Active Music Listening Monday June 1, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 419
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 248
Not good music: 138

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

@@@ Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul (Lex Records, 2015).  I’ve seen a lot of positive press about this record (which can be a result of excessive hype) but I thought I would peep it on the chance it’s good.  It sounds like a live band on the second track, which is kinda cool.  Maybe they’re taking a page out of the Roots playbook.  The surfy twang of the guitar is also pretty cool.  The rapping is medium gangsta with flashes of stoned humor mixed in.  The guitar player is killing it.  I like the arrangements on this record, they’re really creative and I dig the rapping but not as much.

@@@ The Weeknd: The Hill (Universal Republic, 2015).  Some mainstream r&b I got to via the Beats Highlights page.  Big fat bass, purple drank club beats and a kinda douche singer.  He’s got a nice hook in the chorus but the verses are the sonic equivalent to have hot pliers shoved up your nose to pull your brain out said nose.  He’s not a complete whiny fuck but it’s pretty close.  He loves his bitches and he’s all fucked up, boo hoo.

@@@ Snarky Puppy: Sylva (Impulse!, 2015).  Funk jazz off the Beats highlights page.  I usually prefer to keep my funk and my jazz separate but I have open ears.  This is from the Eastern European klezmer jazz neighborhood and I’ve yet to hear the funk hit.  The second tune is getting into it, but we’re not talking old school raucous Funkadelic funk, we’re talking that jazz fusion/smooth r&b G-Spot that’s softer than butter left out on the counter.  God, I could go for some stanky guitar to offset all the funky synths out there.

@@@  King Khan & BBQ Show: Bad News Boys (In the Red, 2015).  Off last week’s CFUV weekly playlist email.  Some early ’60s doo woo influenced r&b.  Dirty rock guitars splashing all over the old school loverboy melodies.  He’s got a little early Elvis Costello hot rockin’ in this second tune, Illuminations.  If you’re up for the dirty garage rock guitars and the old school vocal melodies King Khan will hook your shit up.

 

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