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Interview w/ @JonRappoport on #MKULTRA #Jazz

Thu, 2014-05-08 03:52
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

Sat, 2014-05-03 19:13

"♫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

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
Hear @MichaelJackson's retro-licious "Love Never Felt So Good"
Hear @Courtney Love's bilious, black "Wedding Day" single
Watch @JanelleMonae shake it like a Polaroid picture with @Outkast on "Hey Ya!"
#Video: @TheDeathBand Play "Freakin' Ouht" on @ArsenioHall
Listen to an unreleased Arcade Fire track, apparently titled "Get Right"
10 Albums to Stream: @LykkeLi, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, PAWS (@wehavepaws), @lilyallen, and more
Hear @IggyPop, @nickcave, and @THURSTONMOORE58's growling Gun Club cover
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!)

#NewWorldNextWeek: Episode192 - #India #Elections, #Superbugs Spreading, #OperationChokePoint

Fri, 2014-05-02 01:42 Episode192 -
India Elections, Superbugs Spreading, Operation Choke Point

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: India's Election Is Biggest Voting Event In the World
A Bigger-Than-Ever Reason to Watch India's Elections
John Oliver Brilliantly Takes Down Media for Ignoring World's Biggest Election
US Comedy Show Clip on Indian Elections Goes Viral
Dynasty Vs Personality Cult: Gandhi Faces Off Against Modi
Why Did Modi Choose an "Inauspicious Day" to File His Nomination?
Raghuram Rajan's Job Safe If Narendra Modi Wins Election: BJP Treasurer
India Turns to Russia to Help Supply Arms to Afghan Forces
Flashback: India On the Brink
Iraq's Election: Votes Amid Violence
Flashback: As Paul Bremer Wanted Them To Be
IMF Board Approves 2-Year, $17 Billion Loan Package for Ukraine

Story #2: Superbugs That Overpower Antibiotics Spreading
WHO's First Global Report on Antibiotic Resistance Reveals Serious, Worldwide Threat to Public Health
Flashback: Antibiotic Resistant Gonorrhea Found In Japan
Flashback: Report Condemns Swine Flu Experts' Ties to Big Pharma

Story #3: Is Porn Really So 'High Risk' That Porn Stars Shouldn't Have Bank Accounts?
DOJ's 'Operation Choke Point' May Be Root of Porn Star Bank Account Closings

#NewWorldNextWeek Updates:
Suspicious Deaths of Bankers Are Now Classified as "Trade Secrets" By Federal Regulator
Dead Bankers Updates: Numbers 29 & 30
Cryptographers Lose Confidence in NIST Over Close Relationship With NSA
Obama Admin Argues In Favor of Right to Fire Public Employees Who Testify at Corruption Trials
1,240 Scientists Demand Seralini GMO Study be Republished
Assad Guilty? Syria Chemical Weapons: How the Telegraph Uncovered Their Findings
Former Head of BIS Worried About Cost of QE
UN Promotes WHO App to Track Kids' Vaccine Schedules

#GoodNewsNextWeek Updates:
Google Halts Student Gmail Advertisement Scans
Florida Bans Biometrics in Schools
Congressional Candidate's 2-State Solution: A 'New Israel' in Texas
Alfredo Moser: Bottle Light Inventor Proud to Be Poor

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@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode108 - #KeepOnShining

Sat, 2014-04-26 18:57

"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode108 - Keep On Shining which features brand new sounds from Curtis Harding, Little Barrie, Withered Hand, PHOX, Blackbird Blackbird, Caetano Veloso, Dan Croll, Mercy Beat, Eagulls, Elbow, Jimi Goodwin, Future Islands, Sonny Knight & the Lakers and Katie Kate...


Previous: Episode107 - Pressure

♬Liner Notes♬: Now this one's a sweet, soul sandwich with a mix of established artists and buzz-building newcomers. With some sure to be on 'Best of 2014' lists, we've got music from Curtis Harding, Future Islands, Caetano Veloso, Katie Kate, Mercy Beat and much more!

