Last week our regular Audioasis program was set aside, in part due to the KEXP BBQ. But this week our regular host Hannah Levin is back in the reins with Seattle’s well-known folk rocker Rocky Votolato and the new hip-hop duo Champagne Champagne.
Once part of the punk band Waxwing, Seattle’s Rocky Votolato (6PM) is now more of a back porch folk affair with tight acoustic arrangements and a great backing band. For 2007s The Brag & Cuss, the band was its strongest ever, consisting of drummer James McAllister (Sufjan Stevens), bassist Bill Herzog (Jesse Sykes), multi-instrumentalist Casey Foubert (Pedro the Lion) and keyboardist Rick Steff (Cat Power). The magnetism that brought this band together is evident from the very first pluck of the guitar, the very first drum tap. Next month their heading out on yet another European trek. Tonight, if you plan accordingly, you can catch their pre-recorded studio session @6PM and catch the real deal for free @7PM as part of our first annual Concerts at the Mural series.
The tricky thing is, if you head to the mural you’re going to miss Champagne Champagne (8PM). Formed last August, CC consists of DJ Gajamagic (aka Mark Gajadhar) and MC Pearl Dragon. Some may recognize Gajadhar as the former drummer for The Blood Brothers and as a current member of the experimental band Past Lives. Pearl Dragon and Gajadhar got together last year to start recreating the fun party hip-hop of old. Apparently things have been fairly productive. In June they released a 12-song EP, and with several Seattle hip-hop acts currently blowing up, Champagne Champagne is looking to be next in line. The duo currently has no tour dates on tap, but stay tuned to their MySpace page for inevitable dates to come.