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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Last Krakt Ever. Tonight.

posted by on April 12 at 2:33 PM

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Not long after their third anniversary, Krakt, local home for “techno with teeth,” announced they were going to be ceasing their monthly night. Tonight’s the finale, so after getting in a few last frames at Sunset Bowl, you should head down to Rebar for one last night of Krakt-ified debauchery.

Here’s the announcement:

KRAKT COMMIT TECHNO SUICIDE.
SUBMIT TO DRUNKEN TAG TEAM GANG BANG BY

PAUL EDWARDS
JUSTIN BYRNES
KRISTINA CHILDS
NORDIC SOUL
JERRY ABSTRACT
GREG SKIDMORE
MILKPLANT
EDDIE

CAUSE MASSIVE ANAL TECHNO HEMORRHAGE.
LEAVE GAPING ORIFICE IN SEATTLE TECHNO SCENE FOR WHINEY RAVER KIDS KIDS TO STUFF WITH SHITTY TRANCE.


LAST KRAKT. SATURDAY AT REBAR.
21+. $5
BOOZE. BITCHES. TECHNO BUKAKKE.

New Smoking Popes Record Coming in June

posted by on April 12 at 1:40 PM

It’s called Stay Down and it’s being released on Flameshovel. The CD release party is happening in Chicago on June 7th, but that’s all the info there is to know right now.

Now please enjoy one of my favorite Smoking Popes songs, “Need You Around,” which is especially delightful on a beautiful day like today:

You’re welcome.

Christgau - “It would be my pleasure to praise John Mayer at EMP.”

posted by on April 12 at 1:28 PM

The Daily Swarm is not impressed with the Pop Conference.

Alicia Keys: “‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other.”

posted by on April 12 at 1:26 PM

Alicia Keys recently gave an interesting interview to Blender…:

There’s another side to Alicia Keys: conspiracy theorist. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine: “`Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. `Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”

Keys, 27, said she’s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing ‘em dead,” according to an interview in the magazine’s May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.

Another of her theories: That the bicoastal feud between slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.”

She also said she hopes to start writing more political songs in the future. Read more here.

Musical Trucks

posted by on April 12 at 1:16 PM

Not the crass all-girl dance band, but the automobile…

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Via Reuters:

A new musical piece called “Car Orchestra” which features the engines and horns of five utility trucks, known as “utes,” alongside a saxophone, double bass and disc jockey, will debut at a music festival in western Sydney on Saturday.

Michael Atherton, a professor at the University of Western Sydney, says he composed the score to connect the festival with the local culture of the working-class Campbelltown area, inviting a local “Ute Club” to play the piece.

“A festival’s concept of culture should be very broad,” Atherton told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

“People can expect to hear fanfares, jazz-funk sections, percussion solos. They will hear mag wheels played like Balinese gamelans,” he said.

I really hope they post a recording of it somewhere. I want to hear this.

Portishead - Third

posted by on April 12 at 1:13 PM


EMP Pop Conference Friday Highlights

posted by on April 12 at 12:16 PM

A quick best of:

-Attending a panel about rioting while the Dalai Lama was speaking on the other side of Seattle center (with backup from Dave Matthews). Peace is great and all, but riots make for better music.

-Charles Mudede veering away from his prepared notes (shock horror!) about Brixton and Linton Kwesi Johnson to discuss the situation in Zimbabwe and why he’s a Marxist (“I don’t believe in all this neo-liberal stuff. It’s bullshit, and it makes me angry!”)

-Joshua Clover discussing MIA, Jonathan Richman, Cornershop, Asha Bhosle, the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, Bird Flu, Tamiflu, the Asian financial crisis of 1997, etc. Clover was equal parts poetic and academic; I feel like I have to stop trying to talk about MIA after seeing how it really should be done.

-Dancing with the stars.

House Party

posted by on April 12 at 11:00 AM

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by Lauren Max.

Tonight in Music: The Avett Brothers (Again), Shellshage, Helms Alee, Akimbo, Dälek, 20/Twenty’s Anniversary Party

posted by on April 12 at 10:09 AM

The Avett Brothers are playing tonight at Neumo’s tonight. Click here to see yesterday’s preview.

And tonight’s show at the Comet is so good it got a nod in both Up & Coming and Suggests:

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Shellshag, Helms Alee, Akimbo at Comet
Shellshag are known for four things: a relentless tour schedule; a stalwart DIY attitude; jumping on people, throwing their drums, crowdsurfing, and other mischief; and making more fuzzed-out, Breeders-like noise than two people should be able to. Akimbo are known for two things: grinding, fast, melodic metal and the best drummer in Seattle. Helms Alee are known for one thing: stoned freak-outs of the heavy, slow variety. (Comet, 922 E Pike St, 322-9272. 9 pm, $6, 21+.) by Ari Spool
Akimbo, King Brothers, Shellshag, Helms Alee
(Comet) Killer night of music, and perhaps the best place in town to see it—the Comet is a bar that’s meant to be destroyed. Not long ago, Monotonix tried to burn the place down. Bands have stripped there, poured beer all over themselves and the audience (thanks again for that, Ben Lashes), fallen to the floor in a rock-inspired seizure, blown fuses and vocal cords… there’s something about the Capitol Hill hole that makes performers go crazy. Akimbo don’t have the wacky stunts, but they have the sonic sledgehammer that could do some damage to the walls. And Helms Alee are seriously one of the best new bands in the city—the recent addition to Hydra Head’s roster are a fantastic dichotomy of unforgiving, heavy rock and shimmering optimism. MEGAN SELING

And here’s another option for Capitol Hill:

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RJD2, Dälek, Happy Chichester
(Chop Suey) I’m not gonna lie; I have a hard time getting into a lot of live hiphop acts. But Dälek… holy shit. This is a band who blew the PA at Graceland years ago, a band who have played with Grandmaster Flash, Sonic Youth, and Tool. MC Dälek’s rhymes and brooding cadence are impressive in their own right, but when paired with producer Oktopus’s walls of dark distorted noise and punishing beats, the result is one of the most intense and innovative sounds in contemporary hiphop. While the departure of turntablist Chang threatened to subtract from the spectacle of Dälek’s live show, their most recent album, Abandoned Language, is easily their strongest work to date and will undoubtedly rule on the Chop Suey stage. BRIAN COOK

Staying off of Pike and/or Pine? Find all the listings in our online calendar.

For example: There’s a free show this afternoon in Ballard at 20/Twenty with Tiny Vipers, Amy Blaschke, and Husbands Love Your Wives. It’s for 20/Twenty’s three-year anniversary. It starts at 4 pm.

Or you could go see Old Haunts, Feral Children, and Coconut Coolouts at the Vera Project!

So many options… what ever will you do…


Friday, April 11, 2008

I Want it Long, Straight, Curly, Fuzzy, Snaggy, Shaggy, Ratty, Matty

posted by on April 11 at 4:01 PM

Black Flag’s decade of hair.

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Click to see the full size image.

(ht to WFMU)

Everyday Music to Move to Broadway and Pine in June

posted by on April 11 at 3:30 PM

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Everyday Music is one of the few businesses still open on east side block of Broadway between Denny and John. For the past month or two, all the neighboring stores have been relocating in preparation for the light rail construction that’s supposed to start later this spring. But Everyday has stayed put mostly because they still didn’t have a place to go.

“They wanted us out at the end of March,” says the store’s manager David Miranda. “And we had been searching for a new place since November. For awhile it looked like we were all going to be out of jobs.”

But Everyday has finally found a new home—Miranda happily reports that their plan is to move into the building on the corner of Broadway and Pine, the one with the Jimi Hendrix statue in front of it.

“Our doors are going to be right behind the statue,” he says. The building is set to be developed in two years, so Everday will only be able to sign a year and a half lease, but it will buy them some more time to find a more permanent solution. “We want to stay on Capitol Hill.”

There is another downside—“It’s about half the size of the space we’re in now,” says Miranda. “So were feverishly trying to condense everything.”

Still, a smaller space is better than no space at all. They should be in the new building by June 1st.

Take a Moment to Ponder Hell

posted by on April 11 at 2:46 PM

Over at the Music Slut, they’ve unveiled the track listing for Coldplay’s upcoming album, Viva La Vida. Here are what the songs will be titled, presumably in order:

Life In Technicolor

Cemeteries Of London

Lost!

42

Lovers In Japan

Yes

Viva La Vida

Violet Hill

Strawberry Swing

Death & All His Friends

Like all right-thinking humans, I loathe Coldplay. But when I happened upon this blog post, I took a moment to imagine exactly how much this album will suck, and it was an interesting exercise. Does the exclamation point on “Lost!” mean that it’s going to be an up-tempo number? Or is it more of a woeful cry of sorrow, as in “O, I am Lost!”? Will “Cemeteries of London” be the ballad I assume it to be, possibly about a deceased aunt or uncle, whose picture will appear in the liner notes for maximum Grammy sympathy votes? Or will Coldplay suddenly start ripping off The Cure, too?

There’s a kind of delight in imagining how much something will suck, before its parameters of awfulness are defined by reality. Here is what I assume: This album will have copious amounts of piano on it. There will be some kind of ‘branching out,’ which will probably mean adopting some other culture’s music in a half-assed way. There will be a ballad, and a slightly up-tempo song. There will be much sensitive mincing on Chris Martin’s part, and there will be some lyrics that bad critics for bad music magazines will pick apart to see if any of them relate to Gwyneth, or Apple, or Moses, or someone else with a weird name, like Barbarus, or Fencey. Within eight months from today, while sitting in my dentist’s waiting room, I will curse one of these songs for existing when I hear it for the two billionth time. These things are true. The rest of the possibilities—and the infinite ways that this album can suck—are breathtakingly wide open.

Random Email, Friday, 2:41 pm

posted by on April 11 at 2:41 PM

Go see the King Brothers tomorrow at the Comet. I saw them last night in SF - holy shit - I’ll leave it at that. Bring extra pants - you will crap the one’s you’re wearing.

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Hear (Part of) Another New Death Cab Track

posted by on April 11 at 2:17 PM

It’s called “Pity & Fear” and you can hear a snippet of it on NPR’s All Songs Considered.

The new album, Narrow Stairs, will be released on May 13th.

Past Lives & Talbot Tagora @ Chop Suey

posted by on April 11 at 1:52 PM

Casey Catherwood did a spotlight on Past Lives in his Underage column this week. They’re playing an all-ages show at the Redmond Firehouse tonight, and they played a most-ages show last night at Club Pop. I was a huge Blood Brothers fan. Thanks to a series of miscalculations and previous engagements I had still never seen Past Lives. I’ve already taken the Jaguar Love demos off my iPod. I had my hopes up.

Talbot Tagora opened with their reverb-soaked, brain churning punk. This band makes me feel like I’m taking crazy pills. As a musician, trying to figure out the logic between their riffs and transitions is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle on hallucinogens. I have no idea how they make the sound they do; their approach is completely foreign to me. But it compels me, draws me toward it. There was a video of Point Break playing behind them. During the last song, “Ephemereal Summer,” the band built to a minor but poignant climax as all the stage lights went red and Ronald Regan used a gas pump as a blowtorch. It was perfect.

