Active Music Listening Tuesday May 19, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 381
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 227
Not good music: 124

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

@@@ Circuit Des Yeux: In Plain Speech (Thrill Jockey, 2015).  Off the big ass list of Aquarius Records records from last week.   If the first tune is any kind of indication, oh it’s not, it’s gonna be an electronic record with art school vocals — very highbrow and somewhat abstract.  A little bit like Patty Smith woofing at a picture at an art gallery in Chelsea.  Here come the strings mixed with static and bleeps.  If the cd or lp doesn’t come with a stick to put up yer own ass in solidarity with the music, be prepared to head over to Home Depot to get your own butt stick.

@@@ Banditos: Banditos (Bloodshot, 2015)  This record lives in that dark, swampy ass ball connector sandwiched between garage punk, the blues, and redneck music.  Distorted guitar, banjo tucked in the back, big blues shouting vocals and a general trailer park vibe.  I like the Janis Joplin-esque female vocals of the second tune, Waiting.  A little bit of Credence, a little George Thorogood, a little Golden Earring.

@@@ DMA’S: Self-titled (Mom and Pop, 2015)  Some super sparkly, Oasis-inspired Brit rock.  Lots of anthemic vocal melodies and strummed guitar chords over classic rock drums.  Obligatory third song ballad, and I can’t think of anything cutting or sarcastic or something that makes me appear witty.

@@@ Roisin Murphy: Hairless Toys (PIAS America, 2015).  Off last week’s All Music ‘notable’ releases.  How can you not check out a record called hairless toys?  The first tune is sparse-tronica with a combination of synth sounds and some hammered percussion like vibraphone with some blue eyed falsetto soul vocals floating on the layer of bips and baps.  It’s a love baby of Eurhythmics and the Talking Heads and a couple of pubes of chill lounge music.  Speaking of hairless toys!


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