Active Music Listening Tuesday January 6, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 11
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 5
Not good music: 4

Honorable Mentions: 3
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, Coffinworm, Akele Wube, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fainatur

@@@ This Heel: Selfish Food (Small Bear, 2015)  Some fuzzy, lo fi guitars that explodes into a shitstorm of guitar noise and drum cymbal head cutting.  A tad of psych to go with the generous helping of noise, but it’s a tune with melody and that’s good.  Other tunes I checked out were even more impressively fuzzy and distorted.  I’m gonna switch from the GoogleToob to the Bandcamp in case you want a big ol’ heaping helping of distortion.  A little bit of Sonic Youth but with more melody and less pretension.

http://thisheel.bandcamp.com/album/e-p

@@@ POP ETC: Running In Circles (Not sure, 2015).  Super poppy electronica I got to via a music publicist email.  Gated snare sound, big synth sounds, and a big exploding chorus.  So 1980’s influenced it makes you wanna dig up Ronald Reagan and ask him why he let all those gay men die of AIDs.

@@@ Gametheory: Dead Center (Omnivore, 2014).  Off one of the Aquarius Records’ employee best of 2014.  If Alex Chilton fronted a synth rock band it would sound a lot like this.  I did some Bing-ing as I’ve given up the fascist Google machine, and this is a reissue from the 1980’s.  So I say if you’re hankering for some of the ’80s rock accept no substitute and get right back to the mothership.  Some nice melodic bass lines, and there’s some grit to the guitars and they’re really trying to make art and not cheese.  And the singer sounds way too much like Alex Chilton.

@@@ Ena: Binaural (WM Denmark, 2014)  A little scooby snack from the same Aquarius Records employee best of 2014.  This tune is a bit of a sad banger in Miley Cyrus parlance.  Ena sports a banging’ shoulder tattoo on her Beats photo, but her voice is more manly, though they’ve tweaked it out.  She does a singing/rapping so she’s a two weapon musician.  Production is r&b slick with a little West Coast hip hop skitter thrown in.  I feel bad that she’s sad.

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