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Beehive Sessions

by Awesome

A collective of seven players, vocalists, and performance artists who combine lush vocal harmonies with a unique mix of electric and acoustic instruments including: guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, accordion, mandolin, banjo, theremin, typewriter.
Genre: Pop: Chamber Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Buddha Nature
5:06 $0.99
2. Ones & Zeroes
2:18 $0.99
3. Telephone
4:21 $0.99
4. Shape Song
3:25 $0.99
5. Nightsky
2:50 $0.99
6. Memory Leak
3:50 $0.99
7. Sherrie
1:11 $0.99
8. Cell Song
2:17 $0.99
9. Anthem
6:00 $0.99
10. Beehive
7:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Part band, part art collective, Seattle-based group “Awesome” has been casting its surrealist magic with live shows in rock clubs, theater stages, and art galleries since February 2004. They have gathered a cult following of art-world enthusiasts and indie-music fans, earning them collaborations with Sean Nelson and Jon Auer, and billings with A.C. Newman, Harvey Danger, The Long Winters, and The Presidents of the United States of America. They have earned commissions from The Stranger to compose original music for literary events with Miranda July, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Neal Pollack, and were declared “Ones to Watch” as part of the 2005 and 2006 Stranger Genius Awards.

"Awesome" is the kind of dynamic creative enterprise you dream of having in your town". –- The Stranger (Seattle)

"To borrow from Bill Graham: "Awesome" aren't the best at what they do...they're the only ones that do what they do. It is hard to say exactly what it is that they do, but I can tell you that in their music, there are traces of Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, and They Might Be Giants. They take pop hooks and mix them with jazz-fusion breakdowns that stop on a dime. Which is to say it's brainy, catchy, quirky, and arty. It's also theatrical. They have a new album, Beehive Sessions, which was produced by the Posies' Jon Auer and captures all the precision and clarity of their live show. To see them is to be completely awed by what masters and visionaries they are."-- BRIAN J. BARR, Seattle Weekly



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Paul Rosenberg

True Love
I got this album early this morning, a gift from my other half (outer). Within 30 seconds, I was completely hooked, and I listened to it straight through. I then did something I NEVER do: I set my iPod to "repeat all" and listened to it all again. And again.

It is so rare to find an album that impresses on so many levels, with each and every cut so delicious. I am absolutely smitten. I refuse to rip this album. I will buy multiple copies, I will send everyone I know the link, gift those who can't afford it and take every opportunity to see them live.

David Nilsson

Aptly Named Group
While it may seem that it would take a lot of hubris to name one's band "Awesome", I must say that what the A-boys exhibit instead is serious musicianship, tight rhythms, locked-in vocals and a very clever quirky sensibility. "Awesome" indeed. If you haven't had a chance, catch these guys live and you will discover their comfortable stage presence, theatrical approach to performing and proof that their skills are not manufactured in the studio. (OK, John O., how did you come up with the chord progression for Sherrie? Delicious.)

Dina Elenbaas

This album is full of joy
My brother has been trying to get me to get this album for years now. I finally bought it last night. Why didn't I do it sooner?

There is a kind of reverent joy in these tracks. I don't know how else to explain it. It just puts a smile on my face to listen.

Standout tracks: Telephone, Buddha Nature, Anthem

Scotto review
Seattle art rock phenomenon "Awesome" is back with their sophomore release, Beehive Sessions, produced by Jon Auer of The Posies. For those who haven't had the benefit of seeing these cats live, "Awesome" is a seven-person outfit that collectively brings to bear an arsenal of guitar, bass, drums, keys, mandolin, violin, theremin, trumpet, accordion, clarinet, banjo, and an assortment of vocals. The result is pleasingly reminiscent of some of the best chamber pop elements of recent Sufjan Stevens, some of the quirkiest art pop elements of Moxy Früvous or They Might Be Giants, and some of the catchiest purely pop elements of Rubber Soul-era Beatles. I thought I'd outgrown "prog rock" but these guys bring tremendous whimsy and creativity to the genre, while at the same time sneaking in some '70s AM radio goodness to the mix; it's hard to describe, but very easy to listen to, so dig these tracks and then grab the CD as fast as you can.