DJ Fat Buddy Holly, aka Spencer Moody, got the dance floor moving between sets. There were lots of neon spandex and tank tops. He played that song by Juvenile that sounds exactly like “Back That Ass Up,” but isn’t. The cops showed up and complained about the volume again. Standing directly outside the venue I could barely hear what was going on inside. It was like hearing my roommate’s stereo from across the hall. Who the fuck is complaining about this?

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The movie changed from Point Break to Kids for Past Lives set, but whoever was running the DVD player skipped the opening sex scene. Past Lives reinforced that it was indeed the rhythm section of the Blood Brothers that always had me coming back for more. No one plays the drums quite like Mark Gajadhar - he understands the snare drum like a dominatrix, beating it at all the right times in all the right places. Morgan Henderson plays guitar, but he plays it like a bass, and just like in the Blood Brothers his rhythms are more pronounced than the melodies. Devon Welch’s guitar lines are understated and elegant, Jordan Blilie needs no other singer to share the spotlight. The first part of the set pulled me in, but the last two songs won me over. Scrawled “Strange” and “Chrome” on their setlist, these songs got the entire floor dancing and yelling, proving that if Past Lives feel like it, they can turn up the energy just as high as when they were younger, sassier, and less refined.

Re: Today in White Rappers

posted by on April 11 at 12:39 PM

Of course, not every white rapper is ICP or Vanilla Ice or even Eminem, just like not every black rocker is Lenny Kravitz.

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Case in point: Doseone of Subtle (a man who once bested Eminem in a freestyle battle). Oh, and what’s that? Tonight, Subtle are debuting their forthcoming tryptych-ending comic book concept album, ExitingARM with a laser show?! It’s true:

Friday April 11, 2008 @ 9:15 PM -10:15PM
SUBTLE – ExitingARM (LEX RECORDS) Laser Light Listening Party!!!
Seattle Laser Dome @ The Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Avenue North I Seattle, Washington 98109
$5 cover
All Ages!!!!

Doseone will be in attendance. He will (probably) not be wearing clown make up.


Listen to Subtle’s “The Crow”






Radiohead for Turtle Man

posted by on April 11 at 12:00 PM

Radiohead wrote the song “Karma Police” specifically for this Kentucky man who fishes snapping turtles out of ponds with his bare hands.

His name is Ernie Brown Jr. and he’s known as the Turtle Man. He’s missing his front teeth because he knocked them out with a chainsaw. He’s missing a majority of his brain cells because his mother is his sister. He doesn’t drink, do drugs, or smoke cigarettes, but he does catch the ever-living hell out of snapping turtles with his bare hands.

Watching the video, you just can’t help but hope one the turtles will bite his nuts off. And that is why when he dies and passes into the next world, Ernie Brown Jr. will pass into an eternity of snapping turtles biting his nuts off. He will wake up every day with balls, and every day they will be bitten off by an angry snapping turtle when he does his Indian victory cry.

Today in White Rappers

posted by on April 11 at 11:39 AM

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The good: Eminem will perform at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday bash.

The bad: Vanilla Ice has been charged with domestic battery.

The fugly: Insane Clown Posse continues to exist.

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 11 at 11:26 AM

The Stranger music department is screwed - Copyright debate extends to throwing away promotional CDs

Ever wonder if Radiohead spends as much time planning publicity stunts as they do writing records? - Brits score second-ever U.S. Top 40 hit in unorthodox manner

Seen Vince Neil lately? More like Portley Crue - New Motley Crue song online

More mid-tempo rock for 2008 - Coldplay announce tracklist to new record

David Gilmore is off the hook - Roger Waters now hates Hillary Clinton

Never at Center Stage: Disco in the early 80’s

posted by on April 11 at 11:19 AM

Center Stage 12-inch, Patrick Adams
Who says disco never made it see the 1980’s. Leave it up to legendary disco songwriter/producer, Patrick Adams to put the critics to rest. In 1980, Adams teamed up with Christine Wiltshire, under the name Center Stage to release a 12” single that featured the classic disco track Never. Wiltshire, like Adams had been a very active member of many great disco projects and productions, including Musique, Phreek, Class Action, and Poussez! to name a few. Over all this 1980 cut works as a nice bridge between 70’s and early 80’s dance music. Nice work again, Mr. Adams.

Download Center Stage’s 1980 single “Never” plus a lot more by clicking here.

Stage Diving

posted by on April 11 at 11:00 AM

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By &y.

Slog Happy Setlist

posted by on April 11 at 10:45 AM

Super fun being impromptu DJ last night at Slog Happy. I hesitate even to use the term “deejay”—because 1) what a gross set of phonemes, almost on the order of “snack” pronounced by people in Michigan, and 2) because I was basically just babysitting iTunes. There was a great crowd huddled around the bar—so crowded that I feared someone would get pickpocketed or groped. But y’all are good babies. Some of yins were even dancing and asking about the music.

Well, thanks to the www.izardry of our Last.fm account, I was able to dig up exactly what was played and in what order. And no, one dude—that was not “Popzão” I was playing.

  1. Hercules & Love Affair – Blind (Hercules Club Mix)
  2. Leon Russell – The Ballad of Hollis Brown
  3. La’ Chat – Still Gettin’ My Clit LickedESG – Moody (Spaced Out)
  4. Deee-Lite – Good Beat
  5. Andreas Dorau & Die Marinas – Tulpen und Narzissen
  6. The Nick Straker Band – A Little Bit of Jazz
  7. Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High
  8. En Vogue – You Don’t Have to Worry
  9. M.I.A. – Jimmy
  10. Black Blood – A.I.E (A’Mwana)
  11. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Posse on Broadway
  12. Cheeky Blakk – Lemme Get That Outcha
  13. Man 2 Man Meet Man Parrish – Male Stripper
  14. Scott Walker – Jackie
  15. Róisín Murphy – Overpowered
  16. David Fanshawe – African Sanctus
  17. George Kranz – Din Daa Daa
  18. Dennis DJ & MC Cabo – Tire a Camisa
  19. Bobby Caldwell – Open Your Eyes
  20. Ex-Girlfriend – You (You’re The One For Me) [F.F.X. Special Effects Remix]
  21. Kingdom – Buck’N [Radio Edit feat. SR Palm]
  22. Patrick Dyer – More

I kept stepping back from what I was doing and realizing how strange it was to be playing so many club tracks at only 7:00, but then I convinced myself that it was like wearing white after labor day—no one cares but assholes. Luckily, at Slog Happy, everyone’s inner asshole is fairly hidden.

Vintage Beat Happening Guitar Stolen

posted by on April 11 at 10:36 AM

Via tinymixtapes.com:

That’s right, some jerk from New Jersey stole Karl Blau’s guitar off a Greyhound bus — classy. But this ain’t just any ol’ guitar. This is the same guitar Bret Lunsford used in Beat Happening!

New Jersey/East Coast readers: keep your eyes peeled. There are many identifying characteristics on this mighty axe, so it shouldn’t be hard to spot hanging in a pawn shop window or strapped around some dude trying to play the intro to “Today” by The Smashing Pumpkins. Contact us if you have any leads, and we can put you in contact with Mr. Blau. Trust me, you don’t want to see him without that guitar.

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Photo of Karl and the guitar by Derek Vincent

Thanks to Billy for the tip.

Tonight in Music: Yellow Swans, Cat Power, Eels, Wolves in the Throne Room, the Avett Brothers, Broken Disco’s Anniversary Party, and More

posted by on April 11 at 9:00 AM

Today, it’s hard being you. Because there’s a ton of shit going on tonight and there’s only one you and now you’re gonna have to choose.

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D. Yellow Swans are playing at the Vera Project tonight with Iron Lung. Sam Mickens interviewed the band in this week’s paper:

Deez Yellow Swans’ existence has coincided with a seeming insurgence of noise music in popular indie culture. Has this been a primarily positive trend or are there now a glut of noise-music sucker MCs?

PETE SWANSON: I think it’s been [partially] a positive thing, but some things have been diminished due to the growing popularity of abstract music. On the plus side, there’s the growing ability for weirdo bands to be sustainable—for folks to pay for practice spaces, to not lose money on tour, to be able to get shows at all, which wasn’t the case even five years ago. There’s also been a great network established for the distribution of completely obscure releases by even more obscure bands. And a good deal of respect has been given from a lot of media outlets, which has sort of established oddball stuff as being more valuable than it was considered previously. All that is great. The flip side is that there are ONE MILLION noise acts now, which is overwhelming, and the majority of them are not extremely interesting. Another thing that’s occurred is this fragmenting of noise into tiny subgenres.

Read the whole interview here.

Here’s a handful of picks from this week’s Up & Coming section:

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Wolves in the Throne Room, Priestbird, the Better to See You With
(Comet) Wolves in the Throne Room have ascended to the upper echelon of the American underground black-metal scene over the course of a few short years on the strength of two excellent full-lengths of classic Burzum-inspired guitar-driven soundscapes and their unique and well-articulated philosophy on the importance of black metal as a counterpoint to the soulless and culturally shallow state of our society in the modern age. Not bad for a group of dudes who live on a farm outside of Olympia who used to play in a punk band called the Hoodwinks. Rumor has it that their recent gigs are performed in almost complete darkness, with only a row of candles for illumination. And they get bonus points for not wearing corpse paint. BRIAN COOK
The Avett Brothers, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jason Webley
(Neumo’s) Last year’s Avett Brothers album, Emotionalism, was deservedly on a lot of critics’ 2007 top 10 lists because it was brave and familiar. The Avetts’ emo-as-fuck Americana is bitterly romantic and utterly sincere. The lyrics aren’t trite and the minimalist orchestration is pointedly antigloss, both of which fortify the music’s palpable honesty. Songs are stories and vocal melodies are belted out fearless and unaffected. Everything about the Avett Brothers, from acoustic instruments (played like the Violent Femmes at maximum rock out) to clear (yet delightfully ragged) brother-perfect harmonies, is heartwarmingly ballsy. MARK DONUTS
Eels
(Showbox at the Market) Recently, Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett wrote an open letter to the president, inviting him to one of their upcoming shows, hoping to rebuild the bridge that Bush burned when he used the band’s album Daisies of the Galaxy as an example of popular music that sends bad messages to kids. “Mr. President, I know that you’re a Christian, and Christ taught forgiveness. So in the spirit of forgiveness and fence mending, I’d like to let bygones be bygones and invite you and the First Lady to attend our Washington, D.C., concert,” he wrote. As far as I know, the president did not attend. But tonight, imagine Bush standing there next to you while the band play “inappropriate” tunes like “It’s a Motherfucker,” “Son of a Bitch,” and “Old Shit, New Shit,” which are all actually thoughtful songs—not the expletive-laced anthems the Republicans seem to think they are. MEGAN SELING

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Cat Power
(Showbox Sodo) Cat Power’s Chan Marshall no longer walks offstage halfway through her live show. She no longer melts down onstage in tears with her head in her shaking hands. She’s collected herself. These days, Chan is all presence and sentience. She’s all voice—that hazy and beautifully pained Georgia voice that coats and sifts into your ears then drifts away like skywriting. This tour, Cat Power is focusing on songs from her latest CD of covers called Jukebox. She’s also letting her four-piece backing band (featuring John Spencer guitarist Judah Bauer) play all the music so she can concentrate that much more on vocals. That’s right, no piano or guitar for Chan. Just vocals and skywriting. And the songs of Joni, Frank, Patsy, and Janis. TRENT MOORMAN

Need more? We got more. Bug in the Bassbin suggests Broken Disco’s one-year anniversary party:

For Broken Disco’s anniversary, the promoters have opted for an all-out party assault, guaranteeing both a sweaty ceiling and noise complaints from Chop Suey’s pesky neighbors. They’re going big, bringing in a slew of out of towners instead of the usual single headliner, representing a pretty wide swath of the all-inclusive Broken Disco sound. Topping the bill is Tittsworth, the D.C.-area DJ who drops a heavy dose of Baltimore club in his catch-all party-jam sets. Former Laptop Battle champion Starkey comes from Philly, roughed-up beats in tow. Portland’s Copy will illustrate the unironic usage of keytar, while Kansas City duo Tactic will kick things off with a set heavy on their own bouncy remixes.

