Active Music Listening Thursday November 13, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 910
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 562
Not good music: 286

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 16

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

@@@ Hundy Thou: Sweat EP (Wolf Sheep Records, 2014).  Off this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  God bless those Canadians out there.  This looks to be hip hop that is both a little old school and bit frat boy with singificant electronic music elements.  I say that as the beats are more partyistic than gangsta.  The second tune, Frizzi, is sort of a slow ballad with a distorted bank robber’s voice saying ‘I don’t give a fuck’.  Now there are many things that I don’t give a fuck about, but I don’t have time for the proudly ignorant.  There’s an infinite assload of ignorance, I don’t think we need to glamorize it.

@@@ Himiko: Victims of Greed (D-Trash Records, 2014).  Some heavy music with strong industrial music influences that I found on the CFUV weekly email.  The production really stands out here, to my ears this sounds like a video game metal record.  There’s no room sound and it sounds very polished.  I think the polish takes away from the roughness of it, but it’s definitely not trying to be a standard metal record.  Also a bunch of dubstep and super hard dance music influence up in this.

@@@ Abstract Artform: As the Crow Flies (Ol Roy Records, 2014).  Some hip hop off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  This is very different sounding than Hundy Thou record above — a big ol dose of trailer park fuzz blues while they rap about making it in the independent hip hop scene.  There was a dude about 10 years ago who did a similar formula but this has more guitar playing (not just samples).  It’s pretty good, check it out.

@@@ Leo Appleyard: Pembroke Road (F-Ire Recorded Music, 2014).  A piano, guitar, sax, bass and drums straight jazz record I got to via the London Jazz blog.  More contemplative than swinging, I like the guitar player’s tone more than usual guitar tones, the bass sounds thick.  The playing is a tad straight laced, but it’s a great sounding record.

@@@ Grace Sings Sludge: Such a vision (Empty Cellar, 2014).  I got to this from a music publicist email.  With the word sludge in the group name I did not expect the lonesome solo lo fi piano that opens the track up.  The singer has a pleasant voice, but the song is more vibe than tune.

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