Artist 101: Ryn Weaver

Last month when I
went to UW’s Fall Fling, a concert to welcome students to the university, I had
never heard of the three artists set to play. Armed with a couple of friends
and the excitement of a first-week college student, I went anyway. Seattle
locals Brother From Another had the show off to a great start, and Cashmere Cat’s
blasting electronic beats had people screaming for more; but I have to say that
the second act of the day, Ryn Weaver, completely stole the show. Her
folksy-pop vibe got people standing up and swaying while her banter between
songs made it feel like she was an old friend just visiting you at college.

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The first song
that really got me paying attention was “OctaHate”, which you may have already
heard of when it climbed both the Billboard and Twitter charts in June 2014. It
can only be described as a “classy dance song” that’s bound to impress people
of any music taste.

I also have to
mention “Sail On”, which will for sure be stuck in your head for the rest of
the day but you won’t even mind it. If you ever have the chance to hear it
live, just go and don’t question it.

And like any
great artist, she has a solid tear-jerker in her repertoire. “Traveling Song”,
dedicated to her grandpa, is the perfect track to listen to if you ever feel
like wallowing in your homesickness. Just make sure you have a box of tissues
at the ready.

Overall, Weaver
is the seemingly impossible combination of a more chill Blondie, a less
punk-rock Hayley Williams, and Florence (minus the Machine).

If you love the
songs as much as I do, check out her full-length album The Fool, packed with eleven songs destined to make it on to your favorites playlist.

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Kathryn Placer



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Coming Up: Sasquatch 2015 (May 22)

It’s finally May, which means that the Sasquatch! Music Festival is only a few weeks away. Sasquatch! is held at the Gorge Amphitheater; a venue known for it’s scenic beauty that attracts music-lovers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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This will be my first year attending the festival, and I’m stoked. I wish I could be at the Gorge grooving to my favorite bands instead of studying for midterms, but since I have to wait a bit until May 22, I compiled a little list of acts that are on my must-see list in an attempt to contain my excitement.

Tame Impala

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I love Kevin Parker. Parker is the musical mastermind behind this unique psychedelic sound: he basically comes up and records all of the components of Tame Impala’s songs. Kevin Parker IS Tame Impala, though he does have a band accompany him for live performances. I first saw Tame Impala perform at the Outside Lands Music Festival in 2012— they played early in the day and didn’t have much of an audience. The small audience that was there probably suffered some severe ear damage after I yelled “I LOVE YOU KEV” as loud as I could for the entirety of the set. Anyways, their popularity has grown tremendously since 2012, so it’s gonna be a little harder to push my way to the front this time. I’m up for the challenge though. Anything for Kev.

Angel Olsen

Sometimes it seems like there isn’t a lot of room for female artists in the realm of garage rock. Angel Olsen is an exception. Her simple but messy music is absolutely killer. It goes fast, it goes slow, and it’s always balances pretty, soft vocals with a harder edge. Check out one of my favorite songs by her “Forgiven/Forgotten”

Fuzz

Fuzz creates some heavy, head banging tunes that are going to be so much fun to see live. I have a soft spot for this band because I adore Ty Segall, a staple artist of garage rock hailing from my own hometown of San Francisco, who plays drums for Fuzz. Seeing them jam will definitely be a crazy experience. (I hope I don’t die in the mosh pit.)

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Flume

I am usually not a big fan of electronic/house music, but Flume is a major exception. Harley Streten is Flume, an artist from the UK, who makes some of the best produced music I have ever heard. I’ve seen him live once before, and it was an awesome dance party.

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Twin Peaks

If you have been keeping up with the Rainy Dawg blog, you know my love for this band has no bounds. I might cry when I see one of my favorite garage rock bands perform. I’m going to need at least two people by my side to keep me from climbing on stage and kissing all of them.

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If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you can still buy them! So grab a friend, hitch a ride and I’ll see you at The Gorge.

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I’m talkin bout French house

Annnddddddd we’re back. I’m sorry for such a long sabbatical but I was just researching music.
And being lazy.
So who wants to talk about French deep house?