Underage suggests Past Lives at the Old Fire House in Redmond, My Philosophy’s got Flowmotion with Sonny Bonoho at Nectar, and the Score backs the Vera Project show along with Paul Rucker at the Good Shepherd Center.

And finally, if that’s just not enough for you, you can find your own goddamn good time in our calendar.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

About Prince Playing Coachella…

posted by on April 10 at 10:43 PM

He’s supposedly getting $4.8 million to do it.

I’m At Slog Happy at the Moe Bar’s VIP Room

posted by on April 10 at 7:10 PM

And Nick is playing great music that I don’t recognize but want to dance to anyway. You should be here.

Don’t worry, I won’t actually dance. I need a few more Diet Cokes before that starts to happen.

I just met NaFun. He’s talking about the grocery bag tax.

Oooh, now Nick is playing “Posse on Broadway!”

GABE

posted by on April 10 at 6:36 PM

Gabe Mintz played his solo set of rattling and smiling scrawl at the Comet last night. The songs flail him and throw his head around. He sounds great live. There’s something about the way he plays and sings. A gangly call. Dirty, but on. Loosed, but unleashed only to the songs.

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Top two pictures by Christopher Nelson.

Q: What’s Worse Than Perez Hilton Running a Record Label?

posted by on April 10 at 4:25 PM

A: TAG Body Spray running a record label.

From Billboard.com:

Island Def Jam Music Group and Procter & Gamble’s TAG brand are teaming for a joint-venture hip-hop label, which will be led by Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri.

“My goal is to find artists that have longevity written all over their face,” says Dupri, adding that TAG is expected to launch two artists per year during the course of the three-year deal.

According to Dupri, Proctor & Gamble, which produces TAG body spray, approached Island via ACME Brand Content Company for the joint venture. P&G views the union as a great way to reach its pop culture-influenced teen demographic. The label launch is also part of TAG’s initiative to cultivate relationships with the urban community through programs that give opportunities to aspiring MCs.

Neither IDJ or P&G would comment on speculation that TAG artists will be supported with up to, but not limited to, $10 million in marketing dollars, an unprecedented figure for any contemporary new artist.

“Most artists get probably $1 million for a marketing budget,” says Dupri. “The TAG artists will receive 10 times the typical marketing support. It will give these artists a chance to be and feel just as big as a Kanye West because the marketing budget is 10 to 20 times as much as the average. While it’s not actually $10-20 million, the numbers are up in that area and further north.”

Looks like the wealthy deodorant industry has some money to throw into the dying music industry.

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This Album Cover Was Made For Me

posted by on April 10 at 3:45 PM

Music from the Center of the Universe is a brand new compilation of Bellingham bands—Cicadas, No-Fi Soul Rebellion, the Russians, the Mission Orange, the Love Lights, Megatron… it’s a pretty good comp, as far as comps go. There are 20 songs total. The Cicadas track slays, the Russians’ song is killer, the Black Eyes & Neckties love them some Murder City Devils (and so do I). There are some singer songwriters, some dance tracks, it’s mostly fine. I do not like the 10 Killing Hands song, though. There’s an annoying synth that’s constantly buzzing and it makes me feel like bugs are eating away at my brain. I couldn’t listen all the way through.

But the part I love, love, love is the artwork. I love cute things, especially cute animals. I also like flowers and shit like that. I’m a girl. I had a canopy bed when I was a kid. Fuck you.

Anyway, look at this!

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In the middle of all the flowers are cute little animal heads—pandas, ducks, kitties, raccoons, elephants, dogs in hats, walruses, bunnies, baby cows, etc…. this print is all over the front, back, and inside. It’s the best album art of 2008. I want to wallpaper one of the walls in my apartment with it.

Well done, Scott Rickey of feraldesigners.com!

You can buy your own copy at www.clickpoprecords.com.

Not For a Million Dollars Would I Read This Comic Book

posted by on April 10 at 3:10 PM

From the old press-release inbox comes this little gem:

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9 April, 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - This July the ever-growing relationship between comics and music reaches new heights as Tori Amos and Image Comics release COMIC BOOK TATTOO, a 480-page, full color anthology adapting the themes and ideas behind her songs into a lush volume of sequential art. “I have been surprised, excited and pleasantly shocked by these comics that are extensions of the songs that I have loved and therefore welcome these amazing stories of pictures and words because they are uncompromisingly inspiring,” says Amos. “It shows you thought is a powerful formidable essence and can have a breathtaking domino effect.”



[COMIC BOOK TATTOO’s Editor Rantz] Hoseley added, “While the connections between comics and music have been long established by generations of creators, Comic Book Tattoo is the pure distillation of how these two art forms inspire and feed off of each other across all the classifications, genres and styles of comic storytelling. Like Tori’s music, these stories run the gamut of human experience, emotion and imagination brought to life by some of the most compelling and innovative creators in the field of comics.”

COMIC BOOK TATTOO, a 12” x 12” 480-page anthology, will be in stores July 23rd.

I went to a Tori Amos show once. I was young, and in love, and painfully stupid. Never again, not even in comic book form.

Justice Launch Clothing Line

posted by on April 10 at 2:51 PM

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Via Fashion Windows:

Gaspard and Xavier’s (Justice) love for leather jackets has almost become their trademark, together with the large light up cross that shines throughout their shows. Their love for leather jackets recently brought them to the design table of Surface to Air Paris studio. Together, they designed X & G’s dream leather jackets.

The result: a limited edition series of 3 jackets (150 pieces), and 2 jeans, conceived and designed by Justice for Surface To Air. With a very exclusive distribution, the line will be available beginning June at the following locations: Surface To Air Paris, Surface To Air Brazil, Colette, Barneys, Lane Crawford, Isetan, Le Bon Marché, Paris Texas, Asylum, Le Shop, Incu.

Stereogum has more photos.

Beach House - “Gila”

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Noise for the Needy 2008 Line-Up Announced

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David Schmader’s Showgirls: The Movie event will kick off this year’s festivities; the critically-acclaimed writer and performer will host his annotated screening of one of America’s most amazingly awful films at The Triple Door on May 14th at 7 PM.

On June 11th, Austin, TX-based psych rock champions The Black Angels play with LA’s The Warlocks at Neumos , while on June 12th, Saddle Creek recording artists Two Gallants will be at the Tractor Tavern with The Quiet Ones and Facts about Funerals; doors for both shows are at 8 PM.

Energetic NYC-based drums and keys phenoms Matt and Kim play with Yacht, No-fi Soul Rebellion and Feral Children at Neumos on June 14th while legendary, critically-acclaimed emcee Talib Kweli plays with Common Market, Grayskul and Gabriel Teodros at the Showbox for NFTN on June 15th; doors for both nights are at 8 PM.

There’s also a whole slew of local bands playing: Math and Physics club, Boat, The Maldives, Abodox, Andy Werth, Black Nite Crash, Curtains for You, Open Choir Fire, H is for Hellgate, Star Anna, Past Lives, Tulsi, Billy Joe and the Dusty 45s, The Girls, Ali Marcus, Amateur Radio Operator, Lonesome Rhodes and the Good Company, Grand Hallway, See Me River and the Dead Horse Creek, Partman Parthorse, Strong Killings, The Oswald Effect, The Heavy Hearts, Goldie Wilson, Peter Parker, Massy Ferguson, Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers, Levi Fuller, Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden, Black Whales, Lesbian, Fucking Eagles, Onry Osborn, D Black, Mos Generator, New Faces and others will be announced soon.

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 10 at 1:01 PM

I credit Dr. Pepper - Chinese Democracy is done?!

I’m a person just like you, but I’ve got better things to do - Thurston Moore narrates SXE documentary

I care. - Threadbare reunion show!

Pinhead Gunpowder is still cooler - Yes, Foxboro Hot Tubs are Green Day

Insert inappropriate “The Bitch Is Back” joke here - Elton John raises 2.5 million bucks for Hillary; criticizes U.S. misogyny

The Opening Band is Better Than the Headliner

posted by on April 10 at 12:59 PM

As Megan noted in her Up & Coming, the Dillinger Escape Plan are playing tonight, and there’s not an especially good reason to care anymore. I’m sure they’re still going to be tough and technical, but the addition of goth-punk singles and swoop-hair falsetto back ups will turn any respectable band into a dead scene.

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If you are going though, be sure to get there for the first band, as they’re the only act on that bill that’s worth being excited about anymore - Barefoot Barnacle. They’re local, instrumental, and they fucking shred. I first saw them in the basement of a party I crashed, and compared them to old, good D.E.P. Their songs are intense and complicated, and succeed in the hardest part of being an instrumental metal band: never getting repetitious and boring. It’s about time they got on some big bills like this, these boys can throw down with the best of them.

Pickups: Sunrise for Fleets

posted by on April 10 at 12:41 PM

sunrisepickup.jpgA pickup is what captures vibrations from stringed instruments and converts them into an electrical signal that can be amplified and recorded and slayed like a beast if you solo in a particular way.

There are two basic pickup types, magnetic and piezoelectric. Piezoelectric work for all kinds of strings. Magnetic pickups work only with steel strings, and are made of magnets and coils. Single coil pickups are so sensitive, they’ll hum with interference from transformers and fluorescent lamps. Dual coil or “humbucking” pickups use two out of phase coils to cancel this interference.