Curtis Harding
"Keep On Shining"
'Soul Power'
Burger, 2014
Note: "Atlanta based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Curtis Harding’s got a knack for creating an accessible hybrid of blues, jazz, and soul. He previously honed his R&B sensibilities backing up Cee-Lo Green on tour, but now, he’s releasing his own solo album, Soul Power, out April 22nd via Burger Records. Take one listen to the silky smooth lead single, “Keep On Shining”, and it’ll be readily apparent how and why the forthcoming LP got its name. Marked by a prominent horn section, jazzy guitars, and Harding’s smokey croon, it’s a strong bluesy debut full of earworms and retro-tinged flair." If you "Keep On Shining" then "I'll Be Around"!
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Little Barrie
"Sworn In"
Tummy Touch, 2014
Note: "The U.K. band, fronted by Primal Scream member Barrie Cadogan, will be releasing their fourth effort Shadow this May, and you can hear the album’s first single “Sworn In” exclusively..."
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Withered Hand
"Fall Apart"
'New Gods'
Slumberland, 2014
Note: "Scotland’s Dan Willson plays pop music, but with a twist. His project Withered Hand is not of a cookie-cutter sort... “Fall Apart”, describes the plight of feeling a sort of absence despite feeling a sort of love for another person..."
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"Slow Motion"
Partisan, 2014
Note: Let's get another track from the band who moved to "Portland of the heartland, Madison, WI" to make their upcoming record. The banjo is back, and it's... seductive? Meet Phox, the indie folk band of your dreams. The sextet have released the video for their latest single, "Slow Motion." In it, frontwoman Monica Martin channels her best Amy Winehouse by way of sultry soul vocals. "Slow Motion," Martin told USA Today, stems from her experiences working at a coffeehouse in their native Baraboo, Wisconsin (a town of 12,000 people)... BTW, if the song sounds familiar to you, that because it’s gotten some television airplay on NBC's Parenthood and Fox's Rake. Phox will release their debut self-titled album on June 24."
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Blackbird Blackbird
"Hold On"
'Tangerine Sky'
Om, 2014
Note: "Returning from the critically acclaimed ‘Boracay Planet’, San Francisco’s Blackbird Blackbird takes his dreamy electronic pop to even greater heights with his forthcoming album ‘Tangerine Sky’ out this May on Om Records... The b-side is a drum heavy ambient tune called ‘Hold On’. Twinkling percussion and angelic vocals float over driving beats culminating in a whirlwind of electronic bliss. An exclusive unreleased track, ‘Hold On’ is already a fan favorite at Blackbird Blackbird shows." We last heard from Blackbird Blackbird back on Episode044.
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Caetano Veloso
"O Imperio da Lei"
Nonesuch, 2014
Note: "Caetano Veloso’s new album, Abraçaço, (which means “big hug”) is not some subdued, late-career exercise in nostalgia or retrospection. Though the record calms down a bit as it moves along, it uses the same band as Veloso’s previous album, Cê, which also surprised many listeners with its edgy rock sound. Veloso was a pioneering figure in the Tropicalia movement of the 1960's, which changed the course of Brazil’s popular music scene and had a huge impact on wider Brazilian culture."
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Dan Croll
"From Nowhere"
'Sweet Disarray'
Decca, 2014
Note: We heard "Compliment Your Soul," an indie single from the UK's multi-talented Mr. Croll, back on Episode052. Now the full-length has arrived and it's on the legendary Decca Records! "A British singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (piano, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, and organ among them), Dan Croll combines folk elements and classic Paul Simon-like melodies with electronic beats, African polyrhythms, and guitar hooks, giving his work a lot of varying sounds and dimensions."
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Mercy Beat
self-released, 2014
Note: "Merseybeat was the name given to the variety of rock and roll that exploded out of Liverpool in the late ’50s and early ’60s. L.A.’s Mercy Beat is an adaptation of that term, of course, but they’re less skiffle and more dance-influenced. There’s not a whole lot of information about the group as of yet; while context and bios are easy in the digital age, the Mercy Beat are keeping things anonymous. What is known is the globe-hopping pedigree, with members hailing from Hong Kong, Hawaii, and New York... The Mercy Beat’s debut single, “Sweet,” doesn’t need a whole lot of context. It bobs up and down on a steady backbeat, drawing a line between reggae and more contemporary dance music. The hook is just as–dare we say–sweet, delivered in a smooth croon." These Brisbane boys make a pretty sweet beat!
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Partisan, 2014
Note: We heard from these UK shit stirrers a few weeks ago and the walls are still shaking! "The songs we’ve heard so far from Eagulls have been ferociously shouted, violently deployed post-punk anthems... The Leeds band’s latest single “Possessed” is like that too, but it’s sopping with the same sonic bliss that bathed Loveless and the music of many MBV disciples since. “Possessed” hits hard even by this band’s standards, and Eagulls execute that viscerally dreamy aesthetic better than most folks not named Kevin Shields, so the track furthers the already strong case that Eagulls is a debut not to miss this year."
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"Fly Boy Blue/Lunette"
'The Take Off and Landing of Everything'
Fiction/Concord, 2014
Note: "The moodily ambitious Manchester band Elbow...release their sixth album... it follows 2011′s Build A Rocket Boys! Frontman Guy Garvey has named an intriguing set of key influences: space-rock, prog, Primal Scream, Spiritualized. I don’t know about the other three, but there’s definitely some prog to be heard in first single “Fly Boy Blue / Lunette,” a sprawling and heavily orchestrated strummer that moves assuredly through different movements and keeps the same wounded air throughout. The song’s video is entirely made up of footage of the band recording in the studio..."
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Jimi Goodwin
"Oh! Whiskey"
Heavenly, 2014
Note: Hey, that's the lead singer of Doves! "English singer-songwriter Jimi Goodwin...releasing his solo album Odludek... Goodwin is the interdisciplinary vocalist/guitarist/bassist behind Doves, who we haven’t heard from since they released 2009′s Kingdom Of Rust. Goodwin will be touring alongside fellow early 2000s English indie-rock band Elbow... “Oh! Whiskey” is the first single off of Odludek, and it’s a stomach-warming downer of a song. In the opening chorus Goodwin sings, “Oh! Whiskey give me patience/Oh! Whiskey give me truth/Oh! Whiskey give me empathy/Just don’t give me the blues.” It is later revealed that whiskey is not encouraging any of these positive things, it is mostly just bumming him out. What’s remarkable about “Oh! Whiskey” is the way it changes motion without sounding disjointed. Midway through the track, Goodwin’s voice picks up along with the melody and the drumbeat morphs into something spluttering and halfway-hopeful." I saw Doves in DC over a decade ago and the opener was a little up-and-coming band called My Morning Jacket.
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Future Islands
"Seasons (Waiting On You)"
4AD, 2014
Note: If you haven't heard Baltimore's Future Islands then you're just not up on your Letterman memes. "But Future Islands, who released their fourth album, “Singles,” last week, is much more than just a meme. “Singles” has been called their best effort yet, even earning critical plaudits from Pitchfork. “These songs [...] invite us to participate in Herring’s world,” wrote Pitchfork’s Jeremy D. Larson, “one shaped by geological heartbreak events and their epochal reflection periods, told with nothing more than the simple truth.”" Why yes, that does sound like "Born Slippy" at the intro and you can watch the infamously awesome 'Late Show' clip here.
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Sonny Knight & the Lakers
"Juicy Lucy"
'I’m Still Here'
Secret Stash, 2014
Note: Think Minneapolis' version of Charles Bradley... "For Sonny Knight, the making of his debut album nearly 50 years after releasing his first single has effectively pushed the reset button on a long and interrupted career, bringing it around full circle musically and geographically. He and his new backing band, the Lakers, recorded I’m Still Here in a subterranean Minneapolis studio a scant seven blocks away from the basement studio beneath a long shuttered record store where he recorded his first 45 (as Little Sonny Knight & The Cymbols) in 1965 at age 17."
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Katie Kate
self-released, 2014
Note: "Seattle hip-hop is fun because no matter what kind of hip-hop you are into, chances are, our fair city has a local artist to fit the sound... We got a glance at “Rushmore” when Katie Kate brought it to the KEXP studio just a few months ago, but today, you get to download the fleshed-out studio version of the track for your highly repeatable listening pleasure."
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This week's b-sides: Courtney Barnett, Sam Mickens, NEULORE, Horse Thief and Lost In The Trees

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
Aussie indie songwriter @courtneymelba's U.S. TV debut on @FallonTonight
This week's best songs, highlighted by Jack White, @Slayer, @FKATwigs, and Portishead's Beth Gibbons
Hear the studio version of Jack White's "Lazaretto" and view the track list for the @thirdmanrecords album
The Decemberists' Colin Meloy has debuted a new song called "Carolina Low"
@Nas' 'Illmatic' returns to the charts
Happy 20th bday to Blur’s Parklife, Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, & Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Today, @TomPetty's solo debut, Full Moon Fever, turns 25
At @Moogfest this weekend? Here are SPIN's 10 must-see acts including @Lapalux, @HollyHerndon, and more
At last, the @Libertines are set to reunite at @BSTHydePark (also: @poguesofficial and @officialSpzd)
Prince pal @JanelleMonae will electrify 'The Maya Rudolph Show' on @nbc
Avril Lavigne has pulled the super racist music video for her new song "Hello Kitty"
Honor the late, great @beastieboys icon Adam Yauch on the third annual @MCADAYNYC next month
@hoodinternet dropped a great SNDP Sunday Night Dance Party set at @holocene for #happy420
And then we saw the new @salliefordmusic play their second show, it was part of the #pdx Soul'd Out Music Festival!
Interview w/ Paul Brannigan of 'Birth School @Metallica Death'

