Active Music Listening Thursday March 26, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 232
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 137
Not good music: 80

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

@@@ Mirk: Let it Go (Not sure, 2015).  Some independent hip hop out of Albany, NY that I got to via a promo email.  Big gospel-tinged female singer intro before the MC moves in to bring some very quick rhymes over a big church-y kind of arrangement.  I usually peep these videos without watching the video, but I clicked over and saw that it’s a robbery/escape in the video which is strange as the song doesn’t have a gangsta feel.  God, I fucking hate music videos.

@@@ Beardyman: Distractions (Tummy Touch, 2014).  Some indie electronic funk I got to via the CFUV weekly email (for the below review as well).  Thick sub bass, some above average synth work and a phaserized, sci-fi voice.  The second tune follows the same formula at a slower tempo while the third tune then morphs into some synth rock with some  quasi-epic slow guitar distorto-melodies.  Eh, I was more into the full funk flow, and if the guitar sounded better I would buy into it more.

@@@ Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom and Pop, 2015).  This record is getting a big push with someone going so far as to say that she was the heir apparent to Bob Dylan.  The first tune is raved up 1970’s rock with organ but I’m not getting that Zimmerman vibe.  These music publicists really get quite ahead of themselves.  The second tune is much more Joan Jett than Bob Dylan — I do see that she has a very casual way of tossing lyrics but that’s hardly enough — not that Bob Dylan is Jesus, by the way.

@@@ Chastity Belt: Time to Go Home (Hardly Act, 2015).  Some mopey shoe gaze indie I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  Cruchy rhythm guitar, and some guitar noodling over the top and a reversed out/detached female singer.  Gets a little heated up on the second tune, Trapped.   Not really my cup of tea, judge for yourself.

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