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My dear friend Eliza Rickman is basically a Disney Princess with a dark side. I’m not kidding, listen to this record and tell me otherwise. Comparisons to Kate Bush or Amanda Palmer would also not be out of line. Besides just being her wonderful self, putting out several fantastic records (the last of which I also got to send to you radio pals), and touring the US and Europe regularly, you may also have heard of Eliza if you’re a podcast fan—she’s a regular musical guest on WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE; in fact, she’s just finished up a tour with them (and is now blazing a trail through Europe on her own)! PRETTY COOL RIGHT! It’s hard to describe what exactly is special about this record without just playing it for you, so DEFINITELY make sure to give it a listen right away if you haven’t yet (trust me). Now it’s time to finish up with review and get this thing spinning and out to the masses, and start pushing it up your Top 30s pronto!!




There is always a hint of menace and reservoirs of force haunting the corners of Eliza Rickman’s voice, whatever register it occupies. Her presence on stage – whether she wears flowers in her hair, or stuffed birds; whether she plays a toy piano or a grand piano – is an enveloping, soft darkness, impossible to ignore. It has been three years between Rickman’s first album, O, You Sinners, and her newest effort, Footnotes for the Spring. In those intervening three years, Rickman added the autoharp to her repertoire, fought illness and heartbreak (and won), and turned 30. But mostly, she toured. She is a frequent featured musical act for the live rendition of the popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale“, she joined the band Rasputina for a handful of dates, and she organized her own successful solo European tour.

During those three years, Rickman’s vocal delivery has also developed a new breathlessness. She wrote all the string arrangements on her debut, but friend Jason Webley produced and orchestrated Footnotes. Here, Rickman’s voice casts its shadow against Webley’s shimmering strings and a Phil Spector style wall of sound, flecked with melancholy and nostalgia. This clutch of songs comprises, among others, “Lark of my Heart”, written to commemorate the wedding day of Margaret Rucker, an unknown poet whose scrapbook was found in a dumpster many years after her death;  “Now and Then”, whose opening lines encapsulate the juxtaposition at the heart of the album – Oh, to be young again/blood is on my hands – and “Wax Nostalgic”, whose title speaks for itself. But this is nostalgia without sentimentality.  Rickman’s voice has the power to hold the smallest grain of sadness, an intimation that the longed-for innocence depicted in her lyrics has slipped just below the glow of the orchestra and out of sight.

RIYL: Amanda Palmer, Kate Bush, Disney Princesses,  “Welcome to Night Vale”,

Jason Webley, Rufus Wainwright, Rasputina, Jherek Bischoff, Andrew Bird

Start With: 2, 8, 3, 7          FCC CLEAN



Jan 14 – Temecula, CA – Dig Collective House Concert

Jan 16 – San Francisco, CA – Fortress Callosum

Jan 21 – Seattle, WA – Palmer House Concert

Jan 22 – Seattle WA – Beery House Concert w/ Tomo Nakayama

Jan 23 – Orcas Island, WA – House Concert


Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!




Guess what! All my artists are on tour this fall!! Plus I’m having an AMAZING CMJ SHOWCASE. Something awesome is happening this fall wherever you are. If you’re a station rep and near any of these shows, drop me a line for the hookup (tix giveaways? interviews? instudio performances? I can help)!!

Let’s start with the showcase!

The Band Mom official CMJ showcase! (fb RSVP link!) (doNYC RSVP link!)


Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Doors at 7:30, Music from 8pm-2am

Passenger Bar

229 Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(direct walk in between Knitting Factory and Baby’s All Right; also super close to Union Pool & other Bedford/N6th-area venues!)

$5 suggested donation (free to CMJ badge holders)

21+ (sorry kids)


7:30 doors

8:00-8:25 Anna Gordon (Olympia WA, also the MD of KAOS!)

8:35-9:05 Anthonie Tonnon (Misra Records, New Zealand)

9:20-9:50 Prairie Empire (Brooklyn NY)

10:05-10:35 Courtesy Tier (Brooklyn NY)

10:50-11:20 Fred Thomas (Polyvinyl, Saturday Looks Good to Me)

11:35-12:15 Sara Curtin (Washington DC)

12:30-1:00 Matt Bauer (Brooklyn NY)

1:15-1:45 MULTIMAGIC (Cincinnati OH)





Anna Gordon writes ghostly stories and fingerpicks an acoustic guitar, speaking intimate truths through a soft, soulful, and lilting voice. Her home of Olympia, WA has called her “the overlord of creepy songs” and describes her folk tunes as “a less than lethal dose of nightshade.”



Anthonie Tonnon’s reputation as a lyricist and performer has seen him invited to open for Paul Kelly, Okkervil River and Yumi Zouma. His show is part folk, part Krautrock and part performance art, and developed over hundreds of performances in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.



More sad hits.



Courtesy Tier is a three piece rock group from brooklyn, ny channeling the heavy blues of the past and melding together an edgy sound of the future.



Strange, poetic, lyric-centric songs from former member of Saturday Looks Good To Me, Chain & The Gang. New album “All Are Saved” ranked 8.0 on Pitchfork, among other high praise from international press.



