The first of three Seattle concerts to benefit Drew Grow, the frontman of Northwest band Drew Grow & The Pastors Wives who sustained serious injuries in a car accident last month, is 8:00 pm this Saturday, February 19, at Columbia City Theater. This weekend’s show will feature performances from a bevy of local acts including The Maldives, Kevin Murphy of Moondoggies, Mychel Benjamin Goodweather of Campfire OK, Bryan John Appleby and more—all of whom have come together to raise funds to support The Pastors’ Wives and Drew while he makes his recovery. In addition, an online donation fund in Drew’s name has been established to help cover medical bills, lost wages and replacing the Pastors’ Wives’ tour van, which was totaled in the accident. For information on tickets for the benefit shows or to donate to the online fund, be sure to check out the above links.
Congrats to The Moondoggies for being today’s “Song of the Day” on NPR. The song is “What Took So Long” off their new album, Tidelands. Writes NPR, “The Moondoggies’ music sounds exactly like the band’s drizzly Seattle home: The heavy fog and rain of the Pacific Northwest is perfectly evoked in the group’s dreamy, hazy melodies. Amid pretty harmonies, singer Kevin Murphy’s gravelly voice is tempered with occasional falsettos that slide into a deep, soothing croon. In a manner atypical of the style, the guitar gets buried a bit, allowing the bass and drums to push The Moondoggies’ songs forward.” Read the full article at the link above.
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Taking a play from bands of another era, The Moondoggies announced an open bootlegging/taping policy for their upcoming tour. Taping will be allowed at all shows (with rules, of course) and if you share your bootleg (in a non-commercial fashion) the band will show their gratitude by sending you a silk-screen printed Moondoggies poster. Encouraging taping is a perfect fit for a band that is at their best live, and who’d rather have their performances speak for them than social media. Best of all, from a fan’s perspective, you won’t have to wait for new albums to hear new Moondoggies and the promise of tapers in the audience should encourage the band to experiment, grow and change up their live shows. Sounds like a win-win for everyone involved. Visit the Moondoggies’ website for the rules and regulations.
The Moondoggies released their new album Tidelands a couple days ago under their own label, Hardly Art. The album is highly anticipated for fans across the Seattle area and beyond. And one way these ardent fans can experience the new tracks is through Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheMoondoggies). Listeners can go on the social networking site, click “like” for the band and a set of 10 tracks will appear for free streaming. The Facebook page also includes the band’s latest video for “Empress of the North” and opportunities to purchase some merchandise. So check out the page, like it and listen to some amazing new songs by one of Seattle’s finest.
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Get a sneak peek second full length from The Moondoggies will be released. Today you can get a sneak peek of Tidelands with your eyes and your ears. Watch the just released animated video for “Empress of the North” and you can listen to the album in its entirety on The Moondoggies facebook.
Check out the trailer for the upcoming MTV web series $5 Cover: Seattle directed by Seattle’s own Lynn Shelton and featuring thirteen of Seattle’s own bands including Thee Satisfaction, Thee Emergency, Tea Cozies, The Moondoggies and more. Click the above link to see the trailer!
There’s zero downside to “GIVE,” a downloadable benefit compilation of 30 genre-spanning songs by Seattle musicians. At $7, you’re paying less than a quarter per song. Every cent of that $7 goes toward local hunger relief and arts education. Each of the songs — most of them exclusive — is good. “GIVE” is the sort of big city/small pond collaboration that could only happen in Seattle. Every facet — music, engineering, graphic design, server space, organization, promotion, etc. — was donated. From the sponsors to the bands, “GIVE” demonstrates the Seattle music community is all things to all people, if the people are willing to dig a little. Bands include Fleet Foxes, the Moondoggies, Visqueen, the Saturday Knights, the Maldives, Grand Archives, Cave Singers, Gabriel Mintz, Arthur & Yu, Talbot Tagora, Hey Marseilles, Pearly Gate Music, Tea Cozies, Fatal Lucciauno, Fresh Espresso, Josh Morrison, Sera Cahoone, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. “GIVE” is available for download today, November 17th.
Last week local label Hardly Art quietly posted to Amazon a sampler of 17 of the year’s more notable tracks from artists such as Le Loup, the Moondoggies and the Dutchess & The Duke, including a few special tracks that haven’t appeared anywhere else. To make things even better, the compilation is free. The collection includes a Dutchess & the Duke demo, an acoustic mix from the Pica Beats, and a song representing the fruits of the Arthur & Yu and Moondoggies live collaboration this summer. Check out the above link to download the entire sampler.
Local rockers, the Blakes, and folkies, the Moondoggies, will represent Seattle this year at the College Music Journal’s 2009 music festival in New York. The bands will be joined by festival sponsor KEXP who will broadcast the event live from October 19th to the 23rd.
The MTV online series “$5 Cover,” which award-winning Seattle director Lynn Shelton is filming, will finish shooting in Seattle in the next two weeks.The series is a fictional account of a typical weekend in the lives of a handful of Seattle bands, including Whisky Tango, The Lights, The Moondoggies, Champagne Champagne and The Spits. Shelton, who was given complete control over the project, picked them not only for their music but also for their relationships. From story to setting, art imitated life. Most of the stories were either adapted from things the bands had gone through or could have, Shelton said, or the locations were cast as carefully as the bands, with starring roles for venues such as Chop Suey, the Tractor, the Blue Moon Tavern and Wild Rose. Read up on “$5 Cover” at its MTV site. The Seattle season is set to premiere some time this winter.