Active Music Listening Wednesday April 22, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 307
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 181
Not good music: 100

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, Cold Waters

@@@ Low Cut Connie: Shake it Little Tina (Contender, 2015).  A track I got to via a music publicist.  It’s basically a G-rated recycled Rolling Stones tune from the mid ’70s.  I only watched the first 15 seconds of the video because it was painfully stupid, and maybe the tune is better listened to in another format because on the google tube it sound painfully thin and shitty and it’s got big name people producing.  And my stereo is the shit, it’s the google tube that blows.

@@@ Thorns: Thorns (Peaceville, 2001).  I saw this record from 2001 has been reissued on vinyl so folks have voted with their wallets on this piece of metal.  I’m not quite sure how the drummer can physically play this fist — man, I’m exhausted just listening.  He is joined by a guitar cat-in-a-blender sound — alternating grinding power chords with occasional hellish squeals.  The singer is a shouter but intelligible.  They get into a more proggy (but still heavy as fuck) thing on the second tune, World Playground Deceit.  My auto-correct changed proggy to groggy, which is just not true.  I hear a lot of mid-career Metallica influence in this record and it’s quite enjoyable.

@@@ Carpathian Forest: Fuck You All (Peaceville, 2006).  Let’s stick with some war criminal Bush era heavy music.  Death to that torturing fucker Dick Cheney.  Here we have a tasty punk grind — the guitars are hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock.  The singer comes over the top of this boot stomp with part caveman/part throat smash vocal style.  He sounds a bit like he’s being waterboarded, to stick with the Bush era analogies.  This is a solid hardcore/thrash mash.  Check it out.

@@@ Yelawolf: Love Story (Interscope, 2015).  A white (trash) country hip hop record I got to via the Beats Highlights page.  After an intro about being abducted by aliens, we get right into a full threedle spit show.  A hi hat-centric blaxploitation beat with Mr. Yelawolf’s Beastie Boys nasal flow on the microphone.  He’s got a very solid rhythmic flow on the microphone.  Now you’re kids aren’t going to be better people for listening to this, for sure.  The second tune gets into more of a confessional, emotional flavor about his life is whack and whatnot.  This third tune goes deeper into Butterland with a full strummed acoustic guitar and no fun.  Oh well, I’d be a much bigger fan if he stayed trashy.

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