Friday on My Mind: Best New Local Music

Father John Misty / photo by Morgen Schuler

The time has come for another addition of Friday on My Mind. This is our weekly post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. Fall is the start of a lot of things here in Seattle. We have hope for the Seahawks, the schools open their doors, a ton of new releases come out and the start of 7 solid months of rain and darkness gets started. We thought it would be a good time to stop and see who in the local scene should be looked at as some of the highlights of the year and who will help end the year the strong. Seattle continues to be a source of musical goodness and there is so much good new music coming out of our city these days.

Father John Misty – Nancy From Now On (Live on KEXP on May 7, 2012)

Father John Misty is the latest alias for Josh Tillman. Although Fear Fun is the first release under the name Father John Misty, Tillman had released 7 albums prior to taking on the Father John Misty name. After a brief stint in college on the East Coast, Tillman moved to Seattle where he has honed his musical skills. He toured as an opener for Damien Jurado and had played drums for the Fleet Foxes from 2008-2011. He’s appeared at number of large festivals and been a guest on late night shows. He’s also one of the funniest men alive.

Lemolo – On Again, Off Again (Live on KEXP from Barboza for Capitol Hill Block Party on July 21, 2012)

22 year old Kendra Cox and 25 Year old Meagan Grandal make up the group that is Lemolo. The Kaleidoscope is the debut album from the Seattle duo who originally came from Poulsbo. They’ve toured with The Head and the Heart, opened for Sharon Van Etten, and have performed on the local festival circuit playing Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot, and Music FestNW. Besides placing at number on eon Sonic Boom Records top seller’s list, Seattle Magazine named Lemolo one of the best new Seattle bands they sold out two nights in a row at the Columbia City Theatre for their album release, the first of which sold out within 11 hours.

THEESatisfaction – QueenS (Live on KEXP on March 27, 2012)

Hip Hop continues to shine here in Seattle. Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White make up the duo of THEE Satisfaction. They write and produce all of their own material. Their debut full length awE natural was put out by Seattle’s own Sub Pop, making them the second hip hop act to sign to the label after Shabazz Palaces. We’ve even included them and the song “QueenS” on our most recent LIVE on KEXP Volume 8.

Honorable Mention

Beat Connection – The Palace Garden, 4am

You don’t get more Seattle then this, Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger met in 2008 while attending University of Washington and living in the dorms. Taking their name from the LCD Soundsystem song, Beat Connection was formed when the two dorm mates began creating beats on their Garageband program. If you seen or lived in some of the dorms at UW you probably wonder how two people AND two instruments may have fit. The band grew from a duo since the addition of Jarred Katz on drums, Mark Hunter on bass, and Tom Eddy on vocals. Their debut full length Palace Garden was released last month after a ton of attention around their first EP.

The Young Evils – Dead Animals

Troy Nelson represent.

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