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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Throwed

posted by on April 5 at 5:37 PM

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Throwed (usually pronounced thode) is Houston slang that means, among other things- tight, cool, partytime excellent! That would best describe last night’s Bun B x Framework x D.Black show at Neumos. Throwed also means drunk, gone, slizzard- that would best describe me at last night’s Bun B x Framework x D.Black show at Neumos.

After some beverages at Moe Bar with Sportn’ Life Records Co-CEO Devon Manier, I shuffled next door to catch The Life’s marquee act, D.Black. Black is growing out a bit of a beard, which made everybody remark that he looks a lot like Philadelphia MC Freeway. D with his hypeman Spaceman(of SnL’s Kingzmen) and DJ Nphared, tore it down authoritatively. The crowd, more club-goers than show heads, weren’t as responsive as Black would have liked, so he took a minute to talk to the people. The people listened, and livened up in turn, especially for the “Posse On Broadway”-inspired cut “The 808”, off of his upcoming Life & Legacy digital-only EP. The crowd was freakin’ loving it.

After a short break, Vitamin D took to the turntables and Framework hit the stage. Frame, while having released what is generally acknowledged as a local classic with 2005’s Hello World, has performed in Seattle maybe, oh, three times(that i know of)- he was on a hiatus for a bit due to some ah, legal issues, and has been pretty scarce since he’s been out. So he’s not exactly a polished performer(even though his copious diamond accoutrements looked very polished), and didn’t sound totally comfortable for the first couple of songs. Hitting his stride, he did a phenomenal cover of Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents”, and a song denouncing President Bush- interesting, just because so many detractors of local “conscious” rap deride their anti-Bush posturing; yet here was a very hood-tested, mother approved “street-hop” artist doing the very same thing. “Rainier Valley!” Frame proclaimed at one point. His last song had a hook that said “That’s It”- and he meant it, cuz when that song ended, that was it- he dipped. (That means he left the stage quickly.)

By this point Neumos was on sardine-status, having a grand ol’ time, and was full of heads you hardly ever see at Cap Hill hiphop shows. That is to say, it was hella niggas up in there. That would explain the SPD walkin around- this also meant Bun(who forgot his ID) couldn’t even drink in the green room (there were minors in his party). That sucks. I know I was drinking. I realized at some point that it was fitting I wore my Black Flag shirt- Bun B loves him some Flag too!

Bun B finally took the stage, along with 14 other motherfuckers- now, with a lesser rapper this is a recipe for the kind of stereotypical live rap experience we’ve all come to loathe. But Bun B is a fuckin’ king- specifically an Underground King, as in the Port Arthur, TX legends UGK. Bun, the consummate pro, cut right through and commanded the stage like he was up there alone. He performed a high-energy(I’m not saying crunk) medley of solo songs and his verses from classic UGK cuts like “One Day” off of the essential Ridin’ Dirty LP. The crowd had it’s hands in the air like, the whole time. As much as the “element” in the club last night is portrayed as trouble, the only guy I saw get ejected for fighting was the corniest of Auburn-looking white dudes in a Steve Largent jersey. Bun noted the fight, then got all attention back on him like a true pro. Even the dude getting thrown out threw his hands in the air, with a smile on his face.

The crowd went particularly nuts for Bun’s last number- Pimp C’s verse from “International Players Anthem”. Pimp was the other half of UGK, a beloved father figure in Dirty South hiphop- and due to a tragic mix of promethezine-laced cough syrup and sleep apnea- passed away last year; all this after seemingly just getting out of jail and recording Underground Kings, the first album from the feloniously-underappreciated UGK to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts. As he left, the crowd chanted “UGK!”, and the whole room , including Bun, expressed their love for our lost King. Goodnight, sweet Pimp.

Reatarded Keys

posted by on April 5 at 11:23 AM

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The Black Keys, Jay Reatard

(Showbox Sodo) It’s pronounced “ree-a-tard,” okay? And that little Memphis fucker has been making music for so long, you’d think that he was like 35 (aka OLD), but he’s really only 24 or something. If you count 7-inches (but not comps), he’s been on 49 flippin’ records! Holy shit! Remember the Lost Sounds? That was him. He’s everywhere. His solo record Blood Visions, on In the Red, is like if Redd Kross vomited all over the Libertines and then Reatard mopped it up and made it faster. I guess if you bought tickets for the Black Keys ($$$$!) you’d want to stay and see them get their hard rock on, but it’s kind of pointless when they brought the better man along and they’re letting him play first. ARI SPOOL

Has anyone else been hooked on that new Black Keys album? That thing is the jam. I hadn’t cared too much for their older stuff, but Attack and Release has got me by the short hairs. It’s like all the best parts of the old White Stripes albums, the ones where they were still a blues rock band, but with catchier hooks and great production. Sure, Showbox SODO isn’t the ideal place to see them play, but if you’re bummed about that you can just chalk it up as another reason to dislike Ghostland Observatory.


Friday, April 4, 2008

Colby is Master: Weekend This Spin

posted by on April 4 at 7:46 PM

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DJ Colby B spins mash light fantasies. She is a master. She will master you and the speakers to the floor. You will become banging. What to do? What to do for action:

Tonight: Colby opens for Ghostland Observatory at the Showbox Market then it’s:

Trinity with LA Kendall and special guest Thrills. 111 Yesler Way.

Tomorrow, Saturday: Confession at Chapel Bar with Lukieplatz, Bret Law, the Lady Bob, and Guerilla Go Go’s. 1600 Melrose Ave. 21+, $5.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce are Getting Married RIGHT NOW!

posted by on April 4 at 3:32 PM

Maybe? Maybe not. TMZ.com is all aflutter with rumors of flower deliveries and Beyonce’s dad showing up in a suit and both Jay-Z’s mom and Beyonce’s mom arriving together at some secret place in New York.

There’s apparently a party tonight. A wedding reception maybe? Or, they could just be celebrating the fact that Jay-Z just signed a fucking $150 million deal with Live Nation.

If you wanna be a stalker, there’s a live video feed of the “action” (and by action, I mean photographers standing around, waiting for something to happen).

Slash is “Relieved” to Have Weiland Gone

posted by on April 4 at 3:20 PM

And Weiland thinks Sebastian Bach should take his place. Ha ha!

From Rolling Stone:

Exclusive: Velvet Revolver’s Slash Talks Weiland Split, Search for New Singer

Rolling Stone spoke exclusively with Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash today regarding the band’s decision to split with frontman Scott Weiland. “Everybody’s just very relieved,” Slash tells RS. “This is something that’s been coming down for a while. I know everybody is tying the STP [reunion tour] thing to it, but it started way before that. We just had a lot of commitments to fulfill, so we just had to drag this thing out until the obligations were finished. Basically, we’re just excited about finding someone else and moving on.”

As far as the search for a new frontman goes, Slash says, “There’s some people, but it’s really premature to start naming names. We actually worked with a guy, I won’t mention his name, before we left to go to the U.K. and there just wasn’t enough time to break him in, so we’re gonna work with him again some more, and maybe some other guys as well.” As for Weiland’s recommendation that the band hire former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach, Slash is unamused. “I thought [Weiland] could be a little bit more imaginative. I’m not sure if that was meant to be a pot shot or what. Whatever, it’s not worth any real drama.”

I feel some some kind of Some Kind Of Monster documentary should come from all of this…

Two More Shows for Tonight: Peter Parker and Tom Brousseau

posted by on April 4 at 2:50 PM

Mr. Brousseau is playing a free show at Sonic Boom in Ballard tonight at 6 pm.

Here’s a video of him playing “Here Comes the Water Now” from his record Grand Forks.

And Peter Parker are playing at the Comet. There wasn’t enough room for an Up & Coming in this week’s paper, so here, I’ll post it online.

Dept. of Energy, Peter Parker, Spanish For 100, The Globes (Comet Tavern) Peter Parker has always been underappreciated. The local power-pop band constantly played the greater Seattle area in the late ’90s and early ’00s, opening for No. 13 Baby, Death Cab, Juno, and Harvey Danger; they released two full-lengths, including the fantastically solid Semiautobiographical in 2001 (which features a blistering cover of Damien Jurado’s “Paxil”); but they never got much play. So they broke up. In 2006, they reunited, promising nothing, but debuting some new material. The band only plays once every month or two now, and they’ve also done a little recording, noth nothing has come of that yet. For now you can hear two unreleased songs (from before they broke up) at www.myspace.com/peterparkerseattle. MEGAN SELING

What I Owe Linda

posted by on April 4 at 2:29 PM

I have no idea how in the world I missed the most important reggae tune of this decade, Tanya Stephens’ “It’s a Pity.”

If I had not been sitting in Linda’s yesterday, when this cut appeared out of the blue, I would have continued to believe that “Jamrock” was at the top of the pop reggae heap.

The song’s best line:

Who knows? maybe one day the world will be evolved enough/We’ll share you in a civilized manner between the two of us/ But until then I woulda love to see you again/Me know we have to play it by the stupid rules of sin.

Very progressive.

Kurt Cobain Cons

posted by on April 4 at 12:32 PM

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Or would he have preferred Doc Martens?

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 4 at 12:22 PM

Cuz you’re evil, and you lied - Morrissey wins libel case

Hope y’all have cable - Portishead to debut new album on British television

Meeting people is easy - Radiohead set up social-networking site

Despite speculations, Hannah Montana is not on the roster - Partial Lollapalooza line-up revealed

Rodeo Plays in Belgium Prison, Finds Dildo

posted by on April 4 at 12:05 PM

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo played inside the maximum security Hoogstraten Prison in Antwerp. Near riot. I asked them about it:

How did you all get booked at a prison in Antwerp?
Rodeo: Not exactly sure. Prisons are terrible places. The walls of this place were covered with framed posters of American prison films. They were EVERYWHERE. I asked our host Herwig about the posters. He said, “They are from the warden’s collection. He brings them in and puts them up. The prisoners don’t like, but…”

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Where in the prison did you play?
The room where we set up looked like a high school auditorium. It was a packed house with inmates from the men’s and women’s wings, all seated in plastic chairs. Men up front, ladies in the back row. Serious looking dudes right up front. Sour faces.

How’d it go?
It was a mixed reaction. Some were smiling and trying to have a good time (Herwig says it’s tough to transfer so quickly from dealing with prison life to trying to enjoy a show), some were quiet, some were rowdy and shouting. Prisoners were exchanging things and trying to hide it from the guards. One guy kept standing up and yelling “Fuck you, America!”

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We played, went to a backstage area, and then there was a problem returning the prisoners to their cells. Everyone was up and yelling. The men made moves toward the women and the guards started to look overwhelmed. Herwig came backstage, totally bug-eyed, and asked us to get back on stage to draw everyone’s attention. We bust ass, throwing on our guitars, get on stage and play “Howdy Do!” from the new album. The “Fuck America” guy is out of his seat and screaming.

Note to all European prison wardens: “Howdy Do” will stop a riot before it starts. Not joking! By the second chorus, they were all clapping along and singing “HOWDY DO” back at us.

So none of the inmates escaped?
Actually, the day after our show, two inmates broke out and have not been caught. Seriously. We’re keeping an eye out for them.

