Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekend Tune-Up: Tunes for your weekend by Tame Impala, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar & more

A playlist of 15 tunes to launch the weekend; audio included along with Spotify playlist.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Kendrick Lamar
  • Kendrick Lamar
Here we are again with a new edition of Weekend Tune-Up. This month is flying by, and I have some tunes to share that should really excite you. There are a bunch of new songs hitting the net to promote a slew of albums that are on the verge of dropping. Kendrick Lamar has finally given us a release date for his much anticipated new LP (March 23), and he also dropped a brand new song. New Tame Impala and Twin Shadow? Yes, please! And some new hip-hop tunes from Murs and M.I.A., too. Dig in and enjoy!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Listen: Lundy, "PSA Part 2 (Lundy's America)"

Rising Tampa MC drops surprising, fresh debut single

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 1:36 PM


Full disclosure: Lundy and I go back, like rode-the-same-bus-to-high-school back, but music you like is music you like. So, even as I strap on my truthful music blogger vest, it’s easy to share my enthusiasm for his debut track/video for "PSA Part 2 (Lundy's America)," which dropped earlier this week.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Weekend Tune-Up: music for your weekend by Skizzy Mars, My Morning Jacket, Braille & more

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 7:09 PM

It's the first weekend of March and we have to start it off right with the first installment of a new music playlist series: Weekend Tune-Up. Each week, I'll be bringing you a Friday playlist to rocket you into the weekend, sharing some brand new music along with some other must hear jams. 

1. Purity Ring, "Stranger Than Earth"
A stellar track fresh off their second full-length, Another Eternity,  released on 3/3.

2. Skizzy Mars feat. Marc E. Bassy, "Do You There"  
Skizzy finally released his first EP in February, and this song is perfect for the weekend.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Last call: a big fat playlist of drinking songs

More than 30 songs about boozin' it up touch on a range of genres, from outlaw country to pop to hip hop and more; Spotify playlist included

Posted By and on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 3:34 PM

In honor of the drinking issue, new CL Contributor Timothy Boyson and I have brainstormed a booze-themed playlist — in sum, a bunch of songs about getting schnockered up, some of them rather well known, others not so much, and they touch on a range of genres — outlaw country, alt rock, hip hop, reggae rock, New Wave, folk, indie and mainstream pop, soul, electronica and even some vintage lounge sounds. For your convenience, I've included both a Spotify-produced playlist, and for those who aren't members, a straightforward list of the songs that are included on it. Cheers!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chuck D talks Race, Rap, and Reality at Eckerd College

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:14 PM


I could tell you that Chuck D is funnier than you might expect him to be. I could tell you that he is simultaneously a commanding presence and a humble man simply living out his plan. I could remind you that he does not mince his words and has very little problem speaking truth to power.

I wanted to show you Wednesday night’s Race, Rap, and Reality event but the powers that be wouldn’t allow it.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Blur announce first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip, share lyric video for "Go Out"

Damon Albarn and co. drop their eighth album on Apr. 28

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 3:57 PM


Announced earlier today from a press conference in a London Chinese restaurant (happy New Year!), Blur will release their first album in 12 years, The Magic Whip, due out April 27 internationally and April 28 in the U.S.

Along with the announcement, they’ve released the lyric video to a new track “Go Out.” After a cursory listen, this sounds like what most would expect, and want, from a beloved mid-'90s Britpop band: a simple, repetitive hook sandwiched between sleepy vocals, loads of fuzzed-out feedback and an easily danceable beat that could find a nice home on terrestrial rock radio, or whatever’s left of it.

Watch/listen to “Go Out” and view the track list from The Magic Whip below:

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Flesh and Bone Records will re-release Brother Cephus' Wounded Hearts 1&2 on limited cassettes

Tampa brothers will celebrate with a free show at The Bricks Ybor on Feb. 6

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Seth (L) and Gabe Davis of Brother Cephus
  • Seth (L) and Gabe Davis of Brother Cephus

Five months after a pair of summertime CD release shows, Tampa indie rock duo Brother Cephus have decided to buck normal release trends in the hopes of creating a long term creative outlet for themselves because — let’s face it — the traditional model of writing and then accumulating debt to record and tour behind one full album isn’t exactly sustainable for most outfits.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Action Bronson announces major label LP, Mr. Wonderful, out March 24

Also drops second single "Actin' Crazy"

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 2:54 PM


As CL’s resident Action Bronson fanboy, it doesn’t take much to profess my love for the big, Albanian MC and everything he brings to hip hop today — a fine taste for gourmet foods, a lack of self-seriousness bordering on absurdity, and a je ne sais quoi so crudely New York, “rapper” hardly scratches the surface. He’s a character; oddly formed, oversized and baked out in a way only this city could manage.

So, after a long-string of mixtapes and an EP, it’s nice to hear he’ll finally drop his first major-label full-length, Mr. Wonderful, via Atlantic Records on March 24. The album pairs the Queens emcee with a solid roster of top producers including Mark Ronson, The Alchemist, 88 Keys and frequent collaborator Party Supplies.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Listen: The Art of McCartney feat. Bob Dylan, Kiss, Brian Wilson and others

Hear 34 Paul McCartney covers from a range of big music names.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM


The Art of McCartney is a 34-song compilation of Paul McCartney’s greatest hits covered by a variety of (in)famous names ranging from Bob Dylan (“Things We Said Today”) to Owl City (“Listen to What the Man Said”), Brian Wilson (“Wanderlust”), Heart (“Band on the Run”), Willie Nelson (“Yesterday”) and a whole lot of others. It’s set to be released on November 18, but you can stream the 2-plus hour monstrosity below...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

An Earful (Local Edition): Big Guava downsizes, Coastline brings Flaming Lips & Future Islands to Vinoy Park, and Gatsby streams new LP

Festusiasts, hip hop heads: listen up.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Local emcee Gatsby presents a new LP, #starshipJERICHO. More info after the jump.
  • Local emcee Gatsby presents a new LP, #starshipJERICHO. More info after the jump.

Big Guava is back, and while it’s not as big this time around, it will have a noticeable impact on the agendas of some local festhusiasts. Live Nation’s summertime music festival is taking over the shed we’re still calling “Gary” for two days, May 8 and 9, which happens to be the same dates that Bay area community radio station WMNF will stage the 34th installment of its long running summer’s eve bacchanal, Tropical Heatwave. There’s obviously not a lot of crossover between the Heatwave crowd (think Paul Thorn, Joseph Arthur) and Big Guava attendees (last year’s headliners included Outkast and Haim), but Heatwave is known for bringing in a whole slew of up-and-coming acts before they break big (see: Elephant Stone, Carolina Chocolate Drops). Both fests are still months away from any lineup announcements, so the potential effect on attendance at Heatwave is still too vague to even try to predict. Stay tuned here and here.

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