Active Music Listening Wednesday January 21, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 59
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 34
Not good music: 17

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, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Coffinworm, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Sons of Huns, Fofoulah, Lozen

@@@ Marilyn Manson: The Pale Emperor (Concord Loma Vista, 2015).  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Marilyn Manson is a hideously self-absorbed douchebag but it’s somewhere in that neighborhood.  Spectacle and anti-social sentiments for corporate profiteering.    And now the music.  The first tune, Killing Strangers, is a glam rock heavy on the glam without much rock.  Now when he gets into the chant ‘we got guns, we got guns, you motherfuckers better run’ is he saying that as a representative of the NRA or as an anti-social hipster?  It’s a thin line.  Oh boy, that first tune could have been shorter as he milked that cow pretty quick.  The second tune, Deep Six is a mainstream rocker, big rhythmic power chords and a straight rock arena band.  Thus far I can give props to the buzzy bass sound and a Stalinist denouncement of Manson’s breathy, I-want-to-be-friends-with-you vocal stylings.  For such an ‘anti-social’ dude it’s a bit strange to see him dry humping the mic in this manner.  These songs are pretty standard, the sounds are pretty mainstream and corporate and Marilyn plays his part.  This badboy is aimed at the hearts of the disenchanted shopping mall crowd.

@@@ Keroscene: Storm OK (Not sure, March 2015).  If you take the Breeders/Nirvana and blenderize them and then put a little synthesizer on that bloody pulp it would sound like these guys.  I’m hearing some straight up Nevermind chord progressions at a couple of points in this tune.  Very nice guitar crunch, the singer is solid but not Cobain.  They get into a bit of a meandering outro that I didn’t like as much as the hook.  I got to this via a music publicist.

@@@ Lozen: Shake It Up (Urbnet, 2015).  A left field hip hop rock with female MCs that I got to via CFUV’s weekly email.  A hip hop record with banjo and hip hop in the first tune is all right with me.  I always disclaim that I’m not hip hop expert.  The beats sound 1990’s old school, the arrangements are tasty and just a bit different.  I’m gonna check this out more when I have some time.  Actually, I’m going to check this record out when it’s warmer as it’s got a beach tune on it and a couple of party tracks and I can’t really feel it when I’m freezing my ass off at the end of January.  Christ it’s cold.

@@@ Militia: Rid Of Me (Halloween, 2015).  A dramatical cover of PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me.  Breathy vocals and a modern bass sound.  The composed explosive shitshow commences around 2:15.  There are a couple of twists on the original but it honors the original.  I got to this via a music publicist.



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