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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Mid 90s R&B is Back! (in indie rock form)

posted by on April 19 at 1:36 PM

The Gossip - “Are You That Somebody (Live in Liverpool)”

Klaxons - No Diggity

Japanther @ the Punkin House, 2003

posted by on April 19 at 11:59 AM

(thanks to Craig, and everyone else in that basement)

Crates of Records

posted by on April 19 at 11:10 AM


by sea kay.

Happy Record Store Day, everyone!

Meet Vinnie Blackshadow

posted by on April 19 at 11:00 AM

Q: Who’s Vinnie Blackshadow?

A: Vinnie Blackshadow is a 10-year-old kid who plays Kiss songs in full face paint. He sometimes spits fake blood.


He has two shows for Record Store Day—first the Capitol Hill Sonic Boom at 1 pm and then the Ballard store at 3 pm.

You can hear him via his MySpace.

Tonight in Music: The Teenagers, the DT’s, Tiny Vipers

posted by on April 19 at 10:30 AM

dts.jpgThe DT’s photo by Chris Fuller

The Valley, Iceage Cobra, the DT’s
(High Dive) The DT’s are Bellingham’s garage/soul band that fans of Thee Emergency probably already know about, not to mention the rock-loving denizens of Spain, Portugal, and parts of South America (not kidding). The DT’s do not fuck around with unnecessaries. Featuring the head of Estrus Records and ex–Mono Man Dave Crider on guitar, the band understand dynamics verses tension, value the cowbell, and know how to play their instruments well enough to do so while drunk. Rock comes grinding out against Diana Young-Blanchard’s raw vocals, which channel Janis Joplin in delivery and tone. The Valley and Iceage Cobra, both performers you do not trifle with, will have their work cut out for them tonight. MATT GARMAN

Listen to Iceage Cobra:
“We Gotta Move”


The Teenagers, Handsome Furs, Man Plus (Neumo’s) The Teenagers’ U.S. debut at Neumo’s earlier this year was perhaps underwhelming—lead singer Quentin Delafon looked bemused at being onstage at all, and the band’s newly added touring drummer and guitarist were listless, just barely keeping time. But they sounded fine, they’re supercute, and the show was fun, especially when they pulled a girl out of the crowd for their smashing he-said/she-said single “Homecoming.” That song is just unfuckwithable, and their debut album, Reality Check, remains a pleasing pop record—sassy, glossy, smeared with irresistible hooks. It’s more than enough to forgive a slightly shaky premiere performance. What droney mopers and Wolf Parade offshoot Handsome Furs are doing on this bill is anybody’s guess, but they should provide some welcome dissonance. ERIC GRANDY

Listen to the Teenagers:
“Starlett Johansson”


Tiny Vipers, J. Tillman (Vera Project) You miss the sadness of winter—the short days, the long nights, the weather only unpredictable in terms of how shitty it will be. I’m not sure what to do with all the sunshine either sometimes, which is why we should embrace this chance to escape the land of the bright, happy, and emotionally stable. Tiny Vipers’ ethereal and haunting songs will leave you feeling like you’re stranded in the middle of the ocean with no chance of rescue. J. Tillman’s worn voice and heartbreaking songs are spiked with years of pain and wisdom (even though he’s all of twentysomething). “Evans and Falls” is sad and simple, “Barter Blues” is angrier, and “Crooked Roof” is all melancholy piano and slide guitar. There’s a little something for every dark corner of those bad moods you’re hiding. MEGAN SELING

Listen to J. Tillman:
“Steel On Steel”

Happy National Record Store Day!

posted by on April 19 at 9:30 AM


“On this day, all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally,” says

Record stores throughout Seattle are celebrating the new holiday with live music, DJs, popcorn, cupcakes, sales on everything in the store, sidewalk sales, free shit, limited edition merchandise, Björk 3-D glasses, and more!

Here’s a rundown of who’s hosting what:

Easy Street: In-store performances by Mark Pickerel and Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter at the Queen Anne location. 5 pm, free. Also, everything in both stores not already on sale will be 20% off all day long.

Everyday Music: Enter to win an autographed copy of the Tom Waits box set People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938. There will also be free CD samplers, a storewide sale, and other goodies.

Silver Platters: All four locations (Queen Anne, Bellevue, Southcenter, and Northgate) are offering 20% off on all vinyl, box sets, CD singles, and Billboard Collections CDs, and one day only DVD specials (starting at $3.99). Each location has it’s own in-store specials and they also have tons of live music through the day.

Queen Anne:
1:00 The Mary McPage Band
2:00 Matt Jorgensen + 451
3:00 Pat Monahan
4:00 Kim Archer Band
5:00 Bee Simonds
6:00 Speaker Speaker
7:00 Low-Fi
8:00 The Pharmacy
9:00 How and Lightning

Bellevue Crossroads:
1:00 Interlake High School Jazz Band
2:30 Tribaljazz
3:30 Amateur Radio Operator
5:00 Hadley Caliman

1:00 DJ ECM/Slantooth

Sonic Boom: Both locations (Capitol Hill and Ballard) will be selling Cupcake Royale cupcakes and new Sonic Boom slip mats, with all the proceeds going to the Vera project. They’ll also have exclusive vinyl including a Stephen Malkmus 10” and 7”s from Built to Spill, Death Cab, Black Keys, REM, and more. There will be other free surprises included with every purchase, and a sidewalk sale with CDs, rock books, posters, and more starting at $1. 10% of Saturday’s sales will be donated to Music4life. Topping it off, they have live music and DJs all day.

Capitol Hill:
1:00 Vinnie Blackshadow
3:00 John Roderick (Long Winters) DJ Set
5:00 The Dutchess and The Duke

3:00 Vinnie Blackshadow
4:00 Aqueduct
5:30 Mono in VCF
7:00 The Moondoggies

And here are a few others that we should not forget—Jive Time, Bop Street, Wall of Sound, and Singles Going Steady.

For more information about Record Store Day, visit

And if you’re lookin’ for those limited edition Björk glasses, click here to see where you can find ‘em.

Apropos of Midnight

posted by on April 19 at 12:06 AM

The phrase “I’m good” (I just watched someone on an insurance commercial offer a dirty old futon to his friend, who in turn replied, “I’m good”) is marvelous: it’s so positive-sounding, so affirmative, so happy and accepting, and yet the only thing it ever means is “no.”

Friday, April 18, 2008

About That War on Emo in Mexico…

posted by on April 18 at 5:27 PM

It’s still a problem.

MTV recently went to Mexico to report on the growing conflict.

More than a month has passed since a mob of angry teens attacked three emo kids in the central Mexican city of Querétaro, setting off a wave of anti-emo (and, some say, homophobic) violence that spread from the capital of Mexico City to the border towns of Tijuana and Juarez.

And in that time, the man who many blame for instigating the mobs — a popular television host named Kristoff, who had previously mocked emo kids and compared them to “prepubescent 15-year-old girls” who lead a “stupid and idiotic” lifestyle — has taken to the airwaves to publicly denounce the violence, calling the attackers “imbeciles” and hosting on-air forums aimed at healing the divide.

Last week, MTV News traveled to Mexico City to speak to those on both sides of that divide: the emo kids who say they’re still being targeted by mobs and metal acts who are more than willing to keep the violence going. We also sat down with Kristoff himself, who, not surprisingly, claims that the entire situation was blown out of proportion by the international media, and that since the four incidents in early March, the attacks have all but stopped.

Read the whole story (and watch video interviews) here.

Foxy Brown is Out of Jail

posted by on April 18 at 4:51 PM


Via Reuters:

NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters) - U.S. rapper Foxy Brown was freed from a New York City prison on Friday after serving eight months of a one-year sentence stemming from an assault of two nail salon stylists over a $20 manicure.

Brown, 29, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was sentenced to three years’ probation in October 2006 for assaulting the stylists. But in September 2007 a judge ruled she was not taking probation seriously and sent her prison for one year.

Inmates typically serve two-thirds of their sentence, said Stephen Morello, a Department of Corrections spokesman, adding that Brown had been met at the Rikers Island prison by New York City Councilman Charles Barron.

Dirty, Dirty Ashlee

posted by on April 18 at 3:12 PM


I just happened across this post that has a link to a remix of Ashlee Simpson’s “Outta My Head,” remixed by Brad Walsh. I’m possibly the only person in The Stranger offices who has never seen an episode of Project Runway—no cable, you understand—so I missed the Brad Walsh music on the Season 4 Finale, and so I know I’m coming to the party late, but this is actually a pretty awesome song, no thanks to Ashlee. It sounds sleazy, in a coked-up kind of dark 80’s dance way.

And then, on Walsh’s MySpace page, the song “Do It in the Street” sounds pretty fantastically dirty. I didn’t know you could make those kinds of sounds in electronic music without molesting the speakers.

The Claw

posted by on April 18 at 2:22 PM


I asked him where he got the crab claw. He replied, “I won it in a knife fight.”

It’ll Match Your Joy Division Shoes

posted by on April 18 at 1:51 PM


According to a report from Wired, Microsoft is gearing up to release a limited edition Joy Division-themed version of their less-than-ubiquitous MP3 player, The Zune.

The Joy Division Zune will feature an adaptation of the cover art from the band’s 1979 debut, Unknown Pleasures, which artist Peter Saville created using a graph of one hundred pulses from pulsar CP 1919 (apparently the first radio pulsar ever discovered).

Read the Wired report here.

As Promised, Video of Daniel Johnston at Neumo’s Last Night

posted by on April 18 at 1:26 PM

By himself:

With the Dead Science as his backing band:

By himself, again, with a little help from the crowd:

Scattered Ashes Gather Asking Where the Fire Went

posted by on April 18 at 1:03 PM

Why?, Mount Eerie @ the Vera Project

This is probably embarrassing, but fuck it: All day yesterday I felt like I was about to break down and cry. I couldn’t even begin to tell you why. I had three drinks after work and felt better. I put a xanax in my pocket in case feeling better wore off and headed to the Why?/Mount Eerie show at the Vera. But feeling better didn’t wear off, even after the alcohol. The pill’s still in my pocket right now. Mount Eerie and Why?: better than prescription drugs!

Mount Eerie played a set backed by a slanted projection of slow-moving scenes from Anacortes (the fog, the mountains, the refinery, the moon) and accompanied by Julie Doiron and another musician whose name I missed. The room was crowded but quiet (I’ve never seen the Vera so packed, or for that matter so still). They played a lot of unfamiliar songs, apparently written and recorded by Elverum and Doiron in just the past week. They had one large sheet of paper with their lyrics written down on it, and between songs they would fold, flip, and search the sheet for their next song.

“What’s all the underlines,” asked Doiron at one point. “Oh, you do this one.”

“This is what it’s like to be in a band. This is how the magic happens.”

There was a song about “lost wisdom,” a song about a swan, the crushing, myth-deflating “Let’s Get Out of the Romance.” Everything sounded much more classically folky than Elverum’s solo performances, with hushed, tuneful harmonies between him and Doiron and restrained multiple acoustic guitars strumming.

“Oh, this one has a similar theme,” said Doiron between songs. “It starts with the same line.”

“That was Who?, this is What?, up next is Why?,” added Elverum. Doiron quoted a friend who’s fond of saying, “What happens next stays next.”

The hushed crowd laughed appreciatively at every mumbled half-joke, the sparks from the refinery glowed on wall overhead, the ceiling and walls were pitch black.

