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"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode094 - Hear In You which features brand new sounds from Ryan Hemsworth, Mat Zo, Poliça, Cool Ghouls, Syd Arthur, Phantogram, Robyn Hitchcock, Yellow Ostrich, Milosh, Andrew Bird, Gringo Star, Cilantro Boombox, Kins, Shout Out Louds, Jack Name, Low Frequency In Stereo, Chappo, Web Of Sunsets, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and Friends and Family...


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♬Liner Notes♬: Now THAT's a helluva lotta music! With KUTX as our new source, these episodes can have up to 20 new tracks a week... Ya'll ready for this?

Ryan Hemsworth
"Against A Wall" (w/ Lofty305)
'Guilt Trips'
Last Gang, 2013
Note: Pretty Much Amazing notes, "As Nas once said (or was it Ecclesiastes?), “There’s nothing new under the sun.” And so, it’s easy to spot the influences of Ryan Hemsworth. The bubbling analogue waves of Aphex Twin. The cinematic cool jazz of DJ Shadow. The wide-eyed electro-twee of the Knife’s early works. But hey, we all have influences. It’s what we do with them that counts. On Guilt Trips, the Toronto-based producer’s debut long-player, Hemsworth crafts a bright, engaging amalgamation of his forbearers that always looks forward and rarely sounds derivative."
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Mat Zo
"Time on Your Side" (w/ Janai)
'Damage Control'
Anjunabeats/Astralwerks, 2013
Note: In Your EDM's track-by-track breakdown, they note that "Without hesitation, “Time on Your Side,” featuring Janai launches into a tribal beat, which builds into another upbeat house track. More pop-inclined than most of the album, the track features motivational lyrics and a catchy melody. However, this is not to discount the song. Janai’s vocals beautifully complement the music, smoothly flowing over the instrumentals and bass." The British producer's debut, which already scored a #1 with "Easy", also features cameos from Chuck D, Porter Robinson and more.
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Poliça
"Chain My Name"
'Shulamith'
Mom+Pop, 2013
Note: "Poliça are a band of powerful contrasts... the Minneapolis group earned breathless praise from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who called them “the best band I’ve ever heard”... While they were on the road, the four live members of the band began creating their sophomore effort via email with Olson. The result is Shulamith, a far more direct and focused record that builds on the same R&B and trip-hop edges from [2012's] Give You The Ghost... "
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Cool Ghouls
"Grace"
'Cool Ghouls'
Empty Cellar, 2012
Note: "We’ve documented, pretty frequently, the bursting neo-psych and garage (i.e. just plain cool rock ‘n’ roll) scene in San Francisco in all it’s sweaty, fuzz-toned glory. Now we’ve got another far-out band to add to that list, and they call themselves Cool Ghouls. The Bay Area boys...released their self-titled, debut record in April 2012... “Grace“ – a stomping R&B ballad off their self-titled – is another demonstration that they ain’t your average garage act."
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Syd Arthur
"Ode To The Summer"
'On An On'
Harvest, 2012
Note: AllMusic says, "the debut long-player by British psych-rock quartet Syd Arthur, is an inspired journey not unlike Herman Hesse's classic novel Siddhartha, to which the band's name cheekily refers. Self-produced and recorded by the band, the album is remarkably fluid in its style and construction."
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Phantogram
"Black Out Days"
'Voices'
Republic, 2013
Note: Me and Cassie really need to jump on this boy-girl synth rock thing... "Dark synth duo Phantogram have just announced the follow-up to their 2010 debut, Eyelid Movies. It’s called Voices and comes out [Feb18] via Republic. We’ve already heard album cuts Black Out Days and Celebrating Nothing, and today we’re getting another taste with Fall In Love. It’s full of swooning, stabbing synths as Sarah Barthel brings her vocals to the height of seductive melodrama."
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Robyn Hitchcock
"Fix You"
'Love From London'
Yep Roc, 2013
