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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Filastine in The Wire

posted by on April 22 at 2:09 PM

Seattle producer Filastine receives a strong review from Philip Sherburne in the April issue of experimental-music bible The Wire. Burn It drops April 25 on Soot Records. Sherburne calls the album:

purposefully decentered… fusing ‘folk’ musics from North Africa, South Asia and the Middle East with dancehall and breakcore programming, sombre basslines slouching toward Babylon and raps in English and Spanish.

Go There

posted by on April 22 at 1:14 PM

Now that I have peeled my lazy ass out of bed, consumed a large coffee, breakfast, and a short nap, it is time for me to tell you what I think you should do tonight. If you consider tinnitus a foregone conclusion, and/or you enjoy the sound of skillfully executed, triumphant noise-rock with rousing vocals and melodies that can motivate even the slovenliest of the proletariat (me), then you should make your way to the Crocodile CafĆ© around 9 p.m. to witness Parts & Labor, a Brooklyn three-piece that will deliver one hell of a live show, and hopefully clear my ear canals as well. Headlining is Wilderness, who—despite sounding very much like an even more atmospheric version of the Comsat Angels—feature enough of their own skill and talent to find a larger audience and better distribution deal than the Angels did in their time. See you there.

Friday, April 21, 2006

This weekend!

posted by on April 21 at 5:42 PM

If you need something to do this weekend, you’ve got a lot of choices. Here’s what I personally recommend…

Tonight, Unnatural Helpers are at the Comet tonight with the Tall Birds (ex members of the Catheters), and the Trashies (really sloppy but entertaining punk). Shoplifting are playing at Studio 108. You can also catch an all-ages show at Redmond’s Old Fire House with the Schoolyard Heroes and Speaker Speaker!

Tomorrow, Saturday, Hypatia Lake, Siberian, and Wesafari are at the Comet, while Paint it Black, the Loved Ones, and the Shook Ones are sure to turn the Paradox into a sweaty pit of kids.

And Sunday, Pinback (swoon!) is at the Showbox. They’re great.

You can read about all these and more in the Up & Coming section. Also, be sure to check out
the Stranger’s Bands page, where you can look up and listen to hundreds of local bands.

Welcome to Line Out!

posted by on April 21 at 5:14 PM

The Stranger’s all music all the time blog, Line Out, is launching today. Line Out is the place to go for Stranger-lovin’ music junkies who don’t want to read about TomKat’s placenta-munching proclivities, Charles Mudede’s fever dreams, or the minutiae of Seattle parking regulations (not that there’s anything wrong with those things, but there are only so many hours in the day).

At Line Out, the paper’s music-oriented staff writers, columnists, and freelancers will opine and observe with the kind of acuity, fervor, and humor you’ve come to expect from their printed work. We’ll be writing about upcoming shows, reviewing gigs, alerting you to hot new bands, hipping you to amazing records old and new, castigating sonic wackness, and editorializing about important issues concerning the music industry.

Please peruse Line Out and fill up the Comments box, if you’re so inclined. We thrive on your feedback.

Nick and Jonah have a podcast.

posted by on April 21 at 3:05 PM

It’s true. And with those two forces combined, the world could end.

You might remember Nick and Jonah from their Queen ramblings. Or maybe you’ll recall Jonah’s interview with Andrew W.K. Most notably, though, Nick and Jonah are the bassists for Kane Hodder and Schoolyard Heroes respectively, they’re roommates, they’re friends, and when put together, they’re hilarious.

The name of the podcast is War of Attrition, and they plan on doing it every week. They just posted the first episode this morning. It’s so new, I haven’t even listened to it all yet, but just the playlist alone (Manowar, Fleetwood Mac, the Village People, and Skid Row) promises good times. And I’m only 15 minutes into it and already they’ve talked about how Stevie Nicks is a slut and chest hair’s presence in rock and roll. Awwwwesome.

Listen at

Welcome Home, Speaker Speaker!

posted by on April 21 at 12:15 PM

The Stranger’s 2006 Big Shot winners, Speaker Speaker, have been on tour for a good two weeks, but tonight they’re finally back in Seattle’s warm embrace. Well, almost. They’re in Redmond, actually, at the Old Fire House, where they’ll play an all-ages show with Schoolyard Heroes and Paris in Arms. If you haven’t yet, be sure to give Speaker Speaker a listen, as they’re currently one of my favorites. And fans of Sicko, Jawbreaker, and Ted Leo MUST check them out. Seriously, it’s required. If you don’t, I’ll find out and and write you a citation.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lil’ Kim’s Impending Incarceration

posted by on April 20 at 1:21 PM

Though I heard a while ago that a show documenting Lil’ Kim’s last days as a free woman was in the works, I somehow missed the whole damn thing—a fact I just became aware of when I received this press release from her handlers:

Catch tonight’s season finale of BET’s hit reality series “Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown.” It is the day of her surrender and Lil’ Kim’s family, friends and business associates are trying to adjust to what life will be like once the pint-sized diva begins her 366-day jail term in Philadelphia’s Federal Detention Center. Viewers can witness the final chapter in her journey during the episode premiere on Thursday, April 20 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. BET’s cameras captured the emotion as Lil’ Kim and her entourage were transported from her New Jersey mansion to Philly on a tour bus. Just before stepping off the bus, an emotionally-spent but resolute Lil’ Kim expresses her love for everyone, exhibiting the courage that has awed observers and “camp Kim” insiders alike with a simple statement:

‘A cell can only hold my body, not my mind,” she says to her supporters. “I love you, and I will see you soon - sooner than you think.’