Why? happened next. Fuck. I just lost a half hour of writing by accidentally navigating away from this page. Here’s a setlist instead:

The Vowels, pt. 2
Good Friday
These Few Presidents
Song of the Sad Assassin
the Hoofs
Yo Yo Bye Bye
Rubber Traits
the Hollows
Crushed Bones
A Sky For Shooting Horses Under
Gemini (Birthday Song)
By Torpedos or Crohns

And a highlight reel: perfect quiet harmonies on “Good Friday;” Josiah killing it on drums and xylophone; the extended outro on “the Hoofs;” the mic feedback on the line “I was walking through San Antonio before sound check” and stretched bass on “Yo Yo Bye Bye;” the anecdote about meeting Fishbone brought on by Yoni’s botching the word “wishbone” on “Rubber Traits;” the pitch-bent guitar and mumbled second chorus on “the Hollows” (by far their song that comes most dangerously close to “rap rock” with its distorted guitar breakdown); the live whistling on “Gnashville;” Yoni’s voice sounding thin on “Crushed Bones;” Doug McDiarmid nailing the demanding keyboard arpeggio of “A Sky for Shooting Horses Under;” the fake-out shit talk leading up to the hair-raisingly awesome “Gemini (Birthday Song).”

The Black Keys - “I Got Mine”

posted by on April 18 at 12:59 PM

Live on Letterman. This band has got the “guitar and drum blues duo” thing down to a science now. Their new Danger Mouse produced album Attack and Release is one of the best rock records so far this year. Put it on your list of things to pick up at Record Store Day tomorrow.

Cover Art: California Love vs. Government Warning

posted by on April 18 at 12:52 PM

CL.jpg govt.jpg

I just wanted an opportunity to put these two album covers next to each other. Last night, my boyfriend and I were sitting around our living room, where this California Love LP, Reaping the Whirlwind (2006), is presently leaning up against a bookshelf. We kept staring at it and laughing at how ridiculous and hilarious it is, since it includes so many metal and punk-rock artwork clichés: in other words, how amazingly awesome it is. This is a small image, so let me explain a bit:

    1. The grim reaper, with sickle.
    2. A plane crashed into the iconic Capitol Records building.
    3. A huge pile of skulls, with a few still-alive arms and hands reaching up through them.
    4. Some of the skulls have the names of major record labels printed on their foreheads.
    5. A vulture carrying away some kind of tiny corpse.
    6. Metal lettering.

This of course brought to mind a favorite LP of mine, Government Warning’s No Moderation (also 2006). At the time, we were too cozy to get off the couch to dig this record out and put the two side by side. No Moderation’s album artwork includes:

    1. A skeleton patient in a hospital bed who has just died.
    2. The skeleton patient is holding an American flag and a bible.
    3. A skeleton nurse holding a syringe.
    4. A graveyard.

Being into punk rock lo these many years, I love this kind of album art, no matter how silly it is. And these are both really great albums, by the way. I’ve spoken enough about No Moderation in the past, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned this California Love LP. One word: grindcore. It is seriously rocking—just classic, straight-up grind. It’s my number-three favorite music to copyedit to when the office gets too loud here at The Stranger. And California Love include members of Look Back and Laugh, the Bay Area’s premier thrashy hardcore straight-edge band. You can’t go wrong there.

Dirty Projectors @ Chop Suey

posted by on April 18 at 12:35 PM

Someday, I will use better video equipment than a point-and-shoot digital camera. I wish I had better gear last night, because this clip doesn’t represent the effect of Dave Longstreth and his tremendous band—and it certainly didn’t catch the countless people looking at each other between songs with massive grins. I too fell in line, exposing my teeth end-to-end for half of show, even after having seen the Dirty Projectors a few times already. Their sets feel like something new every time—Longstreth attacks his guitar in nearly Jandek-ian fashion, hitting what seems like any note he pleases, between eruptions of high-pitched three-part harmony and careful, instrumental swells. But there’s nothing random about these arrangements, made obvious later in the set when he and his fellow guitarist played the same, seemingly random lead guitar part with perhaps a quarter-second difference in time—far more jarring than an effects pedal trying to duplicate the same thing.

I saw Longstreth play solo at a years-ago SXSW, stuck in a lonely cafe’s back room with an audience of 13 people, as he leapt around a massive stage and squealed while a DVD of crudely animated swans flew around on the screen behind him. I kinda wish he still did the freakish solo bit, but his current band, together for a least a year now, has transformed from an awkward addition to his songwriting to a damn near imperative part of his sound. Lord help Dave if the singing female duo ever ditches him to start their own band.

Video of Last Night’s Why? Show at the Vera Project

posted by on April 18 at 12:10 PM

“Song of the Sad Assassin”

“The Vowels, Pt. 2”

Click here to read Eric Grandy’s review of the show.

Get Björk’s 3-D Glasses and View “Wanderlust” in All It’s Glory on Record Store Day

posted by on April 18 at 12:09 PM

Via BrooklynVegan:

The highly anticipated 3-D video version for Björk’s latest single “Wanderlust” will have its nationwide debut as part of National Record Store Day on April 19. During the inaugural event, music retailers nationwide will join together to celebrate and recognize the value and unique culture of independent record stores. As part of the day, over 300 stores will offer special events and giveaways including the distribution of 10,000 3-D glasses for customers to view “Wanderlust” on in-store kiosks and at home. In addition to Björk’s contribution, other artists including Metallica, Steve Earle and Interpol will participate in the day with signings and performances at various local record stores.

And some of those lucky 300 stores are right here in Seattle—Satisfaction Records, and every location of Easy Street, Sonic Boom, and Silver Platters are all on the list of places where you can pick up your pair of glasses. Since there are “only” 10,000 of them in America, it’d be smart to get there sooner rather than later.

For a full list of everything happening in Seattle on Record Store Day (tomorrow!), click right here.

To see the video, click here.

A list of all stores participating can be found here.

Pictures from Daniel Johnston Last Night

posted by on April 18 at 12:03 PM







32 more in the Flickr Pool here.

Video coming later today!

Tomorrow, Saturday: Record Store Day

posted by on April 18 at 11:49 AM

(Megan’s post about it – here.)

Sonic Boom Records’ Jason Hughes breaks it down:

Jason, what is this Record Store Day?
Jason: Record Store Day is a great reminder of the importance of independent neighborhood record stores and businesses in general. We’ve tried to make it more about the music community by donating money from cupcake sales (graciously provided by another great independent business, Cupcake Royale) and from our new record slip mats directly to the Vera Project. Additionally, we are donating 10% of our sales to Music4life.

What is Music4life?
Music4Life provides funding for instruments and music programs in Seattle Public Schools. Hopefully, folks can feel good about buying music or cupcakes from us on Saturday. There will be a bunch of great in-stores as well.

Here’s a previous clip of Jason in his Ballard cave office talking about what music sells when. Back in Black is a summer seller:

Capitol Hill Block Party Tickets are Officially On Sale

posted by on April 18 at 11:40 AM


Pre-sale started on Tuesday, a lot of you probably get your tickets then, but for those of you lollygaggin’, tickets officially went on sale this morning to the general public.

The line-up, should you have forgotten it:

Friday July 25
Vampire Weekend
Les Savy Fav
Girl Talk
The Dodos
Jay Reatard
Pwrfl Power
Past Lives
Black Eyes And Neckties
Champagne Champagne

Saturday July 26
Surprise guest!!
The Hold Steady
Kimya Dawson
Darker My Love
The Butchers And The Builders
The Hands
Velella Velella
The Physics
Man Plus
Little Party And Bad Business

Click to buy advance tickets for Friday.
Click to buy advance tickets for Saturday.
Click to buy a two-day pass.

Kanye West Fans

posted by on April 18 at 11:00 AM


By JohnnyOnyx.

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 18 at 10:49 AM

Bad news first - RIP E Street Band’s Danny Federici

Babyshambles gets street cred - Pete Doherty relocated after rumors of prison attack

C’mon, wasn’t Rob Halford available? - Lance Bass does PSA for Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

I’d still prefer a laser light show - Metallica to launch enigmatic website

Big news - Developments in the Big Business camp

Making a career out of writing sad songs and getting paid by the tear - Silver Jews reveal tour and new album info

Islands Are Forever

posted by on April 18 at 10:36 AM


12-Jun Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Arm’s Way is out May, 20th.

Eurovision Season!

posted by on April 18 at 10:00 AM

The Eurovision Song Contest is the yearly pinnacle of kitsch, camp, over-the-top acts, over-the-top heartfelt ballads, disco-ish songs, and don’t even get me started on the outfits… The only moment in the year where Europe is one. “One” in the sense that all over Europe everyone ridicules the other countries’ tastes in music. Truly the spirit of unity! And let’s be fair, in this day and age of bland English popsongs, where else are you going to hear a Croatian song about stilettos (Severina - Moja Stikla –ESC 2006)? Or a Ukranian warrior song? With whips!? (Ruslana – Wild Dances –ESC Winner 2004) Or see a dancing penguin (Sophie & Magaly: Papa Pingouin -ESC 1980)? Such cultural highlights would be lost without Eurovision!

The rules of Eurovision are simple. Every country that’s an active member of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) can take part. You don’t necessarily have to be European, Israel’s been taking part since the 70s! Every country sends a song that’s under three minutes long, there can be no more than six people on stage, no live animals either (though cardboard cut-outs are fine (Alf Poier – “Weil der Mensch zählt” – ESC 2003), all the vocals must be sung live, since the late 90s you can choose the language you sing in (though countries like France and Spain tend to stick to their own language, well… most of the time), political messages and pornography are not allowed, and the participating country must air the complete contest (the cause for the Lebanon’s withdrawal a few years ago when they refused to air the Israeli entry).
After all the songs have been shown, every country gets to vote for their favourites (usually through televote) and awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their top 10 songs. You’re obviously not allowed to vote for your own country. The country with the most points wins, and gets… nothing! Well, they get the honour of having won and the financial backlash of hosting the contest the next year. Who wouldn’t be up for that?!

The next couple of weeks I’ll be reviewing all the songs that are taking part in the contest in Belgrade this year. Why? Well, because someone was crazy enough to ask me. Or maybe I volunteered… I’m not quite sure anymore.
I’m from in Belgium, at the heart of Europe (or so we like to think), incidentally a country that’s been taking part since the very beginning in 1956. Without much success, but still.

Ideally, Eurovision should be watched with a bunch of friends, in a house filled with flags (you need flags to wave during the songs, there’s no other way), some alcohol, score sheets and plenty of discussion. Afterwards, when the normal folks have gone home, I tend to watch the contest again with the 2 other Eurovision freaks I know and watch the show in depth. Just try and listen to the songs when 10 people are commenting on the choreography, it’s impossible.

Eurovision night when I was a kid was invariably the same thing. My parents would watch it and remark that the festival used to be a lot better. They’d keep watching though. Year after year. When the time came for the scores, “Hello Belgrade, this is Brussels calling”, my father would complain the voting was political, usually when some Scandinavian country gave another Scandinavian country their 12 points. When The Netherlands was the only country in the whole contest to give Belgium any points, he usually called it “justified”. Of course. When the winner was announced my father stayed with his verdict that it was “all about politics” and “he’d never watch again”. Until the next year, obviously.

There’s no denying that countries don’t get points just on the merits of the song. E.g. Cyprus will generally give their 12 to Greece and vice versa. And yes, Eastern Europe seems to benefit more from this than western countries (And hey, let’s not forget ex-Yugoslavia: Honestly, first they go to war against each other, then gain independence and the first thing they do when they enter Eurovision -undeniably one of the reasons they wanted to be independent in the first place- is vote for each other.) Despite all that, neighbours voting for each other or emigrants voting for their home country hasn’t decided on a winner just yet.

This year, the contest is at a record of 43 countries taking part in two semi-finals (May 20 and 22) with 19 countries each. The top 9 (and 1 wildcard) of each semi-final will go through to the final on May 24th where they’ll join the Big Four (UK, France, Germany and Spain, the main financial contributors to the contest who automatically qualify for the final) and last year’s winner Serbia. The songs are a mix of trashy Eurobeats, ethnic ballads, weird acts and er… a turkey. Something for everyone!

