Active Music Listening Thanksgiving 2014 Edition

YTD recordings listened to: 944
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 584
Not good music: 298

Honorable Mentions: 14
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 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, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Simo Lagnawi

I’m gonna check out a little, anti-social, pissed off heavy music to commemorate the death and destruction of millions and millions of turkeys that sit before millions and millions of Americans.

I’m just trying to get the turkey’s perspective out there.

@@@ Beastmilk: Use Your Deluge (Magic Bullet, 2014).  Some No-Wave punk-ish rock I got to via my heavy metal newsletter.  Nice, static-y guitars, dry drums, and a singer that sounds just like that dude from the Cult, but without the machismo.  I don’t usually like the formula but I appreciate the singer is not on some huge rock star trip.  I thought with a name like Beastmilk there would be an awful sonic shitstorm, but I will continue to dig for some music that gives the proper shout out to the turkeys.

@@@ Nocturnal Poisoning: Doom Grass (The End Records, 2014).  Well, c’mon how do you get much better than this for a turkey day heavy metal celebration?  You’re sitting watch a bunch of grown men running around giving themselves future dementia while you nurture you’re nocturnal poisoining.  After a wispy acoustic guitar opening, the second tune gets into some dark lyrics but no sonic bone crushing and disembowelment.  I want this dark vibe but no acoustic guitars, I want the beatdown.  This is more of a tryptophan, hallucinatory dream.

@@@ Fistula: Vermin Prolificus (To Live a Lie Records, 2014).  Oh yeah, now we’re getting right down there in the turkey stockyard.  Birds getting fed down the assembly line, the turkeys are all agitated and fucked in the head with fear and confusion.  These guys sport a grimy post-hardcore sound — rock drums (not super compressed) some transistor radio static guitars.  When these guys hit the thrash section of the opener Smoke Cat Hairs and Toenails, you know Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  The singer is doing some real solid work on the microphone — let it out man, you’ll feel better we’ll feel better.

@@ Gormathon: Following the Beast (Napalm Records, 2014).  From a best of 2014 metal list I found over here.  It’s a bit of a mashup of classic metal and modern caveman singing — you get some grunting in the verse and then a soaring operatic chorus.  Big arena drum sound, big guitars and midtempo rockers with medium guitar grind.  I think it’s  bit epic for a turkey that’s about to get his head chopped off but I could be wrong.

 

I hope Darren Wilson chokes to death on turkey tomorrow

I try to be a kind and empathetic person.  I honestly do not know what I wanted Darren Wilson to say in his major network television interview, but it sure wasn’t any of the following:

– my conscience is clear
— I did my job right
— I’m not haunted by it, it’s something that happened.

I expected him to say he feared for his life because that was the core of his legal defense of his actions, but I did not expect him to use words like ‘demon’ and ‘grunting’.

Frankly, I’m a little shocked at whatever collection of people thought that interview was a good idea, because I can’t be the only person in America who hates Darren Wilson more than I can’t stand that vigilante Florida wingnut George Zimmerman.

Where George Zimmerman comes off as an unhinged, racist dickhead Darren Wilson seems like a restrained, rehearsed and relaxed evil murderous fucker.

And I don’t feel bad saying that I hope he chokes to death in a horribly violent manner on Thanksgiving 2014.

Wifi surveillance Hi Def turkey that shoots X-mas presents out its ass to debut in 2015!

In the never ending march towards 24/7 consumption, this year Thanksgiving and the time with your family will be whittled down as it’s not really that profitable if you’re talking with other humans instead of out shopping.

Instead of luring you out with Black Friday or Black Wednesday or Young Black male shooting of the Day, the Black Stealth Turkey will bring the consumption and the surveillance to you in your home in 2015.

A week before your Thanksgiving you will be able to order all your Christmas and holiday presents from Amazon and they will stuff them all up a giant turkey’s ass and send it to you overnight (individually wrapped in plastic paper to protect delicate electronics from the innards of the bird), cooked stuffed and ready for you to gorge on.

