Active Music Listening Monday March 2, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 169
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 99
Not good music: 58

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, Leo Welch

@@@ Leo Welch: Sabougla Voices (Big Legal Mess, 2014).  Here we have some dirty ass church blues out of the South and I found out about this record via the good people at Stolling Rone.  Welch has a pleasing howl and his guitar player sounds a bit like late ’60s Eric Clapton, in the first tune that is.  The second tune gets the stomp on with some solid drum boom-bap propelling Welch forward.  Welch sounds drunk, maybe he’s just drunk on Jesus, let’s go with that.  This may be the first record I’ve been hipped to by Stolling Rone in ages, check him out.

@@@ Robin Schulz: Tutti (D2L Recordings, 2015).  This is another Rolling Stone recommendation and we are switching gears from the fried church blues to the super slicked club boom hitch.  Keep yer Molly clean out there y’all, I know you need to be stoned to listen to this boring shit but don’t kill yousseff with dirty drugs!!!! Oooh, here come the synths — cloudy, buzzy, clubby.  It’s gonna be raining men up in here soon.

@@@ Mitski: Bury Me at Makeout Creek (Double Double Whammy, 2015)  Some forlorn, lo-fi female folk off this list I’m trying to chew my way through at Rolling Stone.  She started out solo and now we’re getting the racket-ous indie guitar band behind her as she reaches her relationship catharsis.  I hope Mitski finds love, I hope everybody finds love.  She gets her buzzy punk flow on the second tune and she’s got a nice, slack rock vibe to the third tune, First Love/Late Spring.

@@@ Palace: Bitter (Not sure, 2014).  I think this is the last bite I will take off this Rolling Stone You Must Hear sandwich.  I would qualify this as white shoe Brit rock, not quite as soggy and cheesy as the Coldplay (Lord, how I hate the Coldplay).  Some good thin guitar squirbling, and an uplifting male voice soaked in the reverb.  There’s not much rocking to be had here, these are sensitive gents.  Oh, they might be building to a proggy, shoe gaze-y climax.  A very refined, cresting rock wave.


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