Active Music Listening Tuesday May 12, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 363
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 215
Not good music: 117

Honorable Mentions: 12
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

@@@ Young Fathers: White Men are Black Men Too (Big Dada, 2015).  Off last week’s CFUV weekly email.  How can you not check out a record with this title?  Hard to slot genre wise, not that I’m a genre ho.  I guess indie electronic is the bucket this will fall down into.  Synthetic beats, keyboard bass, vocals that are a bit processed and in the confessional neighborhood.  The tune 27 is more fleshed out, a trashy indie electronic r&b tune — Prince style vocals and lot of kludge in the beats.

@@@ Alborosie: Dub of Thrones (VP Records, 2015).  Meets King Jammy!  Off this week’s  WRIR weekly playlist email.  A bright mix on this second track with classic bubbling organ, A Dub of Ice and Fire.  Dub the Seven Kingdoms brings the locomotive simple bass dub line with spraying high hats — quite satisfying.

@@@ The Very Best: Makes a King (PIAS America, 2015).  Off the WRIR weekly playlist email this is a collaboration between an African singer and a British electronic musician.  The vocals are more in the soaring neighborhood than the down and dirty rocking music out of Mali (that I love) and the electronic arrangements are trip hop-y and restrained.  I like it all right but I’d like more energy.

@@@ Guantanamo Baywatch: Darling….It’s too Late (Suicide Squeeze, 2015).  Some retro surfer rock I got to via the Beats highlights page.  Twangy guitar sounds, light lyrics and a classic rock ‘n roll rhythm section.  Whippin’ out the party music for the summer.


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