Active Music Listening Monday December 15, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 986
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 609
Not good music: 307

Honorable Mentions: 15
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, 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, Coffinworm, Akele Wube, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B..

@@@ T.O.M.B.: Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy III (Todestrieb Records, 2014).  Off last week’s Aquarius Records weekly email.  A mashup of industrial, metal, and chaos.  This is some brutal noise music and the distorted voice is effectively disturbing.  The second tune is more of a band thing and it’s more metallic while retaining a static guitar blast and a distorted as fuck voice.  I’m hearing this more as an alienated vibe rather than a demonic, satanic vibe.  I’m going to check this out more when I have a chance.

@@@ Alsarah and the Nubatones: Silt (Wonderwheel, 2014).  Some Middle Eastern hybrid music off WRIR’s end of 2014 best of list.  I really like the opener, the female singer is excellent and the arrangement and vibe is atypical.  Modern sounding but not poppy, and traditional at the same time.  Instrumentation is hand drums/percussion, bass, a stringed instrument I would not dare to try to identify, and vocals.  I really like the singer and the playing, but it doesn’t quite make the cut for me.  Check it out.

@@@ Mamani Keita: Kanou (World Village, 2014).  In the honorable mention section of WRIR’s best of 2014.  Beatiful female vocals and a mostly laid-back arrangement with a pleasant sharp electric guitar stabbing through the mix.  It’s a fairly familiar set of sounds except for the funkier electric guitar.

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