DOWNLOAD: Grand Archives - Torn Blue Foam Couch (MP3)

Sera Cahoone @ Sub Pop SXSW 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Sera Cahoone

"How far will this thing go? And what the heck do we call it?

To answer the first question we need to look at the scene's origins. In the beginning, there were two bands.

The first is Carissa's Wierd, a Seattle "sadcore" band whose members included Sera Cahoone, Mat Brooke and Ben Bridwell. (Brooke and Bridwell went on to form Band of Horses, from which sprung Grand Archives). They were true originals, quiet, mournful and eerie; were briefly signed to Sub Pop; and were local favorites from the mid-'90s until their 2003 demise.

The second is Beachwood Sparks, a Los Angeles collective whose music was a clear and proud homage to the Byrds, Neil Young and Buffalo Springfield, the very same godfathers of the Moondoggies, Fleet Foxes and Grand Archives. Beachwood Sparks was also signed to Sub Pop, somewhere around 1999 until the band's dissolution in 2002."
[The new Seattle sound is pretty, pastoral and mellow]

Grand Archives @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Grand Archives

Grand Archives is an American indie rock band, formed in Seattle. The band, originally called Archives, is composed of several noted musicians from that city, led by Mat Brooke, former guitarist and vocalist for Carissa's Wierd and former guitarist for Band of Horses.

The band emerged, under their previous moniker, to little fanfare in March 2007.... [Wikipedia]

Grand Archives are on tour with Sera Cahoone. That's a lot of Carissa's Wierd. This Friday the 13th they'll be at Bowery Ballroom in NYC - part of a four band bill that also includes The M's and Centro-Matic. Then the next day you can catch both of them again at Union Hall in Brooklyn. All tour dates and some videos below....

Carissa's Wierd - Sympathy Bush

Grand Archives-Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Grand Archives & Sera Cahoone - 2008 Tour Dates
Jun 11 - GREAT SCOTT BOSTON, Massachusetts
Jun 12 - JOHNNY BRENDA'S PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
Jun 13 - BOWERY BALLROOM NYC, New York w/ Centro-Matic, The M's
Jun 14 - UNION HALL, Brooklyn, NY w/ Sera Cahoone
Jun 15 - ROCK & ROLL HOTEL DC, Washington DC
Jun 17 - LOCAL 506 CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina
Jun 18 - THE EARL ATLANTA, Georgia
Jun 19 - EXIT/IN NASHVILLE, Tennessee
Jun 20 - STICKY FINGERZ LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas
Jun 21 - STUBBS JR. AUSTIN, Texas
Jun 22 - THE CAVERN DALLAS, Texas
Jun 24 - SANTA FE BREWING CO. ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico
Jun 25 - PLUSH TUCSON, Arizona
Jun 26 - CASBAH SAN DIEGO, California
Jun 27 - THE ECHO LOS ANGELES, California
Jun 28 - SLIM'S SAN FRANCISCO, California
Jul 13 - SP20 FESTIVAL MARYMOOR PARK, Washington

Sera Cahoone - Couch Song