by Leilani Polk
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…
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...
NICOLE aka ELAWGRRL | Photographer, Only Music Has the Answer
The Front Bottoms, Rose EP (2014, Bar/None Records) I've been listening to The Front Bottoms' new EP, Rose, all week. These six songs felt instantly familiar as the splendidly catchy material we've come to love and expect from this band. Lyrics such as "sometimes things just don't work out... the way you want them to" (from "Jim Bogart") and "you're a flashlight in a dark room or the loneliest black out" (from "Be Nice To Me") are of decidedly ear warm quality. And, those of you who got into Front Bottoms in the early days will be pleased that "12 Feet Deep" from their 2008 self-released album makes an appearance on this EP. It also proves that while Front Bottoms might be getting access to better production, it just makes their songs shine more brightly... the raw talent was always there and just continues to blossom.
PHIL BENITO | Gasparilla Music Festival President & Talent Buyer | Brokenmold Entertainment
Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, The Prosthetic Cubans (1998) One of my longtime favorite albums found it's way back in rotation.
First Aid Kit, Stay Gold (2014) Love their new release.
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra - A steel drum jazz trio. I've been crackin' out on JSF's videos for the last few weeks. Finally saw a live set at Ale & the Witch last Saturday and was even more intrigued. Can't wait to catch 'em again this Sunday (June 22) at Ella's (4 p.m., free)