Active Music Listening Monday May 11, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 359
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 212
Not good music: 116

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 9

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

@@@ Letitia: Le Big Mac (Noise Collector, 2015)  Am I wrong in thinking this was gonna be some sassy, sexy French-ish ode to the classic McDonald’s hamburger?  Because it’s not and I feel betrayed I didn’t get what I thought I was signing up for.  This is an instrumental track, a little spooky, a little funky, a lot synth-y and generally not about two all beef patties, special sauces on a sesame seed bun.  Bummer.

@@@ Choir of Young Believers: Face Melting (Ghostly International, 2015).  Now, am I wrong in thinking that a tune called Face Melting is gonna be a monster shot of energy that would proverbially melt your face?  I don’t think that’s a crazy idea at all.  What do we have here?  A George Michael inspired, super slow ballad with an assload of background vocals, some super old school (maybe too old school) drum machine beats.  My face is not melting at all, it’s hardening into a mask of disappointment.  Check it for yourself and email me if you think this is what you think a track called Face Melting should be.

@@@ Motopony: Daylights (eOne, 2015). Some white boy funk beats and single guitar line figures anchor this indie/frat boy/mainstream tune I got to via a music publicist. Loverly male singer, some stacked background vocals

It’s over here, I can’t embed the tune.  Fucking intertoobz.

@@@ Mandolin Orange: Such Jubilee (Yep Roc, 2015) Another release off the Beats highlights page. Thus far it’s drummer-less alt-bluegrass with a lonesome singer, sweet mandolin playing, fiddle, acoustic guitar and drenched in reverb Daniel Lanois style electric guitar. The vibe is relaxed with a few drops of sad mixed in.

@@@ Nosaj Thing: Fated (Innovative Leisure, 2015).  Some glitchy, clubby chillaxing downtempo instrumental hip hop I got to via the Beats highlights page.  The beats are half funky half titchy and the arrangements sparse, synth based and somewhat ambient.  Myself, I like the full funk explosion.

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