The Well-Played List

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.)


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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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Monday, May 5, 2014

The Well-Played List, Monday 5/5 Edition: Jack White, Ages and Ages, Lucinda Williams & more

The most listened-to music this week as submitted by the CL Music Team & a rotating crew of tastemakers

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

We kick off another Monday edition of The Well-Played list, which means it's time to get your groove on. The ongoing listening series 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…

LEILANI
Outkast playlist - I put together a Spotify playlist based on the hip hop duo's setlist on Friday night at Big Guava, and am jamming through it as I put together my review. Stay tuned for that sometime tomorrow, with Days 2 and 3 to follow...

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Gary Myrick, Language (1983) Originally a five-song EP in '83, expanded to a full-length album in 2009 thanks to the addition of remixes and unreleased tracks, Language takes me back to a different space and time completely. During the period MTV actually exposed new artists and turned people on to music we might never had the chance to discover otherwise, I stumbled upon the ultra-New Wave video for Myrick’s “Guitar, Talk, Love & Drums” and was instantly drawn to it. The bashing drums, hypnotic percussion and Thomas Dolby-like quirkiness of the track intrigued me and, upon hearing it again after many years, it still appeals to me tremendously. I’ve been listening to Language a lot lately and have been happily surprised with the depth and quality of all the additional tracks Myrick recorded that never saw the light of day until the deluxe reissue was released. Good, fun stuff.

Jack White, "Lazaretto" (2014) The title track from White’s second solo album (due out June 10 on Third Man Records) has permanently taken over my senses and consciousness. Boasting a perfect blend of blues, swagger, electronics, a little bluegrass and a whole lot of attitude, "Lazaretto” is easily one of the most inventive and infectious tunes White has ever cranked out even dating back to his years as the leader of White Stripes. White has indicated that his forthcoming full-length contains a variety of sounds and styles. If this rocker is any indication, we're in for a real treat! Listen to the track after the jump...

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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Well-Played List, 4-18-2014: tUnE-yArDs, Thee Oh Sees, Jaco Pastorius & more

With audio, video & Spotify playlist included.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM


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tUnE yArDs, Nikki Nack (out May 5, 2014 via 4AD) After harsh disappointments from two albums I'd been highly anticipating (by Beck and Metronomy), it's nice to find that Merrill Garbus is still working out the finer points of catchy polyrhythmic weirdness with tUnE-yArDs, and she's produced yet another fantastic quirked-out album. Lead-off track says it all: a clash of multi-tracked, multi-layered, multi-pitched voices all chanting different variations of "Find a new way," a range of percussive stuff, off-kilter basslines, inexplicable noises and harpsichord embellishments that are likely synthesizers or some sort of programming, fabulous lyrical passages like "She tried to tell me that I had a right to scream just like a bird had to sing / And I believed her but in truth if you're convincing I'll believe anything," and a vocal breakdown that finds Garbus spouting "Oh, change-o strange-o, 'nother rearrange-o". The best part? The lyrics sheet I got is actually punctuated, capitalized, bolded, spaced out and broken up in a manner that indicates exactly the way she's singing the lyrics in songs. So fucking charming it' almost makes me ill ... with happiness. This one's definitely getting a review. Stay tuned...

Portico QuartetKnee-Deep In The North Sea (2007) I was obsessed with the hidden track off the UK band's debut, "Prickly Pear," and a good friend — who actually gets credit for turning me onto the group (thanks Keith!) — finally passed along the full album. The band plays jazz, essentially, but there's something bright, mellow and simply sublime about their sound, distinctive because of their pairing of soprano & tenor saxophones, drums and double bass with a 21st-century percussive instrument called a Hang, which uses the same basic physical principles as a steelpan, but has been altered to create a Helmholtz resonance. Dunno what that is? Listen after the jump. You can thank me later.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Well-Played List, 4-7-2014: Shuggie Otis, Melaena Cadiz, Chuck Ragan, Tony Allen & more

A Monday edition of the listening series; audio, video & Spotify playlist included.

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

It's a special Monday edition of The Well-Played List, the listening series spotlighting 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…

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Shuggie Otis - Never really dove into his catalog too much until I had a hankering to hear "Strawberry Letter 23." I left the Spotify rolling through his most popular tracks and my Shuggie odyssey began. The dirty, deliberate funk n' sway of "Sweet Thang" with its Led Zeppelin-esque slide/warped guitar outro and the snotty organ groove and wah-wah guitars of "Ice Cold Daydream" drew me in. Now I keep returning to 1971's Freedom Flight and picking songs at random to see what other nuggets I find.