Damn, be careful. Hide your hats. Anything else happen?
Well, at our hotel in Brussels our bass player Sugar found a purple dildo underneath his pillow. It’s with us now and it’s not going to be leaving us anytime soon.

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(Pictures by: Johnny Podhradsky)

Back Street Lovin’

posted by on April 4 at 11:02 AM

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On this Friday, I think I’ll post a classic cut from Le Pamplemousse’s 1979 self-titled LP for no other reason other than it came on my ipod this morning and I found myself really getting into it. Le Pamplemousse is another project from legendary disco producers/writers Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis’s who were also the minds behind other classic disco groups like El Coco, Discognosis, Tuxedo Junction, Rinder & Lewis, and Saint Tropez to name a few. Le Pamplemousse was one of Rinder and Lewis’ longer lasting projects that produced some great disco cuts like “Le Spank”, “Get Your Boom, Boom (Around The Room)”, “Give Up Your Love”, “Back Street City Lights”, “Sweet Magic” plus many many more. Overall, Le Pamplemousse, turned into another classic project put together by some of disco’s brighter minds.

Download Le Pamplemousse - Back Street City Lights by clicking here.

Iron Maiden Vans

posted by on April 4 at 11:00 AM

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By ERIK98122.

Holy Ghost Revival - Angel of Death of My Dreams Pt 2

posted by on April 4 at 10:19 AM

Northwest Top 10

posted by on April 4 at 10:00 AM

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Northwest Top 10
Best-Selling Northwest Artists at Local Independent Record Stores for the week of March 20

1. SERA CAHOONE Only as the Day Is Long (Sub Pop)
2. FLEET FOXES Sun Giant EP (Sub Pop)
3. GRAND ARCHIVES Grand Archives (Sub Pop)
4. THE GUTTER TWINS Saturnalia (Sub Pop)
5. STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS Real Emotional Trash (Matador)
6. PUSA These Are the Good Times People (Fugitive)
7. DESTROYER Trouble in Dreams (Merge)
8. VOYAGER ONE Afterhours in the Afterlife (Loveless)
9. MONO IN VCF Mono in VCF (Stylo)
10. THE HELIO SEQUENCE Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Sub Pop)

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Capitol Hill and Ballard).

Everclear to Play Mars Hill Church

posted by on April 4 at 9:11 AM

As if you didn’t have enough reason to hate Everclear (the domestic violence, the last 10 years of shitty albums):

On Saturday, April 5th Mars Hill Downtown has the privilege of hosting Everclear as they play a benefit show for a local Seattle homeless ministry. The proceeds from this event will go to support New Horizons Ministries, a Christian service agency whose mission as a multi-cultural organization is to be in relationship with homeless and street involved young people, serving and loving in the way of Jesus, equipping them to leave street life.

Showtime is 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 5th and doors will open at 7:00 pm. All tickets are for general admission seating and will go on sale at 10:00 am on Thursday March 24th. Tickets available exclusively through www.ticketweb.com for $15 plus service and other fees.

In case you’re just tuning in, here’s some choice sermons from Mars Hill (thanks, ECB):

God does not want women to have jobs. Their role is to get married, stay at home and have as many babies as possible. (Conveniently, birth control is immoral, too.) “Women will be saved by going back to that role that God has chosen for them. Ladies, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up it is because you are fighting your role in the scripture.”

Women also should not seek leadership roles, either in society (“There is no occasion where women led a society and were its heads and the men complied and followed. … It’s a matter of Biblical creation”) or in the church (“Every single book in your Bible is written by a man.”)

Homosexuality is an abomination. People who are gay can change. “Your banners, your floats, your buttons—they’re not good. It’s just like letting cancer come into a body… until the cancer consumes the body and kills you. … We will extricate the cancer, and if that person who has the cancer is repentant and wants to kill the cancer, then we’ll welcome them back. But they have to accept that anything but one man, one woman, one God, one life is sexually immoral.”

Evolution is a lie. Humans were descended from a man named Adam created by God a few thousand years ago. “The lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This is the making of the first human being, our father Adam. We all descend from him and there was no human life before this man.”

Hell is a real, physical place, and“it’s hot. Real hot.”

More ECB on Mars Hill here.

And here’s Mars Hill pastor Tim Gaydos interviwing Art Alexakis:

(Thanks to Line Out tipper Joshua)

Tonight in Music: Das Llama, Orgone, Bun B, Ghostland Observatory, Switch

posted by on April 4 at 9:00 AM

Holy hot shit, music fan, where are you gonna go tonight?

Bun B of the Underground Kingz is at Neumo’s with Framework and D.Black. Here’s and excerpt of Sam Mickens’ UGK piece in this week’s music section:

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Unlike today’s cred-flaunting hardcore rap stars, the legitimacy and volume of UGK’s personal criminal activities were never as important as the eloquence and honesty they instilled in their work. They were artists, after all, some of the greatest-ever purveyors of hiphop as folk music; over the years their content remained a tight-focused account of the good and ills of their lifestyles, their peers, and their neighborhoods, while the form of their output continued to progress. Pimp C’s production, both men’s lyricism, as well as the other musical elements they integrated into the ever-self-definitive UGK sound, moved prodigiously with the times, while never overstepping the core aesthetic or hard-bitten quality control of the group.

Read the whole thing here.

This show gets a little extra love—Larry Mizell sings Framework’s praises in this week’s My Philosophy:

So I know you’re already planning on seeing you some Bun B on Friday, April 4, but the real story is who’s opening up for this Dyme Def–hosted shindig: none other than D.Black (currently goin’ hard in the studio) and Framework. That’s right, true believers, ya boy Framework rocking the Neumo’s stage. Frame’s 2005 album, Hello World, was an indisputable local classic (shit, the ads for it at the time even said that)—a nerves-of-steel South End street opera over some of BeanOne’s finest production to date.

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Ghostland Observatory are playing a sold out show at the Showbox at the Market. In this week’s paper, Eric Grandy gave the band’s new album a 1/2 star. Buuuurn.

That the Austin duo can pull back-to-back nights at the Showbox, consecutive years at Sasquatch!, and a top-10 ranking on KEXP’s charts just proves the hideous power of the bell curve and everything your mom ever told you about life not being fair. This is dance music for the mediocre hump—robot rock for the flyover states. You remember that commercial where the real, authentic cowboys can’t believe you’d eat salsa that was made in NEW YORK CITY!? Well, this is like that: Why the hell would you eat Ghostland Observatory’s mild Texan electroclash when you can just as easily get the real thing?

From this week’s Up & Comings:

Das Llamas, Black Whale, Counselor
(Jules Maes) I’m definitely curious to check in on Das Llamas in a live setting. They just wrapped up recording a new slew of songs for an unspecified future release and apparently the new material is pretty sharp. Word on the street states that the eight new songs continue the angular and agitated spirit of their previous recordings, pairing four-on-the-floor drumbeats and jarring guitar hooks that bring to mind bands like Brainiac or Monorchid. Opening the show is the suitably matched postpunk/goth racket of Bellingham’s Counselor. This band combination would lead to an evening of Factory Records–inspired skronk and moan if not for the addition of shimmering pop melodies provided by Black Whale. BRIAN COOK
Orgone, Funkscribe’s Family Affair, DJ Colin
(Nectar) Orgone’s 2007 debut, The Killion Floor, is yet another superfluous chapter in the deep-funk revival. Comprising ace session players from Los Angeles, Orgone know how to crank out excellent tones and grooves full of crunchy guitar licks and snappy drum patterns. But for all of their improvisational strengths, the band can’t seem to focus on writing a memorable song, instrumental or otherwise. (An exception is Noelle Scaggs’s disco-funk delight “Dialed Up.”) And you can tell what’s missing from these wonkish jam sessions when they cover a truly great funk track, like KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I Get Lifted.” Give Orgone credit, though: Their concerts make for great dance parties. With the audience pushing them on, the band stack up one tight groove after another, producing hot sparks that are more impressive than their recorded material. MOSI REEVES
Switch, Fourcolorzack, Pretty Titty
(War Room) The only path to redemption for a producer like Switch, whose technical DJ skills don’t quite match up to his studio acumen, is to overshadow his shortcomings behind the decks with great track selection. Luckily, the UK producer’s catalog is deep enough that he can play a set almost exclusively of his own material and still deliver handily in that regard, his tracks willing even the haughtiest critics to dance over the rough spots in the mix. He was last here in 2007 for Decibel Festival’s crazed opening-night party, and tonight Sing Sing’s beer-swilling, stage-swarming audience should bring out the best in Switch’s abilities. DONTE PARKS

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

I Know What You’re Listening To

posted by on April 3 at 9:02 PM

Having this Last.fm profile is pretty great—you might know about my love for the Valley Girl soundtrack, but I know about your Alanis cravings.

Here’s what Seattle has been listening to this evening…

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Are you our Last.fm friend yet?

The Raconteurs Debut in Billboard’s Top Ten

posted by on April 3 at 8:31 PM

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Even though their record only had one week’s lead time, the Raconteurs’ latest Consolers of the Lonely, debuted on the Billboard 200 as the number seven record this week. That’s exactly where their first release, Broken Boy Soldiers, landed its first week on the charts back in June 2006.

That’s all.

Radiohead Date and Venue?

posted by on April 3 at 5:51 PM

Of course, since this is coming from an anonymous tip, I can’t promise this is legit… but Sir Quispy says via e-mail:

Radiohead date for Seattle is August 20 at the White River Amphitheater. This is not close to playing “in the city” and the traffic getting in and out of that place is horrid. So much for reducing the environmental impact as they stated was their intention for venues they chose to play on this tour. 12,000 from Seattle and 5,000 from Portland choking up those two lane roads for a couple of hours getting in and out of the show.

He says he got the info from a NW radio station that included it in their weekly e-mail.

The Capitol Hill Block Party… It’s Coming…

posted by on April 3 at 5:00 PM

The line-up will be announced next Monday, April 14th. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 18th.

Get stoked.

For now, enjoy my favorite moment from last year’s Block Party:

Rolling Stones Radio

posted by on April 3 at 3:15 PM

Jack-FM, the DJ-free station that seems to play whatever the fuck it wants, will be STONES-FM this Friday, April 4, “in honor of rock n’ roll hall of famers the Rolling Stones. The band will take over the airwaves in a special broadcast event in four cities across the country.”

Truckasauras Debut Album Due Out May 27th

posted by on April 3 at 1:21 PM

Tight.

Tinnitus Imprisoning Me

posted by on April 3 at 1:11 PM

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Some music needs to be loud. Played loud, heard loud, and felt in your chest. Sometimes ears need to bleed. Volume is like fire. It can greatly enhance, but it can also greatly damage. Ringing ears are an audio-society’s double-edged rite of passage. Ears ring like a battle wound. The allure and strength of volume is what draws many to turn it up and or listen without earplugs. That same allure and strength can also ensure your hearing will never be the same again. Cranking it up is a sacred right of empowerment, but you’ve been warned.

