TheBayBridged.com and New, Improved Recording are proud to present the fifth installment of New, Improved, LIVE, our ongoing series of live studio sessions with top indie bands, recorded at the New, Improved Recording studio in Oakland, California. This month's session features Thao with The Get Down Stay Down delivering exclusive live-in-the-studio renditions of songs from all three of Thao's albums, including the band's latest release, Know Better Learn Faster, out now on Kill Rock Stars.

It'd be easy to tag the band as "critical darlings," given the universally strong appraisals that Know Better and its predecessor We Brave Bee Stings and All have received, but such an assessment would overlook the band's devoted fans, who are justly rewarded during the trio's electrifying live shows. This session captures that electricity while also showcasing Thao Nguyen's heartfelt melodic songwriting, which lies at the core of the group's appeal. We hope you'll enjoy these renditions as much as we do.

For even more, check out videos and photos from the session and an interview with Thao at our New, Improved, LIVE page!

New, Improved, LIVE, featuring: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down

1. Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - "Beat (Health, Life, and Fire)" (originally from We Brave Bee Stings and All)
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2. Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - "Body" (originally from Know Better Learn Faster)
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3. Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - "The Give" (originally from Know Better Learn Faster)
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4. Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - "What About" (originally from Like the Linen)
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We'd like to thank Thao, Willis Thompson, and Adam Thompson for the excellent session. Thao with The Get Down Stay Down will be performing at The Independent on Saturday, November 21st, with The Portland Cello Project and David Shultz.

We've got plenty of great performances scheduled to come in future months, and all of our past episodes, featuring Port O'Brien, Yoni Wolf (of Why?), Citay, and Deerhoof, can be found at thebaybridged.com/new-improved-live/. Acclaimed performers and a top notch studio means great free music that redefines the studio experience: New, Improved, LIVE.

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