Radio Phoenix Podcast: Jason Woodbury

jason woodbury 001Mr. Jason Woodbury joined us in the war room that is the Radio Phoenix Studios and together we hashed out a musical takeover of epic proportions. OK, so that didn’t actually happen but we did discuss local music past and present. He also brought down some killer AZ tracks which we happily played over the internet airwaves and, as always, the complete playlist can be found below.

Now then, make sure to tune in every first and third Wednesday of the month at 7 PM for The YabYum Hour, only on radiophoenix.org.

Complete Playlist:

Billy Sedlmayr “Pan American Highway Blues”

koleżanka “Snow Cone Summer/Flyfishing”

Eric Bachmann/Jon Rauhouse “Camille”

A Technicolor Yawn “Blankets”

The Beans “Empty Shoes”

Karima Walker “We’ve Been Here Before”

Howe Gelb & Lonna Kelley “Terribly So”

Vernon Wray “Lonely Son”

Rainer “The Oasis”

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Recorded live on March 1, 2017

YabYum 2016 Awards Recap

2016 awardsAlrighty gang, this wraps up our 2016 Awards portion of the year. A big thanks to everyone who came out to the Awards Show at the Trunk Space last night. We will now continue to cover all the new shit. More local, national, and international music coverage is on the way. Stay tuned…

steph 000 acoustic 00 things that hologram 00 sugar skull explosion no volcano reformatting snakes 00 foster family band breaking up ohioan 00 soundtrack 00 saddles 000 red tank impossible animals 00 huckleberry 000 bear ghost featured snake river blues 000 phoenix afrobeat 000 karima 000 fairy 00 happy plaza 000 best indie pop lando chill 000 top 20 singles 2016 00 best live band top 20 music videos 000 nanami 000

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Previous YabYum Awards Recaps:

2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

The Songbird Award: Karima Walker

karima 000The only thing that competes with Karima Walker’s stunning song construction is her heart-stirring voice. Walker unveiled Hands in Our Names, recorded at Five Thirteen Recording, back in June and the limited edition cassette already sold out.

Senior editor Carly Schorman wrote of the album, “Combining elements of drone and folk, Walker crafts layers of sound that can have an eerie effect on the listener, like a half-remembered dream or half-forgotten lover.” And, of Walker’s vocal layers, she wrote, “the juxtaposition of Walker’s ethereal voice against the rough, occasionally grating (gently grating, never overly-grating) effects, creates an interesting aural relationship – one that I could spend hours entrenched in.”

Hands in Our Names is experimental and beautiful in the same breath. Karima Walker’s entrancing voice lends itself to the minimal production in such a way as to give it substance beyond its structure. If you haven’t done so already, spend some time with Hands in Our Names by Karima Walker below…

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Original review of Hands In Our Names by Karima Walker

Previous Songbird Award Winners:

2015: Anamieke of Treasurefruit
2014: Laura Kepner-Adney
2013: Ann Seletos & Lonna Kelly of Cherie Cherie
2012: Kristina Moore

For the Record: Hands In Our Names by Karima Walker

karima walkerby Carly Schorman
Senior Editor

Tucson’s Karima Walker recently released a hauntingly beautiful album, Hands in Our Names. Combining elements of drone and folk, Walker crafts layers of sound that can have an eerie effect on the listener, like a half-remembered dream or half-forgotten lover.

There is a strong push toward minimalism on the album that I love. And, the juxtaposition of Walker’s ethereal voice against the rough, occasionally grating (gently grating, never overly-grating) effects, creates an interesting aural relationship – one that I could spend hours entrenched in. Thankfully, Hands in Our Names has twelve rich tracks in which to submerge your ears.

Karima Walker was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to discuss the album, her upcoming tour, and what’s next for her musically.

YabYum: I love the way you so seamlessly fuse drone and folk. I would imagine you have a disparate group of influences. What are some of the musicians you listen to? Or some traditions you draw on for your own work?

Karima Walker: Thank you! I was listening to Linda Perphacs, Bill Callahan, John Luther Adams, Eliane Radigue, and Will Oldham’s album from a few years ago, Wolfroy Goes to Town. That one has been swimming around in my head for a while. Masters of fullness and quietness. Then last year I saw Holly Herndon and that changed my life. I have spent a fair amount of time in the Americana/folk tradition but in moving back to Tucson a few years ago, I was re-exposed to metal a little bit. I joined Human Behavior last year, that project has been great for getting weird. I also am responding to a singer-songwriter tradition.

I see you came up to the Valley to record your new project at 513 Recording. What led you to that choice?

I first recorded at 513 with the Wanda Junes a couple years ago. I loved working with Catherine and Dominic, so I came back.

Can you tell me a little bit about the construction of this album? Did you enter the studio with a clear idea of what the song (or album) would ultimately sound like or was the process a little more organic within the studio setting?

I had the album almost completely assembled when I came in, but it was on all these different planes: paper, tapes arranged or stacked in the sequence I desired, [or] in Ableton, as one huge session. I knew I’d want to add some things or possibly re-record some pieces in the studio, but I had a good sense of what I wanted going into it.

kwalkerYou’ve worked with a number of musical projects out of Tucson. Would you mind naming some endeavors where people might have heard your work before?

I’ve been in Human Behavior for about a year and a half now, I was in the Wanda Junes for about 2 years, I sang a little on Ohioan’s most recent album, as well as Jesse Allen’s project, Bitters McAllen.

I hear you’re heading out on tour. Would you mind giving me the rundown on that? How many cities in how many days? Have you toured before – either with bands or for your solo work?

Yes, I’ve toured before- solo and with other bands, most extensively with Human Behavior. I was out for 30 days solo last spring and this year I figured I could do longer, so I started on June 30th and will finish at the end of August. I book for everyday, knowing that shows will fall through and if everything I’m working on right now comes through, that will be about 45 shows in 60 days? Whew!

What musicians helped you with the album?

Dominic Armstrong played drums on a couple songs and Adam Frumhoff played trombone on some too.

What’s next for you? Are you planning on taking a break after tour? Or are you always working on new songs?

A break of sorts! I’ll hopefully have found a place to live and resettle in Tucson. As much as I love touring, after a big push to get this record out and shared, I’m already missing the work of writing.

I am doing just about all of it on my own, and each piece, writing and gathering, recording & arranging, art concepts, determining and directing the physicality of the record, tour, publishing – each step is really different and so it’s kind of like having a garden that’s just the right size. Once one muscle gets tired, hopefully it’s time to move on to the next piece of work.

I think the new stuff may come easier than this last record! This album is still very much alive for me, and I believe that is proving to be inspiring for how I move forward.

5 Mellow Singles

mellow singles 00by Carly Schorman
Senior Editor

Karima Walker

Lullaby

Ever have one of those days where every song sounds the same? That was my day and then I heard “Lullaby” from Tucson’s Karima Walker. The song had a way of soothing my weary soul (and ears). Mellow and meditative, “Lullaby” is just that, a lullaby. Not the kind you sing your child to sleep with, but maybe. Walker creates soundscapes as painters create landscapes. Her songs belong in a gallery. Drift away with “Lulllaby” then stick around to listen to more offerings from Karima Walker.

Michelle Blades

Te Recuerdo Amanda

You might be thinking, didn’t Michelle Blades move to Paris? Yes, she did, but she often visits and on one such trip she recorded this breathtaking number with Phoenix’s own Eamon Ford this past May. “Te Recuerdo Amanda” is a cover of a Victor Jara song and Michelle Blades brings her own experimental undertones to this rendition. This track is a must-hear single. Listen to it. Listen to it now. And, if you missed her last performance at The Trunk Space, you missed out. Let’s hope this globe trotter has plans on another pass through Phoenix sometime soon.

Saydi

“Lavender Ghost”

If Saydi’s been around since 2010, how come I’m only discovering her now? How did this not get to us through the appropriate channels? Considering this is her first single, I will allow it to pass, but we should have been told. Tempe’s Saydi creates a dreamy dancepop that is totally enamoring on “Lavender Ghost”. If this single is any indication of what’s to come, I would keep an eye (or ear) on Saydi.

Scattered Melodies

Legacy

For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Scattered Melodies (for shame), the “band” is actually the musical pairing of Josh Montag (percussion) and Jake Johnston (bass) and a variable cast of musical guests from the local music scene. For their latest single, “Legacy”, Scattered Melodies joined forces with Laura Hamlin (vocals) and Jack Howell (piano/guitar/strings). Josh Montag wrote this song for his mother and debuted it at his wedding for the mother-son dance. If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you are cold, downright cold. The song is a divergence from the band’s usual hippie groove to something a little more sentimental. Give it a listen.

gillwire

Tragedy Sells

The coffee-pop act known as gillwire is the brainchild of Jonathan Gil Thwaits. The Chandler band is preparing for the impending release of their debut album by sharing a few rough cuts including the single, “Tragedy Sells”. Combining Ben Folds-esque vocal stylings with an airy alt-pop. Don’t let the name of the track fool you, “Tragedy Sells” is an upbeat number with a bit of lyrical bite. Keep in mind, these tracks are unmastered, but they offer a little sampling of what’s to come. For the finished product, you’ll have to head to Sozo Coffee in Chandler on July 8th (or wait for the digital release).