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Thursday, August 2, 2007

This Week's Setlist Podcast Available for Listening!

posted by on August 2 at 3:18 PM


Here's this week's Setlist Podcast, as always, bringing the freshest sounds from local bandz straight to you on your computer (which we know you have, because you are reading this). This week's bands include:
Hollywood Lightweights
Police Teeth
The Maldives
The Lonely Forest
and more!

Why don't you listen already? SRSLY!

Friday, July 27, 2007

This Week's Setlist

posted by on July 27 at 1:55 PM

It's the Capitol Hill Block Party episode!

Click here to hear bands playing the Block Party including Speaker Speaker, PWRFL POWER, Boat, and Sunday Night Blackout.

Killer, brah.

Click to listen.

Friday, July 20, 2007

This Week's Setlist

posted by on July 20 at 10:17 AM

Listen to this week's episode to hear Ari's new favorite band Priests and Paramedics, my new favorite band the Hungry Pines, and a bunch of other great stuff like Paper Dolls, K. Garrard, and Branden Daniel & Everybody Gets Laid.

Plus: Win tickets to the Capitol Hill Block Party!

Listen listen listen.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

This Week's Setlist? Yes. Finally.

posted by on July 17 at 11:16 AM

I'm sorry, I have failed you. Ari and I recorded Setlist last week, as usual, and I completely forgot to tell ya'll that it was ready for your listening pleasure. I'm sorry. I apologize.

It's not too late to hear some great local bands, though. It's not too late to enter to win a pair of Capitol Hill Block Party tickets either. We already have a winner from last week's, and since we got so many great entries, we decided to do it again. You gotta listen to find out how to enter, though.

What are you waiting for? Click. Listen. Win.

Friday, July 6, 2007

This Week's Setlist

posted by on July 6 at 4:23 PM

It's up and waiting for you.

Click here, hear music, and win tickets to the Capitol Hill Block Party.

This week's playlist goes like this:

Half Acre Day-“Dead Man’s Hill”
Biography of Ferns- “The Charmer”
Last Slice of Butter-“Lumberjack”
Novy Mir-“What the Hell’s Going On”
Patience Please-“Unpublished”
Tea Cozies-“Stir the Cup”
In Caves-“Tomato”
1-2-1-2-“Firm Eye Flex”
Black Bear-“In the Arboretum”

Sweet, right? Ari and I are here to take care of you.

Listen! And did I mention you can win tickets to the Block Party?

Friday, June 29, 2007

New Setlist is Up (also: Why Should I Care?)

posted by on June 29 at 2:15 PM


The new episode of Setlist is up and running: Get on it.

Why should you listen? Because other than talking and playing songs by local bands that are playing this week, Megan and I are giving away TWO TICKETS to Fresh Fest '07!


"What," you ask, "is Fresh Fest '07?"

Glad you asked, portion of my psyche!
This is Fresh Fest '07:

Chop Suey
Gabriel Teodros
Dyme Def
Hosted by Choklate
$7 adv.
8pm doors
All Ages / Bar w/ID


You have to listen to Setlist to find out how to enter, and you have to enter by Monday at noon, so get on it!

Shorebirds in Olympia Sunday

posted by on June 29 at 10:37 AM

Olympia's all-ages What You Got? Fest (started yesterday, going through Sunday), has tons of awesome shit happening, but one highlight I'm personally excited for is the Shorebirds show Sunday night (7:30 at the Capitol Theater).

Here's a video I found on YouTube of their performance at Gallery 1412 back in April. I regret missing that show, but it just goes to show that Sunday should be awesome.

Friday, June 22, 2007

This Week's Setlist: Win Tickets!

posted by on June 22 at 11:57 AM

This week's Setlist is up.

You'll want to listen not only to hear some rad local music, but you also have the chance to win free tickets to the upcoming last ever Divorce shows!

Click here. Magic will happen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Patti Smith Covers "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

posted by on June 20 at 7:29 PM

Video by Jem Cohen.

(News via

Friday, June 15, 2007

This Week's Setlist

posted by on June 15 at 11:48 AM

This is Optimus Rhyme:


They're nerdcore, and you can hear them on this week's Setlist (they cover the Clash's "Train in Vain" even).

You can also hear Grynch, Lonely Forest, Neezie Pleaze, Ari Spool being a nerd and me (Megan Seling) being even nerdier, Pwrfl Power, Skullbot, Speaker Speaker, and the Sutures. All eight bands are playing tonight's Block Star showcase at the Vera Project, competing for a slot on the mainstage at the Capitol Hill Block Party. (Check out this week's Underage column for more details about that.)

