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.@PumpUpThaVolume: Episode199 – #Masterpiece


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Episode199 - MasterpieceEpisode199 - Masterpiece w/brand new music by Star Parks, Big Thief, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, El Perro Del Mar and Kyle Craft...

Previous: Episode198 - Dream Machine

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♬Liner Notes♬: Another short-but-sweet slice of delicious new music, perhaps?

Star Parks
"Theoretical Girls"
'Don’t Dwell'
Paper Trail, 2016
Notes: "Star Parks has just released new record Don’t Dwell on Paper Trail Records, and today we’re celebrating with a look into the Austin-based band’s vintage-sounding style... “Theoretical Girls,” a swelling, lo-fi tune with a dreamy, midsummer-night aura to it."
(#StarParks)

Big Thief
"Masterpiece"
'Masterpiece'
Saddle Creek, 2016
Notes: "Brooklyn’s Big Thief take a hard look at love in all its devastation and ugliness on Masterpiece, their upcoming debut album for Saddle Creek. Due out May 27th, the LP finds the rising outfit specifically capturing “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting them go, looking into your own eyes through someone else’s, and being okay with the inevitability of death,” says the band’s main songwriter Adrianne Lenker."
(@BigThiefMusic)

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
"Shine"
'Call It What It Is'
Concord, 2016
Notes: "After a nine year hiatus Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals have a new collection of songs, Call It What It Is, blending the political and personal in their inimitable bold style. While rehearsing for their triumphant reunion at the Fillmore in San Francisco last year, Harper unleashed material he had been quietly amassing for this new recording, which contains the heartfelt song, "Shine.""
(@BenHarper)

El Perro Del Mar
"Breadandbutter"
'Kokoro'
Ging Ging, 2016
Notes: "Gothenberg's El Perro del Mar has revealed "Breadandbutter", a brand new single/video from upcoming sixth LP Kokoro... El Perro Del Mar - aka Sarah Assbring - last released an album (Pale Fire) in 2012, and has only occasionally dipped back into music since... Inspired by “totally only listening to Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Indian pop music for the last three years", the song sees Assbring "finding a means to communicate and find solidarity among people.”" And we played a track from El Perro Del Mar's 2012 LP way back on Episode032.
(@EPDMofficial)

Kyle Craft
"Pentecost"
'Dolls of Highland'
Sub Pop, 2016
Notes: "NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” had this to say of the track, “Pentecost” sees Kyle Craft…return to his hometown in Louisiana, haunted by the ghost of a friend who took his own life. Paired with his knack for great melodies, it demonstrates Craft’s emotional power as a songwriter...”" But now Kyle's living here in Portland, so he gets the local honors this week.
(@KyleCraftMusic)

Don't miss the Spotify playlist for each and every episode - it's got all the other new music we can't fit here!

There's even a YouTube playlist.

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(Thanks again to our #SongOfTheDay sources at @KEXP, @KCRW, @KUTX, KPSU, @TheKeyXPN, @TheCurrent, @MagnetMagazine and more. Thanks to @TwilightCircus1 for the bed music - and thank you for listening!)

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