Active Music Listening Saturday May 30, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 412
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 244
Not good music: 135

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

@@@ Avicii: Waiting for Love (Island, 2015).  Ah, some mainstream EDM sonic biscuitry off the Beats highlights page.  If these lyrics were an actual cheese I would put them in that really stinky French bleu cheese neighborhood.  The arrangement is pretty restrained for club/pop there may be some sort of club money shot coming.  Oh, there it is, the boom titch you came for.  I’ve clipped the lyric video because the lyrics are so heavy and I want you to take the time absorb the wisdom.

@@@ARKHAMIN KIRJASTO: Torches Ablaze (Ektro, 2012).  Finnish heavy metal off the Aquarius weekly email.  Classic heavy metal guitar power chord action with half man/half caveman on the microphone.  The second tune, Knights of Torment, has a slightly metallic Motorhead feel to it — straight rock beat, locked in guitar/bass.  Alas no Lemmie but something similar.  Not my favorite style of metal but well done.

@@@ Heartless Bastards: Black Cloud (Partisan, 2015)  Some mainstream classic rock I got to via a music publicist email.  A schmear of Bad Company, a schtickl of Patti Smith.  Very nice bass playing and a classic guitar sound.  




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