Active Music Listening Tuesday April 7, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 259
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 155
Not good music: 87

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

@@@ Lia Mice: Everything’s Sailing (Old Flame Records. 2015) A slightly trippy tune that’s being incorrectly marketed as quasi experimental prog/psych pop.  If something is poppy it’s by nature not experimental music.  I have no desire to be a bitch about music genre labels but I’m correct on this.  The tune is pleasantly arranged and it’s heavier on the pop indie than on the prog and the psych, and we covered the experimental part.

Stream here.

@@@ Geographer: I’m Ready (Roll Call Records, 2015)  I got to this track via a music publicist.  Now I can understand people who make sweet and cheesy music — it’s not my preference but I get it.  And I guess I get why somebody would want to take all those wispy, ethereal New Age feelings and put them into music, because you’re all New Age and shit and you want to make New Age Music.  But to combine the sweet and cheesy synth pop with New Age feelings based music is just such a big basket of wrong.  Big reverb patches on the vocals, handclaps (fuck yeah, handclaps!) all served up on a big fluffy bed of synths.

@@@ Triumph of the Wild: Brown Dog Blues (Not sure, 2015)).  The PR blurb name checks Credence Clearwater but I’m hearing more of a reverse White Stripes with the dude on the kit and the woman out front.  And unlike a lot of dreamy, female indie singers this young lady is much more of an unrestrained belter.  She lets it out and good for her.  She makes Jack White sound like a little bitch.  The tune is a B/B+ and her performance is A- which are good grades cuz I’m a finicky bitch.

@@@ The Very Best: Let Go (PIAS America, 2015).  One song off an upcoming album that I got to via the weekly reviews at WRIR in Virginia.  It’s an African/rock/pop mashup with a stringy rock bass guitar sound, a lot of mainstream rock sounds and an African singer doing his thing with a lot of reverb on his voice and a slick, highbrow sound.  I’m not the kind of African music fan who says African music has to sound this way or that, and I’ve heard African music with electronic music influences that I totally felt but this isn’t my style.


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