@PumpUpThaVolume! Episode049 - Do You Feel was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Dog Bite, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Guided By Voices, DRGN KING, James Hunter Six, José James, Mister Lies, Dirty Projectors, Willy Mason, Brokeback, Bad Bad Hats, Hands and Ghosts I've Met
... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
Previous: Episode048 - Shake It Off
♬Liner Notes♬: Damn, we've got dogs, chickens, dragons and multiple James's on this episode! It's another fantastic batch of cutting edge new music - grab it and growl!
Note: Kicking things off, Paste Magazine says "After touring as Washed Out’s keyboardist, Phil Jones recruited members of Balkans, Mood Rings and Red Sea as well as Washed Out’s touring drummer Cameron Gardner to form Dog Bite. Like Washed out and Toro Y Moi, who Dog Bite is currently touring with, Jones’ new project features reverberating vocals, watery guitar lines and the general dreamy expansiveness that has come to define the “chillwave” sound of his contemporaries."
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
"They Told Me"
Note: Last heard on Episode042, the Portland, Oregon sensation returns to PUTV with another track from their second album. Song source KCRW says the band "offer a slate of rambunctious songs on their sophomore release... Sallie confidently plows into rock n' roll territory often dominated by men."
Guided By Voices
"King Arthur the Red"
'The Bears For Lunch'
GBV Inc., 2013
Note: Holy crap, are GBV still really putting out records? Song source KEXP says "Seemingly looking to make up for lost time, the band issued three new albums of studio material last year and toured behind them. “King Arthur The Red”, the opening track from The Bears For Lunch, the third of the band’s 2012 albums, is a rough, loose, aggressive, and hummable slice of Robert Pollard’s skewed take on the British Invasion." I saw Guided By Voices in '98 or '99 in DC because my favorite band Sloan was opening up for them. They drank more than any band I've ever seen and they played for-freaking-ever - and I don't mean that in a good way.
Note: AllMusic says "Centered around the team of singer/songwriter Dominic Angelella and producer Ritz Reynolds, DRGN King's 2013 debut album, Paragraph Nights, balances soulful melodic songwriting with some psychedelic-tinged, electronica- and hip-hop-influenced production... Similarly, tracks like the ebullient and driving "Wild Night" [are] perfect groovers for a late-summer afternoon."
James Hunter Six
"Chicken Switch/Minute By Minute"
'Minute By Minute'
Note: We get not one, but two tracks from the Grammy nominated retro-blues rockers' new album. The Montreal Gazette "Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth produced these tracks. The choice of a punchy mono mix brings out the feeling of an actual room, particularly in the snap of Jonathan Lee’s drums. In these quarters, musicians respond to each other on the spot, instead of sharing files by e-mail."
"Do You Feel"
'No Beginning No End'
Blue Note, 2013
Note: Last heard on Episode044, James returns to PUTV with this nearly eight minute slow jam epic. The Guardian says "There may even be enough [Robert] Glasper – including his coolly chiming, blues-trilling acoustic piano break on Do You Feel – to keep this gifted singer's earlier, jazz-angled fans onside."
Note: Song source KCRW says "Mister Lies is the moniker of 20-year-old producer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Zanka, whose dorm room insomnia made him gravitate toward his laptop and experiment on nocturnal dance tracks."
"Here 'Til It Says I'm Not"
'About To Die' EP
Note: Last heard on Episode016, the Brooklyn band returns with some leftovers from their last full-length. Pitchfork says "It's not that the music Dirty Projectors are making now is always simple, but when it is, it treats simplicity as a sign of confidence rather than lack of ideas. "
Note: "Willy Mason is a revered songwriter and singer that KCRW has championed since his first recording in 2004. The free-wheelin' storyteller has a penchant for poetry." Conor Oberst was the one who turned KCRW on to him first though.
"Will Be Arriving"
'Brokeback and the Black Rock'
Thrill Jockey, 2013
Note: Song source KEXP says, "The first track on the John McEntire-produced album, “Will Be Arriving” is a bold return for McCombs and company. Across its nearly seven-minute runtime, “Will Be Arriving” evolves from a sparse introduction to a Calexico-style desert crawl to its final peak as a monumental instrumental not too unlike something from the less-dramatic section of Explosions in the Sky’s catalog. It’s a track that emphasizes the emotional grandeur that can be produced by nothing more than four skilled players and a veteran producer who knows how to capture it."
Bad Bad Hats
'It Hurts' EP
Note: Minneapolis' City Pages says hometown band "have recently released their second EP called It Hurts, a five-song package that is reminiscent of bittersweet youthful summer times spent being in and out of love. It's a little sunshine pop, up-tempo enough to have you moving your head along"
Kill Rock Stars, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says that"Hands are a new addition to the L.A. music scene. Tapped by Time magazine as one of the "11 bands you don't know (but should)" in 2012, they are set to release their debut, Synesthesia, in April." And they'll release it on venerable indie label Kill Rock Stars!
Ghosts I've Met
"Metal Strings" (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
'The Leveling Storm' EP
Note: And finally this week, song source KEXP says 'The Leveling Storm' is "an EP of pastoral songs revealing the vulnerability left behind by turbulence. Here Watts is joined by vocalist Sharon Van Etten, who tugs on Watts’ tender words. Her hushed harmonies melt into Watts’ wistful melody adding poignancy to his lyrics."
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(Thanks again to @KEXP, @KCRW, @TheCurrent and you!)