Active Music Listening Friday January 15, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 43
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 26
Not good music: 13

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

@@@ Sillyboy: Stalker (Klik Records, 2014).  A soft rock track that morphs into an synth-y electro track in the chorus.  Super smooth singer, simple arrangement and pow, your daily recommended dose of indie electronic synth action!  You know you want it.  I got to this via a PR person.  The outro gets into some serious vocal stacking.  I got to this via a PR email.

@@@ Ghost Poet: Off Peak Dreams (Play it Again Sam, March 15)  A track from a Brit that combines elements of rap/spoken word with moody Brit rock over a fairly bouncing beat.  Little psychedelic sprinkles to keep things current and modern.  This is the best of what I heard today.  I got to this via a PR email.

@@@ Corey Dargel: There’s Nothing There (New Amsterdam, 2015).  A proggy rock arrangement with a super literate soft male vocal/lyricist doing his thing.  Gets a bit choral as it heads out.  Not really my cup of tea, I like messy shit.  I also like a smaller bagel — I don’t like those huge croquet ball affairs that take two hands to hold.  I like a nice, reasonably sized bagel.  I got to this via a PR email.

@@@ Fort Lean: I Don’t Mind (Ooh La La Records, 2015).  A delicate blend of synth rock, classic rock guitar riffage, and frat boy funk attitude.  If you like synth action with a little bit of cock rockin’ strut then get yer spoon out cuz these boys will hook your shit up.  They got a little Mick Jagger thing going.  Hopefully the singer doesn’t sport the same moves on the stage when they’re hittin’ it live.  I got to this via a PR email.



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