Active Music Listening Thursday June 11, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 450
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 262
Not good music: 152

Honorable Mentions: 13
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, Akitsa

@@@ Good Morning: A Vessel/Radiovoice (Not sure, 2015).  An Australian space rock digital 7″ I got to via a music publicist email.  Some cycling electronic spooge, with minimalist guitar strums, live drums, and detached semi-processed vocals.   A little bit psych, a little bit space rock.  It’s a good blend of humans playing instruments and humans making computer blurps.  The second tune goes more ’70s space rock than the first one — it sounds like Pink Flloyd put through a hamburger grinder with a whole lot of reverb spice and downers.  And they were pretty down to begin with.

@@@  Keith Urban: John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 (Keith Urban, 2015).  A single on the Beats Highlights page.  I find it fascinating when white musicians mix country music with drum machine beats, which I associate with black music.  All the while singing about rock ‘n roll.  I can’t tell if this is supposed to fill the white people’s undercover need for a bit of funk but are too scared to listen to hip hop or if new country music has been granted a pass where anything can be thrown into their tunes and you call it new country.  It’s a pretty sugary sweet biscuit, not necessarily cheesy (but a wee bit) but seems to be trying to make a cultural statement about identity.  The song sounds nothing like John Cougar, I have no idea what John Deere tractors or the Bible have to do with it except that these are touchstones of white Midwestern and Southern culture.  Weird shit yo.

@@@ Arthur Russell: Corn (Not sure, 2015).  Off the Beats Highlights page, how can you not check out a record called Corn?  It’s a blend of Devo nerd rock with singer/songwriter elements and rock.  He’s got a strange flow on the microphone which I’m all for, but it weirds up an already weird taco.  The second tune, the title track Corn opens with an extended low in the mix fiddle solo over a drum machine beat with a drone in the background.  This is definitely not popcorn, and not cheese flavored corn, it’s baked corn mixed with Purple Drank.

@@@  Peptalk: Islet (Not sure, 2015).  Some out indie electronic from members of Xiu Xiu and Tyondai Braxton’s group.  Heavily processed space vocals, synth bass, drum machine percussion/beats.  A cheerful soup with wee bits of funk floating in it.



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