Zach Rogue, Virgin Megastore, NYC 9-18-07
photo by Paul Bachmann
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave from the 2007 album Asleep At Heaven’s Gate on Brushfire Records.
Since 2005’s Descended Like Vultures, there’s been a lot of change in the Rogue Wave camp. They’ve experienced the changing of a kidney, the birth of a daughter, the loss of a father, a new bass player, and a new record label. Another change this time around is new producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo). The lo-fi tactics of the past two albums have been abandoned for a brighter, shinier finish. The drums are louder, the guitars are more crisp, and the extended solos bring half the tracks on the album over the 5-minute mark. It is the dreamy pop that Rogue Wave fans have grown to love, but instead of sneaking quietly next to you, it blankets you with waves of new-found noises and instrumentation. Stereogum recently featured a brief video of the band in the studio as well as Rogue Wave’s spin on REM’s
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite. Also, if you’re not skipping over commercials with your Tivo, you’ll also hear this song featured on a new Zune commercial, which, if you look carefully, also features this very radio station! What else is the band up to now? See for yourself over at their MySpace page. Meanwhile, take a gander at this video for