by Dave Segal
on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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.
KATE BUSH Hounds of Love (EMI)
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.
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.
I can't tell you how stoked I am to check NW indie funksters Velella Velella tonight at the Crocodile. From the moment I first caught them live (this was at the Sunset some years ago), I could feel their uncommon grasp of The Funk: it's not easy to make such music in 2012 and not come off as super cheesy or even hella awkward—I somewhat recently watched a certain nationally/internationally touring band of similar vintage not pull that trick off, night after night. Even the 70's stuff in my dad & uncles' era could veer to the dangerously cheesy. Live, Andrew Means (who once told me he's a big fan of the Mizell Bros. stuff (no doubt trying to secure future blog posts on this very highly-read hotspot) and company bring a welcome meaure of unself-conscious abandon, but tempered with true rhythm, beautiful sounds, and a certain soulful restraint. Shit gets me going.
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.
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:
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."
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....
Is it Burial? I will answer by asking this question: Have you heard of Downliners Sekt? If you have heard this, and music like it, before, you will understand that Burial is no longer just Burial. Burial is a whole mode of music.
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.
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.
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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."