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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Xmas! From Book Of Love!

posted by on December 22 at 3:50 PM


Book Of Love - We Three Kings

Merry Xmas! From The Murder City Devils!

posted by on December 22 at 2:47 PM


Murder City Devils - Dead By Christmas (Hanoi Rocks cover)

Merry Xmas! From Charo!

posted by on December 22 at 1:36 PM

All through the weekend I’ll Be uploading some great rare and OOP Xmas tunes. so keep checking back! Here’s the first!


Charo - (Mamacita) Donde Esta Santa Claus?

A Gingerbread House for Everyone

posted by on December 22 at 11:48 AM

chipmunk.jpgIn 1958, Ross Bagdasarian sped up the playback on his voice and created Alvin and the Chipmunks. Bagdad-asarian, I mean, Bagdasarian did all the original voices himself. His stage name was David Seville. “Christmas Don’t Be Late” was a number one hit, selling 4.5 million copies.

Seattle’s own 4 year-old Jelani made a gingerbread house this year. She wanted the Chipmunks to be the song for the footage. The gingerbread house stood for about 90 seconds before it caved in. We were then instructed by Jelani to eat it, which we did. She said, “I made a gingerbread house, for everyone.” I think that’s a nice message. A gingerbread house for everyone. Here it is for you now:

Arabella Spencer-Churchill, Granddaughter Of Winston Churchill

posted by on December 22 at 10:13 AM


Arabella Spencer-Churchill died Friday at her home of pancreatic cancer. She was 58.

Why would anyone who loves music be interested in the granddaughter of Winston Churchill and her accomplishments?

From the New York Times obituary today:

Although born to privilege as the daughter of Sir Winston Churchill’s son Randolph, Ms. Spencer-Churchill rebelled early.

“I was no good at being a Churchill,” she told the newspaper The Independent this summer. She had been a model in the late 1960s, a hippie traveling in Africa and Asia, and a squatter in London running a restaurant for fellow squatters before finding a more settled life in Glastonbury.

Arriving in 1971 in Glastonbury, then a sleepy town in the Thomas Hardy countryside of Somerset, she worked with a friend to organize a festival marking the summer solstice…. [She] told The Independent that she had found contentment at Glastonbury, and, in the festival’s success, a sense that she was a worthy Churchill after all.

“When you think that it’s run by old duffers like Michael and me,” she said, speaking of Mr. Eavis, “the fact that so many people want to be there is very flattering.

“So actually, you know, I don’t think I’ve let the family down at all, have I?”

No, Ms. Spencer-Churchill, you didn’t. The world needs more thoughtful, creative and amazing people like Arabella Spencer-Churchill.


Friday, December 21, 2007

Karlheinz Stockhausen Memorials

posted by on December 21 at 4:34 PM

Two weeks ago I posted about Stockhausen’s passing (or his return to his home system of Sirius).

The BBC has a memorial show which is available on-line until tommorrow. Note that the segment about Stockhausen begins about four minutes into the program.

Here’s an eyewitness account of Stockhausen’s memorial service from composer Paul Dirmeikis. The Analog Arts Ensemble has a massive collection of obituaries and tributes, including the official on-line memorial blog.

Karlheinz Stockhausen

You can also read the Stockhausen Turn You On column I wrote earlier this year as well as visit the Stockhausen site.

Thanks to The Standing Room for the pic of Stockhausen at Disneyland.

Merry Christmas, Whore Moans!

posted by on December 21 at 4:09 PM


News to me: Apparently the Whore Moans used to live in my house. I got a Christmas card for them in the mail today. At first I thought it was a joke letter to my roommate who has very loud sex, so I opened it. I learned quickly it was actually meant for the band. It reads:

“Hola assholes: MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR! We plan to attend many shows in the new year so keep practicing, slackers! We love you whores! Tracy, Colly, Stanly, Wally & Jules Mae.”

There is also a photo. Three of those names belong to dogs.

So yeah, Merry Christmas from those people.

Calling Charles Mudede

posted by on December 21 at 3:35 PM


In this interview, the man pictured above, Lupe Fiasco, makes the following statement:

I might go back to school – I’ll never say never – but I’m writing a book now. I’m battling with Nietzsche. I went back and [read him] because I wanted to see what all the hub-bub was about, and I was like, “I don’t particularly agree with that.” So, now I find myself filling my spare time articulating and de-articulating Nietzsche.

Hip hop and Nietzsche is kind of your beat, Charles. Any thoughts?

Mountain Con

posted by on December 21 at 3:20 PM


From this week’s Band of the Week column:

I get the sense from my fellow Stranger staffers that Mountain Con are not well-liked around here. I am not supposed to enjoy their perfectly-crafted whiteboy soul-funk jam pop. I ought to find Beck-ish, Cake-like tracks like “Ophelia” and “I Fall Apart” fey and irritating rather than breezy and clever as hell. That the long-standing sextet reminds me of dorm-room bong rips and long summer afternoons should be shamed, not embraced. Here’s the thing about all that: I make the call this week and I decree Mountain Con to be really fucking good. JONATHAN ZWICKEL

I can’t believe these guys don’t get more shine around here. There’s a brilliant pop sensibility running through their music, a whiff of mid-’90s, non-grunge alt-rock from bands like James and, like I said above, Beck. “Ophelia” nods to the Band (if only in title) and sounds like an Odelay outtake with better vocals. “Propertius Pound” is a woozy electro-funk pastiche of “Tracks of My Tears,” with singer James Nugent warbling, “There’s no hiding the fact that I am a thief/Originality is nothing but a joke told in 3-D.” “I Fall Apart” is Velvet Underground weeded-out instead of dopesick (with a shout out to the Seattle Weekly—maybe that’s why they get no love.) The production is Dust Brothers dense, jangly with tambourines and slinky piano lines, electrified with turntable scratches and drum machine beats.

Is it too soon for a mid-’90s throwback band? No. Good pop music never goes out of style. Is Mountain Con too radio-friendly for their own good? Probably. This is Seattle, after all.

Check out Mountain Con on the Stranger’s Bands Page.

Sucker for 12-strings

posted by on December 21 at 2:56 PM

Bon Iver makes me wish it was winter all the time.


I can’t stop listening to “Skinny Love”: it’s one of those songs that begs to be played again and again. Justin Vernon croons with the earnestness of Damien Jurado and the growling force of TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. And that falsetto! It kills me. Kills me. The strumming is rough and uneven, the melodic structure isn’t revolutionary, but why fix what isn’t broken? It’s warm and cozy, like my house would be if I could afford to pay for heat.

Pop and the City: Part Three

posted by on December 21 at 1:45 PM

Asks NASA: “Do you recognize this intriguing globular cluster of stars?”
london_iss_full.jpg “It’s actually the constellation of city lights surrounding London, England, planet Earth, as recorded with a digital camera from the International Space Station. Taken in February 2003, north is toward the top and slightly left in this nighttime view…”

Now, let’s go into the city of London with this remarkable video:

Says the man who shot the video:

A journey through London on the Sunday [December 11, 2005] evening after the massive fire at the Buncefield fuel depot. The skies were heavy with thick black cloud.

Music courtesy of Eurythmics’ This City Never Sleeps’ from the Sweet Dreams album. (less)

Now, listen to the lyrics of “This City Never Sleeps”:

You can hear the sound
Of the underground trains
You know it feels like distant thunder

You know there’s so many people
Living in this house
And don’t even know their names

I guess it’s just a feeling - in the city)

Walls so thin I can almost
Hear them breathing
And if I listen in
I feel my own heart beating

(I guess it’s just a feeling - in the city)

The song is about hearing the city. The city is heard as the distant thunder of a train, the breathing of others, and beat of one’s own heart. We hear the machine of the city, the people of the city, and the self in the city.

Last Minute Gift Ideas

posted by on December 21 at 1:44 PM

Still scrambling to find that perfect gift for a significant other, best friend forever (bff), or loving parent? The Easy Street Records in Queen Anne has, while supplies last, the two perfect gifts for any important person in your life. The first:


Slipknot’s Voliminal: Inside the Nine
Quoth Amazon: “It isn’t a concert film or documentary, but rather an impressionistic look at the group on the road with frequent Ring-type special effects. To quote singer Corey Taylor, also known as #8, ‘Being in Slipknot is a lot like having cysts removed from your body. It’s gotta be done and… at the end of the day, it feels really, really good.’” For some reason, the DVD has been put on clearance and is now only $5.99! Don’t let this one slip away!



Powerman 5000 - Backstage & Beyond the Infinite
From the back cover: “On July 20, 1999 Powerman 5000 released their second full-length album. Five months later it had sold over one million copies. This seemingly overnight success was in reality, a journey ten years in the making. Step into the world of one of the most unique and powerful bands today, this is your chance to go Backstage and Beyond the Infinite!” No one can deny this gem, and due to an almost certainly accidental pricing mistake, this titular piece of musical introspection only costs $1.99! It’s the perfect gift for everyone involved!

Good luck out there, guys!

Update! Christmas Eve Might Not Completely Suck This Year

posted by on December 21 at 1:31 PM

From the comments of my New Year’s Post:

Too bad you judge your own yawning boringness on others’ religion.
Posted by get a life…better yet, shut up | December 21, 2007 12:59 PM

Ooh, burn. I forgot, the reason Christmas is boring is because I’m boring, not because everyone leaves town and I don’t have to go to work and everything’s closed and nobody is throwing any parties and I don’t feel the need to worship your false messiah (he’s not here yet, guys!). Sorry, my bad.

Anyhow, I have been informed that I will now be spending Christmas Day recovering from a fucking CRUCIFIXION of a hang-over, due to this super-fun and drunk-looking Christmas Eve party:

So at least I’ll have something to do (shiver in bed, make a greasy potato breakfast).