To start things off, here’s last year’s winner: Marija Serifovic (Serbia) with her lesbian-styled Molitva (being honest, it’s the only believable choreography they could’ve thought up).

And to show you the other side of Eurovision: last year’s runner up: Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka- Dancing Lasha Tumbai.

I absolutely love both songs, in case you were wondering

Tonight in Music: A-Trak, Stars of the Lid, Claymore, CunninLynguists

posted by on April 18 at 9:00 AM


Claymore, Red Museum, Castle Grey Skull, Ghidorah, the Final Collapse
(Ground Zero) It’s been a long time coming. This weekend, Claymore, Bremerton’s best thrash- happy metal band, play their last two shows ever. Claymore’s death knell sounded when Aaron Yost and Jerome Sauer joined Kane Hodder. But despite two members pulling double duty, Claymore gave it the ol’ college try before announcing their end nearly a year ago. Since the announcement, the band finished writing some new material and wrapped up recording that full-length they always promised they’d put out. They’ll be giving the recording away for free at both farewell performances. Tonight’s show in Bellevue could be great, but tomorrow’s show at Jackson Hall in Bremerton will be nutso. Bremerton kids lose their shit, and Claymore’s blasts of fury only eggs ‘em on. MEGAN SELING

Listen to Claymore:
“The Arsonist of Second Avenue”

“A Contest of Oracles”

blitzentrapp.jpgBlitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, the Quiet Ones
(Neumo’s) Tonight, Fleet Foxes return from their first national tour (you can log on to www.the to read a tour diary of their adventures), and it’s a homecoming worth celebrating. Oh, how I’ve missed the boys’ sweeping, four-part-harmony-laced songs about rivers and mountains and all the beauty found in nature. It hasn’t been spring without it! But even more exciting about this show is that it’s with Portland sextet Blitzen Trapper, who also summon the feel-good vibes of ’70s sounds but boast a groovier “dancing in a fringed vest after a few beers” sort of energy. The Quiet Ones have a little twang themselves, but it’s inspired more by Pavement than the Band. MEGAN SELING

Listen to the Quiet Ones:
“Girls & Uniforms”

“Biggest Loves”

Listen to the Fleet Foxes:
“White Winter Hymnal”

thelid.jpgStars of the Lid photo by Lucinda Chua

Stars of the Lid, Christopher Willits, Lusine (Triple Door) Thankfully, you can sit down for this one. Triple Door’s cozy interior and readily accessible bar make it a prime location for savoring the rare live Stars of the Lid experience. The sweeping minimalist majesty of this Texas two-piece certainly requires a comfy seat and a stiff drink. The duo create a symphonic ebb and flow of droning tones through heavily effected guitar, keyboards, and piano that’s accentuated in the live setting with string players and abstracted film-collage projections. Their output is so symphonic and lulling that at times it threatens to fall into that dreaded new-age camp, yet their affinity for tasteful instrumentation (no pan flutes or wind chimes, thankfully) manages to keep their soothing sounds in the realm of ambient music. BRIAN COOK

Listen to Stars of the Lid:
“Apreludes (in C Sharp Major)”

A-Trak, Sinden, Steve Aoki, Nick Catchdubs
(War Room) DJ A-Trak is proving an accomplished, multitasking hustler in the modern youth culture, a world in which hiphop and indie rock are beginning to eat each other’s tails with gleeful abandon. With his Fool’s Gold label, he has Svengalied the recent breaks of crossover stars like the infinitely crush-worthy Kid Sister and, among other high-profile gigs, he has been Kanye West’s faithful running mate since 2004. On his website, A-Trak outlines his dramatic ascent in very simple and reasonably humble terms—he started young, practiced a lot, and, as a scrawny, screw-faced 15-year-old, took the DMC World DJ Championship. Generally eschewing some of the more sci-fi-sound-effect predilections of some DJs of the last decade, A-Trak is a turntablist of a pretty classic ’90s mold, masterful at hyperactive beat juggling and Herculean scratch virtuosity. SAM MICKENS

Visit to hear DJ A-Trak.


Also tonight—CunninLynguists at Chop Suey. Via My Philisophy by Larry Mizell:

Having the distinction of probably being the most popular slept-on crew in the U.S., Deacon, Natti, and Kno are six albums deep (if you count the two Sloppy Seconds mixtapes, which you should) and they show no signs of slowing down.

There are two camps that the ‘Lynguists always get compared to, and that’s ‘cause it makes perfect sense: They really do sound like the love child of Little Brother and the Dungeon Family conglomerate.

And as always, you can find your perfect match in our online calendar.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


posted by on April 17 at 5:35 PM

Nouns just arrived on my desk, and it is exactly what I needed today: A glorious, rainbow-colored, sun-drenched, fuzzed-out blast, all hopeful and energetic and inspired. The exact opposite of sitting in a cubicle on a gray day drinking diet coke and pulling out hair. More on this one soon.

Glow in the Dark Tour at the KeyArena

posted by on April 17 at 5:31 PM


Words and photos by Morgan Keuler

Sorry everybody, no Kanye pictures from last night. Apparently everything really has gone to his head. We (the photographers) were told there just wasn’t enough room in the pit for everything that was going to go on during his show. Stand back, that glow in the dark jacket and glasses pairing is too much for people to be so close too. ‘That damn Kanye, he’s so hot right now!’ Apparently that’s why were going to have to shoot ALL of the opening acts from the sound board at the back of the arena.


But after Lupe, they realized we’d be in the way at the sound board (shocker!?), and let us go up to the pit. And by THEY, I mean the tour people, not STG or Key Arena reps. All of the above were actually exceedingly nice about it, but perhaps as expected, everything was pretty disorganized for the first night of the tour. That’s not a big surprise when you’ve got, no joke, 12 buses and 5 semis worth of people and gear to coordinate.

All of the performances were on point. I was surprised they had Lupe go on first, and though his set was good, it didn’t have enough time to develop into anything like this or this.


N*E*R*D was “The Pharell Williams show,” and he definitely provided the oddest moment of the night—after N*E*R*D’s set, he came back on the stage about 20 minutes later, I was thinking he was going to introduce Rihanna, but he gave a heart felt apology for swearing during their performance because there were kids in the audience! Really? It didn’t occur to you that there’d be some kids amongst the 15,000+ fans there? And, really, who fucking cares?


Then Rihanna was her fine Barbadian pop/R&B Jay-Z protege self, though sadly no silver body paint.

I didn’t have it in me to stick around for Kayne’s performance, but something tells me it would have looked just like this with a bunch of glow in the dark shit…

Picture from Bumbershoot 2006

Words and photos by Morgan Keuler

Hail to the Teeth

posted by on April 17 at 4:52 PM

With the current interest or exhaustion of the current presidential campaign, I thought that this 1977 latin flavored disco track “Hail To The Teeth” by District of Columbia for some reason felt appropriate. I recently came across this Salsoul Records release, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite disco cuts. Enjoy the campaign.

District of Columbia - Hail to the Teeth

Northwest Top 10

posted by on April 17 at 4:12 PM


Northwest Top 10
Best Selling Northwest Artists at Local Independent Record Stores for the week of April 10

1. FLEET FOXES Sun Giant EP (Sub Pop)
2. SERA CAHOONE Only as the Day Is Long (Sub Pop)
3. THE HELIO SEQUENCE Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Sub Pop)
4. EDDIE VEDDER Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild (J)
5. COLIN MELOY Colin Meloy Sings Live (Kill Rock Stars)
6. GRAND ARCHIVES Grand Archives (Sub Pop)
7. STEPHEN MALKMUS Real Emotional Trash (Matador)
8. VOYAGER ONE Afterhours in the Afterlife (Loveless)
9. DESTROYER Trouble in Dreams (Merge)
10. BRANDI CARLILE Live at Easy Street Records (Columbia)

Compiled from figures at Sonic Boom (Capitol Hill and Ballard) and Easy Street (Queen Anne and West Seattle).

Nix That Stevie

posted by on April 17 at 2:33 PM

I inferred and erred:

I totally dug your article in the Stranger this week, but wanted to let you in on a tip: The Stevie on the radio of “The Beaches All Closed” is actually Stevie Nicks.

This, of course, changes everything.

Reverse Cowboys

posted by on April 17 at 1:52 PM

Gnarls Barkley has released their album The Odd Couple for free on the internet. Only it’s called elpuoC ddO ehT and it’s the entire album compressed into one thirty-something minute-long track, played backward.

I’ve listened to it, and, honestly, I kind of love it. I had no idea that backwards music could be so soothing. I think it helps that Gnarls Barkley don’t use a lot of guitars in their music; guitars sound really grating when they’re played backwards. But the beats on this album make a soft sucking sound—as in the sound of suction and not the sound of badness—and it’s trance-y and mellow for the majority of the album.

Parts of songs sound like calliope music, and Danger Mouse clearly uses backward samples, because occasionally, there’ll be the sound of something—a bird song or a sound effect, say—that goes forward while everything else is going backward. Those work like freaky little signposts, to remind the listener that the album is not being played in the proper direction. It’s actually pretty easy to forget. The most vibrant song on the album is “nuR,” the reverse of the current single “Run.” It’s fast and jerky and it sounds like a schoolyard fight between two large armies of children. There don’t seem to be any calls for the listener to commit suicide or surrender their lives to Satan, which is a little disappointing.

Slap Back: Don’t Delay

posted by on April 17 at 12:40 PM

slap.jpgKevin Suggs is with us today to talk about slap back delay. Kevin is KEXP’s in-studio live performance engineer, and has spend two weeks alone with Cat Power’s Chan Marshall recording her for You Are Free.

Delay is an effect that can bolster a mix and widen an instrument’s sound. Basically, delay takes your audio signal and plays it back after the set ‘delay time.’ The delay time can range from several milliseconds to several seconds. Delays can be echo-like, see reggae dub: it’s like this MON-mon. SEE-see? JA-ja. Delays can mimic loops if set to repeat, or they can wash out longer like abstract ripples.

When the delay time is very short (40 to 120 milliseconds), it’s called a slap back delay. The term slap back refers to the use of a single echo. The slap back is just loud enough to be heard as a discrete echo, right behind the instrument or voice it’s put on. Slap back is very popular in 1950s-style rockabilly recordings.

Mr. Suggs, can you slap dat ass for me? I mean, talk some slap back delay? What do you think of when you think slap back?
Suggs: I think of early Elvis and all the Sun Records stuff from the 50’s. Sounds like Elvis is singing in a cave. They were using tape delays back then so getting a longer delay was a bit trickier. John Lennon loved it as well, but his were a bit shorter, almost a doubling effect. I’ve done a few rockabilly records and I just keep the vocal delay time set at somewhere between 140 and 150 milliseconds. Seems to work great for most of those up-tempo tunes. Keep the feedback or repeats down. You just want one quick slap and that’s about it. I find it can work well with more modern rock vocals too, but set the delay at around 160 or so. That takes it out of that rockabilly place yet still has the same effect. Try it on instruments as well. It can put a little bounce into a track that needs to jump.

What’s the trick when you use it on instruments? I’ve heard you use slap back on keys, and it totally makes the song. They sound so full, so rad.
The trick there is to get the delay time right. To do that I solo up the snare and put the delay on it till I find the correct subdivisions that don’t mess with the rhythm. Then I put it on the keys. It’s probably a bit longer than a slap but not much. More like quarter notes rather than eighth or sixteenth notes. Also I think it’ll have a few more repeats to it. When I put slap on vocals I don’t always go for an exact subdivision, I just use my ear. Vocals are a lead instrument and don’t always follow closely to the rhythm of the rest of the group.

They Won’t Catch Me

posted by on April 17 at 12:33 PM

Cause I’m Fuckin Innocent.


Good find, John.

eerF rof mublA yelkraB slranG weN eht teG

posted by on April 17 at 11:37 AM

Or, get the new Gnarls Barkley album for free.

The only catch is, it’s backwards.

“Do You Wanna Fuck?”

posted by on April 17 at 11:05 AM

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how music can make lines that read stupid on paper sound absolutely amazing. Call it the New Order effect. This occurred to me the other day, as I was walking home, and the Black Dominoes remix of of Vampire Weekend’s “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” (recommended) came on my portable music player.

Like a lot of lyrics, “Do you wanna fuck / like you know I do?,” doesn’t look like much typed out, but damn if dude’s voice-cracking howl doesn’t just sell the shit out of it, disproving every dumb trend piece about what lilly-frail preppies these guys are with the most blunt, appealing come on indie rock’s heard in years.

Possibly related: “In a town so small / there’s no escaping you” from Belle & Sebastian’s “Dirty Dream Number Two,” although that line holds up a little better on paper (or an lcd screen), it still benefits mightily from the head-hanging, weeping violins that underpin its delivery.

If I were a comments-thirsty sort, I might open the floor for suggestions of other possibly questionable lines made poignant by their musical accompaniment, but that would be gauche, right?

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 17 at 11:04 AM

Return of the digital delay pt. 1 - Swervedriver plan U.S. tour

Return of the digital delay pt. 2 - Denali plays reunion show

Give it up already pt. 1 - New Judas Priest album on the way

Give it up already pt. 2 - Ryan Adams hates country music. Did he forget he was in Whiskeytown?

Music and the internet pt. 1 - New live Nick Cave tracks available on iTunes

Music and internet pt. 2 - IFPI involves unwilling hiphop artist in Pirate Bay legal case

Street Musician in San Francisco

posted by on April 17 at 11:00 AM


By Steve Schwartz.

Weezer - “Pork and Beans”

posted by on April 17 at 10:58 AM

It was supposed to be released next week, but a leak forced the band to release it early.

Visit to hear the full version of “Pork and Beans.”

I’m listening to it right now… I really dig the huge, power pop chorus. It gives me a little hope for the new record.

Wait, did he really just sing “Timbaland knows the way to reach the top of the chart/Maybe if I work with him I can perfect the art”?


Hope = shattered.

Dan Deacon - “Okie Dokie”

posted by on April 17 at 10:52 AM also just premiered this new Dan Deacon video for the song “Okie Dokie.” And people thought that Gnarls Barkley video would cause seizures? This is nuts.

Architecture in Helsinki - “Like It or Not”

posted by on April 17 at 10:45 AM

This video makes me want to take up needpoint.

(ht PitchforkTV)

National Record Store Day, This Saturday!

posted by on April 17 at 10:12 AM


Record stores across America are dying. Maybe everyone stealing music from the internet is what’s killing them. Maybe bands giving their albums away for free is what’s killing them. Maybe it’s MySpace, maybe it’s YouTube, maybe it’s YOU.

In order to celebrate independent record stores across the nation, give them love (and business) Alliance of Independent Media Stores, Coalition Of Independent Music Stores, Music Monitor Network, Newbury Comics, Value Music Group of Indie Stores have founded April 19th as Record Store Day.

“On this day, all of these stores will simultaneously link and act as one with the purpose of celebrating the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally,” says Record stores across the nation will be having sales, selling exclusive merchandise, hosting in-stores, and giving away free shit all day long.

A bunch of local businesses are participating. Here’s the rundown of what’ll be happening around town:

Easy Street: In-store performances by Mark Pickerel and Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter at the Queen Anne location. 5 pm, free. Also, everything in both stores not already on sale will be 20% off all day long.

Everyday Music: Enter to win an autographed copy of the Tom Waits box set People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938. There will also be free CD samplers, a storewide sale, and other goodies.

Silver Platters: All four locations (Queen Anne, Bellevue, Southcenter, and Northgate) are offering 20% off on all vinyl, box sets, CD singles, and Billboard Collections CDs, and one day only DVD specials (starting at $3.99). Each location has it’s own in-store specials and they also have tons of live music through the day.

Queen Anne:
1:00 The Mary McPage Band
2:00 Matt Jorgensen + 451
3:00 Pat Monahan
4:00 Kim Archer Band
5:00 Bee Simonds
6:00 Speaker Speaker
7:00 Low-Fi
8:00 The Pharmacy
9:00 How and Lightning

Bellevue Crossroads:
1:00 Interlake High School Jazz Band
2:30 Tribaljazz
3:30 Amateur Radio Operator
5:00 Hadley Caliman

1:00 DJ ECM/Slantooth

Sonic Boom: Both locations (Capitol Hill and Ballard) will be selling Cupcake Royale cupcakes and new Sonic Boom slip mats, with all the proceeds going to the Vera project. They’ll also have exclusive vinyl including a Stephen Malkmus 10” and 7”s from Built to Spill, Death Cab, Black Keys, REM, and more. There will be other free surprises included with every purchase, and a sidewalk sale with CDs, rock books, posters, and more starting at $1. 10% of Saturday’s sales will be donated to Music4life. Topping it off, they have live music and DJs all day.

Capitol Hill:
1:00 Vinnie Blackshadow
3:00 John Roderick (Long Winters) DJ Set
5:00 The Dutchess and The Duke

3:00 Vinnie Blackshadow
4:00 Aqueduct
5:30 Mono in VCF
7:00 The Moondoggies

Of course, there are more stores around town that shouldn’t go ignored—Jive Time, Bop Street, Wall of Sound, and Singles Going Steady.

For more information about Record Store Day, visit

Got something going on at your store? E-mail and I’ll add it to the list.

Amy Winehouse is Not Writing Bond Song, Is Writing New Album

posted by on April 17 at 9:05 AM

Earlier this week, it was reported that Amy Winehouse was working on the title track for the new James Bond movie. Her rep says that’s untrue:

The Back To Black star was rumoured to be working on the theme song for superspy’s latest outing with acclaimed DJ and producer Mark Ronson - and was even tipped as the best artist for the job by former Beatle Paul McCartney.

But the soul sensation’s representative has denied the reports, insisting the star is working with Ronson on her highly anticipated third album, expected to be ready for release early next year.

Her spokesman tells, “Amy has been in the studio working on songs for her new album with Mark Ronson. Recording for anything else is pure speculation.”

Also being speculated, whether or not the singer will survive the process of writing a new album. She looks worse every day. That’s a nice lookin’ femur you got there, Amy.

Tonight in Music: Why?, No Kids, Daniel Johnston, Braille

posted by on April 17 at 9:00 AM


Why? is playing the Vera Project tonight. That show got plenty of love in this week’s paper—Mark Donuts wrote about the in the music section, and it’s also a Stranger Suggests. From Donuts’s story:

Why? deliver perfect pop for the modern age, throwing fat pitches and nasty curveballs. Of the hundred or so lyrical gems on Alopecia, one of the most arresting is on “The Hollows”: “In Berlin I saw/two men fuck/in a dark corner of a basketball court/just a slight jingle of pocket change pulsing.”

It’s delivered in nasal deadpan over straightforward, palm-muted electric-guitar eighth notes with decidedly pop phrasing.

Read the whole story here. And here’s Grandy’s hard sell in the Suggests:

Why?, Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron, Generifus (Vera Project) In case you missed my 4,000 words on the subject in last week’s issue: I’m totally gay for Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie. Same goes for tonight’s headliner, Why?. Both bands write songs about existential worry and wonder, but while Mount Eerie find solace in the natural world, Why? get nauseated in the Whole Foods parking lot. Their dark, hiphop-inflected lyricism is airtight, telescoping from minute detail to overwhelming dread in the turn of a phrase, and the band’s rhythms and melodies are equally agile. (Vera Project, Seattle Center, 956-8372. 7:30 pm, $9/$8 with club card, all ages.) Eric Grandy

Here’s the video for Why?’s “Song of the Sad Assassin”:

nokidstrio.jpgNo Kids photo by Sarah Cass

Also featured in this week’s music section is Eric Grandy’s story on No Kids and Hot Chip that argues that (contrary to what Sasha Fere-Jones’ claims) indie rock isn’t too white after all. Hot Chip aren’t playing until Tuesday, but No Kids are at Chop Suey tonight with Dirty Projectors.

From Grandy’s story:

No Kids apply R&B producer T-Pain’s signature Auto-Tuned digital sheen to the chorus of “Listen for It/Courtyard Music”—vocals that, the rest of the song proves, Nick Krgovich and Julia Chirka are perfectly capable of nailing unaided—over what sounds like a faint sample of ESG’s “UFO.” “For Halloween” has a sublimated boom-bap beat, and its aerobic vocal runs are pure modern R&B, as is the chorus of “The Beaches All Closed” or any number of other songs on their debut, Come into My House (named after a Queen Latifah single). The plucked strings of “Bluster in the Air” recall nothing so much as Dr. Dre circa The Chronic.

Listen to No Kids:
“The Beaches Are All Closed”

And from U&Cs:

Daniel Johnston, the Dead Science, PWRFL Power
(Neumo’s) Last year at SXSW, Daniel Johnston told a couple jokes. One was about Jews having a pajama party in a concentration camp. The blogs quickly boiled over with rumors that the mentally unstable singer/songwriter is an anti-Semite who thinks the holocaust is hilarious. Chances are, he’s not. He told a joke, a bad joke, but one need only watch the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston to know that Johnston’s crazy, that he often does and says weird shit for no reason at all. So while some might attend this show to witness what the unpredictable guy will do next, hoping for a meltdown, hopefully most of the crowd will be there because they actually appreciate the charm of his childlike voice and his peculiar, simplistic, sometimes bittersweet anthems. MEGAN SELING

Here are a couple songs by Daniel Johnston:

“Some Things Last a Long Time”


Lastly, Braille is playing Nectar with Pigeon John and Ohmega Watts. The show is only $10, which will also get you a copy of their new album The IV Edition. Mosi Reeves gave it three stars in this week’s paper:

In the beginning, sparks fly from Braille’s The IV Edition like an incoming air strike. Stomping bass drums from producer Ohmega Watts rattle “Beautiful Humanity” as Braille raps, “Start it like this, son, they can’t shine like this one/Lyrics in my head and I’m about to spit some.” Best of all is “Calculated Risk,” where K-Otix from the Are flips a wheedling teakettle melody straight out of “Public Enemy No. 1” over a droll yet funky bass line. “I want to rock right now, come on!” Braille shouts as the percussion hits hard, driving the song to climax.

The White Guilt Issue

posted by on April 17 at 8:00 AM

Hey! Do you like white people stealing soul/r&b tropes? What about white rappers that reference R Crumb and Whole Foods? Are you Sasha Frere-Jones and/or Stephen Merritt?

Then, boy, do we have a music section for you this week!

First, there’s this piece on No Kids and Hot Chip and whether or not indie rock is too white:


Frere-Jones argued, essentially, that indie rock has become too white—meaning too much from the head, not enough in the hips—that it lost its sense of rhythm, its will to entertain an audience. That it’s become stiff rather than funky. He cast the Arcade Fire’s studied operatics against Mick Jagger’s “bewitching flexion of knees and elbows.” He mourned a perceived loss of miscegenation in rock, blaming “political correctness” as well as social progress, the internet, the legal hamstringing of digital sampling, and Dr. Dre for ending a fruitful era of “uneasy, sometimes inappropriate, borrowings and imitations” that went both ways, even if it tended to benefit white musicians more.

