@PumpUpThaVolume! Episode044 - Never Enough was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Whitehorse, Richard Thompson, Blackbird Blackbird, Wake Owl, Hey Marseilles, IO Echo, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Trixie Whitley, Fur, Amor De Dias, Foxygen, HAERTS, Carroll, José James and Golden Gardens... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
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♬Liner Notes♬: Another amazing week of the full fifteen songs of brand new music from legends like Richard Thompson and Nick Cave and newcomers IO Echo, Foxygen, José James and much more... Let's Pump Up Tha Volume!
"Devil's Got A Gun"
'The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss'
Six Shooter, 2012
Note: With one of the best album title's I've heard in a while, the Canadian duo has garnered great reviews. "Get between the smouldering desire of these two singer/songwriters and you will be crushed... It's their obvious passion, love and chemistry that makes these beautifully arranged, masterfully written alt-country love letters shine... It's the unexpected left turns that make this project exciting."
New West, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says "Guitar king Richard Thompson took his band to Nashville to record with producer Buddy Miller on his forthcoming album. 'Electric' demonstrates Thompson's signature picking style and highlights his songwriting."
Lavish Habits, 2012
Note: Amazon says "Blackbird Blackbird is the moniker of San Francisco-based wünderkind Mikey Maramag. His unique style of dreamy folktronica recalls influences from all ends of the musical spectrum; deeply textured, hypnotic songs pay homage to psychedelic pop of the likes of Caribou and Washed Out, while the warmth of analogue instrumentation spliced with digital artifacts hints at contemporaries James Blake, Four Tet and Mount Kimbie."
'Wild Country EP'
Note: The Music Ninja says "The beauty and perhaps the most inspiring quality about Wake Owl‘s Wild Country EP is its impeccable and delicate recording. Every single instrument used, brings forward the warmth and charisma of each guitar pluck, percussion and of course, the longing vocals..."
'Lines We Trace'
Onto Entertainment, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says "Seattle's Hey Marseilles deliver their brand of "folkestra" on Lines We Trace, their sophomore album, a sound reminiscent of The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons." Meanwhile, another song source, KEXP, says: "This Seattle band’s second album is a gorgeous set of chamber folk-pop with a lush, acoustic-oriented sound combining cello, viola, trumpet, clarinet, accordion, piano, guitars and drums with Matt Bishop’s plaintive tenor and the band’s airy harmonies on beautifully crafted songs with poignant lyrics and heart-tugging melodies." Furthermore, Hey Marseilles just showed up on NPR's World Cafe and the Seattle band will also be playing here in Portland on March 2nd... Oh, and I just noticed that their Twitter link is misspelled on their website :(
"Ministry of Love"
'IO Echo' EP
Note: For the second week in a row we get a tantalyzing track from the LA duo's self-titled debut EP. Song source KEXP says the song is a "multi-layered, beautiful track that sounds like it belongs just as much in a nightclub as it does in a cathedral, “Ministry of Love” marries pop and shoegaze in a haunting union that bodes well for the duo’s forthcoming full length debut."
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
'Push The Sky Away'
Bad Seed Ltd., 2013
Note: Stereogum says "I’m not certain of many things in this life, but here’s one thing I know: I am going to enjoy Push The Sky Away, the new Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, when it arrives next month. Cave has already allowed us to hear its first single “We No Who U R” (and showed us its creeped-out Gaspar Noé video). And now we get a lyric video for the new song “Jubilee Street,” which, brilliantly, takes the form of a much-redacted CIA-style document. As for the song itself, it’s seven minutes of craggy and lecherous slow-burning decadence, and it’s every bit as stickily badass as that description implies."
Strong Blood, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says "Trixie Whitley is the protégé of super producer Daniel Lanois. Her full-length debut, Fourth Corner, is named for the seasons of the year and the emotional cycles of life: love, rage, happiness and loneliness." And she's the daughter of the late Chris Whitley!
'Image On The Reverse'
Note: Song source KEXP says "Combining the dark, immediate conviction of With Teeth-era Nine Inch Nails with the frantic turmoil of Turn on The Bright Lights-era Interpol, Detroit’s Fur is adept at channeling both the Motor City’s metallic chill and the Big Apple’s midnight noir into hook-laden bangers."
Amor De Dias
'The House at Sea'
Note: Pitchfork says "Amor De Días' 2011 debut, Street of the Love of Days, was a collection of soft-focus pop and Spanish folk sketches that drew attention away from its main selling point: the presence of Alasdair MacLean, frontman of the on-hiatus Clientele. The first single from Amor De Dias' sophomore bow, "Jean's Waving", possesses cutting, clean guitars and a sprightly tempo that recalls the later work of the Clientele, while MacLean's voice stops time completely as he reels off his favorite images -- houses passing by, streets, rain, and, of course, the memory of someone waving goodbye."
'We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic'
Note: When their debut EP came out last summer, Pitchfork said "Foxygen haven't so much produced memorable songs as much as cool, disembodied sonic layers that might one day coalesce into memorable songs in your head if you listen to it enough." Now the full-length (with ANOTHER one of the better album titles I've heard in a while) is just out and one of the early reviews says "The freshness of the smell of this vinyl record is rivaled ONLY with the freshness of the sounds it produces!"
Note: Song source KEXP says "HAERTS is a band from New York hailing from Germany, England, and the United States... As a one-off release, “Wings” is about as flawless as pop tunes come. The rhythm groove comes right off the top of 80s charts. It’s development is built like magic and the balance between control and 80s reverb overload"
Note: Tiny Mix Tapes says that "While there are certainly bands and bards in 2013 hunting for ways to revolutionize melodies with unknown sounds and shapes, Carroll’s “Lead Balloon” propose that a crystal, honest voice and clean chords are all it takes to fully sate a certain set of aural needs."
"Come to My Door"
'No Beginning No End'
Blue Note, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says "Sure to make many Top 10 lists this year, José James' new record, No Beginning No End, is sexy and sublime. It's been a KCRW favorite for months now and ["Come to My Door"] is one his most romantic songs"
'How Brave The Hunted Wolves'
Neon Sigh, 2012
Note: Song source KEXP says our closing track from this Seattle dreamgaze duo "is an absolutely-dreamlike song that slows down/speeds up/completely messes with time, trapping whatever it is you happen to be doing or not doing at that time and holding onto it in that moment for exactly three minutes and 11 seconds."
@PumpUpThaVolume Music News:
My Bloody Valentine might pull a Bowie and drop the 22-years-in-the-making 'Loveless' follow-up tomorrow or Wednesday
Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters vocal trio, has died
Witness says rapper Rick Ross was inside Rolls Royce that crashed into building after shooting
@DepecheMode is an #audiophile's dream. Listen to their new single #Heaven
U hear the news? @thethermals announce new album 'Desperate Ground' out April 16 on their new label @saddlecreek!
UPDATE: My Bloody Valentine's New Album Broke the Internet
(Thanks again to @KEXP, @KCRW, @TheCurrent and you!)