Note: Nice! Another legend added to the PUTV roster... "Amid all the fuss over David Bowie’s sudden emergence from hibernation, a new album by another eccentric sexagenarian tunesmith from London doesn’t seem likely to get all that much attention. In the case of Robyn Hitchcock’s Love from London, that’s understandable, but it’s a pity. Maybe Hitchcock should have taken ten years off, like Bowie, to build up a bit of anticipation. But Hitchcock remains as prolific as he is undervalued – Love from London is his 19th full solo album (plus three as part of the Soft Boys), and with a stream of live and other recordings surfacing rarely does more than a couple of years go by without a some new material surfacing."
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Yellow Ostrich
"Shades"
'Cosmos'
Barsuk, 2014
Note: "We last heard from Yellow Ostrich last fall when the Wisconsin combo released 2012′s best Ghost EP... They’ll be back with their next Barsuk full-length Cosmos in February, and from the sound of lead single “Shades,” they’ve pumped up the volume this time. Out with the splendidly spare, R&B-inflected “Ghost” sound; in with the loud guitars and groovy bass. “Shades” is a new millennial psych-rocker worthy of Tame Impala or Temples, but it also reflects Radiohead and Coldplay if you gaze upon it from the right angle." The record comes out February 25.
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Milosh
"Hear In You"
'Jetlag'
Deadly/eOne, 2013
Note: "Milosh has been producing and releasing his own music for nearly a decade via L.A.’s Plug Research, a label with an aesthetic of high-polish adult contempo grooves personified by the Toronto transplant... [Michael] Milosh’s crisp electronic soundscapes work mainly as contrast, immaculate bedding designed to melt away as his warm voice slithers in. At his best on Jetlag, Milosh builds up his tracks in the simple interest of pulling them back to let the vocal take over. The first minute of “Hear in You” is a perfect example of this. The first minute of the song is pieced together from the Junior Boys/Apparat template of chilly electro-pop..." AND he's also the frontman for Rhye!
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Andrew Bird
"Ethio Invention No. 1"
'I Want To See Pulaski At Night' EP
Grimsey, 2013
Note: We heard the title track from Bird's new EP on Episode091, now here's one of its lengthy instrumental pieces. Paste says, "on his new EP, the prolific, fiddle-touting, whistling Bird creates a cinematic musical experience that opens itself to both individual interpretation and universal experience... Bird places the title track in the middle of the seven-song EP and frames it with an instrumental score. The layered violins of “Ethio Invention No. 1”...foreshadow the jauntiness and narrative tension..."
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Gringo Star
"Find a Love"
'Floating Out To See'
My Anxious Mouth, Inc., 2013
Note: "The Atlanta trio has two records worth of trippy pop rock behind them, and their third, Floating Out To See, keeps the nostalgic mojo going... The band is anything but subtle in its irreverence, so much so that it borders on over the top. Between the girl group harmonies on tracks like “Find A Love”...the band’s collective tongue couldn’t be planted more firmly in its cheek."
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Cilantro Boombox
"Last Call"
'Cilantro Boombox'
self-released, 2012
Note: "Bassist-slash-DJ-slash-producer Felix...Pacheco produced Cilantro Boombox’s self-titled debut (released in fall 2013) himself with mixing help from Adrian Quesada. The album’s fusion of Latin rhythms and melodies with chilled-out electronica and jazz is just plain cool. It’s the soundtrack to your night at a dark club where the booths are plush, the drinks are good, and the company’s even better. The track that epitomizes the sensuous vibes is the album’s single, “Last Call.”"
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Kins
"Mockasin's"
'Kins'
Easy City, 2013
Note: "Brighton's Kins have offered up the surprise release of their debut album. The self-titled debut is streaming on Soundcloud, also available to purchase on iTunes. The Neu favourites are releasing the debut on East City records. It contains previously unveiled tracks 'Break Ties' and 'Post Tropical Storm', the rest of the LP showcasing new material. For those unacquainted, the band consists of former Aussie residents who now reside in Brighton. Much of this debut skitters the surface of pop experimentation; think Alt-J with a vengeance. "
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Shout Out Louds
"Circles"
'Optica'
Merge, 2013
