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…
Jel, Late Pass (2013) An alt hip hop artist signed to Anticon who does some light non-traditional rapping - more like rhyme-slinging and vocalizing - but is better known for his production known how. That's what attracted me to Jel in the first place, his fine use of retro drum machines and samplers to get to this sort of seething, roiling trip hop-meets-experimental sequence-free sound.
Video after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases ...
STEPHEN TODD | Mojo Books & Records
Silver Apples, Silver Apples (1968) Spastic home-made synthesizer over drumming that is at times free and rhythmic, while other times primal. The vocals seem like chants or invocations, or "electronic evocations" (the duo's own words). This album will carry you places, though I take some songs more seriously than others. RIYL: Psych-rock, bong rips, movies set in space. Available on vinyl at Mojo Books & Records
The Durutti Column, Live At The Venue London 1983 (VU/Factory Records 1983) Factory Records' Durrutti Column is a vehicle for Vini Reilly, a very melodic guitar player, comparable to Johnny Marr. The mood of the album is mellow, melancholy, maybe a little brooding (the first line is "Dreams burnt out forever"). Minimal drumming gives it atmospheric qualities. Buy now, this record slows down time. RIYL: Felt, Joy Division, The Smiths. Available on vinyl at Mojo Books & Records
JOE D'ACUNTO | Thx Mgmt Presents
Turbo Fruits, Get Up Get On Down EP (2009) Been a bend in recent years where some slippery gonzo-styled R&B/RnR has been getting cranked out in garages all over the south.
Otis Redding, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (1965) The brink truck of life came backing up to drop off a bunch of shit last week, so I had to look back in-order to look forward. Otis Redding helped nudge this 'lil buster a bit in the right direction.
X priest X, "Samurai" (2013) '80s synth resurgence has finally caught the jet stream down to 'ol FLA. Orlando's X priest X gets the ladies on the dance floor and will even push the most semi-manly of men straight in front of the mirror to iron out some moves.
JERRY DUFRAIN | DJ Lazy, Orpheum co-owner
This is my hip hop week. I have been playing the brand new album fron local emcee Dynasty, A Star In Life's Clothing." Released by Jakarta Records and featuring guest appearances from DJ Premier, Skyzoo, Talib Kweli and more. Her record release party is this Fri., Oct. 18 at Orpheum. I've also been listening to Dizzy Wright's The Golden Age mixtape on Funk Volume. An XXL freshman class of 2013 member, Dizzy is labelmates with LA emcee Hopsin, and is one of the most skilled new school emcees that I have heard in a long time. Super catchy, very technical, and great stories. Worth a listen for fans of real hip hop. Hitting the Orpheum with Emilio Rojas this Sun., Oct. 20.
Pusha T, "Suicide" featuring Ab-Liva (2013) This track gives fans of the Clipse veteran everything thing they want. Clever wordplay from one of the game's most underrated emcees and creative production that only Pharrell Williams (Neptunes) can provide. Pusha T's new album My Name Is My Name is definitely worthy of download.
imagiin360, "Pass By" (2012) This is one of the standout tracks from this Tampa Bay area vet's Citizen Prophet project. It features smooth production from Brixton Bang that this HeadNOKKA Fam/A2BAY emcee rides confidently.
PHIL BENITO | Brokenmold Entertainment
Baths, Obsidian (2013) A strange and beautiful chaotic masterpiece; playing Crowbar Fri., Oct. 18.
Moon Hooch, Moon Hooch (2013) An orgy of drums and saxophones; opening for Mike Doughty at Crowbar Nov. 16.
Deap Vally, Sistronix (2013) Their facebook says it best: "Bad. Ass."
ADAM KUHN | music fan and scenester with discerning taste
The Sugar Stems, Can't Wait (2013) Milwaukee-bred female-fronted power pop group makes saccharine sweet bubblegum songs about boys and breaking up. Clean guitar sounds, clean vocals and a polished recording add up to the kind of album you can take home to mom.
Gap Dream, Shine Your Light (2013) Ohio dudes play breezy, spare but synth-laden indie rock. Turn it up and pretend summer isn't over.
DEREK CLARK | Brasky.org
Daddy Kool Records has been playing the BAAMO mix Tales of Highways & Low Roads a lot over the past week. It's a few-years-old compilation featuring Bay area artists including Sleepy Vikings, Ronny Elliott, Sons of Hippies and others. Every time it's been played in the store lately, a customer has asked about it, usually recognizing someone's voice and reminded of a local favorite Our local sscene is fantastic and this CD proves it.
As far as No Clubs goes, Tony keeps raving about Ha Ha Tonka's Lessons (2013)." He says it's a really good mixture of Americana and pop, very well-sung and played. It's a solid album from start to finish with strong songwriting throughout. An acoustic performance of one of their songs below.
JULIA STEWART / MoonGoddess Entertainment LLC
The Roots + Elvis Costello, Wise Up Ghost (2013) It's officially fall. As a music festival enthusiast living in Florida, that means one thing: Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival is heavily on my mind. Per usual, as the summer heat finally gives way to cooler air, my iPod is in constant rotation of everything funk, soul and jazz, i.e. everything Bear Creek. This year legendary hip-hop/neo soul act, The Roots are topping the bill. The Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band recently put out a collab LP with none other then Elvis Costello, and the result is a solid and unique album. "Walk Us Uptown" contains all the components of a great song with The Roots providing funky backing beats and tight horn section to accompany the raw, psychedelic vocals of Costello.
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