Active Music Listening Thursday January 8, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 19
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 10
Not good music: 6

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, Samba Toure

@@@ Samba Toure: Fondo (Camara, 2014).  There is a new record by Toure out on Glitterbeat but this one is up on the Beats.  It appears to be a full African production or maybe even a bootleg as the cover is fuzzy and looks color copied.  However, the music is sticky and funky.  My favorite touch in the first tune, Anbafo, is a violin sounding instrument tucked in the back of the mix playing repetitive figures.  Hand percussion, electric bass, kora and guitar round out the instrumentation with Toure’s commanding voice.  The second tune, Kairi Kairi is really beautiful with a vocal melody over a simple guitar figure.

@@@ Saxsyndrum: Future Release (Saxsyndrum, 2014).  Some polyrhythmic electronica I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  It does indeed feature a sax and drum beats with angelic female syllables and oohs, and other synth funkiness.   Sounds a bit like the theme from Ghostbusters and a bit like the Talking Head without the David Byrne talking head.  I’m on the third tune and while I find the music to be more creative than a large swath of electronic music, it is only superficially funky and not as satisfying as the formula might be.

@@@ The Amazing: The Headless Boys (Partisan, Feb 2015).  An acoustic dittie I got to after receiving an email from the label promo department.  Pleasant, loose acoustic guitar strumming and well done vocal harmonies.  A full band comes in at around 1:45 and it continues in a soft rock manner.  A little lonesome slide guitar and even a little pastoral woodwind action.  Tasteful arranging.

@@@ Elvis Perkins: Hogus Pogus (Self-released/MIR Records, 2015).  I got to this tune via the good people at Tell All Your Friends PR.  Quirked indie vocals over a well recorded upright bass and a simple guitar strum.  A little bit of late ’60s Brian Wilson psychedelia breaks out at the end of the tune.  It’s a quickie, 2:41.


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