And for you 1%-ers out there, because you can’t just have what other normal people have you will be able to download an app to your iphone, press a button, and your brand new iPhone will shoot out the top of the turkey like a slice of god damned silicon toast.

Small cameras mounted discreetly in and around the bird will be sending facial expressions back to that evil, little bald fucker in Seattle so he can fine tune the operating system of the Black Stealth Turkey so it will function faster, smoother, and better in 2016!

Active Music Listening Wednesday November 26, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 940
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 581
Not good music: 297

Honorable Mentions: 14
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 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, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, The Coral, Simo Lagnawi

@@@ Scott Walker + SunO))): Soused (4AD, 2014).  If you took some of Slash’s guitar riffs/chordage and ran it through an AM radio and then paired that with a super old school singer who is a bit operatic, and dramatical you would have the core of this record.  I don’t really like the guitar tones that I’ve heard so far, they sound like they were crafted in a computer.  This is definitely a bold pairing but I’m finding a Black Sabbath/Wayne Newton combo to be a bit plodding.  I actually haven’t heard much of Wayne Newton’s music, I’m struggling to find someone else this singer sounds like, so I imagine somehow that Wayne Newton sounds something like this guy.

@@@ Electric Wizard: Time to Die (Spinefarm, 2014).  Some heavy music off this week’s CFUV weekly email.  Same with the first record.  Thus far I’m hearing a piquant blend of doom and sludge and I think time and space is slowing down.  Oh my, Satan takes his time.  If you took a Black Sabbath vinyl record, put it on and then decreased the voltage to the turntable it would sound likes these dudes.  I’m not sure this makes me think Hell is a really relaxed place and I would like to have the warm weather and a mellow vibe or whether I would be a little bored to spend eternity at this tempo.  Tough call.

@@@ Dels: Petals Have Fallen (Big Dada, 2014).  Also off the WRIR weekly email.  The first tune, Limbo, is a slow electronic arrangement with MCs sounding, well the tune is called Limbo and it sounds like that’s where they’re rapping from.  Medium heavy electronic music influences here — female angel choirs, a large ambient sound you don’t usually encounter on hip hop records.  It’s interesting.  The second tune, Fall Apart, features more standard hip hop beats while maintaining the synth bass and synth-o-centric arrangement.  I hear some British accents flying around on this third tune, House of Commons, and the vibe is generally not American.  Solid B.

 

How do you punch a cop in the face in his car and reach for his gun at the same time?

Darren Wilson said in his grand testimony that Michael Brown punched him in the face and he was scared that another punch thrown just right might have killed him.

But Wilson also says that Michael Brown went for his gun.

For Michael Brown to punch Darren Wilson hard in the face he’s got to be at least an arm length away from the cop’s face.

For Michael Brown to get to Darren Wilson’s gun which has to be holstered on his right hip if he’s driving a car (and most people are gonna be righties) he has to get a good part of his body in through the car window, across the officer’s chest and unbuckle the holster.

I don’t see how he could have been both beating the cop and going for his gun.

It doesn’t make sense.

Darren Wilson is lying

From here:

Darren Wilson Says He Has A ‘Clean Conscience’ About Michael Brown’s Death


I’ve never heard of anybody of any color charging a police officer the way Darren Wilson says Michael Brown charged him.

The whole idea of a young black male charging a police officer plays into some long running racist fantasies.

If you read Wilson’s grand jury testimony the words sound placed, the sentences don’t sound like sentences normal people use to relate true events, and it has a manufactured feeling.

“He turns, and when he looked at me, he made like a grunting, like aggravated sound and he starts, he turns and he’s coming back towards me,” Wilson said.

“His first step is coming towards me, he kind of does like a stutter step to start running. When he does that, his left hand goes in a fist and goes to his side, his right one goes under his shirt in his waistband and he starts running at me.”

He grunts like an animal.
Wilson says Brown was running through the shots — nobody runs through bullets hitting their body.
He puts his hand under his shirt, implying he was reaching for a gun.

I don’t buy this, this dude is lying.