Active Music Listening Tuesday January 20, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 51
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 32
Not good music: 15

Honorable Mentions: 6
Buys: 3

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

@@@ Shooting Guns: Wolfcop OST (Ridingeasy Records, 2014).  Some motorcycle boogie music clocking in at #2 on this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  Comes with bonus electronic music elements — squirbs and clouds in the back with the big power guitars up front.  Big arena rock drums and production sound — yet to be determined if a vocalist will make his/her appearance.  I’m guessing there’s no singer and the synth action fills the vocalist role and makes it suitable soundtrack music.  Who’s that band that sang Radar Love?  It sounds like that with no singer.

@@@  Napalmpom: The Unconditional Love of Napalmpom (Teenage Rampage, 2014).  Another band off the CFUV weekly email.  The first tune, Guided by Volume, does some serious flirting with AC/DC with a singer that sounds more like Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes.  Oh, now they’re out of the AC/DC into a sort of Thin Lizzy thing.  More melodic than AC/DC Thin Lizzy cuz it’s got a little prog/playing thing going.  Back to Black or Highway to Hell?  That’s a tough one.  Regular readers know I like the down and dirty shit so while I dig the arrangements and the playing it’s not super my cup of tea, this is more pretty boy cock rock.  I guess I find it more dealable to see the 70’s get exhumed rather than the ’80s.

@@@ Sleater-Kinney: Surface Envy (Sub Pop, 2015).  I’m hopeful this is gonna blow because these ladies used to be able to bring the hot mess something fierce and it would be a shame if it went all soft and shitty.  They’re being mad cheap and only coughing up this one tune, but it’s their music.  It sounds more melodic than some of the older stuff that I ruined my hearing on, but it’s got plenty of muscle.  The guitar is pretty frantic and the drummer stuck in a scratched record/metal thrash bash.  I can’t get all thumbs up or thumbs down on one tune but I would definitely listen to more after hearing this.

@@@ Billy Boy Arnold: The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold (Stony Plain, 2014).  Some modern electric blues off the CFUV weekly email.  It’s a full band with a horn section and harmonica and the first tune is pretty reminiscent of the Blues Brothers.  I like Arnold’s voice and I dig the energy of the band but I could use some more grit in the recording.  I like my blues dirty dirty dirty.


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