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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Hurry Up!

posted by on July 29 at 1:17 PM

There’s still tickets at the gate! Block Party y’all. Hurry Hurry….

Murder City for Breakfast

posted by on July 29 at 1:08 PM

We just watched the Devils do their morning soundcheck. Sweet Jesus. The guys are gonna *KILL IT* tonight….


Friday, July 28, 2006

High Tech Soul: Available for Pre-Order

posted by on July 28 at 2:03 PM

hitechsoul.jpgThe trailer has been released for High Tech Soul (well, released to Youtube anyway), a documentary about the creation of techno music. It’s been under development for years, with early versions making the festival rounds at various points. Now it’s finally going to be released on DVD.

The documentary, as expected, focuses on the most recognized fathers of techno, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, and Juan Atkins, but touches on how Detroit specifically influenced the music, sharing the city’s tale as an interwoven element of the music’s history, largely through interviews with techno’s elite, including the aforementioned three, Richie Hawtin, Stacey Pullen, Jeff Mills, Kenny Larkin, and the Electrifying Mojo and dozens more. (Dan Sicko’s highly recommended Techno Rebels covers the same territory in wood pulp form.)

The DVD goes on sale in September, but can be pre-ordered now. Pre-orders come with a special-edition mix from Derrick May.

What to do Post-Block Party?

posted by on July 28 at 1:18 PM

For the first time in years it looks like this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party won’t be a source of rampant heat exhaustion and sunburns. That’s a huge blessing, since that is certainly a tradition I can do without. Now I can make post-CHBP plans with impunity now that it’s far less likely I’ll be leaving with pink-hued skin (yes, even skin with an abundance of melanin can take on a pinkish hue, it just takes a lot of work) and a blinding headache. So here are some recommendations on what to do once things wind down if the official afterparties aren’t your speed.

Friday:
Justin Martin @ War Room - There was a time when I couldn’t stand going to the War Room on Fridays. Even the Gettin’ _______* house series wasn’t enough to get me to go. But since Derrick Carter a few months back the Perfect Hit crew has been pulling in some great music, going outside the same old house DJs you see roll through town every 6 months. Justin Martin, while from San Francisco, belongs in that category. Signed to dirtybird, his promo mix includes not only Iz & Diz, but labelmate Claude vonStroke, Swayzak, and John Tejada as well, keeping things interesting texturally.

Saturday:
Infernal Noise Brigade Funeral @ Lucky Choppers - If there’s any group that knows how to throw a party, it’s the INB crew. Since this is the final hurrah for the group, you just know they’re going to go all out, and the lineup for the evening shows that they indeed are. 5813 Airport Way S. in Georgetown. 9 p.m. $5 suggested, $1 minimum

BootyLib @ Des Amis - If you don’t know Lincolnup, you’ve got one more chance to meet him before he moves to Portland. I first saw him play at the Lower Level, where he played a “feminist-friendly” ghettotech set. I was there out of curiosity, since I didn’t even think that was possible, not with a genre where “Ass and Titties” and “Gimme Head” are classics. Thing is, he pulled it off, with not an innuendo or profane word to be heard, but with no drop in the music’s energy. Impressive stuff, as was the dialogue that ensued about the sociological ramifications of the music. Dude is a booty music scholar fo’ sho’. He’ll be playing Saturday along with Randy Jones(!), Apron (aka Nora Posch), and Ted Dancin, bringing all manner of music to induce asses to shaking. It’s free for the night and stumbling distance from the CHBP.

Anything I missed?

Fired KEXP DJ Clears the Air

posted by on July 28 at 11:11 AM

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Greg Jaspan

On July 19, listener-supported Seattle radio station KEXP fired late-night DJ Greg Jaspan. Jaspan had worked at the popular station—which has a burgeoning international listenership—for six years, during which time he mostly held down the Friday 1-6 a.m. slot.

