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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today's Music News: CHBP Roundup, In Utero Gets Deluxe, and Happenings from Across the Pond

Posted by on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The Capitol Hill Block Party Was Legitimately Nuts: Get the deets here!

In Utero is Now a Surly 20-Year Old: The 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's last album will include unreleased demos, B-sides, and a live performance from 1993.

David Cameron Made a Mixtape For His G8 Friends: Unfortunately it's a bit rubbish.

Thom Yorke Visits Marc Maron: And the mastermind behind Radiohead is "not exactly revealing," so definitely take a listen!

UK Pop Continues to Take Over Your Body and Soul: Peep this video from the inimitable Lil Silva, featuring Rosie Lowe.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Scene at Girl Talk Last Night

Posted by on Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 5:37 PM

A drunken crush like the CHBP is not ideal for seeing a performance like Girl Talk. You want space to dance for Girl Talk, and elbow room. Still, the show was sweaty and grand, here's proof:

Girl Talk says goodnight
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  • Girl Talk says goodnight

Although, the highlight of the show for me was telling a bobble-headed blond—who was mad I wouldn't let her elbow her way in front of me, and told me that my karma would suffer because of it—that I hoped her karma would give her cancer.

The look on her face at that moment was worth 1,000 Girl Talk songs.

Patron Angry at Being Denied Access to Sam's Tavern Due to CHBP, Tells Security Staff to Go Eat Shit

Posted by on Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

A man, who was denied entrance to Sam's Tavern on Capitol Hill this morning because he did not possess a ticket to the Capitol Hill Block Party, but who nevertheless had a desperate jonesing for Sam's coconut-milk based mac n' cheese, could be heard bellowing at CHBP staff: "This is UNNNNNN-Acceptable! This is UNNNNN-Acceptable!"

Despite his tantrum, he was denied entrance to the festival and Sam's Tavern. "Why don't you go eat shit?" He told the staff, as he walked away.

"Why yes, in fact, I will go eat some shit," replied one composed staffer. "And I'll probably love it."

Friday, July 26, 2013

Your Capitol Hill Block Party Forecast!

Posted by on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM


Block Party starts in approximately five minutes!!! (Well, at 3 p.m., but that'll be here momentarily!)

Here is our guide to every damn band playing!

Here is the list of the bands I want to see that I made when reading my colleagues' excellent descriptions as we were sending the guide to the printer: Bellamaine, Big Freedia, Bleached, Constant Lovers, Country Lips, Girl Talk (what's with the first comment on that article?!), The Intelligence, Katie Kate, La Luz, Rose Windows, Scream Queen, Star Slinger, Tacocat! And, I guess, the Flaming Lips, why not (even though Anna Minard... well, read it yourself and freak the hell out)!

Here is where to get a ticket!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today's Music News: Kanye's New Album, New M.I.A., Kanye, Thom Yorke Does Good and More Kanye

Posted by on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This is the Last Time I Post About Kanye West: The sixth studio album by West dropped today, understatedly titled Yeezus and apparently inspired by a Corbusier lamp, to immediate rave reviews. And that weird, pretty unnecessary American Psycho-inspired video is up on his website now. Last time you'll hear about him from me, until he does something insane.

Thom Yorke Auctioning Off Painting: Made with friend and album artist Stanley Donwood, the proceeds will go to the Trade Justice Movement, "a coalition of organizations that fight to end poverty and hunger." It's called "Business School for the Dead," and judging on these guys' past work would probably look great above your mantle.

Feminist Taylor Swift Takes Over Twitter: Not sure how I feel about the concept of parody Twitter accounts, but I did enjoy the response from Feminist Kanye: "YO IMMA LET YOU FINISH CUZ AS A MAN I NEED TO STEP BACK AND LET YOU BE HEARD." Oh wait, damnit. I just mentioned Kanye again. Last time.

How Are You Feeling About the New M.I.A?: "Bring the Noize" dropped on Zane Lowe's BBC 1 radio show yesterday. Check it below.

Capitol Hill Block Party Contest: Got out-of-town friends wanting to experience the magic of Capitol Hill Block Party but unsure if they can afford to drag themselves across the country for it? KEXP's giving away "airfare, hotel-stay[s] and 3-day VIP passes," so hop to it.

