Active Music Listening Wednesday May 27, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 400
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 239
Not good music: 132

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, Ellen Jewell

@@@ Ellen Jewell: Sundown over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds, 2015).  Off the Beats Highlights page.  This is not new country, nor folk, without the bite of ol’ school of Lucinda Williams’ old records, and without the virtuosic voice of Emmylou Harris — just well produced, straight ahead country with blues and folk mixed in.  Pretty flavorful guitar player working in the gray area of a lot of roots music styles and a real solid band as well.  I’m a bit freaked out at how tasteful and without production bullshit the music and the performances are here.  Check her out.

@@@ Jungle By Night: Ethiopian (Not sure, not sure)  I saw from a music publicist email that these guys have a new record but only this one tune on a compilation record up on the Beats.  It’s Afrobeat and I don’t need more Afrobeat in my life, but Tony Allen is into these guys so out of respect for one of the world’s best drummers I’m givin’ em a peep.  They’re pretty good, musical with more than straight Afrobeat elements and without that super macho horn work that kinda drives me nuts.  These guys have some interesting rhythmic sectioning going on in this tune

@@@ Jazmine Sullivan: The Reality Show (RCA, 2015).  I haven’t been listening to much hip hop so I searched around to see what other folks think are the best hip hop records of the year.  This record showed up and Sullivan has a little Lauryn Hill and a lotta Mary J. Blige going on.  Big, multilayered vocals with a male rhyme section in the middle of the tune.  I don’t think this record is going to work for me.  This second tune, Mascara, has some pretty bad messages for the young girls out there.  I like the production though it’s a tad slick and Sullivan has a big voice.

@@@ Girlpool: Cherry Picking (Wichita, 2015).  Some grrrrl indie rock/folk I got to via a music publicist email.  After a stripped vocal intro it medium ramps into a clean guitar (acoustic actually) indie thing with thumping bass and some quirky glockenspiel (guess!) and no drums.

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