But Frere-Jones framed “indie rock” in a way convenient to proving his argument. Indie rock, in his limiting estimation, is pale almost by definition. He invoked Wilco as evidence that “indie rock” has become merely an aesthetic tag, and nothing to do with actual business allegiances. By this handy logic, then, indie rock is anything that “sounds like” indie rock, which, you know, is anything that sounds too “white.” Where, for instance, is LCD Soundsystem?

And where is Hot Chip? Where is No Kids?

And this article about pale-faced anticon post-hoppers Why?:


And Wolf is not a rapper. He’s like a rapper. Rappers make it rain, but in “These Few Presidents,” he says Washington, Lincoln, and Hamilton are “frowning in [his] pocket.” He speaks words on Alopecia, and all of them are syncopated, but most of the record is sung, taking vocal cues from Apples in Stereo or Pavement. It’s progressive pop, but the sheer volume of words, phonic tricks, and humorous turns of phrase—money referred to as “presidents”—is pure hiphop.

Hell, I think Lar’s even got some white folks (and southerners, at that) up in My Philosophy.

None of which, of course, answers the burning question: “Were Kanye and Beck Seperated at Birth?” You’ll have to find some really serious ethnomusicologists to solve that one…

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Gossip - “Eyes Open”

posted by on April 16 at 11:19 PM

Via Rolling Stone’s Rock Daily: The Gossip performing “Eyes Open” from their new live CD/DVD Live in Liverpool.

Alicia Keys: “My comments about ‘gangsta rap’ were in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music.”

posted by on April 16 at 11:08 PM

In a press statement sent today, Alicia Keys explains the comments she made to Blender earlier this week:

“I feel it is necessary to clarify the comments that were made during my recent Blender magazine interview since they have been misrepresented.

Anyone who knows me and my character, knows that I am not a conspiracy theorist or, by implication, a racist. My comments about ‘gangsta rap’ were in no way trying to suggest that the government is responsible for creating this genre of rap music. The point that I was trying to make was that the term was over-sloganized by some of the media causing reactions that were not always positive. Many of the ‘gangsta rap’ lyrics articulate the problems of the artists’ experiences and I think all of us, including our leaders, could be doing more to address these problems including drugs, gang violence, crime, and other related social issues.”

Click here to see the full statement via

Racist or no, I wonder if this press and controversy is helping with those ticket sales for that tour of hers that starts on Saturday…

I Need that Record

posted by on April 16 at 8:33 PM

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming documentary I Need That Record: The Death (Or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store:

The film examines why independent record stores continue to struggling to survive—over 3,000 business have closed in the last 10 years. It features commentary from Ian Mackaye, Mike Watt, Legs McNeil, Thurston Moore, Noam Chomsky, Patterson Hood, Bryan Poole, and people from Rhino, Bloodshot, and United Record Press.

In related news, this Saturday, April 19, is the first national Record Store Day. A bunch of local stores are celebrating with specials and in-store performances (I’ll post a complete list of what’s happening where tomorrow).

The Perfect Length for a Pop Song

posted by on April 16 at 8:14 PM

According to Joshua Allen and science, it’s 2:42.

From the Morning News:

My scientists told me that the perfect song length had to be closer to three minutes than two, but definitely shorter than three minutes. Three minutes is where bloat starts to set in. Where the band thinks: Hey, let’s do the chorus seven times. Hey, let’s give the saxophone guy a real moment to shine on this one. Hey, let’s add another bridge.

Just look at what clocks in between two and a half and three minutes: “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “We Got the Beat,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Good Times Bad Times,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “Paranoid,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Debaser,” “God Only Knows,” and “Fall on Me.” These are not only stone-cold classics but they also encapsulate all that is great about the band without wasting your goddamn time.

You can’t argue with science. Read the whole piece here.

Springsteen Endorses Obama

posted by on April 16 at 2:25 PM

And who knows America better than this guy?


WASHINGTON - Rock star Bruce Springsteen endorsed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, saying “he speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years.”

In a letter addressed to friends and fans posted his Web site, Springsteen said he believes Obama is the best candidate to undo “the terrible damage done over the past eight years.”

“He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next president,” the letter said. “He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where ‘…nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.’ “

Full story here.

Pavement Rule OK

posted by on April 16 at 1:21 PM

Y’all are tripping. Have some pudding:

Because Nothing Says “Reliable Source” Like Anonymous Blog Comments

posted by on April 16 at 12:55 PM

From yesterday’s Block Party announcement comments thread:

Upcoming announcements will include: Partman Parthorse, Coconut Coolouts, Dutchess and the Duke, Moondoggies, the Girls, the Intelligence, the Shackles.

Posted by Chirp | April 15, 2008 10:26 AM

A little birdy told me the suprise guest is the Halo Benders.

Posted by Chirp | April 15, 2008 11:57 AM

Good news!

Halo Benders are working out songs for their suprise headlining spot! All those Tina’s and Todd’s in the crowd are gonna drop their Stellas when Calvin unloads some serious science on them.

“Rippin off jocks, flippin’ off cops, sippin’ on toxic rocket fuel … FREEDOM RIDERS!”

I also heard that Calvin is seriously excited by the chance to play a festival sponsored by Miller Brewing. Everyone who knows anything knows Calvin is a serious Miller Light drinker.

This is going to be amazing!

Posted by Chirp | April 16, 2008 9:28 AM

Calvin and i were sipping on brews and tokin on some camels last night rapping about this very subject. We are super soakin x-cited!

Posted by Partman Parthorse | April 16, 2008 11:54 AM

Poll: Smells Like Four Drummers

posted by on April 16 at 12:54 PM

Four drummers, one very famous Nirvana song. Who is your favorite?

1) The Walrus: Sturdy man. Good drummer expressions. Sweet handlebar mustache:

2) Kid A: Plays with incorruptibility and heart. A little rough around the edges:

3) Iceman: Ice:

4) The Phantom Menace: Electric kit. Right out the gate he’s busy. A racehorse. Boggling with Neil Peart like fire:

Which one is your favorite:

A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours

posted by on April 16 at 12:54 PM

This video was sent by Morrisey to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz announcing a performance in Tel Aviv this summer. Apparently he’s been canceling summer performances there at the last minute for 20 years now, but this year promises to make it happen for reals. This news has of course made Palestine pissed. Here is part of an open letter from The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel:

You end your message with the words “God bless Israel, stay nice!” This message and your planned Israel gig are indicators of either a serious lack of understanding of what Israel is or a conscious bias towards Israel, despite its colonial and apartheid reality. Celebrating Israel, as you plan to do, at a time when it is persistently committing war crimes and other grave breaches of international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in Gaza, is an act of complicity in maintaining Israel’s illegal occupation and regime of racial discrimination against the people of Palestine.

It is ironic that your persistent affection for outsiders and misfits has often driven you to write in their voices. Someone hated, rejected and violently attacked by a racist, nationalistic society has her point of view expressed in these lyrics, which you wrote:

We’re old news
All’s well
Say BBC scum
One child shot, but so what?
Laid my son
In a box, three feet long
And I still don’t know why
A short walk home becomes a run
And I’m scared
In my own country

Singing in Tel Aviv despite the fact that more than 800 Palestinian children have been killed—many in a willful manner—by the Israeli occupation army and settlers in the past 7 years alone would effectively tell us, in our faces: “One Palestinian child shot, but so what?”

They continue:

On December 3, 2007, you said “I abhor racism and oppression or cruelty of any kind and will not let this pass without being absolutely clear and emphatic with regard to what my position is. Racism is beyond common sense and I believe it has no place in our society.”

It is “absolutely clear” that your performance in Israel would betray a regrettable double standard, if not a categorical negation of those noble ideals.

I understand not wanting celebrities to take the side of your enemy, but Morrisey is a unifier, not a divider. The fact that the Palestinian organization is familiar enough with his lyrics to quote him so pertinently (or had to read through all of them to find a pertinent example) should have been enough to clue them in that they’re accusing the wrong guy of “double standards.”

(ht daily swarm)

Not to be Outdone by Andre 3000’s Collection of Ascots…

posted by on April 16 at 12:40 PM

It’s Big Boi’s ballet:

(ht: Idolator)

Graves? Kiley? Delaurenti? Wagner? Who wants to get classical on this thing?

It’s In Your Blood

posted by on April 16 at 12:32 PM

linda_hopkins.jpgWhen I was record store shopping this weekend, I found a mint copy of Linda Hopkins’s 1977 12” single It’s In Your Blood in a bargain bin for $1.99. I had never previosuly heard this rare disco gem, however after hearing the track at one of the record store’s listening stations I immediately fell in love with the track. The song was written by disco legend Billy Nichols as well as being produced by Bert DeCoteaux who also worked on one of my favorite Lonnie Liston Smith tracks in the 1978 cosmic jazz cut “Space Princess”. I find that sometimes bargain bins are mostly full of common finds, and one can go months and maybe years before finding anything worthy of the time a person put’s into digging through crates and crates of records however on this certain day I felt like I really scored big with this 12-inch gem.

To download Linda Hopkins 1977 rare disco gem “It’s In Your Bloodgo here OR come out to Havana tonight for STUDIO where I plan on playing the classic track!

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 16 at 12:20 PM

Awesome - Book Of Black Earth signs to Prosthetic

Get it straight: Travis only does commercials for mobile phones - Travis Barker settles suit with Rockstar

Still waiting for a sequel to Aeroplane Over The Sea - NMH reclusive frontman Jeff Magnum recording with Instruments

History Lesson pt. 3 - Indie icons star in documentary on independent record stores

For those lamenting the death of Ozzfest - Motley Crue announces Crue Fest

Tragic - Debbie Gibson seeks restraining order from Fan Club ringleader

Les Savy Fav Covers Superchunk

posted by on April 16 at 12:19 PM

For those stocked for Les Savy Fav’s set at this year’s Block Party, check out this little ditty posted earlier today on Stereogum:

Les Savy Fav playing “Precision Auto” by Superchunk.


Jane’s Addiction Reuniting to Receive Award

posted by on April 16 at 12:06 PM

Funny… call someone a “Godlike Genius” and they embrace the chance to play again and be showered with admiration…

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The four original members of pioneering alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction will perform for the first time in almost 17 years next week, temporarily burying the hatchet so they can receive an award for career achievement.

Bass player Eric Avery, who had declined to play with the band since it first broke up in 1991, said on Tuesday he would hit the stage at the inaugural NME Awards in Los Angeles on April 23 with singer Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins.

His bandmates, who have resurrected Jane’s Addiction a few times, had previously agreed to attend the event at the El Rey Theatre, leaving Avery once again as the holdout.

The band will be honored with the “Godlike Genius Award” for its contribution to the development of alternative rock with such albums as 1988’s “Nothing’s Shocking” and 1990’s “Ritual de lo Habitual.”

If that’s all it takes… Hey Botch, I think you’re Godlike Genius. If that moves you to do anything, you know, play again, whatever, I wouldn’t stop you.

The Avett Brothers at Neumo’s

posted by on April 16 at 11:48 AM


By kjten22.

Tonight in Music: Happy Birthday, Donte! Kanye West, Blacklisted

posted by on April 16 at 10:33 AM

In this week’s Bug in the Bassbin, Donte Parks invites you to his birthday bash:

sleepyeyespromo.jpgSleepy Eyes of Death photo by Kyle Johnson

In other anniversary (and blatant conflict of interest) news, at the end of the month I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday and in honor of the occasion, I’ve put together a show at Neumo’s including some of my favorite artists.

Both Truckasauras and Sleepy Eyes of Death have rightfully earned their share of ink, but there’s an unfortunate rift in their audiences, with Truckasauras’s 8-bit electro finding favor mostly with technophiles, and Sleepy Eyes’ electro-gaze catering more to the rock side of the fence. Truck’s got rock-star swagger and beer-swilling approachability (who doesn’t like old Wrestlemania footage?), while Sleepy Eyes of Death’s synths give them enough electronic sheen to easily cross that genre barrier. Hopefully this will get both groups’ fans mingling. Rounding out the bill is Randy Jones, who is not only an excellent label curator (Orac Records), acclaimed producer (as Caro), and visual artist, but is easily one of the city’s top DJs, no genre qualifications necessary.

