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Top Five Fridays: Genders

January 10, 2014

Hey Folks,

Welcome to the first ever edition of “Top Five Fridays,” where I draft people far cooler than myself to share some of the happening jams they’ve been rocking out to lately! The plan behind this whole thing is to provide YOU dear reader with the maximum bang for your buck! You get introduced to an artist that I think you should totally dig, plus you can explore all the wonderful music that they love!  All I can say folks is that we’re coming out SWINGING with this first installment, as this week I got to work with Portland outfit Genders, a band whose 2013 release  “Get Lost” ranks HIGH on my favorite music of last year.

Genders photo by Shannon Wolf

Genders photo by Shannon Wolf

The opening of Genders’ band bio is almost disarmingly modest: “Genders is a four-piece casual rock and roll band from Portland, Ore.  Finding a balance between shredding your clothes off and weeping softly in the corner, Genders’ performance will move you.”  Don’t let the description as “causal” throw you though,  “Get Lost” is a wonderfully confident record, both beautifully recorded and expertly sequenced, with tracks coasting effortlessly into one another.  Genders provides an amazing combination of meandering guitar jams and melodic ear worms that can not be shaken once they have taken hold.  With a killer Daytrotter session in the can!/concert/genders/20057369-37385009  and playing opening slots for bands like Alt-J, Genders is going places, and you should all get ready.

I was lucky enough to catch up with Matt from Genders and he was cool enough to hook me up with their top 5 records played on tour in 2013 and his thoughts on them. It’s a super list so you should all check it out:

Spoon “Girls Can Tell”


The first song hits the nail on the head, “Everything hits at once.”

Ambulance Ltd “LP”


This is one of the few albums in which you can listen to all the way through with absolutely no filler.  My band mates had discovered Ambulance back in 2004, however 2013 was my first time hearing them, and I immediately fell in love.  Perfect for late night walks and long drives in the car.

Solange “True” 


Every time I heard that song about Jimmy Johns it made me hungry.

Pavement “Slanted & Enchanted “


“Here” is a near perfect song.

Built to Spill  “Keep it like a Secret”


This is an album that will never get old.  I’ve listened to “Carry the Zero” probably around 400 times in my life and I still get goosebumps during the last minute of the song.  Not to mention they are the sweetest guys to tour with.

Well that wraps it up for today folks! Super thanks to Matt and the rest of Genders for sending their musical picks over to us here! Ya’ll can mozy over to their band camp to snag their record, and you really want to trust me.  The album artwork (done by the band’s own Maggie Morris) is worth the price of admission alone.

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well peace out good people of the world,

Peter Winter

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