Active Music Listening Thursday December 18, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 996
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 618
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, 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.

@@@ Propaganda: Crimson Cord (Humble Beast, 2014).  His last record made my best of year list for the year it was released.  Propaganda is a Christian MC but he’s not soft the way a lot of Christian metal seems soft and not authentic.  I’m going to roll back on this record and check it out some more but I really liked the history that was in Excellent, and this one is little heavier on the religious themes.  I will check it out more, as a I said, because this guy does something really unique but that’s my first impression.

@@@ Hail Mary Mallon: Bestiary (Rhymesayers, 2014).  Both of these listens are off the All Music best of 2014 hip hop.  I really like the beats and the bass in the first tune is awesome.  Really strong funky arrangements, it’s not jump up and down material for me but this is very well done.

@@@ Cozz: Cozz & Effect (The Committee/Dreamville/Interscope, 2014).  Dreams of riches out of the hood, medium gangsta style.  Bitches really on the dick now, apparently.  Gunshot samples in the arrangement of the first tune.  Eh, this shit doesn’t work for me — I understand why poor folks dream of being rich, but I don’t need to listen to it.


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