D.C. musician / ex-Brooklyn fishmonger / PopMatters and premiered artist (romantic groove, gossamer melody). Curtin began in the folk scene, but NPRs WAMU Bandwidth compares her solo project more with Sade or Sharon Van Etten than D.C.s long folk tradition. American Songwriter recently featured her as a Daily Discovery.



“Matt Bauer conjures a warm yet slightly eerie mood with his banjo driven alt folk. The Greenpoint-via-Kentucky folkster has a gorgeous whispery way with a song.” – Time Out New York

“Moody folk that’s as much Appalachian as it is apparition. .” – IFC



MULTIMAGIC is an indie pop band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Formed in 2014 by singer/guitarist, Coran Stetter and keyboardist, Brian Davis. The pair was joined in November by guitarist/singer Benjamin Hines, singer/bassist Mia Carruthers and drummer Sebastien Schultz. The band is currently in the studio working on their debut record.


Poster artwork by Natalia Zúńiga

The Band Mom is your favorite boutique college radio promotion company. Based in Seattle since 2014 (Brooklyn 2009-2013), The Band Mom works with a very selective roster to ensure maximum attention to and success with each artist. Although Jenn Misko (as The Band Mom Presents) has put on a number of successful events in NYC and Austin, this is The Band Mom’s first official CMJ showcase! Pop by for a few minutes since it’s an easy walk from all the other Williamsburg venues you know (or end your night here since the show goes late), or make a night of it, because this entire lineup is TOTALLY AMAZING.




And now for the rest of the country!!



10/1 Thurs: Tucson, AZ @ La Cocina

10/2 Fri: Las Cruces, NM @ El Patio with Decade of the Dead Arcade

10/4 Sun: Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall

10/8 Thurs: Atlanta GA, Private show – message for details.

10/12 Mon: NYC, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall, Stage One 6pm

CMJ shows in New York City:

10/13 Tues: NZ at CMJ, Baby’s All Right, 7.20-7.50pm

10/15 Thurs: The Band Mom Showcase, Passenger Bar, 8.35-9.10pm

10/16 Fri: Atypical Beasts Day Party, The Delancey, Acoustic Rooftop stage, 2.30pm

10/17 Sat: Youngstown, OH @ Little Youngstown Cinema

10/18 Sun: Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox with André Costello and the Cool Minors and City Steps

10/21 Wed: Chicago, IL @ Whistler with Richard Album and KO

10/24 Sat: Denver, CO @The Ubisubisu Room w/Eye and The Arrow, presented by Mountain to Sound

10/29 Thurs: Seattle, WA @Columbia City Theatre with Jeff Grant and Friends



October 14, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise =
October 15, 2015 – Columbus, OH @ Tree Bar

October 16, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project *
October 17, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA @ Sound Hole *
October 18, 2015 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House *
October 19, 2015 – Manhattan, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
October 20, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn #
October 21, 2015 – Nanuet, NY @ Nanuet Arcade *<
October 22, 2015 – Albany, NY @ Low Beat *
October 23, 2015 – Northampton, MA @ 13th Floor Lounge *^
October 24, 2015 – Bar Harbor, ME @ Lompoc *&
October 25, 2015 – Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater *&
October 26, 2015 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House

October 27, 2015 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

October 28, 2015 – Toronto, ON @ Dundas Video

October 29, 2015 – Detroit, MI @ PJs Lager House

November 2, 2015 – DeKalb, IL @ House Cafe +
November 4, 2015 – Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Firehouse %
November 6, 2015 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn %
November 7, 2015 – Greenville, NC @ Art Avenue %
November 8, 2015 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
November 9, 2015 – Raleigh, NC @ Neptune’s %
December 10, 2015 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout $

= with SM Wolf

* with Amy Bezunartea

# with Julie Byrne

< with Adult Mom

^ with Beach Honey

& with Lisa/Liza

+ with Elvis Depressedly

% with Nathan K

$ with Mike Adams at His Honest Weight



October 10 – Berkeley, CA – Girls in Trouble release show @ Urban Adamah  

October 21 – Centralia, WA – Q&A/Girls in Trouble show/poetry reading @ Centralia College

October 25 – Portland, OR – Portland book launch reading! @ Powell’s on Hawthorne

November 9 – Salem, OR – Book launch reading @ Willamette University 

November 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Girls in Trouble release show @ The Living Room 

November 16 – Cambridge, MA – Book launch reading + songs @ Harvard University  

November 22 – Baltimore, MD – Book launch reading @ The Ivy Bookshop

February 11 – Miami, FL – Book launch reading @ Books & Books 


ELIZA RICKMAN WINTER 2015 TOUR DATES (Album on the way for 10/27 adds!):

Oct 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hotel Cafe

Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Lost Church

Oct 25 – Montreal, QC – Theatre St Denis w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 26 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 27 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 30 – Edmonton, AB – Horowitz Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 31 – Vancouver, BC – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 2 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 3 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 5 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 6 – Midwest City, OK – Rose State College w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 7 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Jan 14 – Temecula, CA – Dig Collective House Concert

