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Sasquatch! Adds Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen & More

Washington’s Sasquatch! Music Festival just announced a list of late additions to the 2015 lineup. Sleater-Kinney, Madeon, AlunaGeorge, Angel Olsen, Kaytranada, Goldlink, Hanni El Khatib, Mother Mother, Said The Whale, THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, Acapulco Lips, Otieno Terry, Aparna Nancherla, Sara Schaefer, Hunter Hunted, Slow Bird, and Sisters and Unlikely Friends will now join the extensive… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 30, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Stream THEESatisfaction EarthEE

On their new album EarthEE, the Seattle duo THEESatisfaction have put together a form of avant-rap that draws from spoken word and astral jazz, explicitly asserting its place within black music’s Afro-futurist tradition. The album, the official follow-up to the 2012 effort awE NaturalE, features a lot of collaborations with the group’s hometown allies i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 16, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Solange Enlists Beyoncé, Dave Longstreth, Ariel Rechtshaid, A-Trak To Reflect On D’Angelo’s Voodoo

January 25 marked the 15th anniversary of D’Angelo’s seminal Voodoo. Its follow-up, Black Messiah, dropped out of nowhere back in December and it’s a total masterpiece. If anything, it underscores Voodoo’s well-established greatness. Solange’s label, Saint Records, published an homage to Voodoo on the site Saint Heron, asking for musicians to contribute a few word… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 1:31 pm

THEESatisfaction – “EarthEE” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray, & Erik Blood)

It wouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that bleeding edge rap duo THEESatisfaction hail from Seattle. They share a similar cosmic aesthetic with labelmates and occasional collaborators Shabazz Palaces, and are fellow members of the avant-garde collective Black Constellation. “EarthEE” is the title track off THEESatisfaction’s forthcoming record, and it features cameos from Porter Ray and… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 3, 2015 - 11:16 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I took the last two Fridays off work, so this column actually covers the last three weeks of music videos. You’d think that we’d be looking at an absolute murderers’ row of selections here. Nope. No single segment of the entertainment industry went into a deeper holiday slump than music videos. I don’t know what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015 - 11:51 am

THEESatisfaction – “Recognition” Video

Seattle avant-rap duo THEESatisfaction’s video for “Recognition,” the half-chanted first single from their forthcoming EarthEE album, places the group within a historical black-bohemian continuum. The song was already a community affair, with contributions from contemporaries Shabazz Palaces and Erik Blood. But the video takes things further. In the clip, the members of the group visit… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2015 - 1:39 pm

THEESatisfaction – “Recognition” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces & Erik Blood)

Seattle art-rap duo THEESatisfaction are nearly three years from releasing their debut album awE NaturalE, though they’ve given us the odd EP or mixtape since then. But the official follow-up is now ready to go. The duo co-produced the sophomore LP EarthEE with Seattle multi-instrumentalist Erik Blood, another name in the city’s way out black-bohemia… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2014 - 11:51 am

Stream THEESatisfaction and that’s your time EP

The expansive Seattle art-rap duo THEESatisfaction tend to stay a lot busier than their friends and frequent collaborators Shabazz Palaces, who still haven’t offered any indication as to if or when they’ll follow up Black Up. THEESatisfaction just posted a new EP called and that’s your time on their Bandcamp page. The eight short song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 8, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Download THEESatisfaction Loves Anita Baker Mixtape

THEESatisfaction, the proudly bohemian Seattle rap duo who followed their buddies and frequent collaborators Shabazz Palaces to sign with Sub Pop, have a new EP-length mixtape floating around the internet this morning. It’s called THEESatisfaction Loves Anita Baker, and it’s done, at least in part, as a tribute to the ’80s quiet storm queen Baker. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 4, 2012 - 10:47 am

Sasquatch! 2012 In Photos

Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival took place over the weekend, a heavy-hitting four day lineup featuring people like Jack White, St. Vincent. Bon Iver, Beck, Sanitgold, the Shins, Feist, Metric and dozens more. Stereogum contributor Alex Crick was on hand to behold and snap some great shots. Check out his gallery up top. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Corban took over for me on this column last week because I went down to Asheville, North Carolina to experience Actionfest, a film festival dedicated entirely to movies where people get kicked in the face or stabbed with broken glass. After four straight days of that, I’m still in something of a bloody-eyeball daze, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2012 - 2:15 pm

THEESatisfaction – “QueenS” Video

Seattle duo THEESatisfaction’s awE naturalE is one of the year’s best debuts, a funky, fresh record that explores choppy R&B textures. Here’s the video for the single “QueenS,” a colorful clip that takes place during an all-female house party. The versatile dream hampton directs. Watch below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 18, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Stream THEEsatisfaction awE NaturalE

We’ve already heard a couple of joints from abstract R&B outfit THEEsatisfaction’s debut LP, “QueenS” and “Enchantruss,” the latter of which featured collaborator Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces. Head to NPR to hear it. awE NaturalE is out 3/27 on Sub Pop. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 20, 2012 - 1:18 pm

THEESatisfaction – “Enchantruss” (Feat. Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces)

Last month, futuristic R&B outfit THEESatisfaction put out their first single from their forthcoming Sub Pop debut, the chirping “QueenS.” Today, they posted another track from awE naturalE, the hypnotic “Enchantruss,” a song that features a verse from collaborator Shabazz Palaces (THEESatisfaction appeared on his “Swerve …” from last year’s Black Up). Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 1, 2012 - 10:44 am

THEESatisfaction – “QueenS”

The Shabazz Palaces-affiliated outfit THEESatisfaction, made up of Seattle’s Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, is set to release their new album awE naturalE in March. For the price of an e-mail address, you can download that LP’s first single, the chirping, thumping “QueenS.” Hit the widget below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 3, 2012 - 12:18 pm