So last week we promised you performances from Shawn Smith and Battle Hymns. We then decided, for good measure, to tack on Discover America, Smile Brigade and Wallpaper — hope you didn’t mind. Perhaps it even encouraged you to give more to the show’s monthly non-profit, Bike Works. This week DJ Lisa Wood will be presenting you with the local hip-hop of Grieves and Portland indie DJ Boy Eats Drum Machine.
On his 2007 debut, Irreversible, Seattle’s Grieves (6PM) combined true underground hip-hop with fun, soulful samples and interesting, sometimes quirky production techniques. The effort led to a far-reaching tour and a possible performance slot at this year’s Lollapalooza. Check out his MySpace page to help send him there. Not one to rest on his laurels, Grieves is currently working on the follow up to last year’s album, tentatively set for release this fall on Black Clover Records.
photo by Alicia J Rose
Portland’s Boy Eats Drum Machine (8PM), aka Jon Ragel, has recently become a solo artist, losing the two other members that used to round out the band. Citing scheduling conflicts and stylistic direction as the causes for the change, Ragel now seems excited to focus on DJ-ing and will release his first solo effort, Booomboxxx, this fall. In addition to playing on Audioasis today, Ragel will perform at 2:45 @ Jules Maes as part of the Georgetown Music Festival. Before you run out the door because you’ve realized you’re missing the festival, check out Ragel’s MySpace page and while you’re there, don’t miss his first ever remix — of Radiohead’s