Active Music Listening Friday February 27, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 163
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 95
Not good music: 56

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, Torche

@@@ King Woman: Doubt (The Flenser, 2015).  Out of the noteworthy section of my heavy metal mail-order weekly email.  Sludge-y/heavy rock guitars, not stony but more theatrical and epic.  Female singer, big reverb, she is the King Woman I imagine.  Nice guitar sounds, the drums are a bit low in the mix for me, but a bit too art school for me.

@@@ A Pregnant Light: My Game does not have a name (Colloquial Sounds, 2014).  Also off my email mail-order.  This is an old school emo record with a wee hair of heavy metal influence but mostly old school punk — I was expecting much less from the record title.  I like the singer’s energy, I wish the band was bringing what he gives.  If this guy had a smokin’ band he’d be getting somewhere in my book.

@@@ Freak Heat Waves: Bonnie’s State of Mind (Hockey Dad, 2015)  Dust off the old school drum machines, that retro doofus sound is coming back.  Some old school pong synths with some video game sounds/voices, and voila — indie electronic!  If this is what passes for cool I’m happy to be totally uncool.  If you want these sounds buy an old copy of — oh, here are some Krautrock disco vocals on the third tune.  Eh, I’m not a fan.

@@@ Kold: Searching the Ice Fields of Melancholopolis (Self-released, 2015).  This is the number 1 record in the electronic section of the CFUV weekly email.  It’s a bit sci-fi soundtrack with a little club influence and some more electronically drama.   Sounds a bit like R2D2 after he’s rocked a low quality burrito and his innards are protesting.


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