The Well-Played List

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Well-Played List: New meets Valentine's Day lusty, from Caribou to Twerps to D'Angelo & more

The latest edition is packed with lust-inspired songs, albums and playlists along with the usual recs.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 4:10 PM

The Well Played List is an ongoing listening series that 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 past several week’s worth here.

This week, in addition to our most jammed spins and in honor of the forthcoming Lust List Issue (and Valentine's Day this Saturday), we're also divulging some of our favorite lust-inducing, lust-inspired or just generally sexy songs and albums ala last year. Some offered a few selections, others full-on playlists. Take a look below; audio and video included, along with any applicable show information. And on that note, what are you jamming this week? What's your favorite lusty songs or favorite music for setting the mood? Tell us in the comments…

LEILANI

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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (2015) This trio of multi-instrumentalist siblings (two sisters and their lone brother) are based in London, and their vintage rockabilly sounds call on all manner of influences — R&B/swing, jump blues, some Hawaiian music, pop, even dancehall. They all play drums and their mix of lush and rather eclectic instrumentation (including uke, banjo, horns, xylophone, harmonica, accordion, lapsteel and double bass) only serves to make it even more listenable and intriguing. Both sisters have rich sultry vocals while Lewis' brassy tenor proves a nice robust balance. Overall, warm, sunny, vibrant and fun. Consider me charmed.

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The following are my favorite songs that set a lusty grooving tone and may or may not be about lust or love, but make you feel all loose and sensual either way. It's a sort of musical turn-on potion. Not sure how it happened, but a chunk of these tracks have female vocalists...

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Monday, January 19, 2015

The Well-Played List: Most anticipated albums of 2015

From Sleater-Kinney to Kendrick Lamar, find out what we're looking forward to hearing (and what's coming out that you should know about)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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 past editions here.  

In our last Well-Played list, we waxed poetic on our favorite albums of 2014. For the first edition of 2015, we're looking ahead to the albums we're most looking forward to hearing in 2015. Audio and video included, along with any applicable show information. On that note, what music are you anticipating most in 2015? Tell us in the comments…

LEILANI
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Kendrick Lamar (Title & date TBA) The first single off his yet-to-be-named forthcoming album, "i," is a rather solid one, and after he staged a memorable SNL performance of it, he stoked my excitement about what else is to come. If it's anything like "i" and the other new song he debuted on the late Colbert Report, I'm digging the direction he's taken following Good Kid MAAD City; sounds earthy, soulful, intelligent and rather upbeat.

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I'm super stoked about another new outing from the Kevin Barnes-led Athens, Ga.-based project. Especially after seeing the show this past Saturday night. Dark, '70s post-punk/Television/Talking Heads inspired sounds.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

The Well-Played List Best of 2014 Round-Up: from Hookworms to Wye Oak to Alt-J & more

Year-ending music picks by WPL's crew of local tastemakers

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

It’s been a rather diverse and frankly great year in music, and we've had our ears to the ground to report back to you about it here for the ongoing listening series otherwise known as The Well-Played List. For the final edition of WPL for 2014, my rotating crew of tastemakers — local music promoters, record store and venue owners, music fans and scenesters, DJs, musicians, and a radio personality or two — weigh in on their favorite releases of the year.

I will be posting my own picks of 2014 early next week, but in the meantime, check out what some folks in the know have to say about their faves below, with a Spotify playlist included. And on that note, what are some of your faves from this year? Tell us in the comments…

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Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else Likely the best live band I saw this year, sophomore follow-up ups the energy quotient, arriving at the sweet spot between indie pop and '90s melodic punk.

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The Body, I Shall Die Here Blackened doom metal band from Rhode Island teams up with Haxan Cloak to explore more electronic textures. Results still creepy as hell.

Ryan Adams, 1984 7" Alt-country popster Adams takes a swing at late '80s Midwestern-style punk pop, pretty much nails it.

The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers Canadian indie pop supergroup returns with some of their catchiest, best-paced songs since Twin Cinema. Members have released tons of well-received solo output, but this record proves the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The Reigning Sound, Shattered Greg Cartwright settles in nicely to his new "mature" garage sound, still knows how to rock it like a teenager.

Protomartyr, Under Color of Official Right The new sound of Detroit, dour depressive post-punk garage but not without an incisive sense of self-deprecating humor and a strong pop sensibility.

Gold-Bears, Dalliance Power pop from Atlanta, frantic upbeat energy offset with tales of heartbreak and love gone wrong.

The Fresh and Onlys, House of Spirits Baroque indie garage band moves away from their San Francisco contemporaries, taking a few cues from the Smiths and the Cure.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Well-Played List, 11-4-2014: Gerard Way, Trans Upper Egypt, Hookworms & more

This week's most jammed music; audio & video included.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

The ongoing listening series otherwise known as 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 past several editions 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…

LEILANI
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Hundred Waters, The Moon Rang Like a Bell (2014) The cooing ethereal vocals touch something in my heart and make me sigh a little, dreamily, lightly melancholy, grateful that such loveliness exists. The music from this Gainesville outfit is down-tempo indietronic art pop that makes for good late night writing.

