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More on Grand Archives: Pitchfork and show scoop

I think Eric Grandy over at the Stranger might be as huge of a Carissa's Wierd fan as I am, as he's doing a stellar job keeping me and the rest of Seattle up-to-date on the haps of Grand Archives, a brand new band featuring Mat Brooke (Carissa's Wierd's somber front-man) as well as Ron Lewis (Ghost Stories, ex-Mines) and Curtis Hall (ex-Jeunes). Not only did he scoop TIG on the news that Grand Archives was added to the Modest Mouse bill on 4/15 last week, but he also just reported on Pitchfork's latest write-up of the band. My favorite quote from the Pfork article:

"…this sounds like the project most Carissa's Wierd devotees have been pining for. Grand Archives could very well trump the regional success and cult status attained by their forebears, for whom ambition seemed impossible. At the very least, their spelling has improved."

I am such an editor-nerd. And such a huge Carissa's Wierd fan!

As I wrote last week, I'm so nervous Mat Brooke is going to break my music heart again that I've been too terrified to listen. I plan to break through my fears and confront the music of Grand Archives today.

And I've got some more scoop for ya: Grand Archives has just been added to the bill for the Welcome CD release show at the Croc on 4/27 (good thing too, as the modest Mouse show is long since sold out).

 

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Live Show Review Magneto The Crocodile The Jeunes The Village Green

Magneto, with the Village Green

The Village Green is a band outta Portland who kindly made the I-5 hike northward to open a local showcase at the Crocodile {also featuring the Jeunes and Magneto}.

The first thing that struck us about the band was that bass player guy. He looks just like our friend Christian Quilici. When we told him he had a doppelganger in this town called Christian, he laughed and said, "But I'm Jewish!"

There's nothing I adore more than an indie-rocker with a sense of humor. Oh, unless it's an indie rocker with a sense of humor who plays kick-ass thumping bass and sings gorgeous pitch perfect harmonies. That is why I/we heart Dave Depper of the Village Green.

J. Nicholas Allard (vocals and guitar), Jeremy Sherrer (drums), and Nathan Junior (keys and guitar) weren't so bad either.

 

Wait a minute — Nathan Junior? Is that really that guy's name? As in Raising Arizona, "Let's go get Nathan Junior"? Hot damn, that's funny.

 

I liked the Village Green. To me, they're like Nirvana with harmonies, less equipment breakage, and a fourth person on keys.

 

The Village Green. Photo by Brian TeutschYeah, I can hear the Nirvana influences in parts — certainly in a few of their hooks, and frontman J. Nicholas Allard growls a bit raspy a la Kurt Cobain from time to time. And I wouldn't say he looks unlike him.

But I also hear a near-Brit-pop influence working here, as well as a grittier element at times. Other songs draw in a nearly 60s garage-pop flavor, especially with those "worthy-of-second-mention" gorgeous backing harmonies.

To distill it to a formula:

Kula Shaker + Kings of Leon – mullet + remnants of Nirvana + Kinks-esque icing = The Village Green.

That sounds like hipster math.

Hey, did you hear why hipsters aren't good at karate?

It's because they can't get past the white belt.

Bwah ha hah ha hah! Aww, sweet Jesus, that one gets me everytime. Anyhow, I just googled the Village Green {what, you didn't think I was writing this review at the Crocodile, did you?} and found on GarageLand.com that their influences are the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Kinks, Blur, and Nirvana. So we've done a pretty good job nailing that one, donchathink?

I sure do. Next up, The Jeunes played a blistering set. But we have reached our imaginary moratorium of words of praise for a single band within a fiscal year for the Jeunes {and you don't even wanna know about those fines! We haven't been hit that hard since we discovered the Thermals back in 2003 and promptly reviewed them three (1, 2, 3) times within three months. Ouchie.}

Here, learn a little about the Jeunes

Anyhoo, headlining the night was Magneto, a band we've been eagerly anticipating since we first played "ISA" on KEXP during our stint on Audioasis back in March.

Magneto. Photo by Brian Teutsch.Yes, ever since I first heard Magneto's debut CD Sounds Like Space, I've been really excited to see them live, as it's one of my favorite local records this year.

A little background: Magneto consists of Lian Light (vocals and guitars), Barrett Jones (drums, and he also produced the record), and Brian Vogan on bass. On Sounds Like Space they created a dreamy, layered sound that rocks while it enthralls.

