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Monday, June 24, 2013

#MusicMonday 92: Kanye West, The Appleseed Cast, Joseph Arthur & more

What the CL Team is spinning this week.

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Check out what the CL Music Team is jamming to rocket launch the work week. Click here to check out previous entries.

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Ray - Kanye West, Yeezus (Def Jam, 2013)
For anyone event remotely interested in pop culture and the way that it's a bedfellow with music at large, the new album from Kimye, err I mean Kanye, is required listening.

Not because Mr. West is a genius (or a God as he proclaims on one track from his latest full-length), but because Yeezy himself is just as interested at mining and borrowing the past as the rest of us. He's just about a million times better at sonically sampling it (and he probably has better taste) than the rest of us. I mean the dude summoned Brenda Russell, The Marvelettes, Tupac, and Biggie for some of the breats on Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2, for heaven's sake.

I was immediately grabbed by the Nina Simone sample on "Blood On The Leaves," and while I'm more familiar with Billy Holiday's performance from a late 1930's recording, West managed to take one of the most important songs about racism and violence in America and make it into a haunting, yet still poignant banger (yes, I wrote "banger").

I don't really care about all the artistic interpretations surrounding Yeezy's work. I don't care how polarizing or dumb he may or may not be for impregnating a Kardashian (face palm), but I love the idea of him listening and hearing stacks and stacks of songs, then somehow picking the best parts and making them new.

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Deborah - The Appleseed Cast, Illumination Ritual (2013, Graveface)
Since its release in May, I keep returning to this album as my go-to background music. There’s certainly nothing that strikes me as groundbreaking from The Appleseed Cast's first full-length since since 2009, but it's simply a comfortable mix of their more recent post-rock instrumentals and early emo-tinged lyrics. The problem is that Low Level Owl was such a great album because of its ambition, and Illumination Ritual feels somewhat … settled. There’s still a complex and intricate interplay between the guitar and drums; according to Appleseed Cast’s website, each member of the band was given time to riff in the studio, then the spontaneous contributions were captured and cut together. I’m just not sure how this will translate to their upcoming set at Crowbar on Tue., July 16. Definitely still worth checking out. "Great Lake Derelict" after the jump, along with the rest of this week's entries...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

#MusicMonday 91: Willy Moon, Big K.R.I.T., Yo La Tengo & more

What the CL Team is spinning this week.

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The summer return of Music Monday! Find out what the CL Music Team is jamming to rocket launch the work week. Click here to check out previous entries.

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Gabe - Willy Moon, Here’s Willy Moon (Universal Island Records, 2013)
Been digging the debut album from 23-year-old New Zealander Willy Moon this week. Willy is quite an anomaly; at first glace he resembles a Crispin Glover-lookalike/David Lynch film actor. Musically, it gets a little stranger...on first listen, it almost seems as if his primary inspirations are Nick Cave and Justin Timberlake. Mr. Moon effortlessly switches from dark readings of blues covers (“Shakin’,” “I Put a Spell On You”) to straight-up thumping dance-pop. The 12-song album clocks in at just under a half-hour and never loses any steam or momentum. Moon caught the eye of Jack White, who in turn put two of Moon’s tracks to wax and released a vinyl 45 on his own Third Man record label. I have a feeling Willy Moon will be grabbing lots more attention in the near future thanks to his unique look, his indescribable music style (or styles) and his complete and utter disregard for convention. Check out first single "Yeah Yeah" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

#MusicMonday 90: Johnny Marr, The Neighbourhood, Julia Brown & more

What the CL team is jamming this week, audio & video included

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Joel - The Neighbourhood, I Love You (2013)
I would love nothing more than to sit at my desk with I Love You on repeat all day. Alas, I have to actually get some work done at some point. Only the popular singles “Sweater Weather” and “Female Robbery” are held over from the teaser EP I’m Sorry… released last fall. On first impression — and I’m writing this literally after my very first listen — dark, slinky, sexy grooves fill this album from start to finish. I love it. Because I Love You is something of a moody, bedroom record, I expect some sameness to reveal itself once we’re better acquainted. But right now, it’s the best album of 2013 so far. "Sweater Weather" video after the jump, along with the rest of this week's entries...

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Monday, April 15, 2013

#MusicMonday 89: Van Dyke Parks, Off With Their Heads, Born Ruffians & more

What the CL Team is jamming this week; audio & video included.

