The Whore Moans: Your New Favorite Band

Thanks to bands like the Hands, thee Emergency, the Blakes, Skullbot, the Earaches, Iceage Cobra, the Valley and a bunch of others, the Rock scene is making a bunch of glorious noise again in Seattle, and you can put near the top of that list the Whore Moans. Their just-released debut album Watch Out For This Thing is a vicious blast of grimy garage-punk that has a Murder City Devils vibe at times, but they rock it up a lot more – it’ll likely be one of the better rock CDs to come from Seattle this year.

I was able to catch the Whore Moans’ CD release show at the Sunset recently, and they’re even better live. The CD is pretty relentless and intense, but live they showed more range and depth. Who knew they could harmonize so sweetly, or throw in some nice falsetto? There were even a few impressive, almost prog-rock moments, along with some noticeable metal flourishes. And good lord, they’re one incredibly tight band. I was reduced to incoherent babbling by the end of their set, stunned and delirious with joy. If you love to rock (and who doesn’t?), you owe it to yourself to see these guys live.

Another Seattle artist to keep an eye on in 2007 is Gabriel Teodros. He’s one-half of the hip hop duo Abyssinian Creole, and his solo debut album Lovework will be out later this month, though you should be hearing it quite a bit on KEXP in the meantime. Teodros rolls with Seattle hip hoppers like Blue Scholars and Common Market, and his album is somewhat similar in combining smart, socially conscious lyrics and a smooth lyrical flow with warm, soulful grooves. No doubt we’ll be hearing plenty more from Seattle’s red-hot hip hop scene this year.

As for other new releases that arrived at KEXP this week, Scottish band Seafood sound a bit more polished on their latest album Paper Crown King, and while they’re not as lovably scruffy as they used to be, they still can kick out a variety of memorable songs. Like Seafood, Austin’s Grand Champeen have also opted to polish up their sound a bit, toning down some of their rawness while paying greater attention to song craft on their 4th album Dial T for This. Danish band Mew’s 2003 international breakthrough album Frengers is finally being released in the US, and fans of the more recent And the Glass Handed Kites should definitely dig the superior-sounding Frengers.

Other worthwhile new releases this week include The Airborne Toxic Event’s self-titled debut EP of New Wave-influenced indie-pop, Dr. Dog’s latest outing of ramshackle psych-pop We All Belong, and a cool CD compilation of the first four vinyl EPs from the up-and-coming New York label What’s Your Rupture?, including ones from Love Is All, Comet Gain and the Long Blondes.

This week’s reason for downloads: My Morning Jacket’s transcendent version of “It Makes No Difference” from Endless Highway, the new tribute album to the Band. Almost everything else on the album is pretty forgettable (excepting Rosanne Cash’s poignant take on “The Unfaithful Servant”), but My Morning Jacket’s contribution should definitely be searched out.

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