The show is free, so consider this your personal invitation.

And here’s what else is happening:

Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D.
(KeyArena) N.E.R.D.’s new single, “Everyone Nose,” features Pharrell repeatedly yelling, “ALL THE GIRLS STANDING IN LINE FOR THE BATHROOM!” How could I not think about this song while spending my last two weekends at Yo, Son!? Damn ladies, I feel for you! Most girls I know are able to go to the bathroom supernaturally quick—this joint should be blasted at the skeed-up stall hogs in there 24/7. As for the song itself, it’s neither that raunchy rap-rock N.E.R.D. from In Search of… nor is it the ’70s-AM-rock N.E.R.D. of Fly or Die. It’s more like a Pharrell solo song where he REALLY wants you to know that he likes Spank Rock. In that respect it’s successful. And if that sounds like your jam, hey, go for yours. LARRY MIZELL JR.
Blacklisted, Sinking Ships, Shook Ones, Vanguard, Never Looking Back
(Viaduct) Philly’s Blacklisted went to a dark, threatening place when writing the songs on their new album, Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God. With the fast/sludgy/fast “Circuit Breaker” and the just-barely-a-minute blast of sonic destruction “Stations,” they’re out to give you a heart attack. That it was recorded and engineered by Kurt Ballou (the same man who makes Converge sound so bombastic) only ensures that this record is their most dramatic and blistering ever—the bass is low and heavy, the guitars stab at your face, with the only brightness coming from the occasional (and unsettling) metal nuance. The growling rock-and-roll vocals come from a place deeper than the pit of singer George Kirsch’s gut. I’m making it sound really dramatic, I know. But this shit is hard and heavy. MEGAN SELING

Find more in our calendar.

Pornstars, Fall Out Boy, and the Suburbs: the Roots in 2008

posted by on April 16 at 9:31 AM

Remember that awkward Roots video from yesterday? Idolator published a pretty good take-down today:

Cordero shoots the sequence in a more or less shot/reverse-shot pattern, but despite this lukewarm attempt at representing the female perspective, the sequence still comes off as uncomfortably misogynistic. That tight shot of the sausage hovering near her mouth lingers just a bit too long, and, furthermore, in all of the high-angle shots looking down at Grey opening the gifts she’s got her best come-hither face on, thus negating any potential emotional depth. Which would be an entirely acceptable stylistic choice if it didn’t seem as though Cordero were trying to make some sort of “statement.”

And: The Roots play with Eryka Badu on June 5th at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

Personal gripe: I spent like my whole young adult life working to get the fuck out of Redmond and move to Seattle, and now what happens? Marymoor park starts hosting Sub Pop festivals and the Roots while Capitol Hill flips into condos and Quiznos. (Not that I think the suburbs are set to become anything but new slums after the oil crash, but damn, where’s my idealized urban bohemia, dudes?)

Oh, and for what’s it’s worth, the offending FOB collaboration has been kindly omitted from the Roots’ new one, Rising Down, the rest of which is supposed to be hot. (Where’s our promo copy?)

Update: And then, there’s this…

What, no bass toss?

Crooked Brain, Crooked Brain

posted by on April 16 at 12:24 AM

Tonight at Linda’s somebody put the entire Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain album by Pavement on the jukebox. My reaction: “Awesome! I love this album!” My friend’s reaction: “Meh.” I was shocked to find out that my associate, who likes most of the same music as me, doesn’t care about Pavement, one of the best bands of the nineties. Even if he didn’t celebrate their entire catalog I figured that he at least would appreciate their finest album. “They’re like Modest Mouse to me,” he said. “Everybody else likes them but I just don’t get it.”


I never thought of Pavement as a band that someone just “wouldn’t get.” Do a lot of people feel this way? Who doesn’t love Crooked Rain?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Saturday’s 20/Twenty Anniversary Party

posted by on April 15 at 3:39 PM

And of course, by the “Last Night” tag above I mean to say “Last Saturday Afternoon,” because it was at 4 pm last Saturday when Ballard’s 20/Twenty celebrated surviving three years. The weather couldn’t have been nicer—it was so warm inside the store, people filed out on the sidewalk for fresh air (or a beer from Kings) between sets.

Because my allergies were making me have obnoxious sneezing fits every ten minutes, I was only able to catch Amy Blascke’s set. She recently moved to LA, so a lot of friends showed up to see her and cheer her on—they sat on the floor in front of her, and those who weren’t able to make it inside peered through the windows with the hands shielding their eyes from the sun. I’m not sure what the name of this song is, but it’s pretty:

Before Amy Blashke played, though, there was a cake walk. This really needs to happen at shows more often. Whoever wanted to play would hand over a dollar—while some music played from the speakers, they’d dance around in a circle, musical chairs style. When the music stopped, they all hopped on the nearest number stuck on the floor. Then a lovely lady drew a number out of a bag and whoever was standing on the matching number got to walk away with a cake of their choice, supplied by Cake Walk.


Yum! Sadly, I didn’t win.

Later that evening, the store also celebrated the opening of James Bertram’s art show, 24 Shot: A Year of Polaroid Self-Portraits, which will be hanging all month. See him with and without beard, with messy hair and with neatly combed hair… there’s a photo for every day.


Noel Gallagher: “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. No way. No. It’s wrong.”

posted by on April 15 at 2:30 PM


LONDON - Organizers of one of Britain’s best-known music festivals on Tuesday defended their decision to book Jay-Z as their headline act after Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher blamed the U.S. rapper for disappointing ticket sales.

The outdoor Glastonbury festival is a cornerstone of Britain’s music calendar. But this year’s festival has yet to sell out, in contrast to past years when tickets were snapped up within hours.

Gallagher, whose band headlined the festival in 1995 and 2004, said rap was to blame.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Gallagher said in an interview, an audio of which was posted to the British Broadcasting Corp.’s Web site Monday. “If you break it, people ain’t gonna go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? … No chance.” He explained that the inclusion of a hip-hop act went against the festival’s tradition of guitar music, adding: “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. No way. No. It’s wrong.”

Read the whole story here.

Be Local

posted by on April 15 at 1:59 PM

One of the two things to be excited about in local hiphop is Framework’s CD This Is It. His debut CD, Hello World (2005), produced by Bean One, is a hiphop masterpiece, and though the producers on This Is It are new cats from Anchorage, Alaska, I still expect a lot of good to come out of the record. If the music fails, Framework’s grip of the mic will surely prevail. He has a way with words.
(For more information about This Is It, checkout Raindrophustla and Framework’s Myspace site.)

The other release is Common Market’s Black Patch War (I think it was initially called Tobacco Road).
The CD contains Sabzi’s richest production. The details are amazing, each lovingly made and expressed. Listening to the CD last night put me in the mind and world of Burial, whose attention to every aspect of his productions is supernatural. As for RA Scion, the rapper, he is much more mellow and reflective on this effort. Often his words and thoughts are lost in a warm wash of music; often he says something quite unexpected and original. As a whole, Black Patch War stands to be one of the best works of art to come out of Seattle this year.

One more thing: Sabzi and the Grynch are a serious match.

Dates and Places

posted by on April 15 at 1:10 PM

Also, regarding this:

This month, local mega-indie label Sub Pop is celebrating its 20th birthday. Really it’s a bit like Lincoln’s birthday—or Jesus’s. The date is fudged, estimated, maybe arbitrarily made up. By some accounts, Sub Pop goes back to 1979 in the form of a fanzine published by label cofounder Bruce Pavitt. The Sub Pop 100 compilation came out in 1986. So Sub Pop has been hanging on the old flippity-flop for a TAD longer than 20 years. Still, congrats, and happy birthday, observed.


Though Bruce Pavitt had been using the title SUBTERRANEAN POP since sometime in ’79 for fanzines, cassette compilations, radio shows, and the like, somewhere along the line he and co-founder Jonathan Poneman decided that April 1, 1988—the day they quit their jobs and rented a tiny office in the Terminal Sales Building in Seattle—was the day Sub Pop Records was born. To celebrate the label’s twentieth birthday, Sub Pop will release a series of re-issues starting with Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff: Deluxe Edition (May 22, 2008), launch a limited run of the Sub Pop Singles Club, and throw a series of over-the-top birthday parties for itself this summer.

Sub Pop 20 Anniversary Partial Line Up Announced

posted by on April 15 at 12:55 PM

The SP20 Festival is happening July 12 & 13 at Marymoor Park just outside of Seattle in Redmond, WA. In addition to reunited bands, acts currently on the label’s roster, and everything in between, the festival will also host a half-pipe featuring both Nike and Girl + Chocolate sponsored skaters. While the full day-by-day line-up will be announced in the coming months, the festival will include:

Beachwood Sparks / Comets on Fire / Fleet Foxes / Flight of the Conchords / The Fluid / Foals / Grand Archives / Green River / The Helio Sequence / Iron & Wine / Kinski / Low / Mudhoney / No Age / Pissed Jeans / Red Red Meat / The Ruby Suns / Seaweed / Wolf Parade, and more to be announced.

Roberta Kelly - Zodiac Lady

posted by on April 15 at 12:48 PM

Its hard to imagine now, when albums about all sorts of depraved shit get released regularly, even if they do have the “Parental Advisory” sticker on them, but there was a time when record labels refused to release albums they found objectionable at all.

One of the most interesting example of this from the disco era is this fine 1976 album by Roberta Kelly, Zodiac Lady.


In 1975 Roberta recorded an album with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte called Troublemaker. The album was wall to wall disco smash after disco smash. It was a dancers album, the kind that had no huge hits, but was a sensation to those who loved to just get up and boogie. Her highest charting track from Troublemaker was the sensational cover of “Love Power” (A cover of obscure r&b vocal group The Sandpebbles 1968 hit, which went on to win a Grammy for Luther Vandross when he covered it in 1990). The album was essentially Moroder and Bellotte’s first certified disco hit.

They of course went on to release Donna Summer’s first big Disco album, Love To Love You Baby that same year, and went on to super stardom.

Roberta was, sort of, left in the dust, and when they brought material to her for a second album, even though it was rehashing the same throaty, gospel inflected vocal style, the b-list material was explicitly secular in nature.

Zodiac Lady is all based on songs about the zodiac and the stars. Tracks like “Zodiacs” and “I’m Sagittarius” reference the disco-era fad, but other songs like “Love-Sign” and “Moondreaming” seem attached by a thread to the album. Regardless, all the Munich Machine regulars play and sing on it, so the quality of the 4/4 beat is peerless.

Surprisingly as the album became a hit in European country after country (there are versions released in the U.K., Spain, Italy, France, and Germany), America balked. Casablanca Records, the label that had distribution rights to most of Moroder’s work, refused to put out the album as they thought the references to star-signs and zodiac would be frowned upon by a conservative stateside populace.

Remember, disco was just beginning, and at this point those who went to discos were looked down upon as nothing short of a newer cleaner version of the “hippie”.

Luckily for us, the Italian distributor of the album made enough releases that the album was imported to America to become a cult, if not a chart-topping hit. The album can be found, but is rare on the west coast as most imports landed in NY and were eaten up by the nascent loft party and club scene there.

Roberta would repent for her sins as the Zodiac Lady two years later and release the only full on hi-nrg gospel/disco album I know of produced by Giorgio Moroder called Gettin’ The Spirit. Disco fans were not pleased, and while it did spawn a couple of dancefloor fillers, Roberta Kelly faded into musical obscurity.

