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October 21, 2009

Splice Today releases "Baltimore Does Baltimore Part 1"

baltimore does baltimore by splice todayWhen Splice Today contributor Zach Kaufmann announced his plans to put together a compilation of Baltimore bands covering songs by other Baltimore bands, I was pretty excited.

The compilation, "Baltimore Does Baltimore, Part 1," came out today. You can download it for free here.

After hearing "Baltimore Does Baltimore," I have to say -- it has some thrilling moments.

One of the standouts is Wye Oak's cover of Rod Lee's Balitmore Club classic "Dance My Pain Away." Singer Jenn Wasner turns a banger into something of a dirge, without losing the original song's urgency.

"Wye Oak blew my mind," Kaufmann told me today ...

"It turns this fun, dancey song into a really deep, troubling, upsetting song. When she sings the verses, there's so much emotion and pain in her voice. It hurts me. It's awesome." ...

I haven't sat down and listened to the entire compilation yet. But the songs I've heard, from singer/songwriter Caleb Stine's sparse, ambient cover of Small Sur's "Two Mantras" to rapper Mickey Free's rendition of Wye Oak's "That I Do," are compelling

(Cover art by Katherine Fahey)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:30 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Local music


Sam ~

Thanks for the download link !
This is awesome and can't wait to preview it. Sending to all my musically fanatic friends too..

Weekends covering Future Islands, yes please.

Been really looking forward to this too. What a great idea. Makes me proud to live in Baltimore.

The image/ art work belongs to me. It'd be great if you could give me a credit.

much appreciated,
Katherine Fahey

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