Vaudeville Etiquette

Vaudeville Etiquette (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via CKDU in Halifax, NS, and KAOS in Olympia, WA; plus, an update from a Chart Discovery favorite.

Blue Moon Marquee on CKDU

Swing, ragtime and delta blues blend with a scratchy voice and a sense of gypsy freedom to create Blue Moon Marquee’s Lonesome Ghosts. CKDU’s No. 12 pick this week sounds like a slick Dapper Dan center part and a pencil-thin mustache in an old jazz hall, a few rays of summer sunlight squeezing through tightly-closed wooden window slats, with dust dancing in the humid light as someone serves you a glass of bourbon or bathtub gin.

Vaudeville Etiquette on KAOS

Ragtag, boot-stompin folk and swaying ballads make up Debutantes and Dealers from the Seattle-based Vaudeville Etiquette. Floating harmonies sing romantic tales to the backdrop of country western, gospel and banjo-pluckin’ folk.


Back in March, the airy, fun electro-pop tunes of GGOOLLDD caught our attention with their single Gold when it snagged a place on WMSE’s RPM playlist. The sweet female vocals pared with warm synth beats are back on GGOOLLDD’s brand new EP $tandard$, perfect for a dance party anywhere, from too many friends in the back of a car to the the warm neon glow of your favorite dance hall.