Active Music Listening Friday November 14, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 913
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 563
Not good music: 288

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

I was gonna try to review Taylor Mannequin’s new record, but I was so exhausted by Nick Jonas’ tour de force that I didn’t have the energy to sit with her record because we all know Taylor is for real, she don’t put up with no Spotify shit and she looks a bit like a mannequin.

@@@ Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (RCA, 2014).  I don’t know how long I’m gonna be able to hang with this, I haven’t felt the Foos for quite a while.  Just too many power chords and formulaic songwriting.  Oh my, they’re heading back to ’70s melodic classic rock — I hope they’re rocking the appropriate haircuts for this sound.  While I’m not soiling my trousers over this, I appreciate they’ve switch the sound up — oh Bad Company, a schmear of Foghat, a bit of Foreigner.  Oh, there’s a bit of ol’ Foo in the second tune, The Feast or the Famine.  Maybe they started smoking weed, get the lighters out it’s a full on arena show.

@@@ Garth Brooks: Man Against Machine (MCA Nashville, 2014).  If an alien came down from outer space and asked what a showbiz douchebag looked like I would point straight to Garth Brooks.  I wouldn’t say I hate him, but he’s annoying as fuck.  Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case may be, he doesn’t put his music up on the Beats so I can’t check out his latest biscuit.  Let me try the Googletube.  Man, you can’t even find a studio version of these tracks on the Googletube — security is tight!  I will not buy your shit Garth Brooks just to review it.  You can’t hold me hostage.  I hate you Garth Brooks, but I want to hear your new jam.  Let me try the Vevo.  I thought you could stream it but you can’t, it’s just Garth talking about the songs.  God what a waste of bandwidth.  Fuck him.


@@@ Nick Jonas: Deluxe (Safehouse, 2014).  I’m checking out this record because I’ve seen all sorts of stories about Nick Jonas’ washboard abdomen.  If he’s got a six pack his record is gonna be straight chock full o’ bangers.  Plus I heard he’s kinda sexually ambiguous, and that gets a lot of press although I think the picture he’s got up on Beats is whack, it looks like somebody put his head in a vice and it’s all narrow and shit.  This is full on r&b dramatical production — slick beats, finger snaps, synth squiggles, quiet storm sounds and Jonas’ blue eyed hulk voice.  The second tune, Jealous is going Ronald Reagan ’80s pop — whew, that’s stinky cheese.  I’m going to check out a bit more, this third tune Teacher is probably about him doin’ it with his teacher.  Hot hot hot.  Oh, I got it wrong, he’s the one doing the teaching.  Oh, we know what Nick Jonas can teach you — how to get those impeccable abs.  This sounds like a watered down Prince outtake.  Well I tried to hang.


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