Active Music Listening Wednesday November 26, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 940
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 581
Not good music: 297

Honorable Mentions: 14
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

@@@ Scott Walker + SunO))): Soused (4AD, 2014).  If you took some of Slash’s guitar riffs/chordage and ran it through an AM radio and then paired that with a super old school singer who is a bit operatic, and dramatical you would have the core of this record.  I don’t really like the guitar tones that I’ve heard so far, they sound like they were crafted in a computer.  This is definitely a bold pairing but I’m finding a Black Sabbath/Wayne Newton combo to be a bit plodding.  I actually haven’t heard much of Wayne Newton’s music, I’m struggling to find someone else this singer sounds like, so I imagine somehow that Wayne Newton sounds something like this guy.

@@@ Electric Wizard: Time to Die (Spinefarm, 2014).  Some heavy music off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  Same with the first record.  Thus far I’m hearing a piquant blend of doom and sludge and I think time and space is slowing down.  Oh my, Satan takes his time.  If you took a Black Sabbath vinyl record, put it on and then decreased the voltage to the turntable it would sound likes these dudes.  I’m not sure this makes me think Hell is a really relaxed place and I would like to have the warm weather and a mellow vibe or whether I would be a little bored to spend eternity at this tempo.  Tough call.

@@@ Dels: Petals Have Fallen (Big Dada, 2014).  Also off the WRIR weekly email.  The first tune, Limbo, is a slow electronic arrangement with MCs sounding, well the tune is called Limbo and it sounds like that’s where they’re rapping from.  Medium heavy electronic music influences here — female angel choirs, a large ambient sound you don’t usually encounter on hip hop records.  It’s interesting.  The second tune, Fall Apart, features more standard hip hop beats while maintaining the synth bass and synth-o-centric arrangement.  I hear some British accents flying around on this third tune, House of Commons, and the vibe is generally not American.  Solid B.



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