Active Music Listening Friday January 23, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 66
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 37
Not good music: 21

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

@@@  Marty Rico: Cheap Champagne (Not sure, 2015).  An electro medium gangsta hip hop track that is curiously over here at Entertainment Weekly.  Seems a tad raunchy for the EW demographic but I guess they’re all closet freaks.  I really like the buzzy rock bass, the arrangement is clever and the energy is high.  Of course, the song is completely devoid of anything except catching a buzz, receiving fellatio, and partying.  I got to this via a music publicist.

@@@  Orenda Fink: Holy Holy (Saddle Creek, 2015).  You know if it’s on Saddle Creek it’s gonna be meaningful music and very white.  Mission accomplished!  I like the arpeggiated bass figure, but when the female voice comes in all reverbed out with a slight delay with her angel wings on well, that’s where I throw the butter flag.  Well, they’re pushing this sausage out through NPR intertube and as we discussed earlier this week those super smart NPR folks love their soft as butter, meaningful music.  The tune is called Holy Holy after all.

@@@ Anathema: Distant Satellites (KScope, 2014).  Some UK hopeful prog I got to via my heavy metal weekly email.  The drummer is really pushing it, here’s a midtempo piano figure and a couple of proggy voices.  The second tune, The Lost Song Part 2, is slower with an acoustic guitar and a piano and a lot of whoo-s and hoo-s, at least in the beginning. If Tori Amos had a lovechild with the singer from Yes the baby would sound like this.  Ooooh, there’s a lot of whoo hoos, and there are the strings coming in.  All right, I’ve described it and I don’t want to wail on it too much.

@@@ Sodom: Sacred Warpath (Steamhammer, 2015).  We’ll wrap up today’s listening session with some old school metal.  A modern metal kick drum with a basic hard rock drum sound with a vocalist that bounces between total caveman and operatic metal styles.  Plenty of guitar ka-chunk for your earholes.  Oh, this guys is really doing his best snake man hiss.  The second tune The Saw is the Law is a live tune with a full classic metal vibe.  When the dude hits the hook: The Saw is the Law! with his German accent you get a little shiver.  Not sure what kind of shiver, it may vary from person to person.

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