by Leilani Polk
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...
ADAM KUHN | Music fan and scenester with discerning taste | Front End Designer, Big Sea Design & Development
The Body, I Shall Die Here (2014) Nobody ever accused this blackened doom metal duo from Providence, Rhode Island of being cute, and this is perhaps their downright scariest and most challenging work yet. Their spare thundering drum/guitar dirges are almost gone. Instead, they've team with electro-drone artist Haxan Cloak and move from brash organic sounds to more ambient and notably digital textures, adding a new layer of bleak despair that might be the perfect soundtrack to your next anxiety attack.
Natural Child, Dancin' with Wolves (2014) These Nashville youngsters make some of the most downright danceable garage rock I've heard in sometime, with a loose and often juvenile sense of humor. This album finds them maturing both musically and lyrically, but they're still not above some lowbrow lines about women and whiskey, this time with a heavy dose of country swagger that includes some well-placed slide guitar and more than a handful of bluesy riffs that immediately bring to mind Exile on Main Street.
Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else (April 1, 2014, Carpark) I wrote off the first critically-adored release from these guys, couldn't find myself getting into the abrasive '90s-influenced vocal styles and borderline emo lyrics. I've come around — their new LP is raw energy, at times feeling like a youthful, updated Replacements with a drummer that shreds with absolute wild abandon. Icing on the cake: they'll be at Crowbar on April 22 — I'd suggest grabbing your tickets before this album officially drops.
These guys are awesome and I can't wait to see them return to town to play New World Brewery with Whiskey Gentry on March 22...
Pre Gasparilla Music Fest playlist - I've been spinning all the artists coming to visit us in Tampa this weekend as I ready my must-see list for Gasparilla Music Fest this weekend at Curtis Hixon Park. The Flaming Lips, Jason Isbell, Delta Spirit and RJD2 have been at the top of my playlist, but I've been discovering a lot of new music, too. Anders Osborne's intimate guitar driven narratives and Those Darlins' richly textured guitars are definitely must-sees. My most anticipated local act is Atlantic Oceans, the new project from Sleepy Vikings' Tessa McKenna & Julian Conner.
CHRIS NADEAU | non-musician
Everyone who knows me has heard of 'No Wave' — the late 1970's NYC middle finger to volatile punk's subjugation into marketable New Wave — and I consider it one of the most important movements in music. One of its luminaries, Glenn Branca, recently received an essential re-issue of his religious experience of an album, Lesson No. 1 from the great record label Superior Viaduct (they were responsible for the Devo: Hardcore AND 100 Flowers vinyl re-issues last year). This 1980 album follows Branca's work with pioneering No Wave bands Theoretical Girls and The Static, and leads to his shift to classical composition featuring electronic guitar orchestras with dissonant tunings. Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore appear on Lesson No. 1 and Branca's influence on Sonic Youth is well documented.
JERRY DUFRAIN | DJ Lazy, Orpheum co-owner
I am going local this week and giving my highest recommendation to Tampa's own New Cathedral. Their new EP Ghost is solid from start to finish. NC gives me the same shivery sensation that I had when I first heard Murder By Death's "Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left Of Them." A creepy, brooding, and cinematic piece of Americana-inflected rock n' roll.
MELANIE CADE | Mojo Books & Records
The Handsome Family, Wilderness (2013) This husband and wife duo has been kicking it out since the '90s. Murder ballads and traditional country sounds abound. It's not nostalgic, though. An air of surrealism and a post-modern comfort with the dark join with enthusiasm and heart for a unique experience. Now their song "Far From Any Road" graces the opening credits of the show True Detective, and The Handsome Family is getting some new and well-deserved attention. Wilderness, their most recent album, is both fresh and a continuation of two decades' work. Both albums are available on vinyl at Mojo.
JULIA STEWART / MoonGoddess Entertainment LLC
Chromeo, White Women (May 12, 2014)
Damn Right, Frozen Sun (2014)
The track "Halo" appeared on the new Comedy Central show Broad City.
Jimkata, Feel In Light (2014)
KEITH ULREY | owner, Microgroove, New Granada Records
Having the pleasure of being one of maybe 40 attendees at tonight's David Bazan (ie. Pedro The Lion) house show, part of his national "Living Room Shows" tour, and I've been nerding out this week with a Pedro/Bazan marathon.
I had the pleasure of seeing the band on their first S.E. tour back in 1998 and it really impacted me as something special. I'm hoping tonight's show will do the same...