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

#NewWorldNextWeek: Episode191 - Drones Justified, Net Neutrality, MyNYPD

Fri, 2014-04-25 01:39 Episode191 -
Drones Justified, Net Neutrality, #MyNYPD

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: Federal Judges Order Obama to Release Memo Justifying Assassination of Americans
John Yoo Says the President Can Torture Children If Necessary
Life's Good If You're a Drone-Loving Criminal Regime: 'US Drone Strikes Continue With Impunity'
Makers Say Don't Worry About Privacy as Civilian Drone Industry Takes Off in Sunny Spain

Story #2: FCC Finally Announces New Rules That Will Kill Net Neutrality
Internet "Fast Lane"? Big Companies May Soon Be Able to Pay to Have Their Websites Load Faster
Corbett Report Episode 262: Pirate Internet
Cronyism At Its Finest, U.S. Government Arguing Against Aereo On Behalf Of Broadcasters Before SCOTUS

Story #3: #MyNYPD Hashtag Attracts Photos of Police Violence, Abuse
The Folks Behind #MyNYPD Are Learning a Tough Lesson Right Now
General Mills Reverses Legal Terms After Controversy
Federal Judge Approves Class Action Case Against Ford, IBM for Helping South African Apartheid
Colorado Crime Rates Down 14.6% Since Legalizing Marijuana
Open Source Comes to Farms With Restriction-Free Seeds
​Vermont Poised to Enact Toughest US GMO-Labeling Law Yet

#NewWorldNextWeek Updates:
Researchers Unveil System to Start Storms & Lightning on Command
Controversial Light Bulb Listens to Conversations, Tweets What It Hears
@Pepsico: Why Are You Bulldozing The Rainforest? Why The Blood-Palm Oil?
Capital and 'Captain America': Media Oligarchs Plan Comic Book Movies Into 2028

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Interview w/ Paul Brannigan of @MetallicaBook 'Birth School @Metallica Death'

Thu, 2014-04-24 14:57
On the line from London, music journalist and author Paul Brannigan joins Media Monarchy to talk about his latest critically-acclaimed book, 'Birth School Metallica Death, Volume 1: The Biography' (Co-written with Ian Winwood). With a particular focus on the punk ethos that surrounded the band early on, the conversation covers this "polarizing force in a polarizing genre" that first blew my mind with a cassette tape in 1987.


@PumpUpThaVolume: #Episode107 - #Pressure

Sat, 2014-04-19 21:08

"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode107 - Pressure which features brand new sounds from Wild Ones, Timber Timbre, AJ Davila, Kaiser Chiefs, Band of Skulls, Spottiswoode & His Enemies, Woods, Cloud Nothings, Saintseneca, Craft Spells, Courtney Barnett, Souljazz Orchestra, Tensnake and Kithkin...


Previous: Episode106 - Listen

♬Liner Notes♬: It's Record Store Day 2014 and I hope you went out to your local purveyor of sounds, but if you stayed inside I've got new music for you anyway... A great batch of eclectic music from Tensnake, Wild Ones, Craft Spells, Cloud Nothings, Kaiser Chiefs and much more!

