by Leilani Polk
It’s the end of the week, which means it's time to get your jam 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…
Air, Moon Safari (1998), Talkie Walkie (2004), Love (2009) Aural xanax; the band is an all-time fave and these three albums are frequent fallbacks to break up the tedium of every day (critical) listening.
Beck, Morning Phase (out Feb. 25 via Capitol) Another album that's not quite hitting me right to from an artist I quite like. Beck's 12th full-length could be a slow-burner; it's definitely slow, swirling and trippy/folky, befitting the crunchy loop he's been caught in since Modern Guilt but with a more earnest Sea Change vibe, neither of which are my favorite of his work, though the former is looking pretty appealing right now. I hope this one's creeper; can't figure out if Rolling Stone is just blowing steam with its review ("gently psychedelic suspense and warming cosmic-cowboy reflection" Check out the vinyl cutting set to "Blue Moon" after the jump.
ADAM KUHN | Music fan and scenester with discerning taste | Front End Designer, Big Sea Design & Development
Cheveu, BUM (2014) These Parisian post-punks have finally busted out of the garage and built far more instrumentation into their latest while maintaining the sparse sound the band was founded on. This is one of the weirdest, most scattershot, playful and decidedly French albums I have heard in some time, yet perfectly paced and with a backbone of pop sensibility that you'll find yourself nodding your head to without nodding off. Light fare.
Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness (out Feb. 18, 2014 via Jagjaguwar) This is a huge departure from my typical fare; Ms. Olsen fluctuates between downcast indie folk (not my bag) to upbeat garage stompers of the sort I often favor. She manages to find a niche somewhere between the coffee shops of today and the soda shops of the '50s, conjuring shades of Nancy Sinatra and Ronnie Spector (and sometimes a dash of Slim Whitman-style warbling) melting into slow-burners that bring to mind a female Mark Kozelek. "Hi-Five" video below.
If you're like me at all, from seeing the above you'll be driven to dig a bit deeper into Har Mar Superstar. After hearing his music, I'm thinking, what's not to love about this guy? Not only is he witty, he's got the vocal and songwriting chops to back it up over a variety of musical genres. Dark Touches is slathered in sexually charged lyrics, fluctuating between '80s-influenced electro beatbox funk, New Edition-style R&B, and pure disco. Bye Bye 17 is silky smooth horn-driven soul; Sam Cooke incarnate. Someone, PLEASE bring this man to Tampa.
Check a snippet of both styles below — the breakdance inducing song about a marijuana dealer, "Dope, Man" and "Prisoner," a brass heavy tribute to Stevie Wonder (featuring Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes.)
JERRY DUFRAIN | DJ Lazy, Orpheum co-owner
Dangeruss, Brick Flair Mixtape (2013)
My dude in a trap. Get the mixtape presented by DJ Ritz here.
Tides Of Man, Young & Courageous (2014) If you aren't checkin' for the new Tides of Man, then I just don't know what to say to you. This has everything that I want in a record right now. Probably my favorite band out of Tampa Bay. Find out more here.
Potty Mouth, Hell Bent (2013) These Massachusetts women are so great! Just presses every single mid-90s East Coast indie girl band button that I have. The snide monotone delivery is straight out of Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville. My new obsession! Check out brand new video "Black and Studs" below.
ROBBY MCDONALD | Mojo Books & Records
Robert Pollard, Blazing Gentlemen (2013) This must be Pollard's 50th or 70th full-length between Guided By Voices and solo material but nonetheless, concise and brilliant as always.
The Three O'Clock, Aquarius Andromeda (2013) Burger Records has always been one of my faves and it's records like this that remind me why I keep going back after all these years.