The live experience was not quite what I expected. At tonight's show, the band played as a straight-forward three-piece rock outfit {though they have four band members credited on the album}. I have to admit, it felt a little lonely up on that stage.

Magneto. Photo by Brian Teutsch.Yeah, I agree with igChar (on this and all things, really). I'm a fan of Magneto's lush, swirly recordings, and live, the flavor was different. Their live show was more raw and edgy; it lacked the delicacy of their studio recordings. And I guess that's an okay place to go from recording to live performance. But I've grown so accustomed to/infatuated with their recorded sound, I had some trouble adjusting.

The roughhewn band onstage seemed very much another local Seattle band {which is a good thing, mind you}. Luckily, the pretty guitar-fingering was still there, and at times the overall fullness of sound. But for the most part, something I adore in the album was getting lost in live music translation. What I love about Sounds Like Space is the refined sound of sumptuous layered vocal and guitar tracks, the swirls and whirls and wah wah wahs. I missed the spacious quality of the recorded tracks.

Right. They needed a second guitarist. And a wah wah pedal.

And whatever igDana just said.

 

Wah!

 

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TIG on KEXP for February 2005

On Saturday night, February 5th, we had the honor of appearing on KEXP's great local show Audioasis with the fabulous Lisa Wood. We had a blast watching the live in-studio performances by Reed and Kultur Shock, and then got play a few of our favorite local imaginary tracks of the moment.

Here's our setlist, with some info and links for each band. If you want to hear the songs (and hear us prattle on with Lisa), click here to visit the KEXP Streaming Archive, and select February 5, 2005 at 7p to hear our set.

So without further ado, our setlist:

7:03 Slender Means "Telepathic Lovesick Heart"
Slender Means is in the studio right now with Martin Feveyear, so while you can't get your hands on this track yet, expect it in the first half of 2005. Hear more Slender Means at their website, and catch them at the Crocodile Cafe when they open for Bettie Serveert on February 22nd.

7:05 The Jeunes "Time is on My Side"
Like this song? You can download it! Want more? The Jeunes have a bunch of other album and live tracks available for download on their website. The Jeunes are performing with the Catch, Infomatik, and Ms. Led at the Paradox on 2/12, and at the Imaginary Wedding on 2/20 at the Crocodile.

7:08 Tullycraft "Stowaway"
From the forthcoming Magic Marker Records release, Disenchanted Hearts Unite, Tullycraft pulls out all the stops on this song with Wedding Present-ish guitar, delicious backing vocals and a climactic drum solo. Join us in counting down to the early May release date of this album.

7:17 The Long Ranger "Burnin' (Notis Edit)"
Like the Faint? Yer gonna love the Long Ranger. This track made KEXP intern Sharlese Metcalf come bouncing into the studio and ask, "Who's the sexy band?" and made Lisa Wood crack porn jokes. Good times. The band is a brother-sister duo, and shares a member from local band the Stereo Future – hence the website address. Get ready to shake your stuff.

7:20 The Upskirts "Tube Top"
Fans of alliteration, infectious punk-pop, and tunes about articles of clothing are gonna love Tube Top Tease, the debut EP from the Upskirts.

7:23 Boat "Allergic to Us"
Boat has emailed each of the imaginary girls approximately 27 times. They once requested that we, "be the first to see our giant cardboard sailboat set sail……in the ocean of homemade rock and roll." After listening to their self-released EP Songs You Might Not Like, we were hooked on their excavation early Shins (aka Flake Music) with an art school education. We expect more email soon.

7:30 Sameer Shukla "Cheap Cheap Moon" While Sameer Shukla has yet to release, There's Only One Side Tonight yet, I bet if you email and ask him really nice, he can get you a copy. Or wait a short while — I'm sure some smart local label will scope up this pop gem soon. Fans of local band Dolour will be happy to hear Shane Tutmarc's influence on the arrangement as well as some backup vocals, if our ears don't deceive us. Catch Sameer at the Crocodile on February 8th with Graham Travis and Matthew Shaw — a stellar singer-songwriter lineup!

7:33 Key Note Speaker "In The Air"
Key Note Speaker features members from Seattle bands American School of Warsaw, and on this track they get vocal help from the amazing Jen Wood (Black Heart Procession, the Postal Service). While their album Fiction isn't quite released yet, you can listen to a track on their website, and hear them perform live on Audioasis on March 26th at 6p PST.

