Active Music Listening Thursday April 16, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 286
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 170
Not good music: 96

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, Khaira Arby

@@@ Venom: From the Very Depths (Spinefarm, 2015).  Off last week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  After an ambient opening ditty, we get into the title track a classic metal full shred.  The singer is sporting a few pubes of Motorhead’s Lemmie and the drummer gets into some thrash drumming without going full meltdown.  All of a sudden I have the urge to put on leather pants and buy a giant snake.  Weird.

@@@ God Made Me Funky: Funky Fly ‘n Free (New Empire Entertainment, 2015).  Also off CFUV’s weekly email and a damned fine inheritor of later George Clinton style funk.  Mostly synth based and more straight four on the floor than the early ’70s shit which is more band based with healthy doses of rock.  Some club synth influences seep into the funk as the tunes roll on, which is understandable as it’s no longer the mid ’80s and things change.

@@@ Beth Hart: Better than Home (Provogue, 2015)  Some new blues I got to from last week’s All Music email.  Full horn section, background singers and a more welcoming gospel tinged approach rather than a Buddy Guy burning down the house sound.  Hart has medium gruff voice and she’s bringing the piano in for the second tune, Tell ‘Em to Hold On.  It’s a ballad, and she gets things cooking more in the fourth tune, Trouble, but I like my blues dirty and nasty.

@@@ Tom Russell – The Rose of Roscrae: A Ballad of the West (Frontera, 2014).  An orchestral/spoken word/Americana release I got to via the All Music weekly email.  It’s part play and part a postcard to the mythological American West, but I have to give respect to it’s adventurous style.  Nobody is rocking it like this.

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