Active Music Listening Thursday January 15, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 39
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 24
Not good music: 11

Honorable Mentions: 5
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, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fainatur, Sons of Huns, Samba Toure, Fofoulah

@@@ Archive: End Of Our Days (Not sure, 2015)  A ballad just dripping with meaning.  I’m not sure if it’s a power ballad as we have not had the power chord tidal waves.  A female singer doing her thing over a thick bed of oohs and ahs/background vocals and an electric organ.  Here comes the drum machine, oy this is unfolding like a big congealing, cheesy flower.  I know we just had the holidays but Christmas is coming fellas.  Yikes, I made it through that, that’s the best I can say about that tune.  No power chords, a slow meaningful thing, there you go.

@@@ Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect Park, 2014)  Who would have thought there are two big Azalias out there.  There’s an annoying, white female Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea and I peeped her record last year and…hated it.  Then there’s Azealia Banks who I saw talking about reparations for slavery on the Huffington Post.  That’s a long way from annoying white girls to reparations.  I really liked the rhythm tracks on the opener, Idle Delilah, but the faux old school hip hop of the second tune, Gimme a Chance didn’t work for me as well.  I’m on the fourth tune and it’s definitely a very wide range of styles she works in — club, hip, smooth r&b.  She sings, she raps, she’s got a lot going on.

I find Miss Banks’ politics to be more interesting than her music.  She has hassled the progeny of well known slaveowners, which I think is fantastic and she thinks most white people should be in psych wards.  I can’t disagree there, that has been my experience with white people and I’m one of them (unfortunately).

Oh, and it looks like Azealia Banks has beef with Iggy Azalea and so do I so that’s hot and I dig that and I’m totally into her expressing herself and having twitter feuds with all manner of folks, but the music is solid B.

http://youtu.be/jtTjzDTpx8o

@@@ Roller Trio: Fracture (Lamplight Social Records, 2014).  Some double horn straight jazz with some frat boy funk and bit of dub production mixed in.  The electric bass and the guitar tone lend a bit of a jazz fusion vibe to the proceedings but there are some interesting twists and turns within the compositions and the drummer is working overtime here.

http://youtu.be/nqNHfkVp-XM?list=PL-CHf30A34tAILjZYmfV_lgw9bShQoeta

@@@ Prinz George: Upswing (Not sure, 2014).  This is your indie electronic/undercover mainstream pop cheese injection I got to via a music publicist email.  A cornucopia of synthesizers and electronic drums.  Fat synth bass, a little chainsaw patch in the verses and some dreamy ping pong patches in the breakdown outro.  The vocal hook revolves around the line ‘we are on the upswing, you and i’ — it’s an electro-love thang.

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