Active Music Listening Friday May 29, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 409
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

@@@ Pitch & Mumdance: Big Slug (Tectonic)  Some darkish, ambient music with a British/Jamaican MC on the mic.  After a floating intro, they gut into the beats and the boasting on the mic.  I like the MC he’s got a deep and rough voice and the beats are all right without blowing my mind.  The second tune, Lucid Dreaming, starts out drifting and metallic.  Sounds connected with late ’90s trippy drum and bass.  Off the Beats Highlights page.

@@@ Arcturs: Arcturian (Prophecy, 2015).  Some art school heavy metal a la Linkin Park.  Synth action, oh wait, here’s the singer and he’s kinda classic Iron Maiden-y.  It’s more epic classic metal with synth influences.  The drums are low in the mix, the guitars sound kind of boxed in and we’re getting violin flourishes with video game bleep action.  Oh here’s a nice big guitar shred coming through.  This is a 90 minute recording but only one tune is up on my Beats store.  That may be fore the best.  Off my heavy metal mail-order email.

@@@ Kris Davis Infrasound: Save Your Breath (Clean Feed, 2015).  Some mostly free/not straight jazz out of the Portugese label Clean Feed.  It sounds like a fairly large ensemble — piano drums, clarinet, sax, a very low horn playing bass parts or an electric bass, electric guitar.  This first tune, Union Forever is very segmented and interesting.  Starting loose, gelling into a groove then into a a quiet, ambient section.  I’m going to circle back and check this record out more when I have time.

@@@ Joe Bordenaro: Maxwell Lewis Harrison (Canvasclub, 2015).  A debut single from a yoot that I got to via a music publicist email.  It’s a classic rock tune focused on guitars with big melodic vocals over the top.  Think Todd Rundgren, the Strokes, that sort of thing.  He’s working that rock ‘n roll growl/snarl thing and I dig the organ layered in underneath the guitars.

Stream it over here, people.


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