♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode118 - Lovely Day which features brand new sounds from Sante Les Amis, Bill Withers and Studio Rio, AJ Davila, Elephant Stone, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Corb Lund, Popstrangers, Flyying Colours, EDJ, Bang Data, Mirah, Juana Molina, Genuine Leather, Burgess Meredith and Dana Buoy...
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♬Liner Notes♬: Summer's in full, funky swing and it's getting hotter by the moment - but when you've got new noise like this, it's always a "Lovely Day"! So let's cool off and Pump Up Tha Volume with the newest sounds around by Bill Withers and Studio Rio, CYHSY, Mirah, Juana Molina, Corb Lund and much more!
Sante Les Amis
Notes: "During the last five years, Uruguayan dance punk darlings Sante Les Amis released two promising EP’s, Sante Les Amis and Morning Shine, garnering critical acclaim in their homeland... After two years of silence, the band unleashed upon us the full fury of Sudamericana: an eleven track record where the band demonstrates, not only their knowledge of the new wave/disco punk canon, but their ability to stray beyond their influences to create a sound both fresh and unique in South American rock." Song source KCRW says, "Uruguay’s Sante Les Amis will make their U.S. debut as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York..."
Bill Withers and Studio Rio
"Lovely Day (Studio Rio Version)"
'Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection'
Sony Legacy, 2014
Notes: "Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection...features fresh, Brazilian takes of familiar American classics featuring the timeless vocals of legendary singers like Bill Withers, Billie Holiday, The Isley Brothers and many others... The Brazil Connection balances the voice of the original performances with the seductive pull of Brazil's most alluring grooves. These are authentic, newly crafted arrangements by Grammy® winning and legendary bossa nova and samba musicians and arrangers."
"Lo Que No Sera" (w/ Alex Anwandter)
Notes: "Puerto Rico's AJ Davila makes his solo debut with infectious energy and the help of his friend Chilean artist Alex Anwandter on..."Lo Que No Sera" (“What Shall Not Be”)." We heard from AJ a few months ago on Episode107.
"Knock You From Yr Mountain"
Hidden Pony, 2014
Notes: "Montreal psych rockers Elephant Stone will release their third full-length album, Three Poisons, on August 26th via Hidden Pony Records. They’ previewed their self-described “creative pinnacle” with the eerily calm title track, and now, they leap from ’60s psychedelics into ’80s New Wave/R&B with “Knock You From Yr Mountain”."
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
"Coming Down" (w/ Matt Berninger)
Notes: "Only Run, both in form and function, is CYHSY‘s return to relevance, excellence even, and one of the best independent rock records of 2014. As if referencing his band’s complex history in the genre of indie rock, Ounsworth invited the National‘s singer, Matt Berninger, to perform guest vocals on lead single, “Coming Down”." We heard "As Always" from the new CYHSY record last month on Episode114.
New West, 2014
Notes: "On very short notice, Americana and Canadian Roots artist Corb Lund was given the chance to record an album at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, TN. There were two challenges, it would be filmed for a CMT-TV special and he had two days to record. Taking advantage of Sun’s recording live-off-the-floor nature, Corb recorded Counterfeit Blues - an electric, raw and pure homage to the sound of Sun Studios."
Notes: "Last year, New Zealand band Popstrangers moved to London and put out a pair of songs to mark that change in their lives. One of those songs was called “Fortuna,” and though the song doesn’t appear on the band’s newly announced album, Fortuna, that single seems to have been an indication of where Popstrangers are headed. So where are they headed? New single “Country Kills” pushes them into even more lush and melancholic territory, without sacrificing any of their pop bounce."
Notes: "Fans of shoegaze might feel a pleasant familiarity upon hearing the first moments of “Not Today,” but those melodic vocals enclosed in a warped mass of guitar and drums aren’t My Bloody Valentine or Ride, they’re Melbourne’s Flyying Colours. Not Today will be the band’s debut full-length, following their 2013 EP."
"Lose It All, All The Time"
Easy Sound, 2014
Notes: "As the frontman for the Fruit Bats, Eric D. Johnson wrote sunny folk-pop songs with a psychedelic vibe. After the band’s demise last November, Johnson has gone solo under the alias EDJ and is striving to break away from that happy-go-lucky sound."
Notes: "Incorporating bilingual lyrics and a heavy beat, Bay Area MC Deuce Eclipse and producer Juan Manuel Caipo throw ska, samba, cumbia and hip hop into the mix..." Another great band featured at LAMC, the Latin Alternative Music Conference, which wraps up today in NYC.
Notes: "Mirah has come a long way in terms of refinement as her songwriting muse grew from the dog-eared D.I.Y. indie folk of her early days into subdued masterpieces... Fifth album Changing Light comes five years after her last proper solo album, (A)spera, and also follows a particularly harrowing breakup. The passing of time and the process of separation that starts with sadness and transforms into seething anger can be heard all over Changing Light."
Crammed Discs, 2013
Notes: "On Argentina's Independence Day [July9] we check in with Juana Molina. On her latest album, the Buenos Aires-based artist fuses folk with electronic loops, as you can hear on..."Ferocisimo" (or “Most Ferocious”)." PopMatters says, "Constructed from looping bass lines, whirring guitars and keyboards, and her enigmatic, murmuring voice, this latest collection of songs from Argentina’s premiere electro-folk songstress is a glorious mess of sound... Wed 21 represents a thoughtful continuation of 2008’s Un día, which traveled similar soundscapes, equally littered with looping fragments and weirdly juxtaposed rhythms." It's also another "Best of 2014" contender album AND she's playing a free Summerstage show in Central Park NYC as we speak!
Notes: "The best kinds of pop songs are over before you want them to be, leaving you desperately wanting more. This is the kind of approach that Austin’s Genuine Leather takes on its second release, Losers. While their self-titled debut felt tentative and the 2012 EP Crude Magic more than lived up to its name with a scruffy, lo-fi charm, Losers feels fully-realized, delivering hook after hook in concise blasts. One of these blasts is the leadoff track “The Viper.” Over a tightly coiled beat, the song cycles through some high-octane power-pop riffs, nodding towards Spoon, Guided By Voices, and Cheap Trick. The only bad part? It’s all over in just 120 seconds."
"Me As In You"
'Banana Moon' EP
Notes: "Austin’s Burgess Meredith open[ed for the Polyphonic Spree in Austin last week]... Formed in 2010, the group’s members have spent time with the Lemurs and the Polyphonic Spree, taking their name from the actor who popularized the Penguin in the campy Batman TV series of the 1960s. Likewise, Burgess Meredith (the band) takes its cues from the ’60s, matching colorful keyboards with airy girl-guy harmonies. They’re sharper than a lot of ’60s-derived garage groups, spiking their songs with darker passages (akin to Of Montreal). While hard at work on a follow-up, we’re offering a cut from their 2012 debut EP Banana Moon as today’s song of the day–the twisting-and-turning “Me As In You.”"
Middle West, 2014
Notes: "For your go-to catchy summer song, look no further than Dana Buoy’s ”Preacher”. Staying true to his name, Dana Buoy (a.k.a. Dana Jansson) lifts your spirits with the first synth notes of the title track off of his upcoming EP, Preacher. It’s the Portland-based artist’s first release since his solo debut, Summer Bodies, in 2012. We may know Janssen as Akron/Family’s drummer..."
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