Active Music Listening Wednesday February 11, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 119
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 68
Not good music: 41

Honorable Mentions: 7
Buys: 5

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., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohammed Abozekry

@@@ Lindsey Cohen: Call My Name (Sony Red, 2015).  Let’s hear it for Jewish rockers people!  At first I thought this might be Leonard Cohen’s daughter bringing forth a family nugget of total misery that makes you want to go hang yourself, but fear not this is a shopping mall blues tune.  Some big power chords when the hook comes, some mini guitar shred and a lot of ‘this sister ain’t gonna take your shit motherfucker’ attitude from the singer.  Plus she’s wearing a black leather jacket in the promo picture so she’s tough (promo picture tought  is super tough!).  Oh fuck, we’re gettig a sensitive Meatloaf style piano section in the middle.  The feelings triggered are beyond words.  And we’re back to the tough girl verse.  This is an an emotional journey equivalent to crossing the Himalayas.  I got to this track via a music publicist.

Stream it over here.

@@@ We Are the Willows: Picture (The Homestead Records, 2015).  Let’s move on to the hipster demographic.  I got to this tune via a music publicist email.  It opens up with cello and violin before breaking into medium indie bounce with drums, a tad of percussion, some friendly guitar, and a yodel-leaning female singer.  This is for all you NPR listeners out there pretending the world is not a dirty place.  Very melodic and well arranged and it breaks into a dancey- cornucopia of sounds (including today’s requisite electronic bleepage)  Build to a big pretty dry happy ending.

@@@ Cold Beat: Over Me (Crime on the Moon, 2014)  Off an Aquarius Records (San Fran, Ground Zero for Tech Vampires!!!!) music nerd’s list.  Opens up a bit Kraftwerk and a pube of the Breeders.  And a Devo fart is wafting through the tune.  Female singer, smooth as a stone, and I believe we’re building to some sort of punk/indie aesthetic climax.  Maybe no climax, just pretties out and that’s okay.  The second tune gets into more of a Go Gos vibe (but with more mustard), happy women playing punk pop.

@@@ Wolves in the Throne Room: Celestite (Artemisia, 2014).  Off another Aquarius music nerd’s best of 2014.  Opens up slow and ambient and a bit new Age-y and forest-y.  It’s cool but I’m very finicky about my electronic music.  I like a bit of darkness in there constrasting with the synth plinks and the bell synth arpeggios.



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