbians, that’s a whole ‘nother game.  I got to this via the CFUV weekly email.

@@@ Big Freedia: Just Be Free (Queen Diva, 2014).  Some more hip hop off the CFUV weekly email but a whole different thing than Hand Job Academy.  Very old school — block rockin’ beats and big party hook style rappin’.  The bulk of the arrangments are handled by synths which lends it a bit of an old school wannabe vibe.  Wow, this is some overwhelming music as the MCs and vocalists are workin’ the microphone hard.

@@@ Chris Brown: X (RCA, 2014).  Some super breath-y new style r&b opens up this record by the infamous Mr. Brown.  My impression of listening to other releases is that he has a good voice but his productions straddle that club cheese/new r&b neighborhood.  Oh, here comes the throbbing bass line and the skittering techno snare, and into a West Coast jeep style beat.  That was pretty slick but as he says, he just came here to party.  He’s not nearly as annoying as Kanye who is just so bombastic, and this surprises to the upside with some interesting arrangements and blending of styles.  There’s some creativity going on here.

@@@ Haunted Summer Music LA: 1996 (Not sure, 2014).  A very lush and orchestrated dreamy indie tune I got to via a music publicist.  Female vocalist with plenty of reverb on her voice, slow shiny guitar arpeggios, and some very understated and melodic bass work.  Part of some limited edition vinyl release coming out in December.

@@@ Isobel Trigger: Nocturnal (Cordova Bay, 2014).  Some diva-tronic synth rock off the CFUV weekly email.  Big bass synth action with a big rock drum beat in the opening tune, Dust and Bones.  The rest of the tunes follow the same formula of mixing big rock sounds and electronic elements.  It’s hard to peg a comparable band for these guys.


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