Of note: Roberta Kelly was one of Donna Summers best friends while Donna was in Munich and Europe recording her first few albums with Giorgio Moroder, and it is rumoured that Roberta Kelly is responsible for Donna Summer’s “coming to Jesus” moment in the late “70’s that caused such a kerfuffle for her in the future. In fact, Kelly worked in the front office of Summer’s music publishing firm throughout the early 80’s and sang back-up on a number of her albums from that decade.

To here the full glory of “Zodiacs” and more from the album check out this link.

And here is the wonderous vido of her singing the track for an “enthusiastic” German audience. Enjoy!


Who Wants to Invite Me Over to Watch Cable?

posted by on April 15 at 12:08 PM

Via Idolator via Brandon Soderbergh: I think I need to start watching egotrip’s new reality rap show, Miss Rap Supreme. Pretty much anything egotrip touches, even a VH1 reality show, is guaranteed to be good. So, who’s got that TiVo?

Neil Diamond Playing KeyArena September 24

posted by on April 15 at 12:05 PM

The full list of dates can be found at Tickets go on sale Monday, April 28th.


(Thanks for the tip, Hickey.)

The Side Door Slip

posted by on April 15 at 12:02 PM

slip.jpgDoes it bother you when a band plays a set, then loads out and leaves while the next band is playing?

If the band is from out of town or touring, or if they’re the Sex Pistols, that is one thing. But if you’re local, you’re kind of locked into staying at the venue until night’s end. You may choose to stay out of respect. Your band’s drums may be onstage or packed into a greenroom, so you can’t leave. And there’s also the payout, which usually doesn’t happen until after the place closes.

One of the pitfalls of the four-band bill is that when you’re the first band, and you go on at 9:30, you’re not leaving until 1:30 or 2 AM if you stay to the end. When it’s a weekday and you have to work at 6 AM, it can be conflicting.

A band went on recently and as they started their set, the previous band was loading out. The load out was completely disruptive. The crowd had to move, the exit door kept opening and closing, and keyboard stands fell twice with loud crashes. The load out band (who were not the Sex Pistols) were laughing and talking and totally oblivious to what was then currently happening onstage. The guitar player who was playing leaned over to the mic and said, “Don’t let my foot hit your ass on your way out.

To this, the load out band didn’t respond. They had gotten the last of their stuff out and acted like they didn’t hear, but they had heard. Their eyes were down, and they realized their exit had not been graceful. They had unsuccessfully executed the side door slip.

Meatloaf? Tiffany? In a Cell Phone Commercial?

posted by on April 15 at 11:56 AM

Yes and yes and yes.

New Roots Video Featuring the Singer of Fall Out Boy and a Porn Star

posted by on April 15 at 11:53 AM

With the dude from Fall Out Boy singing, and the happy-go-lucky vibe… it just reminds me of Gym Class Heroes. Which is probably not what they’re going for…

(ht stereogum)

New Lifesavas Video- “Double Up”

posted by on April 15 at 11:45 AM

The A.V. Club Lists 20 Artists that Jumped the Shark

posted by on April 15 at 11:38 AM

Their top five artists/albums on “Too much, too soon: 20 respectable rock and rap acts that peaked with debut albums”:

1. Rage Against The Machine, Rage Against The Machine (1992)
2. 50 Cent, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003)
3. Richard Hell And The Voidoids, Blank Generation (1977)
4. The Strokes, Is This It (2001)
5. The Modern Lovers, The Modern Lovers (1976)

They also included Nas, Kanye, Television, Taking Back Sunday, Black Flag, Sunny Day, Snoop, and Wu-Tang.

See the whole list (and their reasons for including them) here.

Capitol Hill Block Party Tickets On Sale Now!

posted by on April 15 at 11:24 AM

Tickets don’t officially go on sale until Friday at 10 am, but you can snag yours early with this pre-sale code:

Go to The pass word is BLOCKPARTY.

Tickets are $18 a day or $34 for a two-day pass.

Here’s the stellar line-up again, in case you missed it the first time ‘round (more bands will be announced over the next few weeks):

Friday July 25
Vampire Weekend
Les Savy Fav
Girl Talk
The Dodos
Jay Reatard
Pwrfl Power
Past Lives
Black Eyes And Neckties
Champagne Champagne
Plus many more!!!

Saturday July 26
Surprise Guest!!
The Hold Steady
Kimya Dawson
Darker My Love
The Builders & The Butchers
The Hands
Velella Velella
The Physics
Man Plus
Little Party And Bad Business
Plus many more!!!

For More Info:

Ms. Led at King Cobra

posted by on April 15 at 11:00 AM


By sparkrobot.

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 15 at 10:47 AM

SXSW without the schmoozing - Austin City Limits festival lineup announced

‘Hard Rain’ would’ve been my choice - Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’ published as children’s book

For those not thoroughly sick of ‘Rehab’ - Amy Winehouse preparing next James Bond song

Even motherhood can lose its sanctity - Ashlee Simpson pregnant with Pete Wentz’s baby?

Good news for Canadian metal fans with money - Ozzfest details announced

No Ian Williams. No Steve Albini. Awful album title. - Don Caballero set to record new album

My New Theme Song

posted by on April 15 at 10:25 AM

Ron Carroll - “Walking Down The Street”

This video looks like it was made at a mall kiosk but the track is hot, and fitting for my excessive footwear collection. This track alone made this week’s trip to Flammable worthwhile (where it was dropped by the Lawnchair Generals), and I’ve listened to it no fewer than a dozen times since.

New Blue Scholars Video- “Loyalty”

posted by on April 15 at 9:30 AM

Tonight in Music: Elf Power

posted by on April 15 at 9:00 AM


Elf Power
(Music) In a Cave, the latest album from Elf Power (veteran members of the Elephant 6 collective), is a seamless, fuzzed-out, indie-pop gem. At times, that seamlessness threatens to turn into hypnotic repetition, but Andrew Rieger’s lyrics about dreadful psychedelic romances or precariously hopeful godlessness keep things interesting. Elf Power are lesser gods in the E6 pantheon—not as crazy-genius as Neutral Milk Hotel, not as cartoonishly pop as Apples in Stereo, nor as glamorously fey as Of Montreal. But, by mortal standards, they’re still pretty freaking great. (High Dive, 513 N 36th St, 632-0212. 8 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS, 21+.) Eric Grandy

Aaaaaand… there are a couple suggestions in this weeks the Score column by Christopher Delaurenti:

I savor this Chicago outfit’s laid-back grooves, the bluesy (but not histrionic) guitar solos by David Broom, and most of all organist Chris Foreman’s choice of settings on his Hammond B-3. Foreman does it all, from gospel tremolos to chunky, log-drum-like comping to deeply funky solos. Also Wed April 16. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729, 7:30 pm, $22.50.

Digital video and surround-sound electroacoustic music from the UW’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media. Best bets on the program include Richard Karpen’s Camera Cantorum and Joseph Anderson’s “Mpingo” (2003). Meany Theater, UW Campus, 543-4880, 7:30 pm, $5/$10.

As always, you can see everything that’s going on via our online calendar.

2008 Capitol Hill Block Party Line-Up: Vampire Weekend, Les Savy Fav, the Hold Steady, Girl Talk, Chromeo, and More!

posted by on April 15 at 12:00 AM


Friday July 25
Vampire Weekend
Les Savy Fav
Girl Talk
The Dodos
Jay Reatard
Pwrfl Power
Past Lives
Black Eyes And Neckties
Champagne Champagne

Saturday July 26
Surprise guest!!
The Hold Steady
Kimya Dawson
Darker My Love
The Butchers And The Builders
The Hands
Velella Velella
The Physics
Man Plus
Little Party And Bad Business


Over 30 more bands and DJs will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Tickets for the Block Party go on sale Friday, April 18, at 10 am. The Block Party continues to be one of the least expensive festivals in the country, with tickets only $18 in advance and a 2 day pass for only $34.

Special presale starts Tuesday, April 15, at 10 am. Password is BLOCKPARTY.

Click to buy advance tickets for Friday.
Click to buy advance tickets for Saturday.
Click to buy a two-day pass.

For More Info:

The full press release is after the jump.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

A Holiday Delayed by a Storm

posted by on April 14 at 4:07 PM

Thank you, random shuffle, for playing this song on my walk through the thunder and rain today:

Stupid unseasonably warm weekend springtime fake-out.

He Picked Ambre, He Picked Ambre! Thank the Fucking Lord Daisy Didn’t Win!

posted by on April 14 at 3:53 PM

For the three other readers of Line Out who give a shit about Rock of Love (I can’t turn away from VH1’s reality clusterfucks):

Aren’t you so fucking happy that Daisy didn’t win!?


Me too!

Ambre’s a whole different kind of annoying, but at least she’s not Daisy. Shudder. I can’t stand Daisy.

The point of this post though, is to point out that Bret Michaels indeed does NOT wear a wig, like I had assumed all season. In a recent interview with the AP:

AP: What are you hiding under that bandanna?

Michaels: My hair is combined of my hair and the finest extensions Europe has to offer. I do the show without it on all the time and they wont film me. They are like, “Put your bandanna back on. It is your image.” It is my signature thing.

Lauper? I Hardly Knew ‘Er!

posted by on April 14 at 3:38 PM

Copy, Right? put a bunch of cover songs up on their blog, as they often do. There’s a steel drum cover of Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” that does absolutely nothing for me, and there’s a ukelele cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Jake Shimabukuru that kind of rocks.

And there are two covers of songs popularly associated with Cyndi Lauper. One is a cover of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by some guy that really doesn’t justify its own existence. The other is a cover of “Money Changes Everything” by Partisan. It starts out about one cowbell short of just being noise, but it turns into something else. Something that I love. Something wonderful. And then it kind of loses itself toward the end. But it really works for about a minute and fifteen seconds, and that’s a hell of a lot longer than most songs can manage.

Weezer Unveils Album Art, Sample of New Song

posted by on April 14 at 3:23 PM

You can hear about 30-seconds of a new song, “Pork and Beans,” at It’s not bad, for 30 seconds. The art for the single, however, is atrocious.


There are some news updates on their website too, for those keeping track—it’s likely the record will be released June 17th, it’s likely “Pork and Beans” is the first single, it’s likely that red will be the color of the album. It’s also possible that all info could change. They’re being vague and weird. Shocker.

Also, in better news, you can help Rivers write a song! Because apparently he can’t deliver mediocrity on his own anymore. So if you don’t like what he’s doing, now’s your chance to guide him the right direction:

Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer and writer for rock band Weezer, is employing YouTubers to help him write a song in steps. The first step was the mood, the second was the title, the third was chord progression. Yesterday he posted this video about the arrangement.

Check out for all the info.

(ht stereogum)

Hot Margherita

posted by on April 14 at 3:07 PM

In 1980, songwriter Pino Massara wrote the classic rare instrumental disco track “Margherita” under the aliase Margueritas. This track has always been a favorite of mine ever since I heard it on Morgan Geist’s 2003 Unclassics LP. I didn’t know this untill recently however, that Frank Farian’s known disco studio project Boney M. did an alternative version of the song that same year. Boney M.’s version included full vocals and was appropriately renamed “Felicidad (Margherita)”. This track was released in 12-inch and 7-inch formats, and remains to be a highly sought after collector’s item for many disco enthusiasts, which would definitely include myself in that group. This is a great example of a group taking an already amazing song and putting a very unique and successful spin on it.

Download an mp3 of Boney M.’s 1980 “Felicidad (Margherita)” by going here.

