Active Music Listening Wednesday November 5, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 883
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 544
Not good music: 281

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 15

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, The Coral, Sleaford Mods, Simo Lagnawi

@@@ Calvin Harris: Motion (Columbia, 2014).  Some mainstream EDM/New Age Cheese off the All Music weekly email.  Full on shopping mall boom titch with the big synth sound.  I’m gonna sample a couple more tunes, but I’m not feeling very hopeful.  Wow, these lyrics are what my first grade son might write if he got an advance from Columbia.  I guess this music could help sell some blue jeans at Old Slave-y, but that’s about it.

@@@ Theophilus London: Vibes! (Warner Bros., 2014).  Some alt nu school r&b/soul I got to via the All Music ‘noteworthy’ releases of the week.  I really the dig the sounds and arrangement of the first tune, Water Me.  The second tune, Neu Law, is more space age with pong sounds, a detached and reverbed voice and a bit darker than the black hippie soul of the opener.  The third tune, Take and Look, mixes in some krautrock influences which I find very interesting.  Solid B.

@@@ The Coathangers: Sex Club (Suicide Squeze, 2014).  A slack cover of a Gun Club tune.  Clean, maniacally strummed clean guitars over a pumpin’ straight rock drum beat and a female singer trying to slurve and wurble her punk alienation.  The tune gets a bit circular and gelatinous as it unfolds.

@@@ 2:54: The Other I (Not sure, 2014).  Some fairly epic British dream rock I got to via a music publicist.  Big drum sound, twinkly guitarrs, some cloud synths floating in the back — enter the super meaningful female vocalist with some extensive oohs/ahs backing vocals.  A little Kate Bush, a little what was that outfit everyone shit a brick over?  Snow Patrol or some art school rock horseshit.  Not the Clash that’s for sure.

You can stream it over here.

@@@ Lemuria: Foggy Smoke (Not sure, 2014).  Some ’90s retro guitar indie I got to via a music publicist.  A little stop and start-y and the classic rock ‘n roll hook of ‘I hate you as much as I love you’.  A little firehose, a little Breeders.   Nice guitar tones.


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