Jan 16 – San Francisco, CA – Fortress Callosum

Jan 21 – Seattle, WA – Palmer House Concert

Jan 22 – Seattle WA – Beery House Concert w/ Tomo Nakayama

Jan 23 – Orcas Island, WA – House Concert


LONESOME LEASH FALL 2015 TOUR DATES (Album on the way for 11/3 adds!):

10/11 : Los Angeles, CA – LAST Projects

10/14 : Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space

10/26 : Asheville, NC – Crow and Quill

10/27 : Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic w/ Lonnie Holley

10/29 : New Orleans, LA – Tigermen Den

10/30 : New Orleans, LA – Tigermen Den

11/3 : Athens, GA – GO Bar

11/4 : Durham, NC – Pinhook

12/5 : Geneva, CH – Festival Face K




Girls in Trouble – Open the Ground is at Top 200 Radio now!!!

My most recent record is a band that’s truly near and dear to my heart; they’re some of the tightest members of my Band Mom family and one of my all-time favorite bands. I’ve been working closely with Girls in Trouble since they released their first album in 2009, and they’ve been really important people/musicians to me ever since. The music of this Portland (previously Brooklyn) band is amazing: hold-your-breath-gorgeous violin-based indie-folk/indie-pop arrangements with a remarkable lady singer (/songwriter/violinist/professional poet). And there’s more to it if you pay any amount of attention to lyrics, as well: each song is a story, and each story is told from the perspective of a different woman from Jewish mythology (mostly from the Old Testament of the Bible). But don’t take that to mean this is some niche religious band: I mean, think about it, even just telling these stories from the perspective of the lady is a pretty intensely feminist, progressive move. Y’know? Their lyrics AND their music are an amazing meeting of ancient and modern, traditional and subversive. Now’s the time time to make sure Girls in Trouble is through your review processes, on yr shelves, spinning in yr rotations, and starting to make its way onto yr charts!!




Ancient stories of love, sex, betrayal and inheritance come to life in surprisingly intimate songs ranging from old-timey ballads to indie-pop. This is Open the Ground: Girls in Trouble’s third release of beautiful orchestral indie-folk about the complicated lives of Biblical women.

This is music for people who like stories. It is also for music for people who like beauty, and mystery, and contradiction. Its intersection of faith with feminism, of chamber music with rock, is both traditional and subversive, both ancient and contemporary. It’s an exquisite, transcendent portrait of the fullness of what it means to be a woman, Biblical or otherwise.

Bandleader Alicia Jo Rabins combines her background in poetry, music and Jewish studies to create this episode of the band’s original song cycle. Inspired by bold, honest storyteller-songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Nina Nastasia, Rabins investigates the hidden places where these women’s complicated lives overlap with hers. She has been known to perform her uniquely moving orchestral art-pop outfitted with a full band, or solo in more intimate settings with nothing but a loop pedal, a style which has drawn comparisons to Owen Pallett and Andrew Bird.

Rabins creates the lyrics, music, and performances of violin, viola and voice for the project, in partnership with her husband, bassist Aaron Hartman of Old Time Relijun (K Records). Open the Ground was recorded in Portland, OR, at Type Foundry Studios, co-produced and mixed by Karl Blau. A cast of Portland’s most notable musicians played supporting roles, including Sara Lund (Unwound) on drums, Mike Clark (Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks) on keys, and Colette Alexander (Angelique Kidjo) on cello. The artwork arrives via Portland artist/drummer Julianna Bright, cementing this project as the band’s first distinctly Portland and DIY entry into their saga after two prior albums (2009’s self-titled and 2011’s Half You Half Me) recorded in Brooklyn and released on NYC’s JDub Records.

Rabins’ writing has always been intimately concerned with the oft-ignored dramas of the women of her faith’s lore. Recording this album, seven months pregnant with her second child, tales of Biblical mothers began to resonate more deeply than ever. Consider “River So Wide”, where Abraham’s wife Sarah reflects on his sacrifice of their son, Isaac, not knowing that he’d actually been rescued; or title track “Open the Ground”, where Eve contemplates her culpability in her son Cain’s murder of his brother Abel; or “Arrow and Bow”, about Hagar, Abraham’s concubine and mother of Ishmael.

This album is just one of Rabins’ many outlets for expression of those themes and subjects closest to her heart. She is also known to many as a mother, a Torah scholar, a rock-opera showrunner (2012-14’s “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff”) and a prize-winning poet: her first full-length book of poetry, Divinity School, was recently awarded the prestigious American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and will be published in September 2015: a near-simultaneous release with this album.

“Her plucked violin and gorgeous voice could be a Jewish ‘Silent Night.'”—New York Times Magazine

RIYL: Mirah, Owen Pallett, Andrew Bird, Regina Spektor, Karl Blau, Led to Sea,

Laura Veirs, The Mountain Goats, Joanna Newsom

Start With: 4, 1, 6, 7          FCC CLEAN



September 29 – Seattle, WA – Book launch reading @ Hugo House 

October 10 – Berkeley, CA – Girls in Trouble release show @ Urban Adamah  

October 21 – Centralia, WA – Q&A/Girls in Trouble show/poetry reading @ Centralia College

October 25 – Portland, OR – Portland book launch reading! @ Powell’s on Hawthorne

November 9 – Salem, OR – Book launch reading @ Willamette University 

November 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Girls in Trouble release show @ The Living Room 

November 16 – Cambridge, MA – Book launch reading + songs @ Harvard University  

November 22 – Baltimore, MD – Book launch reading @ The Ivy Bookshop

February 11 – Miami, FL – Book launch reading @ Books & Books 

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!


