Active Music Listening Wednesday May 6, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 347
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 207
Not good music: 113

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 8

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, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Waters, Chui Wan

@@@ Tal National: Farila (Chimurenga Renaissance Remix) Fat Cat, 2015.  These guys have made my list before so I gotsta check them out.  Looks like an electronic music guy got hold of one of their tracks and put it through his/her mangling machine.  It’s still pretty good — some spraying guitar and booty thick bass.  It’s hard to tell what the beat might have originally been.  Oh wait their whole new record is up on my Beats store.  Tasty.

I remember these guys having manic energy and the first tune, Zoy Zoy, is an awful hot African mess.  Funky, stuffed with single line guitar picking, oy this is the shit.  These guys definitely did not go soft on this record, they had a big ol’ cup of coffee and hit the record button.  I’m going to swing by and check out this record when I have more time but this is some pretty extraordinary performing by the guitar players and the drummer, especially, but the whole band.

@@@ Brother Dege: Pay No Mind (Not sure, 2015).  Some classic American swamp rock I got to via a music publicist email.  Mr. Dege sounds a bunch like Gerry Rafferty and he’s got a pretty cookin’ resonator guitar sound going.  Boom-stomp kick-snare, this is no methed out country punk nugget, it’s more old school — slower tempo less crusty.

@@@ T. Hardy Morris: My Me (Dangerbird, 2015).  A single I got to off a music publicist.  Big rock production sound with a sort of anti-hero singer.  I like the pedal steel/slide slipped in there.  It’s a solid track, I’m not jumping up and down but the heightened energy outro might make some of you jump up and down.

@@@ Melody Gardot: Morning Sun (Verve Int’l, 2015).  An adult alternative single I got to via the Beats highlights page.  Very much a Norah Jones formula.  Slack rock, sultry female vocals, mellow yellow production.  A big ol’ 1970’s soft rock hug, come and get it.  Comes complete with the oohs and aaahs and a buttery soft horn section.



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