Episode 143: MusicFest Northwest 2015!

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Thanks to Matthew MacLean and Matt Manza for joining us this week! You can listen above, and download the episode right here.

Topic:

  • Matthew MacLean and Matt Manza discuss this year’s edition of MusicFest Northwest, including the booking process, the changes made this year, and what the fest’s future looks like.

Songs:

  • Dr. Dre – “Talking to My Diary”
  • Lady Lamb – “Billions of Eyes”
  • Talk in Tongues – “She Lives in My House”
  • Deerhunter – “Snakeskin”

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Polyphonic Spree Celebrate 15th Anniversary With Beginning Stages Of… Tour

 

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Back at the very beginning of the last decade, The Polyphonic Spree, Tim DeLaughter’s charming (and vaguely but endearingly cult-like) Texas-based choir-rock monolith, released their debut record, The Beginning Stages Of…. If you heard the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack, or watched Scrubs, or saw a Volkswagen ad, you were undoubtedly aware of their infectious, ELO-esque single “Light & Day”, which helped to launch the band into the hearts and iPods of just about everybody who heard it. In the years since, they’ve put out a handful of equally poppy (though admittedly less psychedelic) records, the most recent of which being 2013’s Yes, It’s True.

Now, just in time for the band’s 15th anniversary, the band are embarking on a neat little tour: Every night, they’ll play through The Beginning Stages Of… in its entirety, plus a bunch of other “deep cuts and choice covers”, in the band’s words. You can expect this one to be a gloriously upbeat evening, and it’ll be worth the price of admission just to see how they handle the album’s slow-burning finale, “A Long Day”

You can check out the upcoming tour dates after the jump, and watch them covering Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” for The AV Club. For tickets to see the band’s Star Theater performance, head on over here!

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Episode 142: Good Cheer

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Thanks to Blake Hickman and Mo Troper of Good Cheer Records for joining us this week! You can check it out above, or download it here.

Topic:

  • Blake Hickman and Mo Troper of Good Cheer Records join us to talk about the challenges of starting a label, the foolishness of small pressings of vinyl, and the future of their label.

Songs:

  • EL VY – “Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)”
  • Sabonis – “More Time”
  • Royal Headache – “High”
  • Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”

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Episode 141: Major Label Debut

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Thanks to Veronica Medici for joining us this week! You can listen above, and download this one right here.

Topic:

  • Major labels
  • How did Veronica begin working with a major label?
  • How do majors compare to indie labels, in regards to artist communication and inner workings?
  • What is the role of a big label in the modern day?
  • How does streaming tie into the business of major label operations?
  • What direction is the music industry going in, and how can it be saved?

Songs:

  • Rowdy Roddy Piper’s theme
  • Disclosure – “Latch (Ft. Sam Smith)”
  • Wilco – “Either Way”
  • Jason Isbell – “If It Takes a Lifetime”

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Episode 140: The Best of 2015 (So Far)

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Thanks to Jordan Portlock for joining us this week! You can listen above, and download this one right here.

Topic:

  • The best of the first half of 2015! We talk about our favorite records, favorite shows, biggest surprises – and disappointments.

Songs:

  • Sleater-Kinney – “Price Tag”
  • Sorority Noise – “Corrigan”
  • Kendrick Lamar – “Mortal Man”
  • Beat Connection – “So Good”

 

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Episode 139: I Know It’s Over

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Thanks to Katy Hampton for joining us this week! You can check it out above, or download it here!

Topic:

  • The Smiths and Morrissey!
  • We discuss our love and passion for The Smiths and Morrissey, the things that make both feel unique, our relationships with Morrissey (the person), and – as always – talk about how they’re never reuniting.

Songs:

  • Wilco – “EKG”
  • The Smiths – “Rusholme Ruffians”
  • Morrissey – “Sing Your Life (KROQ Version”
  • Stiff Little Fingers – “Suspect Device”

 

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Project Pabst, Day 2

…and just like that, year two of Project Pabst is a wrap! Head over to our Facebook for photos of Weezer, Buzzcocks, Wild Ones, Passion Pit and much more – including some sweet views from the Ross Island Bridge (like this one!)

Weezer // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Weezer // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Project Pabst – Day 1

Day 1 of Project Pabst is in the bag! Head over to our Facebook for photos of all the festivities, including sets by Blondie, TV on the Radio, Run the Jewels, thee Oh Sees and more.

Blondie // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Blondie // Photo by Yousef Hatlani

Episode 138: Project Pabst 2015!

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Thanks to Matt Slessler for joining us on this week’s show! You can check it out above, or download it right here!

Topic:

  • Project Pabst!
  • How did the Project Pabst festival begin?
  • What goes into the booking of the festival? What the process look like from start to finish?
  • What could have been done differently the first year?
  • What does the festival’s future look like?

Songs:

  • Maurice Jarre – “Lara’s Theme” (From Doctor Zhivago)
  • The Buzzcocks – “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)”
  • Blondie – “Hanging on the Telephone”
  • Keiichi Suzuki – “Smiles & Tears” (From Earthbound)
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Episode 137: Eyelids With Chris and John!

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Welcome back, everybody! BIG thanks to Chris Slusarenko and John Moen for joining us this week! You can listen to this episode above, or download it right here!

Topic:

  • This week, we chat with Chris and John about their backgrounds in music, how Eyelids came to be (and the band’s future), and what makes the creative processes of Eyelids different from the other bands they’ve been in over the years.

Songs:

  • of Montreal – “The March Of The Gay Parade”
  • Eyelids – “Bound to Let You Down”
  • Death Cab For Cutie – “No Room In Frame”
  • James Horner – “Humanoids from the Deep Main Theme”

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