Active Music Listening Wednesday January 28, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 78
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 45
Not good music: 25

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

@@@ Napalm Death: Apex Predator – Easy Meat (Century Media, 2015).  I got to this via the All Music weekly email.  After a bit of a tedious tribal/aggro first tune they get into the metal smackdown on the Smash a Single Digit.  I don’t have a lot of Napalm Death listening under my belt despite their almost legendary status in heavy metal.  These guys are an interesting bled.  A little technical metal, a nice heaping cup of thrash, some classic metal and even a some good old punk hostility.  There might be a meth lab in their tour bus as this is no pretty boy metal, they just get behind the mule and plow.  I’m going to have to come back to this record.

@@@ The Lone Bellow: Then Came the Morning (Descendant, 2015).  Shades of the Band but with more spiritual aspirations, at least on the first tune Then Came the Morning. The second tune is a more intimate tune and I’m guessing this is aimed at that very profitable NPR demographic.  Pretty, subtly uplifting and the singer has a voice many folks fall for.  I like it, but it’s just a bit too sweet and a tad New Age-y for my taste.  Any sort of grit or muscle would have made it a more multi-dimensional listen, in my humble opinion.

@@@ Prince: This Could Be Us (Warner Bros, 2015).  A single from Prince’s new record.  I’m a huge fan from way back but have fallen out of touch with him over the years.  Man this dude can sing with sould.  The tune is pretty stripped down with minimal guitar plinking and a simple beat to showcase his vocals.  He builds a real nice multitracked vocal choir as the song goes out with some guitar shredding, a bit of piano.  The tune is mostly a showcase for Prince’s vocals which are pretty great.

@@@ Panthar: Ghost Rocket (New Professor, 2015).  Some glammy guitar indie electronic I got to via a music publicist.  Some electro blurps in the verse and big power chords in the chorus.  Kind of an odd duck as it careens from moments of punk to cutesy indie electronic.  I guess Blondie would be a good touchstone for these guys.

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