you sat down by the sea

If you’re in need of a summer soundtrack, look no further than Seapony’s debut, Go With Me. At thirty-five minutes, it’s just long enough to cover your trek from point A to point B, give you something to bump in the bathroom while you primp and preen, or to keep you company while you lie in bed before you actually have to get up.

A bulk of the album is bouncy, beachy tunes augmented by dreamy vocals. The sun always seems to be shining, which is the ultimate escape for this Seattle-based band. The influence of surf-rock is apparent on “Into the Sea”, and despite what the lyrics say in “Go Away” the music begs you to stay and play. A bass-heavy sound, handclaps, and a fuzzed-out guitar melody round out “So Low” and the song provides a great transition for what’s to come.

There’s a shift in the soundscape starting with “What You See” – the pervasive sonic sunshine is gone. Life comes into sharp focus after the sun goes down, our narrator crooning “you think my heart does not exist”. Follow-up “Nobody Knows” answers with bending guitar, giving a distinct feeling of coming untethered and getting caught in the undertow. On “Where We Go” the sun starts to peek through again, and the moonlit scenes fold back into daylight, coming full circle to the beach-pop formula for the closing track.

While many of the songs on the album do sound similar, they’re done well and nicely arranged in a cycle that mimics the summer both day-by-day and as a whole. In summer we give ourselves over to the long days, the siren call of the wind and water, the carefree attitudes and collective shirking of responsibilities. There are those key days when we stop to consider the future, wonder what we’re doing, and know that the golden haze won’t last forever, but those times are few and far between and we inevitably shake it off, opting to stare at the sun instead.

Go With Me dropped 05.31.11.
Find more from Seapony here.
Click to download “Dreaming” and “Blue Star“.

no, i don’t want to dance with you

A few new videos:

The Kills – Satellite (it didn’t work out for Bonny & Clyde either)

Vivian Girls – I Heard You Say (the band that dresses alike…)

Devotionals – Misericordia (vaguely unsettling)

And some we missed:

Washington  – Rich Kids (Eagle vs Shark party)

Cold War Kids – Audience (take to the studio, take to the sea)

Gypsy & The Cat – Time to Wander (song>video/band name)

Groove Armada – Paper Romance (this girl needs a nap)

to my friends in the northwest

Sub Pop (Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins, Iron & Wine, Nirvana, and more) is giving away free money and they want you to have it. If you are living in Washington or Oregon and are a graduating high school senior, read on:

The Sub Pop Scholarship 

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $13,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships—one for $6,000 and two for $3,500 each. To apply for these scholarships you must be a resident of Washington or Oregon, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for an applicant who is involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way.

To apply for these scholarships we would like you to submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting us know about some of the following topics:

  • What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
  • How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
  • Why do you need this scholarship money?
  • What are your influences and/or who inspires you?
  • Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Applicants are encouraged to send digital links and provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay. However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don’t send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is May 1st, please get in touch before then if you are interested.

Please send all submissions and attachments to

All physical submissions should be sent to:

Sub Pop Records
Attn: Scholarship
2013 4th Ave
, 3rd Floor
, WA 98121

Amount: $6,000 / $3,500 / $3,500 – checks will be made payable to the university or college of the winning applicants’ choice and applied to winning applicants’ tuition.