Katie Crutchfield, under the name Waxahatchee, made an album during a snowstorm last winter. She dedicated it “to anyone who had woke up and realized their identity is blurry, has had to clumsily get to know themselves, has hit a bottom, has felt self-deprecating and vagrant, and to anyone who has ridden out a shitstorm.”

She called it American Weekend. She means “American Weekend” in the same wide way that Kurt Cobain means “Teen Spirit,” less social construct than natural phenomenon. This is a lo-fi masterpiece in the league of Lou Barlow and the Softies. We should consider it a descendent of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, or else temper it no lower than Essential Listening.

Waxahatchee – American Weekend
Waxahatchee – Catfish
Waxahatchee – Magic City Wholesale
Waxahatchee – Noccalula

Buy American Weekend on vinyl, CD, or digital from Don Giovanni Records. Buy it on iTunes. Buy it on Amazon. Waxahatchee on Facebook. Waxahatchee on Spotify. Visit Katie Crutchfield’s tumblr.

Author: Mike Ostrov

Mike Ostrov relays the history of popular song on message boards and under rocks.


    1. Glad you’re enjoying it.

      It’s interesting to listen to Katie Crutchfield, who has one of the most beautiful voices around, choose to use simple recording techniques and probably just laptop microphones, and then look at every CMT/MTV singer who auto-tunes the life out of their probably just fine natural voice. It’s so easy to tell who rocks harder and who’s words are worth listening to.

  1. Sad that PS Eliot broke up, but Waxahatchee is just as amazing! Katie’s the best

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