ADVANCE BASE – NEPHEW IN THE WILD is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

I need to tell you about my totally amazing add from Sept 1: it’s ADVANCE BASE!! That’s Owen Ashworth, formerly known as CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE—one of my all-time favorite bands, for real, this is super special to me, like check out this review I wrote of one of his albums back in 2009, long before I knew the guy!!! Since then I’ve gotten to work with him a couple times, including working his first Advance Base record in 2012, and putting on a show he played in Brooklyn later that year. If this is your first time hearing of this guy (it shouldn’t be if you’ve been around for a bit, but I know it’s fall at college so a lot of you are brand-newbies, so some of you get a pass), you’ve got a lot to catch up on. There’s a whole constellation of stuff to get into here if you end up liking this guy even a little bit. His brother’s an electronic/found sounds musician named Gordon Ashworth (who used to go by Concern). He produced beats for the excellent rapper Serengeti. He frequently collaborates with Nicholas Krgovich, known under his own name as well as his projects P:Ano and No Kids. He co-wrote and contributed electric piano to some songs on Sun Kil Moon‘s latest album Benji; also Mark Kozelek of SKM released Advance Base’s first full-length album through his label, Caldo Verde. Owen also runs his own label, Orindal Records, which put out this current album as well as records by many of those aforementioned artists. You may have noticed Advance Base’s NPR First Listen a little while ago, or BrooklynVegan‘s nice recent tour post (which also includes a full album stream), or Rick Moody’s thoughtful interview with Owen in The Rumpus, or Consequence of Sound‘s nice feature on the single “Pamela”, or Impose‘s feature on that same track, or PopMatters‘ feature on the single “My Love For You is Like a Puppy Underfoot” (which features female vocalist Jody Weinmann), or the Spin review that calls him an “auteur”. Basically what I’m getting at is: this one is a BIG DEAL!! I’m sorry to report that this record went out almost 100% as a download, so please don’t be offended if you didn’t get a hard copy, it wasn’t personal (THIS TIME!), but please DO check your email (it’s there, assuming you work at a radio station and we know each other even a little bit) and download it, even if you hardly ever download, because THIS RECORD IS WORTH IT!!! And then get to spinning this record ASAP, it’s IMPORTANT!!



Orindal Records

It’s been three years since Advance Base’s debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer, made #19 on MOJO Magazine’s “Best Albums of 2012” list. Since then, singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Owen Ashworth (who formerly used the moniker Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) has published a book of drawings, made beats for Chicago rapper Serengeti, recorded the debut single by psych-folk troubadour Julie Byrne, paid tribute to gospel & outsider music legend Washington Phillips (see 2013’s The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP), contributed electric piano & co-writing credits to Sun Kil Moon‘s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Benji, & produced more than a dozen other releases for his own label, Orindal Records. Ashworth has finally turned his focus back on his own music & given us Nephew in the Wild, the second official album by Advance Base.

Nephew in the Wild is a nostalgic, melancholic & occasionally harrowing collection of lo-fi indie rock & electronic pop. Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons & the occasional guitar lay the foundation for sweetly sad stories about lonely Midwesterners trying to make sense of their troubled pasts. In the world of Nephew in the Wild, the internet hasn’t been invented yet, & a change of address is the only thing a person needs to exit their old life completely. Disappearance, displacement, hell-raising, child-raising, Christmas, Michigan, arson, aging & animals are recurring themes throughout the album.

Nephew in the Wild was recorded by Ashworth in his basement in Oak Park, Illinois, with additional instrumentation by Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids, P:ano, Gigi), Mike Adams (Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, husband&wife), Howard Draper (Tre Orsi, Okkervil River, Shearwater) & Mat Sweet (Boduf Songs), among others. Ashworth’s baritone vocals & frank, conversational lyrics sit at the front of the mix throughout nine of Nephew in the Wild’s ten songs, while guest vocalist Jody Weinmann takes the lead on the album’s only co-write, “My Love for You is Like a Puppy Underfoot.”

RIYL: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Magnetic Fields, David Bazan, Sun Kil Moon, Smog, Daniel Johnston, Nicholas Krgovich, Mount Eerie

Start With: 1, 7, 5, 6          FCC: 1 says “ass”, otherwise CLEAN



September 25 – Chicago, IL @ Pinky Swear !
October 15 – Columbus, OH @ Tree Bar
October 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project *
October 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Sound Hole *
October 19 – Manhattan, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
October 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn #
October 22 – Albany, NY @ Low Beat *
October 23 – Boston, MA @ Lilypad *
October 24 – Bar Harbor, ME @ Lompoc *&
October 25 – Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater *&
October 26 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House
October 27 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
October 29 – Detroit, MI @ Lager House
November 2 – DeKalb, IL @ House Cafe +
November 4 – Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Firehouse %
November 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn %
November 7 – Greenville, NC @ Art Avenue %
November 8 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %

! with More Ease, Fast Femme & Fastness
* with Amy Bezunartea
# with Julie Byrne
& with Lisa/Liza
+ with Elvis Depressedly
% with Nathan K

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!



