by Dave Segal
on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM
When I can find a spare 65 minutes, I'm going to dive into Neil Landstrumm's podcast, hosted by Resident Advisor. I'm excited because Scottish producer/DJ Landstrumm put on my favorite performance at this year's Movement festival in Detroit, toggling between avant-rave techno and innovative dubstep cuts with head-spinning frequency and making the rapid, unlikely juxtapositions work incredibly well. I'd never heard anything like it; he literally provided a thrill every 45 seconds, making seemingly incompatible styles sound like harmonious bedfellows.
You can listen to the podcast and read an interview with Landstrumm here (you must register with RA in order to gain access to it; it's free and painless). But hurry, as these podcasts live only for a couple weeks on the site.
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM
In last issue's interview with renowned BBC Radio DJ Mary Anne Hobbs, I asked her about the dearth of female producers in dubstep and its bass-heavy offshoots. She said if you know where to look, women, to paraphrase Renegade Soundwave, are not only responding to bass, but they’re making music that uses a lot of the stuff, too. Below are the names she dropped on me. Now I’m passing them on to you for your own exploration.
Twitter is handy for a number of reasons—you know when your friend's cat barfed, you know when your co-worker is faking a sick day, and now you can also find out about local shows the moment tickets become available!
Just follow SEAshows, The Stranger's Twitter feed of ticket info for Seattle's music scene, and get instant information from dozens of local clubs, including their latest show date additions, ticket sale information, and even pre-sale passwords.
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM
Listening to Neu!’s “Hallogallo” recently, it struck me that this song was an incredible way to launch one’s recording career. It also spurred me to ponder the idea of groups and solo artists bowing into the recording sphere with a sonic nuclear bomb. It’s crazy (and wonderful, too) to realize that some groups peak with the first song they issue into the world.
So below I’ve compiled some opening tracks from debut releases that qualify for that hallowed pantheon of songs that announces to the world, “Head’s up, motherfuckers! We’re gonna be important!”—which is not to say that I think every song here represents these artists’ peaks, although sometimes they do.
Just as interesting to consider is the number of classic artists whose initial efforts don’t merit inclusion here (ymmv, of course): The Beatles, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Captain Beefheart, Black Dice, Animal Collective, Tim Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, etc.
Contribute your ideas in comments, if you’re so inclined.
*Indicates an album’s first track after what I consider an insignificant “Intro.”
Neu!- “Hallogallo” (Neu!)
Kraftwerk- “Ruckzuck” (Kraftwerk)
Funkadelic- “Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?” (Funkadelic)
by Gina Young
on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM
Today in rock and roll history marks the birthday of Frankie Lymon (1942-1968): rhythm and blues singer, songwriter, precursor to Jackson Five-era Michael, heroin addict from the age of 15.
Lymon and his group The Teenagers are best remembered for the 1956 hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"— a song repeatedly appropriated by white artists that remained more successful in its original incarnation, a rare feat at the time that numbers among their many coups as an integrated group in a very racist America.
Check out this golden, vintage (and completely unscripted) clip from their first national television broadcast. Watch how his nervousness during the stilted dialogue flips to complete panache when he breaks into his trademark falsetto croon. Man, rock and roll has gone downhill since.
* Actual lyric; was in fact the original title of the song.
(Neumos) Last time Miike Snow (two dudes from Sweden and one dude from New York; the former, Bloodshy and Avant, responsible for producing Britney Spears's "Toxic," among other pop singles) rolled through town, I was fixated on their song "Animal" and its remixes (especially the Punks Jump Up version). Then as I was waiting in line recently at the coffee shop, this nagging, sunny, playfully descending guitar melody was playing, and I knew I had heard it before but couldn't place it (Peter Bjorn and John, maybe? No), so I asked, and it was Miike Snow's "Song for No One." It remains a great little melody, but it's not really much of a song, and the same might be true for "Animal," really. Jack Penate is British singer-songwriter, in the pejorative sense of the term. ERIC GRANDY
(Tractor) This is a jammy little lineup: Danny Godinez plays acoustic-guitar compositions that derive from the blues, but sound lighter, with little Latin touches and pop-song changes. It's groovy, but not in a bad way: harmonics and muted strings, picking out arpeggios and slapping the neck for rhythm. The worst that can be said about it is that it would make excellent background music on a warm winter night at an excellent outdoor restaurant run by Italians on a beach in the Caribbean. And that's not so bad. Toubab Krewe are a bunch of dudes from Asheville, North Carolina, who play instrumental Afrobeat with dashes of zydeco and surf rock. These guys spent a lot of time creating their website, and before you can read anything on it, you have to watch a stylized digital tree grow. Which seems a bit presumptuous. What if I don't want to sit and watch your tree grow, Toubab Krewe? Does that make me uptight or square or something? BRENDAN KILEY
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Today, Mike McGinn released a released a five-point arts and culture plan—including funding for arts and music education through the Families and Education Levy, a recognition that money for culture is an investment and not a handout (using some familiar language and figures), a pledge to fund individual artists, and backing for CODAC (a push to preserve arts spaces in gentrifying neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, which tend to lose arts spaces when the developers move in).
Dom's right—it's not city-shattering news, but it's specific and pointed in the right direction.
Seattle could not be the great town that it is without our strong arts and cultural scene. As mayor, I will continue the city’s support of arts programs around the city, which leverage economic activity and increase the quality of life in Seattle. Support for arts, film, music and other cultural events will have an official place in my administration. Supporting arts is something we all need to do, especially the city, and I will continue to do that as mayor.
