#Musicmonday (formerly The Sounds of CL), Vol. V: Phish, Male Bonding, The Black Keys, and more

Autopsy IV Chase Fifty Six, Allatoona Rising (2010)


New album from an unsigned Georgia band. Sort of reminds me of early (think Southern rock opera and backwards) Drive-By Truckers with only Cooley singing.


[image-1] –  John Foxx, Metatronic (2010)


A brand new 2-CD/DVD  import offering a career retrospective of the groundbreaking solo work from the original frontman of Ultravox. Digitally remastered and devastatingly modern-sounding overview of Foxx's solo work from the early 1980's to the present day. Think Gary Numan's warmer, more human-sounding counterpart. John Foxx paved the way for many New Wave synth acts and it's nice to have an expansive collection of his stellar work.


Jeff Duncan Sheik, Whisper House (2009)


I'll confess that I've never been a huge Duncan Sheik fan, but this album is different. Whisper House is the soundtrack from Sheik's musical of the same name and is quite haunting, if you'll forgive the pun. Singer Holly Brook's voice mixes with Sheik's sound perfectly and makes for a wonderful collaboration. It's way outside the box for me, but maybe that's why I like it so much.


Ivan Circa Survive, On Letting Go (2007)


This is a depressing and melancholy album that feels like a psychedelic trip into one man's struggle with his mortality. But somehow, it makes me happy to listen to it. Not sure why. Maybe because it rained on the way to work this morning?


[image-2]The Black Keys, Brothers (2010)


I've admired The Black Keys' timeless style for some time, but each new release has sounded too much like their previous albums for me to really get excited about. Though I truly adored Dan Auerbach's solo release, Brothers is the LP that's finally got me jittery about the band. It's bluesy, yet full of R&B, soul and funk ... and new elements keep unfolding on each listen. I think it's their best work yet, and can't wait to hear their set when they open for Kings of Leon at Ford Amphitheater in September.


AmberRebelution, Bright Side of Life (2009) & Courage to Grow (2007)


Jamming a playlist of tunes from these two Rebelution albums. Their breezy brand of laid back rock provides the perfect positive vibrations to de-stress the desperate job search I am currently on.


NicoleHave Gun, Will Travel, Postcards from the Friendly City (2009/10)


Hometown heroes HGWT were outstanding at WMNF's Heatwave on Saturday and I have been listening to their latest record ever since. As the heat of summer descends on Tampa, HGWT makes the perfect summer soundtrack -- creating an audio sojourn from every day life.


What are you listening to right now? We want to know! Leave your answer below in the comments section...


"Bathtub Gin"

Ever wonder what the Creative Loafing music team listens to on Mondays to get us through the day? Here's this week's selections.

Leilani Phish, Live Phish 8/13/93 Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, DISC 2

Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping harder than some tasty live Phish; this particular show is full of some great moments, but this disc features a pivotal "Bathtub Gin." Keyboardist Page McConnell incorporates pieces of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" into his piano solos and fills, and the song is usually a springboard for improvisation due to its leisurely, tumbling tempo and sections of vocal scatting. This particular show is known for being among the first in which the band took the song into sundry and diverse improvisational territory, the scatting of McConnell and guitarist/frontman Trey Anastasio trading off high-pitched "doo-bee-waaannouus" while bassist Mike Gordon drops vocal bass bombs to the effect of "bowwww ...bowwww" to such hilarious effect that it makes me laugh out loud every time.

MikeLocal Natives, Warning Sign Gorilla Manor (2010)

Some feel good music for Monday.

Male Bonding, Nothing Hurts (2010)

Loud, fast, and distorted, with touches of psych-pop harmonies — this UK trio sounds like My Bloody Valentine on methamphetamines. Its relentless pace — 13 songs in less than a half-hour — will leave you with no other choice than to repeat the album just so you can figure out what the fuck is going on. Indie rock lovers and A.D.D. sufferers, this will be your favorite album of 2010.

Taylor Randy Newman, Good Old Boys (1974)

What can I say? Randy Newman is a piano god, and he writes some of the best lyrics I've ever sung along with. Highlights include "Naked Man" and "Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)."

Shawn Stephen Malkmus, Pig Lib (2003)

When I listen to this album, I get very angry about the whole Pavement reunion. If not for the Pavement reunion, Stephen Malkmus could be working on another album that might possibly be ready by the end of the year. Supposedly, he has recorded a bunch, and some with Beck, yet all his solo work has been postponed. During this blistering hot summer, nothing beats driving extremely fast to the beach and playing this album, in its entirety, very loud. Now I wish it was my day off.

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