Active Music Listening Monday March 30, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 239
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 141
Not good music: 82

Honorable Mentions: 8
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, Lightning Bolt

@@@ Chimurenga Renaissance – Kudada Nekuva Munhu Mutema (Brick Lane) Some African hip hop I got to via the CFUV weekly email.  The record has obvious differences with an American hip hop, say the presence of a thumb piano and the accents of the multiple MCs, including guest rappers from America.  The beats are a bit lower in the mix, the arrangements sound a bit more like they’re coming from a band, and while retaining a funky hip hop vibe.

@@@ Skinny Lister: This is War (Not sure, 2015).  Some amped up Irish folk with a pubic hair of the Clash and a couple of tablespoons of rock flavor.  All of a sudden I feel like having a beer, something dark.  Very familiar, a bunch like the Pogues without the drunk singer and catchy as fuck.  My 6 year old is feeling it, and that’s not an insult.

@@@ Cillie Barnes: Earthquake Season at the Crystal Convention (Not sure, 2015).  Some cosmic indie I got to via a music publicist.  Slow, lots of reverb an orchestral arrangement — acoustic guitar, single piano note melodies slowly played, organ swells, and drums played lightly or with brushes.  Maybe even a zither up in there.  She has a really nice voice.

@@@ The Cribs: Burning For No One (Arts & Crafts, 2015) Some neither here nor there mainstream rock that I got to via a music publicist.  Rocks a little, pops a little, if you dig the vocal hook you’re golden.   Comes with oohs and aaahs.

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