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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Rock Lottery @ Neumo’s

posted by on July 17 at 8:19 AM


Reporting and photo of John Ackerman by Sam Machkovech.

Halfway through the fourth band’s set at this year’s Rock Lottery, the tall guy behind me decided that this concert, of all concerts, needed his opinion. “I can’t believe so many people are pretending to like this!” The girl next to him shrugged; one song later, she too began (to pretend?) to like the truly stupid antics of Mantastic, dancing herself dizzy to an ode to Mexican beer.

Tall Guy: If you understood the point—25 musicians forced into five hodgepodge bands only 12 hours earlier—you wouldn’t have had to fake it. A few things are a given at the Seattle Rock Lottery, now in its third year: some disasters, some successes, and at least one member of Harvey Danger. But the unknown and unexpected are the point of this thing, and even if it meant that band number four would play a synth-freakout-meets-white-rap song, so be it.

This iteration of the Lottery was low on the wild fuck-ups and memorable chaos that make it so famous in its hometown of Denton, Texas. That’s not to say Seattle’s third Lotto sucked—if anything, it might’ve been too good. Opening act Osama Bin Lottery saw “Awesome” ringleader John Ackermann transform into a funk-rock ringleader, pointing at all members to tell them when to get on top and when to shaboogie-bop. Against all odds, white funk prevailed thanks to sharp pop touches from the other members’ varied backgrounds.

Mixed pollination was the main success story of the night, particularly when Damien Jurado fulfilled “a childhood dream” and screamed his way through a bulging, synth-bass thumper as lead howler for the Federline Conspiracy. And though Choklate saved her weak band with the rock side of her diva prowess, the best set belonged to closers the Most Popular Girl In School. Thank Lashes bassist Nate Mooter for that one. With jheri-mullet-chop locks flopping about, Mooter led his band’s Caribbean-twee-pop set (only at Rock Lottery, folks) with balls-out fearlessness.

How’d I know theirs was the best set? Tall Guy couldn’t stop cheering.

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Go Mootrous Mootrous!

One of the most talented musicians that I know!

Rock Lottery was fun!

Posted by racheal huffman | July 17, 2007 8:58 AM

Dood, Mooter has never gotten the props he deserves. Pop Genius. What's weird is that I grew up with that kid in Bumfuck, ID of all places.

Posted by BillyCorazon | July 17, 2007 9:18 AM

Dood, Mooter has never gotten the props he deserves. What's weird is that I grew up with that kid in Bumfuck, ID of all places and he was a pop genius even when he was, like, 15. The Southeast Idaho Diaspora rears it's ugly head yet again!

Posted by BillyCorazon | July 17, 2007 9:19 AM

Nice writeup; I'm glad you appreciated Mantastic.'s truly stupid antics. TMPGIS was great, but how about thanking the 10-foot marimba of Erin Jorgensen (which she was still packing up after everyone had loaded out all their gear and I was leaving), or the perfect voice of Jen Wood? Just sayin'.

Rock Lottery was really fun. If you're curious, here's my take on the day's events:

Posted by Levislade | July 17, 2007 10:07 AM

More Mooter at McLeod Residence on Thursday:

Posted by Lele McLeod | July 17, 2007 10:17 PM

John Ackermann is a God. Hooray for Rock Lottery!!!

Posted by Head Trauma | July 17, 2007 10:43 PM

oh shucks, oh gosh, you're really too kind. The Most Popular Girl In School was so fun because everybody was so chill, and so down to have fun. Plus having two gals that can harmonize beautifully and write tear-jerk songs on the spot doesn't hurt, and a 10 foot marimba adds alot. Jeez, poor Erin, she had to lug that thing around to TWO different practice spaces, and then to Neumos. that's three half-hour set-ups and three forty-five minute tear-downs. We were lucky to get Eli who is an awesome drummer and he had some really good song ideas, same with our bass player, who even though he could have slapped and slid all over everything had the perfect pop sensability. i mean jesus, he's the BASS player for Johny Sonic, a FUNK band. Funk band bass players are usually pretty sick. Plus at the last second as he was tuning his bass, the nut busted off and he had to borrow one.

well i don't know i just think it was one of the best experiences of my life, i loved every second, i loved the rest of the band from the second we started jamming out the first song, and i loved hearing people scream for 5 imaginary bands that don't even exist. Thank you Chris Webber, for putting this amazing shindig together! peace

Posted by nate lashes | July 21, 2007 11:13 PM

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