Jaspan surely had his fans, but it’s fair to say he was pretty low-profile among KEXP’s stable of jocks. However, he was one of the few programmers there who aired instrumental electronic music that wasn’t strenuously trying to be accessible. Besides his deep knowledge of electronic music and hiphop, Jaspan also has been a strong supporter of Seattle’s electronic-music scene, both on-air and off. He’s taken an active role in booking shows and DJing around town while bringing in Decibel festival-affiliated artists to play live on KEXP.

While his termination may not seem like a monumental development to the casual KEXP listener nor is it likely to cause major ripples in Seattle’s radio airscape, it perhaps more importantly has freed Jaspan to reveal the machinations behind KEXP and some of its personalities. Jaspan’s observations in the following interview may be dismissed by some as the bitter gripes of a disgruntled, newly canned employee—but they also can be read as a damning indictment of KEXP’s programming ethos, deceptive promotional campaign, and allegedly duplicitous upper management. You decide. The following exchange (or, more accurately, Jaspan’s scathing monologue in response to a few general questions) is very long, but ultimately enlightening. And Jaspan stands 100 percent behind every word of it.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Correction: F.O.B. Farewell Next Week

posted by on July 27 at 11:44 PM

Turns out I mourned the loss of F.O.B. too early. While J-Justice and Jacob London are still playing tonight (it’s really good thus far), F.O.B.’s last edition isn’t until next Thursday. The new Thursday night takes over August 10th. The night will be called “In the Kitchen,” as in “too many cooks…” It’s sufficiently clever for my tastes.

Simon Reynolds’ Music-Journalism Jeremiad

posted by on July 27 at 10:54 PM

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photo from Perfect Sound Forever

Simon Reynolds—whose criticism in the late-’80s/early-’90s Melody Maker hugely influenced my own aesthetics and whose latest book, Rip It Up and Start Again, I’m currently reading with pleasure—waxes pessimistic about the state of music writing, circa now, here.

Crucial passage:

Ultimately, the things that ail music writing today simply mirror the music itself: entropy and drifting disparateness, the waning of an urgent sense of NOW thanks to retro inundation. If great rock criticism is a struggle to make a parallel poem that rivals the music’s glory, then the music itself must be the spur to grandeur.

So, you see, it’s musicians’ fault that music critics aren’t producing more compelling criticism. Yo, shape up, bands! Innovate! You’re holding us writers back from fulfilling our potential.

Farewell to F.O.B. Tonight

posted by on July 27 at 5:23 PM

The cycle of club nights continues. After closing out Members Only last week, this week the Baltic Room bids adieu to F.O.B. (Future of Beats). Held down by one of the friendliest DJs in town, Michito, and some of his cohorts, it was always a good place to go on Thursdays, filled with plenty of genre-hopping music and nice people. Unfortunately, the night never caught on like it could have, so off it rides into the club night sunset. I’m looking forward to what those guys do next, since the beats were always so fresh (as in produce, not as in anachronistic slang).

But don’t fret for two reasons. One, tonight they’re closing things out with a bang, with SunTzu Sound’s J-Justice joining Jacob London tonight on the decks. Second, Thursdays are going to be taken over by Kid Hops, Misskick, AC Lewis and Riz, any one of whom can successfully rock a party, for a not-yet-known named night.

Things change, things stay the same.

An Excellent Reason to Leave Work Early Tomorrow…

posted by on July 27 at 4:22 PM

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Duck out of work early tomorrow and kick off the 2006 Capitol Hill Block Party with cheap beer, good food, and great music from DJ Franki Chan. Come down before the bands start on the mainstage and start the weekend off with $2 Miller High Life, food from Annapurna Café (selections from India, Nepal, and Tibet), Thaiger Room (one of Seattle’s best-kept Thai secrets), and Hot Dog Joe’s. The Block Party Happy Hour is from 3:00 - 4:30 pm this Friday, and will be followed by sets from Slender Means (pictured above) on the mainstage and Tall Birds on the VERA stage.

Back to Olympia

posted by on July 27 at 2:27 PM

There’s a great show in Olympia tonight, and while I know that’s quite a drive for Seattle folks (maybe we have some Oly readers?), it’s for a great cause.

