Active Music Listening Wednesday February 4, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 97
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 56
Not good music: 32

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

@@@ Title Fight: Hyperview (Anti-/Epitaph, 2015).  Off this week’s All Music weekly email.  Downtempo rock with slow arpeggiated guitar and a detached male singer repeating ‘murder your memory’ in the opener.  The second tune, Chlorine gets into more of a rock neighborhood in a ’90s retro fashion retaining the purposefully low energy singer. Sounds like a Foo Fighters with a slack singer.

@@@ Katatonia: Brave Murder Day (Peaceville, 2014).  Off my heavy metal email newsletter.  Opens up with the tune Brave, a mid tempo rocker.  The singer is pretty Neanderthal, drums not super compressed.  These guys have a tight post-rock formula cooking, rhythm guitar with another slashing guitar playing melodies across those power chords — sounds more like a rock/punk record so it makes the singer stand out more.

@@@ The Zoltars: Sincere (Happening Records, 2015).  A piquant blend of Velvet Underground simple strummed rock with some garage reverb and fried-ness.  They bump the tempo and energy in one short section.  They do a good job with a very familiar American sound.

@@@ Jack Name: Weird Moons (Castle Face, 2015).  A lo-fi Devo style nerd rock track I got to via a music publicist email.  Some indie style sloppy shred with a swirling synth patch and sandy/growling vocals.  The video, which you can stream over at the SPIN spot, is space themed so it’s appropriate to call this cosmic slop.

Stream here.


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