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Top 50 Northwest Releases of 2004: the Imaginary Readers' Poll Results {40-31}

Cantona, 3x4#40 Cantona — 3×4
(self-released)

{official website}

 

S, Puking and Crying#39 S — Puking and Crying
(Suicide Squeeze Records)

{official website} * {buy it}

 

The Girls#38 The Girls — The Girls
(Dirtnap)

{official website} * {buy it} * {tig review}

 

The Jeunes#37 The Jeunes — 4 Song EP
(self-released)

{official website} * {buy it} * {tig review}

 

Daniel G. Harmann#36 Daniel G. Harmann — The Lake Effect
(Post436 Records)

{official website} * {buy it} * {tig review}

 

Graig Markel, Tall Tales on Tape#35 Graig Markel — Tall Tales on Tape
(Sonic Boom Recordings)

{official website} * {buy it} * {tig review}

 

Mark Lanegan, Bubblegum#34 Mark Lanegan — Bubblegum
(Beggars Banquet)

{official website} * {buy it} * {tig review}

 

AC Newman, The Slow Wonder#33 A.C. Newman — The Slow Wonder
(Matador Records)

{official website} * {buy it}

 

The Blood Brothers, Crimes#32 Blood Brothers — Crimes
(V2)

{official website} * {buy it} * {tig photos}

 

Tegan and Sara, So Jealous#31 Tegan and Sara — So Jealous
(Vapor Records)

{official website} * {buy it} * {tig interview

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*Three Imaginary Girls' Buttrock vs. New Wave Rockstar Karaoke Holiday Bash*

Kick off the holiday season imaginarily with Motley Crüe, Missing Persons, and mistletoe! December 2, 2004 at Chop Suey

We all know that nothing says 'Happy Holidays' like Bon Jovi and Big Country. So, we've rolled them all together and on Thursday, December 2nd, Three Imaginary Girls will present the Buttrock vs. New Wave Rockstar Karaoke Holiday Bash at Chop Suey!

The night will feature rockstar performances by local musicians and celebrities singing their favorite Buttrock or New Wave song. Rockstar performers include members of…

  • Aqueduct
  • American School of Warsaw
  • Argo
  • The Catch
  • The Divorce
  • Dolour
  • Dorkweed
  • The Fastbacks
  • The Femurs
  • The Fitness
  • Harvey Danger
  • Hypatia Lake
  • Iron Composer
  • The Jeunes
  • Kane Hodder
  • Lila
  • Graig Markel
  • The Ruby Doe
  • Megan Seling of the Stranger
  • The Senate Arcade

Of course — in imaginary style — you won't need mistletoe to get lucky. The event will feature dangerous drink specials, John Roderick of the Long Winters as Santa Claus, and a raffle {with prizes from Sonic Boom Records, Vain, Nice Promotions, YUM YUM Records, Jade Tree Records and more!}.

Steve the Karaoke King (of Twilight Exit, Molly McGuires, and the Comet Tavern fame) will serve as KJ for the big event, which means the song selection and the sound system will both be incredible. Need further incentive? Imaginary Karaoke parties always tend to attract surprise guests, including Vendetta Red's Zach Davidson, the Posies' Jon Auer, and the Vells' Tristian Marcum. Merry Christmas to you, indie-music fan!

EVENT DETAILS
WHAT: Buttrock vs. New Wave Rockstar Karaoke Holiday Bash
WHERE: Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison
WHEN: Thursday, December 2, 2004. Doors open 9p. Open Karaoke immediately thereafter.
COST: Only $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Advance tickets available through Ticketweb

Want to find out or relive what happened last year? Check out our Buttrock Karaoke party recap!

And make sure to join us at the PRE-BASH PARTY at Vain to celebrate the opening night of ‘LIVELOUD’, the work of imaginary photographer extraordinaire, Ryan Schierling. The TIG-party pre-funk runs from 6p-9p and Three Imaginary Girls will be spinning tunes to accompany complimentary beverages. More info

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Careen Chop Suey Live Show Review The Jeunes

Careen, with the Jeunes

Careen is one of my favorite verbs, ranking right up there with postulate and sizzle. Now Careen is also one of my favorite nouns, as a great band straight outta Portland.

Performing midway through a mid-week set at Chop Suey (with Arkade, the Jeunes {see below}, and Tourist), the five guys in Careen came up I-5 and brought several howling fans with them.

