Active Music Listening Wednesday May 13, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 366
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 218
Not good music: 119

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

@@@ Tyondai Braxton: Hive 1 (Nonesuch, 2015).  Off this week’s All Music weekly email.  Opens up with a blast of high synth bleeps with a sort of intestinal low pulse underneath that.  Sounds like R2D2 caught a bad burrito last night — I swear if Nonesuch bites that gold nugget of marketing I’m gonna flip out.  The second tune is more washes of synth sound delicately laced with woodpecker-y percussion.  And if they steal that woodpecker-y percussion line, I’m gonna sue in a style that befits Taylor Swift.  I think you might need a big bag of weed and a old school bohemian beret to enjoy this record.  These synth farts are divine, pass the vape machine!

@@@ Surfer Blood: 1000 Palms (Joyful Noise, 2015).  Off this week’s All Music weekly email.  More Arcade Fire mope than Dick Dale surf action with a handful of pubes of arena rock.  Big mainstream singer vibe here, with space shiny indie guitars that have a bit of shopping mall crunch.  Nothing too fuzzy or messy, America’s not up for that.  

@@@ Tink: Million (Mosley, 2015).  A brave choice to name yourself a word that rhymes with dink and stink.  This tune is a female fronted r&b/hip hop track with stuttery Pop Rocks Timbaland production, which works really well with Tink’s irregular and angled rhythmic flow on the microphone.  I like her rhymes better than her singing which gets into lots of layers of vocals.

@@@ Superheaven: Ours is Chrome (Side One Dummy, 2015).  Oh my, some retro-90s slacker rock/power punk/pop I got to via my weekly heavy music email.  Exquisitely manicured guitars sounds, a world weary singer, and big arena rock drums.  A little bit of the Weezer, a few dirty pubes of Stone Temple Pilots, and a cornucopia of FM radio ready Bic lighter rock.

@@@ Your 33 Black Angels: Glamour (Self-released, 2015)  Some NYC ‘electro-decadent space pop’ according to their publicist.  Phased guitars, electronic drums, slacked out voice, nice booty bass, and plenty of inter-galactic blurps and bleeps.  A little spaced out, a little poppy, a little synth cheesy, a little smacked out, even a bit clubbed out.  It’s friggin’ prismatic.

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