Well, that's nice. But... how? Willing to put any specifics on the table, Mr. Mallahan?
Seattle has a lot of artists and arts workers: employees of STG, the theaters, the ballet, the opera, the symphony, SAM, music venues, dance clubs, independent movie theaters, etc., etc. I'm guessing there are thousands of you out there—enough to throw a tight election.
Seattle also has a lot of arts money: board members and donors and subscribers who care about all those arts institutions.
Remember: You are a constituency. Ask yourselves throughout the next few weeks: Which candidate will represent your interests—the interests of culture and urbanity, which means money as well as quality of life and edification and, you know, fun—when he's in office?
It's too bad the Stagehand Union followed the rest of the unions in endorsing Mallahan. Seems a bit misguided when the other unions only supported Joe cause of the tunnel, the Stagehands don't have much to gain out of that deal.
Brother-union solidarity has its place—but it'd be a shame if the stagehands threw themselves off a cliff for the sake of the trade unions. (And when was the last time the trades did theater workers a favor?)
A couple of bonus reader comments from this story on why organized labor has endorsed Mallahan, even though he comes from years as a vice-president at T-Mobile, a virulently anti-union business:
Oy! Considering I'm a former TMO worker (emphasis on FORMER), I dread Mallahan. If he runs this city like he ran TMO, we're in for a bad ride. TMO was the very definition of "ride employees until they break" and "no job is good enough."
McGinn needs to get his head out of his ass and realize he's wasting time pissing and moaning about a tunnel. It's NOT the biggest issue on the table for Seattle. Bread and butter issues like AFFORDABLE housing (not just yuppie condos), environment, and living-wage work need attention.
Because the unions are corrupt, out-dated and run by the very same yuppies Mallahan represents. The unions do not have the interest of their members in mind - they have their own interests in mind.
“First of all, I just wanna say that Wavves was NOT involved in that fight. That faggot didn’t even touch me.
I’ve never “come after” that kid, it wasn’t four a.m., that wasn’t my girlfriend, no one was spitting, and I didn’t attack him. I don’t give a shit about that kid and his music.
What happened was, after we finished our set I went to Daddy’s with some friends and saw that faggot from Wavves talking to a photographer friend of mine. The only thing I did was walk up to him and say “You’re that faggot from Wavves and I don’t like you”. He smiled a bit but didn’t say anything.
After that, I went outside and saw their tour manager hanging around with some guys. They started getting all chuckles with me and so I told them I wasn’t gonna have it. After that, Wavves tour manager hit me square in the face with a bottle. Blood started pouring out and six dudes fucking started kicking me until I blacked out.
All I remember is getting hit with the bottle and my friends dragging me to another bar. They wrapped my head up until I looked like a Confederate soldier.
So yeah, I lost the fight.
I also missed three flights. I’ve been in the airport all day having stewardesses cleaning my head because it kept cracking open. You can’t go on board if you’re bleeding.
Bottom line is that faggot from Wavves didn’t even hit me. Never touched me. And he should’ve, cuz he had a free shot.
He’s coming to Atlanta October 3rd and we’re gonna get ugly on him. We’re gonna destroy their van, we’re gonna destroy their faces, we’re gonna get crazy on em’. Nasty style.
Seriously. Fuck these clowns. Anyone playing in a "punk" band (fuck, let alone a "flower punk" band) who uses insinuations of homosexuality as an insult* (because, you know, being gay is weak and despicable and thank god "that faggot" never touched him, because, eww gross) is either an idiot or a homophobe or both. Dudes sure didn't seem too homophobic when they played hella gay faggot bar Pony in its original incarnation, so maybe Swiley just has the mind and the mouth of an 11-year-old elementary school drop-out. In any case, stay assy, Black Lips.
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 3:09 PM
Sam Rousso Soundsystem of Ruff Gemz monthly party at Lo-Fi debuts a new Tuesday weekly tonight at Triple Door called Near Dark, which will feature a rotating cabal of DJs—including residents Deejay Jack and DJ McCrae—plus special guests spinning no wave, nu disco, dance punk, and other species of rock that trigger rhythmic movements in human beings. Near Dark begins at 9 pm.
Triple Door discounts your bar tab 33 percent from 9 pm-close on Sundays through Thursdays; it also offers two happy hours during week nights, from 4 pm-6 pm and 9 pm-12 am.
"Any other rapper would've just done, 'Yay, we're partying! Let's drink and have fun,' but he gave it the edge I was looking for. You can hear in his voice, it sounds so dark, like he was gonna get shot or something when he walks out of the studio. So I was real happy that everyone involved got what we were going for."
hi in the past couple of weeks i've been getting a band together for fun to play the eraser stuff live and the new songs etc.. to see if it could work! here's a photo.. its me, joey waronker, mauro refosco, flea and nigel godrich.
at the beginning of october the 4th and 5th we are going to do a couple of shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. we don't really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well ...we haven't got that much material yet! but come and check it out if you are in the area. we've also got locals Lucky Dragons playing. all the best
Mercer has teamed up with producer extraordinaire/one half of Gnarls Barkley Danger Mouse to form a new band. The band's name is still up in the air, but they're going with Broken Bells for the time being. The debut from Broken Bells (or whichever name they decide to go with, I guess) is due early next year on Columbia.
To be clear, this is not just a "produced by Danger Mouse" one-off thing. Mercer and the Mouse are apparently in it for the long haul and already have plans extending past their first album.