♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on @PumpUpThaVolume! Episode050 - Dark Horse was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Ladyfinger, Gold Fields, Cave Singers, Pickwick, Gliss, Alpine, Turnpike Glow, Ulrich Schnauss, Young Fathers, Fury Things, k.s. Rhoads and BellaMaine... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
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♬Liner Notes♬: Here we are, we've made it to our 50th episode! Thanks so much for listening and let's spread the word about amazing new music that should be on your local radio. And now let's sit back, put our headphones on and Pump Up Tha Volume!
Saddle Creek, 2013
Note: We kick off our 50th episode with some heaviness from the Nebraska (hence the NE after their name) band. The Four Oh Five blog calls "Dark Horse" "a crunchy power ballad that details singer Chris Machmuller's reluctant but accepting passage into the world of responsibility."
Note: Song source KCRW says Gold Fields "have been wowing audiences with their explosive live shows in their native Australia. The perfectionists have worked a long time on their full-length debut and it's worth the wait."
Note: AllMusic says that "With their fourth album, Seattle indie folk rockers the Cave Singers offer up a lively set of tunes infused with a joy and lightheartedness not seen from them before now. The rootsy group made up of ex-hardcore and emo players from bands like Pretty Girls Make Graves and Murder City Devils" I got to see them open up for Neko Case in 2011 at a beautiful outdoor venue here in Oregon.
'Can't Talk Medicine'
Note: Song source KEXP says, "Like a less restrained “Black and White Town“, “Window Sill’s” pounding rhythms and stabbing keyboards owe as much to smooth R&B as they do to ragged garage rock."
Modern Outsider, 2013
Note: Their label says that "Gliss is a Danish/American three-piece. The best description of the band is late night art pop." We last heard from Gliss on Episode046.
"Lovers 1/Lovers 2"
'A Is For Alpine'
101 Distribution, 2013
Note: Triple J says, "Melbourne's avant-popsters Alpine are about to release...A collection of vibrant songs that shimmer and shine, the album is laden with colourful harmonies and inventive melodies." We heard from Alpine's previous release last year on Episode004.
'Inflatable Optimism' EP
Note: Song source KEXP says, "The songs of Rome-via-London indie pop quartet Turnpike Glow fall somewhere in-between the garage-funk of The Rapture and the ramshackle melodies of a less-pessimistic Modest Mouse."
"I Take Comfort in Your Ignorance"
'A Long Way to Fall'
Note: The Trash Juice blog calls this funniest-song-title-of-the-week song "a powerful slow roller with a ton of emotion that gets awesomely bizarre at the end." And I have to say, it's great to get to spin something from Ulrich Schnauss' fourth record as he's one of my favorite downtempo artists alongside Album Leaf and Boards of Canada. Check out a remix on our Facebook page!
Note: Song source KEXP says this Edinburgh, Scotland trio "blaze their own bold trail. Ancient African tradition mixes with electronic futurism. Tribal beats meld with rap and hooky song. The result rewards the listener with colorful, essential tracks that stretch the definition of hip hop."
Note: Song source The Current asks "Fans of Yuck, Dinosaur Jr., Cheatahs… have you heard Fury Things yet? Here’s a band that I have no doubt will quickly gain steam in the Twin Cities."
My Darling Elephant, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW says, "k.s. Rhoads is a songwriter and arranger. He’s worked with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and he channels that lush influence into his new album..."
'An Anxious Mind' EP
Note: And finally, we close our 50th episode with our usual band from the Pacific Northwest. This time it's BellaMaine. Song source KEXP says, "Formed in 2010, punchy electro pop group Bellamaine is led by the boy/girl harmonies of real life husband and wife Nick and Julianne Thompson. A cross of The Rosebuds’ anguished romanticism and M83’s more conventional pop moments, the quartet’s knack for rallying choruses and sugary melodies masks the ultimately painful themes..."
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