My newest artist came to me through one of my favorite dudes/Band Mom family members out of DC: SARA CURTIN is a super-interesting DC songwriter. Her short (8-track) album moves through a pretty wild variety of genre shades with ease: from R&B-inflected sultry jams, to Americana singer-songwriter-y, to indie pop and more. That’s why my start-with track list is so long, there are best songs in each style but there are so many styles! Yet they somehow still cohere together through the strength of Curtin’s voice and personality. I realize the RIYL list of artists below reads like an idiot wrote it who really just means “recommended if you like ladies singing”, but that is not what I mean! This is a varied record with a huge diversity of sounds, and different tracks remind me more of each of those different artists (some of whom also share her sonic diversity). You’ve gotta hear it!!




Sara Curtin is a Washington D.C. musician and former Brooklyn fishmonger, noted by CMJ for her “romantic groove, gossamer weight of the melody, and libidinous lyrical invitations”. Sara made a name for herself in the folk scene with her duo The Sweater Set, but NPR’s WAMU Bandwidth describes her solo project as having more in common “with Sade or Sharon Van Etten than D.C.’s long folk tradition.”

Her first full-length solo album Fly Her And Keep Her came out in 2010, but Curtin has been singing since before she can remember. A family of professional musicians and rock & roll blasters, the Curtin house was always the loud one on the block, the one you could hear from down the street. Her brother Jeff Curtin is now an accomplished sound engineer (Pitchfork) and drummer (Small Black).

Raised on The Beatles, D.C.’s Go-Go music, Michael Jackson, and Joni Mitchell, the influences present in Curtin’s songwriting are eclectic. Classical training in voice and years of choral singing add a refined and complex sense of arrangement. Curtin recorded the majority of Michigan Lilium in her home studio in Washington, D.C. including all vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion and synthesizers. Bass (Spencer Zahn of Twin Shadow and Empress Of) and drums (Ian Chang of Son Lux and Body Language) were recorded at GaluminumFoil Productions in Brooklyn, NY with Jeff Berner, who also mixed the album.

RIYL: St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Neko Case, Sarah Jaffe, Natalie Prass, the bird and the bee

Start With: 8, 7, 2, 6, 4          FCC CLEAN

CHECK OUT all these premieres and features already!:

“V D A Y” premiere on CMJ

“Careless” premiere on AudioFemme

“Sweet Dreams” music video premiere on PopMatters

“Garden of Ghosts” premiere on Track Work with WAMU’s Bandwidth

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!


GUESS WHAT!! My next add is by a wonderful dude from New Zealand who I’ve been describing in rough shorthand as David Bowie meets Jens Lekman. His record is being put out as a co-release between Wild Kindness (who put out my Melaena Cadiz record from last year) and Misra (you know, the label who put out early Phosophorescent and Destroyer albums). If you’ve been following Band Mom bands closely over the last few years, you’ll remember his work from when I promoted his solo US tour in 2013, and also from his record I promoted in late 2012 back when he used the band name Tono and the Finance Company. But he’s since dropped the pseudonym and is going by his given name, ANTHONIE (spelled a little funny, but pronounced like every Anthony you know) TONNON (pronounced TAWN-uhn). OMG!!!

He’ll be touring the US for his third time this fall, so stay tuned for updates on that front. Til then, ADD AND SPIN THIS RECORD!



Misra/Wild Kindness Records

Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer originally from Dunedin, New Zealand, and currently based in his nation’s largest city, Auckland. He first came to attention in his home country with his band Tono and the Finance Company, which released two EPs—Love and Economics and Fragile Thing—and the fulllength Up Here For Dancing. With dry wit and observational lyrics that recalled Morrissey or Jarvis Cocker, Tonnon alluded to urban life in New Zealand’s cities. Antigentrification anthem “Marion Bates Realty” caught the attention of Beirut, who chose the band to support them on their 2012 New Zealand shows.

In 2013, Anthonie Tonnon began touring the USA and Australia under his own name, influenced by stage techniques from the comedy and theatre worlds as much as formative influences like Jonathan Richman and Jens Lekman. Working with coproducer and band member Jonathan Peace, Tonnon’s new recordings paid increasing focus to sonics, taking influence from David Bowie’s Berlin period, Kraftwerk, and Lou Reed’s early solo career.

In 2015, US labels Misra (Phosphorescent, Destroyer) and Wild Kindness (Melaena Cadiz, Holopaw) announced they would work together to release Tonnon’s first album under his own name, Successor, on June 30. The album would also come out through Flippin Yeah in Australia on the same date, following up a March release through Tonnon’s own Canapé King Records in New Zealand.

