Active Music Listening Monday April 6, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 255
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 152
Not good music: 86

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, Xibalba, Hartley C, White

@@@ Hartley C. White Project: Under the Radar (Whopazootic Music, 2010).  I saw this musician’s name on last week’s Aquarius Records email.  This is a very unusual mix of instruments and compositional styles.  Some medium skronky sax, some Caribbean music influences, a little rock guitar.  All very loosely arranged but not half assed at all.  Somewhat reminiscent of the grassroots punk feel of an early Minutemen record.  Fans of non-corporate folk music (as in music by normal folks) should check this out.

@@@ Lord Huron: Frozen Pines (Iamsound, 2015).  My Beats highlights page says I should get to know the folk band Lord Huron, but they don’t sound like a folk band at all.  Ah, the music business.  I guess medium soft rock with an emphasis on sweet melodic vocals and some sparkly guitar playing is not as marketable as folk music where you can surf on Bob Zimmerman’s wave.  I coulda used a little more muscle on this.

@@@ Axiel Krygier: Hombre De Piedra (Crammed Discs, 2015).  A campy, spaghetti western record with vocals in Spanish.  Very sophisticated arrangements here with sharp, detailed production.  A bunch of musical influences on display — some twangy guitar, some old school disco sounds, some rock amongst other things.

@@@ Emmy the Great: Swimming Pool (Bella Union, 2015).  A remix of an electronica track that I got to via a music publicist email.  Medium chopped sonic salad with Emmy over the top in a restrained manner.  Alternating old school drum ‘n bass with trip hop beats with throbbing bass and pulsating cloud synths throughout.


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