Active Music Listening Thursday April 9, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 267
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 160
Not good music: 89

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, Weed

@@@ Nikki Blum and the Gramblers: Waiting on Love (Not sure, 2015).  Somebody has to keep Americana music going and Blum does a good job on this single.  A bongload of Tom Petty, a little bit of the Byrds, a pube of the Band, Bob Dylan’s son, you get the idea.  Crisp production, not looking to break any ground here but dropping the pleasing American rock.

@@@ Grace Potter: Alive Tonight (Not sure, 2015).  I can’t place where this drum sound comes from — it’s just like a tune that I can’t pull off my hard drive right now.  Very ’80s with a little rockin’ whirled up in there.  Potter sounds like the lesbian lovechild of Melissa Etheridge (in the verse), and a club diva (in the chorus).  I don’t know if regular readers want to imagine Kelly Clarkson going down on Melissa Etheridge, but it really is just like that.

@@@ Ava Luna: Infinite House (Western Vinyl, 2015).  I went to the Press Play site at the New York Times for another record but it wasn’t there so I thought I would peep this one.  Ben Ratliff has all sorts of pretentious off the mark comparisons — I think the most notable aspect is the quiet verse/explosive art punk choruses.  The second tune is a white boy funk thing that the Dirty Projectors have tried and didn’t go great with.  Ratliff says you should be prepared to dance but I don’t feel the funk, I smell the art school rock pretensions that usually result in a stop button.  It’s all over the place and kinda up it’s own butt at the same time.  And I mean up their own butt in a good way.  Like hey, nice butt, you should put your music up there it’ll sound good up there.

You can stream here.

@@@ Night Drive: Easy to Lie (Sound Control, 2015).  I’d like to put these guys in the ring with Iron Reagan as this sound is straight out of the ’80s.  Oy.  Gated snare sound, tamborine (fuck yeah!), sultry and flat singer, U2 stringy bass, and the synths.  Oh the synths.  Mid tempo rocker, come and get it!!



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