@PumpUpThaVolume! Episode035 - Keep Coming Back was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Mike Coykendall, Midnight Magic, Turtle Giant, The Coup, Nosaj Thing, Little Green Cars, A.C. Newman, Menahan Street Band, My Bubba and Mi, Borko, Aaron Embry, Prissy Clerks, Jim James and Edmund Wayne w/ River Giant... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
Previous: Episode034 - Secret Days
♬Liner Notes♬: Oh man, now it's already December 1st and I've really gotta get on that 'Best of 2012' mixtape! (I have started laying it out and I can tell you it will feature The Vaccines, Violens, Rufus, Lana and much more!) But until then there's still more awesome new music from A.C. Newman, Aaron Embry, Menahan Street Band and even more Icelandic bands (for some reason) - it's all right here on Pump Up Tha Volume!
"The Hippie Girl"
'Chasing Away the Dots'
Fluff and Gravy, 2012
Note: Portland's own Willamette Week says about this living Portland legend: "As on previous efforts, there's no single genre or style at play on Dots. "The Hippie Girl," which features some ghosty slide guitar from Eric Earley and lite guest vocals from the New Girl and Ben Gibbard, is a breather at the start of the album's B-side, which is more psychedelic than its A-side."
"Walking the Midnight Streets"
'Walking the Midnight Streets'
Midnight Sun Sound, 2012
Note: BuffaBLOG says " Brooklyn based, nine member ensemble Midnight Magic released their new LP, Walking The Midnight Streets, this November. The band describes themselves as, "the secret love children of Donna Summer and George Clinton serving up an orgasmic feast of funk, disco, electro and soul," and I am finding it difficult to come by a better explanation of their eclectic, retro-influenced dance jams. "
"Germany I & II"
'All Hidden Places' EP
Note: Right Chord Music says "After forming in Sao Paulo a mere 3 years ago, Turtle Giant have become a fast-growing and perfectly oiled machine. The trio, having spent years touring Asia, South America and Europe with their last offerings, are back with a brand new E.P."
"The Magic Clap"
'Sorry To Bother You'
Note: Good 'ol Rolling Stone says "The Coup's biting political lyrics have long raised eyebrows but on "The Magic Clap," the rap group gives a more lighthearted take on FBI interrogation. MC Boots Riley is apprehended by suits before Pam the Funkstress steps in to free him, letting the hero escape on a bike. "The Magic Clap" snaps and shakes with Riley's soulful flow and a gritty, funky bassline."
Innovative Leisure, 2012
Note: Song source KCRW says "Nosaj Thing is an LA-based producer and DJ, but he's also a musician with a sophomore full-length that incorporates all of his talents. He's worked with a diverse line up of artists simpatico with his melodious sound including The xx, Flying Lotus and Beck... an extension of his captivating cinematic style it's called "Snap," from the CD Home."
Little Green Cars
"The John Wayne"
'The John Wayne' single
Note: Song source KEXP says "When Little Green Cars played KEXP’s CMJ Showcase earlier this fall, the most impressive aspect of the Dublin quintet’s performance wasn’t their five-part harmonies, palpable chemistry, or Irish charm -- it was their sincerity."
"Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns"
'Shut Down The Streets'
Note: Returning to PUTV after Episode031, Pitchfork says "New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman has a new solo album, Shut Down the Streets... he's let go another cut from the record, "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns", which features his fellow New Pornos member Neko Case on backing vocals."
Menahan Street Band
"Keep Coming Back"
Note: Making their second appearance on PUTV after Episode031, I even heard the band on our local jazz station, KMHD! Song source KCRW says this "Brooklyn-based Menahan Street Band is made up of a bunch of multi-instrumentalists whose funky riffs are often sampled."
My Bubba and Mi
"Through and Through"
'Wild & You' EP
Beep! Beep! Back Up The Truck, 2011
Note: From their own bandcamp page, this Icelandic duo says: "My bubba & Mi is a daringly sweet pair of ladies, whose songs are slow and easy, teasing and pleasing. They call them lullabies from the countryside, with one part sweet talking, one part mumbo jumbo and one part pure wisdom. Bubba plays the guitar and the banjo, and My has a really old table harp. And they sing. Sweetly and simply, songs that stroke you like a banana cream pie."
'Born to Be Free'
Sound Of A Handshake/Forced Ex, 2012
Note: Song source KEXP says that "While his first album as Borko took six years to record (2008′s Celebrating Life), and his latest another four, Iceland’s Björn Kristiansson has been active in the Reykjavik music community all along -- as a contributing member to other bands, as a music composer for dance, theater and film, and as a primary school music teacher."
"Moon Of A Daylit Sky"
Community Music, 2012
Note: Last heard on Episode030, My Morning Download says "Singer-songwriter Aaron Embry is a singer-songwriter, writer and has been a furloughed member of Edward Sharpe and a Magnetic Zeros. He recently expelled his stunning, emotionally heated entrance album, Tiny Prayers."
"Bruise Or Be Bruised"
'Bruise Or Be Bruised'
Forged Artifacts, 2012
Note: Minneapolis' Gimme Noise blog put this hometown band on their "Picked to Click 2012" list and PUTV thanks the band for their tweet love!
"Know til Now"
'Regions of Light and Sound of God'
Note: Song source KCRW says "My Morning Jacket front-man Jim James is finally releasing his first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, which he wrote, recorded and engineered by himself at home in Louisville. This process allowed James to explore new sonic directions at his own pace."
"To the Bugs on My Ceiling (w/ River Giant)"
'Edmund Wayne EP'
Note: Song source KEXP says "The Edmund Wayne EP is more introspective, more atmospheric -- in short, more essentially a vehicle for Krause’s hushed, lilting, twanging songs. Fellow WA trio River Giant backed up Krause on three of the five tracks on the EP, including today’s featured song. “To the Bugs on My Ceiling” pushes along in 3/4 time as swelling horns, guitars, and harmonies build the song up to its elevated finish. The EP is carefully and beautifully done, and is yet another excellent record from a Northwest artist to come out this year."
@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
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Party master @AndrewWK will go to the middle east even if the State Department won't help
You can bet Morrissey will never, ever go dubstep. But San Fran's Blackbird Blackbird went ahead and did it for him
Sia turns in a polished cover of Rihanna's "Diamonds," which she co-wrote
Hardcore Mettle: Bad Brains' strange survival tale
'Forbes' magazine's highest paid musician doesn't make music anymore
Watch the history of video games in 6 minutes – soundtracked by 50 rap songs that sample them
As of today, Metallica is an indie band
Led Zeppelin will appear on Monday's episode of Late Show with David Letterman
Picked up #EllaFitzgerald's #MistyBlue on #vinyl, which is apparently an album of country covers!
(Thanks again to @KEXP, @KCRW, @TheCurrent and you!)