"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on @PumpUpThaVolume! Episode030 - Best Wishes was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Jason Lytle, Aaron Embry, Ásgeir Trausti, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Ghostigital, Kid Koala, Moses Hightower, Solid Gold, The Orb, Ojba Rasta, Robust Worlds, The Avett Brothers and Úlfur Úlfur... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
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♬Liner Notes♬: So, I didn't actually go see Calexico... Lame, I know. (And Morrissey postponed his US tour dates?!) But damn, we've got a ton of Icelandic music this week as KEXP is spotlighting Iceland artist ahead of the 'Icelandic Airwaves' festival next week (So a lot of the band info may come through as garbled text thanks to the different languages). There's also new music from The Avett Brothers, Kid Koala and the one and only Orb! And after 30 episodes, that's one of the best reasons yet to Pump Up Tha Volume!
"Get Up And Go"
'Dept. of Disappearance'
Note: Stereogum says "Hot on the heels of finishing up a successful string of tour dates with the classic Grandaddy lineup earlier this summer, Lytle just released Dept. Of Disappearance — his second proper solo album."
Community Music, 2012
Note: Song source KCRW notes that "Aaron Embry cut his teeth recording and touring with a stellar array of artists, including Elliot Smith and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. He channels Willie Nelson on..."Raven's Song," from his CD, Tiny Prayers."
label unknown, 2012
Note: Wikipedia says "Ásgeir Trausti is an Icelandic solo singer whose music is descxribed as melodic folk. He also plays guitar in the Icelandic band The Lovely Lion. His debut album is Sumargestur with title track making it to #2 on...the official Icelandic Singles Chart, followed up with the single "Leyndarmál""
Black Moth Super Rainbow
"Gangs In The Garden"
Rad Cult, 2012
Note: Stereogum says "Psychedelic Pittsburgh synth-murk unit Black Moth Super Rainbow raised a whole fuckton of money on Kickstarter to fund the release of new LP Cobra Juicy, and that album’s release is now imminent... Cobra Juicy is out 10/23 on BMSR’s own Rad Cult." Their goal was $45,000 - but they raised $125,634!
"Dark In Here"
'Division Of Culture & Tourism'
Smekkleysa/Bad Taste, 2012
Note: Song source KEXP says that "While some people may consider “Dark In Here” to be “weird” or “meandering”, they’re missing the point - whatever boundaries Ghostigital are trying to break here have been shattered by a duo with an earnest passion for pushing musical boundaries." Hailing from Iceland, Ghostigital features Einar Örn of The Sugarcubes.
"2 bit Blues"
'12 Bit Blues'
Ninja Tune, 2012
Note: NPR says 'All Roads Lead To The Blues' - "Using equipment just as nostalgia-inducing as blues music itself, [Eric] San set out to record his album with classic hip-hop tools such as the SP-1200, an iconic drum machine and sampler from hip-hop's golden age. Making a conscious effort to outplay and out-think the machine, the turntablist strips the music down to its purest form — and hand-crafts 12 Bit Blues in a fashion that's never been heard before."
"Sjáum hvað setur"
Note: Song source KEXP says "Icelandic yacht rock? Yes! Really smooth music is an undeniable influence on the Icelandic band inexplicably named for the character played by the late Bubba Smith in the Police Academy movie series. Drawing on generations before them, Moses Hightower mix a potent cocktail of 70′s and 80′s jazz, funk and rock with twists of 60′s bossa nova and psych rock."
'Eat Your Young'
Totally Gross National Product, 2012
Note: The Star Tribune says "Almost four years have passed since Twin Cities music lovers first got hip to Solid Gold’s golden-hum of a debut album, “Bodies of Water,” and finally we have a chance to hear something from the band’s long-awaited follow-up record."
"Ball of Fire" (w/ Lee Scratch Perry)
'The Observer In The Star House'
Cooking Vinyl, 2012
Note: The BBC says "And although The Orb harness a range of mostly down-tempo styles on the disc, it all hangs together rather well, and unlike many recent releases, nothing too objectionable passes Mr Perry’s lips. Overall, The Orbserver… is lots of fun for late-period Perry fans, and will appeal to Orbologists, too."
Records Records, 2012
Note: "The lyrics, you’ll notice right off the bat, are Icelandic, yet funny enough, their cadence feels Jamaican, and though you might not have a clue as to the words they’re singing, you know it’s gotta be about something good."
De Stijl, 2012
Note: Minneapolis' Gimme Noise blog says the track is "a moody, evocative number featuring [leader Chris] Rose's expansive guitar work blending fluidly with his ethereal vocals, creating a hazy, dreamlike vibe that continues impressively throughout the rest of the record."
The Avett Brothers
Universal Republic, 2012
Note: Paste Magazine sums it up about the prolific North Carolina band that seems ever-poised for world domination with "Frenzied finger-picking, dueling croons and high drama set to free-spirited pop progressions: these are the components that go into defining any given Avett Brothers record. Be it the remorseful poetry of 2006’s The Gleam or the sweeping anthems we’d last heard from them with I And Love And You, Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon together continue to strike a balance between traditional country sensibilities and the rock and roll of tomorrow with The Carpenter."
Note: Song source KEXP wraps up the week-long Iceland spotlight by noting that "If you haven’t realized by now, Icelandic musicians can play pretty much any kind of music (this week, we’ve featured a variety of sounds on our Song of the Day podcasts), but you might still be thinking to yourself, “Icelandic hip-hop? No way!” Believe me, I was in the same boat the first time I saw Úlfur Úlfur perform. But they were barely through their first song when I realized, these guys are really freaking good!"
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