Active Music Listening Saturday March 14, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 202
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 120
Not good music: 70

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, Mastery

@@@ Lourdes Rebels: Sound Safari (Aagoo, 2015).  Also off the CFUV weekly email.  Dark and slow electronica.  Actually a little bit too slow out of the gate for my taste.  I’m a New Yorker, I’m impatient.  Oy, track 2.  I’m feeling the arrangement on this second song, Apuro Liquido, generously clipped below for your earhole pleasure.  Some nice mental hospital beat repetition, and some cello solo action over that and then into the splayed guitar work.  Trippy AND purple drank influenced.  Do you folks get the purple drank reference?  These guys made a comeback after the first tune — solid, minimalist trip hop.

@@@ Anamai: Sallows (Buzz Records, 2015).  We hear a lot of goblin metal around these parts — the ill and angry part of the Lord of the Rings ecosystem.  These guys are dark and more elvish — a little dreamy and dour.  An odd thread of indie rock melody mixed in with the drones and the reversed bass.  It’s in the way the women sing here, like a quirky indie record but no guitars here.  Odd mix but pleasantly odd.

@@@ Doomtree: All Hands (Doomtree, 2015).  Off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  Slick West Coast beats with mostly synth based arrangements and a solid urgent MC.  I hear multiple MCs.  Lyrics are sharp and tough.  Lots of energy, synth only hip hop doesn’t usually work for me.

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