Active Music Listening Tuesday May 26, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 396
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 236
Not good music: 130

Honorable Mentions: 130
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

Welcome back to the listening pit, I certainly hope everybody had a great Memorial Day if you’re a warmonger and an appropriately confusing one when you’re trying to explain it to your kids and you’re anti-war.

@@@  Alesso: Forever (Def Jam, 2015).  This is a top shelf release on the Beats Highlights page and the first tune, Profondo, is an extended synth wank that climaxes into…a full corporate techno boom titch with vocoder synth melody work.  Wow, this is the shit.  I can picture this music pumping out the store stereo system in the mall thereby increasing the clothes purchasing with the appropriate pulse quickening electro sweetness.  Oh wait, here is a little Lord of the Rings down section of female aaaaahhhhs, and we’re back to the boom titch.  Bring ’em high, slow ’em down, hit ’em with the EDM snare roll and rinse, lather, repeat.  The third song, from which I will exit this record, features a female singer busting out with the New Age bullshit in a quasi-orgasmic vocal style.  Oh man, this is not the shit, this is just shit.

@@@ Allen Stone: Radius (Capitol, 2015).  Some white boy hippie soul also featured on the Beats highlights page.  He’s got his croon on for sure with extensive background vocals.  Oh, he’s swirling in some George Clinton/Funkadelic vibes in here.  Now he’s belting and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I think he should change his stage name to Stevie Wonderbread.  Funky yet fluffy and somewhat flavorless.  You go funky Stevie Wonderbread!!!!

@@@ Death and Vanilla: To Where the Wild Things Are (Fire Records, 2015).  An Aquarius Records Record of the week, this is a mashup of surf-esque guitars, cheesy space organ, echoed female vocals and quirky British pop tunes.  I like the sound palette here but that first tune could have used a little time on the chopping block — and the first tune is supposed to be your most powerful shot.  I don’t think these guys need a double shot of espresso but it’s just a tad sleepy time tea for my taste.

@@@ Aktor: Paranoia (Aktor, 2015).  Another blurbed record from Aquarius Records.  They love those retro-Sammy Hagar, Loverboy, Styx, big guitar hair rock bands.  What can you do, if you’re a freak you’re a freak.  The singer has a big clean voice, classic American and he rides atop a super steady straight rock drummer and a whole assload of power chord action.  And some pretty hardcore synth rock action, by the way.  Rock music, hellz yeah!!!!!  These guys might have dirty Finnish blood as their Googletube headline says FIN/USA.  Maybe they work in the financial services industry.11

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