Active Music Listening Monday April 13, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 274
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 165
Not good music: 92

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 5

Possibles: 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, 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

@@@ Lapalux: Lustmore (Brainfeeder, 2015).  Some chill club diva electronica I got to via the All Music weekly email.    The first tune feels like it’s the verge of burning up, but it remains chill and from the beginning of the second tune chill seems pretty central to the proceedings.  Some pretty tasty and trippy sounds on this thus far and if you’re up for some ambient, chill tunes with divas out front Lapalux fo you.

@@@ Colleen: Captain of None (Thrill Jockey, 2015).  Slotted generically as pop/rock in last week’s All Music email there’s a fair helping of quirk on this first tune, Holding Horses. Some synth harp plinking and synth droplet swirls offset by a slothful bass working beneath the high frequency candy.  She gets into some vocals on the second tune and they’re ethereal and a tad New Age without trying to be that way.  I like the delays on the record and I like some of the sounds, but I could use a little muscle.

@@@  Fred Thomas: All Are Saved (Polyvinyl, 2015)  Off this week’s All Music notable releases.  A mashup of 1970’s loose rock and indie.  Let me DuckDuckGo this homie.  He may love fish and chips but he’s not British, though he sports a bit of British quirk.  He sounds just like somebody else, but I can’t pull that name off the hard drive at the moment.  As the tunes roll out he becomes more clearly an classic indie guy — shiny guitars, an emphasis on vocal melodies.

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