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Nicole (elawgrrl) - Off With Their Heads, Home (2013, Epitaph)
On "Seek Advice Elsewhere," Off With Their Heads frontman Ryan Young laments, "I need some time to find my place." Happily, this record has a secure place - at the heart of your 2013 record collection. From the first note off the band's latest full-length, your toes start tapping and your head starts bopping and it doesn't stop through 12 songs of gritty punk rock marked by a few curve balls, via tempo with "Please Don't Make Me Go Home" (it’s a ballad), and with the synths found in "Stolen Away." Home aptly showcases the band’s evolution while keeping the base solid. Check it out, then go see Off With Their Heads at any of their Florida dates with Alkaline Trio this — May 8 at Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale, May 9 at Florida Theatre in Gainesville, and May 10 at House of Blues, Orlando. And finally, to add a brand new source of satirical amusement to your twitter feed, visit via @owth.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

#MusicMonday 88: David Bowie, CL Birthday Bash playlist, Bob Dylan & more

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Leilani - Creative Loafing Birthday Bash Playlist
With some help from a few CL staffers, I curated a playlist for the Creative Loafing Festival, a celebration of CL's 25th anniversary with a range of cool events celebrating the paper, our area, and of course, CL-approved live music spread out over three days and multiple venues. The 23 songs in my playlist are all by acts playing the WAD Trolley Tour & Block Party (the music portion hosted by myself and Mark Etherington of RedFeather, who also performs) on Friday, the Saturday night 25th Birthday Bash blowout at The Ritz Ybor, and Sunday afternoon's Alchemy Fest. I've been jamming the playlist all morning, marveling at the sheer diversity of our local music scene and the range of high quality acts that have all signed on to perform — Early Forms, the reverb and melody-mixing, Weezer/grunge appealing angular alt pop-rock project of Vinnie Cosentino, Alastair St. Hill and a few others; Cats in the Basement, a Sarasota act that serves bright, upbeat Afro pop; another Sarasota outfit, The Send Offs, their own sound a dynamic driving brand of psych-blues; a few unique-voiced songstresses, Jun Bustamante and Geri X, the former more jazz-folk experimental, the latter doing bruised alt roots; the Femcee herself, hip hop rhyme-ruling Dynasty with production sidekick, DJ Blenda; Luxury Mane, led by Billy Summer and offering up dreamy sighing surf rock; and the noise-washed garage-surf wanderings of Jensen Serf Co. "Memory" by the latter below; click here to check out the playlist in its entirety...

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Monday, March 11, 2013

#MusicMonday 87: Generationals, Jamaican Queens, Dawes & more

What the CL team is jamming this week; audio & video included

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Leilani - Jamaican Queens, Wormfood (2013, Notown); and Javelin, Hi Beams (2013, Luaka Bop)
I've been jamming on several albums that dropped last Tue., March 5, and these two — both duos warping pop music into intriguing sonic stews — are the ones I've returned to the most frequently. Detroit 'trap pop' duo Jamaican Queens (Prussia former Ryan Spencer and producer Adam Pressley) take their influences from Southern hip hop, electro, dub, downbeat and alterna folk music, filter it through a Detroit lens of scuzz, and put it all together on debut full-length, Wormfood. Javelin is a NY/LA duo that's been buzzing hard and Hi Beams is their sophomore full-length. Unlike their previous recordings, which were cobbled together at home and via laptop, Hi Beams was mixed using "proper microphones, a vintage mixing desk, an array of amplifiers, real plate reverb - in the traditional sense a 'studio album.'" It's odd pop/electro music with whirring synths, fuzzy guitars, some vocoder-fied vocals, beat-driven production, and plenty of sample and sound blips. Right now, I'm particularly addicted to Javelin's "Friending" and "Water" by Jamaican Queens; listen to the latter after the jump along with the rest of this week's MM entries. Reviews of both albums forthcoming.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

#MusicMonday 86: Joe Budden, Amy Winehouse, Youth Lagoon and more!

What the CL Music Team is jamming this week; audio & video included

Posted By , , , , and on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

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Infinite Skillz - Joe Budden, No Love Lost (2013)
Joe Budden has long held the title of Bravest Rapper Alive for his willingness to lay his faults and emotions out there for his fans to dissect. This album is no different, with tracks like "All In My Head" featuring Royce Da 5'9" and Kobe, and "You And I," but this time around, Mr. Jumpoff actually has a couple singles to go along with his more heartfelt tracks. "NBA" is a guilty favorite, and the remix of "She Don't Put It Down" featuring Fabolous & Twista more than makes up for the original, which regrettably included Lil Wayne.

