Song of the Day: Tulsa – Shaker


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. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Shaker by Tulsa from the 2007 I Was Submerged EP on Park the Van Records.

Tulsa – Shaker (MP3)

After attempting a solo career, Carter Tanton moved from Baltimore to Boston to create reverb-heavy pop songs. Or rather, intentional or not, that is what ended up happening. Tulsa forges off-color roots-rockers, appropriate for their name’s source — a collection of Larry Clark (Kids) photos depicting Oklahoma kids doing off-color things. Their sprightly melodies and Tanton’s vocal delivery are no match for the sarcastic whimsy of the songs’ contents nor the overall moodiness. I Was Submerged, spanning 7 songs in 30 minutes, marks the band’s second EP, their first for Park the Van. Since recording the album, the once quartet has become a trio, struggling with not being able to perform certain songs live, but progressing and winning over critics nonetheless. To be won over yourself, try out Tulsa’s MySpace page, hopefully to filled shortly, like a Christmas stocking, with tour dates. Otherwise, add some visuals to this terrific song by watching the official Shaker video:

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