It’s taken me almost a full week to completely recover from SXSW, but luckily I can go to our friend Toby’s site, Finest Kiss, and catch up on the good stuff he’s stumbled upon in his neck of the woods (Seattle). This track he ran by Blooper is superb, and reminds me a lot of basically every sweet jam I’ve been rocking in my house for the last several years. There’s a bit of swing within the jangle, and an infectious aura that sucks you in. The band’s working on a new EP as of now, but they’ve also got a free Ballard Avenue EP you can grab to wet your appetite while you wait if you go HERE.
Download:Blooper – Secret Song [MP3]
Hopefully you’ve heard about the Grave Babies by now, as they’re about to start winning people over across the Internet. The band’s about ready to release their Gothdammit EP on April 17th via Hardly Art, and while the title might have some allusions to the music itself, there’s still a whole lot beneath that wall of darkness aching to be released. If you listen to this track, you’ll hear the pounding rhythm and the wall of noise, but that tiny hint of melody held back by the slightest bit of restraint is exactly what grabs you. I can’t wait to get this EP in my hands!
Download:Grave Babies – Nightmare [MP3]
There seems to be a small amount of buzz growing behind Seattle group Elba, and I’m here to further their endeavor. In September, the group will be releasing their self-titled album, which will hopefully put the band’s name out there. On this track, the ringing guitar floating is mesmerizing, while the quieted backing vocals provide a new level of depth to the song’s sound. Like me, you’ll scour the Internet for more tracks; you can find one on their BANDCAMP, and another HERE. All signs point to a great release to further our already busy listening schedule in the fall.
Download: Elba – From A Sinking Ship [MP3]
Secretly Canadian offers up a new tune from Seattle band Throw Me the Statue entitled “Ship”. Stay tuned for a preview of their upcoming show at Emo’s next week. The song is from their Purple Face EP.
Download: Throw Me The Statue – Ship [MP3]
The country music & bluegrass world needs more women like Sera Cahoone. Long before my time, women like Emmy Lou Harris & Loretta Lynn carried the torch as THE women of the genre. Not afraid to say what they think about their latest man or toss out the occasional dirty word along with the strum on the finest Gibson acoustic. Sure the world still has their Kathleen Edwards or even Allison Krause to some extent but I feel we need more from the women of the genre. I feel like Sera is one of these women of country music who can carry that torch in the new generation. On Saturday night at Stubbs, she provided an intimate set full of the grit and vulnerability that used to come with those elder stateswomen of country music. Read more