Today in Music News

posted by on December 21 at 1:22 PM

Bob Dylan’s life story: If you have no interest in the other Bob Dylan life stories, Patti Smith presents some free podcasts.

R. Kelly tour will continue: Bail stands as long as he makes the January 14th court date. Why has this case taken six years to come to trial?

Co-founder of UK’s Glastonbury festival dies
: Arabella Spencer-Churchill (Winston’s granddaughter), passed away at 58.

Tukwila, you can do this!: Wu-Tang says they’ll plan a tour stop for every 1,500 appeals they get on

The MTV Musical: The makers of “High School Musical” will premier “The American Mall” this summer. “It centers on high school graduate Ally (Dobrev), a singer/songwriter battling to save her mother’s music store and to keep the boy she loves, Joey (Mayes), a musically gifted young janitor who fronts a garage band”.

Justice, M.I.A., Wilco, Feist, Arcade Fire nominated for Shortlist: The prize will be handed out early next year to one of the 54 records that has yet to be certified gold.

Dreading Christmas? Start Looking Forward to New Year’s Eve

posted by on December 21 at 12:36 PM

I totally hate Christmas. It’s really boring, especially because I’m not Christian and everyone else is, so I just have to sit around, maybe clean the apartment a little. Yawn. (Although last year was fun because me and a few friends snuck a bottle of champagne and a bottle of OJ into a showing of Dreamgirls. That movie is great if you are drunk and accompanied by smart, sassy gays fresh off a Paris Is Burning kick.)

Anyhow, whether you love or hate Christmas, now’s the time to start planning for New Year’s. A lot of the funnest parties are going to sell out, so you should buy your tickets now. We have 63 (!) events in our extremely comprehensive listings, plus a list of taxi and towncar services, and the Metro transit spiel for that night so you can get home safe. (Coming at the end of today—a more printable, pocketable, prettier form of that list.)

Here’s a couple of events that look neat:
MoeBar’s Enchantment Under the Sea Dance w/ DJs Paul Devro, Pretty Titty and Fourcolorzack

Science Friction, a gigantic event put on by the Decibel Festival, Shameless, Flight to Mars, SunTzu Sound, Fourthcity and EMC at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle
(You can’t really read the flyer, but that’s pretty much every good DJ in Seattle. Honestly.)

More details and more events here. Get your plan on!

Cosmic Jungle Love Mix

posted by on December 21 at 11:24 AM

TJ Gorton's Cosmic Jungle Love Mix
The good people over at kindly asked me to put together an exclusive mix for them, and being a huge fan of their blog, I spent the past couple of weeks putting together this mix I’m calling Cosmic Jungle Love. I’m really excited about the outcome of the mix, I guess I was going for a “Erotic experience within a far away secluded jungle” theme, if that makes sense. Anyways, I think you’ll find some classic disco tracks on here, including many tracks that I’ve recently posted about.

TJ Gorton’s Cosmic Jungle Love Mix
Download Mix Here
Stream Mix Here
01.Maynard Ferguson - Pagliacci (Joe Claussell Mix)
02.Major Swellings - Rompenridder
03.Daniele Baldelli - Safari Vibe
04.Azoto - San Salvador (Instrumental Mix)
05.The Paper Dolls - Get Down Boy (Love on the Run Re-edit)
06.Buari - I’m Ready
07.Gepy & Gepy - African Love Song (TJ Gorton Re-edit)
08.Erotic Drum Band - Everybody Get Dancin’
09.D-R-U-M - Lalabye
10.Brenda Harris - Making Love
11.Ahzz - New York Moving
12.Bombers - (Everybody) Get Dancin’
13.Queen Yahna - Ain’t It Time
14.Right Direction - Midnight Rhythm

Also go check out when you get a chance, it’s a wonderful site!

Also Tonight in Music: Pase Rock

posted by on December 21 at 11:10 AM


Add this to the overlooked list: Pase Rock tonight at Sing Sing. (Seriously, how did we completely miss this show?) You might know Pase as part of Spank Rock’s extended party rap family, or you might know him from his “Waters of Nazareth” drop on Steve Aoki’s mix cd, his novelty song “Lindsay Lohan’s Revenge” (“why you showing them coochie lips/gettin’ up out your car?”), or his latest, “So Fuckin’ Disco”, which is the fucking jam!

You can download Pase Rock, live in the mix with DJ Ayres, Cosmo Baker, and DJ Contra from zshare.

Tonight in Music

posted by on December 21 at 10:41 AM

Blue Scholars, Dyme Def, J.Pinder, Jake One at Neumo’s
Do not miss the penultimate night of The Program, the five-night showcase of Northwest hiphop. For one, it features Dyme Def, the only band that can challenge Blue Scholars, the reigning champions of the Seattle scene. Like the Scholars, Dyme Def has a sound you just can’t miss, a big and hungry beat. As for Jake One, he is unstoppable. He has produced music for 50 Cent, Freeway, De La Soul, and every important local act. As for J.Pinder, he got next. (Neumo’s, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $15 adv/$50 for all shows, all ages. Through Dec 22. See for details.) by Charles Mudede
X-Mas Bash Part 1: Wild Orchid Children, Whiskey Tango, Strong Killings, New Faces
(Comet) You can’t make pretty pop music all the time. Wild Orchid Children’s principal players are perhaps better known right now as the main dandies behind sprawling, symphonic pop collective Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, but they’re not all flowers and love songs and Sgt. Pepper. As Wild Orchid Children, Kirk Huffman, Kyle O’Quin, and company dig into fried classic-rock guitars, haunted organs, white-belted wailing, and suddenly swerving rhythms—a far cry from the Underground’s delicate arrangements. With Strong Killings, Nate Mooter and Mike Loggins of syrupy-sweet power popsters the Lashes make a basement-shaking punk racket full of unintelligible, mic-swallowing screams and barely-duct-taped-together guitar thrash. Whiskey Tango, on the other hand, have no softer side—beyond the acoustic toss-off “Condoms and Cigarettes”—only drunk, double-time, SoCal-style punk. ERIC GRANDY
Second Annual Home for the Horrordays: Schoolyard Heroes, the Fall of Troy, Akimbo, Iron Lung
(El Corazón) Once a year, Akimbo frontman/bassist Jon Weisnewski’s tattoo makes sense—written proudly on his forearm for the world to see is the word “Eggnog.” Seriously. But there’s nothing smooth about Akimbo’s eardrum-violating wall of noise—the trio make the same amount of noise as a hurricane caught in a tornado during a volcanic explosion. Or something. It’s chaos with precision, it’s heavy and brutal, and it’ll blow your mind. On the other spectrum of heavy is the Fall of Troy, another trio that sound louder than they look (especially since their combined weight probably doesn’t even get over 300 pounds). But the storm of noise they make is more calculated. It’s not sludgy; it’s jarring. It’s staccato and tight, a flurry of unsettling riffs. And Schoolyard Heroes, well, they’re the local band that recently had a petition circulating against them—the creators were hoping to get them to stop playing music. Not because they’re bad, but because parents were scared of them. They’re not scary—their horror-movie imagery and dark, metal-tinged rock with shattering operatic vocals really is all in good fun—like a haunted winter formal. What better way to celebrate the time of love, sharing, and peace than with the loudest fucking show you could possibly put upon your poor eardrums. MEGAN SELING
(Read more about these bands—and what they want for Christmas—in this week’s Underage.)

And from the Score:

As part of Pony Boy Records’ “Jazz & Sushi” series, drummer Greg Williamson helms a quartet that features saxophonist Alexey Nikolaev and one of our burg’s best jazz singers, Greta Matassa. Hiroshi’s Restaurant, 2501 Eastlake Plaza, 726-4966, 7:30—10 pm, free.

Violinist Courtney Kuroda, soprano Karen Elizabeth Urlie, and Annalisa Pappano on lirone augment the Baroque NW band for a mixed program of Christmas music from Germany and Italian secular music. On the docket: Monteverdi, Schütz, Gabrieli, and others. I’m eager to see a lirone—which in photos looks like a fattened cello with a dozen or so strings—up close. Preconcert talk at 7:15 pm. Fourth-floor Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 368-0735, 8 pm, $10—$25.

Scholarly Live Rapport

posted by on December 21 at 10:08 AM

programrapport.jpgThe Program continues. The five night stand. One each for the senses.

Tonight’s Neumos presentation of Blue Scholars features their backing band,
Big World Breaks.

BWB guitar player Dan Rapport is with us now.

Are these shows any different from the previous shows Big World Breaks has played with the Scholars?
Dan: They’re slightly different. Early on when we were doing these shows, like New Year’s last year at Neumo’s, it was more Blue Scholars AND Big World Breaks, meaning we did some of our original and breakbeat material along with doing the Scholars songs. Now, we’re just doing Blue Scholars songs, and I think the show flows much better because of it.

Are you all playing any new songs?
Sabzi likes to cover a couple current hits, which is fun for the band. We’re doing Kanye’s “Good Life” and Soulja Boy “Crank Dat.” It’s cool because the BWB’s percussionists Teo and Ab’s little brother Atticus is playing with us for the steel drum part and the dance that goes along with it. I think he’s like 13 or 14 years old and he’s totally into it and loves the Blue Scholars. Here’s to the younger generation, you know? Wait till y’all see the Soulja Boy dance.

How does the band go about adapting the songs for live performance? Do you try to make them sound just like the CD? Is there a process?
We get a CD of the tunes they want us to play and we all individually sit down and learn our parts. Then we come together as a band and rehearse. Saba and Geo play with us for the last couple of rehearsals, once the band is sounding tight. Obviously we have to take some liberties with the tunes as far as adapting them live. The other guitarist, Andy Coe and I have so many frikking guitar pedals that usually we can mimic and get close to any sound. Anything we can’t do, Saba has synthesizers. The drums, bass, and horns are almost always really straightforward parts. Sometimes I make up my own parts. Really though, it’s about being complimentary to the vocals and blending well with the rest of the band. When you’re in a group with this many people you have to keep the shit simple and that’s always what I think of first when I make a new part up.

