. : : June 13th, 2012 : : .
Have I mentioned recently on this blog how much I love Rocky Votolato? Well, I do.
I also love KEXP, a great radio station out of Seattle, WA, that seems to have the absolute best taste in music, and throws huge support behind some great north-eastern bands, such as Death Cab For Cutie, The Long Winters, David Bazan, and, yes, even Rocky Votolato.
Each of the aforementioned bands have performed multiple times in-studio for KEXP radio, and the station’s website allows archived streaming in both compressed and uncompressed formats. Wait! Uncompressed formats you say!? Yes, every foreign taper’s wet dream: a radio station featuring awesome artists performing excellent songs recorded professionally and made available streaming FOR FREE in the highest quality possible, no matter where you are in the world!
I love Rocky Votolato, and I love KEXP. So, obviously, when they come together, beautiful things happen. And although the performance is archived online, the lossless formats are only archived for a couple of weeks, and the lossy formats are only available streaming. I have captured the lossless stream for your on-going perusal, and (so as not to transcode), made my own lossless conversion of the material downloadable as offline device-friendly MP3s.
This performance is notable not only for the songs, but also for featuring accompaniment by Rocky’s brother, Cody Votolato, who has been featured elsewhere on this blog as a member of Telekinesis. If that wasn’t enough, the interview drops a couple of particularly interesting tidbits about Rocky’s latest disc, Television of Saints, including that the album was written and recorded in a professional studio with a full band, mixed, and in the process of mastering before Rocky scrapped the completed work for the quieter, acoustic singer-songwriter approach we now know the album to be.
This is a definite must-have for Rocky Votolato fans. If you’ve read this far, what are you waiting for? This tape’s for you.
02. Little Spring
04. Fool’s Gold
08. Crooked Arrows
Insurmountable mountains of thank yous to everyone at the wonderful KEXP Radio in Seattle, and Rocky and Cody Votolato for their performance.