Active Music Listening Tuesday April 14, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 278
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 168
Not good music: 93

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

@@@  Alex Cuba: Healer (Fontana North, 2015).  Some comfort world music/folk I got to via the CFUV weekly playlist email.  Vocals in Spanish, strummed acoustic guitar, and minimal percussion (including finger snaps!)  Think hispanic James Taylor or a cup of international flavored coffee with Norah Jones on a crisp fall day.

@@@ Get Open: The Week-End (Overtime Records, 2014).  Some hip hop off the CFUV weekly email.  Opens up with the title track featuring multiple MCS and pizzicato classical string plucks with a violin hook.  That’s right a quick violin hook.  With song titles like Friday, Get Open, and Nightlife the focus is on partying.  Full club anthem on Nightlife, including the super sidewalk wide bass and old school beats.

@@@ Suuns: Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart (Secretly Canadian, 2015).  A new add at CFUV.  The first tune which has a pain in the ass title opens up ambient with an arpeggiated synth figure and some low in the mix distorted/barely recognizable vocals.  A good start, but this is not a meal this is a snack.  You’re just like Hillary Clinton, you gotsta earn my vote.  Now they’re getting a little sic-fi movie — pumpin’ beats, bump bump bumpity bass.  Get your Facebook virtual reality mask on we goin’ cyber and shit.  Here’s a big arena shred guitar.  I bet they listen to this kind of music when they’re building the giant spying machine at Facebook.  Geek rock.

@@@ Halestorm: Into the Wild Life (Atlantic Records, 2015).  Some mainstream heavy music off the Beats Highlights page.  The singer sounds like the lovechild of Motley Crue duder and the righteous Bon Jovi.  Some occasional power chord action (but still pretty) and some big arena rock sounding drums.  Super crisp and meticulous production.  Perhaps a bit too clean.


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