Active Music Listening Thursday January 22, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 62
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 35
Not good music: 19

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

@@@ Kishi Bashi: In Fantasia (Joyful Noise, 2015).  Well this video is premiering on NPR so we know what means — yes, soft as butter.  Smart butter, that’s what NPR listeners like, they don’t like cheese they like soft creamy butter.  And Mr. Bashi delivers the orchestral pizzicato melodies and the floating sensitive duder vocal melodies.  I do like the understated bass throbs, but the rest of it, eh, not so much.  Oh and there’s a gent crying in the video which is pretty hip from what I hear.  This epic-ness is almost 8 minutes long and I feel proud I made it through 3 minutes of it.

@@@ The Delta Routine: On a Saturday Night (Not sure, 2014).  This is a mashup of classic American music genres.  Some big guitar power chords, an alt-country vocal melody, a thick buzzy bass sound and rock drums.  A little John Hiatt, a little bit of the Smithereens, and a pube of Wilco.  Well, not a pube of Wilco I just love associating Wilco with pubes.  Now I know that a great big ass chunk of America has been outsourced to China, but I can guarantee four Chinese dudes could not rock it like this.  And I don’t mean that in some sort of hateful, racist shit kinda way.  It’s just true yo.

@@@ Jack Name: Waiting for Another Moon (Castle Face, 2015).  First off, this album is not being released, it’s dropping.  Like a baby, so that’s how cool this shit’s gonna be. Hmm, how do I describe this first tune, Werewolf Factory?  It’s a bit proggy, a little nerdy, a little trippy, and a tad poppy.  No vocals yet, oh here they are.  Pillow-y and in an upper register so it cranks that obviously spacy vibe.  The second tune cuts the weirdness a bit and brings up the nerd rock.  Ah, I was waiting to toss the Devo flag (not a penalty flag) and I was not wrong, the third tune is super Devo love, with a few pubes of Kraftwerk.  I appreciate the fresh approach but I don’t this is my cup of tea.

You can stream it up over here nerdy hipsters.

I got to all these tunes via music publicists.



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