Successor is a collection of secondperson narratives around unnamed characters in cities—from the businessman who deals cocaine as a sideline in “A Friend From Argentina”, to the government minister engaged in a battle over irrigation rights in “Water Underground”. These are the kinds of flawed characters Randy Newman might have written about in first-person in the 1970s. Tonnon found unusual inspiration in the album from longform journalism, local politics, and Roman Polanski’s Chinatown.

Tonnon has brought his narrative lyrics and arresting live show recently to performances with Okkervil River, Paul Kelly and Yumi Zouma in New Zealand, and in the US with Sean Nelson, Shenandoah Davis and Nicholas Krgovich. He has performed on Daytrotter Sessions, and placed an album in the CMJ Top 200 Albums Chart as well as the Top 10 NZ Albums Chart. He was also recently named in Billboard‘s list of “New Zealand acts you need to know about”.

RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Jens Lekman, David Bowie, Okkervil River, Jonathan Richman, The Brunettes, Lou Reed, Laura Veirs

Start With: 5, 1, 4         FCC 7



Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!


Also here’s a FULL ALBUM STREAM!! You’re welcome:







We’re teaming up with Polyvinyl Records to offer a select few shiny new VINYL copies of Fred Thomas‘ incredible, devastating, beautiful, perfect new album All Are Saved as prizes to a handful of lucky radio station reps! All you have to do to enter this contest is send me your answers to the three below questions (which should all be easy enough to figure out if you’ve been paying attention, hint hint) and include your name as well as your station’s name and mailing address in case you win. Answers must be submitted by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 26th.

1. Fred has lived in the Pacific Northwest and NYC, but which state does he proudly call his original (and current) home?

2. Track 4 on All Are Saved is entitled “Cops Don’t Care Pt. II”. Which of Fred’s previous projects released Pt I of this loose series?

3. What does Fred memorably imagine “everyone we know collectively vomited up a pile of” in “Bad Blood” (track 6)?

**bonus for extra credit in case of a tie: tell us which of Fred’s many previous bands or projects (excluding the current album, the obvious #1 answer) is your favorite, and why.

You must be a current/active representative of a college/non-commercial radio station and submit your answer via email by the end of the day on 5/26 to enter.


5/16 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light

5/17 – Louisville, KY – The New Vintage

5/19 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

6/12 – Brooklyn, NY – Pitchfork’s Showcase @ Northside Festival – Saint Vitus

6/25 – Seattle, WA – Victory Lounge

6/26 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar

6/27-28 – Guerneville, CA – Deathstock

6/29 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go! Records

6/30 – Los Angeles, CA – Pehrspace

All Are Saved is out now via Polyvinyl Records. It’s very FCC-unfriendly but has a complete set of downloadable clean edits, so make sure to contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!


Although Alex Guy (bandleader of Led to Sea) will most likely be new to you by name, you’ll know her work: this Seattle artist is really something special. She’s played (strings) as a member of/on recordings with Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah, Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, and Parenthetical Girls (and also in a circus). WHAAA! This album absolutely fits in line with that list of artists, adding Alex’s own beautiful and smart sensibilities into the mix. It’s viola-based (instead of guitar-based) pop music, although it actually took me a couple listens to even realize that; it’ll fit right in to your indie rock airwaves (this isn’t a classical album by any stretch, don’t worry! Chamber pop!!), but it’ll also stand out. As something really special!



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Led to Sea is the unusual and magnetic solo project from the Seattle-based violinist, violist and singer Alex Guy, who fuses classical, pop and experimental music. Her live show as a string player and vocalist has captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe, and draws comparisons to St. Vincent and Andrew Bird. She has opened for and shared the stage with a host of renowned artists, including Laura Veirs, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Mirah and Jherek Bischoff.  She has also contributed to albums from Amanda Palmer, Xiu Xiu, Laura Veirs, Mirah and Parenthetical Girls.

Led to Sea’s third album, The beautiful humming of ms. fortune, is the product of a two-year collaboration with engineer and co-producer Jherek Bischoff (David Byrne, Amanda Palmer). The album exemplifies a wide-range of Alex’s compositions, featuring lushly orchestrated songs with pop sensibilities, alongside stripped-down, bare arrangements with haunting melodies. At the core of each song is Alex’s enigmatic viola and voice.  

Alex uses her viola as a diverse vehicle for soaring string melodies, driving bass lines and guitar riffs, and ethereal atmospheric layers of sound.  She has taken the classical string instrument and turned it upside-down, creating unexpected compositions that transport the listener to ship-wrecking storms, dreamy nostalgic scenes, and fearless journeys.

After several years of touring with various bands in the U.S. and Europe, and eventually running away from Seattle to join the circus as a composer and violinist, Alex decided to dedicate herself to her own music, and thus, Led to Sea was born. Since then she has released three albums, and toured all over the world, transfixing audiences with her viola and voice.

When she’s not on the road, Alex continues to collaborate with a wide range of artists in Seattle. She’s composed for both dance groups and theater ensembles, and currently works with Wayne Horvitz (John Zorn, Bill Frisell) in the Electric Circus, an improvised jazz ensemble, and with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, amongst other ensembles. She is also currently working on a film score for the independent film With Wings and Roots, a documentary about immigration, identity and belonging.

