Active Music Listening Thursday April 23, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 311
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 183
Not good music: 102

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, Cold Waters

@@@ Thomas Fiss: Orbit (Not sure, 2015).  Some super smooth cheesy pop — the sonic equivalent of Cheez Whiz.  Mid tempo gated snare drum machine beat, reverbed female voice oozing over the top, all that stuffed between layers of synths.  Good if you’re 13 and clueless.

You can stream here.

@@@ Speedy Ortiz: Foil Deer (Carpark, 2015)  Strong early Pixies influences on the opener of this record — noisy section, quiet section, female singer.  I like all the sounds on the record and the band is mad tight, but I’m not feeling the songs and I already own Doolittle and Surfer Rosa.  I see from the Googletube that these guys are from Northampton, MA so not too far from the Pixies’ sphere of influence in Boston.

@@@ Great Lake Swimmers: A Forest of Arms (Nettwerk, 2015).   I found this record on the Beats Highlights page.  The first tune is what I would call uplifting NPR folk indie.  A little melancholic, a schmear uplifting, uptempo energy but no rocking per se.  I hope a lot of folks find this sound and music style comforting, but I find it a tad manipulative.  It’s just all one thing — so polished with no mess it’s a pretty sad pill to make you feel better.

@@@ Moaning: The Same (Not sure, 2015)  A detached, semi-noisy indie biscuit for your earholes.  Crunchy drums, some guitars tucked back in there, and a super cool, far away singer.  I don’t watch the video because I”m into music, but I think the video makes the music better.  And Stereogum loved it, so I’m not sure if that’s a kiss of death or a seal of approval.  It’s a very thin line.

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