Acoustic pickups are tricky. Robin Pecknold from Fleet Foxes talks about the trickiness:

What kind of pickup do you use for your acoustic guitar? What are your pickup thoughts?
Robin: I think all acoustic pickups sound pretty bad. I’ve never heard one that sounds anything close to the natural sound of a guitar. So much of an acoustic guitar’s sound is dependent on the room you are in and the resonance of the guitar’s wood and most pickups seem to just capture this rubbery weird Dave Matthews Band sound. Also when you are playing an acoustic guitar live, with some bad sounding pickup, and then running it through a thin sounding DI box straight into the main speakers, there’s really no way in my opinion to make that sound good.

So what do you do to get a decent acoustic sound?
The best way would be to just put a nice microphone on the guitar but that is never loud enough if you are playing with a band. I am currently using a Sunrise brand pickup that you attach inside the sound hole. I bought it because I didn’t want to drill a hole in my guitar like most other pickups. They also sell this Sunrise brand pre-amp that you plug the guitar into which seems to make it sound a little better or maybe just makes it louder. Then instead of running the guitar into a DI box, I run it into this 1967 Twin Reverb that I got for really cheap because it was non-operational and needed to be fully rebuilt. It still doesn’t sound like a normal acoustic guitar, but it gives it a lot more depth and “bigness,” and you can adjust the settings on the amp to better suit whatever room you are in. It’s not a perfect solution but I don’t think there is one, that’s why the invented the electric guitar!!

Before and After Spelling

posted by on April 10 at 11:50 AM

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Like all normal people, I love Brain Eno, and have been enjoying a lovely spring Eno renaissance, involving the first two Roxy Music records, a few of the ambient discs, and, of course, the peerless “pop” quartet.

But the specific subject of this post comes from Before and After Science, the final installment of Eno’s ’70s pop run, praised by my beloved Robert Christgau for its “oblique, charming tour of the popular rhythms of the day, from Phil Collins’s discoid-fusion drumming on ‘No One Receiving’ to the dense, deadpan raveup of (find the anagram) ‘King’s Lead Hat.’”

When Christgau tells me to do something—buy Have Moicy!, ignore Panda Bear—I usually do it, because I trust him. But goddamn me if I could honor his command to find the anagram in “King’s Lead Hat.”

For months I lazily puzzled over it, until the answer was handed to me an a Wikipedia-scented platter. Now that I know what it is, it seems impossible that I was ever incapable of seeing it.

Hint for those who haven’t figured it out: It involves Eno’s comrade in the bush of ghosts.

Answer for those who are even dumber than me: here.

Carry on.

Tonight in Music: The Dillinger Escape Plan. the Hands, Joshua Morrison

posted by on April 10 at 11:34 AM

The Dillinger Escape Plan, the Bled, Heavy Heavy Low Low
(El Corazón) Remember when the Dillinger Escape Plan would hit the stage with a face-melting mix of math, metal, and psychotic noise that tore through your head with the wrath of 100,000 wasps? The band would thrash themselves across the stage, instruments and limbs flying everywhere. There’d be blood, sweat, and fire—it was one of the most intense performances money could buy and they scared the shit out of most people. Oh, how time changes everything. The only remaining original member of the band is Ben Weinman. And a recent performance on Conan O’Brien with weird falsetto backing vocals and no climax, was 100 percent terrible. They’re finally approachable enough for the Alternative Press–reading crowd—their new form of crazy is jumping on Conan’s desk. Oooh, crazy. MEGAN SELING
The Shackeltons, the Hands, New Faces, Born Anchors
(Neumo’s) If there’s a band I should hate in this city, it might be the Hands. I’m not a huge fan of the Blakes—their rock-and-roll revival feels contrived to me. The leather jackets, the shaggy hair… it’s all a little much. But the Hands, who essentially do the same thing (blast through raucous garage-rock anthems from another era) are so much fucking fun, I can’t deny ‘em. Their new self-titled record has a few misses (the slick production feels a little hollow), but it has a handful of hits, too—like the song “Praying Hands Will Make Fists (or Be Chopped Off).” MEGAN SELING
Joshua Morrison, the Lovely Sparrows, Debonair
(Tractor) Joshua Morrison grew up in Monroe, Washington, playing guitar and driving into Seattle to see shows. In 2004, Morrison joined the army and served in Iraq, recording his first EP of songs upon his return to Fort Lewis. Morrison plays whisper-soft, emotionally heavy, folk-influenced acoustic rock in the tradition of local singer/songwriters like Rocky Votolato, Dave Bazan, Damien Jurado, and Mat Brooke. His debut album, Home, is a quiet, peaceful affair, sublimating whatever stress or pain Morrison has suffered into calm, reflective ballads of love and homecoming. ERIC GRANDY

Those are just the shows we covered in Up & Comings. Find more stuff in our exhaustive and searchable calendar.

Some Things I Failed to Mention

posted by on April 10 at 11:29 AM

A few important details didn’t make it into this week’s feature, in which I obsess over the Microphones’ totally obsession-worthy and just reissued 2001 K album, the Glow pt. 2. I’ll try to set things right here:

-Most importantly, the article should’ve contained the information for Mount Eerie’s upcoming show at the Vera Project with Why? It’s going to be an amazing show, and the only reason you’re excused from going is if you decide to go see No Kids and Dirty Projectors at Chop Suey instead. Here’s that show info:

Thursday April 17 | 7:30 PM @ the Vera Project
WHY? (Anticon)
Mt. Eerie
Julie Doiron
Generifus
$9 ($8 w/ club card)
Always all-ages

-I should’ve mentioned that Phil Elverum hardly ever plays any of the songs off of the Glow pt. 2 anymore, that when he returned from abroad as Mount Eerie, he kind of did forget or let go of his songs, you can’t stay in the same water twice and all that.

-I also should’ve mentioned a couple other upcoming Elverum-related releases: Mount Eerie’s Black Wooden Ceiling Opening, due out May 27th on PW Elverum & Sun, and an upcoming D+ “best of” retrospective.

Sorry for the omissions.

Common Nonsense

posted by on April 10 at 11:26 AM

I know it’s old news, but I still can’t get over Common’s endorsement of the Lincoln Navigator…
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One of the best and smartest rappers in the history of hiphop. One of the few rappers to shape the music into comprehensive philosophical and intellectual project. Indeed, Common was at one point (between 95 and 01) the mind of hiphop. For him to support this type of car in our times constitutes not only a betrayal but also exposes the fatal hole in his project: it could not connect the truths of the street with global truths. And street truths are useless if they are limited to the streets.

Says one commentator on this post:

The new Lincoln Navigator gets 12 miles to the gallon, consumes 24.5 barrels of petroleum and emits 13.1 tons of CO2 each year, successfully contributing to the genocide of Middle Eastern people, and the relentless destruction of our ecosystem. What will become of the children’s hopes and dreams in the wake of these crises?

Common, open your eyes and see that the world is a ghetto.

Karl Blau @ 2020 Cycle

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By whprwhil records.

Grace Jones - Muse

posted by on April 10 at 8:53 AM

For some reason this album, of her three traditional disco albums, did the least well, and seems unpopular to this day.

But this album is fantastic! The medley on the first side, of all original tunes, that goes from sin to redemption has become one of my favorite listens in the last couple of weeks.

By 1979 the public had become tired of the disco “sound”, and this album by Grace was no exception, but this albums’ credentials are stellar and its sound is singular, even for the time. In fact right now I’d say its one of my favorite albums from the setting of the disco era.

Thor Baldursson, co-hort of Moroder and member of Munich Machine did production duties on this one, and even duets with Grace on my favorite song, “Suffer”. Tom Moulton does the mix so it’s all got that wonderful propulsive drive. But the album goes even further with its concept first side. “Sinning” has Grace singing about being a devil-may-care “bitch”, “Suffer” has her under the thumb of a punisher whose audible whippings make her moan and groan, “Repentence (Save Me)” has her asking for forgiveness, and the last song “Saved” has - I kid you not - Grace Jones singing hi-nrg gospel/disco.

The flip has the popular gay anthem “On Your Knees” (which incidentally went nowhere upon its release), and “Don’t Mess With The Messer”.

If you’re a Grace Jones fan, but don’t know of her amazing work pre-Compass Point work, you need to hear those albums to understand what a force she was in the ‘70’s, before being totally re-created in the ‘80’s by Sly and Robbie.

If you want to hear what I’m talking about try this link.

Slats Update & Conversation

posted by on April 10 at 2:44 AM

slats.jpgThrough the air of the darkened 10th and Pike corner, there appeared the mystical figure of Slats. He leaned leisurely upon the fire hydrant with one leg crossed half sitting, engrossed in a cell phone conversation. I approached and asked him his thoughts on making it to the International Line Out Finals.

He acknowledged and was jovial. I asked him what he was going to do if he won. He said, “I don’t know. It depends on what I win. I voted for Crunchberries and John Oates.”

I told him if he wins, he gets to be President of the Stranger for a day. And that he would also get a biscuit from KFC.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Popstar Who Danced the Jig When She Was Caught Lip-Synching on SNL and the Dude From Fall Out Boy Whose Penis Got Flashed All Over the Internet…

posted by on April 9 at 8:50 PM

…are getting married.

System of a Down’s Serj Tankian is Gonna Save the World

posted by on April 9 at 8:40 PM

Via Yahoo News:

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Serj Tankian, the frontman for Los Angeles rock band System of a Down, is so dedicated to saving the planet that he wants to launch a virtual concert tour to reduce his carbon footprint.

“I’ve had an idea for a long time, which might sound a little crazy, but I really want to look into holographic touring,” Tankian told Billboard.

“I think we could reduce our need to travel if we could project ourselves into meetings and concerts. We have the technology, and we’re not using it right now.”

He suggested that he could broadcast a show in real time from his home studio, and he could interact with fans as if they were in the same room.

“After all, it’s not like the audience can touch me, anyway,” he said with a laugh.

He also stresses that shows wouldn’t be limited to clubs and bars and that ticket prices would cost less. Read the whole story here.

What do you think? Would you pay, say, ten bucks to see a holographic image of Kanye West perform instead of $66 to see the real deal?

REM’s Accelerate Debuts at #2

posted by on April 9 at 3:55 PM

George Strait took the #1 slot, but REM managed to debut at #2 on this week’s Billboard chart—it sold 115,000 copies in the first week.

It’s the highest position that band’s ever held.

R.E.M.’s previous studio album, “Around the Sun,” debuted at No. 13 in 2004 with 59,000 copies. The band last made a big impression with 1996’s “New Adventures in Hi-Fi,” which opened with 226,500 units, narrowly missing out on the No. 1 spot.

Tournament Poll: The Finals

posted by on April 9 at 1:41 PM

Who will be crowned International Line Out Champion?

Barfly – The Verbal Sirloin Shot Putter from the Saturday Knights?
or
Slats - The Broadway Brawler from Pain Cocktail?

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(Final Four - here.) And the tip off:

And the consolation finals:

You Played Rock Band, Now Play Record Label!

posted by on April 9 at 1:34 PM

According to “MTV News” Harmonix (the makers of Rock Band) are releasing a new game… “Record Label!”

