Hong Kong Wigs 7.11.19

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Hong Kong Wigs 7.11.19

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019

Photo by: Gabriel C. Pérez

Back in January, our weeknight host Taylor Wallace made the decision to keep track of every single Free Week 2019 show and to listen to every band with available music. For context, Free Week is sort of a local SXSW, taking place the week following New Year’s Day to boost bar sales during one of the slowest weeks of the year by packing venues with stacked line-ups each night of that week. When digging into the line-ups, one band jumped out based on name alone: Hong Kong Wigs. Having no internet presence, much less any music, something about them seemed worth checking out. What we found was a powerful rock trio led by Sweet Spirit bassist Jon Fitcher, helming the mic and wielding a six string.

Joined by bassist Anastasia Wright (Tyler Jordan & the Negative Space and Black Basements) and drummer Adam Galvan (Ex Romantika), Hong Kong Wigs was conceived to be Fitcher’s solo project. As he says, “when you’re the bassist in Sweet Spirit, there’s not a whole lot of room to shred….and I wanted to shred.” Their debut EP was a surprise release in early February, but they dropped into our Studio 1A ahead of last week’s Taylor’d Frequency show and to tease some tunes from their upcoming full-length, due out early 2020.

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Host: Taylor Wallace
Producer: Deidre Gott
Engineer: Jake Perlman
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Giulia Hjort, Richie Loria

TACOCAT 6.19.19

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TACOCAT 6.19.19

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019

Photo by Michael Minasi

TACOCAT, a beautiful palindrome with an easily-missed wink to the female anatomy. For over ten years, the quartet made of Emily Nokes, Eric Randall, Bree McKenna, and Lelah Maupin have been putting out sharp-tongued, rainbow-tinted feminist pop-punk tunes with subjects ranging from science-fiction to menstruation to timely social injustices. In that same decade, they’ve been champions and pioneers of the current punk and indie wave of Seattle, pivoting the city’s trademark from grunge and garage rock. The newest album This Mess Is A Place, their first in a Trump world, is a therapeutic effort vacillating between contentious expression and much-needed positivity and escapism. TACOCAT kindly took a moment away from grazing at Tamale House to chat and play some tunes in Studio 1A.

-Taylor Wallace, Weeknight Host

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Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman
Host: Taylor Wallace
Cameras: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, Michael Minasi
Producer: Deidre Gott

Black Belt Eagle Scout 6.4.19

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Black Belt Eagle Scout 6.4.19

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019

Photo by Julia Reihs

Katherine “KP” Paul, who writes and performs under the moniker Black Belt Eagle Scout, opened yesterday’s Studio 1A session with a song from her Mother of My Children EP entitled “Indians Never Die,” a title and subject in no way arbitrary to KP’s songbook or identity. Raised on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in Washington, KP grew-up around the traditional music and dance of her culture and community, but it was the help of an Internet forum, a willing stranger somewhere in the UK, and a couple of VHS tapes featuring Nirvana and Hole that placed music firmly at the center of her life.

A self-taught musician, KP moved to Portland for college and became entrenched in its local music scene. But as she developed her craft and growth, the geographical and cultural separation of her and the reservation began to resonate deeper within her, branding her indigenous identity as a driving creative force and behind both the “what” and “why” of her music. While none of her music reflects traditional Native American themes or sounds, the subject matter and lack of rigid structure to her music have deep, thick Swinomish roots. Her music is dark, introspective, and dynamic, and even when her lyrics seem abstract, they’re always deeply personal. Listen to the full session below to hear KP talk in-depth about her roots and using her platform as a musician to discuss them.

-Taylor Wallace, Weeknight Host

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Host: Taylor Wallace
Producer: Deidre Gott
Engineer: Jake Perlman
Cameras: Julia Reihs, Guilia Hjort, Richie Loria
Video Edits: Julia Reihs


Abby Jeanne 6.3.19

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Abby Jeanne 6.3.19

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019

Photo by: Michael Minsai

If you were to ask Abby Jeanne what the foundation of her musical existence is, it’s almost certain she would say “DIY.” Leaving her Milwaukee home as a teenager, Jeanne busked her way first around the states, then other corners of the globe, at one point spending over a year living in a mini-van and only answering to her own call. Since then, she’s found herself sharing bills with No Name, Ishadarr, and even David Bowie’s band on several midwest dates of the Celebrate tour just last year. Her latest record, Music Box Dancer, exemplifies in sound and spirit what she describes in diction: rock n’ roll with a dreamers soul. She stopped by our Studio 1A to chat about her life, her experiences in Austin, and play some killer tunes too.

-Taylor Wallace, Weeknight Host

Abby Jeanne plays WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH at Empire Control Room and Garage with Austin’s Caleb DeCasper and Pleasure Venom.

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Host: Rick McNulty
Producer Deidre Gott
Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Cameras: Julia Reihs, Giulia Hjort, Michael Minasi
Video Edit: Michael Minasi



Caleb DeCasper 5.8.19

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Caleb DeCasper 5.8.19

Posted by on May 13, 2019

Photo by: Gabriel C. Pérez

Caleb DeCasper has always known what he’s wanted to do and who he was destined to be. “Since conception,” he notes coyly, behind sharp shades, under a tall wig, and clad in a corset, fishnets, and inches of heels, all black. Horror Glam Rock has been his trade for many years, lessening the shock value without compromising any of the edge. A classically trained pianist, his live sets and studio sound are embellished with this flourishing texture, blended with traditional rock instrumentation to conjure an energy and space that’s as dynamic as it is theatrical. His new EP De Casper is out May 17th, and he dropped by with his shirtless lads to perform in Studio 1A. Behold!

-Taylor Wallace, Weeknight Host

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Host: Taylor Wallace
Audio Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Producer: Deidre Gott
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Salvador Castro