@PumpUpThaVolume! Episode046 - The Feeling Kind was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Cheatahs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Gliss, Jenny O, Alice Russell, Goat, Pillowfight, Veronica Falls, Cayucas, Ultraísta, The Crystal Ark, Usonia and Vox Mod... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
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♬Liner Notes♬: Another awesome episode with a lot of great new music from some of the most exciting new artists around... Put yr headphones on and Pump Up Tha Volume!
Note: The Point Of Everything blog says "Here’s a throwback to the early 90s. Cheatahs are a London-based four piece featuring a German, an English guy, a Canadian and an American; there’s a joke in there somewhere. Wichita Recordings have signed them up and release their debut EP, Sans... Opening track ‘The Swan’ features loud guitars, a swirling riff underneath and a smokey chorus over the top."
Thao And The Get Down Stay Down
"The Feeling Kind"
Note: Holy Moley, Thao And The Get Down Stay Down's album 'Holy Roller' makes its third appearance on PUTV! AllMusic says that "A few tracks into We the Common, singer/songwriter/bandleader Thao Nguyen bridges from verse to chorus on "The Feeling Kind" with the lyrics "Oh, honey look alive!/It's just human troubles in the modern times." This seemingly benign couplet actually speaks volumes for where Nguyen's head is at on this album and the general focus on the larger human community that defines its songs." Hey and I just learned that they're originally from Falls Church, Virginia... I been there!
"Weight Of Love"
Modern Outsider, 2013
Note: The Phoenix says "If rock and roll is three chords and the truth, then the mutant genre offspring shoegaze can be summed up as one chord, three fuzzboxes, and a sullen, muttered bleat... But rather than rely on the typical shoegaze trope of kicking up the volume so loud that notes bleed into each other, tracks like album highlight "Weight of Love" are buoyed by a languorous and resigned mood that smothers rather than obliterates, an elevation of shrugged impertinence that threatens to blot out the sun."
Holy Trinity, 2013
Note: For the second week in a row, Jenny O. joins PUTV for another track from 'Automechanic'. Direct Current Music says "It seems only fitting that producer Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Dawes) went to the analog 2" tape to record Automechanic, the just-released debut longplayer from Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jenny O. While many of her LA-LA-land contemporaries can't think of anything finer than a perfectly modulated synth beat, Jenny O. is happiest pursuing the more organic 70's styled folk/pop sound of nearby Laurel Canyon."
"For a While"
Differ-ant/Tru Thoughts, 2013
Note: Last heard way back on Episode008 (back before we even had liner notes!), Alice Russell returns to PUTV with brand new sounds. Song source KCRW says "We've been waiting five years for a new solo recording from UK soul and blues singer Alice Russell. To Dust is worth the wait, as the lovelorn singer makes heartbreak sound sexy and danceable."
Note: Song source KEXP says "Like another masked, vocally disorienting Swedish group (The Knife), Goat attack the listeners from all sides on “Goatman”, but the incorporation of African rhythms and Sabbath-esque waves of sludge make it a fascinating delusion to get lost in."
"In The Afternoon"
Note: Another recent returner to PUTV is the new Dan The Automator joint! The SF Music Sluts blog says "Pillow Fight is a collaboration between long time Bay Area producer Dan the Automator and New York based folk-y/soul and songwriter Emily Wells. Dan was in the market for a female singer for his new project when mutual friend Kid Koala suggested Emily. Emily flew out to San Francisco for a 3-day recording marathon."
'Waiting for Something to Happen'
Note: Their label (which is home to the awesome Violens) says "You may have had them tagged as goth-tinged pop fantasists, but with their much anticipated sophomore album ''Waiting For Something To Happen,'' Veronica Falls easily shrug off any notions of a difficult second album to create something that is easily more polished, more affecting, and more enduring than their peers could dream of making, and stake their claim as one of the most gloriously unpredictable and invaluable bands on the scene right now."
"High School Lover"
Secretly Canadian, 2013
Note: Last heard on Episode041, Cayucas returns to PUTV right after announcing their upcoming full-length. Song source KCRW says "Named after a sleepy seaside town in San Luis Obispo, the band Cayucas captures that enigmatic dreamy California sound. Today's Top Tune is "High School Lover" about a girl who used to write love letters to lead singer Zach Yudin"
Temporary Residence, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says "Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Beck's drummer Joey Waronker team up with vocalist Laura Bettinson as Ultraísta. Their impeccable self-titled debut is a lush mix leaning toward the avant garde in electronica."
The Crystal Ark
"We Came To"
'The Crystal Ark'
Note: Consequence Of Sound says that "In a post-LCD Soundsystem world, there’s an obvious dance punk void that just begs to be filled. Gavin Russom, the The Crystal Ark’s driving force alongside Viva Ruiz, toured with James Murphy and company for years, not to mention releasing his side projects on DFA Records. So even though the obvious comparisons beg to be made, The Crystal Ark, the project which Russom appears to be taking most seriously at this given moment, exists in a realm all its own."
"How Does It Feel"
Note: Minneapolis' City Pages says this band's sophomore record is "...A sublime slice of headphone-friendly pop, confidently encompassing everything from jagged-nerve new wave...to white-boy soul-rock with enough sass to make Hall & Oates burn with envy..."
"Iridescent Asteroid Mists"
Note: Song source KEXP closes us out again with another Pacific Northwest artist "Scot Porter’s world is one that few of us can completely comprehend. His mixture of hip hop and spacey synth textures makes him a pretty unique figure on the Seattle scene. He’s been making ground-breaking tracks for more than a couple years now, but with SYN-AESTHETIC, his fifth full-length record, he’s taking a big step forward and inviting friends along for the ride." The maybe shoulda been our title track!
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(Thanks again to @KEXP, @KCRW, @TheCurrent and you!)