"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode086 - Time's On My Side which features brand new sounds from La Luz, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Damien Jurado, Shearwater, Arp, Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band, Booka Shade, Widowspeak, Cate Le Bon, Shannon McNally, Federico Aubele, White Denim, Frankie Teardrop and Cumulus...
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♬Liner Notes♬: The colder it gets, the more you just wanna hide inside with music. Here's a hot and lowdown set of music from Shearwater, Arp, Federico Aubele, Damien Jurado and much more... Turn up the heat and Pump Up Tha Volume!
Hardly Art, 2013
Note: We start with the band last heard on Episode039, now the all-girl Seattle quartet returns to PUTV with a new full-length. "Seattle surf noir quartet La Luz will release their excellent debut full-length, It’s Alive, this October. “Pink Slime” is a deft display of their ability to combine beachy lo-fi with dark girl-group sensibilities, the “noir” being especially emphasized by the eerie-yet-fun organ."
Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band
"Hugh Beaumont Is Dead"
'Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band'
Note: "TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Lone Wolf drummer Ryan Sawyer team up for an experimental project called Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band as a way to explore their dub and post-punk sides. Today's Top Tune is named after the actor that played Ward Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver. It's "Hugh Beaumont's Dead," from their self-titled release."
'Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son'
Secretly Canadian, 2013
Note: Hey Damien kicked off last week's episode with Moby, now the Seattleite's back with own shiz. "Here’s our first taste of Damien Jurado and producer Richard Swift’s new record, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, arriving January 21st via Secretly Canadian. The burning sage, stoned interviews, and general Joshua Tree vibe of the LP’s teaser trailer now make a lot more sense with “Silver Timothy,” a psych-pop jam expanding on Latin rhythms and set in this clip against Pacific Northwest Cascade rock formations."
"A Wake For The Minotaur" (w/ Sharon Van Etten)
Sub Pop, 2013
Note: "Shearwater's new album, Fellow Travelers, is built around a neat gimmick: Each of its 10 songs pays tribute to an artist with whom the band has toured. Given that musicians tend to tour with like-minded peers, it's no surprise that Fellow Travelers provides a reasonably natural extension of Shearwater's stormy but hooky, prettily dramatic sound."
Smalltown Supersound, 2013
Note: I think I just got hooked on these guys via Spotify. "Alexis Georgopoulos, the man behind Arp, cast a surprise in June when he chose to return with “MORE (BLUES)” . Gone were the soft synth lines of his prior work, replaced by new, rock-driven type of tenderness. The divorce between Georgopoulos and his arpeggiator continues with “High-Heeled Clouds”, a track strung somewhere between the fairground whimsy of Blur, a sped-up version of the plinky-plonky piano that drives Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks”, as well as Brian Eno’s quieter vocal work..."
Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band
SJS Music, 2013
Note: "Close your eyes and listen to “Ethiópían”, or any song on Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band’s new album, 4 Hliðar, and try to guess the country of origin. You’d probably never guess Icelandic... “Ethiópían” might as well have been written in Lagos or NYC as in Reykjavik, but it’s Samúel’s meticulous compositional weaving...that captivates you through eight and a half minutes of instrumental jams."
"Time's On My Side"
Embassy One/Blaufield, 2013
Note: "Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier have it easy. UK dance producers carry the ‘let’s push things forward’ thing round their necks like an albatross. The Americans think that if their tracks don’t have the horsepower of a Harrier jump jet, it’s not loud enough. Meanwhile, because they’re Germans, this stratospherically successful production duo are free to get on with making immaculate, tactile house music."
'The Swamps' EP
Captured Tracks, 2013
Note: Last heard back on Episode051, the Brooklyn duo returns with a new EP in the same year! "Formed in Brooklyn in 2010, Widowspeak’s gauzy guitar-driven songs split the difference between shoegaze haze and folk rock rhythms... “Brass Bed” highlights how the band as a whole is learning how to write with a more direct approach to songwriting, but even with less than three minutes to work with, they remain as skilled as ever at capturing a potently tranquilizing haze."
Cate Le Bon
"Are You With Me Now?"
Note: "Le Bon’s understated and modest third album is in part a lament to the erosion of memories, all told with remarkable detail. These are small, graceful songs with deceptive amounts of depth... Most of Mug Museum is bare and direct, quaint and unassuming, but Le Bon makes a rather grand occasion out of it—she's a master curator and consummate immortalizer."
"Small Town Talk"
'Small Town Talk (Songs Of Bobby Charles)'
Sacred Sumac, 2013
Note: "Bobby Charles Guidry was the undisputed king of Swamp Pop... With the blessing and help of Charles, Dr. John and singer /songwriter Shannon McNally recruited guest stars Derek Trucks, Vince Gill and Luther Dickinson to cut a tribute to Charles on McNally's Sacred Sumac label. For McNally, the chief instigator of the project and featured vocalist on all 14 cuts, the inspiration was the Small Town Talk album Charles released in ’72 on Bearsville Records, recorded in Woodstock with the help of The Band."
"Somewhere Else" (w/ Melody Gardot)
13 Records-Ingrooves/Fontana, 2013
Note: "Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele began honing his craft at the age of 12, and since then he’s had plenty of life experience to help him grow as an artist. The economic depression of Argentina forced him to move to Berlin in 2002, and he eventually found his home in culture-rich Brooklyn... His music is something to be savored and “Somewhere Else” is as decadent as it gets. The contrast between his masculine timbre and guest vocalist Melody Gardot’s sensual tones add yet another intense layer to this complicated recipe."
Note: "The buzz keeps growing for White Denim, and they respond yet again. On October 29, they’ll release Corsicana Lemonade, their fifth full-length. This time around, the band nixed their usual Spartan trailer recording studio in favor of Wilco’s famed Chicago Loft, receiving production assistance from frontman Jeff Tweedy... The new songs are bold and precise... “Come Back” rides a Southern rock riff to soulful heights unparalleled in the band’s career. It seems White Denim can only go one direction: up and up and up."
'Tough Guy' EP
Note: "Taking a page from the sound of The Jam and The Ramones, Minneapolis-based group Frankie Teardrop infuse elements of punk and garage-rock into a very polished result, one that touts an abundance of hooks. Whereas many variations of these genres strive for lo-fi distortion, Frankie Teardrop opt for a crisp delivery spearheaded by punchy vocals and jangly guitars. “Chicago” is a pure gem of a track, comparing to the non-stop delivery of The Jam’s “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight“."
'I Never Meant It To Be Like This'
Note: "Since forming in 2007, Seattle’s Cumulus...have only recently released their debut album, I Never Meant It To Be Like This, last month... Hey Love” is the first big punch of the album... The song contains Cumulus’ signature moves: punchy melodies, hand claps, big fuzzy guitars..."
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