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 featured selection, chosen by Morning Show Host John Richards, is “Tidelands” the title track for the latest album available from Hardly Art Records.
As the KEXP Fall Membership Drive wraps up, we finish out the week with a local artist and one of the many Seattle exports we’ve championed over the years, not just on Audioasis-the longest running local music show in the city, but throughout the day and night where local artists like The Moondoggies are played right along with national artists like Bon Iver and Andrew Bird, as well as iconic artists like Nick Drake and Neil Young. It’s this diverse mix that you love and the reason why You Power KEXP!
Seattle band The Moondoggies had been playing in clubs all over the city before winning over hearts (and ears) across the country with their 2008 release Don’t Be a Stranger. Snatched up by Sub Pop off-shoot Hardly Art, The Moondoggies awakened people to the growing roots and Americana movement that was brewing in Seattle. What made The Moondoggies stand out is their attention to harmonies and their classic rock influences that made their music feel both new and familiar.
Their second album (also through Hardly Art) comes out Tuesday and promises to be a more concentrated effort for the band stylistically but not so far away from what made us cherish Don’t Be a Stranger. Songs like the title track, “Tidelands,” have the power to transport us to Kevin Murphy’s world which rolls gently over the expanse of desolate places but never without someone to help out on the harmonies.
You can catch The Moondoggies TOMORROW at the Pyramid Alehouse before they head out on a national tour. You can also catch them at The Tractor Tavern and the Doug Fir as Magic Mountain a project where they back label mate Grant Olsen (Arthur & Yu) on Nov 18th and 19th respectively. More dates and info is found on their Myspace page and website — and you can stream the entire new album at their Facebook page.
Here’s a live version of “Empress of the North” performed live on KEXP from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge last month: