Active Music Listening Tuesday March 24, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 224
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 132
Not good music: 77

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 Skints

@@@ The Skints: FM (Easy Star)  Also off the WRIR weekly email as is the review below.  Reggae/roots out of London.  The second tune, This Town, features a six foot wide bass featuring a couple of singers, one super quick male and a silky smooth female.  And now another MC hitting’ it.  Oh my, this is hot.  Not super old school roots as there is a fair amount of trippy synth squirbles and it leans more towards more dancehall than Lee Perry.    I’m going to check this out more when I have a chance.

@@@ The Bluebeaters: Roll With It (Record Kicks, 2015)  I saw this Italian ska/reggae mentioned on the WRIR review email and found this single up on the Beats.  Buttery smooth singer over a tight band.  Excellent drummer with strong players across the whole band, very sweet while still packing a punch.  I would definitely check out more if I had access.

@@@ Dirty Bourbon River Show: Volume Four (Dirty Bourbon River Show, 2013).  I got an email from a music publicist.  Right out of the box these guys jump into the crazy aunt in the basement klezmer neighborhood — what else would you expect from a tune called Ballad of the Oompa Soca Man and the Orungatan Factory?  The tune has segued into a sweeter reprieve and instrumentation consisting of piano, tuba, clarinet, sax, vocals, percussion, and drums.  Big respect for getting your freak on with this record.

@@@ Stella: Last Minute Boy (Psilos, 2015).  A ’80s influenced indie track — chorused guitar, thick bass and a dance rock beat.  Super breezy and a tune for warmer weather for sure.


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