Active Music Listening Wednesday December 17, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 993
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 615
Not good music: 308

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.

@@@ Busdriver: Perfect Hair (Ninja Tune, 2014).  More left field hip hop off the All Music best of 2014 hip hop.  The MC has a purposely odd flow — he’s not art school because his flow is not soft but there are points when he gets Thelonious Monk angular on his words.  Certainly not always as he changes his vocal rhythm at his discretion.  While I don’t love this (I really like it B+) it definitely gets points for creativity and uniqueness and he blows it up on the tune Upsweep.  As I said, this is some very creativity and heartfelt music and folks should check it out.  And one of my favorite rappers Open Mike Eagle makes a guest spot on this record.

@@@ Cormega: Mega Philosophy (Slim Style, 2014).  As titled, a mega/big picture hip hop record off the All Music best of 2014.  I’ll Duck Duck Go his bio, but he sounds like a New Yorker.  He’s got a stripped down production sound with pretty tough beats with a pretty urgent flow.  Okay, gold stars for me, he’s from Queens.  I like the beats and he really hits his stride on the tune clipped below.

@@@ Calle 13: Multiviral (Sony Latin, 2014).  Puerto Rican hip hop off the All Music best of 2014 list.  I have no clue what they’re rapping about, but I’m not super into the production of the tunes.  I tend to shy away from strings in my hip hop and there’s an  undercover arena rock Bon Jovi vibe kicking’ around.  Yo, I’m just one gringo so check it out for yourself.

@@@ Aleister X: Keepin’ It Real (Golden Haze Society, 2014).  Off the All Music best of 2014 hip hop.  I can see how they put this in the hip hop section, but it’s got generous amounts of rock ‘n roll and psych reverb on the guitar and the voice.  In a word, Williamsburg hop.  I theorize that having a British accent on a record in America allows you to engage and get away with all sorts of cheesy antics.  Duder’s flow is weak and in general it’s a weak biscuit.  C+.  Keepin’ it real, my ass.


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