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FreeIndie.com Creates Saturna Mixtape August 30, 2006

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A big thank you to Mike at FreeIndie.com who creates the coolest online mixtapes around.  Today he posted a Saturna “Web Mix”, as he calls them, with three tracks from the “. . . All Night” EP and a couple of other obscure Saturna tracks.  

The hard to find track “Aimless Days” was originally released as the b-side to “Gamma Ray Afterglow”, the first Saturna single ever released.  The other song “Gimme” was the first demo Saturna ever recorded.  It was found on the Reverb Records compilation entitled “NWSHOEGAZERBLISS”. 

Check out the Saturna mixtape here.  You probably won’t find some of these songs anywhere else on the web.

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Saturna Interviewed on Usounds August 30, 2006

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We’re excited to announce our very first interview.  Yesterday on Usounds we were interviewed by Brandi.  She asked us all sorts of questions about our record and tour plans.  We of course blabbed our mouths off about how much ass we get, Chuck Norris and Big Franks.  Read all about it here and check out other cool interviews with Zero 7, Snow Patrol, and Wolfmother.

Thanks Brandi we had tons of fun! 

Saturna were Raised On Indie August 22, 2006

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A big thank you to Brian from Raised on Indie who wrote a glowing review of “…All Night”.  It is a well thought out review that understands where we are coming from and even discusses each song.  He finished by saying, “Overall this album is very well written and shows an amazing promise for this band in the future. I can’t wait for their LP which is due out next year.”  Thanks again, Brian. 

Check out the whole review here.

Three Imaginary Girls weekly picks on KEXP blog August 20, 2006

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Every week Liz, Dana, and Char from Three Imaginary Girls post their weekly picks on the KEXP blog.  This week they gave a shout out to Saturna, reporting that ‘…All Night’ is in their iPod rotation.  Thank you, we’re glad you’re enjoying the music. Check it out here.

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FCUK (a French and British connection) August 19, 2006

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Shortly after the discovery of two new planets in our solar system, both French and British bloggers simultaneously post entries about Saturna making them the first bloggers to write about Saturna outside of the United States.

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One post, entitled “Forget Yesterday; Planets Change Everything”, comes from ZB of So The Wind Won’t Blow It All Away, who writes, “Au fil des écoutes, le disque, par sa seule force musicale, éloigne de vous l’idée d’un exercice de style (enchaînement de titres à la manière de…) pour laisser place à l’évidente construction en cinq palliers spacio-temporels. “All night”, c’est à écouter “all day” !”

If you don’t read French then check out the english translation here.

And just across the pond, Matt from Warwick, England reviews “. . . All Night” on á la discothèque.  He says, “the stadium-rock esque guitars and drums hark out of a possible influence of old Muse – for a debut EP this is certainly a very polished effort.”  Check out the whole review here.

Saturna’s Been a Naughty Boy August 16, 2006

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Watch out where you are when you check out this blog by nasty boy Tool Vicarious, because he see’s fit to link some juicy porn to this post where he points out that Just For Thrills is just that dirty.

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello August 11, 2006

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Last night was the going away party for Kyra Reed.  We had fun kicking with old friends like Clint from The High Violets, Rob from The Stan McMahon Band, Angie, Stella, Justin, Marci, Kirk, Karl, Greg, Jen, Barbara and so many more.  It was a great time, but melancholy at the same time.  Kyra has been an instrumental member of the Portland music scene and now she is heading to LA to play with the big boys.  Over the last few years she has been one of our biggest supporters and fans.  She’s helped us book shows, put us in contact with tons of people, and given us experiments to try that really helped us take off (I’ll write more about this later).  Thank you Kyra for all the help with Saturna.  We look forward to coming down to LA to play music and crash your pad.  Good luck with Littleradio.com and come back to visit soon.  We love you!

If anyone has pictures from the party.  send em and I’ll post em.

Saturna Gets Blown Away by The Spacelab August 7, 2006

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The Spacelab

The Spacelab reviews “…All Night” calling it “accomplished” and “well worth the wait.” We were blown away by some of the amazing things the review talked about; including “The balance of lush harmonies, ambient interludes, straight up rockers and subtle washes and waves of guitar noise is just right, reflecting an uncanny musical intelligence and discipline.” They also compared it to Ride or Slowdive, and even said, “vocal harmonies that would make Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins) proud.” Read the whole review here.

Protest Records Releases Obscure Saturna Song August 6, 2006

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Saturna on Protest Records

After one night of extreme angst against the current US government’s wars and foreign policy Saturna recorded a twisted song called “I’ve Got A Gun And I’m Gonna Use It On My Friends“. When Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth heard it he released it on his Protest Records Compilation Vol. 5 adding Saturna to a roster of war protestors that includes Mudhoney, Beastie Boys, Cat Power, Damon and Naomi, Mike Watt, and Allen Ginsberg. This obscure Saturna song was only released on this Protest Records comp, but now the mp3 has been released to the internet and can be found here.

Saturna is also included in the The One and Only War Protest song list…
on DVDtalk.com; a massive list of bands with protest songs that span the decades. We are proud to be in such great company.

One of the most interesting projects that I’ve found that references this song comes from Thom Hartnett in The Great Mix CD Odyssey of 2006. Each week for the entire year of 2006, Thom has been putting together mix CDs based on a certain theme . He then mails them out to who ever wants them for free. Week 11 in March of this year was called Cheney’s got a gun: Songs for Dick Cheney and Harry Whittington. check out what Thom wrote about it here.

Saturna Educed August 4, 2006

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Educe Me

Anne from Educe Me draws out Saturna and places Pop Rocks smack dab in the middle of her weekly addition of Friday’s Random 10.  Thanks Anne.  Check out the list here