Active Music Listening Wedesday March 4, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 176
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 104
Not good music: 60

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, Astral Swans

@@@ Astral Swans: All My Favorite Singers are Willie Nelson (Madic, 2015).  Some spacious raw folk off the CFUV weekly email.  The first tune features lines like ‘to an asshole like you, or me’.  Man, I hope this keeps up I love a good raw folk/indie record.  I can’t believe I’m listening to the lyrics of an indie record, it’s fucking unbelievable.  These indie lyrics are usually so stupid my scrotum shrinks in horror and revulsion.  The band arrangements are stripped down but firm and tender you a wood nymph’s spring buttocks.  I’m gonna roll back on this biscuit.  Sounds a bit Foo Fighter-y but without the wank.

@@@ Raised Fist: From the North (Epitaph, 2015).  Also off the CFUV weekly email.  I don’t imagine I’m going to enjoy this record but I can always be surprised.  This is some kinda catchy punk — certainly not full Orange County rich white boy punk, but you get a little bit of a drum rock dance beat in the first tune, Flow, to go with the gravelly punk vocalist.  This is pretty much new school emo — urgency, sonic blasting, big guitar melodies.  

@@@ Swamp Thing: Outer Limits (Urbnet, 2015).  Some very old school influenced hip hop off the CFUV weekly email.  ’90s drum sounds with ’80s vibes and medium levels of horny/obscenity, slinky long bassline with multiple MCs.  I really like the arrangements and the beats.

@@@ Pig Heart Transplant: For Mass Consumption (Iron Lung, 2014).  Full on anti-social blasting noise that contrary to the record title is not for mass consumption.  28 songs in 20 minutes with a weird oscillating AM radio anal transplant, stripped down and thick tympani style drums and singer.  You can actually understand some of what he’s saying which is interesting.  Big, fat, twitching bass, and on the PimpTube this is referred to as heavy psych.  It doesn’t remind me of heavy psychedelic but it’s not really heavy metal either so let’s go with noise rock/psych heaviness.


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