"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on @PumpUpThaVolume! Episode025 - Yet Again was pre-recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Wax Poetic, Wild Nothing, Matthew E. White, Michael Andrews, Lord Huron, Grizzly Bear, Thee Oh Sees, Hot Chip, Django Django, Cat Power, Menomena and Adelyn Rose... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
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♬Liner Notes♬: Welcome to our 25th episode! Let me briefly say, my full-time gig at 'Ground Zero With Clyde Lewis' is taking up a lot of my time, but i don't want to slow down on PUTV...So let's just sit back, relax and Pump Up Tha Volume!
"Fall Away" (w/ Norah Jones)
'On a Ride'
Note: Song source KCRW notes: "New York City ensemble Wax Poetic has had a cast of rotating members since its inception in 1997. This time around they explore Americana, rock and pop on their new album, On a Ride. Norah Jones lends her voice to..."Fall Away.""
"Feel You Now"
"Shadow/Feel You Now" single
Captured Tracks, 2012
Note: Song source KEXP says: "Carried by buoyant synths and warm textures, “Feel You Now” is the slow-burning cool down to its a-side “Shadow”‘s soft-sugar rush. The gently layered tune begins with a stomping 808 drum machine that maintains a steady pace during the sensual verses, but when the chorus enters, it brings an array of sharp synthesizers that unleash one melodic run of notes after another, culminating in a b-side that wouldn’t be out of place on Nocturne (and perhaps should have been on the record.)" The full-length album 'Nocturne' is out now from Jack Tatum, the Blacksburg, Virginia musician behind the moniker Wild Nothing.
Matthew E. White
"One Of These Days"
Note: The all-knowing Pitchfork says: "White introduces Spacebomb as a fully realized aesthetic right away on Inner's opening track "One of These Days", which has the pulse of Willie Mitchell's productions for Al Green's magical run of early-70s LPs. White and his band play softly but not without purpose; their grip on the central groove remains steadfast even as a procession of ghostly funeral horns enter the picture to send the song in a pleasantly disorienting direction." 'Big Inner' is the debut from the Richmond, Virginia-based musician.
"My Warming World"
'Spilling a Rainbow'
Note: "Based in LA, Michael Andrews is one of our best kept secrets. He scored the soundtrack to the cult classic Donnie Darko and has worked with Madonna, Inara George and Brendan Benson to name a few. Today's Top Tune comes from his latest CD, Spilling a Rainbow," says song source KCRW.
"Time to Run"
Note: "After the success of his previous two EP’s, Ben Schneider a.k.a Lord Huron is now set to release his first album. Since the announcement of Lonesome Dreams (2012), a handfull of videos, images and songs and have been released on his website, giving us a glimpse of what is to come." We last heard from Lord Huron two weeks ago with the song "Ends of the Earth" on Episode023 and the full-length 'Lonesome Dreams' comes out October 9th.
Note: Billboard says "'Shields' is a grittier album than its predecessor, with hooks that slowly reveal themselves underneath more muscular arrangements. "It's not like a pop record by any means... There's some accessible stuff on this record. There's also some really crazy stuff."" The long-awaited follow-up to 'Veckatimest' is out this week on the always awesome Warp Records.
Thee Oh Sees
"Hang a Picture"
In The Red, 2012
Note: KEXP says about the SF band: "If you’re a band putting out about two albums per year, it’s understandable that you might want to stretch out every now and then. For San Francisco’s John Dwyer and his group Thee Oh Sees, that means twisting the “psych” out of the punchy garage punk and spreading it all over the place. Putrifiers II is Dwyer’s “slow” album, only in that he morphs the previous LPs’ frenetic freakouts into mind-melting moments of trippy psychedelia... Not quite as spastic as earlier songs, “Hang a Picture” still bounces along to a summery beat on a warm drone as Dwyer’s falsetto drifts by. There’s not much to the song’s lyrics — “hang a picture on the way / it’s a reflection of us all” — yet the vibe goes deep, reminding us that we are certainly still alive as we shake our hips to this infectious groove."
"Let Me Be Him"
'In Our Heads'
Note: With a landmark third appearance on PUTV (previously heard on Episode009 and Episode019), the London group has exploded over the course of their now five studio albums. As AV Club writes: "Hot Chip has always been a little quirky. The London synth-pop group is known for a noisy repertoire and an understated lyrical humor; its hooky dance-floor numbers are speckled with angular beats and clever genre skewing... But over the years, and certainly with its last record, 2010’s One Life Stand, Hot Chip has toned down its sarcasm in favor of a more empathetic outlook. In Our Heads is a humanistic and celebratory album. Brimming with dense beats polished to a sheen that dulls the group’s sharpest edges, it’s Hot Chip’s pop-friendliest effort so far."
Because Music, 2012
Note: That's right, it's another amazing band from Scotland, The Los Angeles Times writes: "A steady hum permeates the self-titled debut album from Django Django, an East London four-piece that will arrive later this month for its first two shows in Los Angeles. That record, which is currently available digitally (CD and vinyl come Sept. 25), has been the soundtrack to my L.A. for the last week: I've found comfort in the warm synth lines of "Wavetones" and idled at endless lights while "Skies Over Cairo" offered solace with steady human rhythms, analog electronic warbles and a vaguely Egyptian melody. And when the freeway opened up, the wonderful "Hail Bop" celebrated along with me."
Note: For the second week in a row, we hear from Chan Marshall aka Cat Power. As SPIN notes: "Chan Marshall insists that her ninth album isn't political, but in America in 2012, what's more politicized than the right to live as you please? Sun is hardly sloganeering, but its Power to the People ruminations are more potent and topical than you'd expect from a pop record — and certainly one made by Cat Power."
"Heavy Is as Heavy Does"
Note: Sweet! Portland, Oregon's Menomena follow-up their breakthrough 2010 album 'Mines' (featuring one of my favorite songs "TAOS", the video of which my legendary girlfriend worked on!) with their fifth full-length, 'Moms'. First, NPR notes: "Menomena has just released Moms, its first album since co-founder Brent Knopf left the group last year. The band's core members, Justin Harris and Danny Seim, carry forward Menomena's musical hallmarks — meaty baritone sax, bassline spines, rhythms that turn on a dime — in "Heavy Is As Heavy Does," performed here at opbmusic."
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