(Snoqualmie Casino) See Sound Check.
Seacats, Special Explosion, Muscle Tower, Neighbors
(Fusion Cafe) See Underage.
The Numbs, Hausu, Pleasure Beauties
Jabon (aka Scott Colburn, the world-famous, Seattle-based studio wizard who's worked with everyone from Sun City Girls to Animal Collective to Arcade Fire) has a new (not new) release from 2010 that sounds nothing like any of those aforementioned groups. 10-10-10 10:10:10 (a title Boredoms leader eYe surely envies) tickles that netherzoned corner of your psyche where all your worst fears and most macabre nightmares congregate. It's a throbbing vein of infernal ambient music, saturated in cold blood—17.5 minutes of subtle audio horror for all you late-period Coil and Demdike Stare fans to shiver to. Get engulfed.
The sprawling downstairs of the Unicorn opened last night, and it is just as insane-carnival-gorgeous as the ground floor. Capitol Hill Seattle has a Narwhal slideshow.
And 95 Slide, the sports bar where HG Lodge used to be, opened too. Again, CHS with the photos (hey, that's Derek Erdman's stuff!). Someone explained the name to me—it comes from this here incident in which "Ken Griffey Jr. scores in the bottom of the 11th inning in Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS to clinch the series for the Mariners"—but said then the Mariners didn't, um, "go to the show" or something, so that it's kind of like a good-on-a-sliding-scale type of thing.
Anna Minard claims to "know nothing about music." For this column, we force her to listen to random records by artists considered to be important by music nerds.
This is how I know my friends actually like me: They put up with interactions like...
Me: Ugh, this sounds like something cool people would like.
Friend 1: [Awkward pause, checks to see if I'm joking] Anna, this is Radiohead.
Me: Ohhhh. Right.
Or this recent interaction, in a record store:
Friend 2: Do you know Kate Bush?
Me: Maybe. Isn't her voice pretty annoying?
Friend 2: [Patient yet exasperated sigh, a shake of the head] I'm buying you this album.
And they still hang out with me afterward! So now I'm doing a column on Hounds of Love, only instead of just listening to it for work, I also listened to it because someone I care about really likes it, which is way more pressure, right? (Also, to be fair to my comment above, the only Kate Bush song I'd ever heard before this was "Wuthering Heights"—I love songs about books!—and I still maintain that her voice in that song is truly annoying.)
The public is invited to celebrate the legacy of this remarkable artist at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Sunday, July 1 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. “A Tribute to Dale Yarger” will include an exhibition of Dale’s memorable design work, along with testimonials and anecdotes from his many friends and colleagues in Seattle. Please join us. The exhibition will remain on view through July 10, 2012.
I wrote about Dale after he passed away earlier this year, it's something of an obituary, read it if you'd like. Actually, I'd rather you read it 'cause I'm not gonna write anything else as his passing has been tough for me.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Georgetown.
The annual West Seattle Summer Fest is only two weeks away! Have you been? It's a good excuse to head to the other side of the bridge (or stay on the other side, I suppose)—the TOTALLY FREE festival with music, food, beer gardens, (hopefully) sunshine, and a lot of puppies. Seriously. There are always amazing dogs being walked around in West Seattle.
The music lineup was just announced today, too, and it includes: Pierced Arrows! Alcohol Funnycar! Hobosexual! Star Anna! Branden Daniel & the Chics! And more. You can see the schedule and set times here.
So I play their albums Atlantis Massif and Flight Cub all the time, at parties, shindigs, and tour vans—and every time, folks are like "Who that is?" or its equivalent. (In fact, quiet as kept, VV has been enjoying a lot of love from local hiphop heads for a minute.) It makes me look good—excuse, makes me look even better. Thank you, double V. I'm looking forward to what you've got coming next.
Ooh, the weekend just got funner. This Sunday July 1st, immediately following the World's Tiniest Tea Dance, Vockah Redu is going to perform at the Pony Bar. 21+ and free, free, free.