The process is different for every song. Some are just like they are on the album and some we add different rhythmic feels. When we play “Opening Salvo,” we add a dancehall feel to it for the percussion solo. We’re always coming up with different ways of doing these songs and like I said, we’ve done a few shows with them now, so the process is getting more and more refined.

Do Geo and Sabzi direct the band?
Most of the songs are straightforward enough that we don’t need a whole lot of direction. Saba’s real cool about letting everyone’s ideas get through and he’s not super controlling or anything like that. He is the boss though, and if there’s ever any question as to what to do, we look to him for the answer. Our job is to make Geo and Saba sound as good as they possibly can and to that end I just try to play my parts cleanly and with precision.

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Free YACHT/Blow Instrumentals!

posted by on December 21 at 10:00 AM


YACHT/the Blow producer Jona Bechtolt is giving away instrumentals of the tracks from I Believe in You, Your Magic is Real and Paper Televsion at Team Yacht in the form of three big-ass ZIP files. Bechtolt explains:

I download music. I download a lot of music. I don’t purchase music often, so I completely and totally understand when kids come up to me at shows and look me straight in the eye and tell me they’re not going to buy my record tonight because they’ve already, or are going to go home and, download it. There just isn’t any reason to show animosity towards this new-ish way of communicating; to me, this feels like a natural way of weeding out assholes and the people that aren’t smart enough to make interesting work.

I want to give back. Here are three ZIP files of instrumentals. Download them, use them for karaoke, perform as YACHT or The Blow, chop them up and make your own remixes, make your own new songs, put them on indietorrents, upload them on alt.binaries.mp3.cooldudes, do what you will. These are 256 kbps DRM-free MP3s properly tagged with album art. Have at it!

First I’d like to give you all of the instrumental versions of the songs I’ve recorded and been playing on tour in 2007. This includes all of the songs from I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real., a bonus track that was included on the European release of the album, and the song I made for the David Shrigley book and music compilation, Worried Noodles.

(ht to Idolator, Stereogum)

I Don’t Think That’s Hip Hop I’m Smelling…

posted by on December 21 at 1:16 AM

Seriously, does anybody know what that awful smell was in the air around 8pm this last night? It smelled like manure here on Capitol Hill. Anyone?

Update: Just to clarify, this entry really has nothing to do with last night’s Program, which was awesome. There really was some kind of smell on the Hill last night, and it wasn’t hip hop. Hip hop smells good.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Update for Crocodile Employee Benefit Show

posted by on December 20 at 5:05 PM

To go along with yesterday’s announcement:

It’s gonna cost $10 at the door and Triumph of Lethargy, Dave Bazan, and Sonny Votolato from Slender Means/Blue Checkered Record Player have been added. There will also be some special surprise guests. SURPRISE GUESTS!

It’ll be a fun night for sure, and for a good cause.

Perfect From Now On

posted by on December 20 at 4:40 PM

So my friend Jasen says to me: “You should take a poll on Line Out about records people think are perfect. Mine’s Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection.”


He said that album is 100% perfect, everything about it is exactly as it should be.

Unlike Jasen, I couldn’t think of a perfect record. Records I love, even records I listen to constantly, always have something that keeps me from thinking they’re perfect—one track that’s just not as strong as the others, one goofy lyric that I wish weren’t written, or even just bad art.

Without giving it too much thought (because I’m busy), there doesn’t appear to be a perfect record in my life. Then again, I always have been more of a song girl. I’ll attach myself to a song, and all the others (even if they’re fucking great) will pale in comparison. But I really wish I had a perfect record. I wish I had a record I can sit and listen to all the time and just really love, really cherish the whole way through.

Do you have a perfect record?

Update: Can You Guess The Mystery Singer?

posted by on December 20 at 4:37 PM

On this “Mystery Track”?

No Google-ing allowed. Seriously, do you think you can guess?

The answer later today….


Well, due to the dumb-ass spoiler in the comments, it’s time to give you the answer.

Bryan Adams.

Click the link to find out about it from the original producer, Jim Vallance, hear the original track, before it was sped up and remixed and find out just why Bryan Adams refuses to put it on any Hits album (even though it was his first solo hit - #8 in Canada in 1978).

Deep in Vogue Is the Message, as Well

posted by on December 20 at 3:59 PM

I got to know MSFB’s “Love Is the Message” because the Larry Levan version of it was sampled in Malcolm McLaren’s “Deep in Vogue,” which appeared on the single for his “Waltz Darling” in 1989, released during the height of the Harlem drag ball culture immortalized in Paris Is Burning. Over a trotting disco beat, several voices commemorate the most famous New York “houses” —LaBeija, Xtravaganza, Magnifigue, Saint Laurent, Omni, Ebony, Duprée.

Who the hell are they? You know, they’re somebody when they’re in that little ballroom.

Malcolm McLaren - Deep in Vogue
Right- or Control-Click to Download.

Were you creeped out for infinity years by McLaren’s v.v. fey yet reedy speaking voice? It’s like his pharnyx is wearing a dress.

Ooh, and here’s the video—one of the first to display voguing (certainly before Madonna’s mainstream hit) and featuring Legendary Father Willie Ninja. This one uses a heavier, more tribal beat than the original, with lots of small interludes and lots of samples from audio interviews and Paris Is Burning soundtrack:

On a related note, I totally admit that I was part of that meme in 2004 or whatever where everyone was making fake iPod ads, except for how I was also totally getting into Old Way vogue. Don’t you just wish?

For y’all children that have no idea what’s going on, perhaps you should go to school.

Love is The Message

posted by on December 20 at 3:09 PM

One of my all-time favorite remixers/ deejays is New York’s own Danny Krivit. Throughout his musical career, which started at a very young age, Krivit has put together some of the finest re-edits and mixes for some time, remixing many Disco, Soul, Hip-Hop, and House classics like Arthur Russell’s “In The Light of a Miracle”, Lenny Williams’ “You Got Me Runnin’”, Caress’s “Catch The Rhythm”, and Gary’s Gang’s “Let’s Lovedance Tonight” to name some of my favorites . In his younger days, he was a regular attendee at New York nightclub’s The Loft and Paradise Garage where he gained a wealth of his DJ and music knowledge. Krivit has become a household in the DJ community, and continues to release solid re-edits and mixes under either his name or his alias Mr. K. Here is another one of my favorite Krivit re-edits, a 11 minute cut of MFSB’s 1973 breakthrough classic “Love Is The Message”, which can definitely appeal to fans of disco, funk, jazz, and house.

MFSB - Love Is The Message (Danny Krivit Re-edit)

Today in Music News

posted by on December 20 at 2:12 PM

Live Nation launches its own take on Ticketmaster: Eventim to exclusively cover the company’s entire global ticketing needs.

SXSW: Lou Reed will be keynote speaker at 2008 festival.

Kenny G teams with Starbucks
: Hear Music will drop Rhythm and Romance just in time for V-day.

James Brown Tribute: Bootsy Collins is hosting a concert in honor of the late musician, including Chuck D, Lil’ Boosie, and… Buckethead?

Stephen Stills diagnosed with prostate cancer: “Unlike Danny (Fogelberg), who left it too long to be seriously checked, Stephen found his at an early stage.”

The Eagles to play Grand Ole Opry: Apparently they weren’t slighted, but turned down the Super Bowl gig.

The Crocodile’s Bar

posted by on December 20 at 12:30 PM

The windows from the Crocodile’s back bar, may it rest in peace.

crocwindows.jpgPhoto by Todd Sackmann, from the Stranger Flickr Pool.

Click here to read the full story about the Croc’s sudden closure.

“We had the best January schedule in the city,” Anderson says. “January’s a shitty month for any club, but we were going to be doing well. We had Bobby Bare Jr. and the Decemberists and Harvey Danger.” Those shows are guaranteed packed houses for sure. “I’m bummed out for the city; the Croc was a community space and it’s just gone now.”

Kanye, Fingers, In New Kid Sister Video

posted by on December 20 at 11:37 AM

Nick Scholl mentioned the video for “Pro Nails” by Kid Sister featuring Kanye West. I actually saw her perform a few weeks ago at a party in the Evo snowboard shop in Fremont, but I was there for the party; I’d never heard of Kid Sister. She was a solid performer and I danced and had a good time, but by that point in the party I was particularly drunk and probably would have had a good time dancing in an alley to a scuffed up Captain and Tennille record. My first impression was a strong similarity to Princess Superstar, and on second listen I agree with myself completely. I don’t remember her playing this song live, but well, what I said before…

Here is the internet’s opinion of the video.

Fuck you, internet.

The Program Mix Three

posted by on December 20 at 11:31 AM

We will end this short series of Program mixes with one that features local hiphop artists who for one reason or another are not in it. For example, Rik Rude:

As before, I selected the tracks and Brian Geoghagan mixed
them. Enjoy!

“Too Much Science” by Specs One

“No Label” (Produced by Sabzi) Gabriel Teodros Lovework

“Beat Five” (Produced by Bean One) Choklate

“Heavy” (Produced by Amos Miller) Choklate

“Fatal Rescue” by Mr. Hill

“Cigar Rock Star” by Rik Rude

“They Ryhme” by Silas Blak

“Part 4” by Onry Ozzborn (featuring Silas Blak)

“Secret Wars” (w/ fifteen cats from oldominion) Grayskul

For more Silas Blak, his new album, Silas Sentinnel, is available on iTunes.

Remy Ma’s Alleged Ex-Alleged-Lover: Remy Ma “Ate the Box,” Apparently

posted by on December 20 at 11:10 AM

Ewwwww, MARY. I love this bit. If not for the very tenuous, gossipy tale woven, then for this bulldagger’s dialect and phonation; it’s ridiculously specific. She doesn’t pronounce it “Remy,” with a rhotic R—but like, Nwemy or Ngwemy. My friend insists it’s [!]emy, but I think that’s really pushing it.

