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@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode128 - #NewBeat

Sun, 2014-09-28 12:42

♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode128 - New Beat which features brand new sounds from Tropical Depression, Foxygen, n. Lannon, Tom Vek, Braid, Makthaverskan, You Me & Apollo, Generationals, Bishop Allen, Mariachi El Bronx, Slow Club, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Cookie Rabinowitz and Frazey Ford...


Previous: Episode127 - Like That

♬Liner Notes♬: Fall gets going with the Project Pabst Music Festival here in Portland, but we've got a "New Beat" from all around the world in the latest sounds from Mariachi El Bronx, Foxygen, Generationals, Tom Vek, Braid, Frazey Ford and tons more on PUTV!

Tropical Depression
"How It Feelz" (w/ Lisa McGuire)
'Tropical Depression'
Tunecore, 2014
Notes: "When you hear the name Tropical Depression, it may not sound like something joyful to let loose on your ears, but in all honesty, the Minneapolis band's self-titled debut is a wonderful treat. Their sound is sunny, blissed-out guitar synth-pop that has plenty of neat, slo-mo hooks. The album and band don't seem to take themselves too seriously either, which is such a rarity nowadays." This one snuck past me last week, so we're kicking off Fall with a Tropical Depression!

"How Can You Really"
'...And Star Power'
Jagjaguwar, 2014
Notes: "Foxygen have announced their latest LP, the follow-up to 2013's excellent We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. It's titled ...And Star Power, and arrives October 14 via Jagjaguwar. It consists of 24 tracks. A promotional image released by the band, pictured above, describes the album as a "svelte 82-minute run time of psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, soft-rock indulgences, D&D doomrock and paranoid bathroom rompers" and "a cinematic auditory adventure for speedy freaks, skull krunchers, abductees and misfits". "A gaggle of guest stars" are promised. Foxygen have also shared the video for "How Can You Really", the album's first single." We last heard Foxygen on Episodes044/051.

n. Lannon
'Falling Inside'
Badman, 2015
Notes: "In addition to his roles in the indie rock band Film School and the synth-pop duo Sacred Caves, San Francisco songwriter Nyles Lannon crafts intricate, crystalline bedroom pop, currently under the moniker n.Lannon. Initially experimenting with ambient music...Lannon’s ambient experiences run throughout “Dreamer”, an energetic, psychedelic stomper. The song’s sections come together seamlessly, snapping together with a precision that emphasizes Lannon’s attention to tone while his soft, melodic vocals flow across crisp, acoustic guitar. As Lannon whispers “I’m just a dreamer” during the songs hazy bridge, it feels like a culmination of the tension between the percussive rhythms and ethereal textures, augmenting each other to form something as direct as it is hypnotic."

Tom Vek
"Pushing Your Luck"
Moshi Moshi, 2014
Notes: "British dance-pop artist Tom Vek...first turned heads with his debut record, 2005’s We Have Sound. There was a five year wait before his sophomore followup, Leisure Seizure, which gave the musician a chance to grow his sound and mature. On the self-produced Luck, Vek perfects his sing-talk lyrical delivery and his unique brand of driving experimental sounds, a marriage of cacophonous production and twenty-tens attitude."

"East End Hollows"
'No Coast'
Topshelf, 2014
Notes: "Along with Cap'n Jazz and the Promise Ring, Braid helped cultivate the uncorked, spastically energetic 1990s emo strain that's now suddenly one of the most blogworthy around, resulting in thinkpieces and debates and generally extensive coverage over the last year from practically everyone. However, No Coast, Braid's first proper full-length in 16 years, seems to largely ignore both the stuttered, experimental tendencies they first adopted from early post-hardcore and the hallmarks current emo revival bands would borrow heavily from in favor of its own voice."

Run For Cover, 2014
Notes: "Exchanging brute force for cascading, gorgeous tones, Makthaverskan’s punk roots shine through the intensity of their performances, particularly those of singer Maja Milner. Formed when the band members were still in their teens in Gothenburg, Sweden... by the time their second album, II, was released in Sweden, the band had already achieved a level of fame at home. Boasting an absolutely crushing chorus, “Asleep” stands as one of the band’s most immediate and quintessential tracks thus far."

You Me & Apollo
"Don’t Sleep For Free"
'Sweet Honey'
AA Duel Monopoly, 2014
Notes: "That soulful voice you hear belongs to 24 year-old Brent Cowles – all glasses, gauges, mustache, and corkscrewy hair – who looks more fit to lead a psych-rock outfit than the roots-folk band You Me & Apollo... Cowles started what was a solo project in 2007 in the band’s hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. Since then, the project has become a five-member band and recently released their sophomore album, Sweet Honey...coming from producer Jeff Powell, who has worked with artists from Sharon Jones to Bob Dylan. “Don’t Sleep For Free” combines Cowles’ Otis Redding and Sam Cooke inspired vocals with the catchiness of contemporary indie folk à la The Head and the Heart."

"Gold Silver Diamond"
Polyvinyl, 2014
Notes: "When New Orleans duo Generationals went into the studio to record their fourth album, Alix, out September 16, they knew they wanted to shake up the comfortable rhythm reached after nearly a decade of writing together. Enter producer Richard Swift, who has worked with notable acts including The Shins and Foxygen, and who, rather than rebuilding the songs, simply tweaked and tightened them into a more cohesive and confident sound. “Gold Silver Diamond,” the first single from Alix, is perfect for a summer evening. Think of it as an ambient electro soundtrack to the segue from day to night. Enjoy it with a fruity frozen cocktail and as many bikini-clad cohorts as you can find." We last heard Generationals on Episode062 of PUTV.

Bishop Allen
"Why I Had To Go"
'Lights Out'
Dead Oceans, 2014
Notes: "On August 15th, Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Bishop Allen [released] Lights Out, their first new album in five years. The four-piece previously shared the chirpy and hopeful “Start Again”, and today, they return with “Why I Had To Go”. In an interview with Noisey, frontman Justin Rice said of the wistful ballad: “It’s very literally a song about coming and going from New York City, but it’s also about what it feels like to be a little bit older and look back—the ambivalence that you feel. How you sort of cherish these moments that you had but also feel a certain amount of nostalgia and you cringe a bit.”"

Mariachi El Bronx
"New Beat"
'Mariachi El Bronx (III)'
ATO, 2014
Notes: "Mariachi El Bronx is the alter-ego of US hardcore band The Bronx. '(III)' is the third in a series of self-titled LPs, following 2011's '(II)'. Recorded at Haunted Hallow Studios in Charlottesville, Virginia, it was produced by John Avila (Oingo Boingo), who co-produced (I) and (II) with the band... Mariachi El Bronx will also tour [the UK] this December as main support to Gogol Bordello."

Slow Club
"Complete Surrender"
'Complete Surrender'
Wichita, 2014
Notes: "Coming on like Sheffield’s very own two-person take on The Commitments, Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor’s third album sees them loading up the big soul guns for a shot at the mainstream. On their first LP away from indie Moshi Moshi, Slow Club are now packing a string section and perky brass army, some heavy heartache and, in Colin Elliot, a producer that made his name working with the North’s king of sweeping orchestral sound and greaser-blues, Richard Hawley."

Asteroids Galaxy Tour
"Bring Us Together"
'Bring Us Together'
Hot Bus, 2014
Notes: "Danish pop group The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for having its delicious electro-pop single “Around The Bend” featured in an Apple commercial for the iPod Touch in 2008. Since then, the group has consistently released enjoyable pop tunes, and next week will release its third album, Bring Us Together, which you can stream exclusively on Billboard..."

Cookie Rabinowitz
"Fall In Philadelphia"
self-released/Atlantic, 2014
Notes: "Philly soul singer Cookie Rabinowitz has done the unthinkable... He’s taken on the Hall & Oates classic, “Fall In Philadelphia.” The original “Fall” appeared on Hall & Oates’ 1972 debut album, Whole Oats. It became one of the band’s most enduring songs from their earlier albums, despite the fact that it was never released as a single... Rabinowitz manages to maintain the soul of the song amidst the rhythmic clang of what sounds like pots and pans, lots of hand claps, layers of harmonies, flourishes of warm keyboards and a unexpected near wah-wah guitar solo. It’s very Prince-esque – and just different and good enough to let Rabinowitz slide for having the nerve to cover the song at all." Or, like Philly folks say, "This jawn just gets better with each track."

Frazey Ford
'Indian Ocean'
Nettwerk, 2014
Notes: "Folk artist Frazey Ford lives just about close enough to Seattle to call her local without actually residing in the United States. The Vancouver, BC, singer-songwriter is also a founding member of alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas. Although she describes herself as a country-folk musician, for her sophomore solo effort, Ford weaves in soul, jazz, and R&B influences inspired by icons like Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway." We heard "September Fields" from Frazey back in August on the super-sized Episode122 - AND I get to interview her in a few weeks for my day job! Check out my YouTube playlist for other recent interview sessions with folks like Mike Doughty and - next week, Conor Oberst and Justin Townes Earle!