Also, check out this brand new video. So many cameos by so many Seattleites!
I gotta tell you about this motherfucker named Eddie. I met Eddie via my lady, who worked with him for years at a nonprofit that shall go unnamed. Dude was hilarious—I mean he still is, but he and his wife moved to the other side of the country; Eddie's got a deep appreciation for the sci-fi and action figures and comic book, and is quite musically inclined to boot. When I mentioned that I was getting into XTC, he put me onto The Dukes Of Stratosphear, for which I'm forever grateful. I discovered that he himself has a Jack Logan-esque Bulk of joints up on his YouTube channel—it's full of original songs as well as covers of Guided By Voices, Snoop Dogg, and my personal favorite, Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues." His Dungeons & Dragons-themed "Don't Wake Up With That Drow" is, I think, a fantastical adminition to party smart.
Eddie's latest baby has been a Tumblr called Phantom Menace Holiday, dedicated to his beloved, yet much maligned (by myself and others) 1999 Star Wars prequel. On it, he celebrates Episode One year-round (he's wrapping up Jar Jar June right now); he's got the toys, he's got the goods, and now he's got a theme song:
Just thought you should know.
The Odd Future camp premiered a video/short film last night called “Sam is Dead.” It’s a Vietnam/Korean War era period piece, replete with jungle gunning, slower motion, steady cam, guerrilla tactics, and a nod to Deer Hunter and Russian roulette. Good old fashioned violence. Tyler wears a cat shirt, gets shot in the head, and references Seattle. Directed by Wolf Haley, featuring himself, Domo Genesis, and Lee Spielman of Trash Talk, Manface, Lionel "L-Boy" Boyce, Brick Stowell, and Lucas Vercetti. Original score composed by Tyler, the Creator.
Tyler says, "It's really awkward to know a bunch of kids do adore me. I'm still a kid in my heart, so I have a problem maturing."
People are wondering...
Credited as Dusk + Blackdown + (that second + isn’t a typo), the A-side’s titled ‘High Road’, and bears several hallmarks of… well, somebody we all presumably know very well at this point. We’ve asked Blackdown, and he’s uncharacteristically tight-lipped....
Baby Time: Adele is probably going to continue her hiatus a little longer because she announced on her website this morning that she's pregnant!
Series of Unfortunate Events: The singer of Lamb of God has been arrested in Prague. Randy Blythe is accused of manslaughter for an incident that happened with a fan two years ago that ultimately led to the fan passing away recently from the injuries. Currently the rest of the band awaits in the Czech Republic and refuse to leave him in a Prague prison alone. True friends.
Because They Just Love the Limelight: Flaming Lips set the world record for most shows played in multiple cities in 24 hours, beating Jay-Z.
Not Quite the Sweetest Thing: Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty to the U.S. District Court in New Jersey for not paying her taxes that accumulate to 1.5 million dollars. She now faces a possible three year sentence in prison.
This is the Best You Can Do?: Wikileaks is releasing a CD called "Beat the Blockade" with proceeds going to help sustain the website despite financial companies seizing all online donations from readers. Because that's how you make the big dough, Wikileaks, release a CD. Look out next week for the Wikileaks vegan bake sale fundraiser.
Entertained Much?: It's Friday, so you have an excuse to watch Tenacious D play on the Daily Show.
Former Saturday Knights member DJ Suspence has a lovely remix of Don’t Talk to the Cops!’s “I Like Nerds” from their Let’s Quit album. Stressing a muted, beautifully shimmery guitar riff (reminds me of the part from Ramsey Lewis’ “Sun Goddess”) and a clipped, funky house beat, Suspence infuses a salutary summeriness into the original. It’s a serious antidote for this June-uary bullshit we’ve been experiencing.
Today Dinosaur Jr. have premiered a new song, "Watch the Corners," at RollingStone.com. The band also talked a bit about how they're making their reunion last so long:
"We were definitely just going one day at a time," singer-guitarist J Mascis tells Rolling Stone. "We decided that if we wanted to play more shows, we should have a record, and then we did a record – and did another record."