Oh, do you even know who Remy Ma is? I know everyone’s all up in Th’ Program right now. I just don’t see that house; no shade.

And just so you know, Remy denied the rumor two days later, via my personal favorite PR tactic—the Official Statement:

“The fraudulent video hoax that has surfaced of an alleged female lover of Remy Ma is completely false and reps for Remy Ma emphatically deny these claims. The staged video and storyline, as well as the voice on the phone posing as Remy are all fictitious and have made it very obvious that this is a deliberate attempt to undermine Remy’s name and character. Remy Ma has not nor has she ever been involved in a same sex relationship with the accuser or any other woman however Remy is respectful of those who choose the alternative lifestyle. Again, this video and claim are both 100% untrue and we hope that the involved accusers are aware of the civil liberties violated in the taping of this video.”

Actually the video and storyline—while they may be fictional—are not “fictitious”; I mean, you and I both just witnessed them actually happening, right? This statement is meaningless, useless, and boring.

Have a blessed-ass day.

Kanye West: Delicate Enigma

posted by on December 20 at 10:29 AM

If you care about Spin, who cares about Kanye, who doesn’t like George Bush, who doesn’t care about black people, who don’t have desirable credit ratings:

“I’m a pop enigma. I live and breathe every element in life. I rock a bespoke suit and I go to Harold’s for fried chicken. It’s all these things at once, because, as a tastemaker, I find the best of everything. There’s certain things that black people are the best at and certain things that white people are the best at. Whatever we as black people are the best at, I’m a go get that. Like, on Christmas I don’t want any food that tastes white. And when I go to purchase a house, I don’t want my credit to look black.”

Miss West, you cannot be in a Kid Sister nail salon video, pose with Jeremy Scott and Cory Kennedy, use the word “bespoke,” and not expect us to think you’re the living, breathing incarnation of On the Down Low.

Um, can I smell your dick, at this time?

Rejected Slogans for 206 Hip Hop

posted by on December 20 at 10:00 AM

I couldn’t make it to the Program last night (sorry, Charles), but it’s on again tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday night.

In the meantime, some recently uncovered rejected “de facto slogans” for 206 hip hop (with photoshop thanks to Tyler Bosch):






And, of course, the original.

Two more hats full of hip hop tonight at the Program!

Last Minute Xmas Presents

posted by on December 20 at 7:50 AM

Check this out!


It’s a blank cassette tape USB drive. It’s 64MB so it holds about one hour of music, and it comes with a paper sleeve you can write on or decorate yourself.

Just like the old days!

Who would not be stoked to get something this cool, full of the music you love, made especially for the other.

Turntable Lab has ‘em, and with second day air at $35. you may just luck out and get it before xmas (or you could go for the overnight and get it by friday for a total of $55).

Suck also makes this fantastic Flat Mini Boom Box you get to put together yourself that fits most iPods. I’m sure the sound is sucky, but imagine yourself having a little party with this….


and if you need to go somewhere in a hurry, it folds down flat.

They also make an iPod holder that looks like a hymn book, for, you know, when you visit your mormon relatives or something.

Those snazzy Brit designers. What will they think of next?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What the Bartender at Victory Lounge Thinks of the Presidential Race

posted by on December 19 at 10:30 PM

Had to go to the Snowboard Connection (the new one near REI—been there?) tonight and on my way home decided to get a drink at the Lo-Fi. It has been forever. It has been so long that apparently I don’t even know when the Lo_Fi is open, because it wasn’t open tonight, at least not at 8:30 this evening, when I needed it to be open.

So I went to the bar next door, the Victory Lounge (which I believe used to be a saloon or something, right? with punk bands playing contantly? and a deck?). I guess because I had this crowded-punk-saloon idea in my head I was surprised to find the place empty, new-looking, and dominated by two flat-screen TVs playing commercials on mute. The bartender was playing the Killers and the Kinks. The Kinks song was “Lola.” I’m not sure what the Killers song was.

Eventually I asked the bartender what I ask everyone.

The bartender said, “People act like it’s some altruistic thing. It’s not. You support the candidate who’s going to benefit you most.” He is a Hillary guy. “She’s got the health care plan. I don’t have health care and I haven’t since I was 26. That was 10 years ago.” To say nothing of the working poor, etc. He said, “It’s ridiculous.”

After a beat he said, “In high school, as a freshman, you can’t be a candidate for student body president. That’s how I feel about Obama.”

Croc Employee Benefit Show

posted by on December 19 at 5:59 PM

Just receieved a headsup from Pete Greenberg, Chop Suey’s new bookmaster general:

We’re working with a title of “Unscrew The Crocodile Employees Benefit Show.”

Featuring members of:

Fleet Foxes
J. Tillman
Damien Jurado
Peter Parker
Pale Pacific


Sunday, December 30 @ Chop Suey. 7 pm doors. $TBA.

Come down hear some songs, share a story or two. Get to say goodbye.

Should be some raffle prizes too.

Smart move, Pete.

Ryan and Nick of the Whore Moans

posted by on December 19 at 5:16 PM


Taken by soundonthesound.

See more in the Stranger’s Flickr Pool.

Freak Out, Far Out

posted by on December 19 at 4:54 PM

While searching for photos of local band The Moondoggies for next week’s paper, I came across this classic video of Dr. Hook playing the Old Grey Whistle Test.

Holy fuck! This clip has everything: high kicks, lewd hippie spider-dancing, gratuitous instrument-swapping, a capella drum solo, fuzz-bass solo, air-boxing, cowbell supreme…

From what I hear on their page, The Moondoggies do a more reserved kind of backporch boogie, but if they draw any sort of inspiration from the above performance, then their New Year’s Eve show at the Blue Moon should be a riotous good time.

(Just noticed Zwickel posted about these guys earlier today. No matter. That Dr. Hook clip needed to brought to people’s attention.)

Baby Come On

posted by on December 19 at 4:06 PM

Here is a rare slow grooving soundtrack cut from the 1976 Francois Reichenbach directed French adult film Sex O’Clock U.S.A., entitled “Baby Come On”. The movie is basically a documentary that explores sexual behavior within the U.S. nightclubs during the 1970’s. The movie soundtrack was produced by French disco producer Claude Pascal and written by French composer Mort Shuman. The soundtrack featured numerous erotic disco-funk and synthesized rock cuts. In 1976, New York’s Prelude Records and Canada’s London label released a 12-inch disco single of “Baby Come On”, which also included the track “You’re My Man”. The film soundtrack and single are very rare finds that constitute some solid disco production that can help enhance any adult movie experience.

Sex O’Clock U.S.A. - Baby Come On

Himsa: Brought to You By Vitamin Water

posted by on December 19 at 3:27 PM

Seattle’s favorite not-quite-Swedish hair metal band brings us a glimpse of their life on the road. In this round of Himsa TV: The band drinks lots vitamin water, makes soup, slap fights with each other, plays the Wii, goes to Universal Studios, and shreds. Oh metal dudes, you’re such lighthearted scoundrels.

Disclaimer: “Himsa is not actually sponsored by Vitamin Water…YET!!!”

Best of luck with that, boys. I’m still working on my scheme to get sponsored by Capri Sun.

First Night of the Program

posted by on December 19 at 3:18 PM

Here are some really nice photos to go along with Paul Constant’s review of last night’s sold out Program debut at Neumo’s.

All photos by Morgan Keuler.










The Program continues tonight with Common Market, D.Black, Sleep of Oldominion, Can-U, DJ Vitamin D, and of course Blue Scholars. But it’s already sold out. There are some tickets available for Thursday-Saturday night and they’re going fast. So if you want to go, you might wanna act now.

Even more photos after the jump.

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I Saw The Program From My Couch Dude!

posted by on December 19 at 2:38 PM

IMG_9581.jpgPhoto of Blue Scholars by Morgan Keuler

The sold-out inaugural night of The Program @ Neumo’s last night was mine to behold, from the sweaty dude-free environs of my living room, thanks to SyncLive, which may or may not be the future. Logging in, I was greeted to a nice, fairly clear video of the evening’s prooceedings, from PDX femcees Siren’s Echo to Unexpected Arrival to Swollen Members to headliners the Blue Scholars.

The whole time, I was able to chat with other fans and artists watching the same video feed. Among others I talked shit to were other Program artists D. Black, Dyme Def, Barfly and Can-U, as well as local hiphop lovers like Seattlest’s Katelynn Hackett and the Times’ Andrew Matson. Let me tell you, we had a grand ol’ time. Fans from as far as Florida questioned why so many of us 206ers weren’t physically @ the show… Well, kid I have something called early deadlines this week, fuck off! Anywa, all in (virtual) attendance were able to clown audience members, debate the merits of the live band, clown Dave Meinert, and of course, heap praise upon the straight-gone antics of the night’s host Sonny Bonoho.

I gotta say though—being able to watch the show online from the comfort of my own home last night was a revelation. I was able to see/hear the action probably better than a great deal of the kids at Neumos. As I inevitably grow more and more antisocial, this might be just what I need. Holler at me fam, I’ll be doing it all over again tonite.

Watch the live stream from The Program video page starting at 9 pm.

Comet For Sale: Sold!

posted by on December 19 at 2:38 PM

The Seattle Times reports:

The Comet Tavern, a dive bar that is one of Capitol Hill’s drinking-and-music landmarks, has been sold.

“It’s going to stay the Comet, the booking person is going to stay there, everything stays the same,” said Conrad Topacio, real-estate agent who handled the sale of the Comet, at 922 E. Pike St….Topacio said the deal was being finalized; he would not reveal the new owner’s name until then.