My first thought was that Careen sounded like an NME "band of the week", but I couldn't figure out WHICH one. The vocals had a nicotine hum and the guitars took that American-infused British rock route. The keyboardist not only added an Atari arcade feel but a charismatic hipster-dancer swagger.

But by the third song, I finally realized who they *really* sounded like. THE STEREOPHONICS!!!! Holy cow! They sound just like the Stereophonics.

I thought they sounded like the Goo Goo Dolls meets the Rentals. It's really that keyboard tone that's bringing out their inner-Rental. And they're so serious about their music. They spent their "stage banter" time silently tuning their guitars.

Careen. Photo by Ryan Schierling. A wee bit of internet research revealed that Careen started when Andrew Grow {singer/guitarist/founder} returned from touring the world with Athens, Georgia band Vigilantes of Love.

Ready to front his own project, he founded the band in mid-2002 with longtime bandmate/guitarist Patrick Tetreault. They practiced, realized they had a good thing going on, and recruited other family members and old friends {Andrew's brother Matthew Kronbach on bass; Graeme Enkelis on keyboards; and Andy Uppendahl on drums}. Together, the Careen guys create songs that are part full-on pop, part of grassroots rock and roll. They chock it full of great hooks and quirky keyboard tickles.

The initial songs in the set sounded like well-crafted pop songs with vocals from the days of old. If it were the early-80's, they would be opening up for the Mekons

… but then they seemed to get more and more Americana on our asses as the set wore on. It sounded more like they would have spent the mid-90's opening for the Bodeans. Or maybe it's just because our friend Sunny pointed out that frontman Grow kinda looks and sounds like John Mellencamp. A lil' pink houses for you 'n me?

James Hall of the Jeunes. Photo by Ryan Schierling.My college roommate and club-going enthusiast Kristina Scott always used to say, "Anywhere you go in life, you end up at a Denny's." Because, well, it was true at the time, as Dennys was the only place in Orlando to go in the wee hours after clubbing.

For Three Imaginary Girls, it seems anywhere we go in life, we end up with the Jeunes. And it's not just igLiz, igChar and me — our other imaginary writers keep sending more, and more, and more Jeunes reviews. Jeunes, Jeunes, everwhere!

The Jeunes have been the perfect complement to any indie-rock bill. The band is just the ingredient needed to push you over the edge to go out for the night, to say, "Black Nite Crash, Infomatik, AND the Jeunes!?? Sure, I'll go!" They've been like the perfectly-browned rice pilaf that forces you to order the salmon special instead of your usual ravioli.

And now there are four — the band has added a fourth Jeune to fill in the guitar spaces — and with him, they just might go from being an extra incentive on the bill to being the sole reason for people to get their asses off the sofas and into the clubs.

David Bos of the Jeunes.This is a band where every member contributes an equal amount. Each member is a fundamental piece of the mathematical equation that fits together to become the Jeunes.

Their songs are like comfy wool sweaters — the odd green one that goes with everything and the cool funky buttons. That is the Jeunes.

Jeunes' songs have a sullen intensity that is punctuated by a relentless rhythm section. Their secret subtly lies in the detail oriented guitar and vocal flickers.

 The frail background female vocals of bassist Jaime Clapper bring a constrasting innocence to Frontman James Hall's deep-dark Dylanesque lead vocals. And of course, drummer Curtis Hall beats with such reckless frenzy that, were it possible to power a kit on pure adrenaline, his would fly to the moon and back during the set. With the addition of new guitarist David Bos, their sound has become fuller and more anthemic, with waves of jangle and intricate plucking.

In the interest of full disclosure, I must reveal that I am in love with the new guitarist. Expect monumental things.

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Live Show Review The Crocodile The Delays The Jeunes

Delays, with the Jeunes, at the Croc

After the intense heat wave that's plagued Seattle this past week, it was a true delight to go out to the perfect summer night show — Delays and The Jeunes at the Crocodile. The Jeunes kicked off the evening with their melodic rock reminiscent of The Cure {the earlier Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me years with some of the darkness of Pornography mixed in for good measure} but with Lou Reed replacing Robert Smith on vocals. Apparently this Lou Reed comparison comes up often but it's really fitting and combined with the bright British-style pop, it all makes for a lovely sound.

{Truth be told, they reminded my brother and I of another British band —not Joy Division, though I've heard that comparison as well — but unfortunately the name of said band eluded both of us during the show. I'm hoping he'll call me right now with the answer…}

A number of people wandering into the Croc during the Jeunes' set found themselves compelled to stay and listen. I'm guessing a fair number of converts were won to the Jeunes' cause this evening. These local lovelies have been playing a fair amount around town. I strongly advise you to see them at your earliest convenience.

After a brief interlude of the expected load-out/load-in variety, Delays took the stage and began to work their magic. If you've heard their debut album "Faded Seaside Glamour," a current favorite on KEXP {who, I might add, sponsored the show}, you know the basics: a lush-sounding combination of jangly guitars, psychedelic keyboards, and the fabulous "is it a boy or is it a girl?" vocal stylings of frontman Greg Gilbert.

I went in expecting a good show but Delays' live set proved to be one step beyond. They started off with a pretty, quiet tune that soon captivated the showroom. By the third song, "Nearer Than Heaven," I was won over completely. As Greg peeked out at the crowd through his blonde hair, Delays cast a spell with this luxurious midtempo song that got everyone in the room bobbing their heads straightaway.

The Crocodile afforded an intimate setting for Delays' handiwork, which belies the mellower sound of "Faded Seaside Glamour." These Southampton boys know how to rock out {think Stone Roses and Charlatans UK, among others) and they're not afraid to put on a demonstration. After debuting a few new songs {one of which, a keyboard-driven rock-out, will be appearing on a forthcoming EP}, and a celestial solo rendition of "There's Water Here" by Greg, they launched into "On," which can only be described as pure summertime radiance. The raspy croon of keyboardist Aaron Gilbert paired perfectly with his brother Greg's beautiful vocals, once again confirming my undying faith in the majesty that occurs when siblings join forces to make music together. Aaron worked double duty as a crowd cheerleader, encouraging handclapping and dancing amongst his bandmates throughout the course of the set. "You Wear The Sun" came next, a poppy but slightly aching song that evokes elation with a tinge of sorrow. A particularly rocking rendition of "Stay Where You Are" followed close on the heels of the shimmery "One Night Away." Greg concluded with a gracious adieu before they finished up with the hypnotic grandeur of "Long Time Coming."

But wait… there's more. The showgoers {myself included} hadn't had enough yet, and Delays were happy to indulge us in an all-too-brief encore, one last irrepressibly catchy song that marked the end of this enchanted evening. I most definitely plan to see them the next chance I get and you should too; the brilliance of Delays shines brightest live.

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Carlo DJ Justin Case Live Show Review Monostereo The Jeunes The Rebar

The Jeunes, with Carlo, Monostereo, and DJ Justin Case

On a recent Tuesday night at the Re-bar, I attended one of Tablet Magazine's weekly Clinics. If you aren't already in the know, Clinic showcases local talent in the form of live bands, DJs and some righteously naughty nurses. Sounded good to me.

So I hijacked my imaginary fella and we readied ourselves for some school night fun. This night's bill had Monostereo, Carlo, DJ Justin Case, and one of my local favorites, The Jeunes. And don't forget those nurses. The Naughty Nurse Brigade was there in full uniform, ready to treat any and all ailments, boo-boo's big or small.

The first trio, Monostereo, sort of snuck up on me and got started without any warning. It's quite apparent Monostereo LOVES playing music, just maybe not so much in public. At times languid, and other times urgent, Monostereo's lingeringly melodic songs are well supported by subtle rhythms. I enjoyed their set and appreciated their obvious lack of self-importance. Singer/guitarist Leah Tucker fronts the band with her richly smooth alto voice that occasionally tips with blues-inspired inflections. Backed by Damon Cleary-Erickson on bass and the very powerful drumming of Ian Curry, Monostereo displayed promising local music talent while honing their on-stage chops.

Between sets was the awesome spinner of records, DJ Justin Case. He was, in a word, rad. Not only is he Black Nite Crash's drummer (another local shoegazing favorite which in and of itself calls for a toast), but he played one my absolute favoritest bands from across the Atlantic, Clearlake. And then as if that wasn't enough, he mixed in local electro-synth band, Infomatik. So for that Marcel, err Justin, I raised my glass to you… exactly 17 times.

Second up on the bill was Carlo, a trio originally hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. Carlo meshes thumping bass lines and crashing percussion under alternately crunchy and delicate guitar for an ultra modern rock sound. Their enthusiastic set was ear shattering. Bassist Lindsay Pulsipher stomped her feet in a militaristic march, all the while pounding on her bass strings. Chad Stieg was on the other side of the stage, who one moment could be crouching low focusing intently on his guitar playing and then unexpectedly popping up to passionately sing into his mike.

