Today brings us the following brand-new releases: awE naturalE from THEESatisfaction, “Illusion” EP from Poor Moon and “the revolution” EP Retribution Gospel. Below you will find some exciting things that are going on for all 3 groups, for more information please visit our artist pages for each band!
Stream awE naturalE by THEESatisfaction
THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Seattle and Hawaii. The pair live/laugh/love/dance and create right here in Seattle. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminist sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. They met by what was clearly cosmic happenstance at the University of Washington and haven’t stopped the flow since. The group have a few upcoming shows including a hometown in-store, today, March 27th, at Easystreet Records in Seattle WA and at Nuemos on March 29. See below for a full list of dates.
What people are saying about THEESatisfaction:
“With their soulful take on contemporary R&B, Seattle-based THEESatisfaction proves that women rappers have strengths all their own.” [Album Review] – BUST
“THEESatisfaction’s Stas and Cat are conjoined, beat-made MCs, producers, partners, and lovers with nothing in this world or the next to hide. Their collective brain lobes contain hiphop acumen and insight. When their voices harmonize, it sounds like a human Moog synth rendition of keys Stevie himself would have played. Rangewise, Stas and Cat graze tonally into Ella Fitzgerald and Tina Turner. On the beat, rapped side of the equation, the Seattle duo spreads into Quasimoto’s refined and raw oddness.” [Feature]- The Stranger
“THEESatisfaction’s Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons sing-rap with confidence over a breezy vocal loop. It’s a soulful, bouncy, promising glimpse of what’s to come.” [Track Review]- The FADER
Mar. 27 – Seattle, WA – Easy Street in-store (Queen Anne)
Mar. 29 – Seattle, WA – Neumos CD release
Apr. 04 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Apr. 05 – Amiens, FR – La Lune Des Pirates
Apr. 06 – Lille, FR – Aeronef
Apr. 10 – Lyon, FR – La Marquise
Apr. 11 – Angers, FR – Chabada
Apr. 12 – Tours, FR – Temps Machine
Apr. 13 – Poitiers, FR – Confort Moderne
Apr. 15 – Madird, SP – La Casa Encendid
Apr. 17 – Lisbon, PO – ZDB Gallery
Apr. 19 – Dublin, IR – Twisted Pepper
Apr. 20 – Bristol, UK – Start the Bus
Apr. 21 – Glasgow, UK – Arches
Apr. 23 – Brighton, UK – Hope
Apr. 24 – London, UK – White Heat
May. 26 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
Stream “Illusion” EP From Poor Moon
Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards). The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo’s favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes 2008 self-titled debut and Ian and Peter living in the Bay area. Their first shows were at intimate Seattle house parties where they used playful throwaway monikers like Rabbit Kingdom and Cookie Mask. It wasn’t until the band opened up for Daekon at Seattle’s Neumos (under the name Peppermint Majesty) that things began to really take form. Recording began and the four longtime friends became a band and Sub Pop didn’t hesitate to pursue them with unabashed enthusiasm. And it worked.
“Illusion” was recorded in a variety of bedrooms, practice spaces, the Murray residence, as well as AVAST! and Fastback studios in Seattle, Washington with the help of engineer Jared Hankins with guest performances by many a musician friend.
What people are saying about Poor Moon:
“…sun-bleached mix of folk-rock and pop is truly lovely, and the hazy vocal melodies come into sharp relief when the harmonizing kicks in.”- Chicago Reader (Show Preview)
“…dreamy pop and echo-heavy acoustic shuffles.”- Portland Mercury (Show Preview)
Mar. 27 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Mar 28 Boise, ID – Neurolux
Mar 29 Salt Lake City , UT – State Room
Mar 30 Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
Mar 31 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Apr 02 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
Apr 03 Chicago, IL – Schubas
Apr 04 Evanston, IL – SPACE (IL)
Apr 05 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Apr 06 Toronto, Canada – Drake Hotel
Apr 07 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Apr 09 Burlington, VT – Burlington City Arts Center
Apr 10 Portland, ME – SPACE
Apr 11 New York City , NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Apr 13 Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Arts
Apr 14 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Apr 16 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
May 28 Gorge, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
Jun 02Sonoma, CA – Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
Stream “the revolution EP” from Retribution Gospel Choir
“the revolution EP” is the first new music from Retribution Gospel Choir since the band’s 2010 album 2. These four incredibly anthemic tracks were co-produced with Matt Beckley, and they show the band moving in an exciting, new direction, at speed.
The band will be hitting the road in the beginning of April playing a handful of UK shows, with 7 US dates to follow. See below for a full list of shows.
“For the past few years, Low leader Alan Sparhawk has fronted another band, Retribution Gospel Choir, whose psychedelic scrawl seems a more natural fit for the label that brought Soundgarden into the world. And now Retribution Gospel Choir have signed with Sub Pop, so everything is as it should be.” – Pitchfork
“You’ll get no wisecracks from us; the combination of shiny Top 40 production and Sparhawk’s grungy, visceral guitars is intriguing to say the least.” – The Onion (AV Club)
“Sparhawk generally seems re-energized, channeling Crazy Horse and crafting the sort of genuinely rousing chorus that Low never would’ve indulged.” –Spin
Apr 04 Sheffield, United Kingdom – The Harley Hotel & Bar
Apr 05 London, United Kingdom – Old Blue Last
Apr 07 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Apr 27 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
Apr 28 Washington , DC – Red Palace
Apr 30 Nashville, TN – Basement (TN)
May 01 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
May 02 Bloomington, IN – Bishop Bar (IN)
May 03 Chicago, IL – Schubas
Our very close personal friends in Retribution Gospel Choir (whose stellar, early 2010 release 2 you should really already own…) recorded an interview and performance for NPR’s World Cafe a while back. And, it’s going to air this Wednesday, Aug. 11th! Here are the details on how you can and should listen…
National Public Radio’s World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. Fans can find their local station at this link by selecting a state from the pull-down menu…
…or, worldwide, fans can connect to the WXPN Philadelphia stream Monday through Friday, 2pm to 4pm EST, here.
Late in the day of broadcast, the audio will be available on the National Public Radio website.
Also worth noting! NPR Music recently posted a video of Retribution Gospel Choir performing live at The Current in Minneapolis. Check that out right here!