Wild Ones
"Golden Twin"
'Keep it Safe'
Party Damage, 2013
Note: Yeah, let's start AND finish with a Pacific Northwest band - especially an awesome local band I saw play with AgesAndAges and Surfer Blood on New Year's! "There’s nothing all that wild about Wild Ones. If you’re looking for truth in advertising, Keep It Safe, the title of the quartet’s debut album, is a better indicator of what to expect from the 3-year-old group’s romantic, richly detailed electro-acoustic pop... But keeping it safe should not be confused with playing it safe, particularly where singer Danielle Sullivan is concerned. On a record that could’ve gotten by on harmonies and instrumental warmth alone, Sullivan lays herself bare, and her voice—equal parts country twang and faux-Irish brogue—makes earworms like “Golden Twin” and “Curse Over Me” sting with melancholy." They had to postpone their anticipated show tonight at Doug Fir due to family emergency...
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Timber Timbre
'Hot Dreams'
Arts & Crafts, 2014
Note: "Timber Timbre’s Taylor Kirk belongs to that long list of Canadian songwriters who have mastered the sound and feel of Americana despite living north of the border. His group’s fifth album, titled Hot Dreams, does American better than most American contemporaries can... They’ve toured with Laura Marling and fellow Canadian Feist, and in 2011, their album Creep On Creepin’ On was shortlisted for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Prize (Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs beat it out). Even with the added attention, Timber Timbre keep doing their thing. Hot Dreams subtly refines their sound, and on standout “Curtains!?”, the group adds a driving beat to go with their spaghetti western spookiness."
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AJ Davila
Nacional, 2014
Note: "AJ Davila may be better known to the casual bystander as the frontman of Dávila 666, the Puerto Rico garage rock band whose stateside appreciation pales in comparison to that they deserve... Davila’s solo effort, Terror/Amor, doesn’t lose any punch with loss of numbers — the record is solid gold... “Salvajes”, is a blistering kick in the face to start off the record. The track has heavy surf rock vibes to balance out Dávila’s wanton aggression. The crunchy drums are only out-noised by Davila’s guitars, heavy on the power chords and distortion, all combining to provide a lovable, fuzzy foundation for the powerful vocals... the track reaches levels of spontaneous combustion."
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Kaiser Chiefs
"I Predict A Riot" (Live on World Cafe)
B-Unique, 2005
Note: "Kaiser Chiefs were recently on World Cafe with David Dye. During their session...they performed songs from their recently released album Education, Education, Education and War, as well as “I Predict A Riot” from their 2005 debut, Employment." We had a new track from the Leeds UK boys that didn't make the cut last week, but this is the one I always loved the most.
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Band of Skulls
Ignition, 2013
Note: "One word to sum up Band Of Skulls' third album 'Himalayan'? It has to be 'epic'. Expect trademark sharp and catchy melodies propelled by soaring guitar riffs and euphoric choruses with Russell Marsden and Emma Richardson's exquisite harmonies. The album's produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Arcade Fire, Grinderman)..."
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Spottiswoode & His Enemies
"No Time For Love"
'English Dream'
self-released, 2014
Note: "An eclectic mixed bag of pop and rock, Spottiswoode & His Enemies recently released their sixth studio album, English Dream. The New York based band, fronted by Jonathan Spottiswoode, has been together since the late Nineties. A fixture of the New York music scene, they released their debut album, Ugly Love, in 1998. The band’s sound is strewn with ballads, flourishes of jazz and gospel touches that make for a hard-to-describe yet engaging musical experience. “No Time For Love” is the kind of piano driven pop song that sounds like something of a deep track from a Randy Newman or Ben Folds album, with a catchy chorus and sentiment."
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"Leaves Like Glass"
'With Light And With Love'
Woodsist, 2014
Note: "Woods started out as a bedroom recording project for Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere, and their early releases tended to skew towards noisy jams and experiments. But underneath the tape hiss were some seriously catchy songs, informed as much by the Grateful Dead and Neil Young as much as the Brooklyn punk scene Woods grew up in... They’ve relocated their studio to upstate New York, and the rural pace suits them just fine. “Leaves Like Glass” lopes along at countrified speed, mixing in organ and psych-folk guitars with Woods’ sun-filled harmonies. It’s the sound of a veteran band getting better and better with every release."
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Cloud Nothings
"I'm Not Part Of Me"
'Nowhere Else'
Carpark/Mom + Pop, 2014
Note: "The word "maturation" and the word "punk" don't often coexist easily: For a band like Cleveland's , whose sloppily aggressive songs channel slackerdom and frustration, growing up would seem antithetical to its mission. But the group's third album, Here and Nowhere Else, threads the needle just right, tightening and brightening Cloud Nothings' sound in ways that never numb its blistering, careening forcefulness."
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"Blood Bath" (Live on KUTX)
'Dark Arc'
-ANTI, 2014
Note: "Don’t let the acoustic instruments and copious mustaches fool you. While rousing folk-pop has had its moment in the sun thanks to Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, [Columbus'] Saintseneca cut a far darker path... The band stopped by Studio 1A recently, and one of the highlights from the live performance was “Blood Bath.” What starts out as an acoustic lullaby soon lives up to its name, thanks to guitar feedback and a driving beat on the back half of the song. It grabs your attention–a trick Saintseneca is honing into a formidable weapon." Two Ohio bands in one episode?
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Craft Spells
"Breaking the Angle Against the Tide"
Captured Tracks, 2014
Note: We heard from Seattle/SF's Craft Spells back on Episode017 and now they're finally back with new sounds. "It's been quite some time since we've heard from Justin Vellesteros, i.e. Craft Spells; it's been two years since the release of his Gallery EP and nearly four since his critically acclaimed debut album Idle Labor. Today we are very happy to announce the return of Craft Spells, with his sophomore album Nausea, due out June 10th. Produced and recorded in Seattle with Dylan Wall, Nausea is reflective of the artistic and personal growth Vallesteros experienced on his "hiatus"." And I swear I saw them open for Shout Out Louds, but I can't totally remember who they were playing with...
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Courtney Barnett
'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas'
Mom + Pop, 2013
Note: Making her fourth appearance on PUTV! "The first album from Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett isn't a traditional full-length... There is of course more to Barnett than her storytelling, and the churning melodies of "History Eraser" and the excitable "David" both indulge in a few organ blasts, piano twinkles, and rambling riffs that flare into the odd guitar solo."
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Souljazz Orchestra
"One Life to Live"
'Inner Fire'
Strut, 2014
Note: Making their second appearance on PUTV since Episode036, the Canadian collective is back with their sixth album. "Souljazz Orchestra deliver a truly genre-bending, international music juggernaut in Inner Fire. It encompasses touches of soul, Latin, Afro, and of course jazz, among others... The Latin-soul groove of “One Life to Live” definitely highlights the cut. An electrifying flute solo (Zakari Frantz) doesn’t hurt the cause either, definitely part of the Latin-jazz idiom. The vocals—simple iterations of “one life to live”—are reggae-oriented, truly flaunting the eclectic, international vibe of Souljazz Orchestra."
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"Pressure" (w/ Thabo)
Astralwerks, 2014
Note: "Hamburg-based DJ Tensnake has released his highly-anticipated debut album, Glow, and the track "Pressure" is a notable highlight." "In 2010 he released the Coma Cat EP... The EP's title track was licensed for release by Defected in the United Kingdom and after it became a hit, the producer's remix work picked up considerably. Tensnake remixes of Aloe Blacc (2010's "I Need a Dollar"), Lana Del Rey (2012's "National Anthem"), and the Pet Shop Boys (2013's "Thursday") followed... his debut album, Glow, which was released in 2014 with guest appearances from Stuart Price, Jamie Lidell, and Nile Rodgers."
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"Altered Beast"
'Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies For Humans in Face of The Collapse'
Pesanta Urfolk, 2014
Note: "If there’s a band more explosively singular in the Pacific Northwest than Kithkin, then the Cascadian “treepunk” quartet are just doing a better job of spreading their gospel of percussive, visceral rock... “Altered Beast” is a huge leap forward for Kithkin, primarily because more than anything else in their catalog to date, it captures the tension of inner desires and shouts it zealously from the Cascadian mountaintops." We last heard from Kithkin on Episode059 with their track, "Fallen Giants".
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This week's b-sides: Toumani and Sidiki, Ben Watt, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Beth Sorrentino, Dean Wareham, Buildings, Sun Tunnels and Black Angels

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
Yes! We went to see @OrbInfo last night at the @StarTheaterPDX in #Portland ... #theorb @cassiecohn
If you want to feel old, check out this video of kids trying to figure out how to work a Walkman.
@billboard: Coachella felt more mainstream than ever this year
#AaronPaul Played the Pope in @ArcadeFire's #Coachella Set; guess he scored that sponsorship he wanted for attending
How @Pharrell's '#Happy' Video Owes a Lot to an Uncredited Indie Film Featuring @GirlTalk's "All Day"
Drake Sued Over Sample Listed as Being Properly Licensed
Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper, Andre Johnson aka Christ Bearer, cuts off penis in suicide attempt; re-attach fails, report says
Behold: SPIN's @recordstoreday 2014 shopping guide — 30 essential releases, from @verucasalt to Oneohtrix (@0PN)
A nice #vinyl score from the Night Owl Record Show ♫ "Goons of Hazzard" by #DeadKennedys
#RecordStoreDay2014 stop number one at @everydaymusic1, picked up @prefuse73 #defjux and @FishboneSoldier...