This week's B-sides: Israel Nash, Possessed By Paul James, Kevin Morby, Kat Edmonson and Mark Mallman

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
#AlbumOfTheDay: Alt-J (@alt_J) - 'This Is All Yours'
#AlbumOfTheDay: @AphexTwin - 'Syro'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Dntel (@JimmyTamborello) - 'Human Voice'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Rural Alberta Advantage (@RuralAlberta) - 'Mended With Gold'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Leonard Cohen (@LeonardCohen74) - 'Popular Problems'
@KendrickLamar drops “I”, stuns world
Listen to the @flyinglotus catalogue via @Spotify, including the newly added album 'Until The Quiet Comes'
Get LP details + hear a new song from His Name Is Alive, "African Violet Casts A Spell"
@thomyorke is releasing a surprise solo album called Tomorrow's Modern Boxes via BitTorrent
Morrissey has some very provocative new merch
It's the 20th anniv of REM's Monster; Ween’s C&C; Massive Attack's Protection; debuts from DMB, Veruca Salt, Brandy
The legal battle between Beastie Boys and Monster Energy drink is the subject of new lawsuits
A documentary on influential lo-fi collective Elephant 6 is seeking funds to finish the film
Urban Outfitters say they're now the world's biggest seller of vinyl records
Album art for deluxe edition of @U2's 'Songs of Innocence' even worse than original cover art
@HuntingOwls photo of when @NickCave met @JnnyG in Soho NYC goes viral
#ACDC have announced their first album without Malcolm Young, who is reportedly in a nursing home for dementia
"I can't even remember if we were lovers..." @violentfemmes at @projectpabst

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

#NewWorldNextWeek: Episode205 - #Scotland In Dependence, #Pope Dope, Committing #Pesticide

Sat, 2014-09-27 12:16 Episode205 -
Scotland In Dependence, Pope Dope, Committing Pesticide

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: Scottish Referendum Vote-Rigging Claims Spark Calls for Recount
Video: Proof ‘Scotland Independence Vote’ Was Rigged?

Story #2: Caught Again! Cocaine & Cannabis Haul Hidden in Vatican Car Seized by French Police
The Pope Is Dope! Police Seize Vatican Car Carrying Four Kilos of Cocaine Worth £150,000
Former Vatican Ambassador Arrested Over Child Sex Abuse Allegations
CIA Plane in Big Aussie-American Heroin Bust

Story #3: Altered to Withstand Herbicide, Dow's Chemical Corn and Soybeans Gain Approval
USDA Approves New GE Corn and Soy, Triggering Onslaught of Millions of Pounds More Pesticides
Approval of 2,4-D Tolerant Crops Speeds up Agrichemical Treadmill
Dr. Oz Warns About Dangers of GMO Pesticide Enlist Duo, Petitions White House
Video: 5 GMO Myths Busted
Goodbye to Grass-Fed Beef? GMO Grass Seed Soon to be Approved for Commercial Use
Pharmaceutical Giant GlaxoSmithKline Dumps Live Polio Virus into Belgian Water
Another One Bites the Dust as Annie’s Homegrown Sells Out to General Mills
General Mills to Close Two Plants to Cut Costs
Pabst Blue Ribbon Sell Out to Russian Beverage Company Oasis for $700M+

#NewWorldNextWeek Updates: Mysterious Georgia Guidestones Get Strange '2014' Update
US Claims There’s a Much Scarier Terrorist Group Than ISIS Called Khorasan

#SimpsonsSyncs: 'Tapped Out', Mapped Out and Making Media Monarchy

Visit to get previous episodes in various formats to download, burn and share. And as always, stay up-to-date by subscribing to the feeds from Corbett Report here and Media Monarchy here. Thank you.

Previous: SWIFT Alternatives, Audit the Fed Again, Good News Grab Bag

Blooded The Brave Drops "Sabotage" Truth Music on GMO's, 9/11

Wed, 2014-09-24 16:39
from On this anniversary of 9/11 - We remember and we will never forget...what brought us to where we are today. Questions still remain about the event that has lead to a world of endless war and constant fear. Song Available on Spotify Music Player:

.@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode127 - #LikeThat

Sun, 2014-09-21 17:47

♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode127 - Like That which features brand new sounds from Tennis, Tony Allen & Damon Albarn, Sebastien Tellier, Crash, Hooray for Earth, Matt Kivel, Odessa, Flowers, White Fence, Christian Gregory, Califone, JJ, Dendé and Deep Sea Diver...


Previous: Episode126 - Goldmine

♬Liner Notes♬: It's the official end of summer this weekend so let's blow it big w/ White Fence, Tennis, Tony Allen & Damon Albarn, Odessa, Dendé, Deep Sea Diver and tons more!

"I'm Callin'"
'Ritual In Repeat'
Communion, 2014
Notes: "Tennis, the romantically intwined pop-rock duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley...worked with a trio of well-known producers on this album: Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, Jim Eno of Spoon, and Richard Swift of the Shins. “I’m Callin’,” the latest single from Ritual, is a Carney production. It exists in the same breathy space as Haim’s Days Are Gone, where classic rock and radio pop commingle freely into casual grooves and contented sighs. It’s a breezy little track..." This the Denver duo's fourth bow on PUTV cuz it's #LikeThat... And we gave them some #AlbumOfTheDay love, too!

Tony Allen
"Go Back (w/ Damon Albarn)"
'Film of Life'
JazzVillage, 2014
Notes: "For his tenth album, the human metronome of Afrobeat has pulled out all the stops. At his side are the trio of producers The Jazzbastards and fellow world-class musicians, including Albarn, who continues to build pioneering bridges between Africa and today’s music scene. On Film of Life, Tony Allen has given us a true self-portrait, an overview of his rich and exemplary career that brings together bebop, Afrobeat, jazz and psychedelic pop. As Fela Kuti has claimed, “Without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat.”"

Sebastien Tellier
"Sous Les Rayons Du Soleil"
'L' Aventura'
Because, 2014
Notes: "Sébastien Tellier has never been one to shy away from huge concepts. Since launching his career in 2001 with an assist from his pals in the frothy French pop duo Air, he’s laden his albums with the weight of terms like Politics and Sexuality. Even when he’s taking a more personal tack, like on 2012’s My God Is Blue, he still supplies lofty backstories, and his new record, L’Aventura, is no different: the album is supposed to be a musical reimagining of his childhood, a fantasy inspired by the sights of sounds of Brazil rather than the reality of his French home."

"Motion Animal"
'Hardly Criminal'
Community Music, 2014
Notes: "Hardly Criminal is an eclectic amalgam of all the music that has come into [Christopher Richard aka] crash’s path since his childhood in Louisiana... The album’s first single “Motion Animal,” will be recognizable to fans of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros where crash has served as a backing vocalist over the last two years..."

Hooray for Earth
Dovecote, 2014
Notes: "The band name Hooray for Earth might suggest some dry cynicism, but the New York-based synth-pop-rock group belonging to that title are a genuinely optimistic group. Despite releasing their debut album, True Loves, in 2011, they’ve been around since 2005... Racy’s seventh track, “Airs,” is a testament to the album’s design. Heroux worked with producer Chris Coady (whose previous collaborators include Beach House, TV On The Radio, Blonde Redhead and countless other indie mainstays) to put together a tightly ominous and expansive track full of fuzzed out, distorted guitar, heavy bass, and a strong dose of blurry feedback."

Matt Kivel
"Open Road"
'Days of Being Wild'
Woodsist, 2014
Notes: "Matt Kivel says that his second solo album “Days of Being Wild” was inspired by bouts of listening to classic rock, so the directness and simplicity in his bare-bones meditations come as no surprise... It sees Kivel, two years removed from his last release as part of the sibling-propelled indie-pop band Princeton, crafting understated acoustic miniatures — and, occasionally, plugging in to rage a little, as on “Open Road.” That 2 1/2-minute blast suggests more of the hard stuff may be in order."

"I Will Be There"
'Odessa' EP
Republic, 2014
Notes: "What do you get when you take the soulfulness of Lana Del Rey, the angelic, lilting chorus of Ellie Goulding, and the atmospheric hum-along melodies of Polica? Add a dash of shimmery production, and the result is the new single and music video from Odessa. After touring with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and nabbing a spot in the Suburu commercials, the musician is gearing up to release her new album (from Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King, NBD). But before all that goes down very soon, get a sneak peek of the dreaminess to come with her new music video. "I Will Be There" is a blissful, mellowed-out jam that's easy listening at its absolute coolest. "

"Forget The Fall"
'Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do'
Kanine, 2014
Notes: "Formed in London in 2012, Flowers’ minimalist indie pop doesn’t take any time to reveal its beauty, opting for direct songwriting and front-and-center vocal harmonies... The trio recorded early demos constantly as they lived together in a London flat, and after releasing them online, they attracted the interest of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, who enlisted them for a European tour. While preparing the songs for their first album, they crossed paths with producer Bernard Butler [Suede], who brought the band to his studio to produce their debut, this year’s Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do. Built on a skittering tom-and-snare beat and a chiming guitar riff, today’s featured song, “Forget The Fall”, is a breezy slice of bedroom pop with a garage band twist."

White Fence
"Like That"
'For the Recently Found Innocent'
Drag City, 2014
Notes: "Though it’s only been a year since we all jammed out to Cyclops Reap, garage rock mainstays White Fence are back with a new album this summer. For the Recently Found Innocent will be the fifth album from the Bay Area musician, and the first to feature his compatriot Ty Segall since their collaborative album Hair."

Christian Gregory
"Count on You"
'Count on You' EP
Movement, 2014
Notes: "With the ambition of projecting soul-inspired music deeper into the mainstream, Christian Gregory is set to release his debut single early next month through 2012 ‘Sound Of…’ winner Michael Kiwanuka’s new Movement Records. Like his label counterpart, London-based Gregory embraces a warm bluesy hue and the results are hugely satisfying... Recorded in one take with vintage equipment designed to capture the smooth, organic sound, this instantly likeable track has set the tone for an exciting young label."

"Bells Break Arms"
Dead Oceans, 2013
Notes: "The first long-player from bluesy, experimental Chicago-based roots rockers Califone to be recorded entirely outside of the confines of the Windy City, Stitches' ten quietly lustrous tracks dutifully reflect the arid Southwest vistas from which they were sprung. Recorded in Southern California, Arizona, and Texas, there's definitely an impressionistic, unhurried temperament" We last heard from Califone last year on Episode080 when they first dropped 'Stitches'.

"All White Everything"
Sincerely Yours/Secretly Canadian, 2014
Notes: "JJ are really fucking going for it right now. The Swedish conceptual drug-pop duo announced their new album V earlier this month, sharing a striking and cinematic trailer for the LP. And now they’re letting us hear “All White Everything,” the first single, which is easily the grandest and cleanest-sounding thing they’ve ever recorded. “All White Everything” is a gorgeous piano ballad with some tricky drum programming and plaintive and affecting vocal from Elin Kastlander. This is a good one..."

