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. Every Friday, the Song of the Day podcast spotlights local musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Something New” by the All Girl Summer Fun Band from their 2008 album Looking Into It on AGSFB Music.
As the Pacific NW settles into day after day of dreary, drizzly weather, many folks around here need a sunbreak or two to recharge their batteries. Relief today comes in the form of upbeat, fuzzy guitars and hopeful harmonies found on All Girl Summer Fun Band’s
Something New. As the name might give away, the All Girl Summer Fun Band is a) an all-girl trio of Portland musicians, b) fun and sunny, and c) a band. What started out as summer project for Kim Baxter, Kathy Foster (The Thermals), and Jen Sbragia developed into a band that has kept on grooving for over 10 years. This fall’s release Looking Into It is their third full-length release and their first after leaving K Records. This time around the girls have channeled some of their DIY spirit into recording the album (it was recorded in Kim’s basement) and releasing it themselves (AGSFB Music). Recording it in home studio gave the girls a chance to do things in their own time (it’s been five years since their last release) and focus more on collaborative songwriting. Time is something that is quite important to these ladies. In addition to a busy touring schedule with The Thermals and Hutch & Kathy, Kathy also runs her own t-shirt design business. In fact, each band member owns her own company — Kim creates bags & apparel and Jen does graphic design (she did the album art for Looking Into It). Amazingly, these hard-working lasses also find time to pitch in at Portland’s Rock’N’Roll Camp for Girls where they and other volunteers teach girls between 8 and18 how to form bands, write songs, and most of all ROCK OUT! (Side note, this camp among others was featured in a documentary that comes to DVD on Jan 29th and was featured earlier on this blog.) Keep an eye on what these busy ladies have in store next on their MySpace page and website.
Check out this live performance of “Dear Mr. & Mrs. Troublemaker” from second full-length album aptly titled 2: