"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫" on Episode076 - Wild Whim which features brand new sounds from J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Chromatics, The Boy Least Likely To, No Age, Piers Faccini, Stag, White Denim, Travis, Hebronix, San Fermin, Alexander von Mehren, Ski Lodge, BBGun and Cock & Swan...
♬Liner Notes♬: This week hits it all with news sounds from Portland's Chromatics, Baltimore's J. Roddy Walston, Brooklyn's San Fermin, Seattle's Stag and Cock & Swan... Plus an epic from Hebronix, a Smiths-y sound from Ski Lodge and so much more... Let's Pump Up Tha Volume!
J. Roddy Walston and The Business
Note: And we begin with Paste Magazine saying "Baltimore-based rock ‘n roll band J. Roddy Walston and The Business have released a teaser for their explosive song “Heavy Bells,” one of the tracks from the group’s forthcoming album, Essential Tremors... the band’s third release...is set for release on Sept. 10 via ATO Records. The album blends classic rock & roll with Motown flavor and was recorded in Valdosta, Ga."
"Looking for Love"
'After Dark II'
Italians Do It Better, 2012
Note: Pretty Much Amazing says, "“I’m still looking for love,” sings the lovely Ruth Radelet on this new Chromatics song recorded for the upcoming Italians Do It Better compilation After Dark II. In a sense, it’s a sequel to one of our favorite albums of the year, the band’s excellent Kill For Love. The After Dark II version will even approach EP length –– it will run 17 minutes. 17 minutes of slick Italian supermodel beats and pop melodrama? Naturally, we can’t wait. After Dark II will be out soon (there isn’t a hard release date for it yet), in the mean time check out this five-minute edit..."
The Boy Least Likely To
"Climbing Out of Love"
'The Great Perhaps'
Note: "Grammatical issues aside, England’s The Boy Least Likely To craft electronic takes on ’80s indie pop that’s equal parts Sarah Records and Pet Shop Boys... “Climbing Out Of Love” is, in C86 twee pop tradition, much more brighter musically than it is lyrically, but it strikes the genre’s bittersweetly melodic nerve with a more modern sonic template."
Sub Pop, 2013
Note: Spin says, "When No Age decided they wanted to make a follow-up to 2010's Everything in Between, the Los Angeles art-punks decided that they would actually make a follow-up to 2010's Everything in Between. "Well, I want to manufacture it," singer-drummer Dean Spunt told SPIN recently. "Manufacture the cover, manufacture the label, manufacture the vinyl." So, in true DIY fashion, No Age pressed thousands of physical copies of their latest album, the soon-to-be-released An Object."
'Between Dogs and Wolves'
Six Degrees, 2013
Note: AllMusic says, "If it weren't for the high fidelity, Between Dogs and Wolves, the fifth long-player from British-born singer/songwriter Piers Faccini, could easily be mistaken for a late-'60s/early-'70s Harvest Records release... Richly detailed yet tastefully delivered ballads like..."Broken Mirror" resonate in a similar way to classic folk offerings from Nick Drake..."
"Another Summer" single
Note: Song source KEXP says, "Consisting of five power pop lifers, Seattle’s Stag pays tribute to the bright power chords of the 70s by bringing as much enthusiasm to their songs as they do finesse... “Another Summer” is a reflective anthem that exudes youthfulness in every thick power chord."
Note: Stereogum says, "The Jeff Tweedy-produced “Pretty Green” is a glimmer from Austin garage rockers White Denim’s upcoming album Corsicana Lemonade. The scuzzy cut is one of a couple from the band’s 10-track fifth studio record produced by the Wilco bandleader and his production partner Tom Schick."
'Where You Stand'
Red Telephone Box, 2013
Note: Consequence of Sound says, "“Why does time move so fast?” Travis frontman Fran Healy ponders bittersweetly on “Reminder”, the third track on the Scottish foursome’s latest full-length, Where You Stand. “Precious things never last.” The thought is just one of many scraps of wisdom that the song imparts."This is their seventh record, but I'll always feel most connected to their first two back in '97 and '99. I played the hell outta those... "All I Wanna Do Is Rock", indeed!
Note: Song source KEXP says, "“Wild Whim”, a nearly eight-minute sprawl of a track, contains a slowly unraveling lovers’ narrative that’s raw, but no less beautiful. Bloomberg’s gift for translating melody into ragged glory remains his greatest strength, and although eight minutes is a challenge for any songwriter, Bloomberg’s excellent pacing keeps the song on track to create a fascinating next chapter in an already unpredictable career."
Note: Rolling Stone says, "San Fermin, the chamber pop project of Brooklyn musician Ellis Ludwig-Leone, will release their debut self-titled record on September 17th via Downtown Records... Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Ludwig-Leone crafted the record as if it were a dialogue between a man and a woman..." San Fermín is a festival in the city of Pamplona, Spain.
Alexander von Mehren
Control Group, 2013
Note: Brooklyn Vegan says, "If you like that mid-'90s period of Stereolab when Tortoise's John McEntire and and High Llamas' Sean O'Hagan were regular contributors/bandmembers, not to mention vibes, strings and "bah-buh-da-buh-da" choruses you're gonna dig this. In fact, the record (which is mostly in French) was mixed in Chicago with McEntire behind the boards and features members of High Llamas."
"Anything to Hurt You"
Note: "Big Heart, the debut full-length CD from Ski Lodge has more than a bit of a 1980s flavor to its sound. Think Modern English or The Smiths... Big Heart opens with “Anything To Hurt You,” which boasts a great pop rhythm, with beautiful, moody vocals. And yes, it has a definite 1980s vibe, particularly in the instrumental sections. But the song is certainly no rehash of other, older material. It is vibrant and original."
Note: City Pages says the trio also run two other "Twin Cities indie-rock outfits — Al Church & State and Wishbook, respectively — but their collaboration as BBGUN takes a surprising turn toward classic rock and country terrain... the sinewy "Heavy" embodies the barrel-chested bravura of Springsteen-saluting bar-rock."
Cock & Swan
Hush Hush, 2013
Note: And finally, song source KEXP says, "The Seattle duo known as Cock & Swan formed in 2003, recording together on a Tascam 4-track... “Animal Totem,” the first track released off Cock & Swan’s new album, Secret Angles, incorporates an almost hip-hop-style drum loop, buoyed by backdrop synths, far-off strings and singer Ola Hungerford’s sleep-dreamy vocals."
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