David Byrne on the Future of the Music Biz

posted by on December 19 at 2:00 PM

Wired has an excellent piece by David Byrne on the future of the music business. He lays out six models for survival, ranging from the so-called 360 deals to the totally DIY route, and weighs the benefits and costs of each. He has a chat with Thom Yorke, Brian Eno, and Mac McCaughan. He makes some charts and graphs. Idolator pegs it as an updated, maybe more thoughtful version of Steve Albini’s infamous screed, The Problem With Music. It’s a pretty great article. Read it here.

Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall

posted by on December 19 at 1:59 PM


Rufus Wainwright on his new CD, Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall, is a funny fellow. Not just telling endearing stories of his childhood: wearing aprons, putting on his mothers high heels, his fathers sobering stares. No, this Rufus is funny because I don’t think he quite understood what he took on by performing the whole of Judy Garland’s legendary Live At Carnegie Hall album from 1961 in its entirety, on stage.


Let’s dispel the obvious differences right away, because in a sense, they don’t really matter at all. Judy was a woman, a star, and is now a legend. At the time this album was made Judy Garland was loved by everyone, not just “the gays”, as she’s been ghetto-ized today, but by everyone. Period.

Rufus Wainwright is a man, not quite the same amount of light shines from his star, and he has yet to reach legendary status. At the time he performed this show Rufus had found his base, but seems unable to break through to a larger audience. The gays love him, and friends of the gays love him, but his nasal delivery and his precious songwriting style tend to leave those with smaller minds, behind him.

When I first heard of this project, I thought, “This is perfect for him.” For someone who’s lifestyle seems frank and extrovert (full page New York Times confessionals on drug addiction, sex and recovery), these songs seem a perfect match. Nearly all of these songs, as sung by Garland, are sung at you, to you, and for you. Little, in her song selections are words reflecting on her own life. She had too much drama around her when she wasn’t on the stage, why would she bring that trouble and lay it on you?

So by all means Rufus, give it your best shot.

And how does Rufus fair?

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Today in Music News

posted by on December 19 at 1:32 PM

“Happy Christmas your arse”: BBC changes its mind about Pogues censorship.

What’s with this kid?: Josh Groban sets record for Christmas record, becomes 2007’s top-seller… surpassing even the soundtrack to High School Musical 2.

Royalties for Radio: New act supports musicians being paid for terrestrial radio play, adding to the list that includes satellite and internet radio.

Change of tides in the Media: FCC overturns ban on cross-ownership, broadcasters can now own publications.

2007 in Numbers: In Part 3 of Bigger Than The Sound, MTV makes more reflections on a bad year. Part 2 looks at the role of the internet in the industry.

Baby Boom: Lily Allen, Britney Spears’ 16-year-old little sister are both pregnant. Momma Spears’ forthcoming book on being a “Pop Culture Mom” put on hold for the time being.

Lifetime Grammy: Winners are Burt Bacharach, The Band, Cab Calloway, and Doris Day.

Howlin’ at the Moondoggies

posted by on December 19 at 1:26 PM


GODDAM I can’t get enough of the two new songs from the Moondoggies, Seattle’s stonedest, smartest bar band. Diligently citing ‘69-‘70 era Dead/Band/Burrito Brothers cosmic blues boogie, these are niche tunes, sure, but man, what a fantastic niche it is.

“Ol’ Black Bird” is a double-time country garage barnburner, soulful Rhodes battling against wiry guitar. The song is built of hooks inside hooks, vocally and musically, but the band knows when to string it out into heavy electric crescendo. “Want You to Know” saunters along with a mid-tempo bass line, hand claps, and the ‘doggies’ usual pithy lyricism. “I wanna believe/In something bigger than me,” they sing, Band-like in their full-group gospel. Me too. I listen to this stuff and I do.

The Moondoggies play the Blue Moon on New Year’s Eve with Purty Mouth.

Queens of the Stone Age, Jaguar Love @ the Paramount

posted by on December 19 at 12:50 PM

JaguarLove_Paramount_121807_8450.jpgJaguar Love by Justin Renney

Everything seemed in order at Jaguar Love’s first Paramount show last night. The band’s pedigree (Blood Brothers, Pretty Girls Make Graves) is steeped in experience at big halls like this one, and the immediate, poppy bombast of their set matched the quartet’s enthusiasm, leaping and strutting around stage. Hell, they even had Rob Pope from Spoon filling in on bass. Too bad about all of those Queens of the Stone Age fans in the house.

Meathead shouts of “YOU SUCK!” punctuated every between-song break, though to be totally clear, they didn’t overpower the hometown crowd’s surprisingly loud cheers. I say “surprisingly” because Jaguar Love didn’t strike me as the band to win over the Queens fans in attendance, driving in from the burbs with AC/DC and Necromantix hoodies on, walking out of the fucking bathroom with hand-horns held high. Killer deuce, brah? Rock on, whatever.

That attitude ran clearly in contrast to this:

The Blood Bros’ hardcore had tilted toward more melodic compositions by band’s end, but clearly, the new band’s about pop, giving lead singer Johnny Whitney the opportunity to fully unleash his inner, effeminate diva—I don’t mean this as a knock, but the guy seemed like a cross between Karen O. and Chris Crocker last night, cocking his shoulders in little shakes while running his free hand in his bleached-blonde hair, strutting and crying in his high pitch with only occasional screams. The teenage girls in the crowd couldn’t help but giggle at it, especially at the end of the song in this video, but I thought the delivery was entirely appropriate for the band’s approach—a more inspired and interesting take on My Chemical Romance (again, not meant as a knock). Some of the stuff seemed way too generic for anybody’s good—in particular, I disagree with Megan about “Georgia, Take Me to the Sea,” a mid-tempo piano ballad that comes off like latter-day Elton John—but the transition to danceable fare otherwise seems natural, not forced, which was probably the biggest surprise of the night.

QOTSA_Paramount_121807_8642.jpgQueens of the Stone Age by Justin Renney

The kids with Blood Brothers patches safety-pinned to their messenger bags made their opinion loud and clear—new band, good, fun—but much of the crowd hid in the drinking lounge until Queens took the stage. First time I ever saw these guys was in 2000 at an in-store concert—had no idea who they were, just thought it was weird that the entire store, normally known for stacking its shelves with twee albums, had suddenly filled with a biker gang. Seriously. Not sure how many bikers were among the thousands at the Paramount last night, but they sure as shit weren’t crowdsurfing:

This is what the $30 version of “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” sounds like, though while this old song was retooled, the rest of the set was made up of by-the-books retreads of songs from the past two albums. Maybe that’s why the bikers didn’t show—the big, fuzzed-out whallop used to be a tongue-in-cheek guilty pleasure mixed into the band’s slower, stoner-rock fare, but last night, lead singer Josh Homme sported a whallop-boner. A few of the songs, including a “this is the first song on our new record” debut, mixed some prog into the band’s original winning formula, but most of it was like “Sick, Sick, Sick”—go for the throat, no style, no fun. The pre- and post-Nick Oliveri eras probably aren’t as divisive for the band’s fanbase as with other clashing-ego rock giants, but this many years after his departure, the fun, fervor and screams he’d add to a show of this magnitude were still sorely missed—stand-in-one-place Josh needed a foil at the Paramount. Of course, even without Nick, Queens were better for an arena-rock show than most of the bands on everyone’s T-shirts, but that kinda goes without saying.

Radiohead’s Carbon Footprint

posted by on December 19 at 12:39 PM

From the band’s blog, Dead Air Space:

Earlier this year we asked an Oxford company called Best Foot Forward to look at the carbon and ecological footprints of two recent Radiohead tours, with the aim of reducing our carbon output. Touring is very important to us, a large part of the joy and passion of what we do, and we are committed to finding more responsible ways of doing it.

We asked Best Foot Forward to compare two different kinds of tours we’ve done recently in America: an out of town ‘big gig’/amphitheatre tour, and a smaller theatre tour in city centres.

We wanted to find out which kind of touring has the lowest carbon and environmental impact ‘per person entertained‘. We had lots of information to work out our own carbon footprint, but we had to make some assumptions about the fans’ footprint; how they travel, and how much beer they drink when they get to the show!

This is what we found:
Fan travel and consumption made up 86% of the Theatre tour and 97% of the Amphitheatre tour.
Of the band’s touring impact – Travel and energy use accounted for 60% (Theatre tour) and ~40% (Amphitheatre tour)
International travel accounted for a further 34 – 40% of impacts.

Short of no-one coming to see us, we’d like to share with our fans some ways of reducing this – our early research suggests that how you come to our shows can significantly reduce the tour’s carbon output. To help achieve better results, we’re trying to play as many shows as possible in city centres because of their better transport links. From the Best Foot Forward report, the rough figures below give you an example of how much of a difference you can make.

For the big shows:
If average car occupancy increased from 2.2 to 3, the whole tour’s overall CO2 output would be reduced by 22%.
Halving fans flying would reduce overall CO2 consumption by 5%
And if 10% of car users travelled by bus it would reduce CO2 emissions by 7%

Where we can, we will be reducing our own carbon emissions, starting with sea freighting our gear. It’s 93% more efficient than air freighting, and if we ship our equipment to and from America, we save 47 tonnes of CO2. We will be doing this for touring in 2008, along with travelling as little as possible by air, avoiding chartered flights, and investigating more efficient road and rail transportation.

You can download the whole report here.

We’re aware that this study is tentative and partial, but it’s a start, and we’ll share with you more information as we get it.


DJ Spooky’s polar ice-caps thank you, Radiohead.

(hat tip to line out tipper Marc)

(On a Tuesday!)

posted by on December 19 at 11:57 AM

Last Sunday, I saw the seven-and-a-half-hour War and Peace at SIFF Cinema. It was pretty much everything you’d imagine it would be: Immense, difficult, outrageous. I’m glad I went, but I can’t really put into words how I felt about it. The one thing that I was pretty sure of, though, was that it was going to be the last big cultural event I’d experience for the rest of 2007. The week before and after Christmas tends to be a vacuum of interesting arts because nobody likes to think too hard at Christmastime.

