Active Music Listening Tuesday February 3, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 93
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 53
Not good music: 31

Honorable Mentions: 7
Buys: 4

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, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Sons of Huns, Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata

@@@ Lights: Running With the Boys (Not sure, 2015).  Lest you think our neighbors to the north in Canada do not have the same predilection for music cheesemongering take comfort in this sugar coated mozzarella stick of 1980’s electro pop.  Yowsa!  What’s that smell, oh yeah it’s a shitty song.

@@@ Siskiyou: Nervous (Constellation, 2015).  Opens up all Pink Floyd The Wall and shit.  Children’s choir, military tapped snare drum and classical piano before it gives way to thick rock bass and a breathless dude almost whispering his vocals.  And it’s the 1980’s all over again — somebody dig up Margaret Thatcher and give her a big hug.  The second tune, Bank Accounts and Dollar Bills, is less obnoxiously ’80s but the singer is just a bit too something.  Not precious, too self-indulgent, maybe, too artsy-fartsy, that too.  When he says in the first line of the third song that he’s a Wasted Genius he just punched my ticket out.

@@@ Sylar: To Whom It May Concern (Razor & Tie).  In the loud section of CFUV’s weekly playlist email, this is some aggro-electronic sci-fi.  At least the teaser first tune is before it explodes into a full blown Linkin Park art school metal spankfest.  An immaculate sound with manicured guitars — think of this as G.I. Joe action figure metal.  I bet these dudes smell fantastic and get regular haircuts and maybe vote Republican.  Oy.  If you’re looking for the full metal assault peep Napalm Death’s new record — that’s a monster shot of bile and chaos.

@@@ Jenn Grant: Orchestra for the Moon (Charlie & Bird, 2014).  We finish up today’s listening session with a folk/roots record I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  A little slide guitar, some 1970’s laidback rock and Grant’s sweet voice.  Thankfully not as sleepytime tea as Norah Jones, I’m getting snoozy just thinking of her music.  A little bit of country yodel in her voice.  Super comfort music, well done.  Not super my style but the reviews here are more than just what I like and shit.


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