Active Music Listening Friday December 19, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 999
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 620
Not good music: 308

Honorable Mentions: 15
Buys: 17

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, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Simo Lagnawi, Hush Point, Coffinworm, Akele Wube, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Paul Giallorenzo’s Git Go

@@@ Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGo: Force Majeure (Delmark, 2014). I’m a big fan of this Chicago pianist and if you’re up for a more energetic workout these guys will oblige. This is a really strong record with sharp energy, pretty without making your teeth hurt. It features the vastly underrated reeds player Mars Williams and other Chicago local heavyweights. To my ears Giallorenzo’s compositions are influenced by Monk without mindless recycling. I think this record should have made a bunch of year end lists instead of the sleepy time tea corporate jazz that dominates and slowly strangles jazz.

@@@ Sonny Rollins: Road Shows Vol. 3 (Okeh, 2014). This live jazz record was the #1 jazz record in Slate’s Best Jazz of 2014. Medium high swinging with plenty of space for soloing. The electric bass lends a fusion-y vibe to the proceedings and the emphasis here is on pretty. I appreciate aspects of the record and find parts of it too snoozy for my taste.

@@@ Kenny Barron & Dave Holland (Impulse!, 2014). I’m a big fan of Dave Holland’s bass playing but get out the flavored coffee and the thick sweater because this is an unabashed snoozer. Piano and bass duets with too much sugar. This was another monster shot from the Slate best jazz biscuits of 2014.

Once more with feeling — the great miracle of globalization!!!!!

From the BBC here:

Apple says it is dedicated to the ethical sourcing of minerals, but the programme found evidence that tin from illegal mines could be entering its supply chain.

It found children digging tin ore out by hand in extremely dangerous conditions – miners can be buried alive when the walls of sand or mud collapse.


I’m sure those kids are making some good money from Apple, its suppliers, and ultimately its customers.

The great thing about globalization is that those kids are far away.  The article comes out, you feel bad for a couple of minutes, and then you check your iPhone for email.

See, now you don’t care after you’ve checked your email.

Haven’t we spent 10+ years building the Iraqi military?

From Huffpo:

At the same time, Terry outlined a long fight ahead, cautioning it would take several years to build necessary capabilities of Iraqi forces, who crumbled during the Islamic State’s offensive this summer.


Lt. General Terry is leading the fight against these ISIL assholes.

Several years to build up the Iraqi forces?  How much have we been bilked for thus far?  What the fuck have these clown pants been doing — turning around and selling their military equipment to insurgents?

I would not be surprised.

More evidence that this war was a con job from the very beginning.

 

Ah, the ‘facts’ in Ferguson are looking more than a bit shaky

From here:

A new report from The Smoking Gun calls into question the testimony and character of a grand jury witness who corroborated police officer Darren Wilson’s account of shooting Michael Brown.

The Smoking Gun confirmed that Sandra McElroy, a 45-year-old St. Louis resident who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is Witness 40, the person whose testimony aligned with Wilson’s account of how he killed Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.

In a journal entry purportedly written just after the altercation, McElroy wrote that Brown charged at Wilson “like a football player, head down.” McElroy’s description of events contradicted testimony from Dorian Johnson and other witnesses who said Brown had his hands up before Wilson shot at him 13 times.

But The Smoking Gun reported that McElroy changed her story about why she was in Ferguson, has a history of making racist comments online and once inserted herself into another case by lying to police. The outlet also said McElroy “was nowhere near Canfield Drive on the Saturday afternoon Brown was shot to death.”


 

A bipolar racist sounds like an awful reliable witness in a police shooting of a young black male.

Very reliable, that’s a top notch pro outfit they’re running down there for sure.

Cruising With Al Donohue Side 2 (MP3)

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Side 2:

Medley:
Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey
Who Cares
Blaydon Races
Song of the Wind
Mary Ann
Sloop John B
Medley:
Around the World
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
De Limbo

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Active Music Listening Thursday December 18, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 996
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 618
Not good music: 308

Honorable Mentions: 15
Buys: 17

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, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Simo Lagnawi, Hush Point, Coffinworm, Akele Wube, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B.

@@@ Propaganda: Crimson Cord (Humble Beast, 2014). His last record made my best of year list for the year it was released. Propaganda is a Christian MC but he’s not soft the way a lot of Christian metal seems soft and not authentic. I’m going to roll back on this record and check it out some more but I really liked the history that was in Excellent, and this one is little heavier on the religious themes. I will check it out more, as a I said, because this guy does something really unique but that’s my first impression.

@@@ Hail Mary Mallon: Bestiary (Rhymesayers, 2014). Both of these listens are off the All Music best of 2014 hip hop. I really like the beats and the bass in the first tune is awesome. Really strong funky arrangements, it’s not jump up and down material for me but this is very well done.

@@@ Cozz: Cozz & Effect (The Committee/Dreamville/Interscope, 2014). Dreams of riches out of the hood, medium gangsta style. Bitches really on the dick now, apparently. Gunshot samples in the arrangement of the first tune. Eh, this shit doesn’t work for me — I understand why poor folks dream of being rich, but I don’t need to listen to it.

Zombie America should be ashamed of their pro-torture views

From here:

Physicians for Human Rights called for federal investigation on CIA torture program participation, calling rectal feeding technique ‘form of sexual assault’


 

Pew Research published a poll saying that a majority of Americans feel torture was okay, is okay, might be okay, is fine because they flew planes into our buildings, is justified because we’re #1, is fine because they’re not white people and they’re not human.

Some total zombie shit and you all, if you’re reading should be ashamed.

You’re no better than the ISIL assholes, you’re just not riding around in pickups in the desert you have the Spooks to do your bidding and take the heat.

And that’s why you’re called Zombie America, motherfuckers.