Active Music Listening Wednesday June 24, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 489
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 284
Not good music: 168

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

@@@ Snow in Mexico: Prodigal Summer (St. Marie, 2015).  An EP of New Age electro pop from an Italian duo that I got to via a music publicist email.  ’80s gated snare, chorus on the guitars and big fluffy synths.  It’s interesting to hear the vocal samples and not interesting to hear the super breathy brief vocals.  It’s flying into the heart of the sun on wings of cheddar and gorgonzola.  Get the macaroni out so you can pour the fresh cheese sauce over it — hmmmmmmm.

@@@ Wolf Alice: My Wolf is Cool (RCA, 2015).  London’s latest indie buzz band off the Beats Highlights page!  The first tune is a mash of pop beats, Pink Floyd space guitars and dreamy female indie style vocals.  The second tune is pretty standard Brit rock with a kinda funky rock beat with big sounds layered over it.  They get into some Smashing Pumpkins phaser guitar grunge in the third tune, Your Loves Whore, and while the production is immaculate and all the sounds are lined up it’s not something that is making me buzz — it’s sort of tepid in the soul department.

@@@ Deer Tick: Big House (Not sure, 2015).  I got a music publicist email for some solo shows by the front man of Deer Tick.  It’s pretty hard not to notice the Bob Dylan influence here.  Arpeggiated acoustic guitar, nasal vocals, serious lyrics where serious lyrics usually annoy me.  I used to think of Tallest Man on Earth as inheriting the Dylan troubadour hat but this guy wears it pretty well.

@@@ CROSS: Lo (Telephone Explosion, 2015)  Say you took Black Sabbath and put them in a blender with a nerd you would get something like this band.  Big, wet concrete guitars spilling out all over the soundstage with tom heavy drumming and some sloppy indie riffage.  I’m starting to understand that there are heavy bands custom designed for folks who don’t want to be associated with heavy metal.  Myself I love the ugly beauty of the full on pissed off metal.  This is a bit too cute and art school — let those ill feelings out indie people, you will feel much better.

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