Active Music Listening Friday November 21, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 931
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 575
Not good music: 294

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 17

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, The Coral, Simo Lagnawi

@@@ Machinedrum: Vapor City Archives (Ninja Tune, 2014).  Off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  Opens up mostly drum and bass with some industrial vibes mixed in.  Some techno stacked synths come in halfway through the tune to accompany the low, hostage taker’s unrecognizable vocals.  If you were making this record into a pie it would be one third clubby, one third funky, and one third detached.

@@@ Various Artists: Feedback Madagascar (Vision Records, 2014)  Some newer African music I got to via the WRIR weekly review email.  The music is upbeat with a lot of South African influences as well as some West African influences..  A lot of clean guitars and multilayered vocal harmonies including some rapping.  Very modern production which I don’t usually love but the playing here is so intricate you can hear more.  The third tune, Somaiko Somaino, is pretty massive.

@@@ Captain Planet: Esperanto Slang (Bastard Jazz, 2014).  A lounge-y acid jazz/world mash I’ve seen on the CFUV weekly playlist and on the WRIR playlist.  There is a strong Brazilian music thread in this record as well as other Latin musics with a wide variety of instruments, strong rhythms, and slick production.  This is world music for yuppies, sanded down smooth designed to make listeners feel sophisticated.

@@@ TV On the Radio: Seeds (Harvest, 2014).  I liked the first record and it seems like they’ve never really gotten back to the point.  I’ve always felt that these guys could be a great band but they tended to get lost in production getting too cerebral when they should put out some feelings.  I like the muscular version of 1980’s synth rock that these guys traffic in and the sounds are pretty exquisite.  While they’ve upped the energy on this set, if they could bring some Pixies style fever these guys could really go somewhere — the vocals are relentlessly tepid and controlled.


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