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

#NewWorldNextWeek: #Episode190 - Follow The #LEEDIR, Mainstream Conspiracies, Nyet #GMO

Fri, 2014-04-18 14:36 Episode190 -
Follow The LEEDIR, Mainstream Conspiracies, Nyet GMO

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: Los Angeles Law Enforcement Looking To Crowdsource Surveillance
Corbett Report Flashback: Episode 272 - Solutions: Sousveillance
Heartbleed Bug: Passwords, Credit Cards, Sensitive Data at Risk
NSA Knew About Heartbleed, Exploited It for Two Years
Canadian Teen Arrested for Using Heartbleed to Steal Taxpayer Information
Hackers From China Waste Little Time in Exploiting Heartbleed
Confirmed: Nasty Heartbleed Bug Exposes OpenVPN Private Keys, Too

Story #2: MSM Conspiracies: Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look
Corbett Report Flashback: Crashes of Convenience - PLF101
NWNW Flashback: 'Polish Plane Crash' from November 2012
British PM David Cameron Says Chemtrails Don't Exist, Prohibited By International Treaty
Kim Jong-Un And a Flamethrower
Respected Wall St. Financial Expert Declares Illuminati Exists; The Astounding Conspiracy Theories of Wall Street Genius Mark Gorton
Russian TV Propagandists Caught Red-Handed: Same Guy, Three Different People

Story #3: PM Medvedev Says Russia Will Not Import GMO Products
Russian Family Farms Demonstrate Organic Farming Works

#NewWorldNextWeek Updates:
Horse Meat In My Pasta? The Rise of Food Fraud
NASA Continues Joint Projects With Russia, Including ISS
NWNW Flashback: 'Sanctions Against Russia?' from March 2014
"Bandar Bush", Saudi Bandar bin Sultan, Fired as Spying Chief
NWNW Flashback: 'Bandar Dead?' from August 2012
Snowden's Email Provider Loses Appeal Over Encryption Keys
NWNW Flashback: 'Lavabit Shutdown' from August 2013
Michael C. Ruppert Commits Suicide at 63

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@PumpUpThaVolume: #Episode106 - #Listen

Sat, 2014-04-12 17:31

"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode106 - Listen which features brand new sounds from Bad Suns, Starwalker, Hercules & Love Affair, S. Carey, Esme Patterson, Ramona Lisa, Pattern is Movement, G. Love & Special Sauce, Baseball Project, BettySoo, Beck, MaLLy and Vibragun...


Previous: Episode105 - Nirvana

♬Liner Notes♬: It's hard to make this episode while also trying to stream Coachella and get ready for this year's 'Night Owl Record Show' in Portland - but somehow I'll make it! This week features a ton of brand new music from BettySoo, Beck, Starwalker, Bad Suns, G. Love and much more... Kick back, put your headphones on and Pump Up Tha Volume!

