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@PumpUpThaVolume: #Episode092 - #WordOfMouth

"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode092 - Word Of Mouth which features brand new sounds from Dengue Fever, Ex Cops, Sebastien Grainger, Lord Echo, Cut Copy, Animal Eyes, Shakey Graves, Grupo Fantasma, Connan Mockasin, Larry Gus, Milagres, Frankie Rose, Orthy, Buffalo Moon, Blood Orange, Polyrhythmics and Startographers...


Previous: Episode091 - The Eagle Has Landed

♬Liner Notes♬: Welcome to 2014! We've added another song of the day source, KUTX in Austin, Texas, which gives us another amazing scene of new music each week. It's gonna be longer and stronger, so let's get to it!

Dengue Fever
"Taxi Dancer"
'Girl From The North' EP
Tuk Tuk, 2013
Note: Let's start 2014 with one of Los Angeles' best Cambodian surf rock six-pieces named after the deadly disease! "Blame it on the ’60s throwback vibe, the stabs of guitar and the distinct tones of the Farfisa organ, but Dengue Fever sound like they’ve come straight out of a spy movie and straight into your earholes... Opening track “Taxi Dancer” is a blur of handclaps and call and response vocals racing down the highway..."
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Ex Cops
'True Hallucinations'
Other/Fat Possum, 2013
Note: The Brooklyn duo returns to PUTV with more from their 2013 release. "Acid-trip allusions aside, True Hallucinations is ultimately a triumph of focus and discipline... the vintage 4AD flashback that is "Separator"... beautifully melancholic riff cuts out during the second verse, leaving Harding and Bruun's airy sighs to hang above a brooding bassline, you get a sense of what the Pixies' "Monkey Gone to Heaven" might sound like through the space-bound simian's ears."
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Sebastien Grainger
"Waking Up Dead"
'Yours To Discover'
Last Gang/Cooking Vinyl, 2013
Note: "Sebastien Grainger: pop singer. Who would’ve thought? It sounds unlikely, until you carefully revisit the artist’s output up to this point. That reevaluation reveals that Grainger has always been partial to a good hook, whether in his solo output or with Death From Above 1979. It’s just that he tended to bury it under layers of distorted chaos. Of course, those were still rock songs, and though there are a few fist-pumpers on Yours to Discover, Grainger seems much more indebted to the realms of pop, soul, funk, and glam."
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Grupo Fantasma
"Cayuco" (Live in KUTX's Studio A1)
Ingrooves, 2013
Note: "Which Austin band has performed with Prince, Spoon, and GZA of Wu-Tang Clan? Grupo Fantasma, of course. The Grammy-winning outfit is nominally lumped into the amorphous “Latin rock” genre, yet Grupo defies easy categorization. As their collaborative streak suggests, the ensemble is comfortable banging out salsa-flavored funk alongside psychedelic cumbias, old school R&B, and a little jazz to keep things swinging. This ever-shifting musicianship is perfect for the live setting, where the band excels. With nine members, Grupo Fantasma can stretch out on songs, laying down a danceable groove while the horn section pops and the guitars sizzle."
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Lord Echo
"Digital Haircut"
Bastard Jazz, 2013
Note: Last heard a few weeks ago, the NZ phenom comes back with even more. "Back with another extension of his classic creative and seamless sound, Lord Echo has released Curiosities: a ten-track album of intricate instrumentals and audio progression created at the hand of the buzzing New Zealand-based artist. Borrowing beat compositions from across genres such as Funk, Afro-Disco and Latin Boogie, Curiosities is the second project from the artist, offering a whimsical audio journey that stretches from the delicate piano sound of "Ghost Hands" to the slapping bassline in "Digital Haircut.""
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Cut Copy
"Let Me Show You Love"
'Free Your Mind'
Modular, 2013
Note: And here's even more music from down under! It's another cut from those sleek Australian sound purveyors. "They did it again. On their fourth LP, Aussie dance-rock idols Cut Copy have created yet another starry-eyed, synth pop universe in which they impeccably blend engaging melodies with good ol’ disco beats that’ll leave listeners in the northern hemisphere craving for summer to return."
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Animal Eyes
'Ursus' EP
self-released, 2013
Note: "Alaska-via-Portland quintet Animal Eyes’ joyously turbulent music takes as many stylistic and tonal turns in one four-minute song as many bands do in one album... Throwing any trace of traditional pop structure out within the first twenty seconds, leaving room for the band to run wild. Energetic but not spastic, the song sprints in pop, psych rock, and world music directions - all at the same time."
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Shakey Graves
"Word of Mouth" (Live in KUTX's Studio A1)
self-released, 2013
Note: "The singer, songwriter, and one-man band, has been hailed by the likes of NPR Music and The New York Times. He graced the cover of the March 2013 issue of Austin Monthly. His breakthrough 2011 LP Roll the Bones burns with the quiet, intensity of his intimate live performances... we here at KUTX were lucky enough to get our very own concert from Shakey Graves. He stopped by Studio 1A to perform a few tunes including “Word of Mouth.” His picking is delicate and dextrous. The notes dance and bubble under his expressive campfire vocals. When the pace quickens toward the halfway point of the song, you wonder how all this beautiful music is coming from just one dude. But it’s most definitely all him..."
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Connan Mockasin
"I'm the Man, that Will Find You"
Phantasy Sound/Because/Mexican Summer, 2013
Note: "On his new album Caramel, New Zealand’s Connan Mockasin brings a queasy, warped take on ’80s-style soft-rock not too different from the stuff Ariel Pink has been bringing lately... here could not be a better title for Connan Mockasin’s new album. This thing is sweet, smooth, and buttery from start to finish. Mockasin’s psychedelic soft rock shows up in miniature on the early tracks “Do I Make You Feel Shy?” and “I Am The Man That Will Find You,” but gets stretched to absurd lengths in the 15+ minute song cycle “It’s Your Body.”"