Note: Last heard on our 'Best Of 2013' mixtape, the superpop Swedes returns with more... ""Disney on drugs"? A record "like warm mayonnaise"? That's how Stockholm's Shout Out Louds are underselling their fourth album. Layers of psychedelic brass and pastoral strings create a psych-pop gateau... It's delivered with panache, and come the warped sonic pop of 'Glasgow' and 'Circles' they're sounding, alright, not unlike bathing in warm mayonnaise. OK, at Disneyland. Yes, on drugs."
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Jack Name
"Pure Terror"
'Light Show'
God?/Drag City, 2014
Note: "Jack Name is John Webster John, touring guitarist for White Fence. And though this is a new moniker, John has been dishing out excellent psych-pop for quite a while now. “Pure Terror” is the first single off his upcoming debut album under the moniker and is an appropriately heady torch song." Meanwhile, some folks are asking: Isn't this song EXACTLY like "Science Fiction Double Feature"?
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Low Frequency In Stereo
"Colette (Subie Subie)"
'Pop Obskura'
Long Branch, 2013
Note: "Described as “the band with one foot in Pompei and one in Space”, The Low Frequency In Stereo have been an active outfit for over a decade; slowly building up a strong reputation outside of their native Norway... ‘Colette (Subie Subie)’ is much more distinctive, with girl group harmonies weaving in and out of stabbing keyboards and what sounds like obscure science fiction noises... As it happens, the “pop” part of the title is entirely appropriate which makes one think of a Scandinavian Stereolab but without the unnecessarily long, drawn-out bits. Furthermore, with that band on indefinite hiatus the sci-fi/retro-futurist crown is theirs for the taking."
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Chappo
"I Don't Need the Sun"
'Future Former Self'
+1, 2014
Note: "The first track off of Chappo’s new LP Future Former Self is a three and a half-minute wave of relaxation called “I Don’t Need The Sun,”... The Brooklyn-based foursome is set to release the follow-up to 2012′s Moonwater in March, and with their continued musical growth the fellas are poised for greatness. The band tells us that Future Former Self is actually a concept album that follows one man’s journey through a black hole."
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Web Of Sunsets
"Foreign Bodies"
'Room of Monsters'
End of Time, 2014
Note: "Early last spring, local [Minneapolis] three-piece Web of Sunsets -- including Sarah Nienaber of Gospel Gossip and Is/Is, plus Sarah Bischoff and Chris Rose of Heavy Deeds -- made a splash with their debut seven-inch, "Fool's Melodies." For most of the months since then, the band has been hard at work behind the scenes, putting together their first-ever full-length. Today we get a taste of what they've been working on with the release of a new single, "Foreign Body," plus the announcement that Room of Monsters will drop next month on End of Time records." We heard that previous single, "Fool's Melodies" back on Episode055, so we've got these guys covered!
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Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
"The Corner Man"
'Dig Thy Savage Soul'
Bloodshot, 2013
Note: Boston brings the ruckus! "Barrence Whitfield and the Savages' upcoming album Dig Thy Savage Soul (out Aug. 13) is the rock and R&B group's first American release in about 20 years, and a fierce next chapter for the raucous soul and rockabilly-influenced band."
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Friends and Family
"Green and Yellow Basket"
'Happy, Good-Looking, and in Love'
self-released, 2013
Note: "The eight-piece Seattle group has huge harmonies and huge heart... The song “Green and Yellow Basket” rises and falls like the hammer wielded by the giant outside the Seattle Art Museum. Its big swells test the strength of one’s constitution and yet are also somehow like a garden full with aromas and what’s gentle. Violins, snares, French horn, a triumphant bass line – these are the components of Friends and Family."
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@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
the Bowie-athon continues... "Oh man, I need TV/ when I got T. Rex?"
Video: @KatyPerry's "Roar" performed by #China's Nat'l Orchestra … “It’s very beautiful...It’s very spiritual to me."
@Pharrell, @arcadefire, @YYYs's Karen O, @U2 , and @owenpallett receive Oscar nominations in the musical categories
Watch @PIXIES surprise with a new EP & video

