bio / discography

“Whether folding Memphis R&B into slacker bedroom laments or post-rock abstractions into catchy pop, she nails the ennui of lovesick transitions and physical displacements with a marksman’s aim. And she might just possess the sexiest voice in rock.” – Entertainment Weekly

Rebecca Gates is a US based musician, curator, artist and audio editor. She has released five albums, three as leader of the critically acclaimed group The Spinanes (Sub Pop), toured internationally and appeared as a vocalist on numerous records by artists as wide ranging as The Decemberists and Willie Nelson. Her record Ruby Series was hailed by Spin Magazine  as “warm, thoughtful, and melodically gorgeous.”

Gates co-curated The Marfa Sessions, an exhibition of sonic land art installations by US and international artists in Marfa, Texas. She has been featured as an artist at Lehmann Maupin Gallery (New York, NY), Vedanta/Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago, IL), Centro La Fontana (Barcelona, SPAIN), Fontanelle (Portland, OR) and The Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Sun Valley, ID/Los Angeles, CA). She was editor and co-founder of The Relay Project audiomagazine, a sound-only periodical featuring content from a variety of editorial and sonic sources.

Complete ART C.V. available on request



The Float (July 2012) was recorded in Wakefield, Chicago, Montreal, Portland, Townsend and Dallas.

Ruby Series (June 2001) Originally released by Badman Recording Company now available direct via Store or send inquiry to info at parcematone dot com)


Wool Recordings compilation
Move” and “The Colonel’s Circle”, Shanti Project Collection 2 (Badman Recording Company) October 2000
Ballad of Billy Joe“, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts, The Executioners Last Songs Vol 2 & 3 w/  (Bloodshot Records) 2003
Nobody Wins“,  Nothing Left to Lose – a Kris Kristofferson Tribute (Incidental Music) 2002


Ted Leo – “One Polaroid a Day” Remix 2010  (vocals)
Laetitia Sadier – “The Trip” 2010 (vocals)
The Decemberists – “Hazards of Love” 2009 (vocals)
Willie Nelson – “Songbird” 2006 (vocals)
The Minus Five – “Down with Wilco” 2003 (vocals)
The Aluminum Group  – “Happyness” 2002 (vocals)
Califone – “Decelaration One” 2002 (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
Califone – “RoomSound” 2001 (drums)
The Mekons – “Me” 1998 (vocals)
Joan of Arc – “The Gap” 2000 (vocals)
Akito Katayose – “Hey Mister Girl” 2000 (vocals – in japanese!)
Five Style – “Miniature Portraits” 1999 (vocals) Japan release only
Elliott Smith – “Elliott Smith 1995 (vocals)
Ben Lee – “Grandpa Would” 1995 (vocals)


Imp Years (April 10, 2000) Merge Records

Arches and Aisles (June 23, 1998) SubPop Records
Strand (February 27, 1996) SubPop Records
Manos (October 26, 1993) SubPop Records

Rummy” b/w “Hawaiian Baby” 7″ (November 1992) Imp Records
Suffice” b/w “Halloween Candy” 7″ (April 1992) Imp Records