I consulted audiologist Tamara Phelps at Virginia Mason:

How do you know when a concert is too loud? Is Metallica too loud?
Phelps: We can safely listen to sound at 85 decibels for about eight hours. If volume gets up to 88 decibels, our safe listening time drops to four hours. Music pumped directly into the ears on headphones at 94 db is only safe for one hour. I’m not sure about Metallica. The average level of a rock concert is 103.4 decibels. A dog barks at about 85 db. A busy street can get up to 75 db.

I saw Metallica in Atlanta and I think it was too loud. They went into “One” with the “Darkness imprisoning me” part and the double-kick. My ears rung for days. Do you know that “Darkness imprisoning me” part?
I’m sorry to say I don’t know that part. It does get dark in Seattle though. It’s not so much the high decibel level that causes the damage as it is how long you listen to those high levels. Chronic exposure to excessive noise causes tinnitus.

You should totally check out Metallica’s And Justice for All. At the concert, this statue crumbled to the ground. It was fake, but it still ruled. Can you explain tinnitus?
It’s pronounced ti-NIGHT-us. Tinnitus is that ringing in your ears. Sometimes it can be debilitating. Most tinnitus comes from damage to microscopic endings of the hearing nerves in the inner ear. The health of these nerve endings is important for acute hearing. Loud noise is the leading cause of tinnitus.

Do you think I could sue Metallica for being too loud?
You could but I don’t think you’d win. Clubs get sued sometimes too.

And the Ipod? I crank my Ipod.
People don’t think about that a lot. The portable music devices are doing just as much damage. People listen to their Ipods for hours and hours, you know? I’d say limit your listening time or be more conscious of the volume. I read a study that said a maximum permissible noise dose would typically be reached within one hour of listening with the volume control set to 70% of the maximum. Also everyone should GET EARPLUGS.

Yeah, but rock isn’t rock if it’s quiet.
Well, how rock is rock if you’re deaf?

Tennis Pro’s Pillow Fight

posted by on April 3 at 12:00 PM

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Tonight at the Funhouse - Stranger Metal

posted by on April 3 at 11:33 AM

Normally I wouldn’t talk about a show my band was playing because it’s in bad form / conflict of interest / heinous / etc. but this is a special occasion. Tonight’s Funhouse show is also the first performance by fellow Stranger Aaron Edge’s new band Swearengen. Since there are two of us playing tonight I figure the conflicts cancel each other out, right? -1 x -1 = +metal show.

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Swearengen
is the duo of Edge (Iamthethorn, Grievous) and drummer Rob Lovell (Spitting Teeth, Positively Negative). They just recorded a one song, 14 minute demo of heavy, brooding doom metal taking influence from bands like Yob, Engine Kid, Cavity, Sleep, Iceburn and Khanate. They sound as brutal as the murderous cocksucker from whom they got their name.

Also playing tonight are bar rock miscreants Thunderbird Motel. They sound, as their name would imply, like a dirty, semen crusted mattress. Making their way across the mountains from Spokane are another Neurosis/Sleep influenced metal act, Merrick Diaries. And these assholes are playing too. Should be a good time.

MySpace Takes on iTunes

posted by on April 3 at 11:28 AM

Via News.com:

As expected, MySpace unveils new music service

The service will roll out gradually over the next three to four months and offer free streaming music, unprotected MP3 downloads, ringtones, and e-commerce offerings such as merchandise and ticket sales, said MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe. The goal is to make MySpace a one-stop shop for everything music. Among the top four music companies, EMI was the lone holdout. A source with knowledge of the negotiations said that MySpace and EMI continue to seek a deal.

The partnership with MySpace is another sign that the music industry has decided to embrace the Web and digital technology instead of waging war against it. As CD sales continue to shrink and piracy expands, the labels are moving toward the inevitable: a redefining of how they make money from music. With MySpace Music, the labels will get an equity stake in the new joint venture and a share of all the revenues the service collects.

Read the whole story here.

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 3 at 11:13 AM

RIP Klaus Dinger - Influential krautrocker passes

Hova weds media conglomerate - Jay-Z signs deal with LiveNation

Television Television - Elvis Costello gets his own TV show

Nu metal weds mall punk - Linkin Park announces Projekt Revolution festival line-up

Diva outdoes dead guy - Mariah Carey surpasses Elvis for #1 hits

Aero weds Billions Corporation - Local booking agency merges with Chicago booking agency

It’s Official: NKOTB Will Reunite

posted by on April 3 at 10:55 AM

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Via AP:

BOSTON - They may be pushing 40, but the New Kids are returning to the block. The Boston boy band New Kids on the Block, which sold 70 million albums in the 1980s and early 1990s, has reunited and plans to release a new album and go on tour. The reunion comes 20 years after the release of the group’s multi-platinum album, “Hanging Tough.” The group released a new photo Wednesday and reportedly will appear on the Today show Friday morning — the same time an unmarked countdown clock on http://www.nkotb.com ends.

“The fan response to this has been incredible,” band member Donnie Wahlberg told the Boston Herald.

Wahlberg said he was convinced to get back together with his former bandmates — Joey McIntyre, brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood — when they decided to record new music. Wahlberg said he wrote 80 percent of the new material with McIntyre and Jordan Knight.

Tour de Force

posted by on April 3 at 10:08 AM

August (and later)? Seattle (and abroad)?

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No Idea Auctions Off Test Presses to Benefit Cal Robbins

posted by on April 3 at 9:59 AM

Via Punknews.org:

No Idea Records has begun auctioning off test-pressings for a number of releases from their catalog. The auction is being held as a fund raiser to benefit J. Robbins’s son Cal, who was born with a genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. While treatments for the condition are available, they are extremely costly and not covered by health insurance.

We posted about Cal before on Line Out. You can read more about him and his condition here. All the money raised from the auctions will help pay for Cal’s treatments.

Just a few of the test presses up for sale are:

Against Me! Reinventing Axl Rose (which is already going for over $200)
Hot Water Music Fuel and Forever
Planes Mistaken for Stars Up In Them Guts
Small Brown Bike Nail

The whole list, which also includes Less Than Jake, Latterman, Grabass Charlestones, and Chuck Ragan, can be found here.

Tonight in Music: Say Hi, Imaad Wasif, Hemingway, and Born Anchors

posted by on April 3 at 9:46 AM

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Say Hi, Siberian, Battle Hymns
(Chop Suey) Say Hi are a different band than they were in 2006, when I was introduced to them via Impeccable Blahs. Back then, Say Hi were called Say Hi to Your Mom, and they were based in Brooklyn, where founding (and sometimes only) member Eric Elbogen crafted sweet-natured, sleepy-eyed, instantly charming pop in his basement. Icing on the cake was the record’s cute all-vampires-all-the-time theme. Say Hi’s new album, The Wishes and the Glitch, finds the band relocated to Seattle, ditching the vampires, and successfully experimenting with a more aggressive sound. Clearly, something here sits right with Elbogen; the strongest track is an ode to his new home called “Northwestern Girls,” a cresting, emotional electro-pop number that ends with Elbogen unstably chanting, “It must be in the air here….” MEGAN SELING

Click here to listen to Say Hi’s “Northwestern Girls.”

The Abodox, Times of Desperation, Sean, Hemingway
(Comet) Now-defunct Seattle noisecore outfit Playing Enemy seemed on a mission to create the most unapproachable and dissonant music possible. With the departure of drummer Andrew Gormley, remaining members Demian Johnston and Shane Mehling continued to walk the path of discord with the simultaneously more abrasive and more melodic project known as Hemingway. Balancing extremes ranging from Merzbow-esque white noise to folk compositions layered with loops and effects, Hemingway are certainly one of the more adventurous bands to bare the “experimental” tag. Further demonstrating their sonic range, upcoming releases for the duo include a split with Triumph of Lethargy and a collaboration with Japanese cyberpunk poet Kenji Siratori. Show up and find out what kind of weirdness Hemingway are currently leveling against their audience. BRIAN COOK

Click here to listen to Hemingway.

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Imaad Wasif, Bill Horist, Cat Among Pigeons
(Sunset) One must approach the solo record of the session guitarist and live sideman with a certain degree of skepticism. Will there be wanky guitar solos? Second-string songwriting? Dilettante genre dabbling? These are serious pitfalls. Thankfully, Imaad Wasif (most recently found gunslinging for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) handily avoids all of these on his latest release, Strange Hexes, recorded with backing band Two Part Beast. Yes, there are roiling, occasionally overflowing guitars, but they’re tightly contained, carefully deployed, and the songwriting—droning and spare slowcore, then raucous and raw rock, driven throughout by inviting, soft-spoken vocals—is perfectly satisfying. None of which should surprise those who better remember Wasif as one half of the manic-depressive Lowercase. ERIC GRANDY

And don’t forget, tonight’s also the night Born Anchors play for free at the Gibson Showroom in Pioneer Square as part of Chris Thompson’s new art show. Read more about it here.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Swamp Vs. Desert

posted by on April 2 at 7:05 PM

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Torche

Meanderthal

Hydra Head Records

I’ve never gotten into Queens of the Stone Age. Seen ‘em live. Certainly heard more of their music than I ever cared to. Funny, because it seems like I’m in their target demographic of older folks who still want to listen to something heavy, but need a little more substance than just loud distorted guitars. But despite being touted as some sort of accessible pop variation of the stoner rock template, I’ve always thought they were just sort of uninspired. I want either more pop or more heaviness in their sound. Even better: they could be poppier AND heavier. Or they could just sound like Miami’s Torche.

Torche is what I always thought Queens of the Stone Age should sound like. Legions of stoned guitar aficionados cite Josh Homme’s desert rock band as some sort of crucial hybrid of Sabbath’s bluesy doom with the sounds of America’s early New York and Midwest punk pioneers. I, however, would argue that Torche is the first band since the pre-Nevermind grunge bands to blend those disparate approaches so successfully. Indeed, it’s a risky marriage that countless bands have attempted, and all too many have failed. Just look at the thousands of dumb metalcore outfits too inept to appropriately mix heavy riffs with pop vocals without awkwardly stumbling through bad transitions or coating their songs with sugary over-production. But four dudes from Florida have found that sweet spot. The riffs are still huge and mean, but they always provide a solid base for strong and memorable melodies. The geography of their home state seems to have worn off on their music: it’s simultaneously swampy and sunny, and occasionally besieges you like a hurricane.

Granted, it’s a formula singer/guitarist Steve Brooks has employed since his tenure in the Florida sludge band Floor. Even back in the ‘90s, he was using a little trick often referred to as “the bomb string” (or “the floppy string” and “the brown note”). By tuning the bottom string down to a non-pitch, and thereby slacking the tension to the point that the string simply flops around instead of resonating a note, Brooks has taken the heavy guitar sound to its ultimate conclusion. When plucked, it literally sounds like a bomb going off. It’s a secret weapon used sparingly. Whereas Torche’s self-titled debut came crashing out of the gate with the bomb string showcaser “Charge of the Brown Recluse,” they’ve held back this time around, teasing their old fans by waiting until the album-closing title track before hitting that gut-shaking frequency. And when that note starts the song, you can almost envision the hordes of Torche fans wetting themselves. Like Spielberg hiding the shark until the final reel of Jaws, part of the enjoyment of the experience is the tension resulting from the anticipation of that one moment.

