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The Ascetic Junkies

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Fresh off their wild and raucous 2008 release, One Shoe Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Portland, Oregon’s The Ascetic Junkies are continuing an expedition into an endearing blend of pop-meets-bluegrass, dancy pants goodness with a new record: This Cage Has No Bottom. This time around, the songwriting duo of Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta has embraced an approach they refer to as a greater feeling of “bandiness.” A departure from their previous songwriting endeavors, the Junkies have combined their creative hearts and minds as a full band for the first time on the new record, resulting in daring, expansive, and sometimes quirky arrangements, giving everyone in the band the opportunity to write parts, arrange melodies and raise their own voice (literally) on any given song. The approach fostered a renewed feeling of solidarity and togetherness, forging a familial collective for the band mates, and producing a simultaneously tighter and rougher album.


It’s no secret that the chemistry found in Harmon and Giaritta’s guy-girl harmonies lead to the core of the Junkies magic. With instrumentation sort of reminiscent of early Decemberists recordings, The Ascetic Junkies bring pop sensibilitie... (+) expand
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linshiwen (level 31) wrote:
When are you coming to Ithaca, NY? Your kind of place, Im thinking.
7 years ago
popswami (level 6) wrote:
I'm a sucker for whoa oh oh oh's--bumps to ya!
7 years ago
zirconet (level 36) wrote:
Great music.. genius.!
Bye from Italy
7 years ago
chiefhigh (level 45) wrote:
A very moving poem to Ascetic Junkies :
I could go
for some brewskies
and live show
by AJ youskies!
(some credit to listen - see below)
7 years ago
katthryn (level 19) wrote:
I like your music...oh yea...
7 years ago
listen (level 30) wrote:
love your band name / music. a very big sound. i could go for some brewskies and a live performance.
7 years ago
crimnos (level 7) wrote:
Nice songs! Too bad you're not close, I'd definitely check you out live.
7 years ago
hari (level 10) wrote:
nice song man!
7 years ago
Manth (level 34) wrote:
Great stuff! And you're fairly local for me. May pop down to Portland to hear the live versions. Thanks!!
7 years ago
cocteau (level 27) wrote:
These are nice songs! Thanks!
7 years ago
strick414 (level 44) wrote:
Awesome music guys! Thanks for sharing.
7 years ago
chiefhigh (level 45) wrote:
HaHaHa - This is Pure Music Joy !
My big blue shoes are a tapping!
7 years ago
srfantasm (level 21) wrote:
WELCOME to t61 on behalf of The Support Group. We are super excited to watch your success. One Shoe Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of the best albums of the year. Hooray You!!
7 years ago
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