Your Resident Pulse Music Director back again!

Without further ado, here’s the top albums of this week:

1. Basement Jaxx – Junto

The electronic/house superstars return, after their score for the film Attack the Block in 2011. Featuring a whole host of collaborators ranging from UK divas to a children’s chorus and string players, Junto promises to be a wild ride.

2. Ty Segall – Manipulator

As the promotional sticker declares, “THE SEGALL HAS LANDED”. The cult musician/producer returns with another great indie/garage rock/punk/no-genre-but-Segall record that’s sure to please his fanbase and maybe win over some new converts as well.

3. Souls of Mischief – There Is Only Now

Featuring one member of A Tribe Called Quest, and including guest spots from the likes of Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg, There Is Only Now establishes its hip-hop pedigree right from the get go.

4. God Help the Girl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

While the film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian and based on the band’s musical project of the same name, doesn’t hit theaters until September 5, the soundtrack should tide over fans of the band and indie pop nicely.

5. Kimbra – The Golden Echo

The art-pop songstress goes experimental, with help from producer/mixer Rich Costey (Jenny Lewis’ The Voyager, Mew’s No More Stories…). In the process, Kimbra creates one of the best pop albums of the year. No joke.

Your resident Pulse Music Director here!

I had previously been posting this feature on the Pulse Facebook page, but thought that it would be beneficial to move it to the website homepage, because

1. We, of course, want to attract more eyes to the website, and

2. With those additional eyes in place, we can expose listeners to new and upcoming music in a more convenient fashion.

With all that said and done, here are this week’s albums:

1. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt


A change in direction for the band, recorded with producer Mike Crossey (The 1975′s The 1975, The View’s Cheeky for a Reason) and with music inspired by Pearl Jam’s No Code. 

2. House of Whales – House of Whales


Alternative hip-hop/rock band hailing from Chicago. Witty wordplay and meaningful lyrics abound over jam band-esque guitars and drums. A lot less profanity than your average hip-hop album, too.

3. The Quitters – Contributing to Erosion


Classic punk rock sound with pop and post-hardcore influences, great songwriting chops and a bit of an alternative metal edge. “Hipster” is destined to become your new favorite singalong song.

4. El May – The Other Person is You

El May

Smartly executed, colorful Aussie indie pop with great production by mix engineer Dave Schiffman (Haim, We Are Scientists, Biffy Clyro). Also, dat album cover.

5. Opeth – Pale Communion

Pale Communion

The prog/death metal legends return, with a heavy emphasis on the prog and continuing where 2012′s Heritage left off. High-quality, dynamic production from mix engineer Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. It’s an Opeth record, what do you expect? ;)

Check back next week for more great music!

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Pennsylvania rockers have changed their name from the super catchy Daylight to Superheaven. Read the statement from the band below:

We’re back home from our recent tour with Bayside, Four Year Strong, and Mixtapes. First, we would like to extend a than you to those bands for making it fun and an overall great experience. Also, thank you to anyone who made it out to a show and supported the tour, and an extra thanks if you bought a record or a t-shirt, or gave us a place to stay along the way.

With that said, we have some important news to share. Some of you may have already figured it out, but we are changing our name. We will no longer be performing or releasing music under the name “Daylight.”

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As those of you who keep up with news of any merit, you have no doubt heard of the crisis within the Crimean portion of Ukraine. The motherland to the north has determined their presence was needed to “liberate” the economically devastated, Russian speaking region Crimea (home of the all important oil pipeline and warm-water port) from the “abusive and intolerant” nation of Ukraine. This “liberation” has unfolded in front of the eyes of every developed nation as we continue to look down with panic stricken faces and policies of war avoidance.

On that note, I write you from the dusted keys of my laptop with no purpose other than to give you my opinion of the crisis, how I interpret the news that has poured into my eye sockets from news sources from all spectrums such as MSNBC, Fox, HUFFPO, Politico, Foreign Policy Magazine, and a few others, and what I believe the unified opinion of the American people should be. That being said, this is by no means an all-inclusive detailed explication of the proceedings in Crimea, but simply a recap of some major details that have been overlooked or underplayed by the mainstream media as the old-timers enjoy phrasing it.

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Being a political talk show and seeing as the infamous “Gun Bill” has just been signed into the law by the Governor of the state of Idaho, I figured it only necessary that I relay an email correspondence that took place between myself and Republican Representative Andrus. To this day, I have yet to hear back from him and, sadly, probably never will. Tune in to Turning Politricks on Sundays between 3:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. to hear more! Thank you infinitely, both for your time and your support.

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In the contemporary world of highly contentious United States politics revolving around anything related to healthcare, Medicaid Expansion is a new initiative that will be facing our Idaho State Legislature in the upcoming session. Since 2007, over 50,000 people have been added to its care program from the original, rather steady number of about 180,000 participants. In lieu of this, the Governor’s Office has deemed it fit to play into cutting funding by 35 million dollars. This,

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Man, machine, or electronic funk guru; call him what you want, Grant Kwiecinski, popularized by his stage name GRiZ, has been tearing up the electronic music scene across the country. With one of the most unique styles of music there is, he has created a niche for party-goers, dance fanatics and music-lovers around the world. Straight out of Detroit, and proud of it, he shows no signs of slowing down.

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Brand New has announced they have cancelled their European tour in August including their dates at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. You can read the statement below:


“Brand New regretfully announce that due to insurmountable personal issues, they have been forced to cancel their August European tour, including appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Sincere apologies to everyone we are letting down.”

Let’s all cross our fingers that the “insurmountable personal issues” don’t result in something more permanent for the band.