The THEEsatisfaction ladies are back in Dublin next month on their European tour with Shabazz Palaces in the Twisted Pepper on November 16th. They’ve released a mini mixtape EP of new material called THEESatisfaction Loves Anita Baker featuring samples from the lady herself. Free download.
In which Aoife and I play a plethora of amazing tunes from the last few months, remind ourselves why Purity Ring is a weird band name, why bands need to stop releasing demos as finished tracks, take a brief exploration into ’80s fanzine-assisted electronica, and inadvertently insult loads of people throughout the podcast. Oops. Enjoy.
Highlights: THEEsatisfaction (pictured) , Ryan Adams, Record Store Day gigs, Ships, Fujiya & Miyagi, Trinity Ball, Katie Kim, Seamus Fogarty, Werk & more.
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This year was my fourth South By South West and before I left for Austin, I was apprehensive about the festival’s status as a relevant music event in its 26th year. Over 2,000 bands visit the Texas capital to try and advance their careers and I wondered why they bothered anymore? Was there actually worth in them playing? Any band who travel the large distance must have a profile, a buzz or are there to strike a deal on Texas soil to make it really worth their while. Bands that travel on blind faith and hope that something will happen for them are delusional and hopefully few and far between these days.
For me, SXSW is a festival that I go to for new music and the opportunity to gorge on it over five or six days. This year a a giant vending machine made the news, commercialism was rampant, Jay-Z playing a gig to credit card customers, Springsteen gave a (mighty) keynote speech while Kanye, Jack White and Skrillex all packed in venues. At the same time, you’ve got an art gallery playing host to a hippy-leaning label showcase, the Boiler Room broadcasting leftfield electronica from a backyard out of town, bands busking on the street and industry chasing the buzz for their own benefit. It’s contradictory, crass, nothing and everything all at once and that means that SXSW is just a pop-up macrocosm of the music industry as a whole.
‘QueenS’ is psychedelic swagged out funk soul song from Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White more commonly known as THEESatisfaction.
Recommended if you like the kind of futuristic soul that Erykah Badu has been bringing of late.
These ladies are hitting Twisted Pepper on April 19th. They are close friends Shabazz Palaces and they feature on their album Black Up.. They also hit mainland Europe. A full length record is coming on Subpop entitled awE NaturalE in March.