Lest I paint Torche as a one-trick-pony, this album would be a complete ass-kicker even if they decided to abandon the brown note altogether. Meanderthal opens with “Triumph of Venus,” a busy high-energy instrumental tune that wouldn’t feel out of place alongside Mastodon’s Blood Mountain material, and launches straight into “Grenades,” a heavy mid-tempo tune that scales back the guitar dexterity to provide a foundation for a big rock anthem chorus. The remaining duration of the record finds the band walking the spectrum between their heavier inclinations and their pop sensibilities. Perhaps no other song on the album thoroughly demonstrates Torche’s range than “Amnesian.” Combining classic stoner rock riffs with psychedelic guitar solos and big vocal harmonies, the song serves as an appropriate centerpiece to the album by displaying the band’s full arsenal within one epic six-and-a-half minute track.

Let me state for the record that I certainly don’t want to bag on Josh Homme’s endeavors. The man aims to make respectable music. I’ll even concede that Kyuss was pretty awesome. But at the end of the day, for me personally, it simply doesn’t compare to the racket made by four dudes from the swamps of Florida.

A Triumph in Depravity

posted by on April 2 at 5:06 PM

I’m still kind of trying to process what happened last night at the Funhouse. All I know right now is, Sioux City Pete & the Beggars played, they took their clothes off, I got covered in beer, and afterwards, they were all waaaay to nice to be as punk as fuck as they seemed on stage.

Behold! Photographs of near-naked girls and boys! For the record, they had their clothes on for a few songs, but those pictures didn’t come out as good as the nakey ones.


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Also Tonight: Lords of the North at the Comet

posted by on April 2 at 4:09 PM

Lords of the North is a new project featuring Pat Kearney (of Automaton and Plan B), Tony Tharp (of Black Fairies), and James Roche.

It’s heavy, psychedelic stoner rock—lots of guitar solos, sludgy bass, and songs titles like “Souls Come Rising,” “Follow the Falcon,” and “Loyal Legion.”

Hear them via MySpace.

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It’s An All Night Thing

posted by on April 2 at 4:04 PM

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Yesterday I found a copy of Invisible Man’s Band 1980 self-titled LP While I was searching for some last minute gems for tonight’s Studio. I can honestly say that I wasn’t completely feeling this album when I first heard it a while back, however over time, the record has grown on me. This LP falls in-line with that disco music that came out at the very tail end of the genres’ golden era that helped transition the remaining disco’s smoothly into the dance era of the 80’s. Classic cuts like “All Night Thing” and “Love Can’t Come / Love Has Come” tend to really grow on you after a few listens, and admittingly has a bit of a Earth, Wind, & Fire smooth feel to it. Overall, after a few listens, I was happy to have found the hard-to-find LP, making it a nice addition to anyones disco collection.

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I also think I’ll drop “All Night Thing” tonight at Studio! for your listening pleasure. Let me know what you think.

Meet Your New Underage Columnist: Casey Catherwood

posted by on April 2 at 3:37 PM

I’m 27 years old, I don’t need to be writing the all-ages column anymore. I can drink! Legally! So I am happy to introduce to you, The Stranger’s new Underage columnist Casey Catherwood.

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A few facts about Casey Catherwood:

He is 19 years old, he’ll be 20 next month. That means he was born in 1988. Do you feel old yet? The kid knows a few things about the all-ages scene too—he’s booked, worked at, and played shows since he was barely a teenager.

Growing up on the Eastside, he’s logged hundreds of hours as a volunteer at the Old Fire House. He’s also worked at the Vera Project and “pretty much every all ages place at least once or twice to get into shows for free.” His first band was called Haunted Lunch, and now he sings and plays keyboards for Little Party and the Bad Business. Currently, his three favorite songs are “Let Me Roll It” by Paul McCartney, “Grease 2” by Thee Oh Sees,” and “Get Down” by Cam’ron.

Also, one year on Thanksgiving he weighed himself before and after dinner to see how much weight he could gain in one meal. He got really sick from eating too much, but he is happy to report he gained an impressive eight pounds.

He’s been posting on Line Out for a couple months, since becoming the music intern here at the paper—he reviewed the Leslie and the LY’s show here and wrote about Everclear here—now, you can read him every week in The Stranger.

Congratulations, Casey!

You can read his first installment of the column here.

I was huddled outside of the bar’s window with a couple of my fellow under-21 friends to see the Ohsees. It’s obviously never the same watching a show through a pane of glass, but the band played brilliant sets the past two times they were in town, especially at Gallery 1412, and I thought it would be worth it. In between one of their songs, which I could hardly hear anyway, Ohsees singer John Dwyer (formerly of Pink and Brown and Coachwhips) turned around, looked at the pack of dorks behind him at the window, and announced to the bar in an affected drawl, “LOOK AT ALL THE LITTLE 15-YEAR-OLDS!”

Goldfrapp - “Happiness”

posted by on April 2 at 12:54 PM

I gotta say, it’s taken me a little while to warm up to Goldfrapp. Someone at my other job played their last album Supernature over the stereo a grip of times and it never quite struck my fancy. Mostly it just reminded me of the band that plays the prom in Starship Troopers. Seeing this video may have just won me over. The patience and choreography behind a one take video is always amazing, but this video’s final shot (specifically the dog) just made my whole day.

Rock Lottery 04: They’re in the Hat

posted by on April 2 at 12:20 PM

11 days separate us from the next iteration of Seattle’s Rock Lottery, which makes right now as good a time as any to post the participant list, sent to me by event curator Chris Weber:

Ty Bailie (Dept. of Energy, Mark Pickerel and his Praying Hands)
Mike Bayer (Amateur Radio Operator, Evangeline)
Larry Brady (Biography of Ferns)
T. Tacket Brown (Two Loons for Tea, Jonny Sonic, Hayley Sales)
D. Crane (BOAT)
Joel Cupland (The Hideous Thieves, Triumph of Lethargy)
DV One (DV One)
Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers)
Jen Gay (Kaliningrad, Minirex, Buttersprites)
Jorge Harada (Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers)
Jamie Henkensiefken (H Is for Hellgate)
Bill Horist (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Ghidra)
Laurie Kearney (Ships, Palmer AK))
Kevin Kmetz (God of Shamisen, Estradasphere)
Rory McAuley (Eastern Grip)
Tony Moore (Foscil, Scape)
Luc Reynaud (Luc Reynaud and the Lovingtons)
Paul Rucker (Paul Rucker LARGE Ensemble)
Whiting Tennis (Whiting Tennis)
J. Tillman (J. Tillman)
Tilson (The Saturday Knights)
Noah Star Weaver (USE)
Curt Weiss aka Lewis King (The Rockats, Beat Rodeo)
Brian Yeager (Elam, The Bromantics, Strap Straps)
+1 to be announced

Remember, these 25 (er, 24 +1) folks will be broken up into random bands of five on Sunday, the 13th, with the only stipulation being that each have a drummer. They get 12 hours to write original songs and practice before the show that night at Neumo’s, and all proceeds go to Arts Corp. More info on last year’s here. What’s your dream mash-up on this list?

The Cute Lepers

posted by on April 2 at 12:00 PM

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By Lauren Max.

ain’t that clean!

posted by on April 2 at 10:30 AM

animal vs buddy! so HOT!

oh yeah…and beaker!

Re: Last.fm

posted by on April 2 at 10:29 AM

As Megan explained, our Last.fm account is up and going, but you don’t even have to visit the profile to see what we’re listening to. At any time, you can simply hover over the Last.fm item in the LineOut header to get the most up-to-the-moment glance at what we’re listening to.

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Final Four Poll: Final Fantasy Island Countdown

posted by on April 2 at 10:20 AM

Lemmy lost. Jackie Hell took him out. She may have even slapped him around. Slapped him right on his divine archipelago of moles. Don’t call her Cinderella. (Round of 8 – here.) Jackie Hell is firing on all cylinders and looks tough to handle. And Slats is rolling, but does EYE roll underneath Slats? Barfly is humbled to be here.

8. Jackie Hell
5. Barfly - the Saturday Knights
3. EYE - Boredoms
2. Slats - Pain Cocktail

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The tip off:

I spoke to Barfly about making it to the Final Four:

This has gotta be exciting. It’s all you’ve worked for isn’t it? The long hours, the practices after school, the power shakes. Right?
Barfly: First, thank you to Line Out. This is definitely a proud achievement for me but I’m trying to keep it in perspective. It’s too early to be dancing in the end zone. There’s a long road ahead and right now, I’m just trying to stay focused on going out there and delivering on a level that I can be proud of. Jackie Hell and Slats are such great competitors and are easily favored to win this thing, but I’ve been an underdog in every round thus far and anything can happen. Not since Mike Eruzione led his fellow Golden Gophers and a supporting cast of butchers, mechanics, and town drunks to that fabled Miracle on Ice Gold Medal in the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics have we seen the potential for such a Cinderella story. I want to add that I’m thrilled at the prospect of keeping the championship hardware on Capitol Hill. 75% of the competitors in this Final Four hail from our much maligned home and that’s no small feat. Suck it, Interbay!

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 2 at 10:05 AM

Fuck Yes! I mean… Fuck Yeah! - Yes bring Close To The Edge And Back Tour to Seattle August 15th

Must have been jumped by Mike Tyson - Boris finds ear of crime victim in tiny Texas town

He lost me at “jazz-tinged” - Neil Young to release new album

Now he’s got 100 problems - Jay-Z and Beyonce get a wedding license

Oh, shit - Oh, Sleeper gets robbed in Cleveland

It’s too laaaaate - OneRepublic worried that “Apologize” will make them one-hit-wonders

No, I Don’t Only Listen to Pop Punk From 1997 and Eric Grandy Doesn’t Only Listen to Daft Punk

posted by on April 2 at 10:00 AM

And we can prove it, motherfuckers.

The Stranger has its very own Last.fm account, so now you can see what everyone in the office is listening to while working on the paper (or, in some cases, reading blogs instead of working on the paper).

For example, this week’s issue (on stands later today), was brought to you by:

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We’ve also been listening to the Idle Race, the White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Radiohead, Thee Oh Sees, Notorious B.I.G., Big Black, Sleater-Kinney, Aqueduct, Styx, Scout Niblett… it goes on and on.

Last.fm is pretty cool. You can type in a favorite artist and it’ll create a random playlist of similar artists based on what other people who like that band are also listening to. And it’s free. And it has a lot of songs available for free streaming, so if you have a craving for, say, Alkaline Trio’s “Cooking Wine,” but you don’t have that song in your iTunes, you can log on and hear it.

Visit our profile, www.last.fm/user/seattlestranger, and see what we’re listening to right this very second. And if you have a last.fm account, be our friend. We’d love to share music with you.

Tonight in Music: Snuggle, Subhumans, and Little Wings

posted by on April 2 at 9:00 AM

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Subhumans, Snuggle, Walls
(El Corazón) Seattle’s Snuggle hark back to a time when pop punk was still more punk than pop—loud, dirty, barely held together with duct tape and black patches, without a hope (or a want) of making it onto mainstream radio or TV. Their songs are fast and rollicking; simple, caffeinated chord progressions animated by pogoing drums and wobbling bass, guttural vocals snarled and barked with enough heart to make up for their lack of tune. So they’re a sensible choice to open up for stalwart and recently reactivated punks the Subhumans (UK). Walls are, among other things, a difficult band to find on the internet. They comprise three-fourths of defunct hardcore band Cold Sweat, including Jensen of Iron Lung on drums; their 7-inch is out on Iron Lung Records. ERIC GRANDY

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Little Wings, Cock & Swan
(Sunset) Kyle Field, the man behind Little Wings, is an enigma. His website, www.kyledraws.com, showcases mostly his surreal drawings, and redirects you to K Records’ website for more information about Little Wings. But when you get there, there’s no information—only a photo of a man on the phone with his face obscured by a blue T-shirt. His Wikipedia page tells stories of working in liquor stores, living in camper trucks, not settling anywhere for more than about a month. His music is just as hard to pin down. He has a deep voice, like Jonathan Richman or Jens Lekman. His songs sometimes focus on lyrics, telling specific stories, sometimes the songs are more musical, light constructions of guitar, piano, and synthesizer. They’re always tender and lovely. MEGAN SELING

And here are a few more options from our online calendar:

*Dragged By Horses and Lords of the North are at the Comet
*Moe Provencher, Levi Fuller, and Troubleshooting are at the McLeod Residence, which just recently opened to the public
*And, as every Wednesday, Line Out’s very own TJ Gorton and Terry Miller are spinning at Havana


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Weezer’s New Album Will Be Called… Wait For It… Weezer

posted by on April 1 at 6:44 PM

Seriously?

Their debut was called Weezer. Because of the bright blue cover, it’s known as The Blue Album.

Then their “comeback” record, the first release since Pinkerton, was also called Weezer. Because of it’s bright green album, it’s known as The Green Album. That was cute.

Now, their June 17th release, is also going to be called Weezer. Apparently this one will end up being known as The Red Album.

Via Rolling Stone’s Rock Daily:

The new Weezer album will be called… Weezer. For the third time in six albums, the band is going the eponymous route, except this time around the band are referring to their new one as the “Red Album.” Comprised of sessions produced by Rick Rubin, Jacknife Lee and themselves, frontman Rivers Cuomo says, “We put a lot of emphasis on blowing our minds with creative freakouts,” as evidenced by the probable first single “Pork and Beans.”

It’s not that cute anymore. But mostly because I haven’t liked a whole Weezer record since the Green Album.

The Turn-Ons Post New Record For Free

posted by on April 1 at 6:24 PM

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“We’re not trying to be like Radiohead or something,” they say. “It’s just really expensive and tiring to keep releasing/promoting albums outselves. So we’re giving it away.”

Curse is their fourth full-length album. You can get it at www.theturnons.com.

Velvet Revolver Isn’t Breaking Up After All…

posted by on April 1 at 5:39 PM

They’re just dumping Weiland:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four founding members of the rock band Velvet Revolver said on Tuesday they were splitting with the group’s troubled singer, Scott Weiland, citing his “increasingly erratic” behavior.

The announcement came in a terse statement from the group’s management company as Weiland, 40, and his recently reunited original band, Stone Temple Pilots, were set next week to announce plans for a highly anticipated summer tour.

Full story at Reuters.

Jim Anderson Quilt Update

posted by on April 1 at 4:53 PM

Jim Anderson has band t-shirt quilt # 2:

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Billy Zoom Doesn’t Play the Guitar… Billy Zoom Flirts with the Girls Up Front and the Guitar Spontaneously Sings His Praises.

posted by on April 1 at 4:45 PM

That’s how it was last night at the Showbox.

He was amazing to watch. Effortlessly pealing off riffs while grinning like a greasy William F. Buckley, Billy Zoom took his instrument to an eerie level. Simultaneously cute and creepy, Zoom generously offered winks, picks and guitar touches—I got in a stroke (swoon)—to the rabid audience.

Barely breaking a sweat, rarely looking at his fretboard and hardly even moving his fingers, Billy Zoom made the amp do all the heavy lifting. A stunning contrast to the openers who broke five or six strings cuz they were “rocking so hard”.

And that cheshire grin never left his face.

Also, Billy Zoom can not be photographed because he emits rays of pure silver light.

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There’s a great interview with the superman here.

More on the shows (and the rest of the amazing band) from lar and ari.

It’s April Fools Day, Have You Been Rickrolled Yet?

posted by on April 1 at 4:25 PM

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It’s April Fools day, and you know what that means: Rickrolling!

Yes, Rickrolling, which Urban Dictionary defines as:

To post a misleading link with a subject that promises to be exciting or interesting, e.g. “World of Starcraft in-game footage!” or “Paris Hilton blows Busta Rhymes’ dick” but actually turns out to be the video for Rick Astley’s debut single, “Never Gonna Give You Up”. A variant on the duckroll. Allegedly hilarious.

…so instead of getting to beat off to footage of Ann Coulter getting raped by hyenas, I got rickrolled. What a day!

There’s been some Rickrolling in Line Out’s comments section today, and anecdotal evidence suggests other blogs (Status Ain’t Hood, for instance) are suffering similar April Fools. So, have you been Rickrolled today?

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

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Time Keeps On Slippin’

posted by on April 1 at 3:01 PM

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In the 1970’s, Producer/Songwriter Dexter Wansel, like many other jazz rooted musicians at the time, including Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Eumir Deodato, Roy Ayers, and Lonnie Liston Smith were able to successfully bridge the gap between jazz, funk, soul, and disco. This Philadelphia-born keyboardist, starting in 1976, put together a string of solid and successfull releases including Life On Mars, What The World Is Coming To, Voyager, and 1979’s Time Is Slipping Away. Lately I’ve been absorbing the opening track of Wansel’s Time Is Slipping Away record, titled “I’ll Never Forget (My Favourite Disco)”, which is a smooth dancefloor cut that tends to lend itself more to the disco/funk side. “I’ll Never Forget” is without a doubt, the best track on the record, whith the rest of the album focused a little bit more on funk and slower anthem tracks. Overall, however, “I’ll Never Forget” represents just one of Wansel’s many classic productions during this era of jazz influenced disco/dance music.

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Songs on my Mind

posted by on April 1 at 2:51 PM

“Marry Song” by the Band of Horses
Three things about this perfectly made tune: one has to do with the music; two with the lyrics. On the music side: The simple statement repeated on the Rhodes piano has its source in a sorrow that’s been soaked in and softened by a single malt scotch. On the lyrics side: One, this is poetry: “See how I killed the wheelbarrow I borrowed”; and, two, this is philosophy: “Lucky ones are we all until it’s over.”

“The Gentle Sound” by The Railway Children
This song says one true and wonderful thing: It’s great to be young! It’s great to first discover your senses, world, and full body. “Can you hear the sound/It’s such a gentle sound/It’s all around me.”


“You Used to Love Me” by Faith Evans
The chorus of Faith Evan’s song goes: “I remember… the way… you used… to love… me…” Here we find a little branch that points to philosophy. Philosophy never happens when things are really happening. Only when the dusk has fallen on a broken heart, and happy memories shine like distant and cold stars—only then can you spread your wings and take flight into the long night of philosophy.

Throw Me the Statue’s “Lolita” Used for New Rhapsody Commericals

posted by on April 1 at 1:30 PM

You’ll be able to see it on the following channels: MTV, MTV2, mtvU, VH1, CMT, Spike, Comedy Central, TVLand, BET.

Also in Bjork News: Free Tribute Album

posted by on April 1 at 1:27 PM

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Out of the goodness of their hearts Stereogum have rounded up talented musicians from around the globe to pay tribute to the Bjork masterpiece Post, and are offering the album for free on their site. Notable acts include Liars, Dirty Projectors, Xiu Xiu, Final Fantasy, Atlas Sound and No Age. The compilation can be downloaded or sampled here.

Ben Gibbard - “Just Jazzin”

posted by on April 1 at 12:31 PM

Death Cab For Cutie’s new album, Narrow Stairs, is out on May 13th.

Hamell on Trial

posted by on April 1 at 12:00 PM

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By jasonneuerburg.

The New York Times asks the Directors of Bjork’s “Wanderlust” Video How They Made It

posted by on April 1 at 11:56 AM

And they respond, “psilocybin mushrooms.” To which the rest of us say, “duh!”

The video is trés interesting, even without that great bit about their psychedelic trip. Sorry it’s not embeddable.

Here’s the original video in stolen YouTube format.

I really want to watch it at the Cinerama. I would pay some money to see this craziness on that big ‘ol screen.

Joni Mitchell: Disaster Averted

posted by on April 1 at 11:52 AM

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The fact that life is not fair has played out particularly gruesomely in the music world. What kind of God allows Biggie to die and Puffy to live? What kind of psycho assassinates John in a world that still contains Paul? And who gives Jethro Tull a Grammy for anything?

Still, the music scene was spared an unacceptable unfairness when Joni Mitchell’s 1970s suicide attempt—allegedly inspired by her breakup with Jackson Browne—failed to prove fatal.

FOX News has the gossipy story, drawn from Sheila Weller’s book, Girls Like Us, which chronicles the rise and fall of Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King.

Weller writes: “One confidante says ‘[Joni] took pills. She cut herself up and threw herself against a wall and got completely bloodied — glass broke. She vomited up the pills.’” The incident, Weller says, is recalled in Mitchell’s song, “Car on a Hill,” the stark number from Joni’s watershed album, Court and Spark.

Thank you, God, for not allowing Joni Mitchell to off herself over Jackson freaking Browne, which would be like Bob Dylan killing himself over Anne Murray. Amen.

When Black Is Not All That

posted by on April 1 at 11:39 AM

We only hear about white people taking black music and ruining it. But that is not always the case. Sometimes a white singer takes a black song and makes it better. I give you the greatest example:

The original version of “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On” by a sister, Cherrelle.
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And the appropriation by a white man, Robert Palmer:
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Palmer killed that tune. No diggity. It’s his forever.

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 1 at 11:08 AM

Bad medical news pt. 1 - Caribou drummer injures wrist, cancels dates

Bad medical news pt. 2 - Turbonegro guitarist gets cancer, cancels dates

Nineties news pt. 1 - Green Day side projects posts songs online

Nineties news pt. 2 - New No Doubt record slated for 2009

Jail drama news pt. 1 - Singer Sean Levert dies in jail

Jail drama news pt. 2 - Papoose to marry jailed Remy Ma

Band T-Shirt Quilting with Jim Anderson

posted by on April 1 at 11:05 AM

Snap into a Quilt-Jim

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Since the Crocodile’s closing, champion sound engineer Jim Anderson has been active – watching Sumo wrestling and making quilts out of band t-shirts. I asked him about it:

Have you always sewed?
Jim: I’ve just started actually sewing, but I’ve been around it my whole life. My mother had a job doing production sewing during WWII and both of my sisters sew. I’ve absorbed it.

