Active Music Listening Tuesday June 2, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 423
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 250
Not good music: 140

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

@@@ Jamie XX: In Color (Young Turk Recording, 2015). Recommended by the highly ethical folks at Pitchfork.  This is party music more with old school funk beats rather than club boom titch although the bass here is classic club fat mama.  It’s got some vocal samples of some older cat saying Oh My Gosh.  Let’s skip ahead but my first taste is that this isn’t going to be my record of the year.  The second tune, Sleep Sound, is more dreamy and here’s your big bag of club boom titch.  I like the string sample that he mangled up in there, that’s the first time he’s caught my ear.  Mr. XX is a talented and disciplined arranger, but he’s a surprisingly conservative cat — his choice of sounds is pretty standard for his record, he’s got very little spirit of adventure.  And this lack of even small elements of surprise makes his record sound cookie cutted and somewhat boring.  He should push his shit harder — he’s got skills but he’s in a  box.

@@@ Daughn Gibson: Carnation (Sub Pop, 2015).  An indie electronic record from the folks at Sub Pop that I found in the Beats Highlights page.  The first tune is notable for the slide pedal steel and Gibson’s highbrow English voice.  He sounds like he has a cup and saucer in his hand.  The second tune, Heaven You Better Come In, gets more into the indie/Brit rock area — some nice spilling guitars and a bit of energy in the drum beat.  This is this generation’s Brian Ferry — a heavily narcotized voice for the mellow/Purple Drankers out there.  The third tune, Shatter You Through gets into the full pop rock biscuitry which is intolerable with high art voice so he’s punched my ticket out.  Check it for yourself.

@@@ Blanck Mess: Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones, 2015).  Stretched and delayed vocals over a sparse melody in the opening tune, Loam.  This tune could use some more elements so I’m going to skip ahead.  That first tune was to wet my palette.  This second one is a strobe light club overload.  Fat tom roll, wailing guitar, aggravated industrial feel.  More fucked/processed vocals over this dark stew.  This third tune has more of a Nine Inch Nails vibe to it — it’s the best of what I’ve heard here but this record’s not really working for me.  Check it for yourself.

@@@ Motel Pools: Human Cannonball (Suburban Rage, 2015).  A Butthole Surfers tune covered by a young woman from California.  More tuneful and less abrasive than the B-hole Surfers original with a good guitar sound.

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