Active Music Listening Monday June 15, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 460
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 267
Not good music: 157

Honorable Mentions: 14
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, Leo Welch, Astral Swans, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa

We are off to the races with another week in the listening pit.

@@@  Galcher Lustwerk: Parlay (Lustwerk, 2015).  Some classic stripped down boom-titch off the Beats highlights page.  This style goes back like rocking chairs.  Minimal beats, ambient synths, no cheese ma’am just the titch.  The third tune, Kaint, has a on odd vocal sample, but it’s the same formula.  Maybe some of you kaint stand it, maybe some of you kain.

@@@ AxeWound: Vultures (The End, 2012).  I see this record from 3 years ago has been reissued on vinyl so somebody must like it so I peep as that’s my job.  I would describe these guys as a potent jambalaya of full dome smackin’ double kick, some serious classic cheese free riffage/kA-chunk and a singer that puts meth in his coffee in the morning.  Or somebody put napalm in his sneakers.  Very aggressive but not particularly an underground sound, which is fine.

@@@ Summer Fiction: Perfume (Summer Fiction, 2015).  Super jangly indie pop that is so jangly your teeth may hurt.  Sounds like Alex Chilton without the pills and has a bit of the Friends theme in it.  Big strummed acoustic guitar, a bittersweet lower energy voice over straight rock drums with some discretely melodic bass playing.

@@@ Catharsis: Institute (Sacred Bones, 2015).  Some anarchist punk (in Russian!) off last week’s All Music weekly email.  I didn’t know anarchist punk got its own sub-genre.  Color me all learned up now.  The sound of the record is mainstream hard rock — big guitars, stringy bass, a little synth action, and a female Russian spoken word piece in the first tune, and Putin’s son in this second tune.  No, I shouldn’t say that, I have no proof this is some sort of Putin invasion.  That’s fucked up what’s going on in the Ukraine, right?  I tend to shy away from the epic hard rock sound as it doesn’t work for me.  And I would never make fun of what’s going on in the Ukraine, it’s a completely fucked situation.

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