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Larry Gus
"The Eternal and the Ephemeral"
'Years Not Living'
DFA, 2013
Note: "Larry Gus is not his real name; he started out making drum and bass, and hip hop; and his new album Years Not Living (out now) sounds loosely like something out of the West Coast beat scene. Yet, the Milan-based Greek multi- instrumentalist is presently and perfectly at home on DFA, New York's post-everything dance/rock hub. Adopting his Larry Gus alias from a pun on the Greek term for larynx, Panagiotis Melidis puts his voice through its paces, veering from manly mumbles to androgynous falsettos. "
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"The Letterbomb"
'Violent Light'
Kill Rock Stars, 2014
Note: "Brooklyn quartet Milagres caught our ear with their 2011 debut Glowing Mouth, a funked-up psych-pop set prone to flights of poetic fancy grounded due to singer Kyle Wilson's bedridden state at the time. But it is motion that informs their forthcoming album Violent Light, due via Kill Rock Stars on February 25 (February 24 via Memphis Industries abroad). The new LP takes its title and themes from Wilson's sojourns to New Mexico in order to visit with his grandfather, a scientist who worked on both the Manhattan Project and the hydrogen bomb. Their discussions about nuclear physics were set to the spiritual and elemental backdrop of the American Southwest... "The Letterbomb" combines a David Bowie-like theatricality with a sprawling prog groove."
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Frankie Rose
'Herein Wild'
Fat Possum, 2013
Note: "Although she began her career as a drummer in a string of lo-fi and punk bands, Frankie Rose has used her solo career to shift her musical focus to a more dreamy and layered take on her D.I.Y. roots. First drawing attention outside of Brooklyn for her role as the drummer in Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, and Crystal Stilts, Rose began her solo career in 2009... Bursting with tremulous light, “Question/Reason” is one of the more straightforward tracks on Herein Wild, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive."
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'E.M.I.L.Y.' EP
Dither Down, 2014
Note: "Austin band Orthy’s new EP, E.M.I.L.Y., is said to be a “musical missive and testament” to frontman Ian Orth’s wife—I’m always down to help spread messages of love. Watch the swooning title track’s above video, directed by Silent Diane’s Eli Welbourne, featuring a midsection like dumping a shoebox full of old photos on your head. The E.M.I.L.Y. EP comes out January 21st via Dither Down, with an album to follow."
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Buffalo Moon
self-released, 2014
Note: The Minneapolis crew has met their Kickstarter goal for the long-awaited new record and, damn, the video for the title track is pretty sweet, too! "You'd never be able to tell that the majority of Buffalo Moon's members are originally from South Dakota (except for lead vocalist Karen Freire, who hails from Ecuador). Their unique hybrid of bossa nova, samba soul, and electropop is perfect for the oncoming winter when you need reminding that summer will, eventually, be back."
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Blood Orange
"You're Not Good Enough"
'Cupid Deluxe'
Domino, 2013
Note: Since appearing on PUTV a few weeks ago, Dev Hynes suffered a huge loss as his apartment burned down and he lost EVERYTHING: belongings, master tapes and even his dog. "Blood Orange is one of the most exciting producers around today. Lending his artistic hand to arguably the best single of 2012 - Solange's 'Losing You' - as well as working with the likes of MKS and Sky Ferreira, Devonté Hynes has reinvented himself as a maestro in slick and sexy offerings. Cupid Deluxe is his second album under the Blood Orange alias, following 2011's debut Coastal Grooves, which proved that Hynes had well and truly left the folk-fuelled Lightspeed Champion and noise terror of Test Icicles far behind... The funk-infused bass lines continue with a complimenting wah-wah guitar on 'You're Not Good Enough', channeling a whole-hearted Prince influence without falling into the copy-cat category. The synth introduction that melts into an early Eighties raucous proves Hynes talent for producing beats that are slicker than your average, with the breathy combination of Hynes and Friends' Samantha Urbani vocals stating "I never was in love // you know that you were never good enough" apposing the song's dance floor feel."
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"All That I Have Now"
self-released, 2013
Note: "Despite the decibels, the band’s songs, which call to mind acts like My Bloody Valentine, have an impressive tunefulness. And through the overdrive and reverb, Startographers have ears for hooks... take a sec to check out “All That I Have Now.” It’s a preview of what you’ll be hearing when they put out a release this spring. The song uses sturdy rock (with some grunge thrown in for good measure) for its bones, but there’s enough room to breathe for gentle atmospherics. The combination makes for a song with all the right hooks."
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"Libra Stripes"
'Libra Stripes'
Kept, 2013
Note: "Funky Seattle band Polyrhythmics has one thing in mind when they play live: dancing... As with many of the Polyrhythmics tunes, “Libra Stripes”, off the 2013 album of the same name, seems to be centered around the bass and drums... This is clear on “Libra Stripes”, a nearly four-minute afro-funk tune packed with hip-swaying goodness."
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@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
I rated Surfer Blood at Mississippi Studios ★★★ via Bandsintown
Spinning my crackly Varsity Records #vinyl 10"... ♫ "Twilight Time" by The Three Suns
#PhilEverly of the #EverlyBrothers dies at 74,0,2091176.story … "I die each time I hear this sound..."
#TheEagles’ “Hotel California” turned into the world’s largest vinyl record
Wrapping up a short work week with the sleek yet melancholy... ♫ "You're Not Good Enough" by Blood Orange @devhynes
The 15 Best Music Documentaries Streaming on #Netflix Now

(Thanks again to KEXP, KCRW, KUTX, The Current, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System and you!)

@PumpUpThaVolume: #Mixtape018 - "#DanceApocalyptic" and the #BestOf2013

"We are loud like love on Media Monarchy and @PumpUpThaVolume's Mixtape018 - "Dance Apocalyptic" and the Best of 2013 with my favorite music from Arctic Monkeys, !!!, Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Janelle Monáe, Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, Har Mar Superstar, Polyphonic Spree, Sallie Ford And The Sound Outside, Tristen, Shout Out Louds, Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht, Savages, Portugal. The Man, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Lissie, John Grant, Placebo, Daughn Gibson, Those Darlins, Surfer Blood, Lana Del Rey, Phoenix, M83 and Boards of Canada...


Previous: Mixtape017 - "Totally True" and the Best of 2012

♫Liner Notes♫: Welcome to the only official Media Monarchy mixtape this year: "Dance Apocalyptic" and the Best of 2013! As we just noted on the year's final episode of @PumpUpThaVolume (our weekly new music podcast), some think 2013 was just terrible. But as for music, this was as good a year as any other. I know that a lot of the songs I loved this year just floored me and will be with me forever. The 'play count' on some of these songs in my iTunes is crazy! This two hour batch of my favorite music from this year could've been thrice as long, but I kept whittling it down to the snappiest, most representative tracks. What you hold in your head is a collection of some of the most exciting sounds around... Enjoy and share with peace and love!

Boards Of Canada
"Gemini/Reach For The Dead"
'Tomorrow's Harvest'
Warp, 2013

Arctic Monkeys
"Do I Wanna Know"
Domino, 2013

"Even When The Water's Cold"
Warp, 2013

Franz Ferdinand
"Evil Eye"
'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'
Domino, 2013

Arcade Fire
"Here Comes The Night Time"
Merge, 2013

Vampire Weekend
"Diane Young"
'Modern Vampires Of The City'
XL, 2013


Boards Of Canada

Janelle Monáe
"Dance Apocalyptic"
'The Electric Lady'
Wondaland/Bad Boy, 2013

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down
"We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)"
'We The Common'
Ribbon, 2013

Har Mar Superstar
"Lady, You Shot Me/Prisoner"
'Bye Bye 13'
Cult, 2013

Polyphonic Spree
"Heart Talk"
'Yes, It's True.'
Good/Kirtland, 2013

Sallie Ford And The Sound Outside
"Party Kids"
'Untamed Beast'
Partisan, 2013

"No One's Gonna Know"
PupSnake, 2013

Shout Out Louds
Merge, 2013

Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht
"Hang On To Life/No Real Friend" split single
Mexican Summer, 2013


Boards Of Canada
"Transmissiones Ferox"

Arcade Fire
"Here Comes The Night Time II"
Merge, 2013

'Silence Yourself'
Matador, 2013

Portugal. The Man
"Creep In A T-Shirt"
'Evil Friend'
Atlantic, 2013

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
"Hate The Taste"
'Specter At The Feast'
Vagrant, 2013

"I Don't Wanna Go To Work"
'Back To Forever'
Atlantic, 2013

John Grant
'Pale Green Ghosts'
Bella Union, 2013

"Loud Like Love"
'Loud Like Love'
Vertigo, 2013


Boards Of Canada

Daughn Gibson
"The Sound Of Law"
'Me Moan'
Sub Pop, 2013

Those Darlins
'Blur The Line'
Oh Wow Dang, 2013

Surfer Blood
"Say Yes To Me/Slow Six"
Warner Bros., 2013

Lana Del Rey
"Young And Beautiful"
'The Great Gatsby'
Interscope, 2013

Glassnote, 2013

"Oblivion" (w/ Susanne Sundfør)
Back Lot Music, 2013


Boards Of Canada
"Come To Dust"


Featuring clips from "Stories We Tell" by Sarah Polley and "Blue Jasmine" by Woody Allen

@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode091 - The Eagle Has Landed

"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode091 - The Eagle Has Landed which features brand new sounds from Andrew Bird, Zara McFarlane, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, War On Drugs, Fink, History Of Apple Pie, Grizzly Bear, Vaadat Charigim, Typsy Panthre and Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside...


Previous: Episode090 - What You Need

♫Liner Notes♫: It seems like the general consensus is that 2013 was awful - in terms of politics, economics and emotions. But the worse things got, the more I tried to walk on the sunny side of the street. I saw some amazing shows this year (Morrissey, Soul Asylum, Best Coast, Goblin, Polyphonic Spree, Nine Inch Nails, Dismemberment Plan and many more - maybe the most in one year ever) and tried to keep this modest little musical enterprise going and growing. I've made some great connections with exciting artists via Twitter (the retweets and favorites from bands ALWAYS make me super stoked) and even made virtual friends with legends like Exene Cervenka! And I keep forgetting to mention that if there was an under-the-radar meme for 2013, it had to have been "blurred lines": There was, of course, the awful Robin Thicke song (hopefully, 2014 will see him paying the Marvin Gaye estate handsomely). But there was also Those Darlins' album 'Blur The Line', which they almost changed the title of so as NOT to be associated with Thicke. And then there's the aforementioned Polyphonic Spree who have a song on their new record called "Blurry Up The Lines"... ANYWAY, I love doing this and I hope you do, too. Thanks so much and now, for one last time in 2013, let's Pump Up Tha Volume!

Andrew Bird
"Pulaski At Night"
'I Want To See Pulaski At Night' EP
Grimsey, 2013
Note: We begin our final episode for 2013 with one of the most underrated (Right? He's not nearly nearly loved enough, is he?) artists around and we're glad to finally have him on the show. "It’s hard to think of Andrew Bird’s new EP as an EP... Bird fashioned the release around a single song, “Pulaski at Night”, which he wrote but did not want to hold until he had enough for a full-length. Instead, he composed a handful of instrumentals to form lengthy prologues and epilogues to “Pulaski”, comparing it to soundtracking a film. So think of the EP as the director’s cut of the main song. Or an extended mix. Or a short suite... “Pulaski at Night” is prime Bird: tightly crafted, lyrically witty, understated yet sophisticated in its arrangement of loops and plucks and thrums and whistles. “I paint you a picture of Pulaski at night,” he sings on the chorus. “Come back to Chicago, city of light.”"
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Zara McFarlane
"You'll Get Me in Trouble"
'If You Knew Her'
Brownswood, 2014
Note: Song source KCRW says, "London-based singer Zara McFarlane carries on in the tradition of great female jazz vocalists." USA Today notes, "We've made our lists of favorite music from 2013. Now it's time to look ahead to 2014. An early favorite: London-based jazz singer Zara McFarlane... If You Knew Her is poised to be one of 2014's breakthrough jazz albums, with perfectly realized performances that echo greats like Nina Simone and Cassandra Wilson. Previously posted tracks Angie La La and Open Heart have gotten the buzz on McFarlane started. But You'll Get Me in Trouble's exquisite melody, which McFarlane delicately renders as she accompanies herself on acoustic guitar, offers a perfect introduction to her marvelous voice — one sure to stick with you in the coming year."
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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
"Retreat!/Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects"
'Give The People What They Want/Soul Time'
Daptone, 2014/2011
Note: With a highly anticipated record coming in two weeks, the unstoppable soul power of Sharon returns after postponing the new album and tour to kick cancer's ass. I recently reviewed the new full-length for a sister station to my talk radio job. AND we've got two tracks from Miss Jones: one from the new full-length, the other is a little Christmas action from their 2011 record, 'Soul Time'. "If this song had just the tubular bells at the top and then that Motown guitar riff, I'd have been hooked and happy. But then, along comes Sharon Jones, the brilliant, powerful soul singer, and the song explodes. "Retreat!" is the perfect marriage of singer, song and band."
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War On Drugs
"Red Eyes"
'Lost In The Dream'
Secretly Canadian, 2014
Note: "We’ve heard barely a peep from Philly’s ambient heartland rockers the War On Drugs this year...but it seems like 2014 will be far busier for them. Frontman Adam Granduciel has been hinting at a new album called Lost In The Dream since summertime, and now we’ve got confirmation that the record is coming in March along with a lead single to remind us how awesome this band is. The song’s called “Red Eyes,” and it picks up right where 2011′s Slave Ambient left off, riding the night train to some ethereal destination with blurry vision and Springsteen on the brain."
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"Berlin Sunrise"
'Fink & The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra'
Ninja Tune, 2013
Note: We heard from UK producer/singer/songwriter Fink for Thanksgiving 2012, just as his group was playing and recording... a lot. "Last year, [UK's] Fink performed a concert with one of the world’s best symphony orchestras – the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Now, Ninja Tune is releasing the staggering results. The album comes in a beautiful, high-value package with a booklet of photographs by Tommy N Lance, documenting the experience of putting together such a huge, complex concert, as well as liner notes by the band."
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History Of Apple Pie
'Out Of View'
Marshall Teller, 2013
Note: And now for the strangest band name of the episode - if not the year - it's the "relentlessly perky London five-piece whose similar predilection for American indie oldies has [like their friends Yuck] been painted as a nostalgia thing, though the blatant nature of their influences means the description suits them much better. Out of View, their debut full-length, follows a series of well received singles, and appropriates the signature fuzzed-out rock sound of indie rock's golden years in much the same way as bands such as Best Coast and Real Estate recontextualized 60s guitar pop: as a vehicle for yearning for what they perceive to be simpler times."
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Grizzly Bear
"Everyone I Know"
'Shields: B-Sides'
Warp, 2013
Note: Making their third appearance on PUTV, the beloved Brooklyn band had another banner year and further confirm (as if it was necessary) the legendary status of their label. "The delicacy of Grizzly Bear’s music likens them more to sculptors than musicians. They craft their albums with the kind of care and patience that is easy to under-appreciate. Intent on outdoing themselves, the Brooklynite quartet put on a compositional clinic on their fourth album, last year’s Shields. It was a record assembled with a watchmaker’s precision, with all of the shivering translucency of an ice sculpture. To the surprise of no one, Shields: B-Sides is no different. An assortment of outtakes, demos and remixes from multiple studio sessions, B-Sides offers further evidence for Grizzly Bear’s reputation as quality control freaks. While it contains neither the polish nor richness usually found the band’s usual full-lengths, it’s an eminently solid addition to their catalogue."
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Vaadat Charigim
"Haolam Avad Mizman"
'The World Is Well Lost'
Anova/Burger, 2013
Note: "It's handy enough to think of Vadaat Charigim as the "Israeli shoegaze band," but that's also unfairly reductive. Sure, there are bendy guitars and walls of fuzz — just listen to their debut album The World Is Well Lost below — but you'll also find the springy sound of Slumberland Records, and the vocal swoon of Morrissey mixed up with the punk-punk'ed hum of Ian Curtis. And sure, this trio is from Tel Aviv, but they're perfectly at home on California cassette bastion Burger Records..."
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Typsy Panthre
'Korda Komp 2'
Korda, 2013
Note: Bubbling up from the MPLS scene, "Typsy Panthre is the recording duo Allison LaBonne and John Crozier. They released two songs in 2009 on a vinyl split EP with The Starfolk on mpls ltd which received widespread college airplay. Typsy Panthre’s self titled debut LP is out now on Korda Records. Their sound is fun and dark; like a 2nd cousin of the Smiths and Nick Drake with electronic drums and gentle female vocals." This new track is exclusive to Korda Records second compilation of bands on the label's roster.
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Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
"The Eagle Has Landed"
'Summer EP'
Partisan, 2013
Note: And now we come to the end of our first full year of PUTV with the fourth and final bow from one of Portland's hottest bands. But it's not really the end as Sallie dumps the boys of the Sound Outside and switches to an all-girl backing band for 2014. (Remember, you heard it here first that they'll probably be called Sallie Ford & the Kids!) ""It's impossible to have just one inspiration for me and it's impossible to copy something so it ends up sounding modern that way. I also write about my life and my lyrics are sometimes about current things going on, plus I like to swear a lot in my songs." She sure does. In fact, one cut off the "Summer" EP (a five track rouser which also includes the surf/hot-rod instrumental "The Eagle Has Landed" and a boss cover of Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World") can only be bowdlerized for this family publication as "(Expletive) That!" As she puts it, "I first started swearing in my songs to (give) a modern feel to the music. I guess it's also fun to swear 'cause it gets people's attention."" She does some of that swearin' on our 'Best of 2013' mixtape, too!
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@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
Grammy-winning saxophonist Yusef Lateef dies at age 93
R.I.P. #BenjaminCurtis of @SVIIB - … founder of NYC dream-pop band School Of Seven Bells, dies of cancer at 35
50 years ago today, Capitol Records released The Beatles' 'I want to Hold Your Hand' Never gets old.
Hear @I_Skream gently remix the Smiths' "This Charming Man"
The Complete 2013 Music Reading List: 126 pieces of music writing to take into the new year.
Rock, They Wrote: The 18 Best Music Books of 2013
The “hardest-working” musicians, based on miles traveled and shows played
The 100 Hottest Records of 2013, according to BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe
NME's 50 best albums released this year
Iron Maiden made millions playing to fans who stole their music
Kanye West's "Bound 2" sample singer sues over copyright
After protests, @anidifranco cancels songwriting retreat at former slave plantation
@SPINmagazine We're seeing @surferblood at @MississippiStud in #portland with @AgesandAges! #pdx #nye

(Thanks again to @KEXP, @KCRW, @TheCurrent, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System and you!)