Lil’ Kim: Countdown to Lockdown debuted on BET on March 9. The six-episode series chronicling the rapper’s last 14 days of freedom was produced by BET in collaboration with Edmonds Entertainment and Queen Bee Entertainment. The premiere episode drew a whopping 1.9 million viewers, making Lil’ Kim the most watched original series in BET’s 25-year history.

Has anyone else seen an episode? There’s something about her sentence that truly disturbs me—though I suppose it will be good for her sales figures in the long run, for whatever that’s worth. On a bizarrely-related note, Syracuse University recently offered a course entitled “The Life and Times of Lil’ Kim.”¯

Black Angels Photo Runs in Area Paper—for No Reason Whatsoever

posted by on April 20 at 1:12 PM

This week on page 55 of The Stranger, a photo of the Austin, Texas psych-rock band Black Angels ran in the Up & Coming section of the paper, despite the fact that Black Angels are not playing in Seattle this week; however, they do have a show here June 19 at Chop Suey, and we predict it will enhance the life of anyone into astral-plane-gliding rock and roll, if Black Angels’ new album on Light in the Attic Records, Passover, is any indication.

The photo erroneously ran due to serious eyeball/mind fatigue suffered by The Stranger’s music editor and some members of the editorial production staff. All concerned regret the error and apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

It Is Time to Worship Pharoah Sanders

posted by on April 19 at 11:55 AM

A saxophonist/flautist of extraordinary finesse, spirituality, and power, Pharoah Sanders has cut several astral-jazz classics that also appeal to psych- and noise-rock heads (I got into him after reading an interview with the Stooges in which the seminal Detroit rockers cited Sanders’s Tauhid as inspirational). Sanders is also responsible for one of my favorite pieces of music: “The Creator Has a Master Plan,”¯ which makes this agnostic believe in God, Heaven, everlasting peace—all that corny shit—at least while it’s playing. Go and see if this 75-year-old legend can still blow holy fire at the Triple Door (216 Union St, 838-4333, 7 pm & 9:30 pm, $27/$30, all ages/21+.)

Vomiting Unicorns tonight!

posted by on April 19 at 11:09 AM

In case you missed the U&C about this new local band in this week’s paper, here it is again.

THE VOMITING UNICORNS, MARTIAN MEMO TO GOD, THE MORIARTYS (Crocodile) Besides having one of the best fucking band names ever, the Vomiting Unicorns also offer fans a really sharp and forward rock-and-roll sound made by blending equal parts of DC post-hardcore with the catchy melodies of Brit pop. They cite Fugazi, Flaming Lips, and Mclusky as influences (so they’re pretty much my dream band), and you can hear little pieces of all those acts in their tight compositions of highly danceable proportions. Since your curiosity is no doubt skyrocketing right now, you’ll be happy to know you can hear a few cuts on The Stranger’s band page at MEGAN SELING

If that sounds at all interesting to you (c’mon dudes, Mclusky and Fugazi!), come to the Crocodile tonight. It’ll be fun, fun, fun.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Fu-Schnickens + Classic Hiphop Radio

posted by on April 18 at 4:35 PM

One of the perils of having a huge music collection is that you can neglect excellent albums for years without realizing it. So it is with gratitude and great pleasure that I recently rediscovered two old, overlooked albums by the rap group Fu-Schnickens—1992’s F.U. “Don’t Take It Personal”¯ and 1994’s Nervous Breakdown.

Cursed with one of the worst names in hiphop, Fu-Schnickens will always be classified in my mental Rolodex with Das EFX, as both groups favored goofy, motormouthed raps abounding with arcane pop-culture references and off-kilter, funky production touches.

Although Fu-Schnickens left us with two nearly perfect albums, they did give Shaquille O’Neal his break on the mic, and for that they can never be forgiven.

Thinking about Fu-Schnickens spurred this thought: the airwaves are saturated with classic-rock stations. Where are the hiphop equivalents of this phenomenon? Where are the frequencies broadcasting nothing but rap jams from 1979 to 1995? Surely there’s a demand for this format, judging by the outbreak of club nights devoted to golden-era hiphop. Oh, here’s an online station bumpin’ the classics. Anyone know of terrestrial or satellite stations doing the same?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

posted by on April 16 at 11:49 AM

Nothing really timely I suppose, no local relevance, and old news to some, but for the uninformed, please enrich your musical life with podcasts from . For quite some time now, the witty, nerdy, self deprecating DJs at Dublab have championed some of the most cutting-edge electronic/indie/folk/hip hop from the past and present”¦ truly alternative radio from people with a great breadth of musical knowledge. You wont hear anyone from Dublab refer to “Money Mark”¯ as the most talented Beastie Boy (A random remark, but if you heard what I heard on an unmentioned local radio station some time back, maybe you’ll catch my drift). If you’re in my boat and can’t stream media at work, then stock up on their growing inventory of fresh and exclusive podcasts, culled from previous live sessions. The current roster of podcast artists include: Colleen, Daedelus, Terry Callier (THE Terry Callier, accompanied by an awesome interview on the state of electronic music), Greg Davis and Sebastian Roux, Bird Show, Nobody, Feathers, a Hawk and a Hacksaw, the Books, and Thomas “Orb”¯ Fehlman.