Active Music Listening Tuesday September 23, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 750
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 467
Not good music: 233

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 13

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Fat Freddy’s Drop, 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

@@@ Max Von Sydow: Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys (Not sure, 2014).  A low IQ frat-tronica biscuit I got to via a music publicist email.  The vocal hook is various chopped salad versions of the Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys, playing with their stupid toys, making all their stupid noise line blah blah blah — you get Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys stutter chopped, you get Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys chorused/phased, you get Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys on a bed of computer blurp lettuce, and also next week Ugly Girls/Ugly Boys will be released as a suppository for you to shove up yer own ass.  I can’t wait.

@@@ Fear of Men: Sleeper (Not sure, 2014).  A UK band hitting us with a lush, sun is setting (slightly dark) Ty Segall cover.  Boy, does that Ty Segall really shit the music out quite prolifically.  Female vocals, lots of arpeggiated guitars, some space organ, and a pretty nice drum sound.  I guess this is a b-side to a single off their debut  — whew, that’s a mouthful.  It goes the way you would imagine a tune about sleep and dreams would unfold.  I would not go so far as to say that it’s putting me to sleep but I certainly did not jump for joy.

@@@ Landlady: Under the Yard (Hometapes, 2014).  A Talking Heads type of tune that I got to via a music publicist email.  After a long acapella vocal intro, the voice gets reverbed and put back in the mix and the listener gets some space rock guitars and some skittering drum rock.  Oh, here it is in all its glory.  Has a distincty Phish-y vibe with the nonsensical lyrics, the Caucasian funk beat, and the guitar noodles.  And that’s it, just a bit of the band, just a Tootsie roll of full band action.  Hmmm….

@@@ Postcode: Year of the Zebra (Not sure, 2014).  Some female fronted jangle indie I got to via a promo email from the band or label.   Lots of guitar arpeggios and straight rock drum beats.  The last tune, Boardwalk, gets some fuzz on its peach but nobody is going to get hurt.

Active Music Listening Monday September 22, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 746
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 465
Not good music: 231

Honorable Mentions: 9
Buys: 13

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Fat Freddy’s Drop, 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

@@@ Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band (Innovative Leisure, 2014).  Some out electric psychedelic music that sounds both like a Mali guitar band and the Doors.  This is the end, my only friend.  I think the guitar player is backed by a bunch of hand drum and percussion players, but it sounds amazingly like a drum kit.  The bass player straddles the stoner rock/dub genre — he’s laying down some thick and melodic low end.  I’m going to check this record out more and I hope you peep it as well.  Given the tidal wave of psychedelia spewing out from all corners of the world this outfit shoots to the very top in just a brief listen.

@@@ Wolf: Devil Seed (Century Media, 2014).  We start out our new week of listening with some straight ahead classic metal I got to via Aquarius Records weekly email.  The guitars are driving the bus here — dual attack, excellent tone, some nice melodic work and some classic power chord action.  Oddly enough a little bit of spy music at the end of track one.  Here is the singer and he’s classic.  Some operatic vibes with a little hissing lizard and a generous helping of tight rag around the balls upper register singing.  Excellent production on this bad boy.

@@@ Sloan: Commonwealth (Yep Roc, 2014).  We take it down a couple of notches with an update on the classic rock formula I got to via the Aquarius Records weekly email.  Above average vocal work, some classic rock guitar that has sharpness, and that melodic ’70s bass sound.  Sound a lot like Paul McCartney before he hit the weed bag really hard.  This could work for all you cubicle dwellers out there — ooh, a bit of Squeeze on this second track, You’ve Got a lot on your mind.  If you dig sweet vocals and harmonizing there’s a good chance you will like this record.

@@@ Blackwolfgoat: Drone Maintenance (Small Stone, 2014).  Also off this past Saturday’s Aquarius Records list.  Not really what I expected.  Sort of a straight ahead rock band setting with a big guitar solo right out of the gate.  A bit of a guitar style mashup going on here — a bit of prog, a little cheese metal, some guitar indie and even a little acoustic guitar folk.  An odd duck, and that’s all right on this blog, god dammit.