Active Music Listening Tuesday January 27, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 74
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 42
Not good music: 24

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, Max Capote

@@@ Max Capote: Aperitivo De Moda (Contrapedal, 2014).  Some super upbeat ’70s influenced Latin pop.  Never mind Taylor Swift, this is some awful catchy shit.  Bouncy horns, melodic bass lines and a singer that’s working overtime on the microphone.  Heavy French pop influences and this maintains a classic feel while sounding fresh at the same time.  I’m going to check this out further when I have the time.

@@@ Death Valley Driver: Carnivore’s Oath (Diminished Fifth, 2014).  Off CFUV’s playlist email.  Some mainstream hard rock — big arena rock drums and some straightforward riffage.  I was expecting something more aggressive with a title like Carnivore’s Oath.

@@@ The Dirty Sample: Raw Produce (Phonographique, 2015).  Off the DFUV weekly playlist email.  Beats are pretty old school to my ear and the is reminiscent of ’90s NYC medium gangster hip hop record.  As I always disclaim, I listen to a fair amount of hip hop but I’m no expert.  It’s pretty Wu-ey and it’s more than medium gangsta.  I like the beats and the production.

@@@ Psychosomatic Itch: Gluegaze (Not sure, 2015).  Some ambient noise/post-punk I got to after they were namechecked on the pre-blurb on the weekly CFUV weekly email.   Plenty of rockin’ guitars to go with the psych outbursts of squall and a dark, demented singer.


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