Here’s a very entertaining video of Bony M performing there highly successful hit “Daddy Cool” to get you through the day:

Barfly: For the Win

posted by on April 14 at 2:55 PM

BARFLYtrophy2.jpgBarfly of the Saturday Knights is Champion of the Line Out Greco Roman Tournament. Barfly bested Broadway’s own Slats Slatinskie in the finals. (See here.) Slats rolled out to an early lead but Barfly had a late unmatched surge that Slats Nation couldn’t handle.

Barfly, congratulations. I would like to present you with your steak knife and your KFC Biscuit. You are now President of the Stranger for a day.

Any words?
Barfly: I just want to congratulate my opponents for making me work for the win. I want to thank Puma, Xymogenetics for the exoskeleton, my team of therapists for the long hours huddled around the coffee pot, prepping my ego for a soul crushing defeat that never materialized and my spiritual mentor, Jan Michael Vincent who taught me that only losers quit and only quitters lose. You’ve never steered me wrong, Champ. I want to dedicate this victory to everyone who cleared their browsers’ cache and cookies repeatedly so they could vote again and again and again. Finally I want Slats to know that I voted for him in every round. Usually twice.

Special thanks to Gatsby, Fridge, and The Proof. That’s not me in Drillbit Taylor.

In the words of Kanye West, “Gimme my shit!”

This victory has reinvigorated my lust for life. Now I’m goin’ to rehab.

Jeff Newton
aka Barfly

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - “Think I Wanna Die”

posted by on April 14 at 1:25 PM

Sicko Circa 1992

posted by on April 14 at 12:21 PM


By dan10things.

Upload your own (old and new) music photos to The Stranger’s Flickr Pool.

And now, because I love this silly little pop-punk band, here are some MP3s to enjoy (courtesy of


“Farm Song”

“Where I Live”

New No Age - “Eraser”

posted by on April 14 at 12:11 PM


Sub Pop have posted a pretty rad song, “Eraser,” from No Age’s forthcoming album, Nouns, due out May 6th. It’s one of those No Age songs built out of just two parts—jangle, then fuzz-burst—but it sounds just a little bit sweeter than similarly simple songs from their last record. Et voila:

No Age - “Eraser”

No Seattle tour dates yet.

(ht brooklynvegan)

Goodbye Minnies, Hello Whym

posted by on April 14 at 12:08 PM

Saw this flier posted in the window of the old Minnies space at Denny and 1st:


Be a part of the newest 24 hours diner in Seattle. We are hiring for all positions and all shifts.

Line cooks
Chef/Kitchen Manager
Shift Supervisors
General Manager

Submit a resume to

24-hours is good. We need more 24-hour diners in the city that aren’t the Hurricane. And bartenders means there’ll be alcohol for you drunkards. I wonder what they have in store for us…

I’ve e-mailed for more info.

Shabop Shalom

posted by on April 14 at 11:58 AM


Devendra found his “sweet Tel Avivian lamb’s bread.” Adorable.

Tonight in Music: Grand Hallway, New Music Mondays, Tuning the Air

posted by on April 14 at 11:46 AM

David Karsten Daniels continues his Monday night residency at Nectar tonight. Opening the show is Grand Hallway, featuring angel-voiced Tomo from Asahi.

Listen to a couple songs via the Bands Page:
“Seward Park”

“Napoleon’s Left Shoe”

The show is free, it starts at 8 pm.

Also tonight:

Tuning the Air with Igor Abuladze, Jaxie Binder, Chris Gibson, Curt Golden, Travis Metcalf, Taylor Sherman, Howard Snyder, and Bob Williams at Fremont Abbey.

Via their website:

Tuning the Air is a unique performance project of the Seattle Circle employing a live ‘surround sound’ configuration with musicians encircling the audience. Rather than touring in pursuit of an audience, Seattle Circle is bringing the concept of the location based performance team to Seattle. Join us for another year of music with the audience at the heart of every performance.

And if you’re looking for something you probably haven’t heard before, check out New Music Monday at the High Dive—tonight’s line-up includes the Misplacements, the Popular Monsters, and Forget-Me-Nots.

Find more! Check out our searchable calendar listings.

Death Cab For Cutie - “I Will Possess Your Heart”

posted by on April 14 at 11:35 AM

Nothing says “we’re doing this for us” quite like releasing an eight and a half minute single. Gibbard explained the track a bit in a recent Paste interview:

The single on our record is a work of fiction that was inspired by things that happened to some people close to me. It’s called “I Will Possess Your Heart,” and it’s eight-and-a-half minutes long. It’s five minutes of build and then a three-minute song. The song is basically about a stalker. It’s about this nice guy who wants this girl he can’t have, and he believes they’ll be together once she realizes how great he is—he just has to wait it out. That’s the part that makes the song really creepy, the delusion of thinking that they were meant to be together. It’s a really dark song. A lot of the material is about the inevitable disappointment people feel as they move through life, and things don’t feel the way they expect. No experience will ever match up to the idealized version in your mind.

You can read the whole interview here.

Today’s Music News

posted by on April 14 at 11:33 AM

Only in it for the money - Zappa’s widow sues Zappa-tribute festival

Accepting donations on PrayPal - Christian hardcore band Gwen Stacy robbed

Signs that the record business can’t be doing that bad - New Whitesnake album due out April 22

Yet another early retirement announcement in hiphop - Next Lupe Fiasco record may be his last

‘60s-obsessed egomaniacs pt. 1 - Oasis talk shit about hiphop at Glastonbury

‘60s obsessed egomaniacs pt. 2 - Brian Jonestown Massacre set to release new album

Blue Scholars: Scratch & Skylike

posted by on April 14 at 11:04 AM

A couple Pop Conference clips here of Blue Scholars at Sky Church. Geologic and Sabzi got big for a Saturday lunchtime set of fresh cuts, 2 step, and lyrical dispensing. Introduction by Mr. G.Logic himself:

Name That Tune

posted by on April 14 at 10:26 AM


Dear hiphop know-it-alls: What is the De la Soul song containing the phrase, “Diane, Diane…”?

I can hear it in my head, and if I had to, I’d guess it was on …is Dead, but I also get the feeling that one of the Line Out smarties (lar, Ndrwmtsn, I’m looking at you) has the information hanging out in his brain.

Thanks for your help.

Idolator Cut From Gawker Media

posted by on April 14 at 9:46 AM

Valleywag reports:

Is Nick Denton going soft? Even his cutbacks are sentimental these days. In the old days, Denton, the publisher of Valleywag and 14 other Gawker Media blogs, would simply shutter blogs. These days, he worries first about finding them nice homes. Such is the velvet-glove treatment he’s giving Gridskipper, Wonkette, and Idolator, his blogs about, respectively, travel, politics, and music. The three blogs amount to less than 3 percent of Gawker Media’s traffic, he says. Fine, so why keep them around in any form? Silicon Alley Insider has the details on their new owners. More evidence of Denton’s increasing namby-pambosity: Instead of threatening to fire leakers, he’s encouraging us to post the internal memo announcing the move. Darling bossman, that’s no fun. But also no reason to keep the memo from you, dear readers:
Nick Denton Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 7:26 AM I’m amazed we’ve managed to keep a lid on this news; that, given your naturally gossipy natures, must be a first! We’re spinning off three sites: Idolator, Gridskipper and—this one may be a surprise—Wonkette. There were indeed some rumors about Maura Johnston’s music blog late last year; they were true of course. For reasons that I’ll explain below, both it and our travel and politics sites have better commercial futures outside Gawker than within. (Excuse the corporate lingo: some of it is unavoidable.) But, first, the facts, which will be hitting the wires later this morning, or as soon as you leak this email. Go ahead!

* IDOLATOR is going to Buzznet, a music-focused web and social network. Buzznet recently acquired Idolator’s chief rival, Stereogum, and received a big investment from Universal Music Group. * GRIDSKIPPER isn’t going far: it’s being taken over by Curbed, the network founded by Lockhart Steele, in which Gawker Media is a shareholder. * WONKETTE is being spun off to the managing editor, Ken Layne, former founder of one of the web’s very first news sites, The title will become part of the Blogads network of political sites, which includes Daily Kos, among others.

Why these three sites? To be blunt: they each had their editorial successes; but someone else will have better luck selling the advertising than we did.


posted by on April 14 at 8:55 AM


Saturday was the first day of spring. Ignore the gray, hanging drizzle outside right now. On Saturday night, the air was t-shirt warm, and a high school prom was coming in to use the EMP for their reception as the Pop Conference was letting out. Kids in white tuxes and flower-colored gowns were posing for pictures in front of their cars. If being a teenager was as cool as it looked in the movies, their last, crush-fulfilling slow dance of the night would’ve been to something from the new M83, Saturdays=Youth. M83 have gone from vague cinema scoring to straight-up John Hughes montage music (see the Pretty in Pink doppleganger on the album cover), sounding a little like Psychedelic Furs crossed with Air (who, of course, have done their own dreamy teenage soundtrack work). This album is killing me right now, and my favorite song is currently the swooning, shoegazing power ballad “Kim & Jessie” (“Kids of the woods / they’re crazy ‘bout romance and illusions”).

There’s an unofficial video up on Youtube, set to (guh) Donnie Darko. Don’t look, just listen. The album comes out tomorrow. M83 plays Neumo’s on Sunday, May 25th, if you’re not going to Sasquatch.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Studio Audience Not Impressed, Remains Seated

posted by on April 13 at 3:05 PM

(I want Hercules & Love Affair to come to Seattle so bad.)

Rock Lottery 04: Bands Have Been Picked

posted by on April 13 at 1:54 PM

Band A:
Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers)
Laurie Kearney (Ships, Palmer AK)
Paul Rucker (Paul Rucker LARGE Ensemble)
J. Tillman (J. Tillman)
Tilson (The Saturday Knights)

Band B:
Paul Austin (Transmissionary Six)
DV One (Rock Steady Crew)
Jen Gay (Kaliningrad, Minirex, Buttersprites)
Rory McAuley (Eastern Grip)
Tony Moore (Foscil, Scape)

Band C:
Mike Bayer (Amateur Radio Operator, Evangeline)
Larry Brady (Biography of Ferns, Shorthand for Epic)
D. Crane (BOAT)
Joel Cupland (The Hideous Thieves, Triumph of Lethargy)
Luc Reynaud (Luc Reynaud and the Lovingtons)

Band D:
Jorge Harada (Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers)
Bill Horist (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Ghidra)
Kevin Kmetz (God of Shamisen, Estradasphere)
Noah Star Weaver (USE)
Curt Weiss aka Lewis King (The Rockats, Beat Rodeo)

Band E:
Ty Bailie (Dept. of Energy, Mark Pickerel and his Praying Hands)
T. Tacket Brown (Two Loons for Tea, Jonny Sonic, Hayley Sales)
Jamie Henkensiefken (H Is for Hellgate)
Whiting Tennis (Whiting Tennis)
Brian Yeager (Elam, The Bromantics, Strap Straps)

As of right now, the above picked bands in Rock Lottery 4 have had about 4 hours to hang out, write songs, and rehearse. They will present their findings at Neumo’s starting at 10 p.m. tonight. Cover’s $10, and all proceeds go to Arts Corp. These shows are always memorable, whether due to surprising genius or, well, surprises. See you there (as soon as I get out of tonight’s Sonics game, anyway).

File Under: Pizza Is Delicious

posted by on April 13 at 12:48 PM

One quick highlight from yesterday at the EMP Pop Conference: Blue Scholars are fucking great. Even at one in the afternoon, playing for a sparse, sleepy crowd made up of a surprising amount of kids and families. Geologic spits sparks, a political descendent of Chuck D but with a more slippery flow and subtle cadence than PE’s hard-consonant bombs. Sabzi’s beats rumbled mightily on the Sky Church’s sound system; his record drops were consistently spine-tingling. After all the academic hand-wringing of many of the conference’s presentations, Blue Scholars’ broad populism was refreshing, even inspiring.