"Liga Desliga"
'Back to Bahia'
Mamadele, 2013
Notes: "Since the age of fourteen, Dendé has been obsessed with rhythm and percussion. The Brazilian musician has incorporated styles from all around the world into his sound, including funk, Brazilian folk music, and traditional Afro bloco, which is a combination of Brazil’s samba with Jamaican reggae. Dendé has appeared on stages across the world, including Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and he’s also collaborated with fellow world music acolyte David Byrne. Today’s song of the day chronicles a poor woman’s fight against the electric company–it’s called “Liga Desliga,” or “Connect Disconnect.”"

Deep Sea Diver
"One By One"
'Always Waiting'
self-released, 2014
Notes: "Even if you haven’t listened to [Seattle's] Deep Sea Diver, there’s a good chance you’ve heard frontwoman Jessica Dobson before. If you’ve seen Beck, the Shins, or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs live over the last several years, you’ll have seen Dobson shredding on the sidelines. She’s finally taken the time to focus on her own project, and the results are fantastic... Their new EP, Always Waiting... already sounds like a leap forward from 2012′s History Speaks... “One By One” feels like the start of something great." This is DSD's third time on PUTV, but it's been a while since Episode038!

This week's B-sides: Farah Siraj, Hoba Hoba Spirit, Taj Weekes, Vivalda Dula, Wannabe Jalva and SW/MM/NG

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
Watch Death Cab For Cutie's last performance with #ChrisWalla
Tyler, the Creator compares finding the U2 album on his phone to getting herpes
Wanna Remove the @U2 album from your iTunes? There's a button for that
@U2 are teaming up with @Apple to launch a new digital music format that, they hope, will save the #music business!
Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93
@billboard: We predicted every #SNL musical guest for season 40
Guided By Voices (@GBVTweets) have broken up again
Confused newsbusters outraged by @GirlTalk reference on MSNBC
Beyonce gets caught "lip-syncing" in Paris
Watch Jack White's hour-long interview with Dan Rather
#AlbumOfTheDay: Tricky (@KnowleWestBoy) - 'Adrian Thaws'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Sir Sly (@SirSly) - 'You Haunt Me'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Tennis (@TennisInc) - 'Ritual In Repeat'
Watch @theraveonettes' bloody, retro video for "Killer In The Street"
Hear seedy excerpt from @trent_reznor & Atticus Ross' score for @GoneGirlMovie
Honor Freddie Mercury's legacy w/Killer Queen vodka by @Stoli & @QueenWillRock
The @PIXIES enlist fans to direct dumpster-diving "Ring the Bell" video
Watch @TheReplacements serenade Minnesota with "Unsatisfied"
David Bowie's (@DavidBowieReal) got a new album coming "definitely, soon"
7 #AlbumsToStream: @Casablancas_J and the Voidz, @thedrumsforever, Leonard Cohen, and more
@LeonardCohen74's 80th birthday and the new album, '#PopularProblems'

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

#NewWorldNextWeek: Episode204 - SWIFT Alternatives, Audit the Fed Again, Good News Grab Bag

Thu, 2014-09-18 16:11

Truther Talk: James Evan Pilato on Music, Media and Mayhem!!!

Sun, 2014-09-14 18:42
"In Truther Talk Episode 79: Music, Media and Mayhem!!!, April Boden and Virstyne Henry talk to James Evan Pilato of Media Monarchy about everything from truther-ism in pop culture, Illuminati symbolism in pop music, stand-up comedy and the medical industrial complex - all that and more is discussed in this fun, lively talk!"


@DeadlineLive: James Evan Pilato on the Summer of Chaos

Sun, 2014-09-14 18:42
Media Monarchy joins Jack Blood for August to talk about the seemingly non-stop chaos of Ebola, border wars, plane crashes, Mideast clashes and the politics of marijuana + the 'This Day In History' headlines and more on Deadline Live!


@DeadlineLive: James Evan Pilato on 9/11+13

Sun, 2014-09-14 18:41
Media Monarchy joins Jack Blood on the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11 to talk about where we've been and where we're going + 'This Day In History' headlines and more on Deadline Live!


.@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode126 - #Goldmine

Sat, 2014-09-13 23:14

♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode126 - Goldmine which features brand new sounds from Kimbra, Strand of Oaks, Landlady, Rural Alberta Advantage, Fool's Gold, Woman's Hour, Greylag, Robyn Hitchcock, The Rosebuds, Anand Wilder and Maxwell Kardon, The Barr Brothers, Kinky Machine, Maria Isa and Naomi Punk...


Previous: Episode125 - At The Show

♬Liner Notes♬: We've got a "Goldmine" of great new music this week, but unlike the lyrics in our title track - we're gonna share it with everyone! We've got the latest sounds from Kimbra, Greylag, Maria Isa, Robyn Hitchcock, Strand of Oaks, Barr Brothers, Rosebuds and much more...

'The Golden Echo'
Warner Bros., 2014
Notes: "After the global success of "Somebody That I Used to Know," her Grammy-winning duet with Gotye, Kimbra could have worked with anyone; on The Golden Echo, it feels like she worked with almost everyone. Along with producer Rich Costey, her collaborators include members of the Mars Volta, Muse, Foster the People, and Silverchair, as well as John Legend and Bilal. Having so many guests with so many different backgrounds could have resulted in a scattered mess, or pushed Kimbra out of the spotlight, but her sense of adventure puts her signature on even the most kaleidoscopic moments... effortlessly she hops from the trap-inspired minimal R&B of "Goldmine"..." We featured this as one of our "Albums of the Day" this week, as well.

Strand of Oaks
"Shut In"
Dead Oceans, 2014
Notes: "Our interview with Strand Of Oaks shed some light on the personal turmoil behind HEAL, but if you want a condensed version of what Timothy Showalter was going through while making the LP, check out the new song he revealed today. Whereas “Goshen ’97” was a deeply nostalgic and sentimental take on staying inside with only music to keep you company, “Shut In” is a righteously raw depiction of the same circumstances several difficult years, broken relationships, and debilitating addictions later. No J Mascis this time, but Showalter’s guitar solo soars anyhow."

"Girl" (Live On KUTX)
'Upright Behavior'
Hometapes, 2014
Notes: "Brooklyn's Adam Schatz is putting his NYU music degree to good use, playing with Man Man, Sleigh Bells, Those Darlins, and a half-dozen other bands. Landlady allows him to truly stretch out, mixing R&B with indie rock." They just played here a few weeks ago as part of MusicFestNW.

Rural Alberta Advantage
'Mended With Gold'
Saddle Creek, 2014
Notes: "Canadian indie rockers the Rural Alberta Advantage have announced their highly anticipated third album, their first since 2011. “Terrified” is the first single off the album, and it’s everything this fan hoped it would be, delivering that exuberant sadness that’s so prevalent in the RAA’s music. It sounds like it should be scoring the love montage in an indie film, unapologetically proclaiming that love is quite awesome, but also quite scary, you know? The RAA know."

Fool's Gold
"I'm In Love"
Grand Gallop, 2014
Notes: "LA’s own Fool's Gold settled down after extensive touring to write a new album and we’re excited to share an exclusive premiere of their first single "I'm In Love"" There's also a sweet remix by Poolside, too!

Woman's Hour
"Darkest Place"
'Darkest Place/Thunder'
Luv Luv Luv, 2014
Notes: "We first heard from Woman’s Hour when they remixed Pure Bathing Culture’s “Pendulum.” “Darkest Place” is their forthcoming single out on Luv Luv Luv Records and, despite its name, is bright and lovely indie-pop with sweeping, warm synths."

"Yours To Shake"
Dead Oceans, 2014
Notes: "“Another,” the first track Portland folk-rockers Greylag shared from their self-titled debut album, left me thinking about Led Zeppelin at their most folksy as filtered through Fleet Foxes at their most muscular. “Yours To Shake,” the album’s second single, does not shake those references but expands upon them, trading the previous track’s rustic tones for big, brooding, vintage Pac-NW indie-rock a la Death Cab and Band Of Horses. “What’s it worth to ya?” they sing. “Say you wanna feel the fire but you don’t wanna get burned?” The riffs are gnarly too, in case you forgot these guys can really play. Prepare for Greylag’s world domination..."

Robyn Hitchcock
"Somebody To Break Your Heart"
'The Man Upstairs'
Yep Roc, 2014
Notes: "The Man Upstairs sees Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention) for one of the most unique recordings of his already quite idiosyncratic career. Rather than simply record a new selection of songs, Boyd suggested what he called ‘a Judy Collins album’ such as Elektra would have released in 1967 – part well-known favorites, part personal discoveries, and part originals. The multi-tiered approach offered Hitchcock the rare opportunity to record as a performer, not “just another singer-songwriter laying their freshest eggs.”"

The Rosebuds
"In My Teeth"
'Sand + Silence'
Western Vinyl, 2014
Notes: "Formed in Raleigh in the early 2000s, The Rosebuds’ melodic indie rock is fueled by the complex chemistry of singer/guitarist Ivan Howard and keyboardist/vocalist Kelly Crisp... Today’s featured song, “In My Teeth”, moves with the kind of understated tension that drives the Rosebuds best work... " A band we had relegated to b-side status until this episode, The Rosebuds also recently came through town and played a show at my day job.

Anand Wilder and Maxwell Kardon
'Break Line'
Secretly Canadian, 2014
Notes: "Break Line The Musical is a new project from Anand Wilder (Yeasayer co-founder, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist) that he created with Maxwell Kardon and a community of friends. The new album harkens back to rock concept albums of the early 70′s with this following the classic arc of lost love, betrayal, and pride." What a great, big soul sound!