How long have you collected t-shirts? How many do you have?
I’ve been collecting since 1981. I’d say I have around 700. My first quilt, the one in the picture, of all black t-shirts was just from one trip into my closet. One is from a “Wake Up & Smell the Pavement” skate punk fest in ’87 that was up on 18th and Jackson. Cat Butt played. My next quilt will be with colored shirts.

700 hundred shirts? You have some Seattle music history right there.
I think so. These shirts are very special to me. One of the reasons I started collecting them is that it’s an ephemeral thing. These shows happen, then they are over. What do you have to show for it? Not a lot. These shirts are a way for me to connect to the bands and the memories. A lot of the bands aren’t around anymore. I was watching a sewing program on T.V. where they showed how to make quilts out of t-shirts. I was like, I have to do that.

Any other favorite t-shirts from your vaults?
I do have a particularly cool and rare Mudhoney shirt. There’s a New Pornographers one, the Ventures, Guided by Voices, and Megababe from Tokyo.

Have you ever thought about having your own t-shirt?
Actually, I’d like to come out with a line of Hawaiian shirts. With cool colors and patterns.

You should totally do that. The Hawaiian Jim shirt. Yes. You can call it ‘Megaloha Jim’.
I don’t know about ‘Megaloha Jim’.

Have you been staying sharp with your sound engineering? Or have you just been watching Sumo and sewing?
I’ve been running some sound at Slim’s Last Chance in Georgetown. It’s a great place. 5606 1st Ave. S. Come on down!

Jenny Bendel Leaves King Cobra, Goes to Slim’s Last Chance

posted by on April 1 at 10:56 AM

King Cobra announced last week that Jenny Bendel has left her booking position at the new Capitol Hill venue, and is now booking for Slim’s Last Change in Georgetown. “She decided to move on because of creative differences,” said booker Jason Rothman is a press release. “She will be finishing out her scheduled shows at King Cobra, and we wish her luck.”

King Cobra’s co-owner Jamie Garza tells me that he, Jason Rothman, Josh Kennedy, and co-owner Che Sabado will be booking the venue.

I e-mailed Jenny to see what her plans are with the newish Georgetown bar. Their calendar could use some beefing up—right now they just have a few weekend shows booked and a Thursday night DJ.

Songs Are Just Something to Waste Your Time

posted by on April 1 at 10:43 AM

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The Cribs, Ra Ra Riot, Jeffrey Lewis @ Chop Suey

I may have been a little late to Jeffrey Lewis—I hadn’t heard of him until his recent 12 Crass Songs landed on my desk—but I am wholly converted. I’ve yet to hear Lewis play a song, be it a Crass cover or one of his own, that I didn’t like. Last night was no different. Lewis played sans the rhythm section of the Jitters but with the accompaniment, on voice and casiotone, of Helen Schreiner. They played two songs I’d not heard before—”Life” and “Back When I Was Four”—and both of them were smart, sweet, funny, and heartbreaking, frequently swinging from silly to serious on a single well-crafted line. The place wasn’t packed last night—there was an empty half-circle where no one was standing in front of the stage—but it was still impressive how much appreciative silence Lewis’ quieter moments were able to inspire in the crowd.

I also may have erred in my recent description of Ra Ra Riot, who are much better summed up as a miniature Arcade Fire. That’s not a slight, either. The young upstate New York sextet resemble that band in all the right ways: bounding breathless energy, tuneful string section shredding, cute bookish looks, inscrutably anthemic songwriting. They’re a fun band to watch—all those kids bouncing around the stage, floppy haired singer switching from mic to mpc, violinist and cellist (both electric) swaying and bowing and rocking out as much as is possible for a string section.

The only problem is that, while all of their songs sound good, no one song sounds that much better than any other; that is, none of their songs really stand out from the others. The reason, I suspect, may be that their lyrics, sung in a howl and frequently lost amidst all the instrumentation, aren’t so clear as to mark each song with its own memorable chorus. I’m not sure I could recall one line from last night’s show. Still, better to sound uniformly, if indistinguishably good, than to sound distinctly bad.

Which doesn’t exactly bring us to the Cribs, but I will say this: After stepping outside between sets, I returned to find the Cribs playings something that I can only describe as being not “Men’s Needs.” Rather, it was some spittle-soaked, thrashing, garbled punk rock. I enjoyed the Cribs set at Capitol Hill Block Party last summer—I recall it being a pretty tense mix this stuff and some smarter, more polished pop sensibility—but I just wasn’t feeling it last night. I left after a couple songs.

New Kanye West Video - “Homecoming” featuring Chris Martin (Gwenyth’s Husband)

posted by on April 1 at 10:36 AM

Kanye plays the Key Arena April 16th.

Tonight in Photographers Who Shoot Live Music: Blush Photo

posted by on April 1 at 10:25 AM

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Blush Photo is a one-woman operation run by talented local photographer Kristen Truax. Her work has been featured in GQ, The Stranger, The Sound, and Alternative Press, to name a few, and she’s done ad work for T-Mobile and Toyota. She’s also available to shoot your wedding or party.

You no doubt know the name already because Blush Photo is also a regular contributor to the Stranger’s Flickr Pool and her work has been featured a number of times on Line Out as the Flickr Photo of the Day. She’s shot some of your favorite photos of some of your favorite local and national rock stars and party people, and with her growing business, she’s becoming a camera-wielding rockstar herself.

For many months, Blush Photo has been the house photographer at Neumo’s, and tonight she’s displaying the best of what she’s seen through the lens via Blush Photo’s Music Photo Show.

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I asked Truax few questions about what Blush Photo is, what to expect from tonight’s show, and how she manages to make people look so damn sexy.

My keen detective skills (read: MySpace) have taught me your real name is Kristen Truax. Is Blush Photo all you? Or is it a photographer collective?
I don’t think many people realize that Blush Photo is a one person operation, which is good. I intentionally promote Blush apart from ‘Kristen Truax’. My plan is to become a collective of kick-ass photographers under a beautiful pink and black Blush umbrella…it would be amazing.

Sometimes people can have an adverse reaction to getting a camera pointed in their direction, but all your photos not only make people look sexy, but the subjects also look happy and confident—it’s unreal. How do you manage to capture that best side of people? Do you even know?
Thank you so much for recognizing this in my imagery. I do believe there is something outstanding and special about each of my subjects. Sometimes its my simple philosophy that we are all a part of something great together- making up what is happening in Seattle at this time. Although we are all coming and going- I have an amazing representation of the life here. It’s like Studio 54- to me. I go out with the goal of achieving the best I can do, and capturing the absolute best in everyone. I hate to sound like a dip- but I am emotionally connected with each of my subjects. It’s truly a wonderful feeling, and I believe that is the difference between a picture and something worth hanging on the wall for all to admire.

What is it you love about shooting live music (assuming you do, in fact, love shooting live music).
Shooting live is a challenge for me. I am so grateful for Neumo’s giving me this amazing opportunity to flex my existing skills and to build more where I lack.

The first concert I ever shot was Harvey Danger at Endfest 2000. I was 18 years old, still living with my mom, and attending school at the Art Institute. I had a pretty good idea of what I was doing at the time, and thought I would be able to make some kind of living doing it. Of course, this was all film. I would blow through rolls and rolls of film. It was some of the best fun I ever had.

However, nowadays the fact that I can’t control the lighting or meet my subject is a huge hindrance when shooting live. When St. Vincent played at Neumo’s, I begged to have some face time with Annie. It just wasn’t possible due to a strict photo policy. Even a couple of snap shots in Neumo’s basement has made for gorgeous portraiture—such as my 10 minute Dyme Def session prior to their performance in February.

Any great stories about funny things people have done to get you to take their photo? I know you have to have a few… some people are attention whores.
Honestly, a lot of the stuff I shoot would be happening whether or not I was I there to capture it. It’s kinda like the saying: If a tree were to fall in the forest, and no one was there to hear it, does it make a sound? Of course it would, it’s a tree falling. It’s a shame to think of all the outrageous stuff that goes on and no one is there to document it. Seattle has so many wonderful people who make it up, attention whores no doubt, but whether or not there is a camera involved, I think all that crazy shit would still be happening.

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How long have you been a house photographer at Nuemo’s? Also, who are some of the artists/musicians featured in the photos you’ll be showing?
I met Jason at a mutual friends wedding last summer. It must have been magical because I have been shooting for Neumo’s ever since. I have so much appreciation and respect for Jason as a person because he truly appreciates art, photography, and the time I spend doing what I love. We started up a Neumo’s flickr page (flickr.com/photos/neumos) and he invited me to hang my work.

I had a terrible time narrowing my shots down to a 15 piece show, but eventually I selected shots from Leslie & The LY’s, Mountain Goats, Ben Kweller, some rad crowd shots (as seen on the flier), etc. My hope is that everyone will buy up all the pictures. I decided to price the mounted 12x18 pieces on the cheaps to get them out into the world, onto people’s walls, and into people’s hearts. Awwwwww….

I’m sure this is a loaded question with the possibility of 100 answers, but do you have a favorite shot? Or three?
It’d be easier for me to call out my favorite photographer, than a favorite image, but one of my favorite photographs of all time is the Annie Leibovitz piece of John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their New York home. This image is my favorite for countless reasons, and was created just hours before the end of John Lennon’s life. I actually had an opportunity to photograph Annie Leibovitz when I was a younger 20-something. She then gave me her new photo book at the time (American Music) and told me to “Keep On-“. I cried a little bit. Hopefully she didn’t notice.

As far as my own work goes, I have a few faves. I have a great story behind this shot:
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It involves Jacob, his french horn, forgetting it, leaving a wallet in the middle of nowhere, and eating sandwiches during a 3 hour car ride. It was quite the adventure!

To see Blush Photo’s work, head to Neumo’s tonight (the photo show is in the mezzanine). It’s free, there will be drink specials, and if you’re lucky, Blush Photo will capture you on film (or memory card) and make you look super hot like everyone always does in her pictures.

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Today in Seamless iPod Shuffle Transitions

posted by on April 1 at 9:58 AM

Mew’s “The Zookeeper’s Boy” into My Bloody Valentine. A little obvious, but still. Nice work, computer.

Tonight in Music: Beats for Obama, Le Loup, the Ruby Suns

posted by on April 1 at 9:00 AM

From this week’s Bug in the Bassbin:

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On Tuesday night, Nectar hosts Beats for Obama, a fundraiser for the Barack Obama campaign. The fact that the Obama campaign is fundraising isn’t noteworthy, but doing so by throwing a dubstep/breaks/drum and bass party is. Dig Dug, Slantooth, and a crew of others round out a bill hoping to inspire the masses to donate some cash for Obama’s change train. I guess if you’re going to attempt to draw the youth vote you’ve got to meet them on their own terms. In the interest of fairness, should there be a Clinton fundraiser with house and minimal techno, or a McCain fundraiser with Goa trance, those will also be duly noted.

