The ongoing listening series formerly known as MusicMonday continues in its re-imagined form. 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 last week’s 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…
Willy Mason, Carry On (2013) A singer-songwriter of non-traditional roots music, Willy Mason writes lo-fi folk-blues odes dusted in light electro-percussives and twinkling melodies, and delivers lyrics like "Why can't I see when you're talking to me?" and "She's got a pick-up truck, sleeps in the back when she gets stuck" in golden lower register intones evocative of artists like Mark Knopfler and Bruce Hornsby. This album is becoming a favorite. Check out the rad video for "Talk Me Down" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries...
INVSN, “Distorted Heartbeat”
I’m not as familiar with Dennis Lyxzen’s output outside of now-legendary Swedish punks Refused, but this chugging Jimmy Eat World-esque number is uncharacteristically restrained and melodic.
Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks (2013) While I never sought reviews of this album, what I stumbled across was overwhelmingly positive. I’ve been through Hesitation Marks at least six times, and all I really dig is “Copy of A.” By no means does it suck, but if you’ve been reading it’s the best NIN since The Downward Spiral, I’d recommend more realistic expectations.
X Ambassadors, “Unconsolable.” If you’re digging electro-tinged rock of groups like Awolnation and Imagine Dragons, this Brooklyn band is right up your alley. I’ve been obsessed with "Unconsolable" for about a month. Based on this song, I hope more material will reveal X Ambassadors as that oh-so-rare mix of being interesting and accessible.
Aside from this over-indulgence of childishness, I haven't been able to stop pumping the new Emancipator album, Dusk to Dawn (RIYL - Bonobo, Blockhead, Flying Lotus) and Jaga Jazzist, Live with Britten Sinfonia (RIYL - Jaga Jazzist, Jaga Jazzist)
INFINITE SKILLZ | Emcee; promoter/owner/main dude, B.A.S.E. Inc. Music
Geto Boys, "Mind Is Playing Tricks On Me." I've been listening to this on repeat in an effort to console myself for having to miss the Geto Boys concert this Sat., Sept. 21, at State Theatre.
JOE D'ACUNTO | Thx Mgmt Presents
Black Joe Lewis, Electric Slave (2013)
Jel, Late Pass (2013; plays live at New World Brewery Oct. 24)
Mr. Bungle, California (1999)
Royal Bangs, Brass (2013) - "Better Run" video below.
KEITH ULREY | Microgroove, New Granada Records
I had the pleasure of seeing Depeche Mode (along with everyone else in Tampa) last week (my third time seeing them). My personal fave from the early days of DM is 1983's Construction Time Again. Arguably (with myself), my fave DM song ever is "Everything Counts" and I had a field day with this one on Sunday. (My wife told me she could hear me singing across the house and stomping my feet at the computer while jamming this out! Official 1983 video for "Everything Counts" below.) Bat For Lashes killed it, as well. Really blew my mind...
Kung Fu, "Do the Right Thing" off Tsar Bomba (forthcoming, 2013) The new single off Kung Fu's soon-to-be-released album showcases what the band does best; pure, unadulterated FUNK. A timeless recipe that has propelled this act into a national treasure within the jam community. Funk, jazz and improvisational rock come together seamlessly in "Do the Right Thing." The end product is a tight, tasty jam that would undoubtedly make the likes of Herbie Hancock and Funkadelic proud. Kung Fu hits the Crowbar stage this Fri., Sept. 20, with support from Cope! Info here. Track below.
The War on Drugs, Slave Ambient (2011)
CHRIS NADEAU | non-musician,
I just discovered Justin Robert's Fireant album last week even though it was released in 2005. Dig the science fiction math-y post-rock ambient directions the album takes throughout its sweeping 13-track journey.
Also, I've been listening to new tracks recently put online by St. Petersburg garage punkers Kid Aids and loving the blistering raw power screaming out of my speakers. For fans of Thee Oh Sees, Billy Childish, etc. I think they have a lot of shows coming up, but I know for sure they are playing tonight (Wed., September 18) at Epic Problem in Tampa. "Hostile Hostel" below.
White Stripes, Elephant (2003 original, 2013 re-issue) The limited pressing sold out fast when this album was reissued on Record Store Day. Take heart — it's available again on vinyl at Mojo.
Sebadoh, Defend Yourself (2013) Super fresh new arrival from a recharged Sebadoh. The whole Mojo staff is loving this one. Somewhat reminiscent of Guided by Voices. In-stock on vinyl. "I Will" video below...
La Dispute, Wildlife (2011) This band came to Orpheum several months back in support of Hot Water Music. The show was packed but there were some unexpectedly youthful faces in the crowd. Those faces made their way to the front and mouthed every word of the set by support band La Dispute. I made a mental note to see what they were all about. But life and responsibility got in the way. Finally, I got back around to listening to Wildlife. I haven't had a visceral, emotional response to a new record in quite some time (maybe years) like I did to TWO DIFFERENT SONGS on one album. Rumor is they are coming back to town. I for one am excited! "I See Everything" below.
SHAE KRISPINSKY - Bill Callahan, Dream River (2013)
I don't try to hide the fact that I'm a bit besotted with Bill Callahan, so I've been looking forward to this release since it was announced many months ago. After dropping the Smog moniker, Callahan's music has softened; the music could pass as easy-listening, elevator muzak with its muted tones and simple repetitions while the flutes and hand drums offer more of a New-Age feel. But the subject matter of his songs (rarely love, sometimes lust, often mankind's powerlessness against nature) and his deep, deadpan, death-and-dirt roads voice prevent everything from veering off into Pure Moods territory. And if I'm being honest, the main appeal of listening to any Callahan album is that voice. Here, it sounds better than ever. I've read that he's started viewing singing as a skill to be practiced, as opposed to a part of the musical process that simply had to be done. It shows. Bill Callahan's become a bonafide crooner.