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Jun 09, 2022

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles-based musician Sasami Ashworth) has shared an alternate version of the song “Tried to Understand” from her newest album, Squeeze. The new version features J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Daniel Rossen, SASAMI, Toro y Moi, Vundabar, and More

Plus Hercules and Love Affair, !!!, TRAAMS, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 25, 2022

Welcome to the eighth Songs of the Week of 2022. With Russia invading Ukraine on Thursday morning (and the increased threat of invasion earlier in the week), it was a bit hard to pull away from CNN and focus on new music. But nevertheless we were able to come up with a good list of songs we liked this week. More

SASAMI Shares Video for New Song “Make It Right”

Squeeze Due Out This Friday via Domino

Feb 22, 2022

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles-based musician Sasami Ashworth) is releasing a new album, Squeeze, this Friday via Domino. Now she has shared its fifth single, the short burst of a song that is “Make It Right,” shared via a video featuring Ashworth hugging herself, among other things. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Kamasi Washington, My Idea, and More

Plus SASAMI, Lucy Dacus, Röyksopp, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 04, 2022

Welcome to the fifth Songs of the Week of 2022. This week saw the start of the Winter Olympics in China, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day, the U.S. military took out the head of ISIS, and tensions continued between Russia and the Ukraine. More

SASAMI Shares New Song “Call Me Home”

Squeeze Due Out February 25 via Domino

Feb 03, 2022

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles-based musician Sasami Ashworth) is releasing a new album, Squeeze, on February 25 via Domino. Now she has shared its fourth single, the melodic “Call Me Home.” More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Smile, SASAMI, Gang of Youths, Sondre Lerche, and More

Plus Father John Misty, Let’s Eat Grandma, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 07, 2022

Welcome to the first Songs of the Week of 2022. We haven’t done a Songs of the Week in almost a month, as the holiday season slowed the release of new songs in mid December. But the first week of 2022 presented enough new tracks to warrant a return to Songs of the Week. More

SASAMI Shares New Song “Say It”

Squeeze Due Out February 25 via Domino

Jan 06, 2022

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles-based musician Sasami Ashworth) has shared a new song, “Say It.” It is the latest release from her forthcoming album Squeeze, which will be out on February 25 via Domino. More

HAIM Announce 2022 North American Tour

Supporting Acts Will Be Waxahatchee, Faye Webster, SASAMI, Princess Nokia, and Buzzy Lee

Dec 06, 2021

HAIM have announced a North American tour set for spring 2022. Supporting acts at select dates will be Waxahatchee, Faye Webster, SASAMI, Princess Nokia, and Buzzy Lee. Tickets go on sale this Friday (Dec. 10) at 10 a.m. local time. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Metronomy, Spoon, The War on Drugs, SASAMI, and More

Plus Ibibio Sound Machine, Yard Act, Midnight Oil, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 29, 2021

Welcome to the 41st Songs of the Week of 2021. It may be Halloween on Sunday, but there weren’t any particularly spooky new songs this week. More

Oct 26, 2021

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles-based musician Sasami Ashworth) has announced the release of a new album titled Squeeze. It will be out on February 25 via Domino. Ashworth has also shared videos for two new singles: “The Greatest” and “Skin a Rat,” and has announced a headlining U.S. tour for 2022. Jennifer Juniper Stratford directed the video for “The Greatest” and Andrew Thomas Huang (FKA twigs, Björk) both directed the “Skin a Rat” visual and shot the album’s cover art. More

Curtis Harding Shares New Song “With You” Featuring SASAMI

If Words Were Flowers Due Out November 5 via ANTI-

Oct 06, 2021

Atlanta-based artist Curtis Harding has shared a new song titled “With You,” which features backing vocals from SASAMI. It is the latest track to be released from his forthcoming studio album, If Words Were Flowers, due out on November 5 via ANTI-. More

Apr 13, 2021

Anjimile has announced a new EP which will feature expanded orchestral versions of songs from his debut album, Giver Taker, along with collaborations with artists Jay Som, SASAMI, and Lomelda. The EP’s lead single, “In Your Eyes (Reflection),” which features Jay Som, has also been shared. Reunion will be out on May 7 via Father/Daughter. More

Hand Habits Announces New EP, Shares Video for New Single “4th of july”

dirt EP Will Be Out February 19 via Saddle Creek

Jan 19, 2021

Hand Habits (the project of Meg Duffy) has announced a new EP, dirt EP, which will be released on February 19 via Saddle Creek. Duffy has also shared a video for the first song and lead single from the EP, “4th of july.” More

Soccer Mommy Covers The Cars’ “Drive” and SASAMI Covers System of a Down’s “Toxicity”

The Final Installment of the Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series; Proceeds Go to Oxfam’s COVID-19 Relief Fund and National Bail Out

Jul 02, 2020

Soccer Mommy (aka Sophie Allison) has stayed busy over quarantine. Along with an 8-bit animated tour, a club penguin set (yes, really) she launched the Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series (via Bandcamp) with big name acts such as Jay Som, Beabadoobee, and Gentle Dom (a.k.a. Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT). Today, her final installment finds her teaming up with SASAMI. More

May 18, 2020

Lavender Diamond have returned. The trio of Becky Stark, Steve Gregoropoulos, and Ron Regé, Jr. have shared the music video for a new song called “Look Through the Window,” their first new release in eight years. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Dears, Yves Tumor, Deradoorian, and More

Plus Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Vundabar, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 13, 2020