So listen, will ya? Please? It's easy, it's free, it's funny (I hope), and it's... uh... fuckin' just listen. I don't got all day to tell you why you should, you just should, okay?



Friday, June 1, 2007

This Week's Setlist

posted by on June 1 at 1:51 PM

We took last week off, but Setlist is back this week and Ari and I have highlighted some of the lovely local bands playing this weekend's Georgetown Music Fest. We've got some Skullbot, Open Choir Fire, Hungry Pines, the Lonely Forest, Phobophobe, and more. You can also hear this week's Band of the Week, White Nights.

Wanna listen? Yes. You do. Click here, and it'll stream onto your computer without needing to install or download anything. How perfect is that?

Hey look, it's Phobophobe!


Friday, May 18, 2007

Blue Scholars Fans and Black Anger...

posted by on May 18 at 12:20 PM

... tell us How It Was - at the Blue Scholars Bayani Album Release Party - the sold-out show with Black Anger, and Kidz in the Hall. You might have already read THIS review. Now watch the video - interviews outside Friday night's show, during the Scholars set.

My impression was the Scholars fans were beyond impressed, Black Anger was beyond happy to be in back the 206, and the dude from Kidz was wearing his drunky pants...

Also, who picked up Bayani at the show? HOW IS IT?!

Friday, May 11, 2007

This Week's Setlist

posted by on May 11 at 12:22 PM

Ari Spool and I hilariously (okay, maybe not hilariously) dissect some of the best acts The Stranger's Bands Page has to offer. We also talk about Everclear (the band, not the alcohol), cocaine (the drug, not the energy drink), and all of this week's notable shows.

All you have to do is click here to hear Skullbot, the Vomiting Unicorns, Jacob London, Wormwood, Lake of Falcons, and Miss Spool's tribute to Creed.

It's totally free, you don't have to subscribe or log in to anything, and you don't even need an iPod. Just a computer, which you clearly have since you're reading this.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Justify Your Pod: Megan Seling vs. 107.7 the End's Andrew Harms

posted by on May 10 at 1:02 PM

This is Andrew Harms:


He's the night DJ over at 107.7 The End. He's also a good friend of mine and very hilarious. I recently took his fancy little iPod hostage, and boy did I find some treasures. There was some Zebrahead (ew!), a lot of Motown (that one's more surprising than embarrassing), some Carpenters Christmas tunes (wha?), and a lot of Led Zeppelin. A LOT of Led Zeppelin. I also make fun of his ankle socks and his inclination to go running while listening to ESPN podcasts.

Click here to listen.

Seriously. It's funny.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Just One More Thing I Loved When I Was Six, and Still Love Today

posted by on May 8 at 1:13 PM

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

So Eric Schooled Me on the Fall of Troy

posted by on May 2 at 4:48 PM

Well played, Grandy. Well played.

This is all the fight I've got left in me...

(This goes out to Danny, who also loves the Orbison.)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Every Morning Lil' Jon and I Wait For the Bus Together

posted by on April 13 at 11:24 AM


This is part of a bus stop mural in Ballard that was painted by students at Salmon Bay Alternative Middle School. I love how the girl is listening to a Lil' Jon song. I also love how she seems to be a little confused... maybe she pondering the meaning of crunk?

Stop! Oh! Then wiggle wit it!

Rock 'N' Roll Olympics, Episode 2: Andrew WK vs. Shane from the Divorce

posted by on April 13 at 10:56 AM

Welcome to our new video series, Rock ‘N’ Roll Olympics! In these videos we take “rock stars” that you may or may not have heard of and make ‘em do silly sports in an epic battle of the mind and spirit. Then we declare an arbitrary winner (in the endgame, there is no real winner).

Enjoy our second episode featuring Andrew WK (?) vs. Shane from the Divorce!

Make sure to check out our first episode with Leslie & the Lys vs. Scream Club while you're at it!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Rock 'N' Roll Olympics, Episode 1: Leslie & the Lys vs. Scream Club

posted by on April 12 at 4:14 PM

Welcome to our new video series, Rock 'N' Roll Olympics! In these videos we take "rock stars" that you may or may not have heard of and make 'em do silly sports in an epic battle of the mind and spirit. Then we declare an arbitrary winner (in the endgame, there is no real winner).

Enjoy our first episode featuring Leslie & the Lys vs. Scream Club!

