Active Music Listening Thursday May 21, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 389
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 232
Not good music: 127

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

@@@ Jason Derulo: Broke (Warner Bros, 2015).  A mainstream pop/hip hop single with Stevie Wonder and Keith Urban.  I got to this via the promo department at Warner Brothers.  Think a classic rock hook over a jeep beat.  $5 for the listener who can peg the classic rock melody they bite hard — hey, kids, rock ‘n roll.  Arrrggghhhh, slow hard drive.  I appreciate the celebration of being broke as opposed to the Jay-Z’s years long celebration of shooting benjamins out his vegan ass, but I can’t hang with the arrangement.  Get a bun for that cheese.  Return note:  They bit that tune Rock ‘n Roll Hootchy-coo.  Yikes.

@@@ Strange Names: Use Your Time Wisely (Frenchkiss, 2015).  I got to this tune via music publicist emails.  Man, they’re (the publicists) really pushing the music sausage through the intertoobz email consensus machine in the last day or so.  I can’t breeve from the landslide of emails.  The first tune is a shopping mall rock biscuit with a handful of New Wave pubes thrown over it for good feelings.  They sound a lot like that Australian band INXS — the singer doesn’t sound like him, but the overall feel of the record resembles them.  Mostly pop and rock with a schmear of white boy funk.  Woof.

@@@ Porcelain Raft: Half Awake (Not sure, 2015)  Oh boy, some New Age electro cheese I got to via a music publicist email.  Big reverbed, sensitive male vocals, thick synth lasagna noodles punctured by some shiny arpeggiated guitars and a bedroom drum machine beat.  When the tambourine comes in you’re supposed to be peaking right there.  Dude!!!!!  I have to stop now, I can’t type through my tears.  God, that was powerful.

@@@ Stranger Cat: Ecstatic Energy (Joyful Noise, 2015).  Some indie electronic I got to via a music publicist email.  A solid medium funky beat, your standard synth bass and synth clouds, and I swear to God, a dude panting into a microphone.  I don’t know how I feel about that, the panting that is.  Female singer that is a cross between Tori Amos and Annie Lennox.  The tune has some genuine weirdness to it, which I give respect to.  Not sure what else to say.  Peep it for yourself.

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