• My pick of the week is the infectious, funky, laid-back perfection of the Animal Liberation Orchestra, waxing a soulful, pensive philosophy of "traversing and rehearsing and perversing along the doubt-laden extension-cord thread of life" in "Welcome to Your Barbeque," one of 10 wickedly tasty jams on the group's new CD, Fly Between Falls.
Here are links to the charts (as PDF documents) from the 2005 River Cities' Reader Music Guide: Bands
If you've seen Jim the Mule live, the first few seconds of the band's new self-titled studio album will be a bit of a shock: Some dirty but muted guitar and drums kick things off, and my first thought was that something had gone wrong in the recording process.
When you first meet the energetic, charming Josh Duffee, within five minutes you find yourself thinking: This man is sharp. This man is focused. This man came ready to play. And what he plays is jazz.
For Ed Polcer, bandleader and performer with the much-loved swing ensemble Ed Polcer's All Stars, a musical career shouldn't have come as a surprise. He hails from a horn-playing family - his father performed weekends at the Majestic Theatre in Patterson, New Jersey, and his uncle was a jazz musician who toured with Benny Goodman's orchestra.


What started as a joke isn't so funny any more. For one thing, the threat of legal action hangs over Michael Tierney and his band. For another, his four-piece outfit is successful - and notorious - beyond what anybody could have expected based on its roots.
Hidden away in record-company vaults for almost a decade, Willie Nelson's lost reggae-infused recordings are seeing the light of day. Originally recorded with producer Don Was in Jamaica with legendary guest Toots Hibbert, the resulting CD, Countryman, found a champion in Lost Highway Records, which polished the rescued sessions and presents this gentle little gem this coming Tuesday.
Seattle's KEXP-FM is prepping its first CD, a selection of rare tracks recorded in the radio station's studios that's simply titled Live at KEXP Vol. 1. Available online and in stores next month, the 19-track set is a who's-who of modern-rock stardom with Joseph Arthur, Interpol, The Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian, The Shins, Ben Lee, Sonic Youth, Air, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and My Morning Jacket offering up exclusive tracks.
One of indie rock's most valuable players, Solid Public Relations, has just released a nifty benefit album packed with clients from its roster. Simply entitled Solid PR Presents: Volume 1, the two-CD set raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the firm is already looking toward a second volume to be released in January.
This coming Tuesday brings the DVD release of Bodysong, the award-winning documentary film featuring an epic, ambient soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood, the multi-instrumental genius of Radiohead. Produced in 2002 and winning numerous awards last year as it toured in limited release in art-house theatres, this powerful collection of slow-motion images weaves a silent journey through the life experience we all share, as our cells emerge, bond, and multiply, until their failure in ultimate death.