Episode #33 – Jan. 21, 2015

suzieEpisode #33 takes a tour of the musical projects of Minneapolis multi-instrumentalist Mark Ritsema that begins and ends with his playful gender-bending alter ego, Suzie. Other musical excursions along the way include Domino Records trio Night Moves, in addition to celebrated, yet now-defunct groups Mouthful of Bees and The Battle Royale.
Caught between a love for sleazy, riff-chugging glam bands and a fascination with Top 40 pop and R&B, Suzie is a wildly refreshing and charmingly weird new act that utilizes looping grooves, soft synths penetrated by bright angular beach guitars, and fuzzy falsetto vocals to create a sound that is familiar, warm & nostalgic like the blithe closing song of a grainy 80s film.

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Suzie
“Coffin in Houston”
Born Single
No Problem Records
2014
3:43

Suzie
“Fantasy”
Born Single
No Problem Records
2014
5:31

Night Moves
“Headlights”
Colored Emotions
Domino Records
2011/2012
3:54

The Battle Royale
“Oh Martha”
Sparkledust Fantasy
Afternoon Records
2006
4:03

Mouthful of Bees
“The End”
The Now
Afternoon Records
2007
3:04

Suzie
“Possession”
Born Single
No Problem Records
2014
2:39

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