Active Music Listening Monday March 23, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 220
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 130
Not good music: 76

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

@@@ The Nile Project: Aswan (The Nile Project, 2013).  A world record influenced by all the musics in the area of the Nile River that I got to after seeing a shout for a live gig by this outfit from a progressive upstate NY organization.  Dirty fucking hippies.  The first tune was a little slow to get going.  The instrumentation is violin, electric bass, some traditional Middle Easter strings, hand drums,  horns, and a lot of vocalists.  This second tune is cooking right proper.  Powerful both melodically and rhythmically and the live feel of the record helps bring out the energy of the music.

@@@ Ribspreader: Meat Hymns (Vic Records, 2014).  Classic speed metal with plenty of double kick punishment, heavy rhythmic guitar ka-chunk with occasional pig squeals from said guitar and a caveman singer who is actually somewhat intelligible.  No stoner, gloom or sludge sauce, this is straight up super speedy metal on Red Bull.  I got to this record via my heavy metal weekly email.

@@@ Taraf De Haidouks & Kocani Orkestar: Band of Gypsies 2 (Crammed Discs, 2011).  More world music, this time from a Romanian Gypsy outfit celebrating their 25th anniversary.  Full on band with multiple violinists/fiddlers, stringed instruments, upright bass, tuba, and percussion.  These guys are as energetic as the metal heads in my previous listen.  These guys bring it so be prepared you’re gonna be exhausted when they’re done with you.

@@@ Temple Invisible: Anima (Not sure, 2015).  More music from Romania, this time electronica that is supposed to be right between the Massive Attack and the Nine Inch Nails.  Ah, a rare moment when a music publicist email is actually accurate.  I like the arrangement and the sounds but I’m not super into the breathy, I’m about to cum vocals of the female singer.  I find that singing style very difficult to deal with.


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