Lindsay backed him up with her unique vocal styling. Between them, a drum kit pounded like there was no tomorrow by Ryan Gee. During their ferociously energetic set, it dawned on me Carlo could be the next "End" band. They are pretty and well-coifed, they are loud, and they, as Curtis from The Jeunes exclaimed, are sick.

Speaking of The Jeunes, this was the whole reason I was out on a school night. And I was damn excited. It's hard not to completely adore The Jeunes' EP Four Songs. It has been in very heavy rotation on my iTunes for about four months now — as it should be on, ahem, EVERYONE'S. Sadly, I had not been lucky enough to catch any of their shows up until this night. Anticipating their set, I was anxious to hear what was brewing in their practice space. And like the first mint julep on derby day, their nine-song set was oh-so refreshing and damn worth the wait.

Each dressed in black shirts and dark jeans, the band exuded a subtle, approachable coolness. The Jeunes deftly meld shoegaze-y distortion with a touch of British New Wave and a wedge of edgy, mid-80's prog flair that translates very well live. As if this should be surprising.

Singer/guitarist James Hall's guitar playing was thick and clean despite being plagued by some feedback, while drummer Curtis Hall crashed the shit out of his cymbals. Obviously having a blast, he hit them so hard that they would bounce four inches away from his kit, forcing between-song cymbal adjustments. All the while the lovely and stylish bassist, Jaime Clapper, would sway to the rhythm of each song.

They opened the set with a slightly dark and moody song called "Missing Person" and then launched into two songs off the EP: "It's Alright" and my favorite, "Someone Else's Friend." They then breezed through a bevy of new songs which left me awestruck and starry-eyed. "Time Is On My Side" was a rockin' tune peppered with James Brown-like howls in the background.

Later, the mesmerizing and angelic backing vocals perfectly hovered over a more gravelly-dreamy-voiced, James on "Who Do You Love?" This song also had some stellar guitar distortion and oddly workable use of maracas. They wrapped up the set with "What You Do To Me," a blistering love song that left my ears ringing until the next morning. It was exactly the climactic finish the evening needed. The Jeunes did not disappoint and all the more reason why I continue to adore them.

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Record Review Self-released The Jeunes

Four Songs

In 1985, you may have had a progressive, older sister. Because of her innate coolness, she had no time for you and your teenage nonsense. But sometimes, when she felt you deserved it, she would award you with poorly made tapes of exceptional music. It was sickening really, because you were still living at home in high school — loving the one Psychedelic Furs tape she provided just a little too frequently, all the while cursing her selfishness by not bringing you more (Later you would learn that, at the time, said sister was indeed selfish, but also quite broke — duh! she used up her allowance finding more music). It annoyed you that she was away at school, always scoring music so "street" it actually made you fantasize about SAT scores and college applications in 9th grade study hall. Lucky dog, you thought. Oh, the power she could wield.

If this relationship dynamic still held true today, most assuredly the Jeunes: Four Songs would be one of the gems she would pass along. This is music that reminds you of a time you would have done pretty much anything to be clued in to something great. The Jeunes' music is dreamy in an early- to mid-80s British/New Wave sort of way, yet quite comfortably anchored in the 21st century. The aptly named EP is the stellar debut of this Seattle trio, comprised of James Hall, Jaime Clapper, and Curtis Hall. With James on guitar, Jaime playing bass and Curtis handling both drums and keys, all three contribute vocals for a rich, often harmonious sound. Their bio cites likenesses to Joy Division, the Creation, Opal and the Kinks, among others. It's mildly dark, guitar-driven, melodic, and again, very dreamy rock — especially the last track, "Someone Else's Friend." There are obvious nods toward melancholy without making you want to fling yourself off the Ship Canal Bridge in the middle of a Seattle winter. The music is hook-laden, lush and timeless. After a few listens, you will be utterly smitten with this band. Perhaps the only complaint is the CD's brevity (11 minutes, 48 seconds).

The Jeunes' Four Songs EP will make you long for the drives to see the elder sister at college. It will make you want to stare vacantly out the back seat window with your 14-year-old eyes, the Walkman cranked up to 10, planning your college career around all the great discoveries you will make at the record shops. Special note to the Jeunes: I want more!