Back in June, a drunk driver (an underage soldier, actually), drove his truck through a house in Olympia. Luckily, Jeremy, the home owner, his wife and their 2 ½ year old daughter weren’t home at the time, but the house suffered huge damages (duh, a truck went through it). Unfortunately, due to lack of insurance, the family hasn’t received any money from the accident to make the necessary repairs.

To help out, friends have organizaed a benefit show featuring C-Average, Speaker Speaker, and Rodeo Kill. It’s at the Brotherhood Lounge (119 Capitol Way N) at 9 pm, and it only costs $3 at the door. All the proceed’s go to Jeremy and his family.

Jeremy has been a long-time member of the Olympia music scene and is also an employee of Daily Kos. You can read more about the accident on the Daily Kos site, where you can also donate online. If you’re unable to attend, but still wanna see the show, the whole thing will be broadcasted online starting around 9 pm. Click here to watch it.

Dateline, 1958: Rock ‘n’ Roll Wastes Gas!

posted by on July 27 at 1:52 PM

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I’ve recently made a habit of checking out the “This Day in Music History” website each morning, and while the items are occasionally (and understandably) dry (“On this day in 1991, Bryan Adams started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’.”), there is usually at least one gem in the mix. This is the one that made me smile today:

On this day in 1958, fans of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio can cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll can cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.

Os Mutantes show recap

posted by on July 27 at 12:10 PM

Last night’s Os Mutantes reunion show at The Moore was amazing, better than I dared hope. At various points the concert felt like a chaotic run-through for a demented Las Vegas spectacular, a production of Godspell on brown acid, and what I imagine happenings at the UFO Club in London during the Swinging ’60s must have been like. Trippy, man. The band had the energy of the Who, and a multi-tasking line-up (ten musicians on stage) to rival Hidden Cameras or Kissing The Pink. The Moore was stifling hot, but the raised temperature and humidity actually enhanced the experience.

My one modest disappointment was that the band did a lot of numbers in English. This seems especially odd, since when I interviewed Sérgio Dias for our OM feature last week, he was somewhat dismissive of their English language LP, Technicolor, which was recorded in France:

“We weren’t that ready to do a new album when we did Technicolor. We only had two or three finished songs, ‘Technicolor’ and ‘El Justiciero.’ Technicolor is beautiful, but the records we made in Brazil have more sunshine in them.

Personally, I’d rather have heard “Ando Meio Desligado” in Portuguese— the sexiest language, ever—in lieu of its Yankee cousin “I Feel A Little Spaced Out.” But that’s a small complaint.

It took staid Seattle a while to get up on its feet, but they gave the band well-earned, multiple standing ovations, and people danced in the aisles to the encores of “Bat Macumba” and “A Minha Menina.” Before last night, I was dubious about the forthcoming CD and DVD of their London reunion appearances—now I can’t wait to pre-order my copies!

Child Plays Satanic Music at Church?

posted by on July 27 at 11:22 AM

This just in:

At the First Baptist Church of Sequim, teen band, ‘The Blister’, played Black Sabbath’s “˜Lord of this World’ as part of the Summertime Patch Fest Talent Show.

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Lyrics to the song are:

“Lord of this world, evil possessor, Lord of this world, he’s your confessor now.”

Church authorities did not think kindly of The Blister’s performance or choice of song. No further comments were available.

The Blister placed 3rd.

This also just in:

Billy Dee Williams says Colt 45, “Works every time.”

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Trent - out.


Franki Went to Hollywood

posted by on July 27 at 11:00 AM

An Interview With Franki Chan

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Franki Chan got his start DJing here in Seattle at house parties, after-hours events, and during shows at The Graceland (where he was assistant booker to Jason Lajeunesse, now at Neumos). Before that he managed the Showoff Gallery, an all-ages venue/art space in Bellingham. He left Washington a few years ago to move to LA and become a famous DJ, and he’s been fairly successful at it. Here he discusses LA vs. Seattle, comics, his “breakup” with Steve Aoki, and the accusations that still haunt him here in Seattle.

(Franki Chan DJs @ The Official Capitol Hill Block Party After Party! with Big Business and Fourcolorzack. $5, free with Block Party wristband. Neumos, 11:00PM - 1:30AM)

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Heather Duby and Night Canopy Tonight at Triple Door

posted by on July 26 at 6:00 PM

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Heather Duby is having her CD release party at the Triple Door tonight, along with the freshly formed Night Canopy (pictured above and featuring former members of the Catch and Pretty Girls Make Graves drummer Nick DeWitt). I can’t go, but you should. Duby worked with Steve Fisk again, as she did on her debut, which I take as a good sign. Unfortunately, her label didn’t send me a CD, so I can’t offer a critical opinion, but if it’s half as good as Post to Wire, then I want to hear it!

Ticketmaster

posted by on July 26 at 4:43 PM

Like many online services, Ticketmaster uses CAPTCHAs (those little “type the word in this picture” boxes) to make sure you’re a human being and not some no-gooder automated script.

Usually the words are random, but sometimes you wonder. Below is an actual screenshot from a friend who bought some tickets today:

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Coincidence?

Listen to Block Party Bands!

posted by on July 26 at 4:10 PM

You’ll notice in this week’s issue, we have an awesome pullout guide to the Capitol Hill Block Party complete with a handy pocket schedule, write-ups on all the bands playing… pretty much everything you need to know to survive the weekend.

And this year, not only can you read all about the artists gracing the three stages of this year’s completely killer party, but now you can hear them too! Click here to listen to songs by some of my personal favorites, including Murder City Devils, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Common Market, the Divorce, and Speaker Speaker, then log on to www.thestranger.com/blockparty for songs by even more Block Party bands (who are all also undeniably rad).

I mean, I don’t wanna tell you what to do or anything, but frankly I think it’s a pretty good suggestion. So you’re welcome.

Decibel Fest Needs Volunteers

posted by on July 26 at 12:43 PM

If you want to help Decibel bring its exemplary electronic-music event to fruition, contact Db executive director/curator Sean Horton at volunteer@dbfestival.com.

Here’s the deal. Volunteers should be willing to work a total of 8 hours each in 4-hour increments, and in exchange Decibel will provide:
- A Club Pass ($50 value)
- A T-shirt ($20 value)
- All the Red Bull you can stomach :)

Positions Decibel is looking to fill include:
- Local promotions/street team (postering/flyering)
- Will Call/ticket booth attendants
- Merchandise booth attendants
- Stage managers (basic experience with live sound needed)
- Venue set up (might involve some heavy lifting)
- Venue tear down (might require some caffeine)
- Sound engineer (needs extensive experience with live sound & recording)

Volunteers need to be punctual, trustworthy, motivated, and 21+ (except for those at the Broadway Performance Hall).

Good Time Summer Music Jamboree!

posted by on July 26 at 11:39 AM

Lame title for sure, but how else am I going to draw your attention to a bunch of new music and news?

1) Sub Pop has a new release by a nearly all girl Brazilian disco punx band CSS (short for Cansei De Ser Sexy-translation…”Tired of Being Sexy”).

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And they are. Sexy that is. The album is balls out fun in 11 songs and 35 minutes. More flirty than oozing with their sexuality, I find the cd tons more fun then the new Peaches (who apparently has just given up “Teaches” to squirt expletives on us. Ugh).

Even better! The girls are coming to Seattle on a tour with another Brazilian punk/hip hop band Bonde Do Role and Diplo! (Alright you Diplo haters, you can still go to see CSS and Bonde Do Role, then leave before Diplo. I however will be hanging out to hear this master technician work the tables.)

2) The Pet Shop Boys Are Coming! The Pet Shop Boys Are Coming!

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Now could someone please inform me as to when tickets go on sale for their Nov. 5 Show at the Paramount Theater. It would also be nice to know whether this show will be seated or open. A new first for Seattle. I nearly fainted when i found out.

3) Andy Votel is my new God.

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His two recent comps worth checking out: Folk Is Not a Four Letter Word
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and Prog Is Not A Four Letter Word
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are incredible.