The next episode is coming soon! Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Björk Offers Free Podcast

posted by on April 11 at 10:00 AM


Now that the Björk's cryptic viral video clips have been put to rest, the promotion of Volta is in full swing. The first single "Earth Intruders" is available in an extended mix (not the crappy radio edit leaked Friday) in the iTunes Music Store. It's jumped to #1 on France, Japan, and Spain, and into several top genre charts (#30 Pop in the US?!?).

And now, Björk has worked with her close friend Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir to bring us a free video podcast on the making of Volta, via iTunes.

The first episode finds her at the day-glo crochet shaman photoshoot with Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, and the effects company ILC. She explains the inspiration of, birth of, and process of recording the album. We also get to see her fiddling with a keyboard that triggers samples of a ship horn. Later she's in the studio, improvising vocal lines over Toumani Diabate's kora and swaying to and fro to a brass choir (conducted by composer Nico Muhly).



Much like The Inner or Deep Part of an Animal or Plant Structure, Ragga's 2004 documentary on the making of Medúlla, the feel of the video is immediate and incisive and captures the gravity and humor of Björk's personality, and it promises to offer a look at the wide range of elements that go into her work. More episodes are forthcoming (hopefully with Björk blowin' a charge with Timbaland).

And while I'm on the topic (when am I not, though?), Björk will be the musical guest on the April 21st Saturday Night Live. The host is Scarlett Johansson, whoever the hell that is.

Friday, April 6, 2007

This Week's Setlist

posted by on April 6 at 4:30 PM

As Ari already said, there's a shitload of stuff happening this weekend. But incase that just isn't enough for ya, there's even more to be had in this week's Setlist.

Hear music from 1-2-1-2, Shorthand for Epic, Iceage Cobra, and Burdfur is Green Feathers, and a whole lot more. Okay, maybe just four or five more. Still, that's enough.

Click to listen.

Thursday, April 5, 2007


posted by on April 5 at 1:30 PM

In an effort to wash away that itchy sonic residue that Amy Winehouse and Charlotte Church left in my ears, I have been listening to/watching this on repeat:

I can't explain it either, but I think it's working.

That's Pretty Underground

posted by on April 5 at 10:46 AM

So underground it's not even available on YouTube, only this lower-budget knockoff. Still pretty damn funny though.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Justify Your Pod: Seling vs. Zwickel

posted by on April 2 at 1:25 PM


Would you admit to liking this man's music?

Jonathan Zwickel does. In fact, he thinks Jon Spencer is a "groovy demonic Elvis." What else did I find in Zwickel's otherwise bulletproof music collection? Well there's some Tom Jones, Belle & Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, and Cheech and Chong, which all leads him to admit to crushing on Gwen Stefani (sorta) and crying (again, sorta), and watching a lot of Sesame Street (for realz).

Click to listen and learn more about Zwickel and his music habits than you could ever care to.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

"Rabbit Rabbit on the First"

posted by on April 1 at 1:53 PM

No April Fool's joke here, just some Jawbreaker love for the first of the month.

"Jinx Removing" from May of ’96.


I hope you all remembered to say "rabbit, rabbit" this morning...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Psychic Slideshow

posted by on March 27 at 3:40 PM

In case you missed Ian Svenonius discussing his book, The Psychic Soviet, at Sonic Boom's General Store in Fremont last week, Kelly O has the tape. Check it out:

Because You People Want Me to Stop Hating Things...

posted by on March 27 at 1:06 PM

Here. Here's something I love:

I also like the Hold Steady and daffodils (I call 'em daffodilies) and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and people who can take a joke.

Now stop whining, ya big babies. Not everything in the world deserves a big bear hug. (Especially not this band.)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Skerik Justifies His Pod

posted by on March 26 at 1:57 PM

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You know you've always wondered what's on Skerik's iPod. Here's your answer.

Last week the avant-jam saxophonist came to Stranger HQ where I grilled him on the contents of his iPod. Normally, victims are demanded to justify the embarrassing selections they harbor; Skerik's collection, however, was bulletproof. Totally tasteful, full of weird world music, death metal, and classic jazz, his iPod was, not surprisingly, intriguing. He had a hilarious story about the William Shatner album involving himself and noted saxophonist Bill Clinton and was even able to fully justify his inclusion of ZZ Top. I was still feeling run down after SXSW so I was glad that Skerik really got into the whole thing and ran with it.


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Vanilla Fudge - Rock Convulsion

posted by on March 24 at 11:46 AM

Here is Vanilla Fudge on the Ed Sullivan Show doing their cover of the Supremes, "You Keep Me Hanging On".

