Active Music Listening Friday May 15, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 373
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 221
Not good music: 122

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

@@@ Snoop Dogg: Bush (Columbia, 2015).  The question for music listeners is how much can a dude smoke before his music is as toasted as he/she is?  This first tune, surprisingly an ode to smoking weed with Stevie Wonder, is softly funky.  It’s not a song about smoking weed with Stevie Wonder, it’s a song about smoking weed and Stevie Wonder performs on it.  Pharrell rocked the production machine so if you’re looking for 1970’s style funk he’s your man because he’s a copy machine, bitch!  Oh shit, it’s almost pure disco biscuits on this second tune, This City.  This ain’t no gangsta shit, this is funky car wash disco love.  You have to check out the chorus hook where they go Snoo-woo-oooh-ya.  I don’t know if he’s full toasted but he ain’t far off now.

@@@ Della Mae: Della Mae (New Rounder, 2015).  Also off this week’s All Music weekly email.  I really liked their last record but this first tune sounds a bit more like a Melissa Etheridge arena rock record combined with traditional music.  I won’t spend much time explaining why I prefer 2013’s ‘This World Oft Can Be’ but just refer listeners to that record.  These tunes sound like rock star tunes and I prefer super well played normal tunes.

@@@ Lakker: Tundra (R&S Records, 2015).  Also off this week’s All Music ‘notable releases.’  The first tune has a lost in space calling out on the radio feel while the second tune comes up first with the female angel choir and the industrial pounding drum machine kick drum.  Contrast, I get it.  This is described by All Music as experimental techno.  I wish!  It’s slightly mangled club music that rearranges that palette including the chainsaw synths, the booty kick drums.  C’mon dudes, get out there.

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