Audioasis: A peek at 2008! Local releases and tours

Beast, Please Be Still [source]

by Rachel LeBlanc

Ever expanding, the local music scene is growing richer every day, as bands step out of the woodwork of basements and dive bars, into the Northwest spotlight. Last year saw the rise of Tiny Vipers, Dyme Def, Arthur & Yu, Cancer Rising, PWRFL Power, the Cave Singers, and so many others, band names would fill this blog alone. Here’s to 2008 bringing out even more of the best we have to offer in this emerald corner.

Not even two weeks in and record releases are announced en masse, tours are being booked to cover every day and venue available, the bands are lining up. Here are a few we’ve caught wind off as of so far:

Newcomers Beast, Please be Still played a rousing show at the Chop Suey last Tuesday for their self titled debut album, featuring their post-everything instrumental orchestration.

Grand Archives are set to release their latest, SP754 mid-February, bringing 11 tracks of their bright pop for the first time on a label.

Now that they’ve signed to Sub Pop, Blitzen Trapper are taking to the road this spring, heading out late February, treading down the West coast before making it to the East coast and up into Canada. Their kick-off is at the UW on February 22nd, coming back to the NW two months later in Vancouver on April 17th.

photo by Mike Blankenhorn

Hip-hoppers Common Market are teasing their fans with talk about pending second release Tobacco Road, with little to no info on it anywhere! All we know is it will be this year. My recommendation: join up on the email up-date list, available through their MySpace page.

Previously mentioned Tiny Vipers left sometime last year for a tour to the East coast, and I still don’t think Jesy Fortino has returned. If she has, it will not be for long, as she’s packing up again next month for a stack of shows in Europe.

Also headed to Europe are Barsuk favorites David Bazan and Menomena, with dates lined up in the UK and Sweden.

Speaking about Barsuk, the highly anticipated and customs hassled solo release of Chris Walla will hit store shelves January 29th. The Death Cab guitarist will be representing his first full-length studio recordings under the title, Field Manual.

Folk punk Kimya Dawson, hands full with the Juno soundtrack and rubbing elbows with movie stars in New York, will be celebrating the spotlight with a party for the soundtrack release on Tuesday over in Brooklyn. The rest of her plate is full with dates for low-key shows around the East Coast through the end of this month.

This is only a small sampling of the bigger names and their coming releases. As always, the Audioasis team will be digging up the underdogs to bring you the newest sounds coming out from Vancouver to Portland, Seattle to Coeur d’Alene throughout the year.

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