Active Music Listening Thursday January 29, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 82
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 47
Not good music: 27

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

@@@  Grossbuster: Singularity (Self-released, 2014).  In the wake of the historic announcement that they Ghostbusters movie will be done by an all female cast I will check out this record by Grossbuster.  This sounds a bunch like an old school trip hop record.  Midtempo funky beats, female voice, and a bit of a more modern chopped feel to the arrangements.  The second tune, Siam I Am, has a slinkier and dirty feel which I dig as I’m a deviant.  I feel like the ideas are good here but the tunes as they’re instrumentals could have used more musical elements.  I hope the Ghostbusters remake is good.  If you would like to hear a slammin’ instrumental hip hop record check out the record Batuk Freak by Karol Conka that came out last year.

@@@ Congo Sanchez: Dealin’ With This (Herb Records, 2014).  Also off the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Some political hip hop with a variety of musical influences — some indie, electronica and r&b and hip hop.  I like the sounds on the record but I’m not feeling the tunes as much.

@@@ H. Hawkline: In the Pink of Condition (Heavenly, 2015).  Off a music publicist email.  Hashtagged on Soundcloud as #WelshPop it has an ambient feel to it that is not very poppy but works well for the music.  It’s part escaped circus and part haunted house music.  I like the tune that’s clipped below and it looks as if vocals and more straightforward Welsh pop tunes show up as you move through the record.

@@@ Churchburn: The Awaiting Coffins (Armageddon, 2014).  Some super stony doom metal off my heavy metal weekly newsletter.  Full on buzzing, lava guitars with a slow basher on the drum kit and an underworld-y sounding singer.  Not a caveman, but a throat shredder.  They get some tempo and riffage going in this second song, V.  These guys bring some real nice mid tempo aggression to your day.  Oh, they’re into a quasi-operatic melodic guitar shred, this is a pu pu platter of metal.


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