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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 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 show
Your Dream Girl on local station KAOS. After picking up the guitar, in 1987 she formed the short-lived Cradle Robbers with
future Spinane Rebecca Gates before joining drummer Pat Maley in the duo Courtney Love, issuing three acclaimed singles
Lois Maffeo & Brendan Canty
The Union Themes sets out to explore the undefined terrain of relationships. LOIS MAFFEO and longtime friend BRENDAN CANTY (FUGAZI) have drawn upon a number of musical idioms to illustrate The Union Themes with undercurrents of folk, soul and girl group pop.
Tracks: These Parts These Parts
Personnel: Lois (vocals, percussion); Alan Sparhawk (vocals); Tim Rutili (electric guitar, piano); Brendan Canty (electric guitar, organ); Tim Hurley (electric guitar, xylophone, bass, percussion); Steve Wold (harmonica); Brian Deck (keyboards, drums, percussion); James McNew (synthesizer); Ben Massarella (drums, percussion); Heather Dunn (drums). Engineers: Steve Wold, Calvin Johnson (tracks 1, 3); Brian Deck (tracks 2, 4); Josh Gennet (track 5). Recorded at Moon Music, Olympia, Washington; Idful Music, Chicago, Illinois; Dean St. Basement, Brooklyn, New York.