Active Music Listening Wednesday June 17, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 468
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 272
Not good music: 160

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

@@@ Adam Lambert: The Original High (Warner, 2015).  You should check out the super huge production on Lambert’s voice in the opener, Ghost Town.  Oh, he’s going from a strummed acoustic opening to full club boom titch.  Fuck yeah, that’s so awful.  He’s back on the man and his guitar but with finger snaps.  Let’s move on to the second tune.  More finger snaps, that’s a good sign.  Fuck, the third tune opens up with finger snaps too.  What’s up with this dude and finger snaps?  Well, if you like every lyrical cliche in the book served up with super slick production and delivered with male bimbo cheese sauce your panties are gonna quake when you play this bad boy.

@@@ Baby Metal: Baby Metal (Sony, 2015).  Off this week’s All Music weekly email.  Opens up ambient and vocal choir-y and synth strings pushed in the back.  Could this be heavy metal for babies?  Oh God, that would be fucking incredible.  Sadly it does not seem to be the case that this is heavy metal for babies.  It’s late ’80s sounding Metallica with a caveman/orc ‘singer’.   Big guitar shred/kachunk and polished thrash drums.  There’s a strange sort of call and response between the caveman and a female Japanese voice — it’s pretty jarring.  Wow, the full Japanese pop vibe is on full injection on the second tune,  Megitsune.  I’m going to try to clip this tune below for your listening pleasure, this is pretty wild shit that’s hard to describe.

@@@ New Beat Fund: Split Fingerz (Red Bull, 2015).  I expect a pretty laid-back downer type of record from any label run by Red Bull.  This is California funk-punk ala the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the millennial generation.  Actually it sounds a bit more like Gwen Stefani than the Peppers and that’s no diss.  Mo poppy and synth-y and ska like.  This first tune, Any Day, could have been shorter, maybe much shorter.  Oh this second song, It’s Cool, is pretty awful.  Don’t bring a bun for a cheese sandwich this is that stinky, runny bleu cheese shit.  Just before I tip out, the full Red Hot Chili Peppers bite is on the third tune, Why So Mean?  Poppin’ bass, wah wah guitar, white boy funk drums.  This tune goes out to that Rachel Dolozal or the white/black lady as I call her because this tune super mad wants to be black.

@@@  Ken Mode: Success (Season of Mist, 2015).  Some heavy music off last week’s All Music’s weekly email.  Nice big rock drum sound, a buzzy ass bass, and half a cup of guitar squall.  Spoken word/punk rock stripped down vocalist.  They got a little bit of Bleach-era Nirvana, a little Jesus Lizard, and a tad of those guys, they just had a record, Faith No More.  My hard drive almost failed there for a second.  The second tune is less satisfying and is more of an over caffeinated punk blaster.  I like these guys but I would refer folks interested in this sound to check out some Jello Biafra — he’s got this schtick down cold.

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