Last night, I went to the first night of The Program at Neumo’s. I got there around ten, thinking that, you know, nothing usually happens at a show before ten. I caught the very end of Unexpected Arrival’s set, and, based on the sweaty, euphoric faces in the audience, something had just happened. Neumo’s was sold out, and the floor was packed—for the third act from the headliner! On a Tuesday!—and I really started to regret showing up late.

The atmosphere was alcohol-tastic. I saw a bunch of people get bounced, and I overheard one Nuemo’s security guard say to another: “I feel like I’m fucking teaching preschool tonight.” The crowd was, to say the least, eclectic:

This fellow, for instance, had come all the way from Greece to see the show.

I’d never seen the next act, Swollen Members, perform before. I loathe their name, but I fell in love with their live show. Prevail is one of the most energetic performers I think I’ve ever seen. His dreadlocks whip around every which way as he climbs into the crowd and leads them in jumping, waving and shouting, and it seems like he never stops smiling. Their act feels like an old-school MC show, where the guys onstage are trying to start the best party in the universe. I honestly didn’t think that they could be topped.

And then the Blue Scholars came on with two guitars and three horns and a massive drum kit and blew me away. They played just about everything you’d imagine they’d play, but the intensity and enthusiasm they brought to their act and the evening and, hell, the entire Program, was infectious. It felt like a legendary show. I have no idea how they’re going to keep up this amount of energy for four more headliners in a row, but I have faith that they’ll do it.

My only regret is that I didn’t buy a pass for the entire Program. This was utterly unlike any other concert I’d ever seen: The energy from the stage was positive, inclusive, and overwhelming. There were so many shoutouts—206! Eastside! Vancouver!—that it was like a pep rally, and I realized when I was leaving that, for the first time in ages, I actually felt proud to be from Seattle and the Northwest. I wish that I could put my life on hold and just watch the entire 5-day Program from beginning to end, like War and Peace. I think it would leave me with the same grateful, speechless feeling.

Just Ice

posted by on December 19 at 11:39 AM

DJ Spooky turns Antarctic ice into 21st century beats.
antarctica-summer-400.jpg How low can you go?

#19: “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” by the Beatles

posted by on December 19 at 10:51 AM

I’ve been a bad advent calendar.

But to pick things back up again, here’s a little treat:

(There’s no actual video, it’s just the song playing through a YouTube player, but I couldn’t find an MP3 and I really wanted to post it because I love it, especially the personal greetings at the end. So imagine your own cartoon Beatles dancing around the tree like in A Charlie Brown Christmas or something.)

That (The) Program Feed

posted by on December 19 at 10:43 AM


Oops-a-dunkers about that live video feed from The Program. It’s a highly mystical technical issue, which we cybershamans have now figured out. Everything should be working fine tonight, BBs.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Program - Live Streaming Tonight

posted by on December 18 at 5:36 PM

Starting at 9pm tonight, The Program will be streaming video live here. Don’t miss it.

Xiu Xiu and Fucked Up Sue Rolling Stone, RJ Reynolds

posted by on December 18 at 4:00 PM

Daily Swarm reports today that Xiu Xiu and Fucked Up are leading a class action lawsuit against Wenner Media and RJ Reynolds for the stupid (not stupid-fresh) “Indie Universe” advertorial:

Fucked Up vs. Rolling Stone. Fucked up vs. Camel cigarettes. It may be the first time those words have seen a “vs.” in the middle, but they’re right there in print in a legal complaint filed this afternoon in Alameda County, California.

Indie rock bands Xiu Xiu and Fucked Up today filed a class action lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (the parent company of Camel cigarettes) and Wenner Media (the publisher of Rolling Stone) alleging the unauthorized use of artists’ names, unauthorized use of artist names for commercial advantage (right of publicity), and unfair business practices, all in regards to the ‘Indie Rock Universe’ multipage advertising section that appeared in the 40th Anniversary issue of the magazine published on November 15. The class action, which was instigated by Xiu Xiu and Fucked Up but filed on behalf of 186 bands and artists featured in the pull out spread, accuses both the cigarette company and the magazine of engaging in “despicable conduct” that was “illegal under settled, unambiguous California statutory and common law.” The lawsuit demands Rolling Stone publish an admission that the artists’ names were used without consent in a spread equal in size to the original ad, as well as seeking actual and punitive financial damages. (Under California law, this could conceptually amount to $750 per issue of Rolling Stone, per band, or a whopping $195.3 billion Ed. see comments below).

Awesome! RJ Reynolds could end up funding, like, the most expensive Xiu Xiu record ever! I’m thinking: mountains of coke, Paul McCartney on backup vocals, massive Moog modular synths, one retired astronaut—this is going to be so, so rad.

(hat tip: Idolator)

As Long As We’re Selling Everything…

posted by on December 18 at 3:21 PM

Why not the Comet? From Craigslist:

Seattle’s oldest bar - $400000

Seattle’s oldest tavern/bar, centrally located in Capitol Hill. Very established. Possible Class H and pull tabs. NDA required. DO NOT TALK TO EMPLOYEES.

I took the listing down to the Comet and showed bartender Raymond Kemp. He hadn’t seen it, but he didn’t seem surprised.

“Well, there you go,” he said. “Every bar in town is for sale.”

The State of the Program

posted by on December 18 at 2:54 PM


Tomorrow night is sold out:

Wednesday, Dec 19 All Ages
* Blue Scholars
* Common Market
* D. Black
* Sleep of Oldominion
* Can-U
* DJ Vitamin D

For more show info, go here.
If you can’t get in, you can watch a webcast of the show on this site. See, there it is.

Nassau’s Got a Whole Lot of Soul

posted by on December 18 at 2:54 PM

A funk/disco track that I’ve been getting into a lot lately is the known 1971 classic “Funky Nassau” by Bahama funk outfit, The Beginning Of The End. I was watching the excellent BBC documentary Love Saves the Day: The Birth of Disco, and during that documentary, “Funky Nassau” came on over some classic footage from Nicky Siano’s legendary disco club The Gallery. Ever since then I haven’t been able to get the song out of my head. This funky-disco track came out well before the disco explosion in the mid-late 1970’s, so the track didn’t become a dancefloor hit until 1974 when the track was re-released by Atlantic Records with 9 other songs including “Funky Nassau Pt. 2”. The Beginning Of The End didn’t see much success as a group after this record, however, this Nassau native funk band succeeded in leaving behind a solid dancefloor gem that will move the crowd for years to come.

Here’s the excert of the excellent documentary
Love Saves the Day: The Birth of Disco

…and the classic track
The Beginning Of The End - Funk Nassau Pt.1 & Pt.2

Ingrid Michaelson Show Moves to Nectar

posted by on December 18 at 1:24 PM

More Crocodile migrations…

Due to the closure of the Crocodile Cafe, the Ingrid Michaelson concert scheduled for Monday, January 21st has been moved to Nectar Lounge. Tickets will be available Wednesday at 10am via all Ticketmaster outlets,, or charge by phone at 206.628.0888.

Show Details:
Ingrid Michaelson
with special guest To Be Announced
Monday January 21st
Nectar Lounge
$12 advance ticket
All Ages

Pop and the City: Part Two

posted by on December 18 at 1:22 PM

This is Johannesburg at dusk…

…The video for this great afro-rock song by Juluka, “Fever” (1980), was not shot in the city that inspired it, Johannesburg…

Johnny Clegg sings:

The night is a promise/I feel it to the core.
Young and hungry on the street/Watching the score…
Down past an old cafe/Walking to I don’t know where…
Watching [the people] struggling to get their share.

Two things. A night in the city is nothing if its air is not vibrated by the beat of some promise—the promise of a new pleasure, a new happening, event, exchange, encounter. If you do not feel this promise “to the core” of your being, then you are not standing in a big enough city.

The other thing: The type of walking Clegg describes in “Fever” is only possible in the biggest cities on earth. Clegg deliberately walks with no sense of direction; he walks with no end in sight; he walks only to get lost. “Walking by an old cafe,” he sings. Where is this place? What forces brought him to this unfamiliar neighborhood? What will he encounter in this lost part of the city? And you just don’t get lost; you must know how to get lost.

The ability to lose your way correctly was designated by the German critic Walter Benjamin as the defining art of a big city person. “Not to find one’s way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal, It requires ignorance—nothing more,” he wrote in his memoir “Berlin Chronicle.” “But to lose oneself in a city—as one loses oneself in a forest—that calls for quite a different schooling.” Johnny Clegg has had this different type of schooling.

Converge and Neurosis Announce Special Seattle Shows

posted by on December 18 at 1:10 PM


From Converge’s website:

Neurosis & Converge live in Seattle Two nights only…

02/16: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Neurosis and Special guests (21+ show)
02/17: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Neurosis and Special guests (All Ages)

So far, Converge has no other tour booked around these shows, only the two Seattle dates. This is going to be insane. Here’s a clip from their 10/16/04 show at El Corazon:

Badd Santa

posted by on December 18 at 12:49 PM

Megan (and er…Fits) seem to be keeping on top of the Xmas Advent Calendar. So I thought I’d review some fresh new albums and singles this week on the Xmas music scene.


Badd Santa - A Stones Throw Records Xmas

Peanut Butter Wolf has compiled a selection of Xmas tracks old and new for your hip-hop inclined party. The old tracks are rarities like 69 Boys and the Quad City DJs Miami bass rap “What I Want For Christmas” and the 80’s funk of Busy Boys “Funky Fresh Christmas”, thrown in are some semi-classics like James Brown and Vince Guaraldi as well as a kooky Free Design track called “Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas)”. Nothing says Xmas like vocal pop!