Barr Brothers
"Even The Darkness Has Arms"
'Sleeping Operator'
Secret City, 2014
Notes: "Meditative and explosive, The Barr Brothers create unique orchestrations and used a variety of instruments for their long-anticipated album. Today's Top Tune is a catchy song with a great title, it's "Even The Darkness Has Arms"." I had the chance to interview the Barr Brothers recently at my aforementioned day job!

Kinky Machine
"Last Look"
self-released, 2014
Notes: "Kinky Machine describes its music as “postmodern garage juju.”... The Austin band takes bits and pieces from all over the musical map: a bit of soul/R&B, a little arena rock, some Radiohead-like atmosphere. They’ve been quietly bubbling under for a few years with a couple of EPs and singles under their collective belts. This week sees the release of Kinky Machine’s debut album, the self-produced Grok. It’s another unclassifiable beast that’s capable of both quiet beauty and guitar-hero theatrics. “Last Look” kicks the record off with a danceable beat and synths, but the constant change of tone will keep you on your toes."

Maria Isa
'Valley of the Dolls'
SotaRico, 2014
Notes: "The Latina hip-hop singer, rapper, and performance artist found some time between filming upcoming indie movie Strike One and touring with hip-hop duo Villa Rosa to record her first solo album in five years. Partly inspired by the 1966 book and 1967 film of the same name, Valley of the Dolls explores the challenges women face in the entertainment industry... Valley of the Dolls marks a re-emergence onto the Twin Cities music scene for Isa, who earned acclaim for her first two albums—most recently Street Politics, released in 2009 when Isa was just 22."

Naomi Punk
"Television Man"
'Television Man'
Captured Tracks, 2014
Notes: "You gotta give ‘em credit for advertising their own genre in their band name, but Naomi Punk don’t really play punk music anyway... The truth is, the Olympia, WA, trio resist easy classification... there’s an undeniable raw aggression in their unconventionally recorded song, which, despite their DIY aesthetic, seem purposely produced."

This week's B-sides: Steve Gunn, Avi Buffalo and Mirel Wagner

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
@Spotify Introduces Video #Advertisements on #Music Streaming Service
@OKGo Claims @Apple Copied Its #Music Video, Mulling Legal Options
So U2's iTunes deal reportedly cost Apple $100 million
Wow, the new indie-lookin' @U2 LP: Multimillionaires posing as an edgy and oh-so-relevant band singin' 'bout punk!
Former Primal scream guitarist Robert "Throb" Young has died
#AlbumOfTheDay: Kimbra (@KimbraMusic) - 'The Golden Echo'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Sloan (@SloanMusic) - 'Commonwealth'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Banks (@HerNameIsBanks) - 'Goddess'
Mercury Prize 2014 shortlist w/ PUTV artists Anna Calvi, Bombay Bicycle Club and Young Fathers + Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs and more
Hear @Caribouband remix his own track, "Our Love," under his Daphni moniker
The Replacements Perform "Alex Chilton" on "Fallon"
Watch @deadmilkmen's video for "Pretty Music For Pretty People," the title track from their new album
@arcadefire's instant-classic debut album Funeral turns 10
The Notorious B.I.G.'s classic Ready To Die came out 20 years ago today
#Tupac Shakur died 18 years ago today. Look back at our 1996 story on the life & death of the rapper
Interview w/ @Mike_Doughty_ from @TheBingLounge

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

#NewWorldNextWeek: Episode203 - 9/11+13, CFR World Order, Good News GoTenna

Sat, 2014-09-13 14:49 Episode203 -
9/11+13, CFR World Order, Good News GoTenna

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: Massive Times Square Billboard to Show Video of WTC 7 Destruction During 9/11 Anniversary
NYPD On Eve Of 9/11 13th Anniversary: Terror Threat More Complex Than Ever
With World Trade Site Largely Rebuilt, New York Marks September 11
NSA Whistleblower Supports 9/11 Truth - William Binney and Richard Gage on GRTV
NWNW Flashback: 9/11+9
NWNW Flashback: 9/11+10
NWNW Flashback: 9/11+11
NWNW Flashback: 9/11+12

Story #2: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? The Council on Foreign Relations
Obama Dines With Man Caught Stealing, Destroying Classified Documents
Rob Reiner To Produce TV Show About the CIA Investigating 'Skull and Bones'
Obama's 9/10 Speech on ISIS Strategy
CFR's Hillary Clinton Reviews CFR Kissinger's "World Order" Book
Henry Kissinger Praises Hillary Clinton's Time As Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton Praises Kissinger As "Surprisingly Idealistic"
Video: Kissinger Praises Hillary Again, This Time In USA Today Interview
Kissinger and His New Op-Ed "Order": "What U.S. Must Do To Battle Islamic State"

Story #3: Off-the-Grid Texting Device GoTenna Attracts Anti-Surveillance Crowd
NWNW Flashback: German Villagers Build Own Broadband Network (June 2014)
Ecuador To Create Its Own Digital Currency
Good Cops Cross "Thin Blue Line" in Florida, Turn on Bad Cops

#NewWorldNextWeek Updates: MasterCard Rolls Out Orwellian National ID Card
Hollywood Celebs Besieged By Paparazzi Drone Cams
Predator Drones Being Flown Over ISIL's Syrian 'Capital'
Experts Warn of "Inevitable" Fukushima Disaster in California

Visit to get previous episodes in various formats to download, burn and share. And as always, stay up-to-date by subscribing to the feeds from Corbett Report here and Media Monarchy here. Thank you.

Previous: Missing Planes, iCloud Hacks, Suspicious Memes

@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode125 - #AtTheShow

Sat, 2014-09-06 18:20

♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode125 - At The Show which features brand new sounds from Kindness (w/ Kelela), Sondre Lerche, Little Racer, Marco Benevento, Johnny Marr, Hamilton Leithauser, The Wytches, SW/MM/NG, Hiss Golden Messenger, Pine Hill Haints, Tickle Torture, The Young, Sean Rowe and Aan...


Previous: Episode124 - Hold On

♬Liner Notes♬:Back to school? Only if it's new school on PUTV! We've got the hottest from Marco Benevento, Johnny Marr, Sondre Lerche, Sean Rowe, The Wytches, The Young and tons more...

"World Restart" (w/ Kelela & Ade)
Female Energy/Mom + Pop, 2014
Notes: "Disco-pop auteur Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, has revealed the details behind the follow-up to his 2012 debut, World, You Need A Change Of Mind. The new album is called Otherness and features guest spots from Robyn, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, and more. The first track he’s shared is from the new album is “World Restart” and it’s a brassy, funky number featuring vocals from Kelela and Ade."

Sondre Lerche
"Bad Law"
Mona, 2014
Notes: "Norwegian singer Sondre Lerche’s friendly indie-pop has always been slightly askew, but never has one of his songs absolutely smacked me across the face like “Bad Law.” The leadoff track from his forthcoming Please is a treatise on divorce that segues from righteous hand-clap disco-funk into jarringly aggressive outbursts. “When crimes are passionate/ Can love be separate?” he intones in contagious sing-song before breaking into an arching falsetto worthy of Pharrell. It’s completely awesome, and it achieves Lerche’s stated goal of giving listeners a means to vent their frustrations." We last heard a demo from Sondre back on Episode027 and hopefully I'll finally see him when he's in town next month!

Little Racer
'Modern Accent' EP
PaperCup, 2014
Notes: "It sounds like a cliche, but New York band Little Racer really were big in the UK before breaking through here in the States. Their 2010 debut single caught the attention of BBC Radio and London label Young and Lost Club, who continue to support the band on their new EP, Modern Accent, with Papercup Music here in the U.S. By combining their love of British ’80s pop with Brooklyn’s surf-scene, Little Racer manage to get ahead of the pack. Frontman Elliot Michaud told CMJ Magazine, “We started out writing pop music and we still do; whether the songs are changing is purely from whatever is coming out of our brew."

Marco Benevento
"At The Show"
Royal Potato Family, 2014
Notes: "Multi-instrumentalist Marco Benevento has long been a fixture in the New York experimental scene, pushing boundaries with his circuit-bending electronics. However, his latest album finds him stepping out of his comfort zone in a different way. Swift is Benevento’s first album to feature his own voice and lyrics. Produced by Richard Swift and recorded with frequent collaborators Dave Drewitz (Ween) on bass and Andy Borger (Tom Waits, Norah Jones) on drums, Swift arrives on September 16 via Royal Potato Family. Check out a first listen of “At The Show,” a tight-grooved tune featuring a pretty catchy melody..."

Johnny Marr
"Easy Money"
New Voodoo, 2014
Notes: "Johnny Marr has shared “Easy Money”, the first single and video from his upcoming sophomore solo album, Playland, due out October 6th via Warner Bros. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Marr said he was inspired to write the crunchy dance-rock jam (think Dire Straits meets The Rapture) after contemplating the depths some people will go in their pursuit of money." We last heard the ex-Smiths legend back on Episode047 and - did I ever tell you about the time I got to meet Mr. Marr?

Hamilton Leithauser
'Black Hours'
Ribbon, 2014
Notes: "Hamilton Leithauser, the (former?) frontman of the Walkmen and the owner of one of indie rock’s greatest voices...shared the video for “Alexandra,” the album’s first single. Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij produced and co-wrote the song, and he shows up in the video, honking on a harmonica. Musically, the song is way jauntier than anything we’ve heard Leithauser sing before, and it’ll take some mental adjustment to get used to hearing him on songs like this" We rocked "The Silent Orchestra" from the ex-Walkmen man back on Episode116 alongside former band member Peter Matthew Bauer.

The Wytches
'Annabel Dream Reader'
Partisan, 2014
Notes: "For a young [English psych-rock] band, The Wytches are already well on their way to having all the right cards in their hand. The band’s ramp up to a full-length was well played with a series of 7″ singles showing off instant classics... Annabel Dream Reader makes for a killer of a debut, and there’s no doubt you’ll be seeing a lot more of the Wytches in coming months and years... “Digsaw” is one of the absolute best cuts from Annabel Dream Reader, and shows off everything that makes the Wytches an all-round blast to listen to. The track explodes out the gate with a surf rock guitar hook over thunderous drums and bass."

