Active Music Listening Wednesday April 29, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 327
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 195
Not good music: 106

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

@@@ Reverend Tall Tree: Reverend Tall Tree (Nine Yard Records, 2015).  Heavily blues influenced guitar rock I got to via the Beats Highlights page.  Oops, the other way around,  rock influenced blues is more like it.  Mr. Tall Tree’s voice is a tad Howlin’ Wolf growly without the full guttural flow of the Wolf and the guitar figures are similar as well.  Clean production without getting into arena rock territory, and I like that he’s rockin’ an upright bass — could be wrong on that.

@@@ Blur: The Magic Whip (Parlophone, 2015).  New Blur album and shit that I saw on the Beats highlights page.  The first tune, Lonesome Street gets into some power chord action combined with Brit rock quirk.  Not Kinks heavy, more ’90s retro.  I like the second tune more, but I don’t think Blur is aimed at my ears.   A little bit art school, a little pop, and a little bit wanker.

@@@ Theo Jackson: Shoeless and the Girl (Dot Time Records, 2015)  Some straight vocal jazz I got to via the London Jazz blog.  Highbrow, super clean and stylized — brushes on the drums, piano, bass and sax under the romantic vocals.  Ooh, I don’t usually do well with this kinda music — it’s just too fraught with meaning and not enough energy for my animal side.

@@@ Warm Soda: Symbolic Dream (Castle Face, 2015).  I got to this record via a music publicist.  A little of the Strokes, a little Elvis Costello and the Attractions, and a bit of a lot of bands from the early to mid-80s.  Sharp guitars, intimate male vocals with fairly extensive background vocals, and the classic driving rock beat.  Boom bap, boom boom bap.  If you like this uptempo pop punk/rock pu pu platter I would refer you to the album Still Bored by Cyanide Pills.  Much more entertaining.

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