Active Music Listening Monday April 20, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 299
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 176
Not good music: 98

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

@@@ The Sandwitches: Play It Again Dick (Empty Cellar, 2015).  I got to this record via a music publicist email.  I thought it was going to some tongue in cheek innuendo tune from this all female outfit, but it’s an ambient dirge.  I little bit of alt-country, a bit of ringing psych and some indie.  I like the slowness and sloppiness of this record and I will listen to more of these guys when their last record comes out this summer.  This may be one of the only times I’ve ever responded positively to a music publicist email tune.  Quite shocking.

@@@ Timothy McAllister — Zae Munn: They were Mysterious Guests (Parma, 2015).  An ensemble new classical recording featuring McAllister on saxophone playing chamber works by Zae Munn.  McAllister’s tone is both sharp and warm and his playing is very interesting.  I’m used to hearing the wailing of free jazz sax so it takes a bit of time getting used to the more restrained manner of McAllister.

@@@ Hutch and Kathy: Brilliance (Not sure, 2015).  If Bob Dylan had a gay love baby with Death Cab for Cutie, that kid would make a tune like this.  Big friendly and hook-y vocal melodies over a rootsy mostly old school rock arrangement including harmonica.  Harmonica from hipsters!  Music publicist email!

@@@ Bill Gable: No Straight Lines (Bill Gable, 2015).  An adult alternative/singer songwriter release with world music influences.  Gable’s voice is straight ahead and he’s an above average guitar player.  Instrumentation includes percussion, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and piano.  Songs are feelings based.



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