They are delivering much psychedelic rock action. But are they rocking too hard?

Is it possible to rock too hard?

It seems like Vanilla Fudge vocalist and keyboard player, Mark Stein, may snap his head off from a convulsion of rock.

It's one thing if it's Slayer, or Metallica, or Hellwitch. Heads need to bang, and convulsions need to take place.

It was 1968 for the Fudge, but it just seems like there's too much rock happening for the musicians and not the music.

Friday, March 23, 2007

This Week's Setlist

posted by on March 23 at 11:27 AM

A new Setlist has just been posted. Hooray! Click here to hear a bunch of talented local bands including Bad Dream Good Breakfast, Petals Like Bricks, Spanish for 100, and Bronze Fawn.

What's more, you don't even need an iPod or an MP3 player or iTunes or anything fancy to hear it. Just click the link, click listen, and then, you know, listen. Crazy easy, duders. Check it out and let us know what ya think... Unless you think something bad. Those comments you can keep to yourself because I'm fragile.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Goddamn, I Love the Hold Steady

posted by on March 22 at 11:15 AM

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Clipse Clips

posted by on March 14 at 1:14 PM

Lean into Virginia Beach with Clipse and get grazed.

Zwickel is a gangsta. And Grandy will be official once his ‘Pusha’ chest tattoo is completed.


Monday, March 12, 2007

Justify Your Pod: David Schmader Versus Riz Rollins—No Vaseline

posted by on March 12 at 12:11 PM


Justify Your Pod is the Stranger podcast featuring writers, musicians, and various other celebrity victims defending the most suspicious, troubling, and incriminating songs on their iPods.

This week, David Schmader is proud to bust the figurative balls of beloved local DJ and Seattle treasure Riz Rollins, who’s forced to hold forth on everything from Ice Cube’s powerhouse shout-out to the glories of unlubricated anal sex (the spinning of which almost got Riz into a fist fight) to the glorious gospel power of Jim "Gomer Pyle" Nabors. Enjoy.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Putting the Funny Back in Funeral

posted by on March 9 at 4:25 PM

Indeed, Mr(s) Lasagna, indeed:

(Hat tip to Brooklyn Vegan)

This Week's Setlist

posted by on March 9 at 12:10 PM

We just posted a new episide of Setlist. You're stoked. Click here to listen to the Prime Time Nine, the nine local bands we showcased in this week's Musicians' Resource Directory. The playlist includes Lake of Falcons, Black Bear, Dirty Scientifix, Sleepy Eyes of Death, Ghost Stories, and more. And best of all, you don't even need an iPod or iTunes to hear it, just click on the link and it streams right on to your computer like a magical magic thing. Isn't free new music awesome?

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Socio-microcosmic Slam Dancing

posted by on March 8 at 12:47 PM

Jon Fischer's Concerted Comic has been showing up in guy's bathrooms at clubs around town. The artist / illustrator / cartoonist has been getting guerilla with the placement of his comic about being in the crowd.

“For me," he says, "the crowd is as interesting as the band.”

Expounding on this week’s feature, Toilet Humor, here’s a real time digital inking session of Jon creating one of his characters. The music is Ghostland Observatory's "Piano Man":

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

The Pharmacy's New Video

posted by on March 7 at 5:25 PM

Brendhan Bowers, drummer for the Pharmacy, finished the music video I mention in this week's Underage column. He shot the video on 16 mm film for a school project. It's for the band's new song "Tropical Yeti," which is on the seven-inch they're releasing this month. You can get a copy at their Vera show on Saturday. It's pretty; it's on white vinyl.

The video's got monsters and robots and boys skateboarding on keyboards. And the song's pretty good too. Enjoy.

Make Your Own Adventure!

posted by on March 7 at 10:36 AM

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Play Genius For Baby

posted by on March 6 at 11:37 AM

I am preparing to speak to Ian Svenonius this afternoon (my 18 year old self would be so jealous), and in a last-ditch attempt to think of something to ask him I've been reviewing his new "show" on Vice "TV," Soft Focus. Chris hong wrote about it here, but this new episode with Cat Power is worth another post. Crazy-extroverted Chan Marshall is soooo much more fun than crazy-introverted Chan Marshall, no?

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Love and Theft

posted by on February 28 at 2:25 PM

What good is having a sister blog if you can't rip them off once in a while, right? Freshly pilfered from the Portland Mercury's Blogtown, PDX, here's the new Modest Mouse video for the song "Dashboard" off their upcoming album, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Yarrr!: