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#FoodWorldOrder: Interview w/ @Vicki_Robin of 'Blessing The Hands That Feed Us'

What if you tried to only eat food that came from within a hundred miles of where you live? How about ten miles? Those questions alone should have you wondering about the future of your food. Vicki Robin, author of 'Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth', joins us one day after two counties in Oregon banned GMOs and three days ahead of the second annual March Against Monsanto to talk about where our food comes from - and where we're going to go get it.


@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode110 - #Smokin'

"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode110 - Smokin' which features brand new sounds from Bob Mould, The Bamboos, La Santa Cecilia, Ray Lamontagne, The Hold Steady, Pink Mountaintops, Eels, Chet Faker, The Woodentops, Ben & Ellen Harper, Kan Wakan, Kelis, Chimurenga Renaissance, Thee Oh Sees, Little Man, Battleme, Fear Of Men, Fujiya and Miyagi, Anthony Valadez, Beaty Heart, Sohn, Metronomy, Haley Bonar and Cheap Star...


Previous: Episode109 - Taking Chances

♬Liner Notes♬: Since I went to Los Angeles last weekend to see Morrissey and Tom Jones (and great old friends), we're putting together a super-sized episode and it's gonna be a goodie. We've got a lot of return appearances from artists like Eels, Chet Faker, Kelis, Thee Oh Sees, Little Man, Battleme, Anthony Valadez and Haley Bonar + exciting new sounds from Bob freakin' Mould, the Bamboos, La Santa Cecilia and much, much more... So sit back, buckle up, put on your headphones AND your sunscreen cause we're "Smokin'"!

Bob Mould
"Hey Mr. Grey"
'Beauty & Ruin'
Merge, 2014
Notes: "Well into his fourth decade of writing and performing, Bob Mould is both an elder statesman reflecting on his past and a still-thriving songwriter in a late-career renaissance... Mould announced that he and his current backing band of drummer Jon Wurster [Superchunk] and bassist Jason Narducy [Split Single] had recorded Beauty & Ruin, his eleventh solo album, in late 2013 for release this summer. The first single from that album, “Hey Mr. Grey”, plays to all of Mould’s strengths: it’s fast, hard, melodic, and incisive."

The Bamboos
"Helpless Blues/Avenger"
'Fever In the Road'
Nettwerk, 2014
Notes: It kinda sounds like they've been listening to Little Dragon... "Not the usual hard funk that Melbourne’s The Bamboos supply, “Avenger” feels as if it waltzed out of an early James Bond film, martini and all. Armed with a thick bass line and a steady drum-beat, the track has a total sixties feel a bit like early B-52s... In fact, Fever In the Road seems to be a total artistic re-visioning for the band, leaving listeners entangled in their smooth wake." And with their sixth record, they make the leap to mighty indie, Nettwerk.

La Santa Cecilia
"Someday, Someday New"
'Someday New'
Universal Music Latino y Arju, 2014
Notes: "The alternative rock group “La Santa Cecilia” took home a Grammy for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album” for their album “Treinta Días” [EP] – and promptly dedicated their win to the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S."

Ray Lamontagne
RCA, 2014
Notes: "Ray LaMontagne is arguably part of the current wave of talented, root-rock artists who are thriving in a commercial atmosphere where many fans are seeking a respite from digitized percussion, Auto-tuned voices, and cold synth atmospheres. LaMontagne released his first major label record in 2004 and had success... " LaMontagne's fifth full-length is Dan Auerbach's 347th production job this week ;p

The Hold Steady
'Teeth Dreams'
Washington Square/Razor and Tie, 2014
Notes: "It’s reassuring that after a three-year break, everything is not right in the beer-soaked, crowded-at-2 a.m., anthemic barroom universe of The Hold Steady. When the Brooklyn band emerged in 2004, lead singer Craig Finn’s songs caught acclaim for their detailed morning-after retellings of the night before... “Spinners” is a reminder that The Hold Steady are great at sending dispatches from the gutter, but more than that, it’s a sign that they’re ready to discover what happens when you leave that life behind."

Pink Mountaintops
"Ambulance City"
'Get Back'
Jagjaguwar, 2014
Notes: "Originally started by Black Mountain's Steve McBean as a dreamy, more lo-fi alternative to the hearty rock thrills of the day-job, Pink Mountaintops have evolved across their career to fit the whims of their frontman. Here on their fourth LP, the band seem to be hung up around some sort of second adolescence, crafting a set of fizzing, nostalgic songs that aim to capture that particularly exciting, nihilistic time of life." This is the Vancouver, B.C. band's fourth record (all on Jagjaguwar) and they also share members with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Silver Mt. Zion, Delta 72, Black Angels, Cat Power, Cold War Kids and more!

"Mistakes of My Youth"
'The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett'
E Works/PIAS, 2014
Notes: "Throughout recording 10 studio albums in nearly 20 years, he’s called himself E, the Dog Faced Boy, and Hombre Lobo, and has appeared bearded and bandana-ed, goggled and jump-suited, bespeckled and formally attired, and in a variety of other guises, but on his 11th LP, Mark Oliver Everett takes off the mask. On The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, the Eels frontman eschews fictional narratives and rock ethos for raw introspection and individual pathos. As his “tales” explore personal loss and the potential for recovery and growth, Mark Oliver Everett hopes they might “serve as some sort of example for others. To learn from my mistakes.”" We previously heard a double shot from Eels back on Episode045.

Chet Faker
"Talk Is Cheap/Gold"
'Built On Glass'
Downtown, 2014
Notes: "Behind the grizzly beard and stoic eyes of Chet Faker is an emotive voice and an engaging songwriter who crafts his smooth, low-key electronic/R&B hybrid one mellifluous vocal line at a time... As “Gold” and Talk is Cheap prove, sometimes the most affecting music is also the most understated." Making his third appearance on PUTV, the Melbourne man gives us a double shot form his latest release.

The Woodentops
'Granular Tales'
Cherry Red, 2014
Notes: "As they traveled through the 1980s UK indie scene, The Woodentops’ adventurous musical spirit and constantly vital live performances embodied the shifting nature of the era... the band continued touring through 1992 before calling it a day. In 2006, the band regrouped to put on sporadic live performances, and earlier this year, released their first album in 25 years, Granular Tales... “Smokin’” is appropriately heady, riding a midtempo groove..."

Ben & Ellen Harper
"A House Is a Home"
'Childhood Home'
Prestige Folklore, 2014
Notes: "Three-time Grammy Award-winner Ben Harper travels the world performing his music, but he always returns to a special place in California, and to his mother, Ellen. For 30 years, Ellen Harper has been running the Folk Music Center in Claremont, Calif., which her parents founded in 1958. "It's a lot of things: It's a retail store, it's a museum, it's a educational institution," she said... During his nearly 20-year professional career, Ben Harper has released 15 albums. This week, he released his 16th and latest album, a collaboration with his mother Ellen -- just in time for Mother's Day. It's called "Childhood Home.""

Kan Wakan
"Like I Need You"
'Moving On'
Verve, 2014
Notes: "Kan Wakan combine deep soul, dramatic folk, and orchestral pop for a noir-kissed sound that could re-score a vintage James Bond flick with ease and grace. At the heart of the Los Angeles band are Bulgarian-born composer Gueorgui I. Linev, bona fide chanteuse Kristianne Bautista, and ace guitarist/producer Peter Potyondy, can hear their combined might." They're also riding the wave of having this track be "that song on the HBO commercial," too!

Ninja Tune, 2014
Notes: "Kelis’s sixth album is a moveable feast of old-school soul, ballsy blues, breathy doo-wop and a folk ballad. Food was forged from an unlikely partnership with Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio, and it provides a completely different flavour to the Kelis who rapped about her milkshake with The Neptunes, or a capella-ed over David Guetta’s EDM beats." Kelis is making her second bow on PUTV with another slice of 'Food'.

Chimurenga Renaissance
"The B.A.D. Is So Good"
'riZe vadZimu riZe'
Brick Lane, 2014
Notes: "Since the inception of Shabazz Palaces, and with the release of Black Up on Sub Pop and the forthcoming, highly-anticipated Lese Majesty, Tendai “Baba” Maraire and Ishmael Butler have been receiving a lot of positive press for their involvement in the experimental rap scene. They’ve also both have been involved with other projects around [Seattle] town... “The B.A.D. Is So Good,” the second track on riZe vadZimu riZe, is a socio-cultural critique, commenting on the status of the American Dream." Whoa, their website drops knowledge bombs about Cecil Rhodes and conspiratorial imperialism!

Thee Oh Sees
Castleface, 2014
Notes: "The Bay Area’s most prolific contemporary thrashers, Thee Oh Sees, are a force of strange nature. Led by mastermind John Dwyer, the amorphous group seemingly record and perform constantly, producing brilliant, sharp garage ditties virtually around the clock. As a consequence, the ragtag group has conjured a revival for psychedelia and ushered in a further appreciation of music rooted in early garage sensibilities." The mega-prolific band is one of our most played on PUTV and this is their sixth appearance!

Little Man
'Original Face'
self-released, 2014
Notes: "The album is a cohesive romp through the best of glam rock minus all the pretense. Skillfully recorded at Minneapolis’ Flowers Studio...the album could have been on the soundtrack for the movie Velvet Goldmine... The highlight of the album is the track “Medicinal”, Perricelli channels the glam rock vocal stylings of T.Rex and Bowie perfectly." We first heard from the successfully crowd-funded 'Original Face' album back on Episode097.

"Don’t You Worry About Me Tonight" (Live on KUTX)
'Future Runs Magnetic'
El Camino, 2014
Notes: "There aren't a lot of frills or gimmicks surrounding Battleme's second album Future Runs Magnetic because, simply put, the music speaks for itself. Bombastic, driving and powerful, the album is a timeless collection of rock anthems." It's the second slab from Battleme on PUTV, but my buddy got the boot as their drummer :( So he's on the album, but not this on live cut from KUTX...

Fear Of Men
Kanine, 2014
Notes: "Brighton-based indie band Fear Of Men has decided to give the world a little sample of...their first full-length... the U.K. group is streaming the two tracks that will open the album, “Alta” and “Waterfall.” “Alta” is a ghostly and bare 50-second intro that seamlessly builds and resolves into “Waterfall” — a track packed with melodic guitar riffs, steady drum beats, and whimsical lyrics."

Fujiya and Miyagi
"Vagaries of Fashion"
'Artificial Sweeteners'
Yep Roc, 2014
Notes: "Brighton-based trio Fujiya & Miyagi has long existed as a lower-calorie take on Hot Chip and Junior Boys, albeit with a secret ingredient...a few licks from Krautrockers past... This fifth studio LP certainly has plenty of highs to keep the good times coming on strong."

Anthony Valadez
"Searching For" (w/ Miles Bonny)
'In Search Of...'
Plug Research, 2014
Notes: "“Searching For”, the first single off LA airwave champion Anthony Valadez‘s sophomore LP In Search Of... Its a feathery slow jam laced with clean 808s, fluttering hi-hats, a candied Rhodes groove and Miles Bonny‘s mid-range croon. Originally intended as a straight instrumental LP, In Search Of.. morphed into the organic soul review that it is..." It's the third time we've heard from Valadez, just one of KCRW's multi-talented jocks.

Beaty Heart
"Lekka Freakout"
'Mixed Blessings'
Nusic, 2014
Notes: "Beaty Heart’s name, quite possibly a self-fulfilling prophecy, signifies the way the group approaches composition. The UK trio strives to enliven, awaken, and re-animate through filtered psych-pop and heavily-layered percussion... “Lekka Freakout,” a track from their upcoming debut album, serves as a prime example of their sonic capabilities. Asynchronous vocals, a marimba-influenced back-beat, and fuzzy guitar..."

4AD, 2014
Notes: The London singer "established a reputation for producing, after rolling out remixes of a laundry list of the 2013’s best artists: Rhye, Lana Del Rey, Haim, Banks, and Angel Haze... For his first solo album...Sohn turns his focus inward, offering a distillation of the seductive, deeply cool flavor that give his remixes their distinctive edge."

"The Upsetter"
'Love Letters'
Because, 2013
Notes: "“I’m back out on the Riviera”, Joseph Mount sings on “The Upsetter”, the first track on Metronomy’s new album, Love Letters. The line is, of course, a coy reference to The English Riviera, Metronomy’s breakthrough 2011 album... “The Upsetter” does really read like a love letter, from a marooned ex-lover who is “stuck in 1992 here…Playing ‘I Will Always Love You’, yeah”. Melancholy acoustic guitars and an emotive, Lindsey Buckingham-like coda solo underscore Mount’s wounded sincerity, despite his quirky falsetto."

Haley Bonar
"No Sensitive Man"
'Last War'
Graveface, 2013
Notes: "Haley Bonar [pronounced "Bonner"] first reached a national audience as a teenager, when fellow Minnesotan Alan Sparhawk heard her perform and offered her a spot on tour, opening for his band Low. At the time, the pairing made sense: Her recordings were sweet and lovely, but also frequently dour. Over time, though, Bonar...has brightened and polished her sound to a glistening shine. With nine songs in just a shade past half an hour, her new fifth album, Last War, is tough to set aside." We heard the title track "Last War" from Haley back on Episode097.

Cheap Star
"Kelly Slayer"
'Rosetta Stone' EP
Z & Zoé, 2014
Notes: "Cheap Star may not all be from Seattle, but they have a strong local connection, as their latest EP, Rosetta Stone, was produced and recorded by both Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies, who also contribute bass and additional guitar to the songs... “Kelly Slayer”, is dynamic and rich with moving parts: big guitar solo, rolling drums (thanks to Fountains of Wayne’s Brian Young)..."

This week's b-sides: Thomas Dybdahl, Del Castillo, La Vida Boheme, A. Sinclair, Making Movies, Chicha Libre, Sturgill Simpson and Truckfighters

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
Oscar-winning "Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul dies at 36
Pop Music Sales Plummet As Top 10 Sells Around 300K Copies Total
My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Jesus and Mary Chain Doc #BeautifulNoise Premiere Announced
Hologram Michael Jackson to perform at @OfficialBBMAs
Jack White's 'Lazaretto' vinyl will create a floating hologram when it spins
The full @Bonnaroo 2014 schedule has arrived. Kanye West. @Skrillex. Jack White. @theflaminglips. Elton John.
10 Albums to Stream: @conoroberst, @theroots, @coldplay, @haleybonar, and more
This makes me feel so good... ♫ Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson
Makin' no bones about it... ♫ Girls Talk - Single – Garbage
Together at last... ♫ Daddy's Car – Eno • Hyde
Swans' 'To Be Kind' album is a monolithic orgy of blood, guts, and… love
@Cmdr_Hadfield's in-space cover of "Space Oddity" leaves YouTube orbit
Watch monks breakdance to the @beastieboys in honor of the late, great MCA
Watch @LanaDelRey set two love affairs ablaze in her "West Coast" video
Radio on the TV: Performances from Lily Allen, Dolly Parton, Neil Young and More via @allmusic
Did u see @Hozier play "#TakeMeToChurch" on @Letterman last night? We played it 4 months ago!
Neil Young and Jack White record live straight to vinyl on 'The Tonight Show'
@MIAuniverse Performs "Double Bubble Trouble" on "@SethMeyers"
Watch @Chromeo glam up @Letterman with "Jealous (I Ain't With It)"
Anyone else catch @CapitolRecords cameo in last Sunday's @MadMen_AMC?
I stopped by Glenn @Danzig's house, but he wasn't home... #losangeles
Glenn @DANZlG is suing Jerry Only over all of that godawful @themisfits merch
A new documentary about Elliott Smith, authorized by his family, will be soundtracked by 20 unreleased songs
Oh, when those drums come in... ♫ Everything Means Nothing To Me – Elliott Smith
Standing at the "#ElliottSmith Wall" in #Silverlake... #figure8 #losangeles
Watch sneak preview #video with #Morrissey and #NancySinatra
Morrissey says that @itsmorrissey Twitter account is "bogus"
Yes, I just saw @itsmorrissey for the fifth time! This time it was in #LosAngeles with @RealSirTomJones opening...
Live Review: #Morrissey - #LosAngeles Sports Arena - May 10, 2014

(Thanks again to our #SongOfTheDay sources at @KEXP, @KCRW, @KUTX, @TheKeyXPN, @TheCurrent and @FreeMusicArchiv. Thanks to @TwilightCircus1 for the bed music - and thank you for listening!)

#NewWorldNextWeek: Episode193 - #WorldCup Crime, 9/11 #WTCMemorial, #GoodNewsNextWeek Episode193 -
World Cup Crime, 9/11 Memorial, Good News

Welcome to New World Next Week - the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: Brazil Tells World Cup Attendees "Don't Scream When Robbed"
Brazil Crime Bosses Threaten 'World Cup of Terror'
Brazil's Plans for Anti-Terror Law Alarm Rights Groups
Brazilian Police Brutality Allegedly Related to World Cup
NWNW Flashback: Brazil Protests Erupt Over Public Services And World Cup Costs (June 2013)

Story #2: The 9/11 Story Told at Bedrock, Powerful as a Punch to the Gut
9/11 Artifacts, and the Stories They Tell
William Rodriguez on the Ceremony at Ground Zero

Story #3: #GoodNewsNextWeek Updates -
#BentleyBlockade: "It's just been announced on the ABC that Metgasco's license has been revoked."
Metgasco Drilling Suspended, Company Referred to Corruption Commission
FCC Chairman to Rethink Controversial Net Neutrality Proposals
Banker Death's Finally Get Noticed by Mainstream Media
'Fed Up' Documentary: Sugar Added to Food Causing Obesity
Rare Bee Believed Extinct Since 1946 Comes Back to Life
Dallas, Texas Considers Ending Over 50 Years of Water Fluoridation
Lagarde, Condi Cancel Speeches After Protests
New Study Finds Swearing Can Be Good for You

#NewWorldNextWeek Updates:
Biden's Son Takes Director Position for Ukraine Gas Producer
US Holds Massive Nuclear Weapons Exercise 'To Deter & Detect Attacks' Days After Russian Drill
Japan, Israel to Boost Defense Cooperation
#BringBackYourDrones: US Drones Search for Kidnapped Nigeria Girls

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Previous: India Elections, Superbugs Spreading, Operation Choke Point

Interview w/ @JonRappoport on #MKULTRA #Jazz

Investigative journalist Jon Rappoprt's article, 'US Jazz Musicians Were Drafted Into the CIA’s MKULTRA,' caught my ear so he's joining Media Monarchy for some classic 'Acid Dreams'. Why did Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, Elvin Jones and so many more great musicians take the 'Lexinton Cure' at the CIA-connected 'Narcotic Farm'? Who was Harris Isbell and what did he do at Lex? And the real question: Why do intelligence agencies use art as a weapon?


@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode109 - #TakingChances

"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode109 - Taking Chances which features brand new sounds from Adanowsky, CUZ, Saintseneca, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cody ChestnuTT, Gary Clark Jr., Gentlemen, Octopus Project, Hauschka, TOY, HABITATS, Black Diet, Sharon Van Etten, Holy Wave, Thievery Corporation and Pillar Point...


Previous: Episode108 - Keep On Shining

♬Liner Notes♬: An otherworldly mix of music from all around the world that will make your brain dance as a much as your ass! Featuring Sharon Van Etten, Octopus Project, HABITATS, UMO, TOY, CUZ and many more things in ALL CAPS! Let's PUTV!

"Dancing to the Radio"
Everloving, 2014
Note: "As the son of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky had the advantage of running in creative circles early in life. James Brown instructed him in his first dance lesson and George Harrison gave him his first guitar. Jodorowsky learned his lessons well, bringing soul to his electro pop dance tunes. It’s all about pleasure on ADA. “I wanted something sweaty and gross. I wanted to feel the drugs on this album. I’m not a drug addict at all but I wanted people to feel that same kind of high in the music.”"
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Bleeding Heart, 2014
Note: "Since his emergence as the bassist of the influential punk combo The Minutemen, Mike Watt has engaged himself in a wide range of musical projects that have taken him, geographically and stylistically, to all kinds of new territories. The latest of these projects is CUZ, a collaboration with guitarist Sam Dook (The Go! Team) that began in 2006 when the two met at Australia’s Big Day Out festival."
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"Happy Alone"
'Dark Arc'
-ANTI, 2014
Note: When we first heard Saintseneca two weeks ago, it was a live cut from KUTX. So now let's listen to what the studio album sounds like... "Imagine sitting by a lake within the Appalachians in southern Ohio, among dense forestry with maybe a deer or two in sight. Bust out your guitar, grab a few musical companions, and the resulting sound would resemble the quintessential tree music that is Saintseneca... Dark Arc is the band’s Anti- debut and the studio effort we’ve been waiting for..."
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra
"Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)"
Jagjaguwar, 2013
Note: They're still getting some attention for their now-over a year old album, so they must be doing something right. It's their third appearance on PUTV and third cut from the album 'II'. "Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson has a tattoo of an eye on his neck – specifically, on his throat chakra, said to rule communication. Somewhat surprisingly, the 32-year-old New Zealand-born, Oregon-dwelling musician claimed to music website Pitchfork recently that he is not a hippy... Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark), the album's first single, also conjoins sleep, prettiness and unease..." They were just in Portland opening for Little Dragon and someone I know was not a fan. They're the first of four bands on the show this week that are playing this weekend’s Austin Psych Fest.
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Cody ChestnuTT
"Gunpowder on the Letter" (w/ Gary Clark Jr.)
'Landing On A Hundred: B Sides and Remixes'
Vibration Vineyard, 2014
Note: Last heard way back on Episode032, the ATL troubadour returns with new old music featuring guitar firebrand "Gary Clark Jr for the bounce-inducing church blues of “Gunpowder On The Letter”, his first drop from the upcoming B-Side & Remixes cut of his stellar Landing On A Hundred LP. Clark and ChesnuTT trade off sliding licks and croon supreme all over this shuffling rocker, perfectly melding each of their strong suits..."
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"Gentle Duke"
'Night Reels II' EP
Week Of Wonders, 2014
Note: This is the UK group's second release... "Taking note of the heavy psychedelic British bands of the late ’60s and refining their sludgy fury into something more precise, London’s Gentlemen continue the lineage of those bands with their bold, slightly-warped jams... “Gentle Duke” may owe some debt to Gentlemen’s psychedelic predecessors, but by relying on the same kind of musicianship that’s held true in the genre for decades, they more than make them proud."
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Octopus Project
'Fever Forms'
Peek-A-Boo, 2014
Note: "Somewhere in the far-out, Seussian world where art, music, rock ‘n’ roll and electronica meet, you’ll find The Octopus Project... three years after the release of the ambitious, multi-media exploration Hexadecagon... The record is a joyful, experimental electro-pop album...few of the songs represent the sound and feel of the record better than the closer, and second single “Sharpteeth.”... They’ve made it past 10-year mark as a band, their new album finds them still in fine form." They're playing their local Austin Psych Fest and we thank them again for the tweet love!
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'Abandoned City'
City Slang / Temporary Residence, 2014
Note: "Last year, [German composer] Volker Bertelmann (more commonly known as Hauschka) played a show at the Bristol Proms, a series of concerts designed to demonstrate to classical music audiences young and old that classical music was not dead, merely presented in the wrong way... it's an example of the decidedly wobbly lines that Hauschka's music is still straddling, ten albums in... Loosely conceived as a tour of deserted metropoles (each track has the name of a different existing city, with the exception of 'Elizabeth Bay' and 'Who Lived Here?'), the album's greatest strength is in conjuring up the image of its subjects... 'Craco' has its feet directly planted in the Ludovico Einaudi camp of accessibility."
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"It’s Been So Long"
'Join The Dots'
Heavenly, 2013
Note: We heard "Endlessly" from TOY back on Episode093. "London’s TOY are intentional in ways that most psychedelic bands aren’t these days. The group likes to jam a lot, building huge walls of sound out of guitar effects. But their jams tend to go somewhere, reflecting the subtle pop attitude that lurks beneath all the atmosphere. TOY seem equally smitten with the Cure, My Bloody Valentine, and ’60s psych–there’s a reason their second album is called Join The Dots... “It’s Been So Long” treads this line well: the guitars and drums roar like a jet engine, but there’s a bittersweet element..." They're also playing at this weekend’s Austin Psych Fest.
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"Diamond Days"
Club Fandango/Fierce Panda, 2014
Note: "Like Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club, HABITATS resound, on their debut single release, with the same catchy caliber dished out by many of the UK-based dance-rockers. Situated in Hampshire and the London area, the mayhem-causing, beard-loving, quartet...have been creating infectious dance-beats to escape from the generic environment of popular music... Blooming with kinetic energy, “Diamond Days,” their newest song, is a groovy track that will knock you off your feet (if you aren’t already dancing; which, if you’re not, you totally should be), and launch you, head-first, into an experimental, tropical-rock cosmos."
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Black Diet
"Nothing To Say"
'Find Your Tambourine'
Piñata, 2014
Note: And the soul-loving sounds keep on comin'! "Black Diet is a garage/indie/soul band with a sartorial flair. Indebted to Stax records, they put on shows that look like Baptist church services held at punk houses. Part of a stream of vintage sounding acts coming out of Minneapolis' Pinata Records, they're spitting out sharp, testimonial jams for the masses."
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Sharon Van Etten
"Taking Chances"
'Are We There?'
Jagjaguwar, 2014
Note: "The track is the first to be taken from her new album 'Are We There?'... The video was directed by Michael Palmieri and plays homage to Agnès Varda's 1962 film Cleo from 5 to 7. The mystical promo sees Van Etten reading tarot cards... Van Etten's new album, 'Are We There?', which is set for release on May 26... Speaking to NME recently about the new album, Van Etten revealed that she used instruments used by John Lennon and Patti Smith in the recording of the LP."
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Holy Wave
"Do You Feel It"
self-released, 2014
Note: Pay no mind to the obvious bites from Jimi Hendrix and 13th Floor Elevators, just feel that fuzz wash over your third eye. "[Austin's] Holy Wave are clearly students of the fuzz 'n' Farfisa branch of psychedelia...but their commitment to a properly expanded mind never seems less than total..." Our fourth and final this week, they're also appropriately playing this weekend’s Austin Psych Fest.
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Thievery Corporation
"Quem Me Leva" (w/ Elin Melgarejo)
ESL, 2014
Note: "Thievery Corporation has hit the reset button with their seventh full length album, Saudade. Named after a Portuguese word with no direct English translation, “saudade” refers to a nostalgic longing for something which has been lost." We heard a teaser track last month from the DC legends, now the full-length has landed on their own Eighteenth Street Lounge label. They seem to flip back and forth between ultra-political and just smooth, international dance.
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Pillar Point
'Pillar Point'
Polyvinyl, 2014
Note: "Named for both a bay in California and a town in Washington, Pillar Point was first conceived as an outlet for songs Seattle’s Scott Reitherman felt wouldn’t fit his other project, indie pop group Throw Me The Statue. Decidedly more darker and dance-oriented than that band’s catalog... “Eyeballs”, a smooth, melodic track that splits the difference between early 2000s’ bedroom electronic music and early ’80s New Wave, benefits from a clockwork construction..."
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This week's b-sides: Wye Oak, Marissa Nadler, Holy Esque, Badbadnotgood and Steve Gunn

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Hear @FUCKEDUP and @jmascis' bruising collaboration, "Led by Hand"
Tix on sale now! @SpoonTheBand, @girltalk, @HAIMtheband, @Phantogram, @tuneyards, @runjewels and more at @MUSICFESTNW
This time next week we'll be in #LosAngeles for @itsmorrissey and @RealSirTomJones!

(Thanks again to @KEXP, @KCRW, @KUTX, @TheKeyXPN, @TheCurrent, @TwilightCircus1 and you!)