Primus, Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble (2014) I don't think you could've picked a better band to take on the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory soundtrack. It's creepy, weird, sinister, and hilariously rather fun. Mike Dillon does his usual ridiculous fantastic vibes stroking, Claypool's deep groaning basslines and off-beat lowend antics joined by cello scratching and bowing (fungi ensemble = Dillon and cellist Sam Bass). My review hits the site tomorrow; Primus hits Ruth Eckerd Hall next Wed., Nov. 12. I can't wait to see them do this thing live...

Run the Jewels, RTJ 2 (2014) Everyone is creaming their pants over the second El-P and Killer Mike collab (check out Andrew's review here). I'm still rather fond of the first album from the hip hop superduo (so smart! so well-produced! so much doggone fun!), and am just getting around to listening to this one. So far, so good.

Trans Upper Egypt, Trans Upper Egypt (2014) This came out today and from its first raucous dissonant notes, I was in. Yes, I'm going through a mind-fuck music phase (put it in my ear and make me go WTF?, please) — and this band fulfills all the quota necessary; hard to decipher vocals, moments of noise carried on a rather grooving yet discordant basslines that sometimes turn kind of surf-y in nature, warped sci-fi bloops, whirrs, echoes and squeals, tempos just bouncing along. In other words, trippy to the nth degree but with a hard kick. Only just getting into this thing but curious to see where the roller coaster goes. Check out lead-off track "Opinion" below. Another track, "Mountains," in this week's New Music Tuesday! post...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Well-Played List, 10-13-2014: Generationals, Tijuana Panthers, Blackalicious & more

Find out what the CL Team and local tastemakers are jamming this week; audio & video included...

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

It’s Monday, time to get your blood pumping for the week with some new listens - or old. The ongoing listening series otherwise known as 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 past several week’s worth here. Audio and video included, along with any applicable show information. Past editions here. And on that note, what are you jamming this week? Tell us in the comments…

LEILANI

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Blackalicious, Black Arrow (2002) Love this second full-length from the Cali  hip hop duo featuring rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel. Intellectually clever lyrics flow over tight grooving production that samples anything from Harry Nilsson's "Arrow" in the title track, to The Crusaders and Dolly Parton in soulful closer "Release." The guest list is strong and includes instrumentalists (Karl Denson on flute and sax), vocalists and rappers (Ben Harper, Zach de la Rocha, Lyrics Born), and a few sit-in producers (Cut Chemist, Questlove, DJ Shadow). It's the sort of disc you could put on repeat and just keep head-bobbing out to all day long.

Thom Yorke, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (2014) I got super excited about this when it dropped but have barely lukewarm feelings about it. It's like, modern electro Radiohead experimentation without the warmth or heart and with too much in the way of extended ambient interludes. At least Yorke's falsetto is its usual delicate bird wheeling over top of it all, even if it doesn't seem to be saying anything meaningful. Late night music, for sure, but maybe what you listen to if you are actually on your way to dreamland. 

SBTRKT, Wonder Where We Land (2014) I need a new album to work out to and this latest from electro-dance producer SBTRKT appears to be a likely candidate. I've been addicted to first single "New Dorp. NEW YORK" — which features Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend — for a few weeks now, and it has already proven capable of inspiring after-hours dance parties. Several other cuts off the album are equally strong. Read Cody's review of Wonder Where We Land here, and check out the video for the aforementioned track below along with the rest of this week's entries...

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Well-Played List, 9-15-2014: Mitch Murder, Elephant Stone, Slow Magic, Analog Son & more

Find out what the CL Team and local tastemakers are jamming this week; audio, video & Spotify Playlist included...

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

After a summer hiatus, the Well-Played List is back, and we've had done alot of listening during all that time away. This week's list is jam-packed and ready to kick off your week right with some tasty turn-ons.

The ongoing listening series otherwise known as 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 past editions 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…

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LEILANI POLK

Elephant Stone, The Three Poisons (2014) Formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir, Elephant Stone hails from Canada and has been brewing up some truly fantastic psych rock (so-called "Hindi rock") over three LPs (including this third and latest effort). This is the one that caught my ear; it weaves together rock’n’roll, Hindustani classical music, catchy New Wave-tinged pop, and grooving '60s psychedelia and even some tasty Kraut rock. I've added it to my shortlist of 2014 favorites...

Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2010) Because sometimes you just need a back-up plan to your back-up plan to back up your back-up plan. You know? 

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In The Valley Below, The Belt (2014) Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail met in Los Angeles playing guitar and bass, respectively, in another band, but broke off to form In the Valley Below, which finds them crafting an atmospheric yet sometimes driving mix of synth rock, shoegaze and art pop, the twosome's masculine-feminine harmonies imbued with just the right amount of tender yearning. First single and album lead-off “Peaches” celebrates mutual attraction and sensuality ... or it could just be about fruit. ("Working on a feeling, breaking down the ceiling, digging up the deep end, freezing on the beaches, reaching for the sweetest, sweetest peaches.") [more after the jump...]

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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Well-Played List, 7/11/2014: Got a Girl, The Vaselines, Mac Demarco & more

Find out what the CL Team and local tastemakers are jamming this week; audio & video included...

