"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode070 - City Summer Blues which features brand new sounds from Elastic Bond, Bird, Sean Nelson, Owen, Mick Harvey, Light Heat, Weekend, Pokey LaFarge, Sibling Rivalry, Nilsson, Ever So Android, Lo-Fang, Sombear, Empire Of The Sun and Rose Windows...
♬Liner Notes♬: Sometimes I struggle to pick which song should be our title track, but this time it fits perfectly cuz I got them "City Summer Blues"... After four days in Seattle (where I got to meet someone from KEXP!) at a food conference, we're a little behind - so let's do it to it!
"Find A Way"
Note: And we begin, my friends, with the Miami collective known as Elastic Bond! Radio Milwaukie says "Elastic Bond is part of new generation of multicultural Latinos who incorporate music from the past in order to make music for the future. With sultry female vocals, Elastic Bond brings together a retro-futuristic combination of folkloric rhythms and electronic beats."
"Heaven Can Wait"
Note: Exclaim says "Toronto, ON musician/producer Aaron Bird's La Notte is an intricate and difficult album to define. Bird labels the verdant production of his debut project "cinematic soul," and the shifting mix of instrumentals, hip-hop and R&B are reverential to his obvious Ennio Morricone and dark orchestral tastes."
"Make Good Choices"
'Make Good Choices'
Note: Welcome back, Sean! PopMatters says the former Harvey Danger frontman's solo debut full-length "is being released now under casual expectations, as there’s no one to really prove anything to but himself. It’s more pop than rock, continuing the more melodically MOR approach that Harvey Danger was taking with Little By Little… but with a much sharper focus on virtually every front."
'L'Ami du Peuple'
Note: Spin says "Mike Kinsella's musical pedigree is daunting enough. The Owen singer-songwriter belongs to an Illinois indie-rock family tree that includes his roles in Cap'n Jazz, American Football, and Owls; other related bands include Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Ghosts and Vodka, and the Love of Everything. On "Bad Blood," which appears in the middle of upcoming Owen album L'Ami du Peuple (due out July 2 via Polyvinyl Records), he's more concerned with his actual family lineage."
'Four (Acts Of Love)'
Note: "Renowned for his work with fellow Australian rocker Nick Cave, Mick Harvey recently released his 6th studio album, his second since leaving the Bad Seeds. He produced PJ Harvey's award-winning album "Let England Shake” and she returns the favor by providing backing vocals..." "In the end, PopMatters says, "Four (Acts of Love) is abstruse and unpredictable, yet all too fleeting."
"And the Birds..."
Note: Song source KEXP says, "It is rumored that Light Heat’s self-titled album was recorded partially in a stone barn, partially in a yurt in the Virginia back woods and partially in frontman Quentin Stoltzfus’ home in Philadelphia. The result is a jangly-pop record full of inspiration and yet reasons to relax."
Note: Stereogum says, "The punishingly loud psychedelic San Francisco postpunk trio Weekend — who are a completely different thing from the Weeknd — are getting set to release the cleverly titled sophomore album Jinx. We’ve posted the advance single “Mirror.” “It’s Alright,” the album’s next song, is an atmospheric whirl of guitar sounds that never quite pummels the way songs from Sports, the band’s really good debut, did. They’re in stretch-out mode here, and it sounds great."
"City Summer Blues"
Third Man, 2013
Note: American Songwriter says, "Six years after Pokey LaFarge released his first full length, Marmalade, his star has risen. Signed by the highly respected Third Man Records to release his self-titled album after having already cut a 45 for them two years ago, he brings a brand of music he calls “Riverboat Soul,” apt for an artist who calls St. Louis home. The musicianship exhibited on Pokey LaFarge is impeccable, a credit to producer Ketch Secor’s (Old Crow Medicine Show) deft hand and ear. Every instrument plays superbly with one another to create a beautiful aural canvas. LaFarge’s slight country drawl and understated twang nails the ’20s period the music evokes, and the effort is even more rewarding than Diana Krall’s recent endeavor in the same genre."
Note: Song source KEXP says, "Seattle indie rock band Sibling Rivalry may not be a household name yet, but they’ve produced material that some big name musicians would surely envy. They don’t hide behind fancy mixes or crazy synthesizers. Their sound is simple, clean, and timeless. Formerly known as The Family Band, the talented six piece band has been making music together since 2010."
"One" (Alternate Take)
'The RCA Albums Collection'
Note: "This box contains 14 studio albums Harry Nilsson made between 1967 and 1977, extended with hours of rarities. It is not overkill. It is the necessary account of a brilliant, wayward pop life..." This song comes from disc fifteen(!) of the massive new box set and this track is just one of the famous songs he wrote for others, in this case it's better known version is by Three Dog Night.
Ever So Android
'Ever So Android'
Note: KEXP says, "Ever So Android’s mixture of the distorted programming of Pretty Hate Machine-era Nine Inch Nails and the glitchier strands of the current EDM movement forms a tempestuous brand of electro-rock that’s as dangerous as it is alluring." They were here in Portland while I was there in Seattle!?
Note: KCRW has the exclusive! "Lo-Fang is a classically-trained musician based here in Los Angeles -- so new that he hasn’t even performed on stage yet! He’s at work on his debut recording scheduled for release this fall..."
'Love You In The Dark'
Note: Consequence of Sound says, "Our first introduction to Minneapolis’ Brad Hale, a.k.a Sombear, came via the alluring-yet-diffident “Love You in the Dark”... Over the course of 10 tracks, the effort provides Hale’s own blend of sonic touchstones from pop, R&B, and electronic musics, the sum of his teenage influences... All told, Love You in the Dark is a solid introduction to a careful artist finding his way out of his shell."
Empire Of The Sun
'Ice on the Dune'
Note: ""Alive" is a song by the Australian electronic duo Empire of the Sun. It was released on 15 April 2013 as the lead single from their second studio album, Ice on the Dune, release on 14 June 2013. The single was certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry, denoting downloads exceeding 15,000 units in Italy."
'The Sun Dogs'
Sub Pop, 2013
Note: Last heard back in November 2012 on Episode033, the Seattle band returns to PUTV with their full-length, 'The Sun Dogs'. "Elements of The Band’s folk-infused rock, The Doors organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s blues-based dirges can be heard in Rose Window’s debut album The Sun Dogs. But the septet’s curiosity goes much further than a few well-chosen classic rock records. The band devoured Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music, and incorporated the revelations learned into Rose Windows’ sound."
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