Active Music Listening Tuesday June 23, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 485
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 282
Not good music: 166

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

@@@ Godspeed, You Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Distress (Constellation, 2015)  This album has been out for a bit but I haven’t checked it out.  I know folks love this group, but I’ve never really understood why.  They’re a heavy band, but heavy bands are a dime a dozen — maybe it’s the arts school angle, who knows?  In this first tune, they sound like a mellowed out and smoother version of Black Sabbath, which is cool, but the insanity of full Black Sabbath is pretty cool too.  This second tune is a looped thing-y, with some nice intestinal bass, some guitar churn and some harmonic wang all looped — it’s cool but a tad snoozypants.

@@@ Michael Rault: Living Daylight (Pirates Blend, 2015)  A poppy half xerox of late ’60s Gimme Shelter era Rolling Stones.  Definitely without the edge and the drugs, well not the darker drugs, this dude is on happy pills.  Let us see what the second tune holds.  Well, he’s dropped the Rolling Stones thang and he’s into some generic melodic half-rock.   Have you ever had someone make you laugh while you’re in the middle of having some ginger ale and the bubbles somehow get up in your nose and they’re popping up they’re and it’s sharp and not so great.  That’s what listening to this record is like.  Oh, in the third tune he’s back on the slinky, happy Rolling Stones giggly riffs — he’s a sneaky devil jumping around like that.

@@@ Kuf Knotz: A Positive Light (Ropeadope, 2015).  Off last week’s CFUV weekly email, as are the other two choices for today’s listening pit.  Here we have some hip hop, mostly old school beats and Mr. Knotz is into a positive, conscious lyrical neighborhood without being soft.  Nice bass line in this first tune.  There’s also a thin thread of reggae/African music sounds in these tunes.  I don’t like the third tune, Inertia, but Knotz’s vocal style is pretty spot on and classic.

@@@ Eagle Rock Gospel Singers: MMLF (Ba Da Bing, 2015).  A gospel single off an upcoming record that I got to via a music publicist email.  Male lead with a super huge bombastic choir behind him.  High production with organ, horn section, tight drum sounds and lots of dynamics.  Kinda the gospel equivalent of Nirvana’s quiet in the chorus/exploding verse formula.

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