Active Music Listening Monday April 27, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 319
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 189
Not good music: 104

Honorable Mentions: 10
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

@@@ Ezra Furman: Lousy Connection (Joyful Noise, 2015).  Listening is a tad thin today as my Beats store is down, I called them and they told me how much they sucked and how desperately they would love to pay artists and small labels more (no, he didn’t) and he said they know I’m a complete music junkie and I’m one of their top ten customers (no they didn’t).  Sweet Jesus, I’m at the mercy of the music publicists/Soundcloud tunes, and I feel bad about that but there ain’t fuck all I can do about it.  Here we have a bit of an old school doo wop influenced jam from a cross dressing gent out in San Fran.  I support freaks not that cross dressing is freaky.  Big campy arrangement, Elton John redux after the door wop intro.  Gotta give points for mashing up ’60s doo woo vocals and Elton John piano rock and coming up with a pretty unpredictable and engaging campy tune.

https://soundcloud.com/bella-union/ezra-furman-lousy-connection-mfit/s-r8Ns7

@@@ J Fernandez: Read My Mind (Joyful Noise, 2015).  A single off an upcoming record that I got to via a music publicist.  I like the organ/whistle or whistle-y organ part, I don’t like Fernandez’ flattish voice and the rest is pretty standard guitar indie.  Mid tempo messed up relationship tune.

https://soundcloud.com/joyful-noise-recordings/03-read-my-mind-1

@@@ We Are Ghosts: Andarta (Self-released?, 2015).  Live improvised music I was turned onto by an email from the band.  Opens up ambient with big waves of guitar feedback and slow drums — a bit Metallica intro, a bit Pink Flloyd.  Continues in the ambient vein and this is more in the improvised/jam band rock arena rather than any sort of jazz improv.  Lots of space, big female singer, slow energy, have at it.  Some interesting Middle Eastern synth flavors on the third tune, Deserted Monuments.  Full cannabis slow music show.

@@@  The New Switcheroo: The Heartless Sky (Self-released, 2015).  Indie folk rock EP out of Chicago that I got to via a music publicist.  Instrumentation is piano, violin/fiddle, acoustic guitar and a female vocalist, oh wait here comes a wave of vocal harmonies.  Sweet.  The second tune, Pixelated NM brings in the rock drum and electric bass and a pretty 1970’s folk rock vibe.  Lush production and a lot of feelings, not aimed at headbangers and ascetics but well done.

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