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Says the news story:

“Record Label is our most ambitious project to date, and is destined to take music fantasy to an entirely new level,” claimed Alex Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of Harmonix. “Sony BMG has given us the inside track on the music industry’s day-to-day operations, as well as the resources to really swing for the fences and make the game we’ve always wanted to make.”

Whereas Guitar Hero and Rock Band awarded points for live musicianship, Record Label challenges players to work the trenches and strive to push the bands in their stable up the charts, and dominate the industry by any means necessary.

“Let’s be honest, it’s as close to the real thing as anyone without family on the inside is ever likely to get,” confides Kevin Kelleher, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Sony BMG. “But things on our side of the fence aren’t always pretty. So whether you’re paying off DJs under the table for additional radio play, faking your own artists’ album reviews, or simply determining what private information you want the spyware on their CDs to collect for you… we guarantee that you’ll be able to experience all the pleasure, satisfaction and unaccountability of being a real-life Sony BMG executive.”

Except not. It’s a hoax.

CrunchGear posted about the fake story here.

Zing!

In DEMF Lineup News

posted by on April 9 at 1:27 PM

Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) announced more lineup additions today, adding a bunch of solid acts to the Memorial Day shindig (including Seattle’s Jerry Abstract). Here’s the latest (emphasis my own, all caps courtesy of the festival):

ALEX SMOKE -live ALEX UNDER -live ALLAND BYALLO BENNY BENASSI CARL CRAIG COBBLESTONE JAZZ -live DAVIDE SQUILLACE DBX -live DEADMAU5 -live DEEPCHORD PRESENTS ECHOSPACE -live DEREK PLASLAIKO DERRICK THOMPSON DIESELBOY & MC MESSINIAN DUBFIRE EGYPTIAN LOVER -live ELECTROBOUNCE.COM PRESENTS DATABASS GHETTO TECH ERIC JOHNSTON -live GIRL TALK –live GUILLAUME & THE COUTU DUMONTS -live HEARTTHROB -live JAMES ZABIELA JERRY ABSTRACT JORIS VOORN -live JOSH WINK JUSTIN KRUSE AKA KRUSE KONTROL JUSTIN LONG KONRAD BLACK LEE BURRIDGE MAGDA MARCO CAROLA MATHIAS KADEN -live MATTHEW HAWTIN MIKE GRANT MIKE HUCKABY MINX MOBY NEWCLEUS –live PAR GRINDVIK -live PAUL RITCH -live PEANUT BUTTER WOLF PETE ROCK REGGIE “HOTMIX” HARRELL RICHIE HAWTIN SHAWN MICHAELS SOUNDMURDERER SPEEDY J -live TECH ITCH TERRENCE PARKER THE COOL KIDS -live TYCHO -live ZIP

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 9 at 12:46 PM

The Fall vs. RSPCA - Mark E Smith in trouble for killing squirrels

The tree was in on it - New theory suggests Sonny Bono was murdered

Move over, Marilyn - New Charles Manson record

At last check, at least 381 people care - Dead To Fall broke up

A Skin, A Night - Documentary on The National out May 20th

The More I Get, The More I Want

posted by on April 9 at 12:46 PM

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Later this month, the Defected label will be releasing Dimitri From Paris’s new mix compilation, “Return to the Playboy Mansion”, which I’ll be doing a full review of once I get my hands on a copy. However, I bring the compilation up because it will feature plenty of great obscure disco cuts including a classic cut by Lorraine Johnson entitled, “The More I Get, The More I Want” that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. This break through cut from Johnson was released back in 1977 and was written by legendary soul songwriters/artists McFadden & Whitehead. During the same time Philadelphia’s Teddy Pendergrass also did a rendition of the track with initially more success than Johnson. After her debut with Prelude records, she went on to do some backing vocals for the Saturday Night Band as well as some session work for both L.T.D. and Les McCann. Even though, Lorraine Johnson’s “The More I Get, The More I Want” wasn’t seen with much success back in the late 70’s, the song remains to be a collectable single for disco fans of today.

Download Lorraine Johnson’s “The More I Get, The More I Want” by going here.

The Round with Eric Howk, Shane Tutmarc, and Star Anna

posted by on April 9 at 12:39 PM

Last night’s edition of the Round, the series bringing music, poetry, and visual art together in the basement of Fremont Abbey Arts Center the second Tuesday of every month, was another great example why the Round is one of my new favorite things in Seattle. It’s a relaxed, friendly night of mellow music, funny jokes, sometimes bad but sometimes awesome poetry (I know, I never thought I’d say that either), all warmed by flickering candlelight and an appreciative audience.

Eric Howk was the class clown last night, he had the audience laughing nearly every time he spoke. Star Anna’s voice, which I hadn’t heard until last night, gave me goosebumps a number of times—especially when she covered the Old 97s song “Wish the Worst” (which I sadly didn’t film).

I did manage to capture a few videos for you, though…

Here’s Shane Tutmarc, with the help of his stagemates, playing an eerie version of “Something in the Way.” The “he” he’s talking about in the introduction of the song is Kurt Cobain. (Yesterday, the day of the show, was the day Cobain’s body was found 14 years ago.)

Here’s Star Anna playing a song I don’t know the name of. But she said it’s about a serial killer:

And finally, here’s Eric Howk covering “Bus Stop” by the Hollies:

The next Round is May 13th with musical guests Carrie Akre and John Roderick (and one more to be announced). Visit www.theround.org for more info.

Reissues Are All the Rage

posted by on April 9 at 12:17 PM

Mogwai is hopping on the reissue train; the band will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut Young Team with a double disc reissue in May.

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Punknews.org says it’s “due out May 26, 2008 in the UK and May 27, 2008 in the US, the record will be remastered and feature eight bonus tracks as well as new liner notes.”

The Artist Returns

posted by on April 9 at 12:12 PM

The S is about to drop that ol’ robotic, futuristic, George Jetson, crazy shit…
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New Hot Chip Video - “One Pure Thought”

posted by on April 9 at 12:06 PM

One Pure Thought

Yes! “One Pure Thought” is probably my favorite track off of Hot Chip’s recent Made in the Dark, for its sidelong glances at afro-pop/dig at Rused Root, its knowing references to Nile Rodgers, its undeniable kinetic energy, and its sincere sentimentality. I couldn’t be happier about this fun, primary-colored pop art video. Hot Chip play Seattle Tuesday, April 22nd at the Showbox, and if you haven’t gotten tickets yet, you’re bummed, because it’s sold out.

Brand Upon the Brain

posted by on April 9 at 12:02 PM

Poor old Thurston Moore. Nobody put a gun to his head and forced him to play that fancy airline’s brand-building party at the Showbox last night—but you wouldn’t know that by watching him.

Three moments of pathos:

One. At the top of the set, when he turned to watch the corporate-promotional computer animation on the wall behind him: tiny airplanes. His mouth opened a little and you could see through his face, into his mind, where the free beer, the lacquered nails and hair weaves in the front rows, the promotional gift bags, and now this airplane-animation were whirling around in a kaleidoscope of unease.

Two. When the young woman—nails of lacquer, hair of weave—in the front row asked him if he’d been screened for colon cancer.

Three.

I have these visions of death and degradation in my head.”

Video by Ari Spool. More Setlist videos here.

How To Clean An Old Album Cover

posted by on April 9 at 11:33 AM

Sometimes when you buy an old album at the used vinyl store, the vinyl itself can be in beautiful condition, but the cover comes plastered in ugly stickers that mar the beauty of the original artwork.

THIS IS A GOOD THING!

Because the cover is so botched by the stickers, you, in return, pay less for the album because it’s not anywhere near mint condition.

Here’s a step by step way to return your album to its original condition. I learned this while working a short stint at Jive Time last summer, thanks to David, RJ, Scotty and the crew, I’m passing it on to you.

Here are the tools you’ll need:

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Ronsonol Lighter Fluid
A Razor Blade
A Paper Towl

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Prince is Playing Coachella

posted by on April 9 at 11:33 AM

He’s no Scott Weiland, obvs, but the Prince has been added as a headliner for Saturday night of Coachella, which goes down April 25th-27th in Indio, California.

Murmaider Murmaider Murmaider

posted by on April 9 at 11:13 AM

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Dethklok, the biggest metal band on the planet, is coming to the Showbox SODO on June 2nd. Chances are everyone in the audience is going to die a horrible, bloody death. Tickets go on sale April 19th, $22adv/$25dos. Who would have thought that the guy who made Home Movies could totally shred?

Tonight in Music: Meat Beat Manifesto, Team Gina, and Gabriel Mintz

posted by on April 9 at 10:25 AM

Gabriel Mintz, the Autumn Film, Velvet Drive, Venus Verse
(Comet) Singer songwriter Gabriel Mintz has one of the finest voices in Seattle. He gets so excited and jittery sometimes, he can hardly speak. Then he sings, and a voice you had no idea he contained surrounds you. His higher register is gravelly and worn. Closer to the mic, his lower register becomes unashamed of its beauty. Playing the guitar sedates Mintz. Lyrics are about his previous New York drug days and Greyhound bus individuations. Mintz drifted. He climbed a support cable up the Brooklyn Bridge to steal a flag. He had a schizoid roommate in a psych ward who was afraid of an octopus under his bed. Mintz scrounged for hits, food, and West Village shelter. From these experiences, he pulls the darker parts of his sound. TRENT MOORMAN

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Team Gina photo by Gregory Perez

Mad Rad, Team Gina, DJ Gameboy
(Chop Suey) Team Gina seem like something you’ve seen before. Lesbians, rapping over electro beats, wearing cute clothes, and synchronizing their dance moves? It’s familiar, but the Ginas go above and beyond—the rhymes, delivered with an overdose of sass, are actually funny! For example, from “Deez (Kids Are) Nuts”: “Misogyny is cool/especially in Catholic school/the principal will always look the other way/because my mom is the head of the PTA.” Hopefully they’ll play their new track, “Products of the ’80s.” It had ‘em rolling in the aisles at Leslie & the LYs a few weeks back because it’s what the Ginas do best—take something you think you’ve heard enough of and make it sound new, fresh, and hi-larious. ARI SPOOL
Meat Beat Manifesto, Raz Mesinai
(Neumo’s) Meat Beat Manifesto, a UK crew led by Jack Dangers, have done it all. Hiphop, triphop, rap, disco, funk, hard techno, minimal techno, lyrical techno, dub, industrial—you name it, they’ve played it. MBM’s last release, an EP called Guns N Lovers, turned to dubstep and produced four perfectly dark, terrifically deep, and sweetly sad cuts. Despite MBM’s long life (around since 1987) and diversity, their music never sounds exhausted or diluted. Listen to the smooth RUOK? (2002) or the jazzy Off-Centre EP (2005)—each track is fresh, wide awake, and searching for the perfect beat. MBM are also known for producing incredibly involved live shows: visuals, costumes, dancers, the whole works. CHARLES MUDEDE

First Chunk of Bumbershoot Line Up Announced

posted by on April 9 at 9:26 AM

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Music:

Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Jakob Dylan, !!!, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Saul Williams, Joe Bonamassa, M. Ward, The Walkmen, Asylum St. Spankers, Dan Deacon, MIDIval PunditZ, Blitzen Trapper, Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Finn, Dale Watson, John Vanderslice, Final Fantasy, The Fall of Troy, Orgone, Forro in the Dark, Ryan Bingham, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Arthur & Yu, Darondo and Nino Moschella, Pacifika and many more to be announced.

