Thao’s been a favorite around here since her beautiful contribution to last year’s Kill Rock Stars compilation The Sound The Hare Heard, prompting us to dig up her debut full-length Like The Linen. That title has meaning; she spent her high school years working at her mom’s laundromat in a D.C. suburb, passing time between customers playing her acoustic. (She credits her intricate fingerpicking to “years of laundry oragami.”)

Now it’s time for a Kill Rock Stars debut. We are psyched. And in love with this song. No evidence of her Linen years, at least not in the acoustic attack; Thao’s strumming it out on “Beat (Health, Fire, And Life),” bringing full band and a brass section to her rich vocals and the tune’s lilting melody. And she’s got revealing couplets to spare: “How can you stand it / When I run, when I run like a bandit / I wear him like a habit / In the lining of my jacket.”

We Brave Bee Stings And All is out 1/29/08 on Kill Rock Stars. For those needing a primer, here are some oldies and very goodies, starting with her The Sound The Hare Heard track:

And there’s this…

Make sure to grab “Hills” and “Moped” here, and listen to more at MySpace.

Thao tour:
11/08 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
11/09 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Puck

Comments (4)
  1. Dave  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2007 0

    awesome! love it!

  2. Sophia  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2007 0

    Good stuff.

  3. Kid  |   Posted on Nov 6th, 2007 0

    I can’t enough of it… I needs it in me iPod!

  4. amy  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2007 0

    seeing this in your heavy rotation every day makes me so damn jealous. can’t. wait. two. months.

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