Welcome to the tenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s been a scary week thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus, which meant the postponement of Coachella, Record Story Day, various movie releases, sporting events, and more, as well as school closings and a stock market crash. More

Mar 12, 2020

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles based musician Sasami Ashworth) released her self-titled debut album, SASAMI, back in March 2019 via Domino. Now she has shared a brand new song, “Mess,” via a lyric video for the track. Ashworth says “‘Mess’ is where I’m at now.” More

8 Best Songs of the Week: HAIM, Baxter Dury, Soccer Mommy, Destroyer, and More

Plus Girl Ray, Field Music, Max Bloom, SASAMI, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 22, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. There were quite a few notable cover songs released this week, including some of the Christmas variety, but not as many strong originals as the last couple of weeks. Hence we are down to a Top 8 instead of our preferred Top 10. More

SASAMI Surprise Releases New Holiday-Themed EP Featuring Three New Tracks

lil drmr bb Out Now via Domino; Features New Song “It’s You” and Two Covers

Nov 22, 2019

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles based musician Sasami Ashworth) released her self-titled debut album, SASAMI, back in March via Domino. Now she has surprise-released a new holiday-themed EP, lil drmr bb, that includes the new song “It’s You” and covers of Christmas classics “Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night.” More

9 Best Songs of the Week: Squid, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Guerilla Toss, SASAMI, and More

Plus Vagabon, Cigarettes After Sex, Iggy Pop, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 30, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. Usually we have a Top 10, but last week it was a Top 13 and the week before it was a Top 12. This week, however, the pickings were slimmer and the best we could muster was a Top 9. More

Aug 29, 2019

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles based musician Sasami Ashworth) released her self-titled debut album, SASAMI, back in March via Domino. Now she has shared a brand new song, “Take Care,” via a self-directed video for the cut that features Ashworth on a row boat, burning things in the desert, and in a smashed up car. She has also shared a new version of SASAMI‘s “Free” featuring backing vocals by Tim Presley of White Fence. More

Apr 11, 2019

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles based musician Sasami Ashworth) released her self-titled debut album, SASAMI, last month via Domino. Now she has shared a video for the album’s “Morning Comes” that features her grandmother hosting a cooking show where she teaches you to make kimichi. More

Apr 03, 2019

“To keep the attention of 25 first graders is a really specific skill, one that translates very well to rock audiences,” Sasami Ashworth deadpans. To master this specific skill, the former Cherry Glazerr-synth heroine (whose stage name is simply SASAMI) had to hone myriad instruments and production skills. More

SASAMI - Stream Her Debut Album

SASAMI Out Now via Domino

Mar 08, 2019

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles based musician Sasami Ashworth) has released her self-titled debut album, SASAMI, today via Domino. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also below are SASAMI’s upcoming tour dates. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Weyes Blood, Tamaryn, Wye Oak, Broken Social Scene, and More

Plus Jessie Ware, Drugdealer, Jenny Lewis, SASAMI, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 15, 2019

It was pretty rough week to be a Ryan Adams fan. We won’t regurgitate the details, but if you haven’t already done so then you should read The New York Times article detailing the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers, and several other women. More

Feb 13, 2019

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles based musician Sasami Ashworth) is releasing her self-titled debut album, SASAMI, on March 8 via Domino. Now she has shared a video for another new song from the album, “Free.” The song features backing vocals from Devendra Banhart, although he’s not in the video. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Fat White Family, Lizzo, Sharon Van Etten, Cherry Glazerr, and More

Plus SOAK, SASAMI, POND, Beirut, Priests, Steve Gunn, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 11, 2019

Welcome to the first Songs of the Week of 2019. We took an extended break in December, as there aren’t too many notable new songs released at the end of the year (beyond endless Christmas covers), but the past week has been filled with exciting new album announcements, most accompanied by new singles worthy of consideration for this list. More

Jan 09, 2019

SASAMI (aka Los Angeles based musician Sasami Ashworth) has announced her self-titled debut album and shared a self-directed video for the new song “Jealousy.” She has also announced some tour dates. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Parcels, Run the Jewels, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, John Grant, and More

Plus Little Dragon, Sampha, Thom Yorke, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 12, 2018

While it was a very healthy week for new album releases, so much so that we had eight runner-ups for this week’s Album of the Week, it was more of a challenge to find 10 new songs we felt worthy of this week’s Songs of the Week list. More



Interviews

SASAMI on “Squeeze”

Reality was Gnarly. Fantasy was Gnarlier.

Feb 25, 2022

SASAMI almost stayed home. It was February 1, 2020, and the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and producer (full name Sasami Ashworth) was debating whether to catch a show at the now-shuttered Five Star Bar, in downtown LA, with her friend and collaborator Kyle Thomas. More

Apr 03, 2019

“To keep the attention of 25 first graders is a really specific skill, one that translates very well to rock audiences,” Sasami Ashworth deadpans. To master this specific skill, the former Cherry Glazerr-synth heroine (whose stage name is simply SASAMI) had to hone myriad instruments and production skills. More


Reviews

May 04, 2022

Mitski played Manchester Academy last month and Under the Radar’s Andy Von Pip was there to capture all the action More

Feb 25, 2022

Sasami Ashworth’s (performing as SASAMI) sophomore album, Squeeze, is a marked departure from the dream woven delivery of her 2019 self-titled debut. More

Mar 26, 2019

It would be a misnomer to categorize Sasami Ashworth as simply a guitarist. The Los Angeles-based polymath has been stamping her imprimatur onto film scores, orchestral compositions, and recently provided her deft musicianship to Cherry Glazer as their resident synthesist. More