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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Lives of Strangers” by Friday Mile from their 2009 album Good Luck Studio, which is self-released for now but will soon be available from Timber Carnival Records.
Happy New Year everyone! 2009 proved to be a great year for local music and if today’s song of the day artist is anything to be judged by, 2010 will follow suit. You might recognize them from Cheryl Waters’ most recent Music That Matters podcast or from one of their many tours up and down the West coast. Friday Mile is a Seattle-based quintet fronted by Jace Krause and co-vocalist Hannah Williams, who met in a music theory class while attending Pacific Lutheran University. Good Luck Studio is the band’s third release of lovingly crafted pop songs with infectious melodies and beautiful guy/girl harmonies. It was mixed by veteran Producer Dennis MacKay (who has worked with David Bowie, Queen and even Paul McCartney!) and Stuart Hallerman (who has worked with local giants Built to Spill and Death Cab For Cutie). Their past albums, Love & Gasoline and Using Up Our Trust, have helped build the band a loyal regional following and attract interest from local record labels including Portland-based Timber Carnival Records (The Dimes), who will be releasing this album nationally in February.
You can join Friday Mile in Tacoma for an all ages show with Goldfinch, Drew Grow, and Pastors Wives at The Warehouse on Jan 23rd. Keep an eye on their myspace page for upcoming shows in Seattle and beyond.
In the meantime, here they are playing today’s Song of the Day at the Doe Bay Festival last year: