#MusicMonday, Vol. VIII: what the CL team is listening to right now, from Cults to Travie McCoy to Chick Corea and more

[image-1]Travie McCoy, Lazarus (2010)

Upbeat and positive, McCoy's debut album is a summer gem. He raps rhymes against pop-rock beats about becoming a charitable billionaire and feeling good, all mixed in with a lot of f bombs. A super fun album that is far from superficial in its hip-hop poppiness.

DeborahTokyo Police Club, A Lesson in Crime (2007)

I've been looking forward to tonight's Passion Pit show at the Ritz Ybor for so long that I nearly forgot Tokyo Police Club was the opener. Today I was planning to brush up on their discography, only to find A Lesson in Crime was the only disc I have by them in my library. I just may break down and hit the iTunes store at lunch for their newer stuff...because this emo-based pop has me desk-dancing the morning  away.

Autopsy IV I'm watching Katt Williams clips on YouTube all day.

Scott Off With Their Heads, In Desolation (2010)

Smart, melodic, gnashing punk rock 'n' roll from Minneapolis. Their coming-out record for Epitaph is a little cleaner than earlier releases for No Idea, but it's still plenty roughed-up enough for me.

[image-2] Chick Corea, Return to Forever (1972)

I spent the bulk of the weekend on the Courtney Campbell shuttling people to and fro the airport, so this fusion gem was a great soundtrack to the sun, beach and traffic.

Andrew - The hum of my air conditioner as I pass the fuck out till Passion Pit tonight. [Andrew spent the past four days in the wilds of Tennessee, covering Bonnaroo... click here to read more about his adventures]

Joran Melvins, Live at Bonnaroo 2010

If I needed a reason to love NPR more than I already do, they negotiated a sweet, last minute deal for the Bonnaroo festival this year, which allowed them access to all performers and content. All performances are streamable from their site. Also available is an 11-song MP3 sampler of some of the performers, including Black Keys, Melvins, Dan Deacon, The Temper Trap and Ozomatli.

Brad Superchunk, No Pocky For Kitty (1991)

Reading Our Noise: The Story Of Merge Records and it basically began with members of Superchunk, Mac and Laura. A super good indie record and a time capsule into a movement.

[image-3] – Gaslight Anthem, American Slang (2010)

This record is rock solid rock. Several people have told me that it's a better Against Me! record than the new Against Me! record. As a big Against Me! fan, this had the reverse effect of making me reluctant to check this record out initially. Now that I have, I can't stop listening. The songs actually have an early Springsteen quality (I do not invoke THE Boss comparison lightly) with developed narratives for each tune and toe tapping rhythm and the guitar work to match. I do hear an Against Me! influence particularly with Gabel-like vocals on American Slang and inspired hooks. Check out these tracks: "The Queen of Lower Chelsea," "Old Haunts," and naturally the title track, "American Slang."

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

Ever wonder what the Creative Loafing music team listens to on Mondays to get us through the day? Here’s this week’s selections. Click here to check out past MusicMonday selections.

Leilani Cults, S/T 7"

Sticky, happy, shiny low-fi indie pop by a new NYC duo. It's only three songs, but I've been listening to said songs on repeat this morning, so catchy are they that I've woken up with "Come Outside" in my head pretty much every day for the past five. Download the 7" for free at the Cults bandcamp site. You won't be disappointed and it might even brighten up your sorry day.

Gabe Steve Miller Band, Bingo! (out this Tuesday, June 15, 2010)

Steve Miller's first album in almost two decades and it's a winner. A return to his rock/blues roots finds the Space Cowboy at the top of his game. Although a bit short in duration (total playing time is about 34 minutes), this is a solid release from start to finish. Welcome back, Steve!!

Taylor M. Ward, Post-War (2006)

M. Ward's voice is soaked in butta, and his fingers flip all over his guitar and vibrate in my brain. He was the soundtrack for my rainy weekend.

Infinite SkillzB.A.S.E. Inc and Joe Budden, Escape Route (2009)

I'm prepping for this Friday's big Homegrown Hip Hop 2 show at the State Theatre, so I'm actually listening to myself. I did slide in a little Budden while I was mixing down some audio.


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