Active Music Listening Thursday February 19, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 140
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 81
Not good music: 47

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

All of today’s releases are drawn from an email from KFJC in sunny, dry California.  Most definitely one of the best independent college radio stations in the world.  True friends to the underground.

@@@ Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats: Runaway Girls (Rise Above, 2014).  Two tunes up on the Beats store.  Riffy, Jane’s Addiction style slack rock with a bit of white trash boogie thrown in.  Pleasantly tight with a very thick bass player holding it down under the spinning guitars and the phaser vocals.  Sounds kinda mainstream and freaky at the same time.

@@@ Botanist: The Hanging Gardens of Hell/Ode to Joy (The Flenser, 2013).  An interesting prog/metal combo platter.  A big drum nerd on the kit with some double kick action, dirty but not full metal guitars as he uses some cleaner tones and delays and a at the end of his rope singer.  I like the combination of sounds these guys have going, folks should check them out.

@@@ Reptiel: The Audio Verite Series: FP 2 (Chubby Control, 2013).  Some ambient dreamy soundscapes.  Advertised as psych in the KFJC email it doesn’t have that teeth grinding agitation and favors more of a spacious, improvised vibe.  The guitar player sounds a lot like the Edge after he’s been hit with a bunch of muscle relaxants and the singer is back in the mix.  The third tune sounds like a tune and it’s a space rock affair.

@@@ Death Monk: Ancient Melodies from Forgotten Times (Self-released, n/a)  This is a lo-fi scuzzy doom metal affair with a dominant and tasty guitar player, some drums in the background and a goblin singer.  Dirty as fuck for the true crusty metal heads out there.

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