Literary Arts:

Graphic novelists Dan Clowes and Adrian Tomine, sci-fi legend William Gibson, a special edition of Starlee Kine and Arthur Jones’ Post-It Note Reading Series, authors Nathan McCall, Francesca Lia-Block, Kevin Sessums, and more.

Other shit:

Gage Academy Drawing Jam, One Pot Residency, Seattle-Tehran Poster Show, exhibits from the Henry Art Gallery, a spectacle from Strange Fruit, dance and puppets from Joe Goode and Basil Twist, Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Tickets are $80 for all three days right now. I think I’m most excited for William Gibson.

Extra Extra! Techno Arist Inspired by Club Scene!

posted by on April 9 at 12:51 AM

Apparently, Moby’s new record pays homage to late-night clubbing in New York City.

A excerpt of an interview he just did with CNN:

CNN: Your new album is kind of a concept album. What’s the idea behind it?

MOBY: Well, it is a concept record, although there’s a part of me that’s wary of describing it as such because traditionally concept records tend to be a bit pretentious and self-involved.

The idea behind the record was to take a sort of crazy eight-hour night in my neighborhood in the Lower East Side and somehow condense it into 65 minutes on a CD. And so it’s just me trying to re-create what it’s like to go out in my neighborhood and stay out too late and get into trouble.

CNN: Do you still do that? Go out to clubs every night and crawl home as the sun’s rising?

MOBY: I don’t necessarily go out every night, but I’m 42 years old and at this point most of my friends are married and they have kids and they have quiet domestic lives, and I’m still going out like two or three nights a week until 5 or 6 in the morning. At some point I think in the interest of dignity I should probably stop, but I still find it really inspiring and it’s still a lot of fun.

So what you’re telling me is that a techno/electronic musician is inspired by the nightlife/club scene? Why is that interesting? Does it only not make sense because it’s almost one in the morning?

Overheard at Tonight’s Secret Thurston Moore Performance

posted by on April 9 at 12:10 AM

“I want to put your rectal exam on my MySpace blog.”


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I Got the New George Michael Album, TwentyFive, in the Mail Today

posted by on April 8 at 4:47 PM

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And listening to it is making me want to do karaoke.

Maga Bo Tonight at Nectar

posted by on April 8 at 3:38 PM

Here’s what I said in this week’s column about Maga Bo’s appearance tonight at Nectar (with DJ Struggle & AC Lewis):

Touring in support of his debut album, Archipelagoes, Maga Bo draws from all points on the globe, but the result is hardly “world music.” Instead it’s a world tour through low end, with Bo intuitively collecting the tracks that inspire the urban masses to move on his travels. As with labelmates DJ /rupture and Filastine, it’s a fool’s errand to pin a genre on the resulting sonic mélange, but Maga Bo’s studied approach maintains momentum even when the beats accelerate into madness or dissolve into noise.

An even better introduction to Bo’s music is to check out his mixes, of which he’s got plenty on his site. Here’s an example, recorded in Rio De Janeiro.

Chuck Klosterman Wonders: If the Money’s Not Going to Music, Where is it Going?

posted by on April 8 at 3:22 PM

And with a new Esquire essay, “Teenage Music Purchases: Anyone Seen My $4.2 Billion?”, Klosterman shares his simple theory on the matter and asks “What is happening to all the money not being spent on music?”

When the Associated Press did its (now annual) story about How the Music Industry Is Failing this past January, it tried to answer my question with one sentence: “The recording industry has experienced declines in CD album sales for years, in part because of the rise of online file-sharing, but also because consumers have spent more of their leisure dollars on other entertainment, like DVDs and video games.” This is a rational explanation supported by the precipitous commercial rise in both idioms. (Video-game revenue has more than doubled since 2000, and DVD sales grew from $2.5 billion in 2000 to $23.4 billion last year.) The only problem is while CDs, DVDs, and video games are physically similar, and they’re sold in the same outlet, the experiences they offer aren’t logically connected. I don’t see why not having to pay for a Band of Horses album would make a person any more likely to buy a copy of Knocked Up, as opposed to buying four gallons of gas or a pair of sunglasses or a turtle. I don’t think young people swap out items in their “leisure” budget that explicitly. What seems more likely is that this extra $4.2 billion — unequally distributed among all the music fans who didn’t pay for music in 2006 — entered the overall economy in lots of disparate ways. And while we’ll never know exactly where all those bones disappeared, my specific theory is this: A lot of the money not spent on music in the twenty-first century is being used to pay off credit-card debt that was incurred during the nineties. In other words, not paying for In Rainbows today is helping people eliminate the balance they still owe for buying Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness when they were broke in 1995.

Read the whole thing here.

Now That Somebody Finally Turned Off Joy Division…

posted by on April 8 at 2:58 PM

Here’s what Stranger staffers are listening to.

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What are you listening to?

Are you on Last.fm? Be our friend.

Autechre: Dark Music In The Dark

posted by on April 8 at 2:00 PM

Rob Hall is back there somewhere.

Unlike the mis-named house sub-genre, Autechre’s drum machine workout last night at Neumos was true fidget music, initially causing the audience to nervously shift on the balls of their feet, eventually inspiring pockets of dancing.

Starting off the night were sets from Massonix, one half of 808 State, and Rob Hall. Massonix was decidedly awful, both directionless and otherwise uninteresting. There were a few moments early in his set when he accented his laptop’s output with synth, guitar, and horn flourishes where it seemed like it was going somewhere, but the only resulting movement was me into Moe Bar for Outsourced. Rob Hall’s sets throughout the night were much better, although it seemed like much of the audience couldn’t tell he was even on stage since he was so far stage left in the dark. If you haven’t been following his mix series, it’s time to catch up with this final installment. His dark selection was perfect for the room, even without much enthusiasm from either the audience or Hall himself.

Autechre’s set was executed with military precision. They came on-stage promptly at midnight playing for exactly an hour in almost total darkness (on the floor anyway, the mezzanine was completely lit), moving from more experimental exercises in beat dynamicism early into more accessible material as they progressed from frenetic IDM into more electro/glitch-hop territory. For me the set worked best from the mezzanine, where I was able to focus solely on the music instead of trying to get a peek at what the duo on-stage was doing (there was nothing to see save for a few blinking lights and knob-twiddling), or jostling with the people below. There’s no shortage of electronic live acts completely lacking in stage presence, but they don’t have the luxury of directing their listener’s attention through a combination of sensory deprivation (the darkness) and overload (the loud yet clear sound - props to whoever was working the boards). Other reviews left me expecting an early exodus from those caught off-guard by the non-existent visuals, but it never happened, with the nearly sold-out venue staying full until the end of Autechre’s set, with most missing out on Rob Hall’s close.

John Miles

posted by on April 8 at 1:59 PM

In 1975 John Miles put out what I think is probably the most clichéd and retarded pop song about being a musician that has ever been written.

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“Music” from his album Rebel was a huge hit in the UK and a minor hit in the states thanks to the over-the-top symphonic Abbey Road production and arrangements of Alan Parsons. The song has since become a guilty pleasure for some (including Guilty Pleasures, the club night in London) but I have always found it hard to move beyond that song, and further into his career. Luckily the same album includes the Pilot-esque track (yes, Alan Parsons produced Pilot too, I know) “Highfly”. Once again sporting that brilliant production work that Parsons brought to bands like Pink Floyd and The Beatles (Parsons did not produce The Beatles, but his experimental work as their engineer on albums like Abbey Road can be heard quite clearly).

John Miles continued to work with Parsons on numerous Alan Parsons Project albums as singer and guitarist, but for his next LP he chose Rupert Holmes as his producer. Holmes claim to fame would be his one hit wonder “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”, but in the mid-seventies he was a producer extrordinaire working with such luminaries as Barbra Streisand (Lazy Afternoon), and Sparks (Big Beat).

Side Note: Rupert Holmes is also a Tony Award winning Broadway show writer. His first hit, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood won the Tony for best book and score. Recently he co-wrote the musical Curtains with John Kander (of Kander and Ebb, you know Cabaret…Chicago…) which just won the a Drama Desk Award and is seen as a shoe in for this years Tony.

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For John Miles, Holmes produced the incredible Stranger In The City Lp of 1976. The album inlcudes the incredible title track, which has recently become a spacy cosmic disco staple due to the recent re-edit by Pilooski. Holmes signature sound of separating instruments in the mix until their clarity is nearly singular is all over the track. Even on the fast paced disco track “Slow Down” Holmes capably pulls apart the instrument during the break to make room for a rollicking Talk Box solo.

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Rupert and John used these same values on their next album together 1977’s Zaragon, a concept album about, um, love during world destruction and Jack The Ripper. At least that’s what I came up with (oh, those tricky concept albums of the 70’s!). The first track, amply titled “Overture” rings in at 8 minutes and goes from piano ballad to studio rock to full on synthesized and symphonic anthem and back to piano ballade.

Miles, however couldn’t improve on success of his first two album, and soon would become a second tier artist who’s talents were used in tours behind the likes of Elton John, Tina Turner and Joe Cocker, while vocalizing for acts like Jimmy Page and APP.

Samples of John Miles first three albums, and the recent Pilooski Re-Edit of “Stranger In The City” can be found here.

Music and Oxen: Barry Manowar

posted by on April 8 at 1:35 PM

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Barry Manilow has joined the New York metal band Manowar for a string of select Las Vegas engagements. They will call the project Barry Manowar.

The anesthesiologist for Manilow’s latest facelift said Barry wasn’t coping well with the nitrous oxide used in the procedure. Hours after the operation, Manilow was wondering the hospital halls looking for Zima and the deceased author Raymond Carver. Buried in face wrapping and gauze, Manilow was reportedly screaming, “Carvy!! Where are you Carvy?” when he ran into Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio in a waiting room. They spoke briefly, said, “Let’s do this,” and Barry Manowar was formed.

Manowar’s lyrics deal with mythology, fantasy, war, and swords. Barry Manowar’s first song will be a reworking of “Copacabana” called “Copacakilling”.

Lola’s not a showgirl anymore, she’s Thor. And her lover Tony isn’t a bartender at the club, he’s a sacrificial ox.

“Music and oxen were always the passion / At the Copa, they fell in love.”

They’re Not 100% Instrumental, But…

posted by on April 8 at 1:30 PM

Cicadas are 100% fantastic. (Jeff Kirby thinks so too.)

In this week’s music section, I wrote about a few local instrumental bands making great music and combining other aspects of art into their live sets. I didn’t include Cicadas, but they’re another outfit you should know about if you’re prone to enjoy wordless music.

