Active Music Listening Wednesday January 14, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 35
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 21
Not good music: 10

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, Fofoulah

@@@ Fofoulah: Bene Bop EP (Loop, 2013).  I saw this band mentioned on the WRIR weekly playlist email and this six song EP is up on my Beats.  It opens up rhythmically thick and slinkier than your typical Afrobeat — I wouldn’t exactly call this Afrobeat but it’s similar.    There is a unique vibe to this African music — laid-back and trippy with standard funkiness.  This could be honorable mention material and I will check it out later.

@@@ Rebel Tumbao: Rebel Tumbao (Sacred Music, 2014).  Some political latin/funk music I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist.  Fusion-y/soul singer, big horn lines, large ensemble (including percussion).  The second tune, Natural Mystic, switches gears completely to sticky roots reggae.  Oh wait, they come out of the reggae and mix in the Latin music influences which is gonna be how the record goes — mashing different musical styles with conscious lyrics.

@@@ Justin Townes Earle: Single Mothers and Absent Fathers (Vagrant, 2015).  My hard drive is starting to wipe itself but if I remember correctly I’ve checked out some of Earle’s earlier more rockin’ stuff and didn’t like it as much as this more mid tempo rock/soul vibe.  Very minimalist and classic arrangements for the backing band of drums, bass, and clean guitar with occasional slide guitar.  He’s doing a good job of working that down and out rock ‘n roll vibe.

@@@ Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show (RCA, 2015) Some new style r&b off this week’s All Music email.  A quirky Timbaland style beat, an odd but hooky chant vocal arrangement in the first tune, Dumb.  The second tune, Mascara is more straight forward and showcases Sullivan’s voice which is solid.  I liked the fourth tune, Silver Lining, the most of what I heard.




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