The ongoing listening series formerly known as MusicMonday continues for a third round 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 the last few weeks' entries 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…
Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk, Over Land and Sea (2013)
They are coming back to Orpheum on Wed., Oct 9. So I popped the CD back into the mix and realized why I booked them in the first place. This girl can write a song!!!
AlunaGeorge, Body Music (2013)
I am slowly but surely becoming obsessed with AlunaGeorge. And what I mean by slowly but surely is IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY! This is what I wish pop music sounded like in 2013. The last time I got this feeling about a producer/singer duo was when I booked a little known Canadian duo called Purity Ring. That group sold out the Orpheum in advance. Here is hoping these two get to Tampa soon. "Attracting Flies" video below.
Africa Latina Pt. 2, We Live in Brooklyn Baby (2013)
Part two of the Africa Latina series by Geko Jones and Chief Boima.
The Whiskey Gentry, "I Ain't Nothing"
Off their new record Holly Grove; playing with Have Gun, Will Travel at New World Brewery on Fri., October 18 (Dual Album Release Party).
KEITH ULREY / Microgroove, New Granada Records
Literally just got in a promo for the new Yuck, Glow & Behold, this morning. Needless to say, this is what I will be blasting all this week! "Rebirth" below.
SEAN O’BRIEN | Brokenmold Entertainment
The three bands I'm looking forward to the most at our Plan B Block party are The Dewars, So So Glos and Booker & Norton. So I've been playing all their stuff on my computer a lot, can't wait to catch all of them live! Besides Plan B stuff, I've found two old soul nuggets on YouTube that I can't get out of my head — Pastor T.L. Barrett, "Like a Ship... (Without a Sail)" and Shirley Ellis, "The Clapping Song" (below). Some hip hop producers should take a listen, they're both ripe for sampling.
NICOLE KIBERT | local scene photographer/chronicler, Only Music Has the Answer.
I'm getting excited for Plan B this weekend and am listening accordingly! Here's my A-Z list of bands to catch as soon as I find a doppelganger or two so I can be at three places at the same time; links take you to music...
Rudimental, Home (2013) Leave it to the designated No Clubs Brit to select the UK's No. 1 album as our pick of the week, but honestly, we can't blame him. The album is a little all over the place, but in the best way possible. Poppy sounds, drum n' bass beats, with a R&B catchy edge. We want to disagree with Tony on this pick, but we just can't. (No Clubs)
Frank Turner, England Keep My Bones (2011) Sometimes you come across a song that states exactly how you were feeling, but that you couldn't find the words for. You find a musician that writes lyrics so honestly and beautifully that you can't help but fall into most of what they create. That's how I feel about Frank Turner, and in particular about the song "I Am Disappeared." Folky, honest music, with a punk rock attitude. All of his releases I honestly love, this one just holds a special spot. (Sarah)
Crystal Fighters, "You And I"
Spanish/British alternative dance rock: "We make fast dance music with Basque instruments, synthesizers and our voices." Playing Crowbar next Mon., Oct. 7, 2013. Known for their high-energy live show. Should be a blast!!!
Talk Talk,Laughing Stock
Hard to believe this record came out 25 years ago...
RAY ROA | founder, Suburban Apologist; freelance local music correspondent, CL & TBT.
Haim, "Falling" (2013)
I can't really pinpoint where my affinity to female fronted acts comes from, but it's a very, very real thing. I've been alternating between Haim and Chvrches as of late, but this opening track from Haim's new LP gets me all hot and bothered (mostly from dancing) everytime.
CHRIS NADEAU | non-musician
1. I traveled to St. Louis for work last week and got to see an amazing touring band from West Hampton, Mass. called Potty Mouth (pretty sure named after the monumental Bratmobile album). After hanging with them and seeing their incredible live show at a small bottle club/bar called Livery Company last Monday, I had to wait until I got back home over the weekend to listen to their LP that I bought, Hell Bent. Amazing songs, intense lyrics, a lead guitarist adding actual interesting guitar lines to the mix and solid rhythm guitar, bass and drums. Super into it! Dig the hooks!
2. My friend Velma and the Happy Campers released a new 17-track album of songs and sounds inspired by his dreams over the past year. Songs About Dreams is a lo-fi, home recorded, one-man band (guitar, singing and drums at the same time!) masterpiece washed and chipped with dreamlike background/foreground sounds scraping across the atmosphere of each track. Self-released on limited edition cassette, this 2 legit 2 quit DIY release screams integrity and demands a thorough listen or three. And let's be honest, when you can make a sing-along song about legendary dream-inspired comic strip artist Windsor McCay, I'd say thats a huge accomplishment.
BEN EVANS | Mojo Books & Records
R.L. Burnside, First Recordings (2003) First Recordings contains 14 tracks recorded in the late 1960s by folklorist George Mitchell. Burnside achieved some notoriety later in life thanks to Fat Possum Records and praise from a little band called The Black Keys. There’s an unbelievable documentary about Fat Possum and the bluesmen they dug up in the 1990s called You See Me Laughin’ on Youtube. Available on vinyl at Mojo.
Fela Kuti, Mr. Follow Follow (1986) After a self-proclaimed Afrobeat expert in Mojo Books and Records told me this was his favorite Fela LP, I decided to give it a spin. It blew me away. The title track is almost 13 minutes long. For seven minutes, Fela takes you on a warm instrumental groove and then, just when you get comfortable, he comes in on vocals and hits you with some of the best hooks I’ve ever heard. The song is even more incredible when you find out what it’s about! I’ll let you do some research. Available on vinyl at Mojo.
And for your convenience, a Spotify playlist with selections from each, and all (26 tracks).