For the next several editions of The Well-Played List, music tastemakers participating in the ongoing listening series (the CL Music Team and select staffers along with local music promoters, record store and venue owners, music fans and scenesters, DJs, musicians, and a radio personality or two) will be reflecting on our favorite albums of the year — the Best of 2013. Since we're off on consecutive Wednesdays (for Christmas and New Year's), and make up such a large group with varying tastes, I'll be breaking our lists up into four parts, running two this week (today and Friday), and the last two next week. Hopefully, all four will give you something to fill your ears while you enjoy your holiday breaks... and as always, a Spotify Playlist will be included at the end of each post, for your listening pleasure.
Check out past editions of The Well-Played List here. And on that note, what are your favorite albums of 2013? Tell us in the comments…
Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Johnny Marr, The Messenger
Arctic Monkeys, AM
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Joan Jett, Unvarnished
Elvis Costello & The Roots, Wise Up Ghost
Mavis Staples, One True Vine
Manic Street Preachers, Rewind the Film
More selections after the jump...
The second week of releases for December. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
7 Days of Funk, 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)
The Funkadelic-inspired hip hop project featuring two West Coast artists — Dam-Funk and Snoop Dogg aka Snoopzilla. First official music video “Faden Away,” directed by Henry DeMaio, captures the performance of the pair rocking an underground party in LA.
Audion, Audion X (Spectral Sound)
The dark and dirty techno project of Matthew Dear finally gets a retrospective from the past 10 years.
Lee Bannon, Alternate/Endings (Ninja Tune)
Beastmilk, Climax (Magic Bullet)
Bot’Ox, Basement Love EP (I’m A Cliché)
Brendan Benson, You Were Right (Readymade Records)
Childish Gambino, Because the Internet (Glassnote)
Childish Gambino is the hip hop nom de plume of Donald Glover and this is his second studio full-length. Because the Internet features guest appearances by Chance the Rapper, Jhene Aiko and Azealia Banks, with production handled by Gambino and, among others, Thundercat and Ludwig Goransson. Listen to first single "3005" after the jump and find out about the rest of this week's new releases...
A few very appealing concerts are taking place tonight on either side of Tampa Bay, one by a music vet, the other by a rising star. Here's what longtime music critic Eric Snider has to say about both:
This Thursday poses far too many options when it comes to music. In St. Pete, you've got the NOLA-bred eclectic rock brew of The Revivalists at Local 662, or the holiday-themed Cloak + Dagger show at The Bends, with special guest spinner Jesse Scotto.
The December edition of Rock the Park is headed up by Easter Island, an Athens/Atlanta five-piece that has, over the past few years, been drawing a healthy buzz for producing a mix of dreamy atmospheric pop and darker-tinged shoe-gazy rock as mysterious and majestic as their moniker suggests, and driven by the songwriting of co-leaders/brothers Eathan and Asher Paynewhich. Space-funk disco-slinging Displace and all-genre-fusing sextet Dropin Pickup add their own respective sounds to the bill. Rock the Park is held from 6 to 9:30 p.m., for free, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.
And as mentioned earlier, both of these shows are free. Check out a few tracks by Easter Island and Pompeya after the jump...
But now the show is officially off because of a severe shoulder strain he sustained at his Nov. 27 concert in Delaware. (The dates on his "Songbook Tour" were, for all intents and purposes, supposed to be subdued, intimate, mostly acoustic affairs, so WTF what the guy doing anyway?). Though he made a brief return to the stage last night in Atlanta, he was advised this morning by his doctor that his injury has worsened and he needs complete uninterrupted starting now.
All tickets will be refunded. Ticket holders who ordered by phone or web will be automatically reimbursed. Patrons who purchased at the box office should return their ticket to The Mahaffey Theater box office for a full refund. The box office is (open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.).
A real light batch of releases kick off December, before bigger drops on 12/10 and 12/17, then two Tuesdays of nada. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Lots to do on the eve of Thanksgiving — because the holiday we have off from work involves alot of eating and lounging around and napping, so the night before is primed and ready for carousing. I've compiled a list of likely fun-having possibilities, all with their own pre-holiday drink specials and at least one with some gobble-worthy eats, too.
The Lou Collazo-led Brand New Opiates throwdown some damn fine pre-Turkey Day sounds — a mix of twangy roots rock, swampy gumbo blues, Euro-gypsy swing and shades of psychobilly and punk. 9:30 p.m., The Hub, downtown Tampa, free.
Orlando ska-reggae rockers The Supervillains land in upper Pinellas for to play a show with support from Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso and Saganaki Bomb Squad. 8 p.m. doors, Orbit 19 Lounge, Holiday, free admission before 9 p.m., $3 after.
Before you get your Thanksgiving on, take a listen to some of 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 past several week’s worth 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…
The last week of November releases features new albums coming out on Monday, Tuesday and on Friday, the last some indie record shop-exclusive releases issued as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday sales event. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
A Perfect Circle, A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo (A Perfect Circle Entertainment)
Beachwood Sparks, Desert Skies (Naturalsound Records)
The LA-bred alt country band with sunshine-y beach rock and psych folk tendencies and a Bay area-bred bassist (Brent Rademaker) presents a new album. Check out the video for "Make It Together" after the jump along with finding out about the rest of this week's new releases...