Bad Suns
"Cardiac Arrest"
'Transpose' EP
Vagrant, 2014
Note: "Bad Suns formed in 2012 in Woodland Hills, California. The bandmembers were all relatively young, ranging in age from 19 to 22, but had taken cues for their sound from '70s and '80s post-punk pioneers like the Cure and Elvis Costello. The band blended the angsty songwriting influence of these legends with a more contemporary look into hook-heavy indie rock to form the basis of their extremely catchy sound... An EP entitled Transpose materialized in early 2014 on the Vagrant label, which signed Bad Suns for the release of their full-length debut..."
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"Losers Can Win"
'Losers Can Win' EP
Prototyp Recording & Bang ehf, 2014
Note: "Starwalker combines the synth-pop skills of Air's "Sexy Boy," Jean-Benoît Dunckel, and Icelandic composer/producer Barði Jóhannsson (Bang Gang, Lady & Bird), both of whom have a history of scoring well-received films and crafting alluring tunes. Now they've joined forces for the Losers Can Win EP, out March 18 via Prototyp Recording & Bang ehf. Nearly 23 minutes of electronic excellence, Losers Can Win opens with a motivational title track carried by Dunckel's sultry-as-a-slinky-gown vocals..."
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Hercules & Love Affair
"Do You Feel The Same?"
'The Feast of the Broken Heart'
Moshi Moshi, 2014
Note: "Led by producer Andy Butler, Hercules & Love Affair’s four-on-the-floor blend of nu-disco and house grows more and more diverse with each addition to its rotating cast of characters... Led by a slithering, pulsating bassline, ["Do You Feel The Same?"] picks up where the Chicago house-based Blue Songs left off, employing sleek synths and house-style piano that accentuate the song’s pristine bounce." The NY-based collective first blew up on DFA with an Antony Hegarty-sung song.
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S. Carey
"Crown The Pines"
'Range of Light'
Jagjaguwar, 2014
Note: Wow, S. Carey kicked off our second episode just over two years ago! "Bon Iver associate and multi-instrumentalist S. Carey is releasing his new solo album, Range of Light, on April 1st through Jagjaguwar. The album was recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Wisconsin and finds Carey expanding on the airy arrangements of 2012′s Hoyas EP. Our latest glimpse at the new record comes courtesy of “Crown the Pines”, a delicate, but richly layered number that sounds like a cross between Vernon and Sufjan Stevens. Tingling keys, xylophone, strings, and vocals lace and interlock with one another, forging a serene and blissful soundscape."
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Esme Patterson
"Never Chase A Man"
'Woman to Woman'
Greater Than, 2014
Note: "On Esme Patterson‘s second solo release, “Woman to Woman,” the Denver singer-songwriter takes the perspective of some of music’s most iconic female characters. Download “Never Chase a Man,” a song from the perspective of Dolly Parton’s Jolene... On Esme Patterson‘s new album, “Woman to Woman,” she assumes the perspective of characters like Jolene. This album theme originated while learning the Townes Van Zandt song “Loretta.” Patterson grew angry that Loretta’s perspective is never known, that so many love songs are one sided. Perhaps, she thought, the story would be totally different if anyone ever asked Loretta, or Jolene, or The Beatles Eleanor Rigby what they thought."
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Ramona Lisa
"Backwards and Upwards"
Terrible, 2014
Note: "Last month Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, who has become one of Brooklyn’s most in-demand collaborators in recent years, announced her debut solo album as Ramona Lisa. It’s called Arcadia, it was recorded on a laptop in Rome, and it represents Polachek’s stab at “pastoral electronic music.” We already heard the eerie title track; now comes a second single, a clattering, dystopian electro-pop tune called “Backwards And Upwards.”"
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Pattern is Movement
'Pattern is Movement'
Hometapes, 2014
Note: "Pattern Is Movement will end its nearly six-year silence this spring. On April 1, Hometapes will release the Philadelphia-bred project's fourth album, a self-titled, 10-track effort that follows 2008's All Together. After undergoing various lineup and stylistic changes, Pattern Is Movement has settled into an R&B-mining duo featuring founding members Andrew Thiboldeaux (Rhodes piano, synth, bass, and vocals) and Christopher Ward (drums). To promote their upcoming effort, the studio-savvy shape-shifters have announced a month-long tour of the U.S. and shared the record's opening track, "River." Blending peppy piano, thick low-end buzz, and the kinds of vocal acrobatics usually associated with Dirty Projectors, the new single offers an inviting look at what Thiboldeaux and Ward have been brewing for the past few years."
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G. Love & Special Sauce
"Cheating Heart"
Brushfire, 2014
Note: "G. Love & Special Sauce will spend 2014 celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their self-titled debut with a brand new album built on the trio’s signature hip-hop blues sound. Sugar, which will be released on April 22nd via Brushfire Records, reunites original members G. Love, upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens for the first time in eight years. The band has also confirmed a 45-date U.S. tour, and will perform their first album, G. Love & Special Sauce, in it’s entirety during the first set of each show. The 1994 classic album features some favorite fan hits including “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce.”" One of the best concerts I ever saw was G. Love at my college in spring 1997. It was the last time they had a free, open-air, come-and-go-as-you-please show on campus which is exactly what made it great. Even some members of the band Live were hanging out!
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Baseball Project
"From Nails To Thumbtacks"
Yep Roc, 2014
Note: "Sports and rock music haven’t always been a winning combo, but the members of The Baseball Project’s earnest enthusiasm for the sport and musical pedigree produces one of the most consistently enjoyable musical tributes to sports... The subject of “From Nails to Thumbtacks” is Mets/Phillies center fielder Lenny “Nails” Dykstra, whose post-baseball years were filled with as many downs as his career was with ups." It's Scott McCaughey of Minus 5, Peter Buck AND Mike Mills of R.E.M. plus Linda Pitman of Zuzu’s Petals!
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'When We're Gone'
self-released, 2014
Note: "It’s been five years since BettySoo bubbled out of the Austin scene with Heat Sin Water Skin. Her third album garnered raves for its mix of country, folk, and pop, earning comparisons to fellow Austin tour-de-force Patty Griffin... “Listen” kicks off When We’re Gone with orchestral flourishes and a slowly building groove." And her fourth solo album is a crowdfunding success story, too!
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"Waking Light"
'Morning Phase'
Capitol, 2014
Note: Making his second appearance on PUTV after the first tease from his latest record came from last August, it's the chameleon known as Beck Hansen. "The idea that Morning Phase is a “companion piece of sorts”—to quote directly from a press release—to Beck’s 2002 album, Sea Change, is a nice way of saying he’s decided to re-explore the same musical terrain more than a decade later. For those enamored of Beck at his saddest, it’s a welcome return... the album is not all Bummertown...Album-ender “Waking Light” even makes a vague attempt to praise dawn’s early light, suggesting that Beck might’ve worked his way through some shit here, just as he clearly did a decade ago."
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"A Long Day"
'The Colors of Black'
self-released, 2014
Note: "It’s been almost two years since MaLLy’s debut album The Last Great introduced the world to the boastful Minneapolis rapper, but today [April 8] the MC finally unveiled his follow-up LP The Colors of Black online where it can be streamed for free. The project highlights MaLLy‘s raw, realistic wordplay, painting images of gritty urban neighborhoods over ominous instrumentals and dense rhymes" We heard from Mally way the eff back on lucky Episode007 where he shared a track with another PUTV alum that we also just heard new music from, K.Raydio!
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"Dirty Thing"
No-Count, 2014
Note: "In 2011, Vibragun was formed, a few songs were recorded and the band was headed for a trip to SXSW — simple enough, right? But not long after, in 2013, Berstrom went through a family tragedy, losing his grandmother. ”I started to find I couldn’t focus on anything and I kept telling myself I was handling it, but it pushed me over the edge,” he explained. After seeking treatment for depression and alcohol abuse, Berstrom went on, thankfully, to release the 8-track self-titled record in January 2014... On the song “Dirty Thing”, for example, there is a recognition that we must understand what’s good and happy, as well as what’s hard and, yes, sad. “If you don’t look down, that’s a dirty thing,” the opening lyrics note."
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This week's b-sides: Snowmine, Eels, Robert Ellis, Work Drugs, Mac DeMarco, The Shilohs, Charlie Hickey, Moses Sumney, Israel Nash and Shovels & Rope

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
@BryanFerry playing live at #Portland's @Portland_5 #Schnitzer Auditorium #roxymusic #slavetolove #morethanthis
Download @GirlTalk's new collaborative EP with Philadelphia rapper Freeway
@TheFaint's long-awaited new album '#DoomAbuse' out today; "Does it abuse you? Oh yeah…"
@Damonalbarn says new Gorillaz album will "almost definitely happen"
Review: @tedleo and @aimeemann double your power-pop pleasure as 'The Both'
10 Albums to Stream: Slint, @theafghanwhigs, Woods, the Both, and more
Morrissey's 'World Peace Is None of Your Business' track list might outdo its title
The Smiths talk recording "How Soon Is Now?" in an exclusive excerpt from 'Mad World,' an oral history on new wave
For all you punx out there this @CherryRedGroup @DeadKennedys 7 x 7" singles box set 79-82 is a must for #RSD14
“@RollingStone: Kim Gordon just joined Nirvana onstage to sing "Aneurysm" #rockhall2014” #mediamemes
Photo of @KimletGordon fronting @Nirvana at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction last night #Nirvana
Joan Jett, Lorde, Kim Gordon and St. Vincent joined the living members of Nirvana to perform at #RockHall2014
#MurderAndMayhem / #MediaMemes: #Pistorius Murder Trial Cites @KendrickLamar Song #BitchDontKillMyVibe as Evidence
Celebrities are reportedly being paid thousands to attend @coachella, and Aaron Paul may be looking for a sponsor
Watch the #Coachella live stream, starring @Outkast, @beck, @ArcadeFire @Pharrell, and more

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

#NewWorldNextWeek: #Episode189 - More Good News, Seawater Fuel, #BloodMoon

Fri, 2014-04-11 01:46 Episode189 -
More Good News, Seawater Fuel, Blood Moon

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: Metgasco's Gas Exploration Well Delayed After Protesters Block Entrance to Bentley Site
Video: Will You Show Up? I Showed up! #BentleyBlockade
Introducing "The Spark"
There's Now a Flying Wind Turbine That Doubles As Wi-Fi
Japan, U.S. Fail to Move Closer Over TPP Before Obama Visit
Toyota Becoming More Efficient By Replacing Robots With Humans
Climate Scientist Ridicules U.N. Report as Junk
Soda Sales Rapidly Decline Across the U.S.; Down 20% Since 1998
Do you always agree with the topics newspaper editors choose to cover?