"All I Want"
'Feel Not Bad'
Old Flame, 2014
Notes: "For much of the five minutes of SW/MM/NG’s new song, “All I Want,” the vocals repeat a simple refrain, punctuated by silence: “Baby/ all/ I want/ is you.” The Arkansas-based band has been around for three years but is finally getting around to releasing their debut album, Feel Not Bad, and they purposefully sidestep the nostalgia that a lot of dreamy psych-pop falls into, instead sounding broken-down and fatigued. The guitars may be sun-soaked and airy, but they’re also strained and wistful, brimming with longing and desire for something better in the future."

Hiss Golden Messenger
"Saturday’s Song"
'Lateness of Dancers'
Merge, 2014
Notes: "Following their recent signing to Merge Records, North Carolina folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger will release their fifth studio album, Lateness of Dancers, on September 9th. For the follow-up to 2013’s Haw, MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch (both formerly of Ex-Ignota and The Court & Spark)...have unveiled “Saturday’s Song”... feels downright joyous, a confident, Band-channeling number backed by driving piano chords and skipping lead guitars. "

Pine Hill Haints
"Ms. Pacman"
'The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints'
K, 2014
Notes: "A lot of folk music can be downright weird, conjuring up ghosts that wander Highway 61 or the Mississippi delta. Fittingly, the Pine Hill Haints term their sound “Alabama ghost music,” and that’s a pretty accurate description. The Florence-born band has released eight albums and ten EPs since forming in 1998, developing a fervent fan base through tours through the South... Essentially, the Pine Hill Haints are a folk band with a punk rock ethos (or is it the other way around?). On September 30, they’ll release The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints, album number nine (and they’re already recording number ten). The band is attuned to old things... Yet there’s a modern slyness to the Pine Hill Haints."

Tickle Torture
"Would I Love You"
self-released, 2014
Notes: "Minneapolis sex-pop producer known as Tickle Torture claims his music is the soundtrack for a new generation of freaks, and this week he has premiered his electric new single, ‘Would I Love You.’ With equal measurements of electro-funk and sleaze, ‘Would I Love You’ is an infectious creation of trashy disco that is far too easy to enjoy. If you’re a fan of Scissor Sisters, then Tickle Torture would be right up your alley."

The Young
"Cry Of Tin"
'Chrome Cactus'
Matador, 2014
Notes: "On its Matador Records debut, [2012's] Dub Egg, Austin’s The Young pulled back its psych-rock influences for something cleaner. The result was an album that felt like classic rock run through a modern filter, riffing like ZZ Top while having the skewed perspective of label mate Kurt Vile." And we heard a track from that record back in 2012 on Episode015 of PUTV, now it's 2014 and we've got more...

Sean Rowe
"Shine My Diamond Ring"
Notes: "Sean Rowe is a songwriter from Troy, New York. Having travelled and toured around the USA to play to people in the comfort of their front rooms, Sean likens himself to a “bearded salesman”." We rocked Mr. Rowe back on Episode016, I guess things really do run in cycles. This is his fifth full-length.

"Spiritual Provisions"
'Amor Ad Nauseum'
Party Damage, 2014
Notes: "Even though the Latin reference to amor ad nauseum (“love to the point of sickness”) in its name suggests an air of pretension, Portland’s Aan approaches conventional elements of pop and indie rock with a curiosity that could only come from a group of unabashed fans... scoring touring slots with The Smashing Pumpkins and Built To Spill while sporadically releasing material digitally and on 7″. In late 2013, the band began sessions on their first full-length... “Spiritual Provisions” skates along with a laser-precise approach, building tension that Wilson gradually and tantalizingly releases... that’s what makes “Spiritual Provisions” as ghostly and compelling as its title suggests." And the name is pronounced "on".

This week's B-sides: Alex G, Israel Nash and Melanie De Biasio

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
@Deadmau5 pwns Disney lawyers with his own claim of copyright infringement
Nicky Da B, Diplo's 'Express Yourself' Bounce Collaborator, Dead at 24
Simone Battle, G.R.L. singer and former ‘X Factor’ contestant, dead at age 25 of apparent suicide
@U2 are not involved in Apple's iPhone 6 launch... or ARE they?
#itunesfestival kicks off today at 9pm UK with @deadmau5. Watch free on iTunes or Apple TV.
Ash's Tim Wheeler announces debut solo album 'Lost Domain'
Listen to Prince's (@3rdeyegirl) new song "U Know"
TV On The Radio stream new track "Happy Idiot"
Watch Mineral (@officialmineral)'s reunion show in Brooklyn last night
The US Navy has dropped Cee-Lo Green from its upcoming Freedom LIVE concert
The 5 Best Songs Of The Week ft. @AphexTwin, @flyinglotus, @TVonTheRadio
Watch the New Pornographers (@TheNewPornos) play the hell out of "Brill Bruisers" on Letterman
@FaithNoMore announce their first album in 18 years, and a single called "Motherfucker"
Sleater-Kinney (@Carrie_Rachel) bounds back with career-spanning box set
Watch @alt_J have bring the "Left Hand Free" blues to "Letterman"
Bass guitar legend Mario Cipollina let me put on his sunglasses?!

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

Interview w/ Joan Rivers - June 27, 2014

Fri, 2014-09-05 20:33
Media Monarchy took the rare opportunity to talk to Joan Rivers about race, religion, women and money...


@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode124 - #HoldOn

Sat, 2014-08-30 22:25

♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode124 - Hold On which features brand new sounds from OK Go, My Brightest Diamond, Wannabe Jalva, Allah-Las, Chrissie Hynde, Man Man, Sylvan Esso, Dilated Peoples, Groove Armada, Fink, Twin Peaks, Rubblebucket, Otis The Destroyer and Tomten...


Previous: Episode123 - True

♬Liner Notes♬:It's Labor Day weekend here in the States and what better way to wind down than to pump up the latest new sounds around?! We've got Groove Armada, OK Go, Chrissie Hynde, Dilated Peoples and more!

"The Writing's On The Wall"
'Hungry Ghosts'
self-released, 2014
Notes: "...part of the band's EP Upside Out, and is also the first single from the group's upcoming album Hungry Ghosts... the band released a music video in which the members use props to create optical illusions... The three-minute alternative disco song was the only track from Hungry Ghosts to be produced by Tony Hoffer and not Dave Fridmann... frontman Damian Kulash, Hungry Ghosts will be "pretty stylistically diverse...but not in an EDM kind of way"... others include influences of 1980s acts including Prince, INXS and New Order."

My Brightest Diamond
"Lover Killer"
'This Is My Hand'
Asthmatic Kitty, 2014
Notes: "Shara Worden, better known as My Brightest Diamond, will put out the new album This Is My Hand next month... Worden’s always-great voice fits into another fascinating arrangement, this time with a chorus lifted up by bouncy brass."

Wannabe Jalva
'Collecture' EP
self-released, 2014
Notes: "One of the great side effects of World Cup fever has been a focus on Brazilian bands. Wannabe Jalva are taking full advantage with a new [EP] due in October... " They've also been opening for bands like Vampire Weekend and Pearl Jam when they're in Brazil.

"Had It All"
'Worship The Sun'
Innovative Leisure, 20114
Notes: "Allah-Las have captured the sunny clime of their Los Angeles home in short, dazzling retro gems of sonic nostalgia, incorporating bright tinges of SoCal beach pop, garage and psych rock, latin rhythms and 60′s folk... nuggets of sunshine, like...“Had It All”, which enters familiar territory with its jangly Byrds-ian opening and heavily reverbed, dreamy choruses." This is Allah-Las third time on PUTV after Episodes020/021.

Chrissie Hynde
"In A Miracle"
Caroline, 2014
Notes: "Some 35 years after the Pretenders' debut, Chrissie Hynde steps out on her own with 2014's Stockholm. Its title is not a reference to the infamous "Stockholm syndrome" but rather an allusion to her chief collaborator on the project, Björn Yttling, of the Swedish pop band Peter Bjorn and John."

Man Man
"Head On (Hold On To Your Heart)" (Live On KUTX)
'On Oni Pond'
Anti-, 2013
Notes: "Philadelphia’s Man Man made their name on their crazy live shows, but focusing solely on their manic energy does a disservice to their songwriting. Frontman Honus Honus may sing like Tom Waits, but his songs betray influences as diverse as John Lennon, Dr. John, and Captain Beefheart. Last year’s On Oni Pond continued Man Man’s subtle pivot away from their experimental early days, but they still love tinkering with sounds... this spirited live take on “Head On” that Man Man laid down in our Studio 1A last year." The Philly boys kicked off Episode071 with the studio version of "Head On (Hold On To Your Heart)".

Sylvan Esso
"Wolf" (Live On KUTX)
'Sylvan Esso'
Partisan, 2014
Notes: "During Sylvan Esso’s recent Studio 1A performance...[they] rebuilt the songs from their fantastic self-titled debut. While Sanborn triggered the loops and beats, he also sampled Meath’s voice to add otherworldly harmonies on top of everything... On “Wolf,” that vocal subtlety juts up against the song’s pop-ready appeal, making for a fascinating listen." We heard the Durham, NC's breakout track "Coffee" back on Episode107 of PUTV.

Dilated Peoples
"Cut My Teeth"
'Directors of Photography'
Rhymesayers, 2014
Notes: "Without getting too wrapped up in Directors of Photography being LA group Dilated Peoples‘ first release since 2006′s 20/20, it has to be mentioned that the trio, who represent the best of underground hip-hop for so many, succeed in reviving the counterculture spirit of their genre after nearly a decade apart."

Groove Armada
"Hold On"
'Love Lights the Underground' EP
Om, 2014
Notes: "Electronic music gurus Groove Armada are finally back with a new EP in September. Today's Top Tune is the funkiest of the bunch, it's "Hold On"."

"Looking Too Closely"
'Hard Believer'
Ninja Tune, 2014
Notes: "Fink...offer their first new studio material in three years. Hard Believer is, for the most part, a slow burner; one that employs a more varied, albeit moodier set of textures and sounds than its predecessor, 2011's Perfect Darkness." This is the UK/Berlin trio's third bow on PUTV!

Twin Peaks
"I Found A New Way"
'Wild Onion'
Grand Jury, 2014
Notes: "Youthful Chicago rockers Twin Peaks...shared another great song... It’s called “I Found A New Way,” but it’s more of a masterful demonstration of old ways — specifically the raucous barroom rock of early ’70s Stones, the punchy demeanor of ’80s power pop, and the art-damaged classic rock of Lou Reed and Iggy Pop." This track was actually a 'b-side' back on Episode121 (and it's in that Spotify playlist, too), but we bumped it up and gave 'em a bow here and now!

"Carousel Ride"
'Survival Sounds'
Communion, 2014
Notes: "Rubblebucket’s charisma and natural chemistry ties the band’s most eclectic tendencies into an immediate and engaging style of pop... [In 2013] the [Brooklyn-via-Vermont] band entered the studio with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen) to create their fourth full-length, this year’s Survival Sounds. Alternating between heavy, crunching synths and bouncy, bass-driven grooves, “Carousel Ride” is as whimsical and colorful as its name suggests."

Otis The Destroyer
"Robot Hands" (Live On KUTX)
'Dark Arts' EP
self-released, 2014
Notes: "This weekend marks the second annual United We Jam, an event geared towards showing off Austin’s music scene en masse in front of Austin fans. Despite forming about half a year ago, Otis The Destroyer has become a name in the local scene... Their debut EP, The Dark Arts, moves between psychedelia and hard rock with ease... [The band is playing] a United We Jam showcase that includes fellow KUTX faves Emily Wolfe and Harvest Thieves... “Robot Hands” takes its cues from early ’60s pop, but the heavy riffs show off the band’s love of rock and roll."

"Mother Minnow"
'The Farewell Party'
Veriscolor, 2014
Notes: "Bright and melodic, [Seattle band] Tomten’s charming brand of baroque indie pop draws equally from the bright pop sounds of the power pop groups of the’70s and the more orchestrated indie rock of the late ’90s... the band built a reputation for their dream pop-influenced tunes while playing shows around the Pacific Northwest and producing two albums... the band’s most recent album, The Farewell Party, finds the band...sharper and more direct than ever, showing off an expanded range of songwriting and orchestration. The Farewell Party‘s “Mother Minnow” winds and turns through a run of glistening pop melodies with a natural ease."

This week's B-sides: Benjamin Booker, Sour Notes and Hammerhead

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
Yay! So glad the RSS feed from @TheKeyXPN has been updated and fixed! More #songoftheday sources for PUTV!
#AlbumOfTheDay: @TheBasementJaxx - 'Junto'
.@ElvisCostello's 60th birthday! ...his albums from worst to best
Watch Thurston Moore (@THURSTONMOORE58) play the endless new song "Forevermore" at Pukkelpop
Savages (@Savagesband) leader Jehnny Beth (@jehnbeth) rails on rock festivals' class system
Album sales hit another all-time low
Watch the first Cabaret Voltaire live show in over 20 years
Next week, @AphexTwin will hold listening parties around the world for his new album SYRO
Watch Killer Mike (@KillerMikeGTO) talk about Ferguson and police engagement on Fox News
Listen to @SOHN's pretty new non-album track "The Chase"
Preview three more songs from the Drums' (@thedrumsforever) Encyclopedia in a funny teaser video
Hear @Diddy's 16-year-old remix of @SmashingPumpkin's "Ava Adore"
Slowdive (@slowdiveband), the Kills (@TheKillsBand), Courtney Barnett (@courtneymelba), many others will play CMJ
Harvest says it took Morrissey's album off digital and streaming services at his request
Morrissey announces European tour and is "urgently" seeking a new record label
Morrissey's next album is a Ramones greatest hits compilation. Seriously.

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

@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode123 - #True

Mon, 2014-08-25 20:10

♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode123 - True which features brand new sounds from Sarah Jaffe, Bob Moses, Operators, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Alvvays, The Both, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Mia Doi Todd, Teleman, Deers, Ty Segall, White Lung, Benjamin Booker, BadBadNotGood and S...


Previous: Episode122 - Thought Of Sound

♬Liner Notes♬: Hopefully last week's epic double episode didn't scare you off - if anything, I hope it energized you and that you want even more new noise! This week's drops the awesome w/ Operators, Sarah Jaffe, Bob Moses, The Both and much more...

Sarah Jaffe
"Some People Will Tell You"
'Don't Disconnect'
Kirtland, 2014
Notes: "When Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe released The Body Wins in 2012, it functioned as both a high-profile introduction and a radical left turn... Enter Don't Disconnect, which follows a break Jaffe spent dabbling in hip-hop, and which furthers her exploration into impeccably produced Technicolor electro-pop." I just saw Sarah Jaffe open for the Polyphonic Spree a few weeks ago and - while they seemed to be having an issue with the sound - there were definite moments where I thought, "Oh, that's definitely a hit!"

Bob Moses
"I Ain't Gonna Be the First To Cry" (Radio Edit)
'First To Cry' EP
Domino, 2014
Notes: "Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance's Bob Moses project rocking up on Domino makes a lot of sense, given the British indie label's tendency to pepper its roster with electronic acts—Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Junior Boys and so on. "I Ain't Going To Be The First To Cry" is a reworking of a 1974 Bobby Bland song that the New York-based Canadians take in a more maudlin direction."

TBA, 2014
Notes: "Operators is the new wave project featuring Divine Fits members Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks, etc.) plus Devojka... Now comes Operators’ first public studio recording. It’s called “True,” and two things are obvious from the start: (1) This is definitely synthpop and (2) this is definitely Dan Boeckner. Still, even in the keyboard-driven Handsome Furs, we’ve never heard Boeckner’s howling growl set against such a sleek digital background."

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
"MTLOV (Minor Keys)"
'Sea When Absent'
Lefse, 2014
Notes: "Twenty-two years ago, Nostradamic pop critic Simon Reynolds predicted that pop music would become a game of mix-and-match rather than great leaps forward, as artists would fuse genres and sounds together to create new music. A Sunny Day in Glasgow's fourth offering might have been the sort of thing he had in mind: listening to it is like standing in the middle of a festival with music coming from all directions. Somewhere between My Bloody Valentine and the Avalanches, the Philadelphia group hurl everything from shoegaze to dreampop into their sonic soup, garnishing it with 1960s girl-group melodies, children's voices, echo and FX-laden guitars." I dig this sound so much, we're getting ASDIG for a second week in a row!

"Archie, Marry Me"
Polyvinyl, 2014
Notes: "Alvvays got some attention last year for the sunny dream pop that’s captured well on their new single “Archie, Marry Me.” The song comes from their self-titled debut album out soon on Polyvinyl. The track’s title appears in the chorus as Molly Rankin’s lovely, romantic plea, but the band’s heavy guitar attack adds just a little bittersweetness."

The Both
"The Inevitable Shove"
'The Both'
Super Ego, 2014
Notes: "The Both are a singer-songwriter collaboration that sound precisely like you'd hope. New Wave heartthrob and master songcrafter Aimee Mann gets welcome vocal and guitar snarl from Ted Leo, a post-punk heartthrob in his own right whose unfussy attack benefi ts from Mann's melodic and harmonic touch. Anyone following their aesthetic courtship on Twitter could've predicted the lyrical sparks... the Beatlesque "The Inevitable Shove," which casts a jaded eye on familial love. Hey, whaddya expect from a pair of hopeless indie-rock realists?" We heard from this dastardly duo back on Episode105 and they're coming to town soon.

Golden Dawn Arkestra
'Golden Dawn Arkestra EP'
self-released, 2014
Notes: "The idea behind Austin’s Golden Dawn Arkestra is pretty free-form: bandleader Topaz McGarrigle started it as a way to soundtrack an imaginary movie, inviting a different cast of musicians for each show. Soon, the Arkestra took on dancers and costumes, and the concerts turned into psychedelic spectacles. The visual aspects are perfect accompaniment to the Arkestra’s blend of jazz, Afrobeat, and funk, and they (unsurprisingly) tapped resident genre-hopper Adrian Quesada to producer their self-titled debut EP. It’s getting a vinyl release this week... “Masakayli” will give you a taste of the frequency these Austinites are on–cosmic jazz never sounded so fun."

Mia Doi Todd
"Menina, Amanha De Mahna"
City Zen, 2014
Notes: "A trip to Brazil so captured singer songwriter Mia Doi Todd's imagination, that it prompted her to cull her favorite Brazilian songs and cover them on her new album Floresta."

Moshi Moshi, 2014
Notes: "Teleman are the London three-piece that formed out of the ashes of indie band Pete and the Pirates. Actually, that's putting it a bit dramatically. Nobody razed the Pirates to the ground; they were never burned. Members just upped and left – namely the Sanders boys and Cattermoul, now operating as Teleman. Something about their typography and that "Tele" prefix suggests a determination to present themselves as Kraftwerky droids, and although their press shot doesn't exactly depict them as men-machines, they do at least all look neat and clipped and "modern", what with their matching side partings and button-down collars."

self-released, 2014
Notes: "If you like your music with heavy reverb, slightly lo-fi surf melodies and slacker girl group vocals, then look no further than Madrid, Spain’s Deers. The duo of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials have a two-song single that under the title DEMO at their Bandcamp, although they are too good to be categorized at just demos. The standout is the absolutely perfect “Bamboo”..."

