Active Music Listening Friday May 22, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 392
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 234
Not good music: 128

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

@@@ Zedd: True Colors (Interscope, 2015).  My Beats ‘highlights’ page says this is a highly anticipated record.  After a breathy intro with dreamy female vocals it gets into some full on shopping mall boom twerk.  Some full on R2D2 chainsaw synth funk blurping punctuated by percussive synth cloud blasts.  Oh now he’s getting into some virtuosic proggy keyboard flaming over a classic EDM snare roll.  This is the shit.  This fucker Zedd knows how to serve up the club bangerz, I can’t wait for the next tune.  This second tune features Selena Gomez and I love me my Selena Gomez.  She sounds like she’s ready to party.  She wants you to know that you and her ‘bleed the same light’.  Zedd gonna hook up yer stupid summer!

@@@ Faith No More: Invictus (Ipecac, 2015).  Off this week’s All Music notable releases.    I’ve always appreciated the weirdness of this band without actually loving their music.  The singer comes off a tad like Leonard Cohen in the first tune, Sol Invictus.  It’s dark but not heavy.  Ah, the second tune, Superhero gets into the hard rock — here’s the Faith No More  hard rock with drama and weird sauce.  They don’t sound lame and busted or disconnected from reality so if you’ve been a fan it’s safe to check this out and if you haven’t then check them out.  This third tune, Sunny Side Up, is pretty good.  Kinda creepy and dramatic and acidic.

@@@ Twenty One Pilots: Fairly Local (Fueled by Ramen, 2015).  A mashup of mainstream musics — arena rock, hip hop, electro, and a tiny bit of art school punk.  I like the drum sound and the white MC is pretty good.  I got to this via a reader of this blog.



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