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Obviously inspired by Botch and early (good) Dillinger Escape Plan, Bellingham’s Cicadas are far more technical than any other local instrumental act—more blistering, more ferocious. These dudes flaunt fast, stabbing guitar, head-spinning bass, and spastic drumming. They do start yelling at certain points in the song, so they’re not all music, no words. But you can’t tell what they’re saying at all, and it’s not often, so I’d still classify it in the instrumental vein.

Listen to them via MySpace.

Their next (and last?) show is April 29th with Akimbo at the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham.

And while you’re checking out some music, listen to the other instrumental bands highlighted in this week’s paper:

Sleepy Eyes of Death
“Eyes Spliced Open”






Panther Attack
“Frolic, Just Don’t Lick”






Bronze Fawn
“Ten is the New Five”






Joy Wants Eternity
“Above the Clouds Lies Eternal Sun”






You.May.Die.In.The.Desert
“Oceanfloor Hijinks”






New Music Tuesday

posted by on April 8 at 1:16 PM

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There’s a lot of good bands releasing records today. Pick of the litter is Torche, the Hydrahead riff giants Brian Cook expounded on last week. Meanderthal can be be streamed in its entirety here.

Other notables: Boredoms, Capsule, Clinic, Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, Dark Meat, Man Man, Nine Inch Nails, No Age, No Kids, Richard Swift, Tapes and Tapes, and The Oh Sees.

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The Glow Pt. 2 by the Microphones is being re-released today by K Records. Pitchfork isn’t blowing smoke up your ass, it is an album for the ages. Phil Elverum will be at the Vera Project on Thursday the 17th, and he will most likely not play a single song off this record.

Is it Worth Mentioning…

posted by on April 8 at 12:42 PM

…that 14 years ago today they found Kurt Cobain’s body?

Purty Mouth

posted by on April 8 at 11:34 AM

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By Ben Fuego.

Upload your own music photos to The Stranger’s Flickr Pool.

Stone Temple Pilots Headlining Bumbershoot

posted by on April 8 at 11:21 AM

No joke! The band had a party last night to celebrate their reunion. There, they announced all the dates for their upcoming 65-date tour, which includes the August 31 date in Seattle, performing at Bumbershoot. Click over to StoneTemplePilots.com to see it for your own eyes.

Full schedule after the jump.

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Today’s Music News

posted by on April 8 at 11:18 AM

I love it when solo acts break up - No more Prefuse 73. Herren’s new project in the works

Un-break her heart - Toni Braxton hospitalized with heart trouble

First his ex and son… - 50 Cent gives Young Buck the boot from G-Unit

Unsatisfied with your original copy of Let It Be? - Replacements deluxe reissues due out later this month

Good news for grind fans in Japan - Pig Destroyer schedules live dates. None of them anywhere near Seattle

A Salsoul Invention

posted by on April 8 at 11:01 AM

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The late 70’s French disco group, The Salsoul Invention, can easily be mistaken for the more known Vince Montana Jr. brainchild The Salsoul Orchestra. The confusion could be rooted from the fact that on the groups only LP, Salsoul Explosion, released back in 1977, which covers many Salsoul Orchestra classics like “Nice ‘N’ Naasty”, “Salsoul Hustle”, “Get Happy”. The Salsoul Invention, from what I can find, seems to be France’s take on the, at the time, growing popularity of Philadelphia’s Salsoul label and artists, including The Salsoul Orchestra. The album also finds the group covering other disco classic’s like Walter Murphy’s version of “A Fifth Of Beethoven” and Jesse Green’s “Nice and Slow”. That being said this excellent record doesn’t rely purely on classic covers as some of the album’s best cuts lie within the original productions like “Double Action”, “Soul Machine”, and “Follow me into the car”. Overall, this an excellent album and a rare collector’s item for any fan of early Salsoul productions as well as fans of The Salsoul Ochestra and Vince Montana Jr.

You can download “Nice and Slow” and “Double Action” from The Salsoul Invention’s 1977 LP Salsoul Explosion by clicking here.

Have You Registered for the EMP Pop Conference Yet?

posted by on April 8 at 10:54 AM

The annual EMP Pop Conference is this weekend, and if you’re a big music geek (or even a regular-sized music geek), you should really consider going (you can register here). It’s a whole weekend of lectures, panels, and open discussions about pop music, featuring a pretty impressive bunch of eggheads and artists, and it’s free! So even if Robert Christgau, Greil Marcus, and Charles Mudede turn out to be boring gasbags (not bloody likely), you still get your money’s worth. This year’s theme is the promising, “Shake, Rattle: Music, Conflict and Change,” with presentations examining such intersections of pop music and political struggle as the all-ages movement, rave’s reaction to England’s Criminal Justice Act, and any number of protest songs. Full abstracts and presenter bios can be found here.

Plus, there’s a lunchtime performance by Blue Scholars on Saturday. And there’s great shows at the Vera Project Friday and Saturday night, so you could go geek on music all day and then have all them highfalutin words blasted right out of you by Iron Lung, Yellow Swans, Old Haunts, Coconut Coolouts, and more. I had a blast last year, and I’ll be there again this weekend.

Pure Video

posted by on April 8 at 10:48 AM

150 years ago, people who looked like this, like Zulus, struck fear in the hearts of my inyanga (mountain) ancestors.


Time changed all of that. In the video for “Gazette,” the Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, a dead South African pop group that entered my consciousness in the 80s, look so sweet and friendly.

D’oh! Doherty’s Going Back to Jail

posted by on April 8 at 10:40 AM

Via AP:

LONDON (AP) — Rock musician Pete Doherty has been sentenced to 14 weeks in jail for violating a probation order.

His record company says the sentence handed down Tuesday by a London court meant the Babyshambles’ frontman’s planned concert at the Royal Albert Hall on April 26 would be postponed.

Parlophone Records did not say how Doherty broke his probation. But music magazine NME cited a court spokesman as saying Doherty had used different kinds of drugs, breached “time keeping,” and generally not complied with his probation.

Overlapping Guitars

posted by on April 8 at 10:21 AM

I have been trying to find the connection between the “race record” underground of the late 1940s and early 50s—Muddy Waters, Lloyd Price, Wynonie Harris—and the sine wave weirdo composers—Messiaen, Pierre Schaeffer, John Cage, Boulez—who were working below the radar in their dissonant computer lab studios. These were two apparently disparate musical movements, happening at the exact same time, that both blew up the 20th Century.

Listening to a Chuck Berry CD on Sunday, I finally figured it out.

The root connection is this: Minimalism. Certainly, the Serialism experimenters and musique concrete heads set the stage for the layered minimalism of the 60s tone scientists. But Chuck Berry got there first.

Listen to the repeated lead guitar line in his 1956 hit “Around and Around.” It comes in on the first beat of the third measure as an electric response to his opening vocal, “They say the joint was rocking.” And it drags into the 1 beat of the following measure.

This lead guitar persists in different shapes throughout the whole song. When he starts singing the second verse, “Oh, it sounded so sweet,” he alters the guitar motif slightly by bluesing the second and fourth notes—I think with a half step. Then, for the third verse, “Well, the joint started rocking,” he delays the response until the 2 beat, adds the pedal tone, and just bangs out the full chord, launching into a 24-measure break. When he comes back for the 4th verse, “12 O’Clock,” the response hits from the 1 beat again. And it’s stripped back down to another lead guitar line—a combination of the motifs from the first and the second verses. This combo motif sounds like something Steve Reich or Philip Glass would do, overlapping two related lines so one is a motif and one is relegated to a background figure. Although, there’s no double tracking here, so it’s all in your head. He ends up at “But they kept on rocking,” strumming the full chord again.

And this is brilliant: Since the full chord version starts from the 2 beat, you have room to imagine the lead motif coming in on the 1 beat—even though it’s not really there. So you “hear” the guitar motif—maybe the one from the first verse, maybe the blue noted one from the second verse, maybe the combo from the 4th verse—over the chorded version. In your mind, you’re hearing three or four overlapping guitars.

Tonight in Music: Scout Niblett, Bachelorette, the Round with Eric Howk and Shane Tutmarc

posted by on April 8 at 9:00 AM

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Tim Fite, Scout Niblett
(Chop Suey) Scout Niblett’s MySpace page describes her sound as “trance/trance/lyrical,” which seems like gross modesty—or maybe she’s just trying to accentuate the positive. Her songs can be spacey, and she likes pretty harmonies, but nasty, frightening creatures stir in the roots of her music. Scout Niblett doesn’t sound much like Big Black, but her raw, keening laments scratch at the same dark places of the soul. She is Big Black’s moody little sister—quieter, but just as horrified by the world, and just as willing to funnel her horror into songs that make your skin crawl. (Steve Albini, of Big Black, also saw the kinship—Niblett recorded two albums with him, including her breakout Kidnapped by Neptune.) “Are you still a chauffeur driving your body around?” she sings to herself in the morbid “Lullaby for Scout in Ten Years.” Enter the fuzzy, Bleach-esque guitar (which she plays) and the snare-and-cymbal drums (ditto) and her growling wail: “If you’re still around!” It’s simple and harrowing—bedroom metal for the despairing. BRENDAN KILEY

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Bachelorette, Ladies of the Night, Counselor
(High Dive) It would be silly to name your band after a well-loved Björk song (as opposed to the other kind, I guess) and then sound like a less primal, more linear version of Björk, right? I mean, why would you do that? You wouldn’t. You’d do something clever and name yourself after a book or some old TV show or just look around your office and decide to call yourself Lamp. Well, despite New Zealand’s Bachelorette not being quite as resourceful as you are in the nomenclature department, it’s not entirely a wash. Indebted though sole band member Annabel Alpers’s sound may be on Isolation Loops (it also borrows noticeably from Blonde Redhead and a whole history of wispy twee), it’s also perfectly pleasant and, at times, remarkably catchy—more than enough to forgive one little nominal misstep. ERIC GRANDY

Also tonight, there’s an installment of the Round at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N. Musical guests are Eric Howk (of the Lashes, Palmer AK) and Shane Tutmarc (Dolour, Shane Tutmarc & the Traveling Mercies), and Star Anna. There are also live painters and poets performing, it’s a pretty cool way to see some music and art. Click here to check out my review of last month’s.

Of course, you can find more goings on in our online calendar. Hit it!


Monday, April 7, 2008

Bob Dylan Gets a Pulitzer

posted by on April 7 at 7:09 PM

Almost. He got a Special Citation. The Pulitzer Prize in music went to David Lang for “The Little Match Girl Passion,” but Bob Dylan won a Special Citation “for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

See the whole list of winners here.

Fergie Gets One-Upped by Number-Loving Nerds

posted by on April 7 at 6:53 PM

Have you seen this yet? I can’t stop watching it. It’s making me incredibly happy.

“Mathmaticious”:

We might have found 2008’s Tay Zonday.

(ht to Idolator.)