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

Anarchy in Detroit (and crossword puzzles)

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URL Labs’ Website Of The Week http://fifthestate.org/ Can’t believe I never did this one until now… From the website: “The Fifth Estate, founded in 1965, is an anarchist, anti-capitalist, and anti-authoritarian, anti-profit project published cooperatively by a volunteer collective of friends and comrades. We are committed to non-dogmatic, action-oriented writing and activity to bring about a new Read more

783: Power, Corruption & Spies

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SinaloaDEA / Priced Out of Creativity / Not Neutrality / Beyond Obama's NSA / Black-Ops Blackout / Plus Spencer's Local Farm and the Treasury's Global Reach

Saturday: Privacy, Power, Neutrality and Secrets

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9:10 – Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel has a new parter in crime – the DEA. Laura Carlsen explains a deal that will in no way backfire. Mexican newspaper El Universal has the story [en español] of the DEA-Sinaloa partnership. Laura Carlsen tells us what this story means on both sides of the border. Laura is Read more

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@PumpUpThaVolume: #Episode093 - #PromisedLand

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"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode093 - Promised Land which features brand new sounds from Static Jacks, Title Fight, Glen Hansard, Avid Dancer, Augustines, Places to Hide, Hereticks, TOY, The Head and the Heart, Damien Jurado, Hammock, Flume and Chet Faker, Battleme, Buffalo Clover, Strange Names, Los Macuanos, Royal Bangs and Golden Gardens...


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Previous: Episode092 - Word Of Mouth
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♬Liner Notes♬: If last week brought you funky new music to make love to, this week brings the rock after the loving! Newest in new sounds from Battleme, Hereticks, Golden Gardens, Flume and Chet Faker and so much more... Let's Pump Up Tha Volume!

