In The Mix: Pure Bathing Culture

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Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman have been making music together for several years. They played with Andy Cabic in the band Vetiver for a while where they began to connect musically before going on to play shows as Pure Bathing Culture. They got a lot of attention back in 2013 with the release of their debut album Moon Tides, a beautiful, chilled-out dream-pop record. Leading the way was the song “Pendulum.”

 


The Portland duo describe the music on Moon Tides as what came naturally to them when they wrote together. But on their new album, Pray For Rain, they knew they wanted to step out of the box and approach writing and recording differently than they had in the past. They chose the right guy for job, enlisting the acclaimed producer and engineer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, The Walkmen, Sarah Jaffe) to help take their music in a new direction. They recently released the album’s title track and right off the bat we hear a change in sound, with the up-beat drum samples and wall of swirling synths and guitars that comes tumbling in. Versprille is also sounding more confident than ever on “Pray For Rain.” Listen below, and keep your ear out for new music from Pure Bathing Culture on WTMD.

Pray For Rain comes out 10/23 on Partisan.

 

The Shadow- Sept. 1st

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The original artist was a pop group from the Isle of Man. At their core, the group consisted of three brothers, only one of them is left, and today he turns 69 years old. So the song is perfectly appropriate, and even more so, since it’s used for the rhythm when being taught to perform…

K&S Associates

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Foreign Car Repair, Maintenance and Body Shop Located on Falls Road in Hampden, we opened our doors in 1979, and since then, we’ve grown to become one of the largest independent automobile maintenance and repair facilities in the Baltimore area. Whether you need a pre-purchase inspection, a factory-scheduled maintenance or a major engine and collision…

The Shadow- Aug. 31st

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The original artist is a Long Island rock band that had their most influential and widespread hit with this song. It was used appropriately in the 1979 slasher classic Halloween. It’s also been parodied with Will Ferrell playing the most important instrument in the song. The Shadow artist is an LA based singer/songwriter that did…

The Saturday Alternative: 08-29-15

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This week on The Saturday Alternative, we rocked out with brand new music from The Dead Weather, The Fratellis and Australian punk rockers Royal Headache. We heard a catchy new single from Emily Haines and Metric, and had some fun with with the energetic Baltimore band, Sun Club. They just signed to ATO Records and…

Win a Pair of 4-Day Passes to Lockn’ Festival

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Anyone that makes a donation by midnight on September 3rd is entered to win a pair of 4-day general admission tickets to Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, VA – September 10th – 13th This year’s lineup includes: • Robert Plant • Tedeschi Trucks Band • Phil Lesh & Friends with Carlos Santana • Widespread Panic •…

Weekend on the Radio Aug. 27th – 30th

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Time to make your plans with Sam and Don. It’s Weekend on the Radio, made possible by Live Baltimore. There’s the Charm City Mods vs. Rockers event. There’s also a wizard at AVAM, Silversun Pickups and oysters in Fells. Plus the All Mighty Senators are at BWI, The Fleshtones are at the Patterson, and the…

The Shadow- Aug. 27th

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The original artist asks you a question with this song. And the answer is “yes”. This 1958 song was the biggest hit for this San Francisco soul singer. The song has been Shadowed dozens of times; Cliff Richard and the Shadows, The Beach Boys, John Lennon, Dave Edmunds, and more. Including the artist today, that…

In The Mix: Gospel Machine

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  Minneapolis quintet Gospel Machine describe themselves as a “garage gospel” band. Their music brings to mind some of the greats, like Otis Redding and Sharon Jones, and it’s that garage-grit and attitude, along with frontwoman Jayanthi Kyle’s stunning vocals, that make their sound so authentic. We’ve taken notice here at WTMD, and we think…

The Shadow- Aug 26th

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The original artist is an indie project from Seattle and they are not delivering your mail, despite the name. They did “give up” a great album in 2003, and this song comes from that one and only album, and I guess it’s about what happens when our bodies finally go. And I can’t spell the…

In The Mix: Boy & Bear

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  We’ve been fans of Aussie band Boy and Bear since 2011, when we first heard their smooth and infectious, emotionally driven indie-folk rock. Their debut album, Moonfire, swept the ARIA Awards that year, winning them five awards out of seven nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Group. Their song “Feeding Line” was…

The Shadow- Aug. 25th

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The original artist put out this career defining album 40 years ago today. We are going to take the title track, a love letter to a gal named Wendy. The Shadow artist is a group of Liverpudlians that went all the way to 90038 in 1984 with their monster debut, “Welcome To The Pleasuredome”, where…

The Shadow- Aug. 24th

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The original artist was a poor little fool and the son of Ozzie and Harriet. The song today is a sad one about a broken-hearted village, or maybe a similar state. The Shadow artist was a part of a fabulous foursome. He does this version on his 1999 album of mostly covers called “Run Devil…

The Saturday Alternative: Playlist 08-22-15

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 This week on The Saturday Alternative, we dove right in with a wildly impressive new song from Diane Coffee, the solo project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming. We hit the dance floor with exciting new music from Disclosure, who are set to release their highly anticipated followup to 2013’s Settle, and we got moving to a…

The Shadow- Aug. 21st

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The original artist was Johnny Darrell in 1967. But the original artist today made the song into a hit in 1969. He turns 77 today. The song is about a paralyzed veteran’s wife that leaves him at home alone. The Shadow artist has it, and eats it too. And it’s not rotisserie chicken. They put…

In The Mix: Them Vibes

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The secret’s out on Nashville five-piece Them Vibes. Since forming a couple years ago, they’ve been tearing up the Nashville and Austin underground with their raw and sweaty rock’n’roll and energetic live shows. Now, with the gritty sway and swagger of their new single “Mamma’s Got A Secret,” they seem ready to take over the…