Active Music Listening Tuesday October 28, 2014


YTD recordings listened to: 857
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 528
Not good music: 271

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 14

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, Shakey Graves, Jungle Fire, The Coral

@@@ Aaron Holm & Matthew Felton: Hours (Dissolve, 2014).  Two hour long pieces of piano and ambient electronics that I got to via a music publicist email.  These are some of my favorite ambient sounds — slow moving clouds of slowly turning sound.  Beautiful and a little ominous it’s like listening to the weather.  That’s one way I imagine it.  There is a very light rhythm consisting of high hat and a percussion instrument slightly echoed.  I won’t go on an on about it as I can’t share anything with you as this is a private Soundcloud listing. but I”m going to listen to more of this when I have time.  I tried, really.

You can read about the info behind the music here.

@@@ The Chemical Brothers featuring Miguel: This is Not a Game (Republic, 2014).  A track off the Hunger Games soundtrack that I got to via a music publicist.  Part frat boy dance, party slinky club track, and a dash of shopping mall electronica.  Either this vocalist doesn’t meld well with the Chemical Brothers’ style or these guys should stick with the instrumental jams.  It’s a big, flippy floppy pancake as my 6 year old says.

@@@ Cracker: From Berkeley to Bakersfield (429 Records, 2014).  I’m a big Cracker fan and I also appreciate the contributions David Lowery has had in the neverending digital music payment pissing match.  I guess the Berkeley disc is more rock and the Bakersfield is more country oriented.  This track clipped below, is a midtempo rocker — part Tom Petty with a tad of Credence Clearwater Revival.  Drums sound great, guitars are low key, and Lowery builds the tune to a white boy gospel climax.  This is not the wiseass Cracker of the ’90s, it’s more heartfelt.

You can stream over here.

@@@ Moire: Shelter (Werkdiscs, 2014).  Some ambient downtempo electronica I got to from the CFUV weekly email.  In the first tune we have a quasi-vocal loop, a minimalist synth bass throb over a foundation of boom titch (with handclaps!).  This first tune is nice, but I wish there was a bit more — maybe bring out the echoed/dub elements more, it feels a bit static to me.  The second tune, Dali House, is much clubbier with the classic kick drum and some twisted/processed vocals.  There’s some nice arranging here, solid B.

@@@ Mystery Skulls: Ghost (Warner Bros, 2014).  A track off their record, Forever, which is out today.  It is marketed by the Warner Bros publicity department as disco pop.  To me it sounds like a track off Prince’s early record ‘Controversy’ without the X rated lyrics and the guitar work.  Significant club production elements.

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