Active Music Listening Friday January 30, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 85
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 49
Not good music: 28

Honorable Mentions: 7
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, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Coffinworm, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Sons of Huns, Fofoulah, Lozen,

@@@ Punch Brothers: The Phosphorescent Blues (Nonesuch, 2015)  Labelled as contemporary bluegrass, I don’t hear much bluegrass on this first tune, Familiarity.  I hear some really nice production courtesy of T-Bone Burnett.  I would call this progressive bluegrass as it’s mad proggy.  As if the dude is slipping an undercover Yes record into the proceedings.  I’m half wrong here as it’s called contemporary bluegrass at the top of its little square on the All Music email and it’s called progressive bluegrass in the description.  I like some of the sounds on the record but it’s more than a bit refined and weak knee-d for my taste.  It’s out on Nonesuch, the label of the 1% so that’s to be expected.

@@@ Noveller: Into the Dunes (Fire Records, 2015).  Some experimental ambient music off the All Music weekly email.  I have two tunes up on my Beats store.  I’m listening to the title track and it’s got a lot of reverb but it doesn’t sound that ambient to me, I’m getting more of an epic slow guitar jam vibe than a floating clouds of sound.  But I will hang in there for my loyal listeners.  I’m on the second tune and it’s really just instrumental guitar music without a drummer.  Snoozy guitar pedal music with a little synth sauce.  Now folks might love it but it’s not experimental ambient music.

@@@ Pearls: Big Shot (Dash Dot, 2015)  Marketed as glam rock I hear a little glam and a lot of blue eyed disco.  Big fat kick snare beat with that throbbing T. Rex bass and then over the top comes the sexy disco sauce.  Kinda struts for a bit and then goes back to sleep.


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