Archive for the ‘Pickwick’ Category

The end of the year marks a great opportunity for reflection. For a music enthusiast, it’s a perfect excuse to make a list of my top albums and songs of the year. This was relatively challenging for me. I tend to think and live very much in the moment. I get swept up in what’s going on around me right now. And for this exercise I had to abandon, for a second, what was playing in the moment, and reflect on what had been playing over the course of the past 12 months. I am not sure I entirely succeeded. But, alas, below I present to you my top 20 songs and top 11 albums of 2011!

Top 20 Songs of 2011

20. Long Days, Fast Years by Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers

19. Someone Like You by Adele

18. Another by The White Album

17. Kiss Quick by Matt Nathanson

16. If I Wanted Someone by Dawes

15. Eagle’s Nest by Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps

14. Café Lights by Hey Marseilles

13. Everything (Overture) by Chris Bathgate

12. Anyhow… by Tyler Lyle

11. The Nature of Our Kind by Vandaveer

10. We Will All Be Changed by Seryn

9. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

8. Down In The Valley by The Head and the Heart

7. Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

6. New York by Blind Pilot

5. Old Pine by Ben Howard

4. Blackout by Pickwick

3. 1957 by Milo Greene

2. Beggar In The Morning by The Barr Brothers

1. Honey Jars by Bryan John Appleby


Top 11 Albums

11. Gift Horse by Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers

10. 21 by Adele

9. Ashes and Fire by Ryan Adams

8. Dig Down Deep by Vandaveer

7. The Golden Age & The Silver Girl by Tyler Lyle

6. The Barr Brothers by The Barr Brothers

5. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars

4. Fire On The Vine by Bryan John Appleby

3. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

2. The Head and The Heart by The Head and The Heart

1. We Are The Tide by Blind Pilot


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I’m not sure any words can do justice the absolute perfection that is the 2011 Doe Bay Session finale with Pickwick. So for now, I’ll let the video and music speak for itself…

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A change is gonna come

Last week Pickwick released a stellar music video of Blackout, recorded acapella in the library of University of Washington. Within hours the video had received over 2,400 hits. This, for a band that has not yet released a full album. That gives you some indication of how huge these guys are going to be.

Galen Disston and his crew belt out passionate soul music, with a pop-rock spin. Not the usual for the Pacific Northwest, which is spitting out indie-folk bands daily (see The Head and The Heart, Fleet Foxes, Hey Marseilles, Blind Pilot and others). Pickwick started along a similar path of these bands, dabbling in the folk scene. But after struggling to compete in a flooded indie/folk market and after a moment of inspiration from Sam Cooke, the band experimented with a wholly different sound. Pickwick reinvented itself around the talents of Disston, whose stunning, unchained vocals have carried the band to local fame.

Between 2010 and 2011, Pickwick recorded and released three EPs, Myths, Vol. 1-3, which have received acclaim in the Seattle music scene. Pickwick played a set at Doe Bay Festival, a music festival set on Washington State’s picturesque Orcas Island, in August, where they were joined by enthusiastic fans singing and dancing along (witness the magic here). They played at Bumbershoot, performed live on KEXP, Seattle’s famous radio station, and saw Hacienda Motel make it to KEXP’s Song Of The Day. This past year has seen the growth and development of a band poised to explode onto the main stage.

They are truly a dancing and singing band. It’s nearly impossible to listen to any of their songs without at least tapping your foot or bopping your head; more often than not I find myself getting caught full-on dancing to their rootsy tunes by a coworker. It’s so worth it.

Though they haven’t made it to the East coast yet, I am anxiously awaiting their arrival in New York City and the release of their highly anticipated debut album. In the meantime, purchase Myths, Vol. 1-3 and feel free to let yourself go a little–it improves the listening experience.

Here are a few of my very favorites jams:


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