Our Song of the Week is “Maybe Tomorrow” from Wilderness, a band out of Bend.
And, as a bonus for all of us, this Bend band is coming into the KZME studios to be a guest on Kevin's Mud Tracks show, Friday March 7 (1 pm - 3 pm).
"Maybe Tomorrow" is on Homeward From the Battle, the debut album from this four piece band led by Jared Smith. He, like many residents of Bend, escaped to Oregon from L.A., where he'd put in some time chasing the star-making machinery in an earlier band, new wave rockers Hello Stranger. As with many of us, one thing led to another and his path led to Central Oregon.
Unlike most of us (according to Ethan Maffey's story in the Bend Source), his path to Oregon involved Ry Cooder, the father of one of his former band members. He learned a lot about guitar from the veteran expert, and now puts his skills to work in the more alt-country-rockin' Wilderness. Fellow band members now are Nora K.W. Smith (yes, they're married), Nick Graham, and Bradley Parsons.
By the way, this Wilderness band from Bend is not the same as the Wilderness band from Baltimore. Makes sense, considering the two cities have such different landscape.
KZME is proud to be highlighting the work of Jeremy Wilson in our Featured Artist Spotlight program for March. A long time Oregon native and vocalist for the Dharma Bums, his foundation helps musicians who are dealing with medical crisis.
February's featured artist here at KZME is Mike Coykendall, and tomorrow, Thursday the 27th you can hear him at noon on KZME as he talks with Dennise and plays a few songs and later that evening live at Mississippi Studios with The Parson Redheads and Norman.
Our Song of the Week is “So Sofia” from the Musgraves.
It's an upbeat and good-natured song, and if you listen to the lyrics, you'd swear it's about someone who could live next door to one of us in Portland ("So Sofia...with her dirty fingernails...tatoo nightingales...black hair tumble down...cartoon cracker ring... so happy, so tragic."). But actually, the the Musgraves are four Brits who describe themselves as a "roots pop band from the Midlands."
Their boppy, poppy rootsiness is established with the same elements you might hear from a number of Portland bands: joyously raucous group chorus ("oh oh oh"), bouncy propulsive percussion and piano, and a plethora of catchy, happy strings (including banjo, mandolin and fiddle for that down home friendliness).
Artclectic host Dennise Kowalczyk picked the song, and offers it with a challenge: "I dare you to try to listen to this without dancing." Go ahead, listen to the song and let us know what your reaction was! (My bet is she's right – or you'll at least tap your feet.)
"So Sofia" is on the album You That Way, I This Way, released in the US by OK! Good in April 2013. Apparently they don't have any US shows scheduled at the moment, but maybe we can convince them to come to Portland to play at one of our MAX stations. After all, they recorded an earlier record, The Station Sessions, amidst the commuters at a London tube stop, St. Pancras Station.
With a name like "Weather Machine," is there a better place to be than in Portland? Slater Smith, Jack Martin, Colin Robson, and Corey Kintzi make up a four piece folk group that perfectly captures the Oregon folk sound. For this video, they traveled to over 180 different state parks, instruments in hand, to show off the scenery of the place they call home. Check out a list of the parks by clicking here, and catch them live at the Secret Society on December 6th for a KZME Benefit, Franklin's Bottle Shop on December 7th, and Kelly's Olympian on December 11th!
Matt is the host of Subterranea - It's an hour of thematic free-association through spoken word and some of the best music from Portland, from around the world, and from across the century. It's neo-beatnik, it's post-surreality, it's your guide through the Singularity
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