And Le Loup plays Chop Suey with the Ruby Suns. From this week’s Stranger Suggests:

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Le Loup
(Music) Le Loup are an apocalyptic future-folk ensemble from the District of Columbia whose debut album—on Sub Pop spin-off Hardly Art—bears the unwieldy but evocative title The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly. Their songs reference Dante’s infernal cantos, noisy natural phenomena, and the rapture. The music sounds like what a band might play on your back porch while the sky swirled into a black vortex and your neighbors ascended to heaven—spare, tense, and atmospherically turbulent. (Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000. 8 pm, $8, 21+.) Eric Grandy

Eric Grandy also reviewed the new the Ruby Suns record in this week’s paper. Click here to read it.

As always, you can find more live music/dj listings in our online calendar. CLICK!


Monday, March 31, 2008

Paging Dr. Cave, Dr. Nick Cave

posted by on March 31 at 5:51 PM

Via punknews:

Australian native Nick Cave has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the Caulfield Campus of Monash University. Cave was a student at the university but had dropped out in the 70s to start Boys Next Door which turned into the legendary The Birthday Party. Said Cave:

“I’d come out of Caulfield Grammar School, which was very sports-orientated and to be interested in arts at the time was swimming upstream. To suddenly go into this environment where there were a lot of like-minded people talking about art was incredible for me. I sat around and talked with a lot of third year students in the park and didn’t really hand in a lot of work… but what I learnt from those conversations was enormous. I’m eternally grateful that I failed because it pushed me into a different area. You learn what you love in those years.”

Comment of the Day

posted by on March 31 at 4:37 PM

In response to Trent Moorman’s post about John Lennon being spotted eating breakfast in Shoreline, pbrchicken penned a breakfast-friendly version of the song “Imagine”:

Imagine there’s no scramblers
It’s easy if you try
No eggshells to dispose of
No airborne grease when you fry
Imagine all the waffles
Breakfast lasts all day…

Imagine there’s no lunch menu
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to choose or plan for
Dinner and desert too
Imagine all the waffles
No porridge or mushy peas…

You may say I’m a glutton
But the sign said 2-for-1
I hope someday you’ll have waffle
And the world will all eat one

Imagine there’s no bacon
I don’t know if you can
No need for blood pudding
nor links nor ham
Imagine all the waffles
Land of all you can eat…

You may say I’m a glutton
But the sign said 2-for-1
I hope someday you’ll have waffle
And the world will all eat one

Well done, sir (or ma’am).

NIN Coming to Seattle

posted by on March 31 at 3:22 PM

Was this posted already? I can’t remember… but should it not have been said: NIN will play the KeyArena July 26th.

The full tour schedule (should you want to stalk the band) is after the jump.

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Fuckin’ Crocs and Their Fuckin’ Fugly Existence

posted by on March 31 at 3:11 PM

Fuck.

Via Idolator—bolds are mine:

Crocs Inc.—the makers of the ugly, yet allegedly very comfortable rubber shoes that are most famously worn by Mario Batali—is trying to hip up its brand. What better way to do that than by sponsoring some music festivals? The company is throwing money at the likes of All Points West promoter AEG and the people behind Bumbershoot; it’s also signed a deal with superpromoter Live Nation that will allow the company to have some sort of “on-site presence” at 25 amphitheaters throughout the country. If ever there was a reason to buy a pair of steel-toed Doc Martens for concertgoing, this is it.

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Those shoes were everywhere at last year’s Bumbershoot. One day I was there I tried to count every pair I saw and I lost count after about an hour when I got up into the forties. No joke. I’ve never been so offended by footwear. And now, with Crocs Inc. tossing some money to Bumbershoot’s people, we’ll probably be inundated with an even stronger presence. Maybe some big signs. Maybe people passing out fliers or postcards to enter to win a free pair.

Oh Christ.

And they just signed a deal with Live Nation? Hey, so did U2! Does that mean there will be limited edition red and black U2 Crocs to go with the limited edition U2 iPods? Maybe they’ll come with a free pair of Bono-esque sunglasses? Doesn’t Madonna have a deal with Live Nation too? Oh, the possibilities…

Pete Townshend is Great & Closer to his Son

posted by on March 31 at 3:06 PM

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Author Roland Kelts raizes the roof in Ballard’s Hattie’s Hat like Hefner. All he needed was a robe.

japanamerica_cover.jpgKelts is in town promoting his book Japanamerica, which is about the influx of Japanese art and fashion into American culture. Kelts came straight from the Sakura-Con convention to Elliot Bay Bookstore to lecture. He said the art form of anime conveys the collective post WWII emotions of a post-traumatic Japan. Anime contains a fear and a survivalist ethic and its beginning point is usually the end of the world. In the aftermath of WWII destruction, the Japanese didn’t just have a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity, they sewed theirs shut. This silencing of public discussion on the war and the bombings sent the creative mass of the people underground. Anime and manga emerged being able to express previously unexpressed emotions.

Kelts is friends with the Who guitarist, Pete Townshend. Townshend wrote a very glowing Japanamerica blurb. I asked him about it:

So you know Pete?
Kelts: Yeah, Pete’s great. We have become friends.

Does he talk much about his signature ‘Windmill’ move?
No. It’s funny. This book has meant a lot to Pete. It’s brought him closer to his son, who LOVES anime and Japanimation. Pete remembers when he was young, being so enthralled with blues music and a culture in the U.S. that was thousands of miles away. For his son, anime is the same thing. His son is completely enthralled with this art from and culture that is thousands of miles away.

9 Lb. Beaver at the Monkey Pub

posted by on March 31 at 2:43 PM

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By mraaronmorris.

Upload your own live music shots to the Stranger’s Flickr Pool.

Born Anchors Play Free Show This Thursday

posted by on March 31 at 2:34 PM

As part of Pioneer Square’s Art Walk, Born Anchors will play a free show at Gibson Guitars Showroom this Thursday, April 3. Gibson isn’t usually open to the public, so this is a rare chance to check the place out. The show is also an art opening for local painter and tattoo artist Chris Thompson, who did the art for Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary and How it Feels to be Something On. Thompson will be showing new and old work (view more paintings at his MySpace page).

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I really like Born Anchors. A while back they were Band of the Week—here’s what I said about them: “Born Anchors play turbulent, raw rock with a post-hardcore edge that’s reminiscent of Jawbox (just a little) and Al Burian’s Challenger (if Challenger were more aggressive).” But you can judge for yourself, here’s a video for their song “Casualty.”

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Gibson Guitars Showroom is at 159 S Jackston St, Suite 330. It starts at 6 pm, admission and drinks are free. (Click here for the poster.)

Rare 1995 Misfits Demos Get Posted Online

posted by on March 31 at 2:15 PM

Via Punknews.org:

Joel Gausten, former drummer of Pigface, the Undead and Electric Frankenstein, has posted two Misfits demos from recording sessions in 1995. The lineup is the most interesting part of the recordings, featuring Gausten on drums, Jerry Only on bass, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on guitar and Eric Weiss on vocals. The songs were part of an 11-song recording engineered by future drummer Dr. Chud.

You can hear the demos for “Astro Zombies” and “London Dungeon” at Gausten’s MySpace page and (conveniently) Gausten has recently published a book detailed his time with the band in his new book Tales of Horror: The History of The Misfits & The Undead.

Click here to visit Gausten’s Myspace and hear the songs.

Ha Ha! Comedy Line-Up for Sasquatch Announced

posted by on March 31 at 1:43 PM

Along with all the music over at the Gorge during Sasquatch, the festival also has a comedy tent. Today, they announced who will be performing:

Upright Citizen’s Brigade performing A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T. and more with: Matt Besser (founding member UCB, Crossballs, Junebug)
Matt Walsh (Dog Bites Man, Reno 911, Semi-Pro, Old School)
Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live)
Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live, The Ladies Man, Walk Hard, Semi-Pro)
Jerry Minor (Saturday Night Live, Second City, Arrested Development, Carpoolers)
Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh)
Sean Conroy (UCB, Comedy Central, The Swarm)

Brian Posehn (Sarah Silverman Program, Comedians of Comedy, Just Shoot Me)

Morgan Murphy (Comedians of Comedy, Sleeping Dogs Lie)

Reggie Watts (Maktub, Andy Kaufman Comedy Award winner)

People’s Republic of Komedy (Seattle Alternative Comedy Collective):
Andy Haynes, Kevin Hyder, Aziza Diaz, Derek Sheen

Michael Showalter (The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter)

Michael Ian Black (The State, Stella, Viva Variety, Ed, Wet Hot American Summer)

Eugene Mirman (Sub Pop recording artist, Flight of The Conchords, Comedians of Comedy)

Marc Maron (Air America, Comedy Central, The Jerusalem Syndrome)

Seattle School (Iron Composer, Stranger Genius Award winner):
Mike Min, Korby Sears, Liza Keckler

The specific details regarding who’s performing when is TBA. And in case you missed it, the most recent day-to-day breakdown for music is after the jump.

Tickets are on sale now—visit www.sasquatchfestival.com.

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This Morning I Forgot That Elliott Smith Was Dead

posted by on March 31 at 1:15 PM

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Figure 8 isn’t my favorite Elliott Smith record, but it’s a great one. “Son of Sam” is a fantastic opening track. I love the way the bright, parlor piano contrasts the distorted guitar that crashes the whole song after he sings “Kiiiiing for a daaaaay!”

The embittered, but reluctantly empowered “Somebody I Used to Know”… “L.A.”… every song is so good.

The track that always gets me is “Everything Means Nothing to Me.” The perfectly graceful piano, the soft chorus of Smith’s voice, slowly being layered over itself again and again to form a sad little choir—it’s almost like he’s haunting himself in the song.

“Everything means nothing to me… everything means nothing to me… everything means nothing to meee….”

The piano gets louder, slowly. Then the drums hit, unexpectedly. And the strings. My favorite part is when the strings come in with the drums at about the 1:20 mark. The strings come in strong before fading out slow. His voice keeps echoing itself. “Everything means nothing to me… everything means nothing to me… everything means nothing to meee….” In the end, all that’s left is the fading piano and the haunting ghost of a symphony.

“Man, I bet this song is amazing live,” I thought. Then I recalled the few times I did see Smith. One time hardly counts—it was the really tragic show at the Showbox when he was too drunk/stoned/crazy to play through an entire song without messing up, apologizing, pausing, and starting again.

“He hasn’t toured in a long time,” I thought. “I wonder…”

Then the chill hit and I remembered—Elliott Smith is dead. He killed himself or someone killed him, but no matter what happened in the hours, minutes, and seconds before it happened, he still ended up with a knife through his heart.

How did I forget that?

His corpse was the most popular Halloween costume that year. It was the most talked about news story in music, mostly because it brought up the possibility for the suicide vs. murder conspiracy theories that still ring loudly over a decade after Kurt’s gunshot to the brain.

But while I sang along to Figure 8, I forgot all of that. Somehow, this morning, I completely forgot that Elliott Smith was dead.

It was so weird.

Today’s Music News

posted by on March 31 at 12:37 PM

Lame news in media mergers pt. 1 - U2 signs “360” deal with LiveNation

Spoiler alert: No one gets stabbed by a Hell’s Angel at the end - Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary hits theaters April 4

Wanted dead or alive - Richie Sambora arrested for DUI

Lame news in media mergers pt. 2 - Wal-Mart and Universal team up to include wildflower seeds as inserts in CDs

Bjork - “Wanderlust”

posted by on March 31 at 12:37 PM

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The elaborately constructed new video off Volta debuted on Yahoo today and it looks amazing. It is a shame though that since Yahoo is the only place the video can be streamed they didn’t take a little more care with their video compression. That part looks like crap. The video will be released on DVD in 3-D (with glasses!) on 4/14.

