Active Music Listening Thursday May 28, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 405
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 242
Not good music: 134

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

@@@ Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar, 2015).  What opened up as an art school Elton Johnny thang morphed up into a indie boom titch electro wonder.  The second tune, Like Acid Rain, further explores the funky side of the neighborhood with falsetto vocals and a further funk-afication of the beats.  It’s all right, the beats could use some more impact it makes me realize what a genius Prince is/was to lace his funk with nasty rock guitar — it really muscles things up.

@@@ GDP & the Front Bottoms: GDP (Bar/None, 2015).  Some piano featured hip hop with a 1970’s downtempo rock feel.  I don’t really know what flavor the MC is here, he could be a white boy, oh the second tune kicked in — WTF this is a split EP with this GDP hip hop dude and then the Front Bottoms who are an ernest kinda soft emo-band.  Well, we don’t need to speculate on this GDP fella and his skin color.  He smokes weed, he’s medium nasty, and he has some pretty solid arranging going on.  If you’re up for the mind bend go for the split EP.

@@@ Dizzy Wright: The Growing Process (Funk Flow, 2015).  Also from the fantastic people at All Music.  I’m trying to get back into listening to hip hop, I don’t want to be discriminating.  Monsieur Dizzy is rocking’ a band, droppin’ his lyrics over a live band with rock guitars and a rock rhythm sound.  He’s urgent on the mic more pushing than bong influenced.  A synth appears a bit later and the lyrics revolve around lifting oneself up and being concious.  I like it all right.

@@@ Shopping: Consumer Complaints (Fat Cat, 2015)  All three of today’s selections are from this week’s All Music ‘notable’ releases.  I know it’s a total dick move to put the word notable in quotations.  These guys have a sharp, angular nerd punk vibe going on — super bright guitar over a stringy and intestinal bass flow and a clipped female vocal style. There’s a gent who comes in and lays down some vox on the second tune and the drummer is full straight ahead/all business/no chaos.  I like it pretty good — a little Devo, a little Minutemen, a little some other folks.

@@@ Rachel Grimes: The Air in Time (Temporary Residence, 2015).  Some ambient/acoustic music off the All Music ‘notable’.  Ah, I can’t stop!  Synth (maybe real) heavily reverbed pulsed plucks with a string melody in front of it.  Just a quick little biscuit, looks like the record is gonna be brunch music for yuppies, but that’s just a guess.



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