Both offer wide diversity in their subject matter while still sticking to the categories at hand. The liner notes are informative, funny and put each band/performer into some sort of historical/cultural context. (Who knew there was Prog rock coming out of communist Poland? Or strident political folk music, sung in welsh, coming off a still functioning label in Wales?)

4) The new Fabric 29: Tiefschwarz is Brilliant.
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From start to finish it has held my interest for quite a few listen throughs. Favorites on it are the Ichundu (aka Tiefschwarz) track and the Riton track. ‘Twould be nice if we’d see that bloke in these parts.
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We don’t get too many sexy-ass dj’s here (sorry Fits, when you take off your shirt and ring out the sweat from your workout on the party goers i’ll change my mind). Definitely check it out.

5) My last bit is a question? Do you like DJ Fourcolorzack?

I’m not meaning to pick a fight or anything, but I don’t think much of his sets. He certainly has the technical skills, he can mix like a wiz. But his sets are like Queen Lucky circa 1995, but with a shorter attention span. The music is old and played out, and he’s frustrating to listen to, because he never plays anymore of a song then the hook and chorus. Yes we know you like the hip hop, but could you spin a bit more then just the breaks? He seems to have DJADD.


But that’s just me, maybe he’ll change it up for the Block Party, but you won’t see me at his hootenany, I don’t have time or nerve endings for that.

So can someone please explain his popularity?


Classic jazz ringtones

posted by on July 26 at 11:31 AM

Getting a little tired of that seemingly-ideal ringtone you downloaded to your Motorola? Lord knows, I’ve just about had my filll of X’s “Los Angeles” (and I thought I’d never tire of that), and I nearly went postal on my BF after hearing “Turn The Beat Around” signal an incoming call one too many times. Well, the folks who hold the keys to the Blue Note archives have just made a batch of classic jazz cuts available as slightly more upscale options. Monk, Miles, Mulligan… the initial offering is only 24 titles strong, but damn, there are some good choices. I call dibs on “Always There” by Ronnie Laws.

Lance Bass is sooooo gay. No, really.

posted by on July 26 at 9:59 AM

Well, it’s about time. Lance Bass from *NSYNC finally comes completely out of the closet in the new issue of People.

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After being photographed at a Provincetown, MA gay bar earlier this month, and a rather blunt post by a columinist The Washington Blade, it seemed ludicrous for Bass to continue lurking in the closet.

But I must admit, I find this quote—apropos of his protracted reluctance—a little discouraging:

“I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys’ careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything,” says Bass, referring to bandmates Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake.

Um, Lance? Wake up. I don’t have the figures in front of me, but I remember a MTV poll conducted in the late ’90s when the vast majority of teenagers surveyed said they wouldn’t care if their favorite artists came out or not. I appreciate that you probably wanted to tell your family and friends first, but in terms of the music world, it’s not as big a deal as you’re making it out to be. You’re doing much more good (and undoubtedly helping your career) by being open about it. Frankly, who you sleep with—unless there are some awesome names you aren’t naming—isn’t nearly as captivating as dancing around like a fool to “Bye Bye Bye” or “Pop.”

I am happy to read that you and Joey are developing a sitcom together. Then again, I’m one of two people I know who saw your film On The Line more than once (the other being Seattle DJ Freddy King of Pants, my rival for Fatone’s big hairy affection), so my judgement is clearly biased.

Work It

posted by on July 26 at 9:56 AM

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There weren’t a lot of fat, lazy ravers back in the day. Whether it was the all-night dancing, the bizarrely health-conscious attitude of the scene (e.g. washing down your MDMA with a fresh organic apple and some spring water), the metabolism-exploding drugs, the power of positive thinking, or all four combined, ravers tended to be a lithe, fit and energetic bunch.

So I guess it makes sense that many years after, now that all those ravers are clean-living grownups, the next Crystal Method album would be a workout tape.

To be sold via iTunes and used with that new Nike/iPod pedometer doodad, Drive is “an original soundtrack composed by THE CRYSTAL METHOD to guide athletes through a 45-minute run, from warm-up through cool down.”

