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Snapshot Radio is Lois' peripatetic cross-country musical jaunt, best summed up by the back cover of the CD's insert: "I wanna go and make music with friends who have been inspiring me." And of the friends she has aplenty — members of Low, Red Red Meat, Yo La Tengo, Fugazi, and Tiger Trap all get down with Lois on this five-song EP. So, with a simple enough idea as the impetus and a bevy of famous friends at her side, Lois sojourns to recording studios in Olympia, Chicago, and Brooklyn to lay some tunes on tape. Brendan Canty and Al Sparhawk both lend their bountiful genius to give the first and best song, "My Souvenir," a humbly timeless air. Canty's electric guitar foreshadows his later work with Lois on The Union Themes LP, and Sparhawk's backing vocal shadows Lois' at a perfectly unsettling, foreboding pitch and timbre. Red Red Meat plays the backing band on two great shuffling pop departures, and James McNew chimes in with his familiar, droning synthesizer on a reworking of "Not Funny, Ha-Ha" from Lois' Infinity Plus album. As disparate from most of her catalog as her ever-popular "Ship to Shore" vocal with the Dub Narcotic Sound System, Snapshot Radio is equally rewarding and impressive.


Formed: 1992 in Olympia, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter Lois Maffeo long reigned as one of the most respected voices in American indie pop -- a key proponent of the Pacific Northwest's love rock scene, her spare, lo-fi sound and steadfast adherence to an underground ethos blazed a trail for the countless female acts to emerge in her wake. A native of Phoenix, AZ, Maffeo began attending Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, in 1981, initially becoming a fixture of the city's thriving music scene as a result of her grrrl-centric radio...
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