RIYL: Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Mirah, Amanda Palmer, Laura Veirs

Start With: 2, 6, 7, 1          FCC CLEAN

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FRED THOMAS – ALL ARE SAVED is killing it at Radio Now!!!

Guys. GUYS. I have a SERIOUSLY AMAZING CAN’T-BELIEVE-IT record right now. It’s FRED THOMAS!! You
should definitely already know this guy from Saturday Looks Good To Me; you might also know him from City Center or any number of other projects he’s been a part of (His Name Is Alive, Mighty Clouds, Swimsuit, Lovesick, Flashpapr, White Blue Yellow & Clouds). He’s had associations/put out releases with several notable record labels, including ones he’s run himself (most recently that’d be Life Like), as well as the inimitable K Records, plus there’s the label who’s putting out this newest incarnation of his solo project (along with many other past projects): POLYVINYL! This record is obviously a slam-dunk; we hit the Top 20 Adds chart in week 1 and already slammed onto the Top 200 Albums chart in week 2! I still wanna see some huge jumps up that chart though, so let’s push the crap out of it. Here come a bunch more words about this:

I’ve been a superfan of Fred’s for like at least a decade (since I discovered Saturday Looks Good To Me in college)(!), and when I met him when I first moved to New York back in 2007 I couldn’t believe that a dude that cool/musician I admired that much could possibly give me the time of day. I can’t believe these days that I get to brag that I know him, let alone that I’m actually PROMOTING HIS NEW RECORD ON POLYVINYL! And you guys, I’m not kidding about this, I honestly think this is the best album the guy has ever released. I see it as kind of like a culmination of everything else he’s put out thus far in his career. It’s like he’s been working toward making THIS record this whole time. It incorporates the pop sensibilities and sweet melancholy of Saturday Looks Good To Me, the specific, empathetic storytelling of his previous solo work, and the glitchy experimental production/atmospheric electronic instrumentals of City Center (and several of his other projects). He makes the kind of music that can overwhelm your heart with a flood of Sincere Emotions About Everything In The World, but still so seems so intensely, intimately personal and specific that you know these are stories that come from a person with a superbly keen eye, a warm heart and an obsessive attention to detail; a person you’d want to know IRL and kind of feel like you already do. The scope of these songs is tiny and huge all at once. They make me feel like if I listen hard enough I’ll learn something deep and real about what life is for. Everybody else seems to agree, seriously, like Stereogum gave it a full-album stream, Pitchfork gave it an 8.0, Impose did a particularly thoughtful interview (that’s with Liz Pelly, formerly of WTBU!), Paste also did a nice interview, Fader did an early track preview, BreakThru Radio did a session at SXSW (where btw I also caught a set of his that left my jaw on the floor)…you get the picture. This record is a BIG DEAL.

We did send out hard copies of this record (although a few less than usual), but especially if your radio station is one that broadcasts on actual airwaves and thus needs to adhere to those pesky FCC standards, I HIGHLY recommend grabbing the download as well, because most of the best tracks are also the ones with the dirtiest words (it’s def not a nasty/”explicit”/ugly-hearted record, but Fred just uses a lot of the standard F’s and S’s that pretty much everyone in this century uses in everyday conversation but our nanny state still prevents us from broadcasting), but the download has clean edits for ALL of them (except for a “damned” on track 8 if that word matters to you – that one stayed in). Get on it! Seriously. This is not a drill!!!!!



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Though a small audience of ravenous music fans could cite Fred Thomas as the brains behind Michigan’s Saturday Looks Good To Me, even most of those obscurists might have blinked for long enough to miss portions of Thomas’ 15 year stretch of constant output with projects as diverse as his aforementioned pop band, experimental noise acts or his own softspoken solo material.

Never settling down for a second, he’s spent the last decade-and-a-half flying just beneath the radar of most listeners, but amassing a dedicated grassroots collection of fans, friends, collaborators, and admirers.

Those well acquainted with his anomalous approach to music and anti-networking are never surprised when Fred rolls through town unannounced playing drums in some random touring band (including Calvin Johnson‘s The Hive Dwellers or Ian Svenonius‘s Chain And The Gang) or they get an email that says he’s just released three new solo records in infinitesimally limited numbers.

So all of this brings us to All Are Saved, technically the eighth Fred Thomas solo album, but the first one many people will get a chance to hear.

The result of over a year of recording, refinement and long-labored sonic sculpting, these eleven tracks are the culmination of everything he’s done before, while being a decidedly bold move into brand new territory.

Heavy, poetic lyrics are more spoken than sung, recalling the urgency and straightforwardness of cult bands like The Van Pelt or Life Without Buildings, while each song builds on a patchwork of grainy samples, dreamlike guitar figures and deftly produced clashes of organic instrumentation with vintage synth textures.

Fred’s dabblings in melancholic chamber pop (SLGTM), ambient electronics (City Center), jangly but angular guitar playing (Failed Flowers), experimental production and jaw-droppingly confessional lyricism are all distilled into one unflinching statement.

These are the raw nerves of the friendliest guy at the party, spilling out shamelessly naked feelings. It’s there in full force on the stream of consciousness protest song from a dream “Cops Don’t Care Pt. II,” in the venomous bile of “Bad Blood” and in the heartbreaking grief that triggers a continuum of memories on “Every Song Sung To A Dog.”

