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The Thermals – “Canada”

This week the world turns its attention to our northernly neighbor for Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics. Not everyone’s enthused. While the Thermals’ one-off ode to Canada has no direct relation or reference to the world’s most celebrated international pissing contest, that pissing contest is having its Opening Ceremonies in three days, and as if o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 9, 2010 - 4:43 pm

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie bands (and a few hip-hop luminaries) put on a much larger mountain festival in Morrison, Colorado. In its third year Monolith delivered rain from the get-go, but that only served… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Fuck Yeah Fest 2009 In Photos

In its sixth year, Fuck Yeah Fest had the explicit intention of benefitting California’s state parks, and implicit intention of scaring away media outlets afraid of things with “Fuck” in the title. (Well OK: this year did bring the family friendly name change to FYF Fest, which is pronounced Fuck Yeah Fest Fest I think.)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Capitol Hill Block Party 2009 In Photos

This past weekend, Seattle roped off a couple of blocks on Pike Street to host the Capitol Hill Block Party, inviting everyone from Sonic Youth to Micachu to the Jesus Lizard to help fill out a strong roster of artists. And Speaking of Yow’s iconic band: 13 years ago the Jesus Lizard played the city… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 27, 2009 - 4:23 pm

The Thermals @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 5/11/09

There are some great things about seeing a band like the Thermals. For one, you know you’re gonna see at least twenty of your favorite The Thermals songs in one night. And even at a less-than-sold-out show that was a late-add to a pair of sold-out gigs Friday and Saturday, tired crowd and tired band,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 12, 2009 - 10:16 am

New Thermals Video – “Now We Can See”

The title track to the Thermals’ Now We Can See is an incessantly catchy pop anthem about progression, evolution, realization, etc., and there is no better way to play on the concept of enlightenment than filming your band in various shades of visibility. OK maybe there are better ways, but still the Thermals stay with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 7, 2009 - 5:07 pm

SXSW 2009: Friday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
On Friday we shook off the early-morning cobwebs and made a beeline to the Pitchfork/Windish Bash in time to catch the last couple tracks by psychedelic post-Vanishing Voice Brooklynites Woods on the outside stage (as far as labels go, this was undeniably the year of the Woodsist) and SchoolMore »

By: brandon / March 22, 2009 - 12:09 pm

Hold Steady, Thermals, Ra Ra Riot To Play Rachael Ray’s Second SXSW Showcase

As we previously reported, the feisty foodie is returning to Austin this year for her second awkwardly titled (and conceptualized) SXSW showcase: Rose’s Mojito and Rachael Ray’s Feedback: The B-Side. It takes place 3/21 at Maggie Mae’s with the Hold Steady, the New York Dolls (!), Bob Schneider, the Airborne Toxic Event, Ra Ra Riot,… More »

By: brandon / February 26, 2009 - 4:41 pm

New Thermals – “Now We Can See”

The bouncy Portland trio recently gave us a Progress Report about their forthcoming forth album Now We Can See that included a look at the album art, insights from ever caffeinated Hutch Harris, and a listen to the demo of Now’s “When I Was Afraid.” Adding to our Thermals stockpile, now we can hear the… More »

By: brandon / February 10, 2009 - 2:20 pm

The Thermals Report On Menomena’s Progress

In response to yesterday’s Progress Report on the Thermals and their forthcoming Kill Rock Stars release Now We Can See, Kathy of the Thermals checked in with her own progress report on the men of Menomena, their solo pursuits, and the status of a Friend And Foe followup. See it here. Thanks Kathy. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 21, 2009 - 9:36 am

Progress Report: The Thermals

NAME: The Thermals
PROGRESS REPORT: Releasing their fourth LP, Now We Can See, on April 7 (Kill Rock Stars). Recorded at Supernatural Sound in Oregon City.

Portland’s Thermals have released three LPs of consistently great punk rock. The changes between them have been of degrees: on each album they get a little more polished,… More »

By: Jessica / January 20, 2009 - 2:25 pm

MTV Lets Us Know Portland Has Bands, Basements, Rain, Trees

Echoing Slate’s out-of-date Portland exposé from this past fall, MTV’s followed the momentum of their Brooklyn 2008 piece with a feature on PDX. What we learn: There are a lot of bands who live there, it’s still relatively cheap, it rains, there are coffee shops (one of which used to employ the Thermals’ Hutch Harris). More »

By: brandon / July 16, 2008 - 3:43 pm

Highlights From The Thermals’ Karaoke Experience @ Studio B

That New York x New York karoake redux thing happened last night in Brooklyn, this time swapping of Montreal for the Thermals as the event’s house band, and honestly, we were at home pausing our TiVOs to try and get a better look at Jacob’s rocking chair. (Click here to find out who it wa… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 1, 2008 - 3:33 pm

Indie Rock Karaoke, Starring The Thermals

Once again, the New York x New York crew are taking over Studio B in Brooklyn for a one-night-only karaoke extravaganza. Last time, of course, is already the stuff of legend, an epic evening which featured the indefatigable and frighteningly versatile of Montreal as house band (one of our favorite shows of ’07, in fact). More »

By: Stereogum / January 10, 2008 - 6:34 pm

New Thermals Video – “Returning To The Fold”

Malkmus approved politico Sub Pop punk pop maestro Hutch Harris continues to make good use of his time beyond the barista counter, shooting videos for last year’s excellent The Body, The Blood, The Machine in single-colored rooms. “Pillar Of Salt” was a white room (with no curtains), “Returning To The Fold” is (mostly) a green-scree… More »

By: Stereogum / November 28, 2007 - 9:26 am

Quit Your Day Job: The Thermals

Reporting live from SXSW, a/k/a the place where indie-rock dreams come true (or die in front of a half-filled room), I figured it made sense to present a longtime worker who not so long ago left his 9-5 gig. Yes, Hutch Harris, that ebullient, politically (and, turns out, caffeine-charged) vocalist/guitarist of the Thermals can also… More »

By: brandon / March 14, 2007 - 2:15 pm

Malkmus On Shins, Smiths, Thermals, Mullets

Stephen had a chat with Seattle’s The Stranger, touching on northwestern bands, cities, and fashion styles. Some thoughts on the region’s music (via LHB):What about Portland’s music scene?
There’s stuff going on, you know. There’s all varieties. I’m not totally privileged to know. There’s the Kingdom and the Get Hustle. I like this band, the… More »

By: Stereogum / January 18, 2007 - 12:34 pm

Stereogum Does CMJ: Brooklyn Vegan Day Party

We made it to the second of three parties thrown during CMJ by our good friend Dave, who did an outstanding job making our lives easier by booking our favorite bands and putting them under the same roof for the day; see, we like to take it nice and lazy. Vegan’s second show at Fontana’… More »

By: Stereogum / November 6, 2006 - 4:33 am

Stereogum Does CMJ: Sub Pop Showcase @ Bowery Ballroom

While we were being blown away/surprised/disappointed/nostalgic at Mercury Lounge, our friend Abbey Braden was one of the many troopers that turned up at the 7PM door opening to Sub Pop’s much-hyped Bowery showcase. The bill was solid top to bottom, featuring one of our favorite acts (The Thermals), one of the marathon’s most talked about… More »

By: Stereogum / November 6, 2006 - 3:28 am