♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode119 - From Now On which features brand new sounds from Dead Stars, Tunde Olaniran, Peter Matthew Bauer, Delta Spirit, Tennis, Reigning Sound, Ought, Young Buffalo, New Madrid, Beverly, Garotas Suecas, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 and THE FAME RIOT...
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♬Liner Notes♬: What are you listening to in the summer of 2014? I find new favorites every week on PUTV! This week rocks Delta Spirit, Dead Stars, Tennis, FAME RIOT, Seun Kuti and tons more... Let's listen to great music, "From Now On"!
Old Flame, 2014
Notes: "Brooklyn trio Dead Stars shine bright on their debut release, Slumber, an excellent collection of fuzzed-out ’90s-style guitar rock. Formed in 2009...the band had been self-releasing their music for years until New York label Uninhabitable Mansions stepped in to release their 2013 EP, High Gain. The five-song release caught the attention of Old Flame Records who released their first full-length earlier this summer."
'Yung Archetype' EP
Quite Scientific, 2014
Notes: "A Nigerian-American raised in London, Germany, and Flint... His approach probably most closely resembles the kitchen-sink genre pastiche and loosely political brio of M.I.A. or...Das Racist... The two-year-old “Brown Boy” might still be Olaniran's most vital offering, though, a thunderous, clattering four-alarm fire of a song... The hook offers a pithy look at racial prejudice that somehow manages to not feel reductive."
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Scientology Airplane Conversations"
Mexican Summer, 2014
Notes: "Liberation!, the solo debut from Peter Matthew Bauer, isn’t All Things Must Pass. It probably won’t pack stadiums, either. Still, it’s an unexpectedly surefooted triumph from the ex-Walkmen organist/bassist, whose admirable contributions to that band were frequently overshadowed by the more visible Hamilton Leithauser and guitarist Paul Maroon." We heard from this ex-Walkmen man a few weeks ago on Episode116, but who could turn down a song with a title like "Scientology Airplane Conversations"?
"From Now On"
'Into The Wide'
Notes: "Delta Spirit are set to release their fourth studio album, Into The Wide, on September 9th via their new label Dualtone Records. Produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Cut Copy), the follow-up to 2012’s self-titled effort is billed as the Brooklyn-via-California band’s “moodiest recording yet”."
"Never Work For Free"
'Ritual In Repeat'
Notes: "Denver indie-poppers Tennis have only been putting out records for a few years, but they aren’t wasting any time in cranking out material, and they’ve already announced plans for their third album, Ritual In Repeat, which is due in a few months. As on the 2012 album Young & Old, the band worked with the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney as a producer. This time, though, Carney splits production duties with a couple of other big-name collaborators, Spoon’s Jim Eno and the Shins’ Richard Swift. First single “Never Work For Free” is a peppy, welcoming wash of melody..." We heard two songs from Tennis' 2013 EP back on Episodes087/088. BTW, the new record is due 9/9, the same day a ton of other great new records are coming out.
"Never Coming Home"
Notes: "Five years since their last, Reigning Sound have returned with a highly anticipated new album and first for new label Merge Records... Opening with/punched up by violins and featuring a driving drum track, "Never Coming Home" sounds perfectly catered for classic rock radio, which is to say the song is a timeless country-inflected, garage-y burner."
"The Weather Song"
'More Than Any Other Day'
Notes: "Ought has been burning with a strong and steady flame since flickering to life in Montreal in 2012... Ought's earnest, stately and exuberant post-punk is dextrous, deliberate, unfussy and fluid, with debts to Cap’n Jazz, The Feelies, Lungfish, Gang Of Four and early Talking Heads... " The Montreal band is also opening up for Dub Thompson this weekend in Minneap...
Notes: "Oxford, Mississippi - or Ole Miss, as the residents refer to it - is a university town, a place where writers such as William Faulkner...gravitate towards. Young Buffalo are part of this artistic scene, with their summer sunshine songwriting fusing glorious harmonies to power pop melodies. The band's Dave Schiffman produced debut album will be released later this year, with new track 'Sykia' arriving online a few moments ago. Revolving around a glistening guitar riff, there's an intelligence to the songwriting which can't be denied."
New West, 2014
Notes: "Athens, Georgia has a special pull in music history, especially towards the more underground-inclined music fans... New Madrid steps into this daunting legacy, but willfully. The band members moved to Athens from Tennessee and debuted in 2012 with Yardboat. For album number two, this year’s Sunswimmer, the quartet actively analyzed what they liked and disliked about that initial effort and applied it to their songwriting... New Madrid truly lets loose on “Manners,” one of the highlights from Sunswimmer."
Notes: "Dream pop goddess Frankie Rose is a love-em-and-leave-em kinda gal. The super-talent was in the original line-ups for Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and the Vivian Girls before taking off and pursuing her solo career. And, now Rose can add the project Beverly to that list... the sparkling debut, Careers...the Pixies-esque garage-pop stand-out “Madora.”"
Notes: "Garotas Suecas, Portugese for Swedish Girls, are an alternative rock outfit from Rio De Janeiro comprised of five men and one woman... Their most recent release, Feras Miticas, is a fresh, jaw-dropping combination of artists like Jamiroquai, Os Mutantaes, Jackson 5, and Sly & The Family Stone. Today’s Song of the Day, part reggae, part funk, and part soft-rock, “Bucolismo,” meaning bucolic in English, is a genre-defying track off of Feras Miticas."
Seun Kuti and Egypt 80
'A Long Way to the Beginning'
Knitting Factory, 2014
Notes: "Fela Kuti's youngest son has handled his father's esteemed Afrobeat legacy with aplomb, fronting his old band and over two albums adding modernist touches to a fundamentally unchanged format. Third time round the playing is faster and harder, with some wonderfully intricate horn parts, though the production of US jazzer Robert Glasper tends to bury Seun's righteous lyrics..." We heard "IMF", also off 'A Long Way To The Beginning', from Seun and Co. back on Episode112. (And we thank him for the tweet love, too!)
THE FAME RIOT
"Try To Be Better"
'DUST FUNK' EP
Notes: "This super glitzy duo took third place at last year’s fierce EMP Sound Off! competition [in Seattle], which has brought 13 years of local all-ages artists into the spotlight. Brothers Liz Scarlett and Shazam Watkins of THE FAME RIOT are totally captivating on and off stage... “Try To Be Better”, is all kinds of groovy. Liz and Shazam share lead vocals, or as they say, “lead-screeching” duties."
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