Song of the Day: Pufferfish - Wrecking Ball

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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. This week, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank our local music community by offering songs exclusively from Northwest artists. Today’s featured selection is “Wrecking Ball” by Seattle band Pufferfish from their 2009 self-released album, Swell.

Pufferfish - Wrecking Ball (MP3)


Pufferfish is another Northwest band in a collection of great ones flying the “freak folk” flag. Banjo? Check. Accordion? Check. Harmonica? You get the point; just add some harmonies and you’ve got all the trappings of a great bluegrass band. Pufferfish however, have made their own lane. They’re a little bit country, a little bit rock & roll, and some bluegrass and folk wrapped in the middle. While not quite as out there as a band like Animal Collective, they do share that same spirit of discovery and experimentation with their music, enlisting almost any instrument they can get their hands on. Swell is the long awaited follow-up to their impressive 2006 debut, Hello Zero, and a great introduction for new fans. Call it alt-country with a twist.

Run out and grab their brand new album, Swell, released today! You can listen to additional tracks from the band on their MySpace page or read more about the band on their website. And check out this self-made video for “Cumulus,” also on the new album:

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4 Comments

  1. Maggie
    Posted November 30, 2009 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Pufferfish rocks! Keep playing these guys on air!

  2. Posted November 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    This is Jonah from Pufferfish saying thanks for supporting local music KEXP. Our new album is available for listening and sale on our website.

  3. alison wood
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    as a long time pufferfish fan, i’m so excited that you - my favorite radio station - chose my new favorite song! keep playing and i’ll keep singing along!!!

  4. Sarah Wright
    Posted February 14, 2010 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Yeah Alison--and I’ll sing right along with you! My new obsession.

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