Ty Segall
"Susie Thumb"
Drag City, 2014
Notes: "The restless Ty Segall will release his next full-length, Manipulator, on August 26 through Drag City. Today, he's shared the first single from the album, titled "Susie Thumb"."

White Lung
"Face Down"
'Deep Fantasy'
Domino, 2014
Notes: "Vancouver B.C.-based punks White Lung...changing labels, and Deep Fantasy, their first for more prominent indie imprint Domino Recording Co., loses none of the fury of their earlier work. In fact, with only a few exceptions, White Lung keep exceedingly true to their template of marrying a complex sense of melody with abrasive punk brilliance following the Dischord Records post-punk ideal and '90s grunge pop acts like Hole or Seaweed."

Benjamin Booker
"Violent Shiver"
'Benjamin Booker'
ATO, 2014
Notes: ""Fucking up on a five-year bender," Benjamin Booker growls on "Violent Shiver," a song that sounds something like the Strokes if they'd been suckled on moonshine in a juke joint. A New Orleans-based, Jack White-endorsed 25-year old with an open sore of a voice and a love of distorted boogie-blues shredding, Booker is grafting new shoots into roots music..."

"Can't Leave The Night"
Innovative Leisure, 2014
Notes: "BADBADNOTGOOD is the Toronto-based trio of...conservatory-trained jazz musicians who first bonded over a mutual love for contemporary, blog-friendly hip-hop... an occasional live backing band for Odd Future and Frank Ocean, producing a song on Earl Sweatshirt's 2013 LP, Doris, and collaborating with the likes of Danny Brown and Doom... the cinematic, minor-key first single, "Can't Leave The Night,"... and while the palette and production feel somewhat post-rock, it's got the sort of grand rhythmic and dynamic contrasts that wouldn't feel out of place at a warehouse rave. "

'Cool Choices'
Hardly Art, 2014
Notes: "Jenn Ghetto’s whispered vocals and messily melodic guitar playing have established her as one of Seattle’s most distinct and consistent songwriters. Ghetto first emerged as one of the vocalists in Carissa’s Wierd... Her latest release, September’s Cool Choices, was crafted over two years in the wake of Ghetto’s breakup with her long term partner... " And it was produced by my man Chris Walla!

This week's B-sides: Allah-Las and Strange Relations

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
#AlbumOfTheDay: David Ruffin - 'Gentleman Ruffin' (Reissue)
#AlbumOfTheDay: A Sunny Day in Glasgow (@SunnyDayGlasgow) - 'Sea When Absent'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Benjamin Booker (@bbookerNOLA) - 'Benjamin Booker'
Hear a new track from @RunJewels, @TheKnifenews announce break-up, new @M83Music video, MORE Music News
Weezer pushes back "Everything Will Be Alright in the End" release date
Kele Okereke reveals new song 'Doubt'
Watch @arcadefire cover the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" with Marky Ramone
See @thedrumsforever wax existential with a goldfish in the "I Can't Pretend" lyric vid
@AphexTwin announces his new album #SYRO on the deep web
Suge Knight shot multiple times at Chris Brown's VMAs pre-party
Who is ready for the #VMAs?

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

@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode122 - Thought Of Sound

Sun, 2014-08-17 22:45

♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode122 - Thought Of Sound which features brand new sounds from The Rentals, Bleached, The Bird and The Bee, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, YAWN, Pets, Frazey Ford, Got a Girl, Tinnarose, Sugar Stems, !!!, Rüfüs Du Sol, Griz, Tin Can Gin, Christopher Denny, Avi Buffalo, Anthony D’Amato, Valery Gore, Lily & Madeleine, Shad & DJ T.LO, Paolo Nutini, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, In The Valley Below, Whalers, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, King Tuff, New Pornographers...


Previous: Episode121 - Flesh War

♬Liner Notes♬: After spending my birthday weekend in Olympia last week, it's time for that occasional yet-oh-so-awesome PUTV party monster: the double episode! Cuz it's long and it's strong and it's down to get tha friction on - so let's just Pump Up Tha Volume!

The Rentals
"Thought Of Sound"
'Lost In Alphaville'
Polyvinyl, 2014
Notes: "In December, we learned that the Rentals, which started out as a Weezer side project back when bassist Matt Sharp was still in the band, were readying their first album in a decade and a half. Other than Sharp, the new lineup of the Rentals is completely different, and it includes Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, as well as Lucius members Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Ozma’s Ryen Slegr, and the Section Quartet’s Lauren Chipman. But today, we get to hear our first taste of the album, and I’m delighted to report that it’s the same sort of mechanized pleasure-overdrive power-pop that the band was making back in the day."

"For the Feel"
'For the Feel' EP
Dead Oceans, 2014
Notes: "Jennifer and Jessie Clavin’s music as Bleached tends to evoke an afternoon cruising around in the California sun blasting the Ramones. “For The Feel” is a prime example of their proficiency at that task, a fine blast of sunshine that feels effortless even as it shows off carefully honed craft. The song was originally intended for last year’s full-length debut Ride Your Heart, but it’s instead the lead track on a new EP due out this summer digitally and this fall on vinyl." We spun a couple tracks from Bleached's last record on Episodes056/069.

The Bird and The Bee
Rostrum, 2014
Notes: "The Bird and the Bee has just released its first original music in four years. The indie synth-pop duo, comprised of Inara George and Greg Kurstin, has created a very upbeat song called “Undone” that is featured in the film Sex Tape..."

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
"Jenny" (Live on KUTX)
'Love Cliques' EP
Vanguard, 2014
Notes: "Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes emerged out of Melbourne, Australia in 2009 with a retro-soul sound influenced as much by Amy Winehouse as Aretha Franklin and Big Mama Thornton... they’re set to release [their sophomore record], titled Love Cliques. It’s just an EP, but it can certainly tide you over until album number two. Recently, Browne and the Rackettes stopped by our Studio 1A to show off some of these new songs, and “Jenny” was a highlight of the live session."

'Love Chills'
Old Flame, 2014
Notes: "Yawn is an electronics-heavy pop band who has spent the past five years building up a reputation in the Chicago DIY scene, and the band is starting to ease its way up aboveground. Last year, they played Lollapalooza, and this year they’re releasing their second album, Love Chills, with an immediately catchy lead single."

"Dream City"
'Get Turned On'
self-released, 2014
Notes: "Cuddle up with Sacramento-based noise-pop band Pets. The duo of Allison Jones and Derek Fieth tear through their dark fuzzed-out pop with the cat-like coolness of The Jesus & Mary Chain and the friendly-puppy punk simplicity of The Ramones."

Frazey Ford
"September Fields"
'Indian Ocean'
Nettwerk, 2014
Notes: "Frazey Ford, best known as the lead voice of beloved alt-folk band The Be Good Tanyas, returns with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean (October 14) -- a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental sound... Lead single “September Fields,” which premiered on NPR’s All Songs Considered, is available now on iTunes."

Got a Girl
"Did We Live Too Fast"
'I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now'
Bulk, 2014
Notes: "In a project spawned on the set of the the 2010 film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, San Francisco mega-producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Deltron 3030) and winsome actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead deliver their playfully cinematic debut, I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now, under the name Got a Girl."

"When You're Gone"
'When You're Gone'
Nine Mile, 2014
Notes: "On Seth Sherman’s solo 2011 debut, When The Moment Is True, the longtime Austin musician found beauty in darkness... Recruiting some friends, the group soon took on a more democratic quality and turned into Tinnarose... On August 26, Tinnarose will release its self-titled debut, and throughout, Sherman and [Devon] McDermott shine in the spotlight... “When You’re Gone” kicks things off with a swagger, matching a Stones-like riff to a soaring vocal performance. Going it alone can be invigorating, but Tinnarose is proof that a true band dynamic can elevate the music to a completely different level." We heard "Hard Loving You" back on the awesome Episode097.

Sugar Stems
"We Only Come Out At Night"
'Only Come Out At Night'
Dirtnap, 2014
Notes: "Power-pop comes in all shapes, sizes, and allegiances to certain bygone eras. But Sugar Stems pretty much encompasses all of them. The Milwaukee-based outfit’s upcoming album, Only Come Out At Night, refuses to be contained by skinny-tied punks, post-Weezer wimps, or anything in between; instead, the album wields sharp hooks without any regard for staying inside the lines, all while tapping into the brew of, anger, humor, and heartache that power-pop, at its best, does so well."

"One Girl/One Boy" (Live on KUTX)
Warp, 2013
Notes: "Lucky for us, !!! kept [Austinite and backup singer on the studio version of 'Thr!!!er' ] Moore in mind when they recently rolled through town. Moore and the band stopped by our Studio 1A and got the dance party started in an instant. The live version of “One Girl/One Boy” is even more kinetic, backing up Moore’s powerhouse performance with a slinky groove. Those three exclamation points never seemed so apt."

Rüfüs Du Sol
'Sundream' EP
Sweat It Out, 2014
Notes: "Australian indie-house trio RÜFÜS DU SOL has released a new EP in the United States. The ‘Sundream’ EP is available today and also includes the track "Tonight", plus two brand new exclusive remixes of "Sundream" by LA production pair Classixx and rising duo Casino Gold. "Sundream" and "Tonight" are both culled from the band’s much-heralded first album, Atlas, already certified gold in their native Australia. The album debuted at #1 on the official Aussie Aria chart and will be released to U.S. audiences this summer."

"Hard Times"
'Rebel Era'
Liberated, 2013
Notes: "With Grant Kwiecinski’s second full-length album under the moniker Griz, he has effectively bridged the gap between contemporary dance music and long-lived genres such as funk, soul, classic rock, hip-hop and more.., ‘Rebel Era’ displays an evolution in production as he is able to also produce stunning tracks in purely modern technique, as well as raw, stripped-down jams reminiscent of the 60s, 70s and 80s. While other electro-soul heavyweights like Pretty Lights focus on a style that, while apt for a dancefloor environment, have more substance in a purely listening format, Griz’s ‘Rebel Era’ is designed for the EDM atmosphere."

