Active Music Listening Monday January 5, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 7
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 3
Not good music: 2

Honorable Mentions: 1
Buys: 1

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, Hush Point, Coffinworm, Akele Wube, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fainatur

@@@ The Afrorockerz: The Afrorockerz (Buda musique, 2014).  Some slicked up African music with electronic elements in it.  The female singer sounds a bit like Sade and the band sports both an electric bass and a synth bass.  Interesting.  There’s also a bit of 1980’s Talking Heads ethnic pop sprinkled up in this joint.  It’s not really my cup of tea though I appreciate the fresh approach.

@@@ Faianatur: Haile Salassi (Self-released, 2014).  A roots reggae I found on the WRIR weekly email and the same with the last record.  The singer is a cross between the singer in Culture and the gent in Burning Spear.  I think there’s more than one singer here.  The production is modern but there’s plenty of low end to groove to.  I dig the vocal arrangements the most and this is a record I’m going to check out when I have more time.

@@@ Foreseen HKI: Helsinki Savagery (Buckspin, 2014).  Let’s switch gears to some classic thrash I got to via my heavy metal newsletter.  The first tune Slam Savagery has some classic kick/snare hardcore whump interspersed with some octopus drum rolls.  Big ka-chunk and squealing pig combo platter here.  Waiting on the singer, and here he is on the second tune, Death Injection.  No caveman here, strictly old school hardcore goin on here.  He really takes the pissed-ness up more than a couple of notches.  These guys are bringin’ the hardcore punk/metal energy, don’t sleep on this shit.

@@@ Absu: Abzu (Candlelight Records, 2015).  Also off my Omega Records weekly newsletter.  This is a tres unique combo platter of boogie rock and black metal with a singer that sounds straight just like Golem in the Lord of the Rings.  More accurately Golem after a super strong pot of coffee and some meth.  You can’t make this shit up and these guys are on full tilt Satan boogie.

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