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Friday, February 8, 2008

Tonight in Music

posted by on February 8 at 12:00 PM

Cancer Rising, No-Fi Soul Rebellion, Partman Parthorse, Katharine Hepburn’s Voice
(Music) Tonight’s bill presents four local bands with four totally different sounds. All the major food groups are represented: Cancer Rising’s clever, conscious, but party-friendly hiphop; Partman Parthorse’s strip-teasing punk screeds; No-Fi’s prerecorded dance beats, funk grooves, and soul-revival wailing; and KHV’s bedroom-pop oddities. It should be one hell of a good time. (Comet, 922 E Pike St, 323-9853. 9 pm, $8, 21+.) Eric Grandy
Broken Disco 11: Abe Duque, Bryan Zentz, Kris Moon, DJ Eddie, Sean Majors, Jen Woolfe, Broken Disconauts
(Chop Suey) The importance of the Roland TB-303 can’t really be overstated when it comes to foundational techno. The machine, a little gray box, attempted—and failed gloriously—to emulate the sound of a bass guitar. Instead, it became the sound of acid house, and its high-pitched resonant squelches and deep bass burps are all over the best of Abe Duque’s prolific productions (he also wanders into less acidic electronic territory both on his own and with his Rancho Relaxo Allstars). The Ecuador-born, NYC-raised artist bought his first synthesizer in ‘83 and cut his teeth playing in church with his father, a musician and evangelical minister. His live sets avoid the techno-as-mass overkill of, say, Justice in favor of subtler, more sustained electro-spiritual conversion, but still, if you worship speaker-thumping bass, Abe Duque will deliver you. ERIC GRANDY

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The Coup
(Nectar) The Coup make great music. That’s a fact, Jack! And Boots, the rapper of the duo, is one of the most intelligent heads in the game. That’s another fact, Jack! It’s also a fact that the first cover of the Coup’s fourth CD, Party Music (it’s of Boots and DJ Pam blowing up the World Trade Center months before it was hit by terrorists on September 11, 2001), gave the duo the kind of press and fame they were not looking for. What the two wanted the world to recognize was their social activism, their dedication to Marxist theory of wealth and income distribution, their burning hostility toward corporate America, and their constant call for prison and legal reform in the U.S. of KKK. When will the press forget that one stupid cover? It was just a pure coincidence. That’s all! Now listen to their message. They’ve got something important to say. CHARLES MUDEDE

(Read more about the Coup show in this week’s My Philosophy.)

The Delusions, Sleep Capsule, Valis, Bricklane
(Funhouse) The Delusions first caught my attention with 1998’s I Hope It Dies on a Sunny Day, a thoroughly charming record that posited the Seattle indie-rock quintet as the bastard spawn of Built to Spill and Imperial Teen—the Delusions weren’t above a shoe-gazey guitar wank, but it was always countered with a pop punch. For many more, however, the Delusions first registered as “that kick-ass band that opened for Built to Spill,” with whom the Delusions have enjoyed a symbiotic chemistry for years. (Guitarist Jim Roth consummated the relationship in 2003, when, in addition to being a Delusion, he became an official member of BtS.) Tonight, the Delusions celebrate the release of a new EP, Torn. DAVID SCHMADER

And Chris DeLaurenti has a few suggestions for this evening as well:

TEMPERED STEEL
Avant guitarist Dennis Rea, Ffej, and instrument builder Frank Junk (remember Utterance Tongue?) update and electrify the thumb piano, an ancient African instrument of flattened nails, wood, and hollowed-out, dried gourd. Tempered Steel dubs out, distorts, and layers gentle tones into blipping polyrhythmic soundscapes. Floating Leaves Tea House, 2213 NW Market St., 529-4268, 7:30 pm, donation requested.

SEATTLE COMPOSERS SEMINAR
Not the Seattle Composers Salon, but a showcase organized by composer Gloria Wilson Swisher. The evening’s eight premieres include works variously scored for recorder and viol de gamba, choir, flute and piano, string trio, and other atypical combinations by Swisher, Greg Bartholomew, Fabio Ciofini, Dale Dykins, John David Gordon, Nancy Kern, Georgia Lockwood, Bernard Super, and the 15-year-old Lauren Geertsen. Christ Episcopal Church, 1305 NE 47th St, 633-1611, 7:30 pm, free.

SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL
The first weekend of North America’s longest-running festival devoted to freely improvised music boasts a slew of excellent players: Japanese avant guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama and a solo set from Gregory Reynolds (Fri 2/8); the seldom-seen but superb bassist Mark Collins and Zürich-based electronicist Jason Kahn (Sat 2/9); and ad hoc duos and trios with the aforementioned musicians and more (Sun 2/10 at Gallery 1412). Fourth floor Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 8 pm, $10—$25 sliding scale donation.

And as always, there’s more to be found in our Live/DJ listings. Do it.

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1

Grandy, Justice is not techno.

Posted by keepin' it real | February 8, 2008 12:31 PM
2

Says you. Anyway, I was just riffin' on rave as religion, which makes Justice perfectly germane, whether purists think they're techno or not.

Posted by Eric Grandy | February 8, 2008 12:39 PM
3

Alright... then Justice could just as easily be trance.

Posted by keepin' it real | February 8, 2008 3:10 PM
4

Yes, but Justice are a more timely, iconic example.

Posted by Eric Grandy | February 8, 2008 3:14 PM
5

will electronic music fans ever stop fighting over terminology? if there were a widely used term for justice's music (which there truly isn't) that only electronic music heads understood, why would writing in a music review make sense? it would be like writing a review in a different language and shitting on people for not knowing what you are saying.

i mean, no one gets into arguements about the subsections of rock, that would be dumb.

Posted by cosby | February 8, 2008 4:58 PM

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