"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on @PumpUpThaVolume! Episode036 - Miss You was recorded at the home studios of MediaMonarchy.com and features brand new #SongOfTheDay sounds from Rhye, Clinic, Souljazz Orchestra, People Get Ready, Hidden Orchestra, San Cisco, The Amazing, Sola Rosa, Paws, Hot 8 Brass Band, My Bubba and Mi, The Sunny Era, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West and Matisyahu... because it can't be news and politics all the time!
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♬Liner Notes♬: Welcome back to another PUTV episode featuring some of the best new music around! This week's show has return visits from Clinic, Matisyahu and My Bubba and Mi + first timers like Rhye, San Cisco, PAWS and much more...
'The Fall' EP
Innovative Leisure, 2012
Note: Pitchfork says "Here’s a beautiful bait and switch, one which works nicely in conjunction with the air of mystery that Los Angeles-based soul duo Rhye have carefully cultivated... evoking what would happen if Sade met a caffeinated Air, a sublime voice floating easily on a ballast of clever instrumental touches."
Note: Last heard two weeks ago on Episode034, the mysterious men from Liverpool known as Clinic return with another track from their latest and seventh album, 'Free Reign'. The Guardian says that "The swirling, Bridget Rileyish op art on the cover of Clinic's seventh album depicts a disorienting tunnel of interlocking circles and squares, and there's something of that to its sound, too, as woozy clouds of guitar and analogue synth noise bloom and coil above stark, taut, monochromatic rhythm lines."
Note: The Bama Love Soul blog says "The album is a collaboration between the group and several unique artists from Canada’s underground scene. With a fusion of Afro jazz, World, tropical and Caribbean flavors, “Solidarity” is sure to please even the most discriminating musical palates."
People Get Ready
'People Get Ready'
Note: Stereogu says "People Get Ready is the Brooklyn quartet...whose knotty, shout-to-the-sky indie rock blossomed from a previously-standing arts collective the band members had formed... They’ve been playing around some over the past few years, but now the group prepares to step into the light a little with their self-titled debut."
Tru Thoughts, 2012
Note: Song source KCRW says "Edinburgh's Hidden Orchestra sound big because they employ two drummers. The core band is four musicians but on their new release, Archipelago, they invite a bunch of friends to explore and expand their classical and jazz-inspired sound."
Fat Possum, 2012
Note: NPR says that "An irresistible Australian band, San Cisco specializes in songs you can't get out of your head... [they] recently visited The Current in Minnesota to play their breakout hit, "Awkward," which has racked up more than two million YouTube views." I loved this song, it reminded me of The Human League's "Don't You Want Me, Baby?" with the divergent male/female viewpoints. Also, the track actually came out last year, but sometimes it takes awhile to become an overnight sensation.
Note: The Thoughts On Tracks blog says "[Oct23] marks the release of the debut US album from the auspiciously titled Swedish rock outfit The Amazing.... “Flashlight” is drenched in the dulcet, mellifluous sensibilities of Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left. This album proves too broad to confine to a single neighborhood."
"Love Alone" (Jeremy Sole "Dub Alone" Remix)
'Oliver Peoples 9'
Oliver Peoples, 2012
Note: Song source KCRW says "Oliver Peoples may be known for their distinctive eyewear, but they've been organizing cool CD compilations for years. Today's Top Tune is special, not only because it's the work of talented New Zealand producer Sola Rosa and features Spikey T, but because our own Jeremy Sole lends his remix talents to it. Today’s Top Tune is "Love Alone," from Oliver Peoples 9."
Note: Song source KEXP says about this New Zealand band that "Their debut album, Cokefloat!, may be longer than their self-released cassettes, but it’s just as vital, carrying punchy choruses and slick hooks through each three-minute pop workout. “Homecoming”, the third track on the album, is a prime example of the band’s ethic - sharply crafted pop songwriting run through fuzzy lo-fi recording equipment and executed with an emphasis on enthusiasm over precision. If the sugar rush of “Homecoming” is any indicator, the rainy afternoons of their youth never got PAWS too down on Scotland, music, or life."
Hot 8 Brass Band
'The Life & Times of...'
Tru Thoughts, 2012
Note: The Guardian says that "No outfit has done more than the Hot 8 to recast the long tradition of New Orleans marching music for modern times. This second album finds them in incendiary form, infusing the strut of Crescent City brass with funk and hip-hop flavours and offering tart commentary on their beleagured home town." The new record even has a cover of The Special's "Ghost Town"!
My Bubba and Mi
"Wild & You"
'Wild & You' EP
Kimi/Beep! Beep! Back Up The Truck, 2011
Note: For the second week in a row we get the female duo from the really far north. Song source KEXP says that "they sound more akin to the Mississippi Delta than the Nordic fjords, but they do also blend in a bit of their own culture, as with the Nordic table harp that Bubba often plays. Perhaps the most charming thing about them, though, is that their rustic and winsome ways belie a modern sensibility and often a sultry suggestiveness."
The Sunny Era
"Up All Night"
'Lost in the Sea of Ghosts'
Note: The Gimme Noise blog says "Not new to the scene, but not veterans either, Minneapolis band The Sunny Era fall somewhere in between. Not so their music. The three-piece band's latest album, Lost in the Sea of Ghosts, characterizes a collection of songs folding in a near-immaculate pace with tempting textures, underneath darkly, delightful lyrics."
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
'Our Lady of the Tall Trees'
Note: The legendary No Depression says that "It’s a measure of how successful Morrison and West are in creating their sepia toned world that their version of Loretta jars the impression that we are listening to an archived recording from the dusty old days. Theirs is a fine reading but the familiarity of the song accords it an outsider status, a glitch in the matrix if you like" This track is a cover version of the Townes Van Zandt song.
"Happy Hanukkah" single
Fallen Sparks, 2012
Note: Appropriately we finish this episode shortly after the sun sets, marking the beginning of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Heeb Magazine says "Oh Matisyahu. Everyone loves this guy. Unless they hate him. It seems like there’s no middle-ground when it comes to people’s opinions of the (formerly Hasidic) reggae superstar. But, whether you prefer your ‘yahu with, or sans-beard, there’s no denying his heart is in the right place with this one. Through December 16th, all proceeds from Matisyahu’s “Happy Hanukkah” single will go toward victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Jewish Federations of North America and the Robin Hood Foundation."
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