When Jessica Dobson’s not playing with James Mercer and The Shins, she’s doing her own thing in the form of Deep Sea Diver. Her Pacific Northwest side project just released an EP called Always Waiting, and here’s a track from it. One by One is a bit of a departure from 2012’s History Speaks LP, with more synth and drum machines layered under Dobson’s entrancing vocals. That said, the songwriting chops are still front and center.
- Posted by WFPKSeptember 25
We’ve been spinning Broncho’s new single, What, for the last few weeks on WFPK. Now we have an easy way for you to get another taste of the Oklahoma indie rockers’ upcoming album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, while also investigating the band’s past.
Broncho just released the free sampler which features two other tracks from the new album (one of which appeared on the HBO show Girls) and three from past releases.
And hey, if you like what you hear, they’ll be at Zanzabar Sept. 9.
- Posted by WFPKSeptember 3
Blonde Redhead hasn’t released an album in four years, but that’s about to change. The band’s dreamy indie pop will be on display for the Barragán LP, which is out Sept. 2. The lead cut, The One I Love, is currently available for streaming and download.
In January, My Morning Jacket threw a big party in Mexico with a bunch of bands, fans and friends called One Big Holiday. It was a huge success, and the band is doing it again. In anticipation of the second annual One Big Holiday, MMJ has released a five free live recordings from the inaugural event.
Timothy Showalter’s fourth album as Strand of Oaks, Heal, has all the hallmarks of a breakout release. Based on the lyrical depth, musical exploration, and ripping guitar solo from J Mascis on Goshen ’97, it deserves every bit of praise being heaped on it.
Strand of Oaks recently did a beautiful World Cafe set, which has been made available for free. In addition to the songs performed for David Dye, it includes the album version of Shut In, which we’ve been playing for a few weeks on WFPK.
If you thought Clap Your Hands Say Yeah was just an indie rock remnant of the aughts (yeah yeah, blog rock…blah blah blah), you were sorely mistaken. Alec Ounsworth and the gang are as relevant as ever with their new record, Only Run. It does a good job of combining instrumental elements from their 2005 self-titled debut and 2011’s Hysterical, all while illustrating Ounsworth’s crisp songwriting. The lead cut from the record, which you’ve no doubt heard on WFPK the last few weeks, is a dynamic rocker that features The National’s Matt Berninger lending a hand.