Tin Can Gin
'Tin Can Gin'
self-released, 2013
Notes: "Fast-paced upbeat Bluegrass music from [Duluth, MN], Tin Can Gin is sure to get your blood pumping and your feet stompin' with their blend of traditional bluegrass, new-age folk, and alternative rock with a North Shore flavor."

Christopher Denny
"Watch Me Shine"
'If the Roses Don't Kill Us'
Partisan, 2014
Notes: "It's been nearly seven years since Little Rock native Christopher Denny released his debut album, Age Old Hunger. In that span of time, the heart-on-the-sleeve country singer has had his lows, struggling with addiction and an earlier, failed attempt at making a second record. Now clean, Denny returns with the jubilant "Watch Me Shine," taken from his sophomore LP, If the Roses Don't Kill Us... upcoming tour dates alongside Strand of Oaks."

Avi Buffalo
"So What"
'At Best Cuckold'
Sub Pop, 2014
Notes: "Long Beach alt-rock outfit Avi Buffalo will release their sophomore album, At Best Cuckold, on September 9th via Sub Pop. The long-awaited follow-up to their 2010 self-titled debut spans 10 tracks and was produced by the band’s own Avi Zahner-Isenberg, assisted by collaborator/longtime band member Sheridan Riley."

Anthony D’Amato
"Good And Ready"
'The Shipwreck from the Shore'
New West, 2014
Notes: "Notice from NPR and Rolling Stone led to tours with Pete Yorn and Ben Kweller, and in 2012 he returned with Paper Back Bones. A full country band (featuring Amanda Shires and members drawn from Midlake and Kweller’s band) beefed up his spare songs, but not at the expense of his rich storytelling. On September 2, D’Amato will release his third album, The Shipwreck From The Shore, and it continues his trajectory towards a fuller sound. He teamed up with members of Bon Iver and Megafaun (a common pairing for the song of the day these days) and headed up to an 18th-century farmhouse studio in Maine. There he moved slightly away from his country/folk roots and took inspiration from his new band. Songs like “Good And Ready” resulted, matching sweetness with a big backbeat."

Valery Gore
'Idols In the Dark Heart'
self-released, 2014
Notes: "A year on from Valery Gore first announcing plans to issue an experimental LP dubbed Idols in the Dark Heart, the Toronto indie artist has now given up all of the details behind the set. Her third full-length effort arrives independently on September 9. The album includes 11 new songs and makes for the first full-length from the artist since 2008's Avalanche to Wandering Bears."

Lily & Madeleine
"The Wolf Is Free"
Asthmatic Kitty, 2014
Notes: "After a very exciting 2013 that saw them release both a well-received EP and LP, Indianapolis folk duo Lily & Madeleine are ready to release their follow-up. The new album is titled Fumes and will hit shelves on October 28th via Asthmatic Kitty. The first song from it “The Wolf Is Free”. The song see the sisters further exploring new sounds, but maintaining the beautiful harmonies that have drawn comparisons to another sister duo, First Aid Kit."

Shad & DJ T.LO
"Always Winnin" single
self-released, 2014
Notes: "Rapper Shad opens his latest song “Always Winnin'” with a detailed account of how he spent his night at home watching Homeland. While it’s not exactly the scene setter you’d expect from a track with such a boastful title, the London, Ontario-based rapper is completely dexterous, spitting about Reeboks, 30 Rock, and an endless stream of pop culture references. When Shad calls out his fellow Canadian Drake with “I started from the opposite of the bottom / still on top of it”, it’s as chuckle-worthy as it is fun to listen to... Later this year, Shad will release a collaborative EP with DJ T.L.O, who provided the Gang Starr-sampling beat for “Always Winnin'”."

Paolo Nutini
"Let Me Down Easy"
'Caustic Love'
Atlantic, 2014
Notes: "Caustic Love may be the best UK R&B album since the 1970s blue-eyed-soul heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker. Not only is Nutini reaching the feral depths once plumbed by those raw-throated voices, but he’s locked into the spirit of that most golden of soul eras, with subtly updated adaptations of classic soul styles. It’s a move signalled by his use of the refrain of Bettye Lavette’s soul classic “Let Me Down Easy” as the basis for his own emotive confessional..." This rave review came from the UK Independent in April of this year when the record was released everywhere but America... now its day has come.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
'Sea When Absent'
Lefse, 2014
Notes: "Comprised of six members operating in three cities (Sydney, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia), A Sunny Day in Glasgow might not have the most efficient creative process, but the fragmented nature of the group is undoubtedly crucial to the band’s ethereal, seamlessly cut-and-pasted music... the band’s fourth album was gradually recorded..."

In The Valley Below
'The Belt'
Capitol, 2014
Notes: "In the words of In The Valley Below's Angela Gail, their new songs are about "sex, crime, religion and how that fits into the lives we've chosen, our dreams and struggles, mistakes and heartbreaks."" We thank the up-&-coming LA duo for the tweet love!

"Battleships" (Live on KUTX)
'Submarine Sun'
self-released, 2014
Notes: "Despite hailing from landlocked Austin, Whalers like a lot of nautical imagery, from the band name to album and song titles... Though their debut album, Submarine Sun, came out digitally in the spring, Whalers are celebrating the LP’s vinyl release... “Battleships” surfs on a raucous beat before boiling over into the kind of epic finale that every garage band would be jealous of."

Kingdom of the Holy Sun
"Thirteen Eyes"
'Thirteen Eyes' EP
self-released, 2014
Notes: "What could be better for an August Song of the Day than a hazy, hypnotic drone from Seattle’s own purveyors of “psychedelic shamanistic madness,” Kingdom of the Holy Sun? Formed in early 2012, this local outfit combine their love of ’60s sounds with ’80s post-punk and shoegaze, adding a meditative, mellow raga rock influence. Think The Black Angels or Brian Jonestown Massacre."

King Tuff
"Eyes Of The Muse"
'Black Moon Spell'
Sub Pop, 2014Notes: "Kyle Thomas a.k.a. King Tuff has announced his third studio album. Entitled Black Moon Spell, the 14-track effort will arrive on September 23rd via Sub Pop Records. It serves as the proper follow-up to his 2012 self-titled album. Produced by Bobby Harlow in Los Angeles, the record promises to make listeners “experience euphoria, demented visions, wet dreams, bouts of backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial dancing.” Those side effects may or may not occur when listening to lead single “Eyes Of The Muse”, as the song is a head trip of swirling guitars, psych-pop, and classic rock-inspired leads." We heard "Bad Thing" from the Louisiana King over two years ago on Episode014.

New Pornographers
"Brill Bruisers"
'Brill Bruisers'
Matador, 2014
Notes: "Power-pop flag wavers New Pornographers will return this fall with an album titled Brill Bruisers and a tour... the new LP's title song...containing all the redolent harmonies and big hooks the group is known for. The full, 13-song album, their first in four years, will be released on August 26th. "This is a celebration record," frontman A.C. Newman... "We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster [music].""

This week's B-sides: Bear's Den, Jose James, Baseball Project, Phantom Tails and Ghost Pains

@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
#AlbumOfTheDay: Spoon (@SpoonTheBand) - 'They Want My Soul'
#AlbumOfTheDay: @TheRosebuds - 'Sand + Silence'
#AlbumOfTheDay: La Roux (@larouxofficial) - 'Trouble In Paradise'
#AlbumOfTheDay: @PorterRobinson - 'Worlds'
#AlbumOfTheDay: @FKAtwigs - 'LP1'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Polyphonic Spree (@PolySpree) - 'Psychphonic'
#AlbumOfTheDay: @FaltyDL - 'In The Wild'
#AlbumOfTheDay: Bleached (@HelloBleached) - 'For The Feel' EP
#AlbumOfTheDay: @BearInHeaven - 'Time Is Over One Day Old'
'David Bowie Is’ #Documentary To Open In 100 Theaters In September
#Godflesh announce new album A World Lit Only By Fire. Listen to "New Dark Ages"
Watch the Drums' (@thedrumsforever) Encyclopedia album sampler
Check out "Carried Away", the new song from Canadian indie veterans Sloan (@Sloanmusic)
DJ Shadow has released a free EP to celebrate his new imprint Liquid Amber
Michael Cera Releases Solo Album on Bandcamp
The online chart that ranks rappers by vocabulary size has been updated; @AesopRockWins is still #1
@Lollapalooza Rolled Out #Cashless Wristbands
@ThurstonMoore58 forms new band with Steve Shelley, My Blood Valentine's Debbie Googe
All nine members of @WuTangClan reunited last night on @TheDailyShow
Stream @superdrag_sound's rarely heard LP, 'Head Trip In Every Key', and new demos collection 'Jokers W/ Tracers'
"The Mexican #Morrissey" on #Latino culture's love for #theSmiths
#Morrissey Has Reportedly Been Dropped by Harvest Records
Morrissey was dropped by his record label following his latest critical diatribe
Oh man, I nearly knocked over the PD when I saw him open the promo for @Sloanmusic's new full-length, #Commonwealth!
Aug 11 - 20yrs ago today, on my 17th birthday, I went to #Lollapalooza '94 in Charlotte, NC
Fugazi's first demo will receive its first-ever official release later this year
Culture Club's original lineup will reunite for the first time in 14 years
Jarvis Cocker joins campaign to broaden appeal of orchestral music
Nine-Year-Old #Pulp Fan Wins #JarvisCocker-Judged Karaoke Contest
Death Cab For Cutie finish eighth album, announce departure of Chris Walla
Soundtrack for Guardians Of The Galaxy is now the No. 1 album in the country
Mitch Easter reunites Let’s Active for first performance in 24 years
Don't 'Panic' in the streets of London: #Morrissey Wasn't Dropped by His Label @Harvest_Records
Rockin' out to @EMAthorstar @musicfestnw #mfnw

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