Active Music Listening Wednesday July 30, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 582
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 361
Not good music: 175

Honorable Mentions: 4
Buys: 6

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, Tiger Hatchery, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Traams, Karol Conka, Open Mike Eagle, Bry Webb

@@@ Jenny Lewis: The Voyager (Warner Brothers, 2014).  Well, on her Beats profile picture she’s wearing a hat, a big old school affair, not the Pharrell Williams ranger hat, but I am very suspicious of mainstream musicians wearing hats.  It’s like they’re trying to come off as friendly and quirky — hey, check me out, I’m wearing a hat, I’m different.

This is not full on Miley Cyrus ride the wiener music, but it’s more like Cyndi Lauper quirky girl pop.  Production is slick and shiny, Lewis’ voice is good, but the material, oy.

Remember it’s ride the wiener week here at Deep in the Music so here we go:

miley cyrus rides the weiner

@@@ Wildest Dreams: Wildest Dreams (Smalltown Supersound, 2014).  I think something from Smalltown Supersound should cleanse the sonic palette after that shiny happy encounter with Jenny Lewis and her hat.  I was not fucking around, musicians in hats are a bad signifier.

I would call these guys slow psych with some pretty hip attention to the lyrics.  Wordplay and lyrical complexity are not the hallmark of indie and psych music these days.  And here comes the big ol’ hippie guitar jam.  Nice.  Muy excellent wah wah-tito senors.  These guys are feeling it.

@@@ Ed Motta: AOR (Tummy Touch, 2014).  Off the WRIR weekly playlist email this is smooth r&b fusion.  Full horn section, piano, organ, and most notably Motta’s soft, inviting vocals.  He’s on full loverboy.  Not my thing, really, but check it out if it is.  I guess this record was originally sung in Spanish and then this English version came out.  Imrpressive.

@@@ Melancholy and the Grave: We Need Secrets (St. Marie, 2014).  Opens up with a shoegaze distorted guitar and a slow voice nested in the middle of the noise.  It all explodes into a panned hard left/right guitar explosion.  After that there’s some

@@@ Johnny Aires: This Grave is My Bed tonight (Frenchkiss, 2014).  A Cheap Trick pop rock tune I got to via a music publicisit.  Except the guitars are chorused and the singer is a bit of a mope.   All right I change that, it’s more like a Smiths tune.  Nice bass sound and a classic 1980’s snare sound.

You can stream over here.

 

Active Music Listening Tuesday July 29, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 577
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 358
Not good music: 173

Honorable Mentions: 4
Buys: 6

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, Tiger Hatchery, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Traams, Karol Conka, Open Mike Eagle, Bry Webb

@@@ Kali Mutsa: Souvenance (Shock Music, 2014).  Some world music electronica off the CFUV weekly email.  I’m gonna have to hit the Duck Duck Go to find out where these musicians are from.  Chile!  The music is heavily electronic while retaining a Latin vibe.  Not a super readily visible Latin vibe, but mostly in the rhythms.  There are gypsy music influences here as well, and most of the energy seems to have gone into the vocal arrangements.  I didn’t love it, but it’s interesting.

@@@ Melaza: Melaza (Chulo, 2013).  Some old school salsa off the CFUV weekly email.  I’m noticing the piano player a lot, and there horns are robust with plenty of room to solo over the pulsing bass.  I like the slinkiness of the second tune Estas A Tiempo and I’m feeling the singer.  He works these tunes well.

@@@ Five Alarm Funk: Abandon Earth (Five Alarm Funk, 2014).  A funky rock record off the CFUV weekly email.  As in some guitar riffage and a full horn section.   Oh Lord, a bit of Primus/Gogol Bordello vocal weirdness tucked up in here as well.  Prog-o-licious.  Very high energy, but I could use more swinging myself.

@@@ Teenanger: Hot Rods at the Loser Convention (Telephone Explosion, 2014) A slack Weezer type tune that I got to via a music publicist email.  A grinding sort of guitar chord progression and a straight kick-kick-snare-snare beat.  I’m not super connecting with the vocalist.

Bloodthirsty war pig/prick Chuck Schumer supports Netanyahu’s war crimes

From Corrente Wire:

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Humans don’t celebrate the death of other humans.

There is nothing going to push me into the arms of the Palestinian cause, despite its flaws, more than this pro-violent, evil ass shit from Schumer/Netanyahu/settler fascists.

#SupportGaza