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 8:00 AM

It’s the end of the week, which means it's time to get your groove on. The ongoing listening series otherwise known as 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 past several week’s worth right 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…

LEILANI
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Nirvana, Nevermind (1991) Sometimes, you just need some grunge in your life, and nostalgia, and Kurt, all gruff and youthful and not yet completely drained by life.

Got a Girl, "Did We Live Too Fast" and "There's A Revolution" (on forthcoming I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now, out on Bulk Recordings July 22, 2014)
I am obsessed with all things Dan the Automator. Pretty much anything he does, I like. His latest project with Elizabeth Winstead, Got a Girl, seems to be no exception, based on the tracks that have been released so far. They combined their shared love of 1960s French pop, girl group soul, slinky lounge music and a nice sense of cinematic drama. Check out "Did We Live Too Fast" after the jump...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Well-Played List, 6-20-2014: Glenn Tilbrook, Phish, The Front Bottoms & more

Find out what the CL Team and local tastemakers are jamming this week; audio & video included...

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

It’s the end of the week, which means it's time to get your groove on. The ongoing listening series otherwise known as 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 past several 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…



LEILANI

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Phish, Fuego (due out 6/24 via JEMP) Phish's 10th studio album has been hailed as their best since Billy Breathes, which is considered by many (myself included) to be the Vermont jam rock behemoth's best. I'm too fresh into listens to really weigh in, although the title and lead-off track is 9:15 minutes of pure and juicy multi-part multi-layered Phishness, the closest I've heard to a producer (in this case Juno award-winning Bob Ezrin) capturing their live sound to disc. 



Lana Del Rey, "West Coast" (2014) I definitely had ideas about Lana Del Rey's music before hearing this track, which is so fucking sexy and slinky it's ridiculous. Her vocals have a definite Tori Amos dulcet-sweet timbre but with added huskiness, and they slide and creep over swaying trip hop grooves broken up by dreamy Spaghetti Western-flavored breakdowns of reverberated guitars and swishing castanets. Dan Auerbach produced her latest album, Ultraviolence, and while there are a few other noteworthy tracks on the LP, this one is most definitely the stand-out. Check it out after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries...

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Friday, June 6, 2014

The Well-Played List, 06-06-2014: The Fresh and Onlys, 1,2,3, Say Anything, Mary Gauthier & more

Find out what the CL Team and local tastemakers are jamming this week; audio, video & Spotify playlist included...

Posted By on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

It’s the end of the week, which means it's time to get your groove on. The ongoing listening series otherwise known as 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; CLICK HERE to check out past editions. 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…

LEILANI
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Jack White, Lazaretto (out June 10 via Third Man) Is it even possible for Jack White to write a bad song? I say no. This album provides proof. More listens necessary, but the title track alone is just sick. Sick sick sick.

Hamilton Leithauser, "I Retired" (2014) The next member of the currently on-hiatus Walkmen to issue a solo album is Leithauser. Now, I haven't listened to all three Walkmens' solo efforts in their entirety, but so far what I've heard from each (Peter Matthew Bauer and Walter Martin) has been unique and distinctively good. This song is twangy in a most appealing way, with vintage Americana and rockabilly flavor. Seriously impressive that I haven't heard something I haven't liked from any of these guys yet... And I'm not even a fan of The Walkmen.

1,2,3, Big Weather (2014) There's something vaguely big beat retro about this double-album sophomore effort from Philly act 1,2,3 — but it remains resolutely in the present with its loose quirky experimental charm, sometimes fuzzy, loud and unhinged, other times bouncy, melodic and pop-carefree or quieter and still rather lovely, with instantly-likable vocals that hit falsetto notes and carry a mild drawl. It's kitchen sink music, taking the bare bones of classic rock and throwing in elements of lo-fi soul, garage and folk rock while also managing to be rather catchy and listenable. You'd think there'd be more bad lemons amid the 20, but aside from a few jarring too-long narrative interludes, there's something that surprises with the start of each new track.  "Big Weather Part 1" after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries ....

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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Well-Played List, 5-16-2014: Grace Jones, Tobacco, Tim Barry, Allagoch & more

Find out what the CL Team and local tastemakers are jamming this week; audio & video included.

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 2:17 PM

It’s the end of the week, which means it's time to get your groove on. The ongoing listening series otherwise known as 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 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… (Click here to check out past editions.)


LEILANI
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The Trouble with Templeton, Rookie (2014) I can't put my finger on why exactly I like this band so much. It was pretty instantaneous, after listening to "Whimpering Child," which has a sense of indie rock urgency that segues into moments of truly inspired melodic beauty. First single "Soldiers" is dark, moody and fast-chugging with an addictive breakdown of repeating vocals while "Like a Kid" is all fat aggressive guitars and howling choruses. Kind of reminds me of Plants and Animals - and singer/songwriter/visionary force Thomas Calder has a similarly huskily-soothing and emotive vocal style. The group is from Australia, signed to Bella Union this year, and this is their debut LP. Check out the video for "Soldiers" along with the rest of this week's entries after the jump...

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