Active Music Listening Friday November 7, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 892
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 550
Not good music: 284

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

@@@ Musketeer: Sicilian Queen (Not sure, 2014).  Some strummed acoustic guitar adult alternative/soft rock/folk I got to from an email blast from the artist.  Spacious drum sound and a strong and gentle voice.  Less instrumentation gives room and emphasis to what is there and I enjoy the less is more formula — there’s a piano tucked in the back of the tune when the drums come in, there’s a simple melodic trumpet line about 2/3rds through and some sundazed organ sounds behind the trumpet.

@@@ The Voyeurs: Rhubarb Rhubarb (Heavenly Recordings, 2014)  Some mainstream frat Brit rock/indie I got to via a music publicist email.  It’s a bit of an odd duck — poppy and weird at the same time, it’s not rock or punk or indie per se.  Check it for yourself.

You can stream over here at NME.

@@@ Joe Holiday: Strength and Kindness (Somebody Else’s Nightmare, 2014).  A smooth jazz vocal record with fusion keyboards, electric bass, and a dual horn attack.  Smoother than a baby’s bottom, the drums are funkier rather than free — the second tune could easily be the theme song to a 70’s television show while the third is more an uptempo fusion-y number.  I got to this via a Twitter ad.

@@@ Mysticum: Planet Satan (Peaceville, 2014).  I’m expecting big things from a metal record called Plaent Satan.  After a brief metal percussion intro we’re right into the beehive guitar sound with some synths, thrash drums and some of that tinkly percussion comes back.  The tune is called LSD, and it lives up to its trippy title.  These guys are fronted by a Neanderthal singer, it’s really quite mad.  The combination of the double kick and the agit guitars is quite mad.  The singer goes full punk freakout with the drummer on the tune, Far.  Maybe I got a bit too excited about Planet Satan.

@@@ ANAAL NATHRAKH: Desideratum (Metal Blade, 2014).  Also off my weekly heavy metal email newsletter.  This badboy opens up a little like I imagine Dante’s inferno, broken voices, clouds of windy chaos, industrial noises, blasts of guitar sound, everything is disjointed and fucked up.  When it opens up into the tune proper it’s pretty manicured metal — well containted guitar chunk, flat whacking kick drum.  The electronic burbles are sort of interesting and distracting at the same time especially in contrast to the epic flow of the second tune Unleash.  The drummer is the star here.

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