Active Music Listening Wednesday February 18, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 136
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 78
Not good music: 46

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, Dawn Richard, BKO Quintet

@@@ The Cherry Wave: Avalancher (St. Marie, 2015).  Some uptempo racketous shoegaze I got to via a music publicist email.  Think Sonic Youth with less rough edges and a singer that can sing.  I really dig the second tune, Blissbomb.  They have good players at all positions of the classic rock band lineup and their arrangements are interesting.  Nice thick ball of noise courtesy of a an excellent bass sound and really big guitar tones.

@@@ The Slasher Film Festival Strategy: Wet Leather (Foreign Sounds, 2014).  With a name like this I thought we’d be up for some skull crushing and a good ol’ sonic battering but thus far I’ve been treated to a floating chainsaw synth long tone and a plinky synth.  And an arpeggiated synth as well.  You know I came for the abuse, abuse me.  This is like a bunch of proggers playing simple shit and stuffing foil wrapped cucumbers down their laderhosen.  The second tune, Forced Entry, brings in a drum machine and a Krautrock vibe.  Well, I’m not hanging for this but maybe you’re in the mood for some updated Krautrock.

@@@ Coffins: The Fleshland (Relapse Records, 2013).  Some Japanese death metal off my weekly heavy metal newsletter.  Opens up murky and burbling and here is the ominous guitar intro.  And there it is, the epic death metal smackdown.  And to honor the Japanese heritage of this band it’s like Godzilla monster walking through Tokyo squishing anyone who gets beneath his big feet, which probably had a scarier name than big feet.  The first tune segues into a tasty thrash section and the singer is doing a classic caveman on the mic thing.  Oh, these guys have been working out – they barrel ahead and abuse their listeners in a straightforward and muscular fashion.



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