Active Music Listening Monday August 4, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 593
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 368
Not good music: 179

Honorable Mentions: 4
Buys: 9

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,  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, Open Mike Eagle, Bry Webb

@@@ Froskull: Froskull (Grovestand Compendium, 2014).  Some prog out of Nashville that I got to via the band themselves.   The opening track, A Thousand Years, sports some pretty heavy Yes influences, but there’s a refreshing bit of muscle to the guitar riffage that lends the tune the weight that a lot of today’s prog lacks.  There’s definitely a nerd on the bass — long sinewy lines but not masturbatory as just playing.   In the second tune, Wait, you get an appetizer of shredded guitar before you get the acoustic guitar with some digital squank rolling thru, and the third tune, Alabaster, gets back to a combination of guitar stomp, hippie jam band jams, and a generous dollop of purdy.  I’m not the hugest prog guy, but these guys sound like they love the form and are just doing the thing without the preciousness and instrumental noodling/wanking that drives me away from the genre.  Check them out.

@@@ The Shaolin Afronauts: Ojo Abameta (Freestyle, 2014).  Some rhythmically jagged Afrobeat I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.   The opening tune, Ojo Abameta, has a nice skronky horn opening and then it gives way to the big horn lines.  I dig the dual guitar single line melodic work on the second tune, All Who Pass By and this horn section is more sweet than bombastic.  This is some pretty tight Afrobeat business, check it out.

@@@ Peter Matthew Bauer: Liberation (Memphis Industries, 2014).  I got this record via a music publicist email.  The first tune, I was Born in an Ashram, is a garage-y heavy reverb on drums and voice with an Indian hand drum.  Maybe tabla.  I like the idea of it, but I’m finding this tune a bit draggy.  The second tune, Latin American Ficciones, has more bash and energy to it, but I’m not connecting with Bauer’s voice.

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