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Seattle’s Cataldo comprises of its creator and front man Eric Anderson with the other members including Aaron Benson, Jacob Hoffman and Matt Batey, all of whom have musical projects of their own.  “Gilded Oldies” is the latest release from Cataldo. Order, HERE.




Released 04 March 2014
Mixed by Tucker Martine



Cataldo – In Now and Then (Live on KEXP)


Photo by Kyle Johnson



Listen, Seattle’s indie garage/R&B group, Pickwick‘s first single ‘Lady Luck’ (Richard Swift cover, featuring guest vocals from Sharon Van Etten) which is taken from their forthcoming debut full-length “Can’t Talk Medicine” on March 12th via Dine Alone Records. Pre-order, HERE. Pickwick began recording in their living room by their own Grammy winner engineer / multi-instrumentalist Kory Kruckenberg as engineer.  And the band recently released a digital EP, “Covers,” including ‘Lady Luck’ with a couple of tunes from Damien Jurado and The Primitives. Available on iTunes.

The band comprises of Galen Disston, Michael Parker, Garrett Parker, Cassady Lillstrom, Alex Westcoat, Kory Kruckenberg.


‘Lady Luck’ was originally appeared on Richard SwiftThe Atlantic Ocean” album (Secretly Canadian, 2009)
 



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PICKWICK – Can’t Talk Medicine – Album Trailer



Orca Team – Night Moves
Directed and filmed by Eric Fundingsland. 2012. From the album RESTRAINT.



From the album RESTRAINT.

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, post-punk/surf/mutant disco inspired trio Orca Team‘s new full-length “RESTRAINT” is out now via Athens, GA imprint, HHBTM (Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records) and C.A.L.I. Records (cassette). The trio comprises of Dwayne Cullen on drums, Jessica B. on guitar and Leif Anders on bass/ vox.

Orca Team :: Bandcamp / Souncloud / Facebook



Shannon Stephens, a Seattle-based singer/songwriter who started her career playing with Sufjan Stevens in Marzuki and has had her music covered by Bonnie Prince Billy, has just released her third album “Pull It Together” via Asthmatic Kitty


DM Stith – piano & choir



Shannon Stephens – Care of You, from “Pull It Together”

Stephens’ increased confidence also transformed her method of recording for this third release. Where previously she added orchestral players to fill out her songs, this time she took a blues approach to her arrangements. Drawing together a new band of accomplished musicians, she gave them the freedom to explore and create. With Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Isobel Campbell) on guitars, James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion) on drums and Steve Moore (Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs) on keyboards, Stephens found herself discovering new facets of her own compositions.

Pull It Together is treated with warm, intimate production thanks to the contributions of Grammy winning engineer Kory Kruckenberg (Rose Thomas, Damien Jurado). Kruckenberg’s light approach to mixing preserved the spontaneity and the vintage spark of the band’s 8-track recordings. The album features a collaboration with DM Stith and backing vocals by Galen Disston of Pickwick.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham)- duet vocals



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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I’ll Be Glad
3/12/09 in Bloomington at the Buskirk
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy covered Stephens’ song ‘I’ll Be Glad’ on his 2008 album “Lie Down In The Light,” the song was originally appeared on her self-titled debut full-length (2000) from Asthmatic Kitty, Re-pressed on 2010.



Witch Gardens – Aunt Shae/Mean Colleen

Witch Gardens are the Seattle-based project of Beth Corry, Sara Beabout, Karolyn Kukoski and Casey Catherwood. Here’s a new song ‘Aunt Shae/Mean Colleen’ taken from their “R-I-P” EP recorded at The Pool with Alex Yusimov and mastered by Tim Stollenwerk, cover art by the Witches’ own Sara Beabout and Casey Catherwood. The 7-inch is available via Water Wing Records imprint distributed by Mississippi Records, and their Bandcamp.

Pleasure Beauties – Am I Real?
They’re releasing a new tape this Friday at the Cairo.

From “Coastal Sightings,” new tracks from some of Cairo crew’s favorite NORTHWEST bands, released 08 December 2011 / available as CD/CASS & digital download. This second Cairo compilation features Pleasure Beauties along with Adam Forkner’s White Rainbow, King Dude, Flexions, U.S.F. feat. Witch Gardens and more.


Ball of Wax Volume 26: A Tribute to the Anthology of American Folk Music” is a collection of new interpretations of songs released on Harry Smith‘s legendarily influential Anthology of American Folk Music. It was released on November 25th from Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly, founded in 2005 by Levi Fuller, a Seattle-based songwriter/performer himself. This series of compilation CDs, featuring new music from Seattle and beyond, is issued every three months. Purchase/Stream through the Ball of Wax bandcamp, HERE.



‘King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O’ is also covered by Laura Veirs on her first childrens muisic album “Tumble Bee” (2011, Raven Marching Band / Bella Union).





Some Crazy Magic: Meeting Harry Smith

My New animation based around a story told to me by John Cohen when I interviewed him with Greg Vandy. From wikipedia: Harry Everett Smith (May 29 , 1923, Portland, Oregon – November 27, 1991, New York City) was an American archivist, ethnomusicologist, student of anthropology, record collector, experimental filmmaker, artist, bohemian and mystic. People who know his work as a filmmaker are often unfamiliar with his 1952 Anthology of American Folk Music, while folk music enthusiasts often do not know he was acclaimed as being “the greatest living magician” according to filmmaker, Kenneth Anger. —Drew Christie

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