[Drive] follows the progression of a 45-minute work out. The tempo of the track begins at a slower pace to take the athlete through a gradual warm up, increases pace over the course of the run, and then gradually decreases tempo as part of the cool down.

I like this idea. Dance music is functional music anyway. Great DJs and live PAs play with the energy of the room, building up and releasing tension to keep the crowd on the floor, to get ‘em sweating, to make the room classier, or more sensual, or more aggressive, or whatever. So it’s natural that the sonic and emotional tools DJs use would work just as well at the gym. (Many fans of my own music don’t care for nightclubs, techno or dancing — they’re always asking for new live sets for them to work out to.)

What’s missing here, though, is feedback. It would be even cooler to use the data from that Nike thingy, plus information about pulse rate, blood pressure and brainwave activity, to alter the mood and tempo of the music in real time to guide runners towards their fitness goals. This is theoretically possible, using some combination of Ableton Live, Max/MSP and a couple homebrewed MIDI interfaces. But strapping a laptop to your back and wiring yourself up to an octopus of sensors is a bit, erm, impractical for a jog in the park. (Especially if you’re body-conscious, as many fanatic exercisers are.) So I guess I’ll have to wait to get started on that project.

This Week in Music News

posted by on July 26 at 9:45 AM

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This Day in Music History: On July 26th, 1943, Mick Jagger entered this world.

Madonna’s Toilet:Apparently needs to be cleaner than clean.

Muses of Kristin Hersh: Still being thrown?

The Long Tail Phenomena: Slate says it’s overstated; I say it’s a positive thing when people start realizing that artists who don’t move a zillion units are still valuable.

Live From Abbey Road: A new U.K. music show is born.

Beck’s Wife: A fellow Scientologist who supposedly hates “the pot”—especially when it’s smoked at a Radiohead show.


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Oroku, I love you

posted by on July 25 at 4:45 PM

While everyone else was rocking out at that Rentals show last night, I was rocking out even more (I assume) at the SS Marie Antoinette to my new favorite local band, Oroku, who opened the Capitalist Casualties show. It’s not often that I like the first opening band the most out of a show’s lineup, but holy shit. Oroku played perfectly wonderful heavy crust—they reminded me of a more metal His Hero Is Gone, with melodic, sludgier parts akin to Isis (they have an electric cello!). Two members of the band provided vocals: The deeper growls, again, sounded very much like His Hero is Gone, and the higher-pitched screams for a moment made me think of Dino from Dystopia (EDIT: Now that I’m listening to their stuff on MySpace, I see that the vocals do not sound like Dino at all, and that this band indeed rocks more than I thought possible). Oroku are going on a European tour in October, and I overheard the cellist say some of them were taking summer vacations, so they probably won’t be playing in Seattle again until December. This is too bad for us, but they have a 7-inch out, and an LP on the way. Check out their MySpace page to hear some tunes.

As for the rest of the show: Skarp was by far the crowd favorite. Everyone went absolutely crazy when they played. It was really great, though I wasn’t all that into the band myself—but I was completely in the minority on this. In fact, a lot of people left after Skarp played, not even bothering to see the headlining band. Inhaste were straight ahead hardcore, which is not my cup of tea. And Capitalist Casualties rocked, but their performance just didn’t get anyone moving nearly as much as Skarp (though they did end their set with a song by my ultimate favorite band, Antischism, which was fucking rad).

We told you so.

posted by on July 25 at 1:07 PM

The Rentals and Ozma show last night was more sweaty fun than I’ve had in a long time. Neumos was packed with twenty-somethings happy to sing and air punch along to every popilicious song and The Rentals fucking rocked like it was 1996. I guarantee that everyone in the house stopped head-bobbing only when they got too caught up in their own thoughts, trying to develop a scheme to become best friends with the entire very attractive band. Speaking of which, here are some photos:
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Rachel doing that super-cute badass thing she’s so good at.

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The “ooo”s are always my favorite part.