Static Jacks
"Wallflowers"
'In Blue'
Old Friends, 2013
Note: "A couple of years ago, a friend recommended The Static Jacks, introducing it as a strong, solid rock band out of New Jersey. Those adjectives still adorn the façade of the group upon the release of its second effort, In Blue, out on October 1 on Old Friends Records... Notable even among these standout tracks is lead single “Wallflowers,” which struts about like a mid-career Weezer sing-a-long, complete with crooning “oooo”s and a catchy chorus. The song, about accepting the affections of an overeager stalker, is fun and easily digestible — which, for the band, is a big weapon in its hunt for success."
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Title Fight
"Be a Toy"
'Spring Songs' EP
Revelation, 2013
Note: "Title Fight are from Kingston, Penn., an erstwhile coalmining town in the northeast part of the Keystone State that uses Wilkes-Barre as its metropolitan reference point. Though its punk scene is vibrant and tight-knit, to the point of being kinda quaint, a band looking to break out on a national level needs an almost pathological level of ambition. Of course, you need great songs as well and Title Fight have plenty of those... “Be A Toy” susses out the musical currency existing between early-90s Merge and mid-90s pop-punk as well as the emotional underpinning—I mean both cohorts were accused of being “slackers," right? And “Be A Toy” finds common ground in a line like “do you regret being used/are you used to it yet?”, trying to get your rocks off while feeling like crap."
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Glen Hansard
"Step Out of the Shadows"
'Drive All Night' EP
ANTI-, 2013
Note: He's in The Frames and Swell Season, but here's some solo action... "Glen Hansard, the Irish singer-songwriter who won an Oscar for his work on the 2006 movie "Once," takes a minute - or nine - to pay tribute to one of his major influences on this four-song EP... Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Joe Henry and saxophonist Jake Clemons, nephew of the late Clarence, kindly drop in to help out on [title track "Drive All Night"]... and going a cappella on the intense "Step Out of the Shadows," which actually sounds a lot like a nod to the Boss' boss, Bob Dylan."
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Avid Dancer
"Stop Playing With My Heart"
self-released, 2013
Note: Song source KUTX notes, "The U.S. Marine Corps and indie pop seem like they’d be worlds apart, but Jacob Dillan Summers has a boot in both. The L.A. native is a former Marine and world champion in rudimental snare drumming, and he’s translated that into his own music. Summers records under the name Avid Dancer, and he’ll be making his debut on January 21 with a 7″ single." Meanwhile, Spin says, "Avid Dancer is Jacob Summers, a former U.S. Marine and a world champion at the art of rudimental snare drumming. While his first song ever, "Stop Playing With My Heart," certainly sports a steady rhythm, the focus here is on the bigger picture — specifically the way his bright vocals, swirling guitars, and buzzing keys evoke the psychedelic sound of Tame Impala, though somehow sent back to the '60s so all that soulful loveliness can rattle around in the heyday a bit. "You're the only one," Summers sings, "All the others are gone." Of course, if the Los Angeles-based Avid Dancer continues down this promising path, there will be a whole new batch of "others" to come."
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Augustines
"Cruel City"
'Augustines'
Votiv/Oxcart, 2014
Note: "The band members formerly known as We Are Augustines moved from Brooklyn to Seattle since their 2011 debut Rise Ye Sunken Ships. "Cruel City," the first track from the now-just Augustines' upcoming self-titled album, bears traces of both hometowns. The scrappy vitality of the Pacific Northwest indie-rock scene meets the type of gruff yet sophisticated rafter-raising you might expect from the National. The group, formed out of the breakup of Brooklyn's Pela, will release its sophomore LP on January 21, 2014, via Votiv/Oxcart."
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Places to Hide
"Self Preservation"
'Almost Nothing'
self-released, 2013
Note: "Admirably sloppy and endearingly blunt (sample lyric: “the summer is so hot/and I just want to have sex with you”), Atlanta’s Places To Hide put forth a sometimes brutally honest portrayal of twentysomething malaise in their garage-crafted tunes... Their debut album, Almost Nothing, was released in June 2013, consisting of 10 pop-structured garage tunes that sonically recall strains of ’90s lo-fi and third wave emo."
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Hereticks
"Promised Land"
'Hereticks' EP
self-released, 2013
Note: "A heretic is someone that goes their own way, against accepted doctrine or dogma. Hereticks is a tight five-piece from Austin that knows a thing or two about pop music, but isn’t afraid to do their own thang. The band got its start back in 2011... They released their debut full-length Engine in July 2013, and a phenomenal self-titled EP back in October. The EP opens with the gentle “I Only Pretend,” a tune with shades of Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips or early-naughts Shins. But the four-song EP’s tentpole has gotta be “Promised Land.” It’s a track that lives in the sweet spot. The tempo is quick but not fast, just right for head-bobbing. The arrangements are grand but devoid of schmaltz. The playing is virtuosic without being flashy."
