Active Music Listening Tuesday March 3, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 172
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 101
Not good music: 59

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

@@@ Kelly Clarkson: Someone (RCA, 2015).  New Kelly Clarkson, OMG, I think I might have an incoming erection.  She is just so real and spunky and on this record she gets deep into the valley of electronica.  Luckily there’s only one song on my Beats store otherwise I wouldn’t get shit done today.  A synth based arrangement with live drums but with that tasty 1980s drum sound that everybody loves.  Now you all know my opinions on the great female divas of today — Miley Cyrus can carry a tune on her bangerz, and Taylor Swift can carry the melody but she’s cold and she can’t sell her songs, but Miss Clarkson can sing — now she’s getting into that over-breathy shit which drives me nuts (I know you really mean it) but her cheesy corporate pop is more like a well made block of cheddar.  Solid, not too stinky.  Taylor Swfit is like a block of parmesan, rock hard and no softness, and Miley Cyrus is like a stinky bleu cheese.  You hold your nose when you open the bag.

@@@ Eternal Tapestry: Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey, 2015).  This is the end my friend.  A slow psych opener on this record I got to via the Aquarius Records’ new arrivals email.  Heavily delayed vocals and some major drone action.  The guitars are the star here, the drums are mixed a bit low for my taste, I hear some pretty tasty old school bass melodies and I imagine a giant bag of doobie up in this band’s rehearsal space.

@@@ Kreng: The Summoner (Miasmah, 2015).  Another Aquarius Records new arrivals.  With song titles like Denial, Anger, Depression, and Acceptance we’re in for a platter full of dance bangerz!  Let it out, fellas, you’ll feel better and so will we.  We;re starting out low and rumbly and I must say I do appreciate a solid, low rumble.  Things bust out symphonically and wavy as we get string flourishes and some oscillating electronic waves. This is the sonic equivalent of an overcast day with occasional thunderstorms. 


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