photos by Kyle Johnson
First off, a big thanks to Battle Hymns and Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band for their terrific performances on Audioasis last week. This week, we’ve got something of a special edition with both Hannah Levin and Troy Nelson will hosting live from on the Neumo’s Stage the fray of the Capitol Hill Block Party. Those of you not attending this Saturday will be treated to live sets from Portland’s Jaguar Love and Seattle’s own Throw Me The Statue right here on KEXP.
Portland’s Jaguar Love (6:30PM), consisting of Jay Clark (drums/bass/keys), Cody Votolato (guitar/bass) and Johnny Whitney (piano, vocals), is the result of many things, but first and foremost the dissolving of both Pretty Girls Make Graves and Blood Brothers. Though their debut album, Take Me to the Sea, isn’t due out until later next month, no member of this band has experience with the large crowd sizes they’ve recently been exposed to. The upcoming album is obviously influenced by the three musicians’ former bands, but Take Me… is very much its own concoction of art-punk and glam-rock, featuring lots of shrieks and howls from Johnny Whitney and plenty of surprises throughout. If for some reason you miss the Block Party and also can’t tune in to Audioasis, do yourself a favor and pick up Jaguar Love’s debut, to be released 8/19 on Matador.
photo by Krissi Pearson
Seattle’s Throw Me The Statue (7:45PM) should be familiar to most listeners by now, as we’ve been infatuated with their latest record, Moonbeams, for months. Originally, TMTS consisted only of multi-instrumentalist Scott Reitherman, who essentially wrote the entire Moonbeams album. But the group is hard at work on a follow up, utilizing everyone’s strengths and incorporating each member’s ideas. That album is on track for release next summer. Additionally, the band has been busily spreading their bedroom pop around via covers and various sessions like this one for Daytrotter. Again, for those unable to see or hear this satisfaction-guaranteed performance, you can still catch TMTS at Bumbershoot and/or Portland’s Musicfest NW. And surely come back next week for two more Northwest bands and the monthly benefit edition of Audioasis.