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TOY
"Endlessly"
'Join The Dots'
Heavenly, 2013
Note: "It has the same sense of momentum as the debut. Songs pound onwards, elliptical guitar lines wrapping round and round, and there's an all encompassing feeling of travelling vast distances. Relentlessly, confidently and quite, quite spectacularly... Fast workers, TOY. Just over a year since their debut and now a second album has arrived... 'Endlessly' is slightly pensive while still driving along on a krautrock rhythm."
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The Head and the Heart
"Let's Be Still" (Live on KCRW)
'Let's Be Still'
Sub Pop, 2013
Note: The breakout Seattle sextet gave Episode077 its "Shake" title track and now they're back with an exclusive live version of their latest full-length's title track. Song source KCRW says, "During The Head and the Heart's recent Morning Becomes Eclectic session, the track "Let's Be Still" was a clear standout and we're happy to offer this exclusive live version as Today's Top Tune." Meanwhile, Consequence of Sound notes that, "Throughout the album, The Head and the Heart stress that, although nothing is permanent and life in 21st century America is a hectic blur, we can prolong what’s worth cherishing by taking our foot off the accelerator, if only for a moment. The title cut spells this out explicitly, as the band cautions, “If we don’t slow down soon things might not last.” This plea for recess from a world “spinning a little too fast” conveys a sentiment with which frazzled Millennials can easily identify."
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Damien Jurado
"Jericho Road"
'Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son'
Secretly Canadian, 2014
Note: Last heard on Episode085/086, the buildup to his eleventh LP (out Jan 21) is becoming palpable. "Damien Jurado’s new album Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son was a powerful enough album to inspire Father John Misty to write a lengthy essay about it and its creator’s brilliance. Now you can finally get an idea of what he was talking about by streaming the new album..."
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Hammock
"My Mind Was a Fog… My Heart Became a Bomb"
'Oblivion Hymns'
Hammock, 2013
Note: Recommended if you like Boards Of Canada, Explosions In The Sky and Stars Of The Lid? How about yes! "Formed by Nashville guitarists Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson, Hammock creates emotionally stirring ambient music that skillfully uses post-rock dynamics in a subtly devastating manner... Although “My Mind Was a Fog... My Heart Became a Bomb” is primarily based around the duo’s reliably shimmering ambient guitars, it certainly doesn’t lack the grandeur of their more extravagant work. Across the song’s steadily paced, five-minute build, the duo’s pepper chiming notes against the canvas of a looming crescendo." This is their sixth full-length.
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Flume and Chet Faker
"Drop the Game"
'Lockjaw'
Future Classic, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says, "Australian electronic artists Flume and Chet Faker have teamed up for the EP, Lockjaw, including this standout track. With Faker's falsetto vocals and superb production, Today's Top Tune has quickly become a KCRW favorite." And Renowned for Sound concurs, "The two Australian musicians first joined forces on Flume’s debut album with the track Left Alone. Now, they’re back with a captivating three-track EP, Lockjaw. Lockjaw begins with Drop the Game; a slow-moving, head-bopping, thump of an electronic anthem. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a song that’s draws me in so much that I end up playing it on repeat for hours on end, but that’s exactly what happened upon first hearing this track."
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Battleme
"Just Weight"
'Future Runs Magnetic'
El Camino, 2014
Note: Well, it finally happened: a friend's band made it on to PUTV! I worked with drummer Zach Richards at the local organic grocery store for a few years and am super stoked and proud of him... "Singer/songwriter Matt Drenik has been making waves in the music industry since 2006 when he began his tenure as frontman of the heavy metal band Lions. In 2009, he decided to expand his musical horizons and created the persona Battleme as a solo creative outlet... Today’s offering, “Just Weight”, opens like a guitar heavy, punk rock ballad, but it swiftly transitions into a more mellow, addictive melody. You can almost feel the way Drenik’s relocation from Texas to Portland has influenced his easygoing and effortless sound."
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Buffalo Clover
"Misery"
'Test Your Love'
self-released, 2013
Note: "The band Buffalo Clover call Nashville home, but their 60s and 70s-inspired, soul-inflected roots-rock is as Memphis as it is Music City... In November, Buffalo Clover released their latest record, the Kickstarter-funded Test Your Love. The album has that warm, vintage sound made for vinyl grooves. The band feels loose and laid-back, completely at home with the sound, and Price’s voice has just the right amount of sweet sass. One of the record’s standouts is “Misery,” a slow-burn groover that sounds like The Band recording at Muscle Shoals. Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard stopped by the studio when Buffalo Clover recorded Test Your Love. Howard backs up Price on vocals. Their two voices fit together like a handshake."
