Active Music Listening Wednesday January 7, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 15
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 8
Not good music: 5

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, 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, Sons of Huns

@@@ Sons of Huns: Banishment Ritual (Riding Easy Records, 2014).  Off an Aquarius Records employee best of 2014.  This is some pretty blazing heavy stoner rock.  For fans of Wolfmother.  Some tasty Black Sabbath-esque guitar riffage, a big arena rock singer and a basher behind the drum kit.  A little bit of boogie rock in the second tune and both the guitar player and the drummer are quite on fire.  Don’t sleep on this shit people, and I’m going to circle back on this monster shot of stoney blaze.

@@@ Linda Perhacs: Parallelograms (Sunbeam Records, 2014).  Also off an Aquarius Records record store geek best of 2014 this is a record of delicate, female folks with some unique aspects.  In the first tune, Chimacum Rain, she does a multi tracked thing that’s hard to explain that evokes the classic sing son of Joni Mitchell.  Oh shit, when you go to the Googletube this is a reissue from 1970.  That era is more evoked on the second tune, Paper Mountain Man.  Aspects of San Fran Jefferson Airplane style soft rock but she definitely has a very unique vocal style that makes her music stand out.

@@@ Mactatus: Blot (Moribund Records, 2001).  I saw this record being re-released so I thought it must be decent.  Buzzy guitars, an above average drummer and a ghoulish singer.  A bit thrashy, a bit hard rock, a bit classic metal.  The first tune, Black Poetry, is quite epic and the second tune is a more straightforward slab of meat on Satan’s barbecue.  There are some quietly melodic synthesizers tucked back in the mix which give the tunes a spooky vibe.  I don’t usually like synths in my heavy metal but these are pretty low profile.  I like this record the more I listen to it.

@@@ Pablo Held: Glow (Pirouet, 2013)  Some contemplative jazz I got to via the London Jazz Blog.  Instrumentation is piano, sax, trumpet, bass and drums.  Production is polished without being too slick.  The first tune, Is This the End, builds slowly to a polite crescendo and then back to quiet.  There’s an electric guitar tucked in there so it’s a medium large ensemble.  I like it, I like a little more ruckus, but that’s just me.


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