Blaine Todd

San Francisco's Blaine Todd has been a part of the Bay Area's experimental music scene for several years as a member of Common Eider, King Eider, Andrew Weathers Ensemble (who was featured on our most recent mixtape), and Ecstatic Music Band. Todd says he was inspired to record his own music when he took a trip to a small town in the panhandle of Texas, where the aforementioned Andrew Weathers and his girlfriend have purchased a building downtown. "We drove out there playing shows along the way and talking about our intentions for the building as well as big-picture hopes and dreams kinds of things," he explains. "I spent a week [out there] helping clean up and trying to help make sense of the spot. Ideas around intentional community, something supportive and enabling, cropped up really naturally..."

As a result of this experience, Todd and Weathers formed a label, Editions Littlefield, "with the idea of promoting ...this ideology of being proactive and supportive and organizing". Editions Littlefield released an album from Weathers and will release Todd's solo debut, Dillingham, later this month. Dillingham mixes traditional Americana elements with Todd's experimental influences and lo-fi production. For now, you can stream a single from the album, "Oh, Say There is A Valley", which brings it all together and is a quite lovely introduction to Blaine Todd's solo endeavor:

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