Active Music Listening Friday May 1, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 335
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 200
Not good music: 109

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

@@@ Sailor & I: Sweat (Invention of Loneliness, 2015) A single off a record coming out next week that I got to via a music publicist.  Opens up mega dramatical, big arena reverb on the vocals and some long ringing piano chords.  I think this banger is about to get its club on something fierce.  All Beyonce and shit.  Wrong ’em boy-o, mid tempo feelings based rocker.  Some club synth sounds and other twirbles from clubland so I wasn’t crazy to think it might get all MDMA.

@@@ Ligro: Dictionary 3 (Moonjune, 2015).  An Indonesian fusion jazz group I saw on Downtown Music Gallery’s weekly email.  Guitar, piano, bass, and drums.  Super clean guitar sound as well as the mix and I put a live clip below — I don’t know how you grow up in Indonesia and get into jazz fusion but they get props for flying the freak flag high.

@@@ Deadwater: Wet (Columbia, 2015).  A sountrack-y 1980’s mellow rock ballad I saw up on the Beats Highlights page.  Waif-y and lilting female voice comes in with her sad story of love — a little sonic macaroni and cheese for the sad mainstreamers out there.

@@@ The Japanese: A Pool to Bathe In (Dirty Hit, 2015).  Some sweet proggy music off the Beats Highlights page.  A lot of vocal layering a la old Yes albums, a little synth action tucked in back with some arpreggiated acoustic guitar.  I guess they’re also trafficking in the r&b as they sport synthetic beats, including finger snaps and hand clap type samples.  Maybe they see themselves as out prog, wonder bread version of Prince.  That’s the closest I can get with these guys.


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