"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode075 - Come To My Party which features brand new sounds from Lissie, The Dodos, Black Joe Lewis, Emiliana Torrini, John Wizards, King Khan and The Shrines, Crocodiles, Los Girls, Happy Hollows, Laura Veirs, Minks, Cloak Ox, Maya Jane Coles and Gabriel Mintz...
♬Liner Notes♬: It's our big 75th episode so we decided to put together another fantastic episode... We've got animalistic sounds from Crocodiles, Minks, The Dodos and Cloak Ox - rock 'n soul from Black Joe Lewis, King Khan, Gabriel Mintz - female fun(k) from Happy Hollows, Maya Jane Coles (w/ Tricky!), Emilana Torrini and my favorite song this week kicks off the show. I'm telling everyone that this could be a huge hit: Lissie's "I Don't Wanna Go to Work"! Let's do it, let's Pump Up Tha Volume!
"I Don't Wanna Go to Work"
'Back To Forever'
Fat Possum, 2013
Note: We shoulda had this one last week, but better late than never cuz after one listen, I was hooked! Paste says "After Lissie released her debut album, Catching a Tiger, we named her the Best Solo Artist of 2010... Back to Forever was recorded at a studio in downtown Los Angeles and features guest vocals from Catherine and Allison Pierce of the Pierces and Barbara Gruska of The Belle Brigade... Produced by Garret “Jacknife” Lee (R.E.M., Snow Patrol, Silversun Pickups), the album will be released via Fat Possum Records on Sept. 10."
Note: Song source KEXP says, "Formed in 2005 by guitarist/vocalist Meric Long and multi-instrumentalist Logan Kroeber, San Francisco’s the Dodos have made a career out of frequently-shifting takes on their own musical trademarks... Despite an aura of solemnity hanging over the album, “Confidence” feels more resolute than mournful. Opening with an acoustic section, Long’s guitar work slowly gains momentum until he eventually decides to turn up his amp and extend the song out into a five-minute jam."
Black Joe Lewis
"Come To My Party"
Note: "There’s nothing like a little worked-up rock ‘n’ roll to get you through a post-holiday Tuesday, right? Let the Austin-based Black Joe Lewis oblige... And beware: the track is on the funky side, full of urgency and sweaty swagger..."
"Speed of Dark"
Rough Trade, 2013
Note: Exclaim says, "Five years removed from Emiliana Torrini's Me and Armini LP, the Icelandic pop singer has revealed her...fourth album, Tookah... Torrini once again hit the studio with longtime collaborator/producer Dan Carey, with whom she co-wrote her last three LPs. Tookah took shape over a three-year period... She also noted that "synth nerds"...contributed to the sine wave-driven sound."
Planet Mu, 2013
Note: Song source KEXP says, "The product of South African musician John Withers teaming up with Rwandan security guard-turned-singer Emmanuel Nzaramba, John Wizards is a modern meeting of African sounds and Western electronics... Joyous and revelatory, “Muizenberg” is an immediately memorable slice of African-indebted electronic pop whose seamless integration of two worlds embodies the optimistic outlook Withers and Nzaramba share for a post-Apartheid South Africa."
King Khan and The Shrines
"Born To Die"
'Idle No More'
Note: Stereogum says, "The soul-garage freakout warriors King Khan & The Shrines have been away for a while, but they’ll be back this fall with a new album called Idle No More, one that, according to Khan himself, is “about the state of the world we live in today.” The first song we’ve heard from the album is a fiery, charged-up number called “Born To Die,” and its horn-happy mayhem has nothing to do with Lana Del Rey. Also, the band’s wild live show is going on the road this fall."
"I Like It In The Dark"
'Crimes of Passion'
Note: Song source KEXP says, "San Diego’s ragged Crocodiles combine noisy garage rock and melodic psychedelia that flirts with chaos as much as it does pop... they’ve released four albums in five years, the latest of which, Crimes of Passion, was produced with Sune Rose Wagner of fellow noise-pop stalwarts The Raveonettes. The opening track on Crimes of Passion, “I Like It In The Dark” plays it loose and fast with both distortion and melody. Wildly yelping background vocals, stabbing guitars, and the occasional honky tonk piano accent Welchez’ messy snarl."
'Los Girls EP'
Plug Research, 2013
Note: Song source KCRW labeled this artist as Anthony Valadez, which rang a bell as he was heard back on Episode014 of PUTV. But some quick Spotifying showed me the band/project is actually called Los Girls. "KCRW's Anthony Valadez doesn't only spin records, he makes them too. Anthony joins forces with multi-instrumentalist Nick Rosen for the project Los Girls."
Pesky Fruit, 2013
Note: So THAT'S what Greta Cohn's been up to post-Cursive: she the Associate Producer for Soundcheck at WNYC! "Happy Hollows -- led by guitarist and songwriter Sarah Neghadari -- is a power pop band with an experimental streak. The Los Angeles group's sophomore album, Amethyst, is a collection of songs revolving around Neghadari's soaring vocals, fierce guitar work, and an otherworldly bed of glimmering synths. This is some cosmic stuff -- but it also has a lot of heart."
'Warp And Weft'
Bella Union, 2013
Note: Returning to PUTV is PDX's songstress extraordinaire! Contact Music says, "One of the most inimitable songwriters of the past decade - Portland, Oregon's Laura Veirs - returns with her ninth full-length album in August. Beautiful, lush and at times deeply dark, Warp and Weft captures the intensity of motherhood, love and violence. Primarily electric-guitar driven, it is a fever dream of an album and could well be Veirs' best work to date, building on the uniform praise and commercial success of 2010's "July Flame""
Captured Tracks, 2013
Note: Song source KEXP says, "Channeling the goth gods and writing some pretty grade-A tunes, it was a great debut, albeit not the cheeriest one. But with new album,f Tides End, Minks are brightening up a bit, taking their sound not to the historically correct over the rainbow cheeriness of new wave, but a dreamy shoegaze wonderland that puts them right at home on their label Captured Tracks."
The Cloak Ox
'Shoot The Dog'
Totally Gross National Product, 2013
Note: Rolling Stone says, ""This song was written partially after taking two separate, but equally revelatory litter-strewn strolls: one in Zurich, the other on St. Paul's East Side," The Cloak Ox's Andrew Broder tells Rolling Stone. "It's a song about freedom, bondage, freedom from bondage and freedom in bondage, with multiple narrators asking themselves, in the prophetic words of Mr. David Byrne, 'Well... How did I get here?'""
Maya Jane Coles
"Wait for You" (w/ Tricky)
Note: EDM Tunes says, "UK based DJ/producer, Maya Jane Coles, is best described as a modern day Renaissance woman of the dance music industry. Her critically acclaimed productions and DJ sets speak volumes about her talent and well deserved praise. The lush soundscape that is her debut artist album, Comfort, further solidifies her expansive versatility and uncompromising artistry. Not only did she produce and mix the whole album in her London apartment, she laid down her icy vocals, created the gothic album art, and released it on her own record label, I/AM/ME."
Note: Our Pacific Northwest closer this week is a Seattle singer-songwriter with a scary new album title. KEXP says, "Originally from Maryland, Gabriel Mintz has performed all across the country, but, lucky for us, he chose our city to be the home base for his electrifying music... There’s a refreshing bit of blues and soul in the album’s instrument heavy track “Castles Fall”. The dulcet tone of his voice almost serves as the backup for the incredible guitar rifts and pounding percussion."
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