Gonna be honest, I’m SO NOT an expert on house music, but because deep house has elements of soul and 1980s jazz-funk and this specific musician uses a lot of piano and saxophone, I’m going to say that I somewhat know what I’m talking about.

Should we meet Klingande

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A French duo composed of musicians Cédric Steinmyller and Edgar Catry, these guys don’t give the vibe of what you think of when you think of house music: electronic, boring, repetitive. They dig honest sound, and true jazz, funk, and soul. With three solid singles out, deubting in in 2013, these guys are beautiful in their sound.

There are house beats, but there are also funky basslines, eclectic vocal samples, excellent percussion and hypnotic, just straight-jamming grooves of saxophone solos that distinguish Klingande’s sound.

The two boys themselves label their music as “melodic sound,” and for sure they have this vibe of sunny beaches and the strange juxtaposition of classy, classy saxophone jazz and more modern dance pop.

I mean, take a listen to “Jubel.” You’ve got these straight up dope saxophone melodies (thank you fantastic Mr. Snake Davis) running throughout the entire track of lovely Lucie Decarne’s vocals. Reaching number one on the charts in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Switzerland, this track also hit #3 on the UK Singles chart.

We start out slow with bongo-drums and light layering of keys, yeah? Then a bassline melody, still good, right? Then a build up to the vocals, and you’re like, “Hmm, pretty good.” But then we hit the sax, and you’ve got to just stop and smile.

And then look at his first single ever released, “Punga.” The vocals are phenomenal combined with the saxophone layered on piano. And to be honest, the sax on this track is better than the sax on Jubel, but the standard of excellence here is just so high that either way, any of Klingande’s tracks are going to exceed any of our expectation for musical innovation.

If you like Avicii, if you like Bakermat, if you like saxophone, if you like grooves, please. Do yourself a favor. Check out his Soundcloud here, trust me, he’s worth your time.

And sweet deal because if you fall in love enough, go and check out his show at The Crocodile on May 20th.
You can bet I’m gonna be there.

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Ariana Rivera

Weekly Digs: Ernie Graham – Artist Profile

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It’s easy to feel like you’ve gotten to know an artist just by listening to their music, and sometimes I feel weirdly betrayed if it turns out someone who’s music I really like is a bit of an asshole. With the music of Ernie Graham and a few odd photographs, comes a strange confidence that he was a genuinely good dude. Just look at that smile:

imageIn the end though I suppose it’s probably just the music that matters, not the person who created it. Ernie Graham was a man, and he created some excellent music. Starting out as a rhythm guitarist for Tony & The Telstars in his home of Belfast, Ireland, Graham soon split for England where he met Henry McCullough. The two headed back for Belfast and formed The People, later called Eire Apparent. Eire Apparent is mostly known for recording an album produced by Jimi Hendrix, with a couple songs featuring his guitar work. These are gems for any Jimi fans, but Eire Apparent’s stuff was seriously excellent, and should stand on it’s own merit. Here’s an pretty raw 1968 single of theirs:

Here I Go Again

The band broke up in 1970 and Ernie decided to go solo, releasing the eponymous LP Ernie Graham in 1970. This album is an absolute stunner, and if you’ve got a record player I can’t recommend it enough. On it, Graham takes a new direction with his sound resulting in what most would define as “pub-rock”, a musical movement aimed at bringing music back to it’s basics from the glam rock that was emerging around the same time. Some parts folk, some parts roots; good vibes abound and Ernie Graham captures the soul of the genre perfectly. Here are a couple standouts from the album which was reissued by 4 Men With Beards this year and can also be found on CD:

So Lonely

The Girl That Turned The Lever

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The album was praised by critics but sold poorly, and in 1971 Graham joined the band Help Yourself, appearing on their 1972 album Strange Affair. Ernie would go on to form the band Clancy, releasing two albums with them and later going solo again. In the 80s after another failed attempt at success with a new band, Ernie Graham called it quits on his music career and took a job on the railroads. In 2001 he died due to complications with his alcoholism. Perhaps a sad ending for a man who never received a fraction of the recognition he deserved, but I think he must have died proud of the music he helped create. Here’s a song from Strange Affair to send you off:

Brown Lady

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Jamie Coughlin