Active Music Listening Thursday March 19, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 213
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 126
Not good music: 73

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, Leviathan

@@@ Geographer: The Guest (Roll Call, 2015).  A self-described exploration of sonic subtlety, this is a 1970’s soft rock tune off an upcoming record.  Big reversed, layered vocals, a piano, a crescendo, and voila there’s you’re indie songwriter money shot.  Suddenly I’m feeling the urge to go get a corduroy suit and grow a giant porn star mustache, that’s how friction’ luxuriantly ’70s this tune is.  Oh, Dreamweaver!!!

@@@ Nic Hessler: I Feel Again (Captured Tracks, 2015).  This is being pitched by the music publicist as a retro-90s biscuit but I think it’s more of a mid-80’s Reagan/Cold War feel good INXS type of thang.  Bouncy rock drum beat, upbeat white person bass thumping and the singer is in his own words ‘feeling again’.   Lord know I’m grateful to hear this as the unfeeling zombies are responsible for much of the suffering in this world — war mongerers, torturers, dictators — I don’t they think they feel much.  This is a bit too cotton candy-ey for my taste but I’m glad to hear he’s back among the feeling again.

@@@ Monarchy: Black Widow (Hacan Sound, 2015).  From a music publicist email.  It’s a cornucopia of synths, but it’s the singer that makes the tune work.  I hate to give props to this genre but this is a good synth pop nugget.


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