Shae - Electrelane, The Power Out (2011)
In a never-ending quest to find more female-fronted bands to listen to, I've come across the British all-female act Electrelane. This Monday, I'm listening to their second album, The Power Out. Electrelane sounds like the musical lovechild of Carissa's Weird, The Raincoats and at least half of the K Records roster. The Power Out offers an eclectic assortment of sounds, with songs sung in French and Spanish, instrumentals, an a capella choir and a saxophone. If this sounds sort of disjointed, it's not: the album is anchored by poppy, dueling guitars and Verity Susman's doughy vocals. Check out "Love Builds Up" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries...

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Monday, February 18, 2013

#MusicMonday 85: Gin Wigmore, Fall Out Boy, The New Amsterdams & more

What the CL Team is jamming this week (media included)

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Shae - Gin Wigmore, Gravel and Wine (2011)
If there's such a genre as neo-throwback, this is what I've been exploring lately. My most recent discovery is New Zealand singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore. Gin drips retro and has attitude to spare, as evidenced on Gravel and Wine. Opening the album with the pounding "Black Sheep," she sneers, "Everybody's doing it so why the hell should I?" before proudly calling herself a black sheep. She then swings into the Charleston-with-a-bite "Man Like That." The rest of the album follows suit: swingy and jazzy with a smattering of horns, plucky pianos, hand claps and sassy 'oh-oh-oh' backing vocals. The most striking feature is Gin's voice: it's a beefed up Lana Del Rey, a tightly controlled Amy Winehouse, a more grounded Kasey Chambers. There's even a hint of Adele on the sultry and slow "If Only." Gin distinguishes herself with a punky, rebellious swagger that makes it seem as though she'd be just as comfortable in a back alley as in a smokey, swanky nightclub. Check out the video for "Man Like That" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries...

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Monday, February 4, 2013

#MusicMonday 84: Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Replacements & more

What the CL Music Team is jamming this week (media included).

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Shae - William Elliott Whitmore and Jenny Hoyston, Hallways of Always EP (2012)
Boot-stomping and banjo-picking William Elliott Whitmore and improvising noise punk Jenny Hoyston (of Erase Errata and Paradise Island) sound like a strange pairing, doesn't it? And maybe it is strange, but it works on their album, Hallways of Always. Here, Hoyston shows off her folky side with a clear voice reminiscent of Maria Taylor or Judee Sill. Whitmore replaces his usually dusty bellowing with a softer croon and his banjo is more melancholy and tempered by a humming organ. Together, their voices blend into something angelic. The album's one drawback, if I can even call it that, is the track, "Black Iowa Dirt" which sounds as though it were an outtake from one of Whitmore's solo records, completely devoid of Hoyston.

Leilani - Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, We the Common (2013)
I fell in love, hard, and her name is Thao Nguyen. This is her project with multi-instrumentalist Adam Thompson; she, too, plays multiple instruments and sings like a sweet piping bird against richly-hued roots-folk songs with drunken melodies and eclectic sonic embellishments. Listen to a duet with Joanna Newsom, "Kindness Be Conceived," after the jump; review forthcoming.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

#MusicMonday 83: Yo La Tengo, Pan, Milo Greene, Foxygen & more

What the CL Music Team is spinning this week (video included).

Posted By , , , , , and on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

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Evan - Yo La Tengo, Fade (2013)
The latest album by the Matador mainstays is just as easy on the ears as their 13 previous releases. Tracks like "Stupid Things" manage to be both fresh and timeless, and marked by the familiar indie pop trappings and feedback recognizable to those who've followed the Hoboken band since their 1984 formation. "Well You Better" almost sounds like a '80s synth-fueled lullaby — and just goes to show Yo La Tengo's sonic experimentation with different genres has not ceased. It's a great comfort that these indie forefathers are still around and still managing to be relevant.

Leilani - Gliss, Langsom Dans (2013); and Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013)
Langsom Dans is the latest LP by Danish-LA trio Gliss, is hazy, late-night synth-scaped dream pop that carries the pretty feminine sighs of frontwoman Victoria Cecilia. Their sound is vaguely reminiscent of Becoming X-era Sneaker Pimps (when they still had Kelli Dayton) along with those songs off the Twin Peaks soundtrack that feature vocals by frequent Lynchian collaborator, Julee Cruise - but more atmospheric than the former, and less less dark than the latter.

A buzzing indie act from LA, Foxygen is songwriting duo Sam France (vocals) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards) whose second full-length immediately caught my ear with its warm vintage aesthetic and obvious derivative influences - bright folk pop in the vein of The Kinks, modern psych tendencies ala MGMT and a bit of bluesy funky rock swagger that definitely tastes like the Stones. Video for my favorite track "Shuggie" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries.

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