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The Matinees

This week's episode is presented by KQED Interactive.

This week's podcast showcases SF duo The Matinees, whose second CD, Make The Leap, comes out later this month. When the band's 2007 release, Sleepy Seeds, arrived at our studio, it won us over instantly. In a region with some quality indie pop, the band's debut definitely stood out, with strong harmonies and endearing songs created from just two voices and two guitars. Both band members, PF Dumanis and Jaime Borschuk, come from a history of involvement in other projects, but there's just an undeniable chemistry to their work as The Matinees.

With Make The Leap, the band further cements its place in Bay Area indie pop by featuring contributions from members of Scrabbel, Love is Chemicals, and The Invisible Cities while retaining much of the duo's stripped down aesthetic. Helping them navigate that balance was local producer Greg Ashley, whose experimental touch can be felt throughout without overshadowing the album's more intimate moments. Make The Leap is a strong release and an exciting next step for this talented band.

Several weeks ago, we spoke with The Matinees at our studio. PF and Jamie brought their guitars and treated us to an exclusive stripped-down mini-set of songs from the new album. We've included two songs from that session in this episode along with two more from the band's works.

Upcoming Shows:

Thursday, January 29th
Rickshaw Stop
with Love Is Chemicals and The Invisible Cities (Presented by Three Ring Records)
8pm, $10

Links:

- Visit The Matinees' MySpace page to hear more music.

- You can currently buy The Matinees' first album Sleepy Seeds on CDBaby and iTunes.

- We'll keep you updated when Make The Leap becomes available online.

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