Active Music Listening Thursday October 30, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 866
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 534
Not good music: 274

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 14

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, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, Shakey Graves, Jungle Fire, The Coral

@@@ Wayfarer: Night Games (Not sure, 2014).  Some loverboy downtempo electronica I got to via a music publicist.  A sultry female voice singing over a downtempo stream of synth pebbles and pulses and slow beats.  It’s tastefully done, which is a statement for this genre.  There ain’t much subtle about the classic boom titch/chainsaw synth formula.

@@@ Honduras: Illusion (Black Bell, 2014).  Off a music publicist email.  Some classic New York City style crunchy punk.  Nasal singer, a little snotty British vibe — think the Strokes after they’ve had a big dinner of fish and chips.  Some guitar jangle, some melody, some power chords, you know the dilly.

@@@ The Twilight Sad: No One Wants to Be Here and No One Wants to…. (Fat Cat, 2014).  Sounds like this is gonna be some mopey ’80s rock — I found this on the All Music weekly email.  I guess she’s not coming back, whoever she is in the first tune.  Uh oh, I hear a Scottish accent so this is gonna get mad dramatical.  The second tune, Last January, rocks a very steady groove but it’s still the same sonic palette.  This music is all right, not my style.

@@@ Vesania: Deus Ex Machina (Metal Blade, 2014).  Off my weekly heavy metal mailorder email.  Big battering drum sound with a solid level of guitar buzz and a dark but not openly satanic vocalist.  You can hear him, and frankly I can’t believe he can do that to his throat.  Brutal shred job.  These guys have a bit of Motorhead caveman attack in their metal vocabulary and also a bit of art school — I think I hear a synth tucked back in the arrangement of the second tune, Innocence.



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