Active Music Listening Friday February 13, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 126
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 73
Not good music: 43

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

@@@ Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow is my Turn (Nonesuch, 2015).  Off this week’s All Music weekly email.  Giddens has a pretty massive voice and she’s got an upright bass, a distorted electric guitar and mandolin on the first tune, Last Kind Words.  The second tune is a combination of ’70s laidback rock and roots music.  I like the tunes, but there’s a sort of restraint in the record that keeps the passion from rising to the point where I really start enjoy the music.

@@@ Thou: Heathen (Robotic Empire, 2014).  Off of the Aquarius Records Customer Favs of 2014.  The first tune is slower than slow with big waves of guitar sludge oozing through my headphones.  Big tom drum show and these guys are locked into a purple drank sonic mudslide.  Here comes the goblin singer with a monstrous, fat buzzy bass.  That bass sound is the shit.  The second tune, Dawn, is an acoustic guitar interlude that cleanses the proceedings before what I imagine to be another wave of, oh wait the third tune is opening up prog-a-licious and then descends into a melancholic slow crush that is pretty beautiful.  I know many people out there think metal is not a music capable of beauty but if music is honest it tends to work better as art.  Just one dink’s opinion.

@@@ Dusty Boots: By the Ocean (ROAR, 2015).  A breezy, slacker soft rock tune from an Aussie beach bum.  In the email I got from some folks called the Lekker collective, duder is about appreciating nature and staying out of the corporate rat race.  Think of this guy as some sort of hippie Jimmy Buffett but without the booze.  It’s 2:17 of stop what yer doin and do something else.

@@@ Carl Barat & the Jackals: The Jackals (Cooking Vinyl, 2014).  Off a publicist email.  I think I might have peeped this guy, he sounds a bunch like Joe Strummer but he’s got more of a muscle-y rock thing going rather than Strummer’s world/punk approach.  Big guitar sounds — he’s got a different voice and I think he’s having a love affair with the Weezer Sound.

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