New tracks from Stones Throw artists include James Pants “This Christmas Girl” with its funky electro Beck-ian beats, the somewhat forgettable “Kwanzaa Song” by new signee Georgia Anne Muldrow and a lovely vocoder xmas ditty by Bruce Haack called “I Like Christmas”. That is on super extended replay at my house this year.

The whole album flows well, and went down the bomb while we my son and I decorated the xmas tree. Although adding tracks by Guaraldi and Brown seem like Peanut Butter ran out of ideas, it actually mixes together fairly well. As far as Xmas albums with rap go, I can definitely see listening to this year after year (much better material than that horrible Roots track “Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa”)

Unfortunately the only place in America selling the CD is Urban Outfitters, but if your a vinyl junkie like myself there are a number of online stores that are well equiped this Xmas.

Check it out! Samples of course are HERE!

I Think They Got the Alias

posted by on December 18 at 12:04 PM

laurab1.jpgThis morning I filled up at a gas station on 23rd. I was wishing I had one of those hydrogen powered cars when, what to my wondering eyes should appear on top of the pump but an abandoned copy of The Best of Laura Branigan.

I know Branigan’s not exactly current, but to leave her on top of a gas pump? In the rain? During the holidays? That’s not right. She sang her heart out for you every time you pressed play on that CD. She gave you her all, and you just left it there.

I got a napkin, wiped the CD clean, and took it into the gas station attendant thinking it might be his. I asked, “Is this your Laura Branigan CD?”

He said, “Who’s Laura Branigan?”

“Who’s Laura Branigan? You don’t know the song ‘Gloria’? Did you see Flashdance? The actress Jennifer Beals? Gloria made the soundtrack. It won a Grammy in 1983. It sold over six million copies in the U.S. alone.”

I think they got your number!!! I think they got the Elliott, I mean, alias, that you’ve been living under.
 But you really don’t remember, was it something that they said?
Are the voices in your head calling, Gloria?


Well, the attendant hadn’t seen Flashdance, and it wasn’t his CD. I took it back outside, put it back on the pump, and propped it up so it was in plain view. Maybe the owner will realize it’s gone. Maybe someone else will take it in and give it a new home.

That CD is out there, right now, on a gas pump in the rain, waiting for you to pick it up, put it in, and press play. She’ll sing her heart out for you.

Today in Music News

posted by on December 18 at 11:41 AM

50 Cent Live in Kosovo: The rapper performed last night for 25,000 in Pristina, the troubled nation’s capital.

Collectors items: Used Led Zeppelin ticket stubs already selling in auction for as much as 125 Pounds. That’s $251.605 USD.

Joel Dorn passed away at 65: The man produced Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song”, as well as Bette Midler, Allman Brothers Band.

The Simpsons makes tribute to Pink Floyd’s Animals: To promote new movie, a “spiderpig” is hovered over London’s Battersea Power Station.

Pogues censored, 21 years late: BBC Radio 1 edits out “faggot”, “old slot on junk” in 1987 hit Christmas song ’Fairytale Of New York’.

Winehouse in the Jailhouse: “Perverting the court of justice” gets the grammy-nominated singer arrested.

When Gods Walked the Earth

posted by on December 18 at 11:26 AM


posted by on December 18 at 10:27 AM

That’s how much the Crocodile Cafe is gonna cost you.

From the agency’s listing (it’s real, we checked, and the bolds are mine):

Seattle Area Business Opportunity


Approx. 6,400 SF Space with (2) Bars, Kitchen, and Live Music Stage. Brand New 10 Year Lease Term. Fabulous Location on corner of 2nd Ave & Blanchard ideal for any full service restaurant or bar concept. Character-filled single story masonry building. In the Heart of Chic Belltown Scene - Txori, Zoe, Mistral, See Sound Lounge and More! An excerpt from the Seattle Weekly raves:’A central meeting place for Seattle’s world famous music scene.’ Become part of the Legend that is the Crocodile Cafe.

Thanks to Line Out Tipper Matt

Musical Advent Calendar (Bonus Edition): Jan Terri - “Rock’n’Roll Santa”

posted by on December 18 at 8:45 AM

Top this, Megan:

Monday, December 17, 2007

About That Rumor About Those People Considering Buying the Crocodile

posted by on December 17 at 5:23 PM

So the Crocodile is closed, that much has been confirmed by a number of (former) employees—booker Eli Anderson cleaned out his office today. But what isn’t clear is what’s going to happen to the club now.

According to the King County Assessment office, there’s no record of sale for the building, and as far as we know Stephanie Dorgan still owns the club, but she hasn’t returned phone calls and isn’t saying if she plans to sell and if so, to whom. There are currently rumors of a group of local club owners who are considering buying the business. On the top of that list of possibilities are the owners of Nuemo’s, Jason Lajeunesse and Steven Severin, but Lajeunesse just confirmed that they aren’t currently planning on buying it:

“We have not sat down and put together any plans to buy it,” he says. “And we have not spoken to Stephanie. If the price was right, and the stars aligned, anything is possible, but we are not the group that is supposedly looking to buy it. And from what I have heard, she would not sell to us.”

American Idols

posted by on December 17 at 4:30 PM

It may just be me, but…


Something is going on, sex worker Cody Castagna is Blake Lewis.

Maybe it’s just me.

Dan’s post here.

** Update:


A Pie Chart of Pitchfork’s Picks

posted by on December 17 at 4:23 PM

Can you feel it? That feeling in the air? Full of numbers and hard decisions that actually couldn’t matter less? It’s beginning to look a lot like the time of year for best-of-the-year lists. Kirby tackled Rolling Stones’s top 100 songs of the year last week (a quote: “Jesus, Rolling Stone, fuck you”), and today Pitchfork put up their own list.

In response to Pitchfork’s list, New York magazine’s Vulture blog made this here pie chart. A chart about a list!


Great Job Dudes… But How’d You Do That?

posted by on December 17 at 3:59 PM


Recently, the only new music that’s gotten me really excited has been from Fleet Foxes. After seeing them at Block Party and Bumbershoot their’s has become my most anticipated release, but I wait and wait and it never seems to come. So I find myself, for the first time ever, just streaming what they have off of their myspace while I do my computer business, content enough to hear the same five songs again and again until they finally finish their album. The other night I was playing the song “Blue Ridge Mountains” for a friend and noticed that they had almost 9,000 plays that day alone. Last night as I listened to the songs (again) I noticed another 8,000+ plays for that single day.

First off: Congratulations gentlemen. I hope the whole internet listens to your beautiful songs. You’ve earned every play you get.
But secondly: Zuh? Fleet Foxes aren’t’ even on a label yet, what kind of myspace sorcery have they concocted? My knowledge of PR is minuscule, but I am aware of the power of marketing through the internets, and I am aware that being a featured myspace artist can be purchased (anyone remember when the Trashies were featured for, like, a week? Yeah, I’m sure they earned that shit). But as far as I’ve seen Fleet Foxes haven’t been a featured artist, they’re just getting a lot of attention. I know Mr. Pecknold posts on here occasionally, and this is by no means a call out. But I’m curious. How do you make yourself blow up myspace like that?

Notes on The Program

posted by on December 17 at 2:25 PM

As for the future of local hiphop? It is in the hands of Dyme Def and this duo…
The Physics. For a small sample of the big beats produced by Dyme Def and The Physics, checkout this new mix
Program Mix Two.

The tracklist for the mix:

“The Ride of Your Life” (produced by Jake One) - Gift of Gab
“They Call Me” - Physics
“StickemUp” - Dyme Def
“Power of Words” - Sirens Echo
“And All My” - Sirens Echo

And it don’t stop. Here you can hear Cancer Rising and The Saturday Knights performing live on Audioasis—the performance features RA Scion from Common Market and Jonathan Moore.

All of the above rappers and producers will be in the hiphop carnival,The Program, which begins tomorrow. Be there or be not at all.

What A Strange Idea

posted by on December 17 at 2:05 PM

From RK in the comments of yesterday’s Croc post:

There are already rumors of a co-op effort to buy it and keep it running. We’ll see if it happens, but if it does, count me in for 50-100K (yeah exactly, money talks, bullshit walks).

I’ve heard these rumors, too. The idea is to make the Crocodile the Green Bay Packers of music venues, a venue owned by the fans.

It’s probably easier for football because football has rules.

Re: Croc Closed?

posted by on December 17 at 1:45 PM

Unknown.jpegcondo ad by sprizee from the Stranger flickr pool

In this comments thread, Croc booker Eli Anderson writes (emphasis added):

Hey everybody. I just wanted to chime in and say “thanks” to everyone who came out to any of the shows that Pete and I booked in the past year. From a purely attendance standpoint the Croc had a really great 2007. So thank you very much for that.

Also thanks to everyone who had positive things to say in this comment box thingie. It is very very hard to run a concert venue (trust me, i’ve been doing the talent buying by myself since Pete left) and your support means a lot to me.

I also want to reiterate that the Croc’s closure came as a TOTAL SURPRISE to everyone who worked there, myself included. I spent the last three weeks on my life work there 60+hours per week, frantically convincing agents/bands/promoters that it was okay to book shows there because I believed it was. Obviously if I knew we were going to close I wouldn’t have been putting so much work into securing the Croc a solid spring schedule. I’d like to apologize to any band or agent or promoter who I inadvertently lied to in the past few weeks.

I feel really betrayed by the club’s sudden closure. It was no mystery to anyone who cared that the Crocodile was losing money. But I really do feel that we had the right people in there, with the right attitude and that we were going to turn things around. I was very much looking forward to throwing myself into the job and doing everything in my power to assure that the Crocodile Cafe became the club that it deserved to be. I cared deeply about the place and everything it stood for. So to have the wool pulled over my eyes and the rug pulled out from under my feet is just insulting.

