Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bag of Hammers :: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down

I just heard this tune a couple weeks ago and I've been hooked! Thao with the Get Down Stay Down is from Washington D.C.; they just released a new album January 29. I haven't heard the whole album yet, but from what I've heard out in the world and on their myspace profile, Thao is gettin' a big thumbs up from me. I love her voice. If Marie and Donny Osmond were a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down is a little bit pop, and a little bit bluegrass, and a little bit country.

No lyrics posted anywhere for this one yet, sorry, but take a listen. If you listen to the music and don't listen for lyrics much, this song sounds upbeat and light, her guitar sparkles, and there is kind of a poppy calypso folk thing going on. But listen to the lyrics, and you get a contrast - she's balled up in someone's front yard, with only a bag of hammers and her manners. Yes, she's sold everything else, and is now left alone. Thao, it seems, is post-breakup, and it sucks. A couple favorite lines, as I hear them: "There's a hole in your head, spilled your thoughts on the floor" and "As sharp as I sting, as sharp as I sing, it just soothes you, doesn't it? Like a lick of ice cream."

Listen to the tune:

Like it? Watch this video of Thao interviewing herself and see the charming music video for "Bag of Hammers", sponsored by record label Kill Rock Stars.

Love it? Lucky you! The band is touring this spring. For those of you rollin' with me in the Mpls/St. Paul area, the Triple Rock Social Club is hosting Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, with Xiu Xiu (which should prove to be awesomely weird). The Triple Rock is a great place to see a show, and this will be no exception!
Mar 14 2008 8:00P
Triple Rock Social Club w/ Xiu Xiu Minneapolis, Minn

Live elsewhere? For other tour dates and more info, visit:



.:m-e-g-g-o:. said...


kim, i love this group!!! this is really a great song and i love the rest of their stuff :)

thanks for introducing them!!

Quaking Aspen said...

very cool, Kim!

Quaking Aspen said...

p.s. Kim who is taking these fantastical photos of you??? lol

Hello, my name is Kim Christensen. said...

I work at a photo studio. So, many of the "fantastical" photos, as you say, come from there :)