What the CL Music Team is spinning this fine Monday to rocket launch us into the work week... To check out previous entries, click here.Reptar, Obangle Fizz Y'all EP (2011)
One of my favorite finds at this year's Antiwarpt Festival (Loud Valley left a big impression on me, too), this Athens, Ga.-based outfit turned the Local 662 into a bona fide dance party. Frontman Graham Ulicny is an odd performer and his strange demeanor serves him very, very well. Dressed in some short swim trunks — and in possession of some the wackiest stage moves I've ever seen — he led his band through one of the most captivating sets at the fest.
Reptar's debut EP — Obangle Fizz Y'all — will be released tomorrow (via Vagrant), and the five-track effort serves as a great sonic reminder of their 1 a.m. set at Antiwarpt. Rife with indie ass-shakers, songs like "Stuck In My Id" and "Rainbounce" instantly put a smile on my face when I hear their random samples, thumping drums, and Ulicny's sometimes indecipherable vocals. Some critics has charged Obangle with being too busy and an unfocused mess of noise, but they've probably just got sticks up their asses because all I saw at Antiwarpt were smiles on faces in the crowd. In fact this lyric from "Context Clues" sums up my takeaway perfectly: "To see the good things," Ulicny sings over triumphant drums, happy synth, horns, and what sounds like a cricket-noise sample, "you came to see the good things." I didn't know what I came to see on Saturday night, but every second of what I witnessed — and every second of the new EP — is good indeed. Listen to "Context Clues" after the jump and check out the rest of this week's entries.
Julie - Watching lots of videos in honor of MTV's 30th anniversary. Click here to read which ones.
Gabe - Bob Seger, Smokin' O.P.'s (1972)
Smokin' indeed! Seger's all-covers album contains red-hot versions of songs by Stephen Stills, Bo Diddley and Tim Hardin to name a few. Soaked in Bob's unique brand of Detroit-bred dirty rock 'n' roll, the songs all take on a life of their own, Seger style. The eye-catching cover, a take off of a popular cigarette brand, is as cool as what the phrase the title refers to: smoking other people's cigarettes (although in this case, it refers to smoking other people's songs). A great way to start Monday off with a bang and shake the blues away. Although my friend Kenny will shake his head in disbelief that this is what I'm listening to today, I know my friend Rob will give me a high-five for my choice. I'm a proud Seger fan!
Deborah - Fruit Bats, Tripper (2011)
With everything else in the world seemingly going insane, it's a relief to escape to a simpler time, if only through music. The newest release from the Fruit Bats has so many elements of classic summery pop that it instantly wraps comforting familiarity around my eardrums. The band is continuing to evolve though, as the lyrics are a bit darker this go around, even if offset by Eric Johnson's cheery vocal style. As a long-time fan, I find the changes pretty organic - as though growing old with a dear friend. "The Banishment Song" is one of my early favorites, filled with delicate fingerpicking, Elton John-like keys, and hand claps providing the majority of the percussion. Check out the first single, "Tangie and Ray" below.
Kate - Rival Sons, Pressure & Time (2011)
I discovered this band a couple weeks ago through iTunes' free music downloads as "Pressure and Time" was the single of the week. It's rock n' roll and blues that takes me back to the '70s, an era I should have totally lived through. The band's sound has an updated Led Zeppelin feel to it, the vocals are in-your-face but give me chills just like Robert Plant. They also remind a lot of Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights (another modern day blues rock band). Together, they'd put on one hell of a show! Rival Sons hail from LA and are currently signed to Earache Records. Interesting fact: The album artwork for "Pressure and Time" was created by graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, who has also designed artwork for Led Zeppelin and, most notably, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.
Taylor - Golden Leaves, The Ornament (2011)
Golden Leaves makes Snuggie-warm sunset music, fringed with just enough sass to keep you awake to watch the whole thing, reds oranges yellows blues splashing across the sky as the world around you settles into darkness. It's soothing yet spunky, mellow with an invigorating slow build.