Active Music Listening Monday January 19, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 47
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 29
Not good music: 14

Honorable Mentions: 6
Buys: 2

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., Sons of Huns, Fofoulah

@@@ Autorickshaw: The Humours of Autorickshaw (Self-released, 2013).  A sort of epic rock/world music blend I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Fusion-y electric bass, table, big 1980’s electric guitar, East Asian female singer and a huge big power chord slopfest in the chorus of the second tune, Snake Charmer. The tabla, the drummer, the male Carnatic singer, and the guitar (I guess all or most of them) get into some serious rhythmic action on the third tune, Kapi-Wallah.  I would dig this much more if the guitar sound was less cheesy and more melodic.  Technical world pop arena rock.

@@@ Lord RAJA: A Constant Moth (Ghostly Int’l, 2014)  Drum and bass with medium strong hip hop influence off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Well, the second tune is a four on the floor club beat with an MC so this one could be a picnic basket of electronic music styles.  Nice funky bass line on this second tune, Van Go.  I like the addition of hip hop/funky music into the drum ‘n bass milieu.  I really dig the fourth track, Darwin.

@@@ Hudson Mohawke: Chimes (Warp, 2014).  I only have one track up on my Beats thing and it’s a remix.  .It’s an club track with a dash of West Coast hip hop and one semi-fierce MC and another one doin’ a club vocal kinda hook.  Big jeep bass bounce, lots of vocal bounce, some synth horn action and some periodic video game synth pops.  Nigga this, nigga that, just sayin.

@@@ Ex Hex: Rips (Merge, 2014).  Some raved up garage psych out on Merge and I got to this via the CFUV weekly email.  The buzzy tremolo guitars are heard within a pretty slicked out production and it sounds good.  There’s definitely a pop undercurrent to this music — melodic vocal lines, some classic rock guitar melody action and as has been mentioned, the production.  I’m not usually a big fan of Merge releases but this is all right — hits right at the classic rock target without coming off all copycat.  These guys sound like a lot of bands you know really well.

 

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