Active Music Listening Friday January 9, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 23
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 12
Not good music: 7

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

@@@  Falconer: Black Moon Rising (Metal Blade, 2014).  Off an Aquarius Records employee best of 2014 list.  Opens up with the tune Locust Swarm, and the band sports a combination of heavy rock and classic metal with a highbrow vocalist.  Very dignified and operatic dude on the microphone here.  It’s quite a contrast with the double kick attack and octopus stylings of the drummer.  Meticulously played and so cleanly executed you could eat off this record.  Metal nerds come and get it.

@@@ Warm Soda: Someone For You (Castle Face, 2014).  Off the same Aquarius duder’s best of list.  Goes back in the time machine for some AM radio melodic, punky, buzzy rock.  Think the Strokes without the wanker pretensions of grandeur having a love baby with early Elvis Costello without the acidity.  This formula is time tested and these guys do a good job with it.

@@@ Planning for Burial: Desideratum  (The Flenser, 2014).  Same Aquarius duder.  Supposed to be a metallic, post shoegaze tour de force.  I understand the shoegaze conceit but it’s taking a bit for this airplane to get off the ground.  Sounds like they’re digging a hole with a big spoon.  The record reallys starts to pick up steam with the slower and melodic ambient title track, and then it gets a bit Sonic Youth Daydreamy Nation on the third tune, 29 August 2012 — charred post rock hopelessness.  Two hits but that first tune is a wet muffin, stay off that bad boy.

@@@ Alcest: Shelter (Prophecy Productions, 2014).  Life affirming metal off the same duder’s best of list.  Opens up choir-y, stacked male voices and long electric bass tones underneath.  I guess these guys were metal because after the choir comes the life affirming prog-rock duder referred to.  There must be something wrong with me as I don’t feel this is life affirming, I find it sort of New Age-y and soft.  The lyrics are in French, which is good as I will get to duck the life affirming meaning of the words.  I know some people are into this kind of New Age-y prog business, I’m just not one of those people.


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