I’d also like to say that I got the VOICE MAIL about the Croc closing while I was Christmas shopping if only because it adds a delicious Dickensian twist to the story. Here’s to hoping that the local music community shows up at my apartment tonight with a fat Christmas goose.

Oh! And if anyone has a lead on a job…I kinda need one…

Up in the Air: Jim Anderson Speaks

posted by on December 17 at 1:40 PM


Art by Kyle Webster

Jim Anderson, the guru sound engineer from the Crocodile, has given The Stranger an exclusive statement.

I’m touched and honored by everyone’s kind words, interest, and concern. The band room at the Crocodile is my living room and the sound system is my home stereo.

My first wish would be that the Croc wouldn’t miss a beat. I wish I could walk in there, turn on the switches, and have bands show up to play just like normal. But that’s not going to happen just yet. More conversations need to happen with ownership before I really know what I am going to do. Things are still up in the air.

For now, I’m going to enjoy a couple weeks off. This is the first time since 1991 I have gotten to take this much time off and not have a hospital involved. I’m going to let my ears stop ringing and see which way the wind blows.

I might go to Tokyo and see a sumo wrestling tournament. There’s also a book I want to write. Maybe this a good time to start that.

I do know this: I will continue to run sound and I will stay in Seattle. As for where and when, that’s to be decided.

Previous Line Out post about Jim’s sumo/sound engineering wizardry can be found here.

They Shoot Country Music Stars, Don’t They?

posted by on December 17 at 12:17 PM

From the International Herald Tribune:

Country music stars in Mexico are being killed at an alarming rate - 13 in the past year and a half, 3 already in December - in a trend that has gone hand in hand with the surge in violence between drug gangs here.
On Dec. 1, Zayda Peña, the raven-haired lead singer of Zayda y Los Culpables, was shot in a motel room in Matamoros in the state of Tamaulipas. She survived the attack, but the killers followed her to the hospital and finished her off with two more bullets as she lay in bed later that day.
One of the most shocking attacks came when Sergio Gómez, the founder and lead singer of K-Paz de la Sierra, was kidnapped while leaving a concert in his home state of Michoacán early on a Sunday morning, Dec. 9.

He was found the next day dumped on a roadside outside this capital city. He had been beaten, tortured with a cigarette lighter, then strangled to death with a plastic cord, officials said. He was 34 and had just been nominated for a Grammy Award.

Today in Music News

posted by on December 17 at 12:16 PM

The Year the Music Died: Part One of MTV’s Future of Music series looks at sources of the industry’s decline.

Not weak… sauce: Minor Threat immortalized as a habanero-based condiment.

Canadians against C-60: Our northern neighbors are objecting to a proposed copyright bill.

RIP Dan Fogelberg: Singer-songwriter loses battle with prostate cancer at 56.

Liza Minnelli gets vertigo at concert: pretty ridiculous coincidence; hopefully Lucille 2 is okay.

Last Day to Submit New Year’s Eve Events!

posted by on December 17 at 11:46 AM

The deadline for New Year’s Eve events is TOMORROW!


So here’s the deal: You are hosting a New Year’s event of some sort. Dance party, poetry reading, stitch n’ bitch, whatever. You want it listed in “The Stranger’s Guide to Everything Happening on New Year’s Everywhere! (in Seattle).”

All you gotta do? Email your listing to with something about New Year’s in the title.

That’s it. Bada-bing, bada-boom. But—do it quick, you only got 24 hours!
“New Year’s—the only secular holiday the entire world can enjoy!”

Sweet Jesus Show Moved to…well…

posted by on December 17 at 10:55 AM

…nowhere. The local five-piece has the dubious honor of being the first band-booking casualty at the Croc (and the only one of their bill with a working MySpace page), so I fired off a query to see if they’d heard much. Not that I expected the middle-slot band from a Tuesday night gig to get the skinny, but here’s what singer/guitarist Bob Malvestuto sent along:

I just got the word from a bartender who was working there. Apparently, as of yesterday morning, they had already changed the locks on the doors!! We were given no notice, and if I hadn’t heard just by chance, we’d still be thinking that we were playing on Tuesday.

Hadn’t heard about the changed locks, anyway, so I suppose the closure was mighty premeditated—which is interesting, since all accounts claim that it was a shocker. Question, then, is who handled the lock-change process—tenant or landlord?

Tonight in Music Watching Movies at a Bar

posted by on December 17 at 10:45 AM

There isn’t much happing around town show-wise tonight, but the Sunset Tavern and Kung-Fu Grindhouse is hosting a holiday movie screening at the Sunset:


Silent Night, Deadly Night @ 6:00pm: One of the most heartwarming and uplifting holiday movies of all time, on par with It’s a Wonderful Life and the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Bring the whole (over 21) family and a box of fucking tissue.

Firewalker @ 7:30pm: Chuck Norris is a goofy treasure hunter (a-la Indiana Jones only minus the academia) who along with Louis Gosett Jr. and a hot chick bumbles around and finds valuables coveted/guarded by homicidal ethnic minorities. I’ve seen literally all of them, and this is Chucks best movie, comedy and kicking of ass, surprisingly well done.

Lone Wolf McQuade @ 9pm: Chuck Norris is a rogue Texas Ranger who camps out at a shack in the desert, drinks beer and shoots targets in his front yard, eventually having a huge grenade-pitching rocket-launching battle with bad guy David Carradine. Yes, they do fight at the end, and it’s good.

Tullycraft Show Moved to El Corazon

posted by on December 17 at 9:42 AM

The Three Imaginary Girls had a show booked at the Crocodile on Dec 20 with Tullycraft, Rachel Flotard and Jon Rauhouse, and Your Favorite Book, but with the Crocodile closed for business, they had to move the show. El Corazon stepped up and let them host it there.

John Roderick of the Long Winters will be there as Santa (posing for free photos even), and the show will go on as planned at the new location. Tickets are $8 with proceeds going to, doors open at 8 pm, it’s 21+.

M.I.A. - “Paper Planes”

posted by on December 17 at 8:00 AM

You know I love M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” (see my previous gushing and attempts at deconstruction). And this video, recently debuted on MTV, is pretty cute. But where are the gunshots?

Obviously, this is just something MTV does to videos (and radio does to songs), but damn. Those gunshots aren’t just rhythmic decoration or cartoon-violence rap boast, they’re key to the song’s meaning (rock’n’roll swindle as anti-colonial cash register liberation). Lame.

Update: M.I.A. has something to say about it (hat tip
Brooklyn Vegan



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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Croc Closed?

posted by on December 16 at 5:50 PM

A reliable source just informed me that she received a phone call from the Crocodile’s Eli Anderson this afternoon. Eli told her he had received a phone call from Crocodile owner Stephanie Dorgan earlier today to inform him that the Crocodile is closed for business.

Emails have been sent and phonecalls have been made to confirm. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out more, but I’m trusting this tip is true.


“Merry Muthafuckin’ Xmas”

posted by on December 16 at 4:39 PM


Terrible name for a great idea: Seasons Beatings is a holiday album series by London label Off the Hook, best known for their hiphop DJ compilations.

A week ago, the Stranger music staff was wracking (wracking!) our collective brains, trying to come up with more yuletide hiphop selections than “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC. We came up with none. Had we checked in on Seasons Beatings, we would’ve discovered that Run DMC have another Christmas track called “Christmas Is,” as well as further yuletide cheer in the form of Eazy-E’s “Merry Muthafuckin’ Xmas,” Kool Moe Dee’s “Christmas Rap,” “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto” by James Brown, and four full CDs of beat-mad holiday music.

This year’s Seasons Beatings comp features RZA’s version of “Deck the Halls,” Jim Jones’ “Dipset Christmas,” “Back Door Santa” by Dutch raw funk combo Lefties Soul Connection, “Stone Soul Christmas” by the Dap-Kings’ Binky Griptite, and a bunch more. In true holiday spirit, it’s available for free download from the Seasons Beatings/Off the Hook website.

‘Tis the season to be funky.

“Best Of” Lists From People Worth Listening To

posted by on December 16 at 2:20 PM

Pitchfork just posted a nice collection of “Best Of” lists from different musicians, including lists from locals Minus the Bear and (at one point local) Big Business, as well as a slough of huge independents like Of Montreal, No Age, Black Dice, Grizzly Bear, Panda Bear, Cornelius… it’s a pretty impressive compilation. The overwhelming favorites seem to be MIA, Panda Bear, Animal Collective and Battles, with strong showings from Radiohead and Feist. I was stoked to see Big Business give a shout out to the one new mp3 that Bellingham’s Federation X posted this year, “The Only Fool.” Fed X is one of the best bands to ever come out of that town, though they’ve never garnered the attention they deserve. I was also stoked to see some praise for Portland’s 31knots, even though I didn’t think the album they put out this year was up to par with their other releases. I don’t really like the Mountain Goats’ music, but I like the dude a little better after seeing that he’s into Pig Destroyer. That’s the power of the list.

Really though, I’m glad this article gave me an excuse to talk about Federation X. I’m not sure of the future of the band - its members seem to have dispersed to various locales, but last I heard they were still together (they’ve been on and off for almost a decade). Federation X are one of those unfortunately overlooked Northwest gems. Here’s a video for “Hatchetman” from their 2001 album American Folk Horror:

Gerry and the Symphony Redux

posted by on December 16 at 1:43 PM

Prompted by a lawsuit - slated for trial in January - against the Seattle Symphony, The New York Times updates and recapitulates the controversy surrounding conductor Gerard Schwarz. It looks like a grim winter ahead for the maestro: the Seattle P-I reported that Schwarz recently fractured his ankle.

My own take on the long-simmering dissent withing the Symphony is here; the brevity of my piece omits Gerry’s impressive ability to fulfill the other all-important requirement of a symphony conductor, which is to attact and sustain substantial donations. Gerry still has a golden touch, so barring a major scandal or an irresistible job offer elsewhere, he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.