And for those of you with a Matt Sharp fetish, here’s him sexing up the m-phone as he did, repeatedly, throughout the night:
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Ryan from Ozma also played for the set”¦ they, like The Rentals, were a ball of high-energy fun. Look at them! Don’t they look fun? Yes, indeed.

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Orac ‘Em Up

posted by on July 25 at 12:45 PM

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Bruno Pronsato wows a Japanese crowd, July 2006

Orac Records superstars Bruno Pronsato and Caro will be busting out their much bally-hooed tech-house creations tonight at the Baltic Room (1207 E Pine St in Seattle’s Capitol Hill). This will mark the last Seattle appearance for a while by Bruno (AKA Steven Ford) before he resumes his world tour in late July—including dates in Boston, New York, Monteal, and Minneapolis—and relocates to Germany in the fall. Besides that, he’s flooding bins with a slew of killer 12s on labels like Telegraph, Milnor Modern, Orac, Philpot, and Underl_ne. Caro (AKA Randy Jones, co-founder of Orac Records) has been working on new material and perhaps will unveil some of it tonight. If not, tracks off his debut album, The Return of Caro, will more than suffice.

More show info here.

You Are Just Business, You’re Worthless

posted by on July 25 at 11:31 AM

Confidential to the guy who kept yelling “DO IT!” and “PLAY FRIENDS OF P!” to The Rentals at last night’s amazing show:


THANK YOU!


There were several points throughout the show when I think your loud, drunken, inconsiderate encouragement was the only thing that gave the band the confidence to go on. I bet they really appreciated hearing from you during all those quiet moments of acoustic guitar strumming when everyone one else was just listening to their music (like jerks!). I’m pretty sure that if they’d known you’d be there to heckle them, they would’ve gotten the band back together years ago. And yes, “FUCK WEEZER!” is a really interesting point that I’m sure Matt Sharp and co. will be stewing over for the rest of their tour.

So, again, thank you, good samaritan. Never let anyone tell you that they didn’t pay $20 to hear you bray incoherently.

Ghost Wars

posted by on July 25 at 1:39 AM

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I had breakfast with Arlie Carstens, former front man for Juno, yesterday morning. He’s been in town for a couple weeks, laying down tracks for Ghost Wars, his new collaborative project with producer/auteur Eric Fisher (Damien Jurado, Rosie Thomas, etc.). After starting work over a year ago, they finished tracking an album’s worth of music on Sunday, and now Arlie’s going back to LA for five weeks “to obsess over lyrics” before returning to complete the record this fall.

What’s it sound like? Well, you can check out three rough audio samples here. The project, as Arlie describes it, is all about back-and-forth between these two wildly creative individuals. For example, one track, “Waves of Blood” (yes, I chuckled at the title, too), started out as a quiet and contemplative demo by Carstens, but rapidly evolved into “a tsunami of chaos and misery” once Fisher - plus Blood Brothers bassist Morgan Henderson and dual drummers Eric Akre and someone else cool I couldn’t make out (Arlie had a mouthful of eggs) - all got involved. Other contributors include Thomas, Jay Clarke, Derrick Fudesco, Nate Mendel, and many more.

Also in the works, but not slated for the album is a cover of “Divide And Conquer” from Flip Your Wig by Hüsker Dü. “We slowed it down till it sounds like a Nick Drake song,” says Arlie. Which makes perfect sense if you know that Carstens’ musical aesthetic is basically bookended by classic Hüsker Dü on one end, and latter-day Talk Talk on the other. Right now, plans are to tentatively issue this oddity as a split single on a NYC indie imprint. The full-length will, ideally, be available for public consumption by year’s end. In the meantime, trawl the Internet or the radio dial; in addition to KEXP and Last FM, stations in Italy and Japan have reportedly already picked up on the rough mixes on MySpace and put them in rotation.


Monday, July 24, 2006

The Rentals Tonight!

posted by on July 24 at 5:35 PM

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Forgive me for not remembering to post this earlier in the day, but don’t forget that Matt Sharp and Co. are playing an all-ages show at Neumo’s tonight. Hooray!

