Active Music Listening Tuesday February 24, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 151
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 89
Not good music: 50

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

@@@ Juke Joint Pimps: Boogie Pimps (Voodoo Rhythm, 2015).  I got this record because I bookmarked this record when I was a Spotify user so the Spotify people were nice enough to send me an email about the new Juke Joint Pimps record.  As opposed to the records below, these guys do have some dirt/grit to their sound.  They got a pretty thwackin’ drum sound going and the guitar player is hot.  Nice blues figures on his skranky electric.   The band sounds great and they’re tighter than a well digger’s ass.  Wait, the expression is colder than a well digger’s ass.  Man, it’s been cold up in the Brooklyn.

@@@ Elle King: Love Stuff (RCA, 2015).  Off last week’s All Music weekly email.  Marketed as being at the intersection of Amy Winehouse and the White Stripes, she’s definitely not as sloppy/dirty as the White Stripes.  As for Amy Winehouse she doesn’t have that faded and stoned flow to her voice, she’s trying to sell that vibe but I don’t really buy it.    This record sounds a tad tight and corporate, unlike the differently corporate sound of Winehouse and Jack White.  She’s wannabe dirty.

@@@ The Mavericks: Mono (The Valory, 2015).  Also off last week’s All Music email.  A mash of Latin music/r&b/country/rock.  Big, torch singer, not as Latin or as rockin’ as Los Lobos.  They’re good musicians but a little too familiar sounding to my ears and I would stick with an early Los Lobos record like Kiko.



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