Story #2: US Navy 'Game-Changer': Converting Seawater Into Fuel
BlackLight Power Announces Sustained Production of Electricity Using Photovoltaic Conversion
US Navy to Test Futuristic Super-Fast Gun at Sea in 2016

Story #3: Four Blood Moons: Does Alignment of Mars, Earth and Sun Mean the End of the World is Nigh?
Dateline Israel : Signs in the Heavens of a Four Blood Moon Tetrad in 2014 and 2015
Joel 2:31 (King James Version)
Video: Reagan's Astrologer
It's not an alien invasion, it's Operation Blue Beam

Other #NewWorldNextWeek News:
Italy's Bishops Pass Vatican-Backed Rule That Child Molestation Does Not Have to Be Reported
Triathlete Injured By "Hacked" Camera Drone
Eric Harroun, American Jihadist Who Fought in Syria, Dies Suddenly
Media Monarchy: Interview w/ Jefferey Jaxen on 'Divergent'

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@PumpUpThaVolume: #Episode105 - #Nirvana

Sat, 2014-04-05 18:48

"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode105 - Nirvana which features brand new sounds from Young Fathers, Mac DeMarco, Löwin, Sam Smith, Spanish Gold, Split Single, The Both, East India Youth, Thievery Corporation, Stepdad, Tycho, Big Scary, Peach Kings and Pack A.D....


Previous: Episode104 - Heavy And Steady

♬Liner Notes♬: It's just plain providence that we get to call this week's episode "Nirvana". It was twenty years ago that we lost Kurt Cobain and the whole world's been looking for a reason and a replacement ever since. We can only wonder what we'd all be like if it didn't go down that way, but it did. Let's just wonder what the hell he'd think about today's new music from Sam Smith, Thievery Corporation, Young Fathers - and three, that's right three new supergroups! "C'mon people now, smile on your brother" - and let's reach "Nirvana"!

Young Fathers
"Get Up"
Anticon, 2014
Note: "The opening line of “Get Up” – ”Got no past no future/Fumbling through the ether” – is about as good as an introduction there is to the Scottish hip hop group Young Fathers... “Get Up” is one of the more immediate tracks on [debut full-length] Dead, pushing the trio’s shadowy production into an uptempo pulse while keeping the dissonant flourishes that color the rest of their catalog." We last heard the Scottish trio back on Episode050.
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Mac DeMarco
"Passing Out Pieces"
'Salad Days'
Captured Tracks, 2014
Note: Let's say hello to Mac DeMarco, "a Canadian musician born in Duncan, British Columbia. Formerly recording as Makeout Videotape, he has produced three solo albums, Rock and Roll Night Club, 2, and Salad Days." ""Passing Out Pieces" sounds like DeMarco finally acknowledging his predilection for the wrong crowd, contrasting a bit of self-reckoning with that omnipresent, gap-tooted smile... It's a guy who sounds like he's about to share his darkest secrets and then orders another round of shots." Here's a longer review from Spin.
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"Heave Ho"
self-released, 2014
Note: Originally a member of The Couch, Sara Houser is breaking out on her own. "The Couch turned into Otis The Destroyer, while Houser recruited some friends for Löwin. The name is German for “lioness,” but Houser sticks to a Texan pronunciation of “Low-in.” The band’s debut single, “Heave Ho,” is hot off the presses, just in time for Löwin’s own live debut on Sunday, April 6. They’ll open up for Otis The Detroyer... Löwin still shares musical DNA with Houser’s former outfit, and the hard-charging “Heave Ho” is the perfect example. It will have to tide you over until Löwin drops its debut EP this summer."
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Sam Smith
'Nirvana EP'
PMR, 2013
Note: Sam Smith has been so on-the-edge of blowing up for awhile now that I thought we already gave him a spin here on PUTV - but we hadn't! "Sam Smith is a 22-year-old British singer blessed with golden pipes and cursed with chronic melancholy... He just happens to be able to express joy well. “Nirvana” is a refreshing exhale buoyed by a momentous chorus." You may also have seen him performing on that over-rated live comedy show last weekend with Louis C.K., too...
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Spanish Gold
"Out on the Street"
'South of Nowhere'
BMG/Del Mar, 2014
Note: "It may be trite to define a tune as "genre-bending," but every once in a while, you come across the real deal. Such is the case with Spanish Gold's "Out on the Street," a heady number that slinks along like Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me," trading in synth-goofiness for tight bursts of Black Keys guitar. Spanish Gold consists of My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, ex-Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada and guitarist/vocalist Dante Schwebel of Hacienda... the group self-produced the release with the help of Collin Dupuis (Jeff the Brotherhood, Bombino)."
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Split Single
"Waiting For The Sun"
'Fragmented World'
Inside Outside, 2014
Note: "Following a break from playing in [Bob] Mould’s band, [Jason] Narducy put together a bunch of original songs that he had been kicking around. He then called two of his closest friends in the music world–Britt Daniel (Spoon, Divine Fits) and Jon Wurster (the Mountain Goats, Superchunk)–to flesh out the sound. The team-up is billed as Split Single, and Narducy approached their debut, Fragmented World, more like a fun weekend recording project than an actual band... “Waiting For The Sun” kicks the record off with moody intensity, building a small orchestra in the verses before exploding into catharsis on the chorus. Side projects are a great way to hear musicians let their hair down a bit, but Split Single is more than that: it’s a great introduction to a veteran underground hero."
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The Both
"No Sir"
'The Both'
Super Ego, 2014
Note: "Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s friendship began years ago, but they truly bonded over a misspelled hashtag on Twitter: “#dumbie.” The back-and-forth between the two eventually led them to tour together in 2012. Mann said it was Leo’s solo sets that opened up Mann’s interest of collaborating... “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band,” Mann said about the collaboration."
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East India Youth
"Heaven, How Long"
'Total Strife Forever'
Stolen Recordings/PIAS, 2014
Note: "Previously the lead singer of folksters Doyle and The Fourfathers, [East India Youth’s William] Doyle found himself repeatedly abandoning his acoustic guitar for his laptop compositions, which ended up becoming his main outlet not long after his group’s dissolution... his admirers include Brian Eno and The Quietus editor John Doran, who started a record label for the express purpose of releasing Doyle’s...album that alternates between brooding laments and minimalist, Reich-esque instrumentals to convey its full-blooded take on loss. At the center of that album is “Heaven, How Long”, a six-minute melancholic swell that showcases Doyle’s talent for toeing the line between being robotic and human, anthemic and insular, hopeful and hopeless."
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"Running (Does That Mean You Care?)"
'Strange Tonight' EP
Quite Scientific, 2014
Note: "Stepdad formed in the summer of 2009 in Chicago when roommates Ryan McCarthy and ultramark began working on electro-pop recordings in their apartment... The group self-released their first EP Ordinaire digitally, and toured regionally in support of the release. Support slots for more established bands like Passion Pit and Fitz & the Tantrums helped bring Stepdad to the attention of more fans."
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Thievery Corporation
"Depth of My Soul" (w/ Shana Halligan)
ESL, 2014
Note: "Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza offer a vibey, transfixingly contemporary take on saudade with Saudade (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee"), their seventh full-length album. Since 1996's Songs From the Thievery Hi-Fi, which was dedicated to composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thievery has explored every square foot of the intersection where bossa nova and electronic sample manipulation meet." Does this sound like Lana Del Rey? No, Cassie says it's more like Portishead...
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Ghostly, 2014
Note: "For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen, but with the release of Awake – his second LP for Ghostly International – the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. Relating closer to post-rock than ambient soundscapes, the record is situated in the present, sounding more like Hansen than drawing from his influences. “This is, in many ways, the first true Tycho record.”... [The SF-based producer is] Also known for his design work as ISO50, Hansen’s visual and sonic efforts have dovetailed throughout the course of his career."
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Big Scary
"Twin Rivers"
'Twin Rivers' EP
Barsuk, 2013
Note: "Australian duo Big Scary make atmospheric, intimate pop music that combines acoustic, electric, and electronic sounds. Formed in Melbourne in 2006, Big Scary feature Tom Iansek and Joanna Syme, who share lead vocal duties. The band recorded several EPs before releasing their debut full-length album, Vacation, in 2011. In 2013, Big Scary returned with their sophomore effort, Not Art." They also just won the Australian Music Prize!
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Peach Kings
"Be Around"
'Mojo Thunder' EP
self-released, 2014
Note: We heard from the Peach Kings way back on Episode034 in November 2012! "When Paige Wood and Steven Dies initially met in San Francisco a few years ago, they had no idea how deep their connection would go... Now based in L.A., the Peach Kings are readying their new EP, Mojo Thunder, out June 3. The duo work together in their practice space, slowly building songs around scraps of guitar riffs that Dies writes. On “Be Around,” you can hear hip-hop as a major influence. The song unfolds with a hypnotic groove, marrying heavy beats with Dies’ bluesy guitar style and Wood’s fiery performance." And we thank them for the retweet love!
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Pack A.D.
"Big Shot"
'Do Not Engage'
Nettwerk, 2014
Note: "Visceral angst is juxtaposed with playfulness - a theme threading the 11-tracks from the Vancouver duo’s fifth album, Do Not Engage. Even as the Pack A.D. deliver “Big Shot’s” muscular rock anthem declaring the end of accepting indignity, it’s clear the band wants to have fun. Drummer Maya Miller joyfully attacks her drums as guitarist/vocalist Becky Black bashes her six strings. Ferocity meets pop hookiness... Producer Jim Diamond (the White Stripes, the Dirtbombs, Electric Six, The Mooney Suzuki) expertly mixes the push and pull of unhinged power with infectious choruses into what Miller describes as “really loud, fun punk rock.”"
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This week's b-sides: St. Vincent, Hurray For The Riff Raff, FAMY, Kaiser Chiefs, Stone Jack Jones, KINS, And The Professors and Leopold And His Fiction

