@PumpUpThaVolume! Episode032 - I Swung The Election was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Tamaryn, Daphni, Cult of Youth, California Wives, Citizens Band, Woods, Django Django, Cody ChestnuTT, Sin Fang, Lost Brothers, How to Dress Well, The Heavy, Gloss, Matt and Kim and The Maldives... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
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♬Liner Notes♬: Changelujah! Now that the interminable Presidential sElection has finally ended we can get back to what really matters... Like getting together my list of my favorite music of the year to hopefully be featured on an end-of-the-year mixtape from Media Monarchy! But until then, it's another awesome episode of brand new music from PUTV alums Django Django and The Heavy plus first time apearances from Tamaryn, Daphni, Cult of Youth, California Wives, Cody ChestnuTT, Matt & Kim and much more... Now let's sit back, put our headphones on and Pump Up Tha Volume!
'Tender New Signs'
Mexican Summer/Kemado, 2012
Note: The mighty Pitchfork notes that "Back in 2010, shoegaze outfit Tamaryn dropped a very solid debut LP, The Waves. On October 16, Mexican Summer releases the new album from Tamaryn, Tender New Signs, and "I'm Gone" is the first single from that album." The San Francisco duo are label mates with Best Coast, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Ariel Pink and many more PUTV alums.
Note: Song source KCRW says "Dan Snaith, who records as Caribou, has added a new moniker to his arsenal: Daphni. This shape shifter makes his way to the dance floor with his new CD, Jiaolong."
Cult of Youth
"Man and Man's Ruin"
'Love Will Prevail'
Sacred Bones, 2012
Note: Stereogum says the Brooklyn band's sophomore album is "a chilly and unforgiving piece of work. But it’s also catchy and propulsive and compulsively listenable, and it’s well worth your attention... The slashing acoustic guitars and jittery strings and upside-down-bucket drums all remain, but they spend slightly less time lunging for the jugular."
"Blood Red Youth"
Note: The review on iTunes says "Aggression and atmosphere both count for a great deal on California Wives’ debut album, Art History. The Chicago quartet puts a 21st-century spin on familiar ideas, combining New Order's moody simmer with the instrumental bite of The Police." And they even teamed up with Sharpie for a little promotional push because, hey, who doesn't use Sharpies?
"I Swung the Election" (w/ Nina Persson)
'Grab a Root and Growl'
Note: With a classic song composed by Glenn Miller in 1939, the political cabaret troupe The Citizens Band gives up our title track while making politics swing! " Grab a Root and Growl features carefully constructed kitsch, accordion and waltzing guitars, while the Citizen Bands' stage act adds a whole lot of sexy to the mix. The group's newest video "I Swung the Election," is a simple snapshot of the Citizens in action." The song features The Cardigans' Nina Persson on lead vocals.
"Back to the Stone"
Note: Song source KEXP says the Brooklyn band is "Now on their seventh album and on their own label, Woods are more realized and cohesive than Earl could have ever imagined. Delicately arranged and precisely executed, “Back To The Stone” finds Earl leading the other members of Woods into an echoing chasm of sound. The peak of Earl’s bright voice is augmented by a jangling electric guitar and shimmering acoustic strum, and as the layers swirl into a dizzying crescendo, the band’s pastoral folk reaches its highest point, conjuring a feeling that’s both natural and otherworldly. "
Because Music, 2012
Note: Last heard on Episode025, the Scottish band returns to PUTV as Pitchfork says "The artwork for Edinburgh-via-London band Django Django's eponymous debut perfectly sums up the record's basic contrast: the clash of the dustbowl against some futuristic, swirling alien presence. Prairie guitars with heavy-thumbed top strings sidestep and shuffle around chirruping synthesizers, sonar-shaky womps, and krautrock plains in a fashion not dissimilar to Beck's more recent releases."
"That's Still Mama"
'Landing On A Hundred'
Note: Song source KCRW notes "Soul troubadour Cody Chestnutt sings his heart out on his new release, Landing on a Hundred. He recorded it with a 10-piece band at the sonic birthplace of many great records, Royal Studios in Memphis. He says his hands tingled while using the same mic Al Green recorded with!" Meanwhile, NPR says "the new album trims the singer's ambitions to a comparatively lean 12 songs, it fleshes out and enriches his sound in every way, while showcasing a powerful voice that still conjures Stevie Wonder and countless other influences and antecedents."
"Shine For Me"
'Half Dreams' EP
Morr Music, 2012
Note: Song source KEXP says the Icelandic Sin Bear is a "popular figure in his own home country, Sindri gained international acclaim first with Seabear, a solo project that began in 2003 and grew into a seven-member collective... Today’s featured song, “Shine for Me,” from the stopgap EP Half Dreams, is a swooning, ethereal sing-along."
"Bird In A Cage"
'Trails of the Lonely (Parts 1 & 3)'
Bird Dog, 2012
Note: As the Irish Examiner says, "There’s no doubting that The Lost Brothers wear their influences on their sleeves. Echoes of the Everley Brothers, Nick Drake, Paul Mc Cartney, The Kinks, The Louvin Brothers, Gram Parsons and even Simon & Garfunkel are discernible on this, their impressive debut, Trails of the Lonely (Parts 1 & 111). Two Irishmen exiled in London, the ‘Brothers’ made the long journey to the Blue Rooms Studio in Portland, Oregon, to record this collection."
How to Dress Well
Note: Song source KCRW says "Tom Krell refines his fractured beat falsetto as How to Dress Well. His new album, aptly titled Total Loss, was a response to lost love." Meanwhile, the Guardian notes that "How to Dress Well may sound like a lesson in tailoring etiquette, but is actually the performing name of Colorado-born Tom Krell, whose second album of ethereal R&B songs about sadness, death and devastation, Total Loss, was released recently to rapturous acclaim."
"What Makes A Good Man?"
'The Glorious Dead'
Counter/Ninja Tune, 2012
Note: Returning to PUTV after their first appearance on Episode027, AllMusic says "The Heavy's third studio album, 2012's The Glorious Dead is a bombastic acid rock, funk, and blues-soaked album that sounds like the illegitimate offspring of the Black Keys and Gnarls Barkley. In that sense, it builds nicely upon The Heavy's previous work and should please fans of the band's quirky take on rootsy soul-influenced music."
"Front Porch" single
Note: Sounds Better With Reverb says about this five-piece based in Minneapolis, "Its a new day and here’s a new band for you! Gloss is a five piece act from Minneapolis, their debut single ‘Front Porch’ is a lo-fi dream popper worth some ear time..." Meanwhile, song source The Current says "Gloss is what you would expect from the name: swirling guitar lines doused in dream pop inspired reverb."
Matt and Kim
Note: As the AV Club says about this beloved duo, "With Lightning, Matt And Kim make the glossed-up hi-fi approach of 2010’s Sidewalks a short-lived experiment: Forgoing the studio flair of that record, the twosome returns to home recording and the high-energy, few-instruments method that had previously served it so well."
"I'm Gonna Try"
'Muscle For The Wing'
Spark and Shine, 2012
Note: Closing with a Pacific Northwest band as usual, song source KEXP says the band was "Formerly a nine-piece band, this Seattle group has slimmed down to six members while jettisoning some of their traditional country instrumentation (fiddle, pedal steel) for a grittier, more guitar-oriented roots-rock sound. More important, the songs on their third album are their sharpest batch to date, ranging from Thin Lizzy-influenced rockers to desolate, country-steeped ballads."
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(Thanks again to @KEXP, @KCRW, @TheCurrent and you!)