No prior knowledge of Fred’s vast resume is necessary, and that’s kind of the point; All Are Saved is a singular document that requires no explanation and will immerse you in its strange, heavy beauty.

Painstakingly assembled between Detroit, Michigan and Athens, Georgia, the album features mixing assistance from Drew Vandenburg (of Montreal, Deerhunter) and guest spots from friends in bands like People Get Ready, Radiator Hospital, Known Moons and even a guest backing vocal cameo from Andrew W.K.

RIYL: Saturday Looks Good To Me, City Center, BARR, Mount Eerie, Jason Anderson, Yo La Tengo, Karl Blau

Start With: 1, 4, 6, 8 (dirty but use CLEAN EDITS in the download!) or 5, 2 (CLEAN on disc)

FCC 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9         CLEAN EDITS IN DOWNLOAD [edits only leave “damned” (8) remaining]

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5/6 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory (album Release Party)

5/7 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s 20 Lanes

5/8 – Boston, MA – The Womb

5/9 – Providence, RI – The Parlour

5/10 – New York, NY – Elvis Guesthouse

5/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Palisades

5/12 – Philadelphia, PA – lava space

5/13 – Raleigh, NC – Neptunes

5/14 – Asheville, NC – Tiger Mountain

5/15 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn

5/16 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light

5/17 – Louisville, KY – The New Vintage

5/19 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

6/25 – Seattle, WA – Therapy

6/26 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar

6/27-28 – Guerneville, CA – Deathstock

6/29 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go! Records

6/30 – Los Angeles, CA – Pehrspace





These guys are so great! Also whoa, they’re my third Seattle band in a row (this city has been really good to me lately!). This one is on the folk-rock side of things, heavy whiffs of Mumford & Sons for example. All the rest of the bands they remind me of, strangely, are Scottish: Snow Patrol, Frightened Rabbit, the Twilight Sad. Emotional, literate, orchestral indie rock. Do you like those things?? You should listen to this band! They’re also a super intelligent bunch (band leader Eric Herbig has a Ph.D. in molecular biology!!), so there’s a bunch of smart science stuff sprinkled in there too. The songs are real memorable, I’ve found myself waking up with a different one playing in my head every day this week. Something for (kind of?) everyone!




This Arrangement of Molecules, the new release from Seattle, WA’s Pocket Panda, throws entropy to the wind and shows us that random things can come together in beautiful ways. Their meticulously-crafted songs blend strings, synthesizers, driving beats, and dense harmonies into a rich and colorful musical landscape that is never predictable. Drawing from rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, funk, and minimalism, their prismatic and multi-layered style often takes unexpected turns in the form of complex time changes, polyrhythms, and unconventional instrumentation. Yet this wonderful variety is all anchored to a foundation of joyful musicality and four-part harmonies.

Eric Herbig, the founder of Pocket Panda, was first immersed in art through the world of ballet at age 4. His mother dreamt of having her child become a world class dancer, but Herbig resisted and they settled on piano (which, given his infatuation with Seattle’s rock scene, soon segued into guitar). Tragically, Herbig’s mother would succumb to a rare, fatal neurological disorder. At her funeral a speech was read in which, as her dying wish, she commanded that he go to graduate school and study molecular biology.

In a tale of unexpected paths converging, Herbig honored his mother’s wishes, and strangely enough, this would provide the context for the formation of Pocket Panda. While Herbig pursued science by day, he played music by night, and after 6 years and over 2,000 Craigslist posts Herbig had reined in the talents of band members Jordan Cunningham (vocals/mandolin/guitar), Chris Allen (vocals/bass), Mike Waller (keys/accordion/harmonica/xylophone), and David Cho (violin). Amazingly, the Newtonian apple didn’t fall too far from the musical tree; called “the most educated band in Seattle” by many of their fans, Pocket Panda have a combined 11 degrees among them – including Herbig’s Ph.D. in molecular biology.

On This Arrangement of Molecules, the band explores the myriad forces that wrench people apart – from self-doubt to structural violence – if only to reaffirm how ultimately lucky we are to form the bonds we do, and how even luckier we are to carry our shared dreams to fruition.

This Arrangement of Molecules represents significant depth in both the spectrum of sounds used and the array of ideas presented in the lyrics. Songs such as “Garden” and “There You Go” use the melodic and structural modalities of indie-folk to frame the delivery of stories of lost love.  “Baghdad Ballet School” and “Setting Sun” shed the folk vibe in favor of a more edgy and hard hitting approach, befitting the songs’ contemplation of the ravages of war. “Riptide”, a social commentary on excessive materialism, combines multiple time signatures in the verse and chorus. Across the record, Pocket Panda show repeatedly that they are not afraid to deviate from conventional song structures in order to transport listeners into the narrative world they inhabit. This Arrangement of Molecules will take you on a journey that is sonically, thoughtfully and emotionally highly engaging. 

RIYL: Mumford & Sons, The National, The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol

Start With: 1, 7, 4, 6     FCC 11

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