Active Music Listening Thursday October 2, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 780
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 482
Not good music: 244

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

@@@ Moodymann: Moodymann (Kdj, 2014).  Some Detroit style funk off the Quietus best of 2014  list which I may abandon after this last listen as it’s unearthed nothing but heartache to this point.  It’s definitely a mixture of funk styles — a little black hippie flute funk, some slow D’Angelo moments, and some ol’ school Parliament/Funkadelic influences.  There’s a lot of processing on the vocals which lends a trippy vibe to the record and I would have preferred less of that.  I like the fourth tune, Desire, a whole bunch but it’s a bit too much of a grab bag to hold my attention.

@@@ Blake Shelton: Bringing Back the Sunshine (Warner Bros, 2014).  A big ol’ mainstream country biscuit I saw on the latest All Music weekly email.  These good ol’ boys love to throw the influences around — there’s a classic AC/DC style guitar lick in the verse before the countrified cheese bomb goes off in the chorus.  I made it through the first tune, but Lord knows what’s next.  Ah, a banjo and a drum machine in the second tune, Neon Light.  Let me check the third tune for its style mashup — the third tune is pretty straight, a love ballad.  I need to get a handkerchief, oh there’s your big ass FM radio chorus hit.  Christ, that’s like taking a wet 2X4 in the face.

@@@ Innercity Ensemble: Black/White (Instant Classic, 2014).  A piquant blend of oscillated strings, some bird/animal noises, and a horn.  Off the Quietus list I’ve been whacking away (not off) at.  It’s as if you took a white Miles Davis and put him in a water down version of Blade Runner — spooky and improvised yo.

@@@ Gyratory System: Utility Music (Softbodies Records, 2014).  Off the Quietus list I’ve been whacking away (not off) at for a bit now.  This is a cross between high minded synth prog from the late ’70s (Brain Salad y’all) and a stoner in front of a laptop with a lot of plugins making toy music.  Plus a little bit of New Age sugar cheese.  It’s pretty good, but I find myself not paying attention enough.

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