Hello Superstars! Sign Up for the Second-Annual Stranger Gong Show!

posted by on March 31 at 12:15 PM

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Last spring at the Crocodile, a whole bunch of people came together to make the first-ever Stranger Gong Show a mind-blowing success.

This spring at Chop Suey, we’re doing it again.

The date: Saturday, April 26.
The cost: Free.
The line-up: God only knows. We’re looking for any and all human-based entertainments, including but not limited to jugglers, magicians, jug bands, tap dancers, strongmen, yodelers, stand-up comics, sword swallowers, contortionists, slam poets, marching bands, mimes, guys who shove quarters up their noses, bird callers, puppeteers, tuba players, hula hoopers, comedy skits, chanteuses, ventriloquists, clog dancers, celebrity impersonators, butoh dancers, vaudeville acts, accordianists, and air bands.

The rules: All acts must run between 45 seconds and four minutes, and require a minimum of set-up. What this means: full live bands—with amps and drum kits and what have you—won’t work for the Gong Show. We’ll provide a mic and amp and that aforementioned brief set-up time, so musical acts would do well to re-conceive themselves as “unplugged”—think campfire sing-along instead of full show. But there’s still a hell of a lot of music that can be made within the Gong Show strictures: acoustic bands, singers with backing tapes, human beatboxes, cello soloists, etc etc etc.

Acts can get on the bill just by showing up at Chop Suey the night of the show, or by signing up in advance online sign-up form online.

Also, due to “laws,” no acts can feature fire or kids (it’s a bar).

In the meantime, here’s another taste of the late, great, original Gong Show:

Who Owns Your Music Blog? or “DAILY SWARM WHAT UP THE FUCK!?”

posted by on March 31 at 12:07 PM

Hat tip to the thankfully revived Gerard vs Bear and story via thedailyswarm:

Pop culture-focused social media site Buzznet, based in Los Angeles, has raised a big-ish third round of funding, as much as $25 million, we have learned, and that Universal Music-owned Interscope has invested a few million in it. We haven’t been able to confirm the other investors, but last year the company raised about $6 million led by Redpoint Ventures and Anthem Venture Partners. The previous investors might have put some of the new money as well.

The site’s primary focus is on music and offers related blogs, videos, photo-sharing and band-related features. In particular, Buzznet has struck alliances with indie bands by promoting specific online community channels for them. The company has also been working with established popstars, like Avril Lavigne.

Also, recently, investors Bob Pittman, of the Pilot Group and Sling Media’s Jason Hirschhorn traded their equity stakes in the influential indie music blog Stereogum for an ownership percentage of BuzzNet. We have confirmed through sources that Buzznet now fully owns Stereogum. Not sure how this plays into the new funding, but the financing may be used in making some other music and entertainment related content acquisitions and possibly rollups, our sources say.

The company has not responded to our repeated e-mails.

We’re Having Much More Fun

posted by on March 31 at 11:48 AM

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Word up, Ari. X has still got it, and they flaunted it. John Doe is some kind of vest-less punk Han Solo. Exene was belting it out, feeling it- she was even sort of dancing(I thought she half-did a Harlem Shake up there). DJ Bonebrake was badass as anybody named DJ Bonebrake has any right to be.The constantly-cheesing Billy Zoom looks kind of like a cross between Conan O’Brien and the dad from Gidget. “Nice Guy- Punk Legend” Billy’s t-shirts at the booth said. That mufucka had crazy eyes. He kind of creeped my girl out but his solos were perfect everytime.

“I know Seattle is a concerned-citizen kind of city”
, Doe told us. “Make sure you vote this November, for whatever you want”. Then they launched into “The New World”…”it was better before before they voted for whatshisname…” Seemed like they kinda tripped up the lyrics at first, but maybe they meant to do it like that, whatever. It was sweet, and everybody singing along thought so too. The bulk of X’s catalog is made to sing along to. “I love singing with people”, Exene told the adoring crowd in front.

While we were in the bar my girl notes that cats are standing on the stairs, which is a BIG no-no whenever there’s a hiphop show. Where’s the overzealous security(except for Whitey, the dude of dudes) now though? RACIST. I had to check at the merch table & see if they had any X tees in XXL for ya boy. Course not, I don’t even know why I ask anymore…RACIST. While on the floor watching X tear it up, the AC was blasting something fierce…hiphop shows are always Tarzan hot in the Showbox…RACIST! I sang along with “White Girl” at my girlfriend, trying to be funny- definitely RACIST.

“Are you gonna sing our love song, Exene?” John asked. Awww. “They used to be married”, I whispered in my girl’s ear. “She also used to be married to Viggo Mortensen”, I also said. Anyway, their love song apparently was a breathless version of “Breathless”, my #1 jukebox pick whenever at Bill’s Off Broadway. As the intro to “Adult Books”, Doe unbuttoned his shirt for a sec to illustrate cheesy guys in the 80’s date-scene, which drew a lot of catcalls from the ladies, which was undoubtedly his intention.

They didn’t do my favorite joint, New World’s “Poor Girl”, but it’s all good, they roared thru classics from all of their good albums: “Sugarlight”, “True Love”, “Devil Doll”, “Johnny Hit And Run Paulene”, “Los Angeles”, “Your Phones Off The Hook But You’re Not”, “The Hungry Wolf”…you get it. I was stoked, Johnny-come-lately Me finally got to see one of his favorite bands. They killed it, they were nice- hell, “kindly” might be the word for Billy Zoom- and it was exactly what I expected. You what X sounds like? Yeah, they did that, like the whole time. Awesome.

Bruce Springsteen at KeyArena

posted by on March 31 at 11:33 AM

Photos by Morgan Keuler

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Photos by Morgan Keuler

Imagine All the Waffles

posted by on March 31 at 11:07 AM

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John Lennon is in Shoreline, WA.


Eating breakfast.

Warped Tour at the Gorge, August 9

posted by on March 31 at 10:56 AM

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 4. Pre-sale is going on now.

The annual early Internet ticket pre-sale is on now. Pre-sale prices range from $27-$28.50 and include a concert ticket and a copy of the Vans Warped Tour 2008 compilation CD (SideOneDummy), a 25 cent donation to the Camp Hollywood Heart* charity and all service fees. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available for each market via www.warpedtour.com. Those who purchase pre-sale tickets qualify to potentially win exclusive prizes like “jump-the-line” passes and a trip to the show of their choice complete with VIP passes.

More info is at www.warpedtour.com.

This year’s line-up for the Seattle date is after the jump. If you care.

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Tonight in Music: X (Night Two) and the Cribs

posted by on March 31 at 10:30 AM

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X, Skybombers, Guns & Rossetti
(Showbox at the Market) More Fun in the New World, X’s fourth (and last great) album, is hands down my favorite from their considerable catalog. It’s a far slicker sound than they’d had before, but goddamn it worked. John and Exene’s vocals go together like bourbon and barbecue—smoky, sticky, spicy-sweet. Like hot vinyl seats and Venice Beach. It’s also the last record the OG lineup played on together—remarkable here because this tour features all four of the originals; hopefully they’ll pick up today right where they left off back in 1983: “Honest to goodness/the bars weren’t open this morning/they must have been voting/for a new president of something….” LARRY MIZELL JR.

Ari Spool went last night, and she has some advice for those of you attending tonight—click here!

(Video is Jeffrey Lewis performing the song “Seattle.”)
The Cribs, Ra Ra Riot, Jeffrey Lewis at Chop Suey
The Cribs are well-connected, sassy, and smart Brit pop boys who hit the States without the usual Brit press flurry. Ra Ra Riot are a jangly American indie-pop septet, whose elated and melancholic songs reference the Police (vocals) and Dexy’s Midnight Runners (fiddle) without sounding retro. But the most exciting act here may be Jeffrey Lewis—he of the antifolk Crass-covers album and the comic-strip “music videos.” Don’t be late. (Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000. 8 pm, $12, 21+.) by Eric Grandy

Want more? Click to check out our new calendar!

Bass: How Low Can You Go?

posted by on March 31 at 9:54 AM

Posted in this comments thread by Wheely and confirmed by Chop Suey sound guy Alejandro:

Chop Suey’s owner has decided to downgrade the sound system by replacing their 18inch sub-woofers with 10inch subs

There goes the neighborhood…

Update: Roy from Chop Suey called to let us know that the new configuration will “sound exactly the same inside, you just won’t be able to hear it as far outside the building.” He wasn’t sure exactly what the new configuration would entail, however.

The Only Good Pictures I Took at X Last Night

posted by on March 31 at 9:32 AM

The Canadian teenagers that took the bus just for the show:

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And Billy Zoom being a little weird:

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A bit of advice for those attending tonight: If you don’t want to be distracted by how weird Billy Zoom is, make sure to get a spot on the John Doe side (stage left). I swear to God, Zoom knows the parts so well, and he’s such a good guitar player, that he spends the entire show making creepy Dick Clark faces at the crowd because he doesn’t need to concentrate.

But other than that, X still got it!


Sunday, March 30, 2008

New Melvins Album On the Way

posted by on March 30 at 7:28 PM

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Via Punknews.org:

Seattle, Washington’s Melvins will be releasing a new album on July 8 via Ipecac titled Nude With Boots. The lineup will remain the same, with constants Buzz and Dale holding down guitar and drums, respectively, and Big Business’ holding down the bass and more drums. The album will be eleven tracks.

The group has released only one album with this incarnation, A Senile Animal, released in 2006. The label will also be releasing The Fantomas/Melvins Big Band Live from London 2006 DVD featuring audio commentary from Buzz, Danny DeVito and Ipecac co-owner Greg Werckman.

Another Mag Down

posted by on March 30 at 5:28 PM

Resonance Magazine has reached…

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…the end of the day. It took 14 years. It was a long run. And lot of local writers, including myself, got a start in music journalism in its pages.

RESONANCE MAGAZINE BIDS FAREWELL TO 14 YEARS OF PUBLISHING

Seatlle-based (in a Wallingford attic, to be precise), nationally distributed, music and arts magazine Resonance ceases print production in January 2008. From publisher Andrew Monko:

To our dear friends and supporters:

In January 2008, immediately before going to press with our 55th issue, we were forced to stop printing Resonance. The financial challenge of publishing an independent magazine finally overwhelmed us. Fueled by the tireless support of many people (readers, subscribers, staff, freelancers, advertisers, publicists, as well as long-suffering spouses and significant others), we stubbornly survived on a shoestring budget and volunteer staff for 14 years. Such a business model isn’t sustainable forever.

Resonance, see you at the crossroads.

At the Springsteen Concert

posted by on March 30 at 11:07 AM

John Schork:

“The guy standing next to me was so high he fell asleep during the first song. He laid down on the ground in the fetal position and passed out for like 15 minutes. Then he stood up and rocked out for the rest of the show.”