Speaking of Trainwrecks: Half-FX at SXSW

posted by on April 7 at 4:40 PM

Here’s a video of NOFX playing only the first half of their songs during their set at SXSW. They’re not playing the first half of the catalog, they’re playing the first half of the song. The first verse, the first chorus, and that’s it. Even they admit it’s a bad idea three songs into it.


NOFX - live at South By Southwest (altpress.com exclusive) from Alternative Press on Vimeo.

NOFX will play Seattle May 10th at Showbox Sodo.

(ht to punknews.org, Alternative Press)

MTV’s Rock the Cradle is a Bigger Trainwreck Than American Idol

posted by on April 7 at 4:22 PM

MTV’s newest competitive reality show is basically the same thing as American Idol—some young singer wannabes perform every week for a panel of judges, the singer with the highest score wins immunity, America votes for their favorites of the remaining acts, the kid with the lowest score gets booted, and in the end the “best” performer gets a major label record deal.

But it’s even better than American Idol, and here’s why: These performers are not just some random people off the street thinking they can sing better than anyone in their town, these are the kids of famous musicians and singers.

Dee Snyder’s kid is on it (with more make-up than his dad), Olivia Newton-John’s puffy lipped daughter is on it (and she wants so bad to be Amy Winehouse), MC Hammer’s daughter is one it (and she’s not awful, actually), Al B-Sure’s kid is on it… And none of them can really sing, yet they perform for a live audience, their famous parents, and four judges including Belinda Carslile and Larry Rudolf (yeah, Britney Spear’s ex-manager). They get scored on a scale of 1-10; Larry is the Simon of the bunch, Belinda is the more-coherent Paula. The other two judges are people I’ve never heard off—one’s a stylist and one’s a choreographer. Or something.

It premiered last Thursday on MTV, and I’ve watched it in re-runs twice since. I can’t not watch it when it’s on. The first night’s assignment was to sing a song that reminded them of their parents. When Bobby Brown’s kid, Landon Brown, sang Seal’s “Crazy” (fitting), he got some low scores (7.5, 5.0, 7.5, 6.5). His performance was flat, boring, the usual problems that plague amateurs. He played to the audience more than he sang the song. Rudolph said he had a problem with the song’s runs and pitch, the choreographer dude said some stuff about how he has big shoes to fill and he performance is key. But the “Ouch” moment came when the show’s host (a low-rent Ryan Seacrest) asked Daddy what he thought.

“I accept what they say,” he said.

“You liked his performance?” asked the host.

“I love him.”

Zing.

You can watch the full episode at MTV.com. Do it. Please do it.

Mondays=Adulthood

posted by on April 7 at 3:17 PM

“Graveyard Girl” from M83’s forthcoming Saturdays=Youth:

Heiress, This Time Tomorrow, and Vegan Poutine at Squid & Ink

posted by on April 7 at 2:15 PM

No offense to the bands, but the best part of last night’s show at Squid & Ink was the vegan poutine. Crispy fries, peppery country gravy, and cheez curds… Poutine is the best thing Canada ever offered the world. It’s even better than curling.

Not long after everyone finished their dinner, Squid & Ink cleared all of the booths out of the small dining area, set up a shoddy PA, and let the show begin. It’s a tiny little space in Georgetown, probably no more than 40 people could fit in the room at the same time, but if you didn’t feel like being cramped inside, you could hang out font and see and hear just fine through the big windows from the street.

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Marrow

Marrow only played four or five songs. Not sure why the set was so short, I was digging their music. They were doomy and angry—not much too it other than muddy bass fighting with slightly less-muddy guitars and cookie monster vocals, but they were intense and perfect for a dark, Sunday night if you wanted to bask in something moody and harsh.

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This Time Tomorrow

This Time Tomorrow played some pretty low, evil metal, but it was too generic to keep my interest for more than a few songs. Being loud and blatantly demonic isn’t exciting like it was when I was 15.

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Heiress

The Helm was supposed to headline, but their guitarist was injured (again) during his dayjob (which involves saws and hammers and other tools that can cause serious problems). So Heiress headlined and they were fucking great. The singer is Adam Paysee of Rome Plow fame (they put out the Blues record that I love so much, Helms Alee’s vinyl-only EP, and the Assailant’s Colera). During their set, Paysse paced across the floor like a caged wild cat—he couldn’t stand still, he couldn’t stay in one place. He went from the back to the front, screaming in people’s faces, stomping his foot, throwing down the mic, and screaming up towards the ceiling. He was an animal. The music was just as unstable—it quickly shifted from being really haunting, ethereal rock to spastic metal.

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Heiress

Check ‘em out; they have a few songs posted on MySpace.

As for Squid and Ink, they’re open Tues-Sun for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s awesome vegan food (and I hated the Globe)—check out their menu. Or fuck it all and just get a $7 plate of poutine.

Details on Sub Pop’s Birthday Bash

posted by on April 7 at 1:16 PM

The Seattle Sound just posted details about the upcoming Sub Pop 20th anniversary party:

* The festival will officially take place July 12 & 13 at the 640-acre Marymoor Park in Redmond, with performances going both day and night
* Bands performing will cover the history of the label’s roster, including two reunion performances. One will be the much-ballyhooed return of Green River. The second, according to this recent news story from the Denver Post, will be the Fluid, Sub Pop’s first non-local signing from way back in 1985.
* There will likely be a Sub Pop comedy night at a yet-to-be-named venue separate from the music festivities.
* There could possibly also be some shows at clubs around Seattle leading up to the festivities, though details on this were very vague.

Read their full post about it here.

Just so happens that I overheard a couple dudes talking about it at Vita this weekend too. I don’t know who the guys were, so they could know just as little as anyone else, but they dropped a few names of performers including the Postal Service, Band of Horses, and Grand Archives.

I called to ask Sub Pop about it, but no one answered. I left a message and e-mailed.

UPDATE: Sub Pop can’t confirm or offer up any more info at this time, but we can expect an official announcement in the near future. Keep checking back!

Ghostland Observatory

posted by on April 7 at 12:46 PM

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By JeanineAnderson.

Earplugs Contd: With Krazy Glue on Them

posted by on April 7 at 12:34 PM

krazyglue.jpgThese Arms Are Snakes bassist Brian Cook wears earplugs. (Earlier earplug post – here.) Brian uses the cheapo foam ones and cuts them in half so they fit better and don’t block as much sound. He has also put Krazy Glue on them. Brian explains:

Do you use earplugs?
Brian: Yes, I use earplugs. I use ‘em till they turn black from earwax and build up lint from my pockets. It’s surprising I haven’t contracted some sort of awful ear infection.

I was playing a show in Tallahassee, FL and I accidentally shoved an earplug too far into my ear. I couldn’t get it out so I enlisted a friend to put a dab of Krazy Glue on the end of a q-tip to fish it out. It was a pretty intense moment. I didn’t realize Krazy Glue heats up as it dries. We managed to get it out, but it left a bunch of scabby glue on the inside of my ear for the next week.

Do you recommend the Krazy Glue Q-tip removal technique to others?

So Much Hair…

posted by on April 7 at 11:36 AM

How had I never seen The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years until last night? My brain exploded. I had no idea such an amazing cultural snapshot was in existence. Easily the most entertaining music documentary I have ever seen. It’s still not available on DVD, so you can’t go out to the store and buy it, but, you know, it’s out there.

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 7 at 11:26 AM

And let’s not forget his embarrassing SNL performance - Pavarotti lip-synched at 2006 Olympics

He’s a winner. What can I say? - 50 Cent gives his ex and their son the boot

American Nihilism instead of Chinese Democracy - GnR guitarist Robin Finck back in NIN

Because it’s a slow news day… - The first genuinely thought-provoking critique of “hipster” culture I’ve had the pleasure of reading

Tonight in Music: Three Takes On One Show

posted by on April 7 at 11:11 AM

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Autechre at Neumo’s
Depending on who you ask, Autechre have spent nearly two decades either pushing relentlessly forward into unexplored frontiers of electronic music or camping out in the hinterlands between extant genres—industrial, hiphop, techno—adopting and adapting as they go. Their trajectory from one release to the next is often baffling, though their latest, Quaristice, is as easy an introduction to their music as they’ve ever recorded. Live, they re-create their deeply composed computer music using live drum machines and synths. With Massonix and Rob Hall. (Neumo’s, 925 E Pike St, 709-9467. 8 pm, $15, 21+.) by Eric Grandy

The new Autechre record also got a three-star review from Charles Mudede in this week’s paper (click here to read it) and Donte Parks also suggests this show in his column, Bug in the Bassbin:

It’s an interesting exercise to listen to the latest releases from Autechre (playing Neumo’s Monday, April 7) and Meat Beat Manifesto (ditto, but Wednesday, April 9) within a short duration. Both artists have long legacies and dedicated fan bases, but while the Autechre album is challenging enough to give a headache to the uninitiated, an exercise in nuance and production intricacy, too much of the new MBM can be dismissed thusly: “So, Jack Dangers likes dubstep.” Autechre’s vision is immediately discernible, if not comprehensible, while MBM are reserved almost to the point of irrelevance.

Radiohead Tour Details

posted by on April 7 at 10:41 AM

The good news: A date has been set for Radiohead’s Seattle area show; it’s August 20th.

The bad news: It’s at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn.

The mixed news: No Grizzly Bear; Liars instead.

Vanity Phair

posted by on April 7 at 10:33 AM

Liz Phair, just starting out as a book reviewer, is writing her first novel. I think this could actually be good. Or at least, it has to be better than her last two albums. This won’t be the first time Phair has appeared in fiction, though: Camden Joy’s The Last Rock Star Book: or Liz Phair, A Rant is a pretty enjoyable novel.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Emeralds

posted by on April 6 at 2:37 PM

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By Jo Marie Riedl.

Buy James Brown’s Socks, Underwear, and Canceled Checks

posted by on April 6 at 2:21 PM

James Brown is dead and unable to pay his huge legal bills and overdue taxes—so Christie’s will auction off his stuff in August.

Here’s just a sample of things going up on the block:

A phonograh from the 1920
A couple acoustic guitars (one signed by Ozzy Osborne, William King, and the Commodores)
A signed picture of James Brown and George Bush
A photograph of James Brown and George Bush, Jr inscribed “Killings is Out, School’s In”
His 1983 25th Annual Grammy Award
His Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Award
A handmade tambourine
36 keys to various cities
A fur walking stick inscribed “James Brown - Godfather of Soul”
A bunch of clothes covered in rhinestones
A letter written to Princess Di, handwritten by James on the back of Delta in Flight service paper
His birth certificate
An Undercover Brother script
A Dear Sir letter regarding rappers taking advantage of James Brown
A Richmond County Sheriff’s Badge
A poem written to James Brown, handwritten by Muhammad Ali

Click here to see all 18 pages worth of stuff via TMZ.com.

Whitney Houston Didn’t Sing “Let’s Hear it For the Boy”

posted by on April 6 at 1:40 PM

Although I spent all Friday evening insisting she did, she didn’t.

Denise Williams sang it.

To my credit, though, the dude who wrote the song also wrote Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” So you can see how I’d get confused.