Hear the song and read the full story here.
The band's new album, I Bet On Sky, will be out September 18th on Jagjaguwar.
Stereolab singer/lyricist Laetitia Sadier, who has released three records under the name Monade (with Pram's Rosie Cuckston), is preparing to release the follow-up to her 2010 solo debut, The Trip. Guest musicians include Stereolab co-founder/keyboard player Tim Gane and Sea and Cake guitarist Sam Prekop.
Sample "Find Me the Pulse of the Universe," the first single from Silencio, below. At their website, a KCRW listener writes, "This somehow feels like a Joe Jackson song." They have a point, particularly if they're thinking of "Steppin' Out."
Single, press release, and t-shirt design below.
[I’ll Give You a Break is a sporadic series of posts highlighting obscure (and not so obscure) breakbeats in unlikely places, so that they may be sampled by producers or just enjoyed for their own geeky purposes. NB: Don’t forget to clear all samples through the proper channels (cough).]
Argentine pianist/composer/soundtrack maestro Lalo Schifrin’s music’s been sampled plenty of times (especially the “Mission: Impossible Theme”), but as far as I can ascertain, nobody’s used anything from the fecund source known as his cover of Martin Denny’s “Quiet Village,” off the 1976 LP Black Widow. Maybe you can be the first…
Really, all of “Quiet Village” is sample-worthy, but beatmakers will probably want to grab something from the first 30 seconds or so. The funk here is complicated and off-kilter, as well as being deep and bubble-butted; it sounds a lot like Herbie Hancock’s mid-’70s work, particularly Man-Child and the O’Jays’ “For the Love of Money.” Not sure what Martin Denny—or composer Les Baxter—thought of this cover, but I think it’s sexy as fuck. Fire up your MPCs, brothers and sisters.
Since the Red Sox are in town I feel like it's appropriate to talk about this band I recently stumbled upon while working on the music calendar.
I have to confess that I made the obvious assumption that a band from Northampton, Massachusetts called Speedy Ortiz would be a reference to David Ortiz or "Papi" as Bostonians like to say. He's not quite the fastest of the bunch, hence the band name.
But after looking more into the group, I discovered that the band is named after an obscure comic book character, not the famous Red Sox designated hitter.
This group sounds as 90s as the sunflower dresses that Mayim Bialik used to wear as Blossom on her tv show. Recently the band was recorded by Paul Kolderie (Pixies and Hole), and when recording with Paul, of course you write a song titled "Taylor Swift."
(Chapel Performance Space) See Data Breaker.
Ensemble Economique, King Dude, Tunnels, Grave Babies
(Cairo) Ensemble Economique (California's Brian Pyle, also of the experimental/drone duo Starving Weirdos) excels in creating unsettling soundtracks for horror films that would be too subtle and cerebral ever to get green-lighted by a major studio—and probably by many independents, too. For a potent dose of Ensemble Economique's foreboding, blackened soundscapes and drifting, desolate dub, check out the 2010 LP Psychical (on Not Not Fun Records) and prepare for uneasy dreams. DAVE SEGAL
Cafe Racer Benefit: Star Anna, Kasey Anderson, the Maldives, Cathy Sorbo, Kermet Apio, Liam McCormick
(Neptune) Once the freshness wears off a tragedy, it can sometimes get brushed aside, as we all move on with our lives. Don't let that happen for the Cafe Racer shootings, y'hear? For all the love in that place, we should be celebrating them for months and years to come. This night, billed as "An Evening of Music, Comedy & Silent Auctions to Benefit the Victims of the Cafe Racer Shooting," features such local favorites as Star Anna (whose voice should really come in an edible or topical format as well as aural), solid country-rocker Kasey Anderson, plaid beardo charmers the Maldives, and comedian Kermet Apio. Laugh, dance, remember, give dollars. ANNA MINARD