Monday, September 15, 2014

The Well-Played List, 9-15-2014: Mitch Murder, Elephant Stone, Slow Magic, Analog Son & more

Find out what the CL Team and local tastemakers are jamming this week; audio, video & Spotify Playlist included...

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

After a summer hiatus, the Well-Played List is back, and we've had done alot of listening during all that time away. This week's list is jam-packed and ready to kick off your week right with some tasty turn-ons.

The ongoing listening series otherwise known as The Well-Played List features the most listened-to, jammed-out songs, albums and artists of the week as submitted by the CL Music Team along with a rotating crew of tastemakers — local music promoters, record store and venue owners, music fans and scenesters, DJs, musicians, and a radio personality or two; check past editions here. Audio and video included, along with any applicable show information. And on that note, what are you jamming this week? Tell us in the comments…


Elephant Stone, The Three Poisons (2014) Formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir, Elephant Stone hails from Canada and has been brewing up some truly fantastic psych rock (so-called "Hindi rock") over three LPs (including this third and latest effort). This is the one that caught my ear; it weaves together rock’n’roll, Hindustani classical music, catchy New Wave-tinged pop, and grooving '60s psychedelia and even some tasty Kraut rock. I've added it to my shortlist of 2014 favorites...

Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2010) Because sometimes you just need a back-up plan to your back-up plan to back up your back-up plan. You know? 

In The Valley Below, The Belt (2014) Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail met in Los Angeles playing guitar and bass, respectively, in another band, but broke off to form In the Valley Below, which finds them crafting an atmospheric yet sometimes driving mix of synth rock, shoegaze and art pop, the twosome's masculine-feminine harmonies imbued with just the right amount of tender yearning. First single and album lead-off “Peaches” celebrates mutual attraction and sensuality ... or it could just be about fruit. ("Working on a feeling, breaking down the ceiling, digging up the deep end, freezing on the beaches, reaching for the sweetest, sweetest peaches.") [more after the jump...]

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Concert review: Ty Segall tears through the Skatepark of Tampa

The California wonderkid laid a hot heap of raw rock on the SPOT.

Posted By on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM


Whether it's age, booze or both, you see enough live music and you're bound to forget a few shows. What I can only hope is that the memory of Friday night’s Ty Segall show at Skatepark of Tampa stays as raw and joyous as it was after the last crackling note buzzed from SPOT's speakers. [Text by Andrew, photos by Tracy.]

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Photo review: Lily Allen brings Sheezus to the House of Blues, Orlando

Posted By on Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Drunk Camera Guy
  • Drunk Camera Guy

I'll admit that I was a little worried when I walked into the House of Blues this past Wed., Sept. 10, and saw the stage decked out in giant baby bottles. Lily Allen's new album is a strange dichotomy of self-conscious mom and bad-ass bitch, and the decor had me worried that I was going to be seeing only one side of things.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

This weekend in live music: Washed Out, Tiger! Tiger!, Erasure, Super Freestyle Explosion & more

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM

A jam-packed weekend of live music. Breakdown below...

Heatstroke Hot Rod Hoedown 11 with The Downshifters, GoToHells, Ober Rivers and his DUIs & more
The annual underground music fest has plenty of diversions to keep your Saturday occupied: hot rods, roller derby grrls, food and brews, and nearly a dozen rag-tag Central Florida-area rock bands as headed up by Bradenton punkabilly ball-busters The Downshifters and St. Pete’s own ripping, roaring and grinding staple, Gotohells. Admission is free, though entry to the Friday night kick-off party with The Bloody Jug Band and Ober Rivers and his D.U.I.’s. is $5. More info at (P-Man’s Classic Cycle Paint, Bradenton)

Super Freestyle Explosion with Stevie B., Lisa Lisa, Expose, Debbie Deb, Trinere, Nu Shooz, Connie, Pretty Poison, Nocera The 1980s-era dance pop and urgent schmaltz that was so profuse in skating rinks back in my day gets its own femme-centric billing during this Freestyle hits parade. Here’s a breakdown of the highlights: Stevie B. aka the “King of Freestyle” (“Spring Love,” “Because I Love You (The Postman Song),” “I Wanna Be the One”), Lisa Lisa (“Lost in Emotion,” “Head to Toe,” “All Cried Out”), Expose (“Season’s Change,” “Point of No Return,” “Come Go with Me”), Debbie Deb (“Lookout Weekend,” “When I Hear Music”), Shannon (“Let the Music Play” and “Give Me Tonight”), Nu Shooz (“I Can’t Wait,” “Point of No Return”). (Amelie Arena, downtown Tampa)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Hip Hop ABCS: Letter V

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

It is nearly impossible to get a bunch of passionate hip hop fans to agree on anything. But I tried anyhow, starting with a series of polls on Facebook that aimed to figure out which emcee or group was the best in the game as driven by the letters of the alphabet. No specific rubric or criteria was given; just a simple request for answers to the question, "Who is the best emcee or hip hop group beginning with the letter 'A'?; 'B'?; 'C'?; 'D'?..." and so on. The responses were immediate and spurred some pretty spirited discussions. A general consensus was ultimately reached for each and per the request of Music Editor Leilani Polk, I'm bringing the poll results to Ear Buds. Each week, I'll reveal a letter and its "winning" artist, and then I'll re-open the question for further debate. Once we finish the first 26, we'll start it all over again fresh.