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Strange Names
"Ricochet"
'Common Attraction'
self-released, 2014
Note: Making their third trip to PUTV, it's the MPLS/NYC duo with the strange name. "Much like the previous stuff from the Strange Names oeuvre, this upbeat, clap-along pop track has an undeniable time machine component to it. Recorded locally at the Terrarium with producer Chris Heidman, there's an immediate bounce to "Ricochet" spraying from its vintage drums and bass line."
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Los Macuanos
"Mar Negro" (w/ May Roosevelt)
'El Origen'
Nacional, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says this band has been called Mexico's Kraftwerk! The Passion of the Weiss blog says, "Los Macuanos is probably the grooviest band I’ve ever heard that makes music about politics, corruption, narco violence and urban decay... Los Macuanos’ new album, El Origen, compiles many of the tracks they’ve recorded over their four-year run, showing how they’ve evolved over the years." This track features Greek thereminist/composer May Roosevelt.
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Royal Bangs
"Better Run"
'Brass'
Modern Art, 2013
Note: "Ahead of Royal Bangs' fourth album Brass – which was produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney...the Knoxville, Tennessee, band delivers an inventive clip for its infectious new song "Better Run."... The group recorded their followup to 2011's acclaimed Flux Outside at Haptown Studios in Nashville..." The band also spent late summer 2013 opening for Jimmy Eat World.
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Golden Gardens
"The Ghost of a Total Stranger"
'Bellflower' EP
self-released, 2013
Note: Last heard on PUTV almost a year ago, the Seattle duo returns with new sounds to send us out. "Golden Gardens seem like they just spent the morning eating a nice piece of cherry pie, drinking a satisfying cup of coffee, and are now interacting with some of the regulars of the Twin Peaks diner. Their Lynchian sound, however, is not contrived – it is, indeed, of a spiritual arena... “The Ghost of a Total Stranger” begins with a bang, setting up instantly the drama, but then the song softens with strings and the feeling of depletion."
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@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
Nice vinyl! RT @PumpUpThaVolume: From RCA.. ♫ "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Watch: We're a little late to the party, but "MFN" by @CiboMattoCiboMa gives us a line to live our 2014 by.
Check out @common's new track "War"
"The Pride of Slab Fork, #WestVirginia", #BillWithers is nominated for the "Best Historical Album" #Grammy
One of #ChrisWalla's favorite bands...it's Yellow Ostrich! New record #cosmos... ♫ "Ghost" by @yellowostrich
I slipped up and played the same song 2wice on #Episode088 and #Episode092, "You're not good enough" by #BloodOrange. It's hard being OCD...
This was probably the best record of 2013 after all... ♫ "Donny of the Decks" by @FutureoftheLeft
Ani DiFranco's 1995 release Not a Pretty Girl is newly re-mastered for vinyl from the original studio tapes.
From Wild Beasts to Angel Haze, 20 tracks you need to hear this week
The film 'Imperial Dream' scored by @flyinglotus will make it's worldwide premiere at @sundancefest 2014
Insane Clown Posse Defends Fans, With F. B.I. Lawsuit
The #Coachella lineup was just announced! @arcadefire, Outkast, @muse, @myMotorhead, @TheReplacements & a LOT more.
Singing the praises of #AgainstMe! and @LauraJaneGrace's 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues'
Welcome to the #PromisedLand playlist w/ @Battleme @ChetFaker @Hereticks @HeadAndTheHeart and much more...

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

Data is beauty

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URL Labs’ Website Of The Week: http://infosthetics.com/ From the site:  ”Inspired by Lev Manovich’s definition of “information aesthetics”, this weblog explores the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization. More specifically, it collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways.”

782: LIVE

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DC cashes in on Haiti / Scars from America's forgotten war / How the NSA threatened William Binney / How the NSA threatens American security / Plus - Korean protests and Louisiana land bubbles!

The Case(s) Against the NSA, Tracking Haiti Aid, Vets Forgotten

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  9:15 – Economist Mark Weisbrot follows the money from post-quake Haiti into the pockets of contractors and corporations. Mark has been keeping track of the situation at CEPR’s Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog. Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. 9:55 – Live from Seoul, Read more

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


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

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

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