#MusicMonday, Vol. 63: Snow Patrol, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls + more

What the CL Music Team is spinning this week, with audio & video included.

Joel - Snow Patrol, Fallen Empires (2011)
Well-constructed anthems with a slight indie-pop sensibility were Snow Patrol's bread and butter. Two mediocre albums later, my fond memories of Final Straw and Eyes Open have faded to guilty pleasure status. This band no longer succeeds at converting universal emotions to great songs as most of Fallen Empires sounds ham-fisted and overproduced. It's bloated, too, with 14 songs clocking in at around an hour. That being said, I've seen this band live twice — and considering the style of music they create, their live performance is uncharacteristically ballsy. I don't think they've returned to Florida since maybe 2006, so check them out at Jannus Live on Sat., March 31.

Shanna - Astrud Gilberto, "Agua de Beber" (1965)
I'll just let this video and song speak for itself ...

Shae - Dum Dum Girls, I Will Be (2010)
Take one part '60s girl group pop, one part hip NYC/LA indie rock, stir in catchy, over-repeated choruses, add a fuzz pedal or two and then drizzle it all with reverb, and you get the Dum Dum Girls. Of their two albums and handful of EPs, 2010's I Will Be is my most listened to, and the album I have playing on repeat this morning. "Bhang Bhang, I'm a Burnout" [video below] is infectious and will get stuck in your head, as it has been in mine the entire weekend.

Leilani - Battles, Mirrored (2007)
Needed a high-energy kick to get me into gear this week, and the sick-as-shit math rock explosions, propulsive instrumental passages and avant experiments of Battles' first LP are just what I needed.

Taylor - Passion, White Flag (2012)
My cousin got to experience this event live, and I'm supremely jealous. I needed some arena anthems like this to wake me up this morning.

Valerie - Fall Out Boy, Take This to Your Grave (2003)
Feeling a bit nostalgic this morning winding down spring break. After reading Patrick Stump's blog last month, it just made me upset that someone who has so much talent is focusing on all of the negative attention. People are always going to find something to hate on or complain about, but I respect him for what he's done and credit Fall Out Boy's music as the soundtrack to my high school years. "Saturday" below.

Tracy - Karsh Kale
I've been hanging out in Mumbai for a few weeks now and happened to run across an international artist named Karsh Kale. Karsh is just finishing up the last leg of an international tour for his latest CD, Cinema, so I caught up with him at a great music spot in Mumbai, called the Blue Frog. Cinema displays a new level of brilliance for Karsh's brand of electro fusion. It's a musical journey that's not to be missed.

Gabe - Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Swiss Movement (1969)
Amazing live recording from a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in June of 1969. An undeniable jazz classic that never fails to impress. The opening cut "Compared To What" is worth the price of admission alone. Highly recommended and a worthy addition to any great record collection.

Ray - Spiller, Gold Leader (2012, Super 6 Records)
In 1996, I was 11 years old, living in Town N' Country, and obsessed with my Nintendo 64, Brian McKnight, and Boyz II Men. Needless to say, I had zero time for alternative rock. I completely missed out bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam — hell, I probably thought that Soundgarden was a level on Zelda.

All the better though, as I've spent my tweens catching up. So while I wasn't around for Spiller's first round of success, I'm glad that I'm present for the band's current curtain call. The St. Pete-based trio has emerged from the ashes of their breakup about a decade ago with some new personnel — including Palantine frontman Vinnie Cosentino on drums — and selections from their Gold Leader LP (Super 6 Records) are now streaming and available for download on Soundcloud.

"Stereo In Japan" is a particularly enjoyable high point and finds guitarist Marcus McCourd laying crunchy, thick as molasses chugging riffs on top of dizzying synth all while delivering lyrics about making it big overseas. Tread carefully though, as the breakdown will induce nerve-pinching headbanging. The song is a sonic relic from a long, long time ago, but it still feels sunny and current as ever. On April 7 it all comes to a head when Spiller play a reunion show at New World Brewery alongside The Semis and Michael Christmas. Check out the album stream below.

What the CL Music Team is listening to on this fine Monday to rocket launch the work week. Click here to check out previous entries.

Deborah - WU LYF, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain (2011)
If my recommendations lead you to purchase only one album this year, hands-down it should be this one. WU LYF (World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation) started out as a mysteriously anonymous, press avoiding British band that described their sound as simply "heavy pop." Their aesthetic is tough to describe exactly, but it's undeniably addictive, sprawling, guitar-driven deliciousness that's gaining momentum rapidly on the indie scene.

The nearly unintelligible vocals of lead singer Ellery Roberts are raw and emotion-driven, which should be just your thing if you dig Modest Mouse, Man Man, or Wolf Parade. If his raspy near-screams aren't an instant fit, sit back and let the organs, cymbals aplenty, and primal yet intricate drums swell around you with a climactic post-rock energy similar to Explosions in the Sky. The vocals and instrumentals crash together into a nearly flawless album that just seems to unfold more and more with each listen. No matter where I've listened to this one, it's a perfect fit, but my favorite play so far has been while skiing. Every year, I search for the perfect album to lend an epic Warren Miller tone to kick up my adrenaline and make every mogul and rush of powder seem to unfold in slow motion; WU LYF was a surprise as my pick of the ski season. This one's a grower ... give it the chance to creep in and it's all you're gonna want to hear for a while. I can't narrow it down to a favorite song, but "Dirt" is pretty gosh darn breathtaking - check the video after the jump along with the rest of this week's entries...


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I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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