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
The "Godfather of House" Frankie Knuckles has passed away
Video Rewind: Beastie Boys end six-year hiatus with gripping performance on Letterman in 2004
Slipknot tragically linked to the Fort Hood shooter
Johnny Rotten will star in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'
The fascinating tale of Hong Kong's best record collection
The War on Drugs and Destroyer join the lineup for @Pickathon Music Festival 2014
The flying saucer landed at the 9:30 club! kraftwerk #kraftwerk930
MT @pitchforkmedia: @MIAuniverse and @JanelleMonae perform "Bad Girls" and "Q.U.E.E.N." together... as holograms
THERE IS NO OTHER TIME is top-40, with your help we can move it up and well and truly KLAX the charts. LET'S DO IT
Download a collection of singles from Those Darlins
Billy Corgan: new @SmashingPumpkin song "Tiberius" includes an "epic wizard part"
Glastonbury announces its lineup
Jack White, @Skrillex, @Pixies, and @RobertPlant will join @arcadefire and many more at @GlastoFest 2014
Jack White announces new solo album, Lazaretto
Jack White will record and release "Lazaretto" in one day — can @thirdmanrecords make the World's Fastest Record?
Check out the artwork for Michael Jackson's first posthumous album
Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, Nas, Q-Tip, Stevie Nicks, Kiss, more will appear on @FallonTonight
In this 1995 piece, @DavidBowieReal, @IggyPop, Joey Ramone, and many more remember Kurt Cobain and @Nirvana
Foo Fighters pay tribute to Kurt Cobain

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

Interview w/ @JeffereyJaxen on '@Divergent'

Fri, 2014-04-04 18:35
Admittedly inspired by the Milgram Experiment, Veronica Roth's 'Divergent' is making easy money at the box office - but do the bad reviews show that youth are rejecting this latest batch of predictive programming? Writer/researcher Jefferey Jaxen joins us to talk about - not only this dauntless manipulation of media - but some of the ways we are winning and growing stronger.


#NewWorldNextWeek: Episode188 - Good News Next Week

Thu, 2014-04-03 19:08 Episode188 - Good News Next Week
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:

Monsanto’s ‘Healthier Environment’ Ads Banned in South Africa

South Africans Erase Bad Credit History

China Destroys Illegal GMO Crop Trials on Hainan Island

Brazil Looks to Ban Monsanto’s Roundup, Other Toxicity Risks

GMO Cultivation Declines in Developed Nations for First Time in 18 Years

Volunteer Gardeners Help Texas Community Garden Grow

Open Sourcing the Food, Nutrition, and Supplement Industries

Team of Scientists Release ‘Global Warming’ Counter Report

Japan Told to Halt Antarctic Whaling by International Court

Texas Researcher: Peaches Inhibit Breast Cancer Metastasis in Mice

Deaf 40-Year-Old Woman Hears Sound for First Time

Study Shows We Work Harder If We’re Given Chocolate

American University Students Walk Out on ‘War Criminal’ Cheney

In Thailand, A New Kind of Protest

Dotcom Launches Internet Party

Kim Kardashian Goes Political re: Armenian Genocide

From Zionism to Peace Activism

13 Wisconsin Cities Vote YES to Overturning Citizens United

R**skins Owner Dan Snyder Ridiculed by Native Leader for Promise of Aid

Sen. Harry Reid Predicts R**skins Name Changes Within Three Years

F.C.C. to Free Airwaves for Wi-Fi and Wireless Broadband

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