Active Music Listening Thursday May 14, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 370
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 221
Not good music: 120

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

@@@ QT:  Hey QT (XL Recordings, 2015).  The weather is getting warmer so the tidal wave of stupid summer music is coming out.  Here we have QT, a young Brit that has no fuzz on her peach or has a fuzzy peach and a tank of helium nearby.  Big pulsing synths, big club boom titch.  This is the shock and awe of stupid, wow I’m only a minute and I can  feel the IQ leaving my brain.  Off the Beats Highlights page, yikes.

@@@ Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch, 2015).  Big Emmylou Harris fan at this blog.  Unbelievable voice, tasteful, the whole package.  The first tune on this record has most of the epic production sound of Daniel Lanois minus a bit of the reverb.  Harris voice combines well with Crowell’s more gravelly timber and the instrumentation is mandolin, acoustic guitar, minimal drums, and what sounds like an upright bass.  The second tune brings on the drum kit and the pedal steel and piano.  Man  she can sing.  I’ve checked out 5 of the tunes and it’s a combination of slow ones, uptempo country feel good and in-betweeners.  It doesn’t have the impact of what I consider her classic ‘Wrecking Ball’ record but folks should always check out her singing.

@@@  Patrick Watson: Love Songs for Robots (Domino, 2015).  Also off the Beats highlights page because they sure picked it with that QT track.  First ambient clouds, then slow piano, and then some nice high neck bass figures.  Mr. Watson is a sensitive cat making lonesome adult alternative piano singer music with a couple of pubes of 1970’s soft rock and a couple of pubes of space rock thrown in to entertain you.  He’s gotta a little Pink Floyd/Coldplay thing going on in this third tune, Bollywood.  It doesn’t sound like Coldplay, it’s just soft and fluffy like Coldplay.  That third tune explodes like a giant sonic artillery shelled stuffed with cheese and that was mad Coldplay.

@@@ Prefuse 73: Ages upon Ages Upon You (Temporary Residence, 2015)  This is slotted as hip hop in this week’s All Music weekly email, but I hear it more as medium out club music diced salad that has some rhymes in it.  Lots of grinding and stuttery synths going with a complimentary stuttering beat that gets swirly and three dimensional.  A little light on funk and a bit much on the art school techno-trickery.


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