Song of the Day: See Me River – Ed Jackson

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson

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‚Äôs featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Ed Jackson” by See Me River from their EP The Great Unwashed available on Aviation Records.

See Me River – Ed Jackson (MP3)

The last time we offered up a song from Seattle band See Me River they had just released their second full-length album, Time Machine. Today, Kerry Zettel and company offer a sneak peak to an upcoming EP, The Great Unwashed, set to hit the stores on March 3 and which incidentally will be a vinyl-only release with a 100 on colored vinyl (don’t worry, each EP will have a CDR of the album for those without proper equipment). According to Zettel, this is the band’s first studio effort (Time Machine was recorded in his Seattle home and beyond) and was recorded at Red Room Recordings by Chris Common, who co-owns the studio with Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear).

The five-song EP was recorded in five days during one of Seattle’s atypical snow storms late last year. Kerry and Chris actually got snowed in at the studio for a night before having to foot it home the next day. “My pants were literally frozen by the time I made it back,” writes Zettel. Many Seattlites can identify with this feeling, I’m sure, and they’re waiting for a whole slew of songs, dealin with the frustration at being trapped and isolated, to creep up onto the KEXP airwaves. But despite that easy fodder, the five songs included on The Great Unwashed (as well as the five to come) deal with transition in one form or another and capture Zettel’s responses to the turbulence the world is facing in this time of change. Today’s Song of the Day, “Ed Jackson,” is about a local man who took drastic measures when faced with changes he could not deal with. Jackson, a long-time collector, was being forced out of his home on Capitol Hill when his apartment building was being converted into condos. Rather than vacate his home of over 80 years that he had shared with his recently departed wife, he lit his home on fire, filled to the hilt with newspapers and other items, and shot himself. While Zettel is quick to point out he does not condone such tragic measures (not to mention the danger the responding fire fighters faced), he does admit to identifying with Jackson. “I do fully support the protest of the ongoing development of my neighborhood that has forced so many out of their work places and homes. He was a crazy old man but stood up for what he believed in and I can respect that.”

See Me River has an exciting West Coast to SXSW tour planned starting with an in-studio with Cheryl Waters on Friday, February 27, at 12pm. You can catch them the next night at The Sunset Tavern with Army Navy and then back to the Sunset again for KEXP’s Audioasis showcase on April 4th. Check out their MySpace page for more info and dates. For now, here is a video they produced for “Don’t Pray for Blood” from Time Machine:

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