Active Music Listening Wednesday October 1, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 776
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 480
Not good music: 242

Honorable Mentions: 10
Buys: 13

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, 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, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Vessel. Earls of Leicester, Khun Narin, Orlando Julius, Vaudou Game

@@@ Eaves: As Old as the Grave (Canvasclub, 2014).  A single off an upcoming record that I got to via a music publicist email.  This early-20s cat is from the UK and the fact that his track is called As Old as the Grave is more proof that American indie music has descended into tarpit of super stupid.  This tune is a bit of Van Morrison and maybe a schmear of Richard Thompson as well as a quiff hair of Coldplay.  He’s got a nice voice and the tune builds to a solid, non-cheesy crescendo.

@@@ The History of Apple Pie: Feel Something (Marshall Teller, 2014).  I saw this band listed on the latest All Music weekly email and how can you not check out a band called The History of Apple Pie.  The music is in the weird indie neighborhood — a bit dreamy, a little rocking, a round female voice nestled in the fuzz, and a nice drum sound.  In a rare instance in today’s music business these guys sound like they’re having fun and they don’t really care about formulas — it’s an unusual mix of styles that is difficult to describe.  So that’s why we have the Youtube brought to us by the dickheads at Google.

@@@ Lemuria: The Distance is so Big (Bridge 9, 2013).  I saw these guys namechecked on a music publicist email.  These guys refer back to classic guitar indie — female singer and that classic quiet verse, crunchy chorus.  Oh people, it’s a classic for a reason.  Pull this band’s chain for a bucket of fuzz upon hook.  The third tune has a male singer so it looks like it’s going to trade back and forth over the record.  Above average drummer, standard tunes, have at it if you’re up for the indie smorgasbord.

@@@ Lucinda Williams: Something Wicked this Way Comes (Highway 20, 2014)  A ropey bass line opens up this one tune on my Beats from Williams’ new record.  Straight as straight drums, twinkly guitars and Lucinda’s bag of gravel voice.  I like how she always sounds drunk when she sings.  Kind of a midtempo country swamp rock thing — nothing too poetic in the lyrics from this pretty great lyricisit/singer.


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