If you’re unfamiliar with the Rentals you can read what I had to say about the band in this week’s Underage column. The band also has songs available at their website, www.therentals.com. Go. Educate yourselves.

Ozma opens, and they’re Weezer-rific.

Tickets are still available, and doors open at 7 pm. It’s gonna be awesome.

Sympathy For The Bourgeoise

posted by on July 24 at 4:58 PM

I know that Marie Antoinette is technically a film, but, let’s face it, Sofia Coppola basically makes very long music videos-for Air, Kevin Shields/MBV, and now, apparently, New Order. Also, she’s using the same font as the Sex Pistols:


I think that makes it appropriate subject matter for Lineout.


So what we have here is a truncuated music video for “Age Of Consent” in which Coppola takes a subject matter dear to her heart (a wealthy, aristocratic heiress) and gives it her typically soft, vaguely narrative treatment. Kirsten Dunst plays herself wearing period garb, and we watch her waifing around the standard Sofia Coppola set pieces: blue-lit dawns; gauzy, virginal-white interiors; and a twinkling midnight metropolis (Paris this time). We see that royalty enjoy the same simple joys as us peasants: love, dancing, birthday parties, and, yes, eating cake. What’s curious is why Coppola would choose to look back for this story, when we live in an age absolutely teeming with young female oligarchs in need of a good beheading.

Tonight. Punk rock.

posted by on July 24 at 4:28 PM

Looking for something to do tonight? If you’re at all into punk rock, you should by all means go see Capitalist Casualties at the SS Marie Antoinette (1235 Westlake Ave N, 8 pm, $5). They’re legendary—they’ve been playing that beautiful, beautiful power violence for 20 years, so they know their shit (loud, fast, screamy… you know the drill).


Mat Brooke Dismounts from Band of Horses

posted by on July 24 at 4:26 PM

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photo by Robin Laananen

Sub Pop publicist Joan Hiller has confirmed a rumor that’s been swirling around for about a month: Mat Brooke is no longer in Band of Horses. Hiller relays that BOH’s official statement is that “Mat was originally in the band to help with songwriting, and that due to his other projects taking off, he is no longer in the band.”

A Day in the Life of Idiot Pilot

posted by on July 24 at 2:36 PM

Ever wonder what happened to Idiot Pilot?

Since the spastic electrocore duo from Bellingham (comprised of Michael Harris on the mic and Daniel Anderson manning the guitar and laptop) crashed into the scene back in 2004, not much has been heard from them. They made some big waves when they took second place in EMP’s Sound Off competition that year, they released a full-length (Strange We Should Meet Here) on Bellingham’s indie Click Pop, and not long after that the boys found themselves on the receiving end of major label offers. They eventually decided to go with Reprise, and the label redid the album artwork and re-released it to the masses.

From there, the boys got on as support for a few package tours and they continued to play around locally when they had the chance, but it certainly wasn’t the huge whirlwind many expected to see from them since their big introduction. In fact, a number of people have asked me if they’re even still around.

Well yes. Yes they are.

And Mr. Harris tells me that in about a week, the two young men will head down to California where they’ll spend two months recording their follow-up to Strange We Should Meet Here with Ross Robinson, who has worked with the Cure, At the Drive-In, the Blood Brothers, and numerous others. Mark Hoppus, of Blink-182 fame, will be co-producing the record. Daniel also says that the record is slated to almost certainly come out in the first few months of 2007. Personally, I can’t wait to hear the results.

So there. Now you know what’s happening with Idiot Pilot.

Block Party Update

posted by on July 24 at 12:40 PM

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Murder City Devils

Advance tickets for the Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday July 29 are sold out.

According to BP organizer David Meinert, “We are not sold out yet for Friday, but there are no advance tickets left for Saturday. But don’t fret, more tickets will go on sale at the festival day of show. For Saturday July 29, tickets will go on sale at the festival box offices at Pike St and Broadway and Pike St and 12th at 1pm. We advise getting to there early as the event can sell out. And be sure to get your advance tickets for Friday now as those tickets are going fast!”