Friday, July 11, 2014

Reviving Rotation: Because music isn't new, it's personal

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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In an evolving time when even bedroom projects have a studio sheen, there are so many releases that new music is frequently treated like a common whore (I say!). Rely on vague descriptors to find what could appeal to you,  immediately consume it while your mind wanders elsewhere on the Internet, and then just as fast forget any gratification you got from it. The intimacy of legitimate music appreciation is being threatened. And not to sound like a fuddy-duddy, but don't we all want to find those records worth settling down with?

For years, Orlando Weekly published a column called Rotation, where local artists discussed the records they were vibing with, either in that moment or, better, indefinitely. These were not stuffy album reviews describing soundscapes and name-dropping obvious/obscure influences, but instead, earnest dedications to music that had affected devout listeners. And now we're stoked to announce we are bringing it back.

If you're active in the Orlando music scene - a musician, DJ, show promoter, record store employee, venue owner, radio DJ, sound engineer, etc. - we want to know what perks up your ears, especially if your relationship with the record is an extended one. To participate in Rotation, comment below by introducing yourself briefly and sharing what album you've been spinning to death. If we're intrigued, trust us, we'll be in touch. (Alternatively, you can submit your Rotation entry to with the subject "Rotation.")

For anyone who missed out on the original series or for those who want a model for writing their own Rotations, we've selected 10 of our favorite entries from a range of area bands including Zap Dragon and the Attack, Band in Heaven, Sci-Fried, A Brilliant Lie, Room Full of Strangers, Jr. Meowzer and more:

1. David Zimlinghaus of Zap Dragon and the Attack on Monsters of Folk: "People tend to put an asterisk next to a band’s name if it’s a supergroup of any kind. It’s unfair, however, to treat this band like that."

2. Band in Heaven on radio-pop: "I don’t know what it is. I think I’m getting to that point where I’m too old to want to think or ponder ... I’d rather just space out to pop songs."

3. A Brilliant Lie on Songs: Ohia: "The character of the record isn’t warm, but amongst the isolation rests a familiar understanding. Sort of like a polite nod from a trucker at a rest stop – stoic, leathery and real."

4. Sci-Fried on Deftones: "Its heavy, dark melodies mixed with haunting harmonies, odd time signatures, abrupt changes and unexpected stops make for quite a wild ride."

5. Infinite Earths on Aesop Rock: "Dissecting the vapidity in which people cope with daily issues, standing in the wake of personal loss, Aesop imbues personal empathy into these narratives. The result: a creation that leaves the listener with intimate synchronicity."

6. Bob on Blonde on 5ive Style: "After a long night at the bar, it's nice to sit back and relax to some good ol' '90s instrumental/indie tunes."

7. Sloppy Kisses on My Bloody Valentine: "The album has carried me through a whole decade and it's never lost its spark or sincerity."

8. Room Full of Strangers on Rubble: "I will say that the added accompaniment of violin and kalimba is a nice nod to folk – the root of psych. Be assured, however: the fuzz, dread, reverb and delay is all there."

9. Hot Hands on Baby Huey: "It's a compilation of a few of his scarce releases, including my favorites – 'Mighty Mighty,' 'Listen to Me,' 'Hard Times.' This record is also a landmark for hip-hop sampling."

10. Jr. Meowzer on Loma Prieta: "I've been listening to Loma Prieta a lot recently. I.V. is a great new album, and the Das Oath-Ampere split is rarely off my turntable. I like vocalists screaming at me."

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