Active Music Listening Tuesday September 30, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 774
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 477
Not good music: 241

Honorable Mentions: 10
Buys: 13

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee,  The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Vessel. Earls of Leicester, Khun Narin, Orlando Julius, Vaudou Game

@@@ Vaudou Game: Apiafo (Hot Casa, 2014).  I got to this record via the WRIR weekly email.  Oh my, that’s funky drummer right there.  He’s joined by a poppin’ bass player, an electric organ player, a chickenscratch guitar player, and a singer singing in — wait on the Duck Duck Go.  He’s from Togo.  What the fuck, wait a minute — Togo is sandwiched between Ghana and Benin in West Africa.  Yes, the geography less is free.  The vocals sound like Frank Zappa vocal harmonies over a bumpin’ funky band, especially on the second track Dangerous Bees.  I’m gonna check out this record more thoroughly when I have the time.  This is some pretty surreal African music with all manner of influences swirled over that rhythm section.

@@@ Palm Ghosts: Palm Ghosts (Not sure, 2014).  An ambient Americana record that I got to via a music publicist email.   The pace of the opener, Dr. Tiger, is slow and deliberate with sparse parts of acoustic guitar, banjo, and piano, and voice.  There’s a thin line between dreamy and sleepy time tea so we’ll see which side they choose.  The second tune brings in the drum kit and a more uptempo vibe.  This is some pretty solid music, check it out.  A little bit of Simon and Garfunkel, a little bit of the Band…they’re going more for the dreamy than the sleepy time tea.

@@@  Typ-Ill: 100 Dollar Bill.  Stripped down funk hip hop beats with medium roughneck lyrics — fuck off, chasin’ paper, it’s in that neighborhood.  The MC here is very urgent and there’s not much space between his words — he just goes and goes.  I like the ringing bell like sound in the arrangement.

@@@ Taurus: Opus IV: Elevations (Mylodon Records, 2014).  Off last week’s Aquarius Records weekly email.  A bit dark, a bit New Age, neither heavy metal nor electronica.  I guess it’s instrumental synth prog with guitars.  Yikers, this really isn’t record of the week material for me, this is cheese for my sandwich.  But hey, if you dig the epic instrumental prog, have at it.

@@@ Black Rain: Dark Pool (Blackest Ever Black, 2014).  I’ll try another Aquarius Records record of the week because I didn’t like the first one.   That’s yer American stick-to-it-ness/low self-esteem.  Oh boy, I’m not sure this is going to work out.  The second tune, is the proto-female voice — all huge-a-tated with reverb over a dark drone.  Now when they don’t have the female singer doing here space queen routine they got some a pretty sick cauldron of dark futuristic drones bubbling so it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

 

Active Music Listening Monday September 29, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 767
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 475
Not good music: 239

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 13

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee,  The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Lenguas Largas, Vessel. Earls of Leicester, Khun Narin, Orlando Julius

@@@  Slothrust: Crockpot (Ba Da Bing, 2014).  A tune off a punk rock debut I got to via a music publicist email.   After a medium bass/vocal intro it brings the crunch in followed by a full band guitar arpeggiated verse.  The female singer is detached (punk rock detached) but not so flat I want to cut myself with a razor.  This is basically a Nirvana tune with a little riffage, a simple guitar solo, and cleavage.

You can streams it over here at MTV.  Christ, MTV!  I didn’t know they had anything to do with music.

@@@ Algernon Doll: Candy Striped (Struggletown Records, 2014).   Intertwining guitars open up this slacker/dreamy indie/quiff hair of shoegaze tune I got to via a music publicist.  A yearning and intimate voice and the drummer is pretty good for an indie band.  It never really gets to rocking which is fine but there’s a lot of melody and a good drummer.

@@@ Small Reaction: Saint in Robes (Bear Kids, 2014).  Some straight ahead medium crunch guitar indie that I got to via a music publicist email.  It’s featured on the Red Bull Sound Select, so I thought I would have three Red Bulls to celebrate this tune and the website, and Red Bull, but it looks like it’s backfired and I’m racy as fuck I can type really quickly but my thoughts are all fucked up on the Red Bull.  Go Red Bull!  Strong flavors of Radiohead in the vocal melody (not the Red Bull)  so it’s got that slack singer over a pumping band feeling.  I know, give the singer a Red Bull.  Yeah, great idea, that slack fucker needs a Red Bull.

As we’ve mentioned you can stream the tune over here at the Red Bull Sound Select website.

@@@ La Femme: Welcome America (Not Sure, 2014).  This is marketed as some psych pop out of Paris, but it’s not very trippy or disturbing.  There’s a lot of reverb on the singer’s voice but it’s closer to a Clash rock/dance tune than to that teeth grinding speed freak psych vibe.  I don’t speak French, but I have the feeling that since it’s called Welcome America, it’s about a hypothetical invasion of France after we finish bombing every Muslim country in the Middle East.  Welcome America, we French love to surrender, have some French fries?  I could be wrong on that.  Oh, shit, no politics in music, just skinny jeans and posing.

The Entertainment-Drone Complex!

From the Guardian:

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Oh yeah, we want to piggyback on the grainy, black and white missile porn we’ve been fed for years.

Now, of course, a skeptic might say that using drones to film movies is a way to burnish the reputation of the flying death robot technology, but I’m not a skeptic.

Hollywood is just trying to sell some tickets and put some fannies in the seats!

Kapelye presents Levine Flying Machine Side 1 (MP3)

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Side 1:

Lebn Zol Palestina
Oy, Iz Dos a Rebetzin
Turkishe Yale V’Yovo Tants
Levine, With Your Flying Machine
Vi Bist Du Geveyan Far Prohibition
A Glazele Mashke

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