The letter V of the Hip Hop ABCs shines some light on one of the comparatively lesser-known names in our list. You might recall that earlier in the list we had a little controversy involving this gritty-voiced emcee’s group. There was no denying their frontman.

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New Granada reissues 1996 Braid/Pohgoh split 7" with new artwork, liner notes

Reissue with resurgent Chicago emo icons and beloved Tampa indie outfit limited to 200 copies on clear green vinyl.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

  • Chris Preston
The so-called "emo revival" is in full swing. So are the celebrations for New Granada Records' 20th anniversary. Those worlds completely collided yesterday when the Tampa-based imprint announced that it would be re-issuing their fourth release, a split 7" featuring Chicago icons Braid and New Granada flagship band Pohgoh.

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Tonight in live music: Ty Segall, WMNF Birthday Bash, Method Man and Redman & more

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:34 AM

A rather impressive and eclectic Friday night of music, from Pitchfork-approved indie garage rock to WMNF birthday shennanys to hip hop, country, blues and even some grindcore, too.

  • Denee Petracek
  • Ty Segall

Ty Segall with Wand, Jensen Serf Co. This show has been so hyped up and tickets moving well enough that it’s been moved from Epic Problem into SPOT’s own indoor park. Indie rock darling Ty Segall is a prolific musical force who came jetting out from the San Francisco underground with a relentless barrage of recordings, in bands to start, then solo beginning in 2008 with his self-titled full-length debut. He’s issued an album every year since (including 2014 latest Manipulator, which dropped a few weeks ago on Drag City) and a slew of 7” singles as well as collabing on albums with Mikal Cronin and White Fence. He plies a fuzzy-grungy blend of post-garage, psychedelia and noise rock that is particularly captivating on his eighth and latest, deserving of all the glowing buzz it’s drummed up over the past few months. Support act Wand is the project of Victoria, BC musician Derek Janzen, whose tripped-out guitar-crunched synth-zipping rock seethes and rages under hazy trailing vocal melodies. A pre-show party is held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Epic Problem and features two Miami bands – Plastic Pinks and The Gun Hoes – along with Gainsville’s UV-TV, and Bay area acts Orange Forest and Sonic Grafitti. (Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa) 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Video: Benjamin Booker gives Florida good love in ridiculous interview with Nardwuar

Skipper's Smokehouse, Rachel Goodrich, and community radio all get shout outs in Booker's interview with the Human Serviette

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM


Landing an interview with Nardwuar is a sure sign you're making it in today's musical landscape. Yesterday, Tampa-refined big deal Benjamin Booker hit that milestone when the Human Serviette himself welcomed him — along with bandmates Max Norton and Alex Spoto — to British Columbia by pulling off another characteristically awesome chat complete with gifts (a 45 RPM single by cross-dressing Canadian soul singer Jackie Shane) and more than a few really random facts.

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Live and Local Spotlight: The Bricks & SPoT Ybor Four-Year Anniversary Party

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 5:05 AM

Surfer Blood
  • Surfer Blood

Surfer Blood has already been in town twice in the last year. The West Palm-bred purveyors of salty, noise and scuzz-addled beach pop headlined St. Pete’s Whigfest in February and got the same top billing treatment at downtown Tampa’s Spring Beer Fling a month later. The boys still haven’t partied Skatepark style, though. Frontman John Paul Pitts & co. are in for it this Saturday when they return to play Ybor City, where The Bricks and SPoT Ybor are celebrating four years on the block by literally shutting it down.

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Tonight in live music: Papadosio, Fortunate Youth & more

Concerts, Thurs., Sept. 11

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 4:32 AM

Thursday's live music breakdown below.

  • Papadosio

Papadosio One year, while attending Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival (this year’s is Nov. 13-16 at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park), I overheard some heady campground dwellers discussing Papadosio outside my tent. “It’s, ‘pop-a-dose, yo,’” one explained to the other. “Get it? Like, a dose of LSD, brah.” And said other, possibly already tweaked on some good paper himself, replied (I shit you not), “Dude, that’s, like … woahhhhhhh.” The electro-psychedelic improv rock band from Asheville backs a just-released album, Night & Day, a collection of unreleased tracks recorded live from a cabin in the Appalachian mountains. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

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