Active Music Listening Monday December 1, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 948
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 587
Not good music: 299

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, Hush Point

@@@ Hush Point: Blues & Reds (Sunnyside, 2014).  Some lush jazz I got to via the All About Jazz weekly NYC gig email.  Very intimate sound, warm horns, real nice bass sound.  The playing is pretty restrained but engaging.  Mostly straight but with some interesting nooks and crannies.  The instrumentation is sax, trumpet, bass and drums.  I like this and I will check this record out more when I have time to sit and listen

You can stream over here at their website.

@@@ Dirty Beaches: Stateless (Zoo Music, 2014).  A record I got to via last week’s Black Friday Aquarius Records weekly email.  Pulsating drones and long tones on the opener here, folks.  Horn blips (pretty sure on that) strings, delays on some stuff, guitars.  You know with these drone noise records, it’s not the tone generator that’s at issue it’s the drone quality and arrangements thereof.  This is a stack of slow and fast so not completely dream like but not titched as fuck.  A little Indian sitar like action on the second tune Stateless, with some rumble underneath to go with your metallic slicing.  I’m feeling these second and third tunes more than that first one, I might have to circle back on this badboy, yo.

@@@ Beacon: L1 EP (Ghostly Intl, 2014).  Off a music publicist email.  Heavy on the kick boom and the stuttery hi hat titch/percussion tip topped off with a dreamy male vocal.  Some minimalist ping pong synth action to go with your boom-titch.  I like the production and the sparse arrangement but I’m not super feeling the singer.  Check it for yourself.

@@@ MYRKUR: Skaoi (Relapse, 2014).  A dark waif black metal tune I got to via a music publicist email.  Super loud buzzy ass guitars with a shrieking throat shred, this would work a lot better for me if the drums were more present in the mix.  There’s no pile driving drum beatdown to go with my guitar-fest.  She comes back on the elf queen tip towards the end of the tune, but more drums dammit.


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