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Friday, February 22, 2008

Tonight in Music

posted by on February 22 at 9:13 AM

El Corazon celebrates three years tonight—this show is going to be incredible:

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These Arms Are Snakes, Mouth of the Architect, Past Lives, Helms at El Corazón If you’ve been paying attention at all to new local bands that rip shit up, then you already have your tickets to this show—which is the third-anniversary celebration for El Corazón. But it’s openers Helms Alee that I’m most excited about—they’re as much abrasive guitar-heavy hard rock as they are soaring, fuzzy noise. And they’re fantastic. (El Corazón, 109 Eastlake Ave E, 381-3094. 8 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS, all ages.) by Megan Seling

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Exodus, Goat Whore, Arsis, Warbringer, HMP
(Studio Seven) Sayeth Saturday Knight Barfly: “Remember 1985? That’s when Exodus released their Combat Records debut, Bonded by Blood. That album’s release marked a sea change in my musical interests. The day it dropped, three friends and I took a bunch of acid, hopped in a Dodge Dart, put that album on, and drove to watch Venom, Slayer, and Exodus play at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium—we must’ve listened to it four times in the car. At the venue, we stole a jug of wine from a banquet room, rolled a T-shirt bootlegger for some Slayer Ts, puffed some brick weed with some cholos, and listened to BBB twice more before heading into the show. When we did, Exodus was playing ‘Piranha.’ In that moment, I figured out exactly what I was going to do with my life—get stoned every day and listen to thrash.” LARRY MIZELL JR.
The Music of Led Zeppelin
(Paramount) A 50-piece orchestra and a “rock” band will be at the Paramount doing horrible Muzak versions of Led Zeppelin songs. There is a pitiful Robert Plant rip-off named Randy Jackson from the band Zebra and the reunited Jefferson Airplane who is singing. He even has Robert Plant hair. The ads for this show use the words “passion” and “power” to describe the music—in other words, it will sound like Yanni. Conductor Brent Havens says, “Vocalist Randy Jackson shrieks brilliantly and delivers a note-for-note interpretation. The music itself is one thing, but Jackson more than captures the spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant.” Conductor Brent Havens is also deaf. The only spirit that is captured here is the spirit of your wallet. The “Kashmir” sounds like burlap, the “Black Dog” is white, and the “Stairway” is to Macy’s. They’re not “Going to California”; they’re going to Bellevue. TRENT MOORMAN

Bug in the Bassbin reccomends:

Dirtybird’s Christian Martin and Worthy play Chop Suey on Friday, February 22. The hype over the Dirtybird label has subsided a bit, but Christian Martin (brother of label founder Justin) has got its quirky sound on lock.

And there’s quite a bit happening in the world of classical, avant garde, etc too—read about it in the Score.

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I am going to UW to see Menomena, BOAT, and Blitzen Trapper get down. How could you have missed this show? It is easily better than the El Corazon garbage!

Posted by Will | February 22, 2008 10:15 AM
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Awesome Exodus story Larry! I remember seeing them at the Paramount with Anthrax and Helloween a couple years later. Funny show, but not near as good of a tale as yours.

Posted by dan10things | February 22, 2008 10:21 AM
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@1 - I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they didn't send out a press release? Someone didn't check their email? Strange.

Posted by yeah | February 22, 2008 10:38 AM
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Doesn't seem like those UW Hub shows ever get very good promotion outside of the campus...

Posted by Casey Catherwood | February 22, 2008 11:01 AM
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Helms Alee blow away any indie band-of-the-moment.

Posted by bunnypuncher | February 22, 2008 12:09 PM
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@1 Sorry that UW show got overlooked. That's my bad, which sucks cause I love Boat and that Blitzen Trapper record is growing on me.

Still, I wouldn't call the show at EC "garbage." These Arms put on a fucking GREAT live show--they're constantly on the road so they're ridiculously well rehearshed and tight, and they have a wicked light show with their set. I assume they still do, anyway. Even if you're not a fan of the music, there's great musicianship and showmanship representing that you gotta appreciate at least a little.

And Helms Alee, well, I'll second was bunnypuncher said. Check out their myspace page. They're great.

Posted by Megan Seling | February 22, 2008 12:44 PM
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murder in the front row
crowd begins to bang
and there's blood upon the stage
bang you head against the stage
and metal takes its price
bonded by blood

Posted by Paulus | February 22, 2008 2:17 PM
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ah Dan, thats barfly's story, not mine...i woulda been the hardest 7 year old ever if it was.

Posted by lar | February 22, 2008 5:07 PM
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We (UW's Rainydawg Radio) did send a press release to the Stranger. Our ad even ran in the Stranger. It's okay though, the Menomena show sold out and rocked really hard.

Posted by Morgan | February 27, 2008 3:40 PM
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We (UW's Rainydawg Radio) did send a press release to the Stranger. Our ad even ran in the Stranger. It's okay though, the Menomena show sold out and rocked really hard.

Posted by Morgan | February 27, 2008 3:40 PM

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