Irma Thomas, "(You Ain't) Hittin' on Nothing." This track by the Soul Queen of New Orleans hit me just the right way when I heard it on WMNF's Saturday Soulful Soiree, and I've been addicted ever since. And I'm not referencing Irma's original sassy-innocent 1963 R&B version as covered by The Detroit Cobras (which is also pretty good), but the one off 1991's Live ! Simply the Best; it has a slower, swankier groove with far more swagger, and when Irma belts, "You ain't hittin' on nothin' unless you goooot something for me," you can tell she gets it, maybe now she's lived it, though the song's a request and at the end she admits with a laugh, "We invented that one on stage 'cause we really forgot the tune. But that happens, and it turned out really nice." Thomas closes the Tampa Bay Blues Festival this Sun., April 13.

Bob Schneider, “Digging for Icicles” (2013) Another recent find that 'MNF can get behind, Bob Schneider, who's been pretty much off my radar until I heard this track off his 2013 latest, Burden of Proof. The gorgeously rendered, rather forlorn ode has measured pacing driven by austere piano, fleshed out with restrained swells of strings, bell-like chimes and subtle backing coos, and his own lead intones dip to low, husky, mesmerizingly pretty meditations and ascending to higher-toned entreaties. Heart = won. Check out the haunting animated video by Gary Dorsey after the jump along with the rest of this week's picks. WMNF welcomes Schneider for a solo gig at Skipper's Smokehouse on Tues., April 15.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Well-Played List, 03-21-2014: Black Mountain, Neil Finn, CLPNation & more

This week's most played jams; audio, video & Spotify playlist included.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 6:00 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 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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Black Mountain, Black Mountain (2005) When The Husband puts this album on, I inevitably stop what I'm doing and make him remind me what we're listening to again, because I love it but it's so eclectic-psychedelic rocking, then weird in a Velvet Underground kind of way, then heavy metal, then chugging and grooving and seething and repeating like a bad acid trip — that I forget it's all one band. What is it about high quality bands with 'black' in their names? I have to look into this matter...

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There's something uplifting and light about the new single by roots-shoegazy indie rock band The War on Drugs, and it makes me want to hear the rest of their third LP, Lost in the Dream, but I have to get past listening to this track first, which kinda reminds me of Arcade Fire, Springsteen and my childhood all at once. Check it after the jump along with the rest of this week's recs...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

The Well-Played List, 3-7-2014: Neneh Cherry, RJD2, Tiny Empires, Cloud Nothings & more

This week's most played jams; audio, video & Spotify playlist included.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

LEILANI

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RJD2, More Than Isn't (2013), Since We Last Spoke (2004) I've always been a big fan of Ohio producer/multi-instrumentalist RJD2, who's gotten a bit more sci-fi spacey in recent years but has never lost his fine-honed hip hop production qualities and mix of live instrumentation, synths and samples that are almost always carried on an urgent danceable beat or a more laid-back disco funk grooves. His latest album is just as super high quality as his last ones; hell, there's very little this guys does that I don't like. 'Course, hearing his new jams makes me want to listen to his old jams, namely the album that turned me onto RJD2, Since We Last Spoke, a more rock and New Wave-oriented early album and still an all-time fave. Can't wait to see him at Gasparilla Music Festival this Saturday.

Each Other, Being Elastic (2014, Lefse) A Montreal, Canada trio that crafts a blend of spazzy math/art rock, dissonant driving Kraut-y post-punk and tumbling psych pop marked by appealing droning vocal harmonies. Haven't had a chance to really dig deep into this one but loving what I'm hearing so far. Listen to "Send Your Signals" after the jump and find out what the rest of us are jamming this week...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Well-Played List, 02-28-2014: Tobacco, Stephen Malkmus, Solids, Morgan Delt & more

This week's favored jams; audio, video & Spotify playlist included.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 7:00 AM

After a week off, The Well-Played List returns to help you get your Friday groove on. The ongoing listening series 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, video and a Spotify playlist included along with any applicable show information. To check out past Well-Played Lists, click here. And on that note, what are you jamming this week? Tell us in the comments…

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Morgan Delt, Morgan Delt (2014) Definitely going on my shortlist for Best of 2014. My favorite sort of weirdo bizarre psychedelia, heaving and weaving in tie-dyed patterns of instrumentals, these direct from the '60s, but also calling to mind Bollywood, spaghetti westerns, gypsy caravans, and Caribou. The Canadian artist, not the reindeer. I feel like I should be dancing along to it, playing castanets, swirling around in my flowy skirt and wearing, like, flowers in my hair. Groovy.

Metronomy, Love Letters (due out March 10, 2014) So far, two full listens through, I'm rather disappointed. Obviously I had high expectations, being the synth pop group's The English Riviera was a favorite of 2011. In fact, just writing this made me have to go back and hear it again ... and yes, it's as good as I remember. While Love Letters, sadly, has one great standout amid nine, obviously the first single they released in 2013: "I'm Aquarius." I dunno, I guess I hope it's a creeper. I'll try and get through it a few more times before committing to my general dislike...

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