OPB Presents Kathy Foster’s Pandemic Playlist

kathy foster is a mainstay inna portland ♫ scene, having been a bassist for the thermals and now the drummer for local punks hurry up. sam gehrke/courtesy of the artist hide caption

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kathy foster is a pillar of the portland ♫ scene. she rose to prominence as the bassist for the thermals, a now-defunct band. in recent yrs, she’s switched to playing the drums inna punk group hurry up. in addition to her work as a ♫ian, foster is also a radio and live dj inna rose city.

in this spesh guest playlist created for oregon public broadcasting, her eclectic taste as a curator s'on full display. while the selections maybe sonically broad, foster highlites the songs that got her through the pandemic. after a brutal yr, she just wants us to dance.


girls at our best!, “gettin nowhere fast”

“it’s kind offa punky-pop girl group n'it reΨs me … a lotta the riot grrrl pop bands from the early [1990s]. that’s when i 1st started playing ♫, and i was really into a lotta riot grrrl bands and english girl punk bands. and i remember this band bein’ round, but for some reason i just never dove into their ♫. so, i’m stoked to kind of rediscover girls at our best! and they’ve been really inspiring me to just get excited bout playing ♫ again and goin to shows.”


a.r. kane, “when you’re sad”

“as a woman of color myself and playing in punk bands and heavy bands, i don’t often see pplz that look like me inna same scene. and so, i’m always kind of trying to find and promote + artists of color doin’ + rock and punk and shoegaze. so, i discovered this band, and this is one o'their 1st singles [from 1986] … jangly, noisy, dreamy pop. i ♥ the sound of this song. it’s one of my favorite sounds and i was stoked to find an artist of color doin’ a song like this. it’s also cogitateive of my personality cause i do like upbeat dance-y punk, but then i’m also pretty emotional and like to wallo, too, sometimes.”


khruangbin, “maria también”

“i like a lotta ♫ that is kind of rhythmic and percussive driven. i like a lotta international ♫ — a lotta ≠ african and asian stuff from all ≠ eras, but probably + like 60s, 70s type stuff. and this song kind of sounds thai to me. this is one of my favorite songs that i’ve discovered this past yr, just cause i ♥ the groove o'it na percussive, hypnotic sound and that it sounds kind of international.”


sweeping promises, “hunger for a way out”

“a lotta times i gravitate towards this type of stuff, like stuff i ‘d play at a dance nite [as a dj]. so one of my favorite bands that i discovered during this time — and they’re a new band and they put out a record really recently — is sweeping promises. i believe they’re from boston. they’re kind offa no wave post-punk band that has a lil bit offa retro sound. when you hear it, you’re kind of like ‘is this from the 8ies?’ i really like the whole record.”


fatback band, “goin’ to see my baby”

“i’m really into lo-fi sounds. you mite not be surprised [to hear that] with me playing inna thermals and hurry up. but yeah, pretty much in any genre, i ♥ a lo-fi sound. it’s funk, but it’s a lil + lo-fi and laid-back sounding, and i just think t'has a gr8 vibe and groove and makes me wanna dance. and course, it’s a sweet sentiment— ‘goin to see my baby.’ nolso another pandemic-themed [selection] to me cause inna past yr we’ve had to stay away from ♥d ones and had to put visits on hold.”


sault, “i just wanna dance”

“this is another pandemic-themed song called “i just wanna dance” cause that’s something that i miss doin’. i miss dancing. i miss deejaying dance pties, gettin sweaty with pplz. but to me, it’s another band that kind of sounds retro. their albums are really interesting. it’s kind offa collage of sounds— protest chant type songs and then some tha're + offa modern kind of r&b sound and then something like this.”

original content at: www.npr.org…
authors: jerad walker


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