by Leilani Polk
January is winding down but the music is well underway, as per usual. Get hipped to 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…
Queens of the Stone Age - I've pretty much gone through the catalog pre- and post-writing my story about the band (read it here), from their 1998 self-titled debut through 2000's Rated R ("Feel Good Hit of the Summer") and Songs of the Deaf (with best-known hit, "No One Knows"), 2007's Era Vulgaris ("Sick, Sick, Sick," "3's & 7's") and of course, 2013 latest, ...Like Clockwork. They're all so distinctive, I'm curious to see what makes it to the setlist of their show aside from the fresher stuff. Does the earnestness of Clockwork paired with the classy setting of Tuesday night's show translate to a more earnest presentation, thus more earnest song choice? I don't know, but I'll be there to find out... In the meantime, I'll be posting a bonus Q&A with bassist Michael Shuman here shortly, and a review of the show afterwards. Stay tuned for both.
Temples, Sun Structures (2014) A high quality turn-on that came by way of The Husband originally, then shortly after got my paws on the full length debut from this English foursome; their sound is vintage-scuffed garage rock with heavy washes of psychedelic sound, very much in the vein of Tame Impala. In fact, I hit a moment of forgetting what I was listening to, then thinking it was TI. Hopefully, a few more listens will yield more of the band's own personal subtleties and distinctive touches, because so far, what I've heard is promising. The album drops officially on Feb. 11 in the U.S. via Fat Possum. Check out the video for "Mesmerise" below.
Not sure how I slept on Au Revoir Simone. I've heard of them, and am positive I've heard their music before, but never gave them any real attention. This 2013 album is definitely sucking me in with its soft, sad, simple electronica. With deeply personal lyrics hidden behind 1980's-influenced synth and drum machines, it's gorgeous and fun. Definitely intriguing enough for me to give their older stuff a spin this week, too. Check the video for the bouncy single, "Somebody Who" below:
Temples, Sun Structures (2014)
This Will Destroy You, Live in Reykjavik, Iceland (2013)
JACK SPATAFORA | Founder, aestheticized presents; DJ, Soft Rock Renegades.
Can't stop listening to the new Hackman Change My Life EP (on Futureboogie)... especially the title track. Actually, I've been listening to a shit-ton of Futureboogie stuff lately. The VA — Futureboogie 10 compilation is a good place to start if you're curious.
Also... the most recent of Montreal LP (on Polyvinyl), 2013's Lousy With Sylvanbriar, is really good!!! AND... they're playing State Theatre on Tues. May 6. Tickets are on sale now.
Snarky Puppy, Family Dinner, Volume One CD/DVD (2013) In honor of the Grammys actually recognizing great, independent music, I've had Snarky Puppy on heavy rotation. The Brooklyn-based quasi-collective took home the "Best R&B Performance" award for "Somethin’" featuring Lalah Hathaway. I would venture to say that the entire album is a masterpiece in its own right. Honored to be bringing this act to Crowbar on Feb. 24 via MoonGoddess Ent. Presents. Tickets here. A live performance of "Somethin’" off the release below.
The Fall, Re-Mit (2013) Last year's release from The Fall seemed to be much overlooked and it's unfortunate, because Mark E. Smith is one of the few veterans of the field that definitely still has it.
Grass Is Green, Vacation Vinny (2014). These guys are on tour with Speedy Ortiz and played a hell of a show here last week. The Boston group combines the raw start/stop essence of post-hardcore with the style and clever wit of my favorite Pavement records. Simple. Honest. Golden. Click here to see the full video of that performance. All releases available at Mojo on vinyl.