Kanye and Kardash's Baby Has a Name, Apparently: I give up. Bow down to Mr. West, unbeatable pop culture icon and master of the 24-hour news cycle.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thrash Along with Naomi Punk & Nu Sensae

Posted by on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

(Hollow Earth) EEEEEEEH! It's no secret that I love Naomi Punk. At least I didn't mean to keep it a secret. So in case you did not know: I am wild about them. Their songs are heavy, catchy, and melty—they take their time, unwinding with high airy vocals and oddly gratifying key changes that fade in and out as they please. You know who else I am wild about? Nu Sensae. They blew me away at Capitol Hill Block Party, and their latest album, Sundowning, has been blowing me away ever since—a loud, harsh toke of grunge, punk, hardcore, and unadulterated screaming. This is going to be one phenomenal show. If you have the chicken pox or something, make sure you at least tune in and thrash along online.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blink-182 (Cover Band) To Play Block Party!

Posted by on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

The bad news is, Travis Barker of Blink-182 upside-down-drumming fame has decided to stop smoking weed. The great news is that a Blink-182 cover band called Silly Goose will be opening the Cha Cha Block Party show on Saturday!

Light googling tells me Silly Goose is Jenn Ghetto of Carissa’s Wierd with Thomas Wright and Jeffy Montano of Grand Archives. A hot tip also reveals that that Jenn handles Tom DeLonge's vocals. Which begs the question, who will handle the Mark Hoppus vocals? Are they even handle-able? I also found evidence of a few past shows and asked Luke Beetham of Pony Time what it was like to play with them:

EN: "You played with Silly Goose! Was it good? What songs did they play??"

LB: "I can't say. The one opportunity I had to see them, I had to hold Jen Ghetto's dog outside so she could play."

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So there you have it. At least 15% of The Stranger music staff is really looking forward to this.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 Additional Acts, Live Streaming, Visual Art and Film Components, and More

Posted by on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Looks like CHBP is fancying itself Seattle's up-and-coming SXSW-type festival, and really it couldn't happen sooner. SXSW is a financial boon for Austin, and if we really are a city of music, let's pull out the stops.

UPDATE: To clarify, CHBP has been around not half as long as SXSW, but they're showing initiative in the right direction. Collaborations with Decibel, Seattle Interactive Conference, and Ghost Gallery, to name a few. I'm hoping it grows and grows and one day mimics what SXSW has done for Austin. No one else is doing it, and it needs to be done.

New music additions:

Allen Stone // Beat Connection // Don’t Talk To the Cops // The Briefs // Gold Leaves // Grand Archives // Western Haunts // Battleme // Reignwolf // Imaginary Cities // Nouela // Ava Luna // Keyboard Kid // Spac3man // Helms Alee // Lesbian // Constant Lovers // Haunted Horses // Alicia Amiri

Full press release, with info on the live broadcast, the visual art and film components, blogging and family entities, a video contest, and more after the jump:

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Capitol Hill Block Party 2012, the Spotify Playlist

Posted by on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Freshly minted gold star commenter Wait, Seriously already made a YouTube playlist for this year's recently announced Capitol Hill Block Party Lineup. But, I'm more a headphones than music video guy; so I combed through Spotify to see how many of the bands on the bill were also in the celestial jukebox.


The resulting playlist includes a decent percentage: 43 of the festival's 69 bands. Since I was being lazy and wanted to make the list quickly, I included the two songs that Spotify listed as the each band's "top tracks". Unsurprisingly, placement on the festival poster was directly correlated to the likelihood of a band having songs on the streaming music service as I couldn't find anything for: Onuinu, Deadkill, Pollens, Nightmare Fortress, Colonies, Nacho Picasso, Lemolo, Tropical Punk, Freighms, Tom Eddy, Dude York, Stephanie, NUDE, Feet, Space Needles, Skarp, Murmurs, Mass Games, Slow Dance, Crypts, Crime Wave, Trash Fire, Vox Mod, Mama Utah, Silly Goose, or Underground Revival.

Note that although there are a few "Nudes" on the service, none of them appear to be Spokane Sound Off champion NUDE actually on the lineup; so I left them in the column of 26 bands not yet on planet Spotify. Let me know if I missed (or misidentified) any bands and I'll fix up the playlist.

oops/update: The link to the playlist wasn't in the original post. Here's the whole thing, embedded style:

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gold Star Commenter Wait, seriously? Creates a Youtube Playlist for Capitol Hill Block Party 2012

Posted by on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

After some complaints from other commenters that they don't have time to look up all the bands playing this year's CHBP, commenter Wait, seriously? went ahead and did it for them:


Dig into it here, and you can thank Wait, seriously? in the comments if you're a nice person.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

July 20-22: Partial Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 Lineup and Ticket Info

Posted by on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Here's the partial lineup. Final announcement with 2012-specific details goes out May 29. Until then, chew on these. Looks very strong on local up-and-coming acts. I'm also stoked to see Spoek Mathambo with his full band. Other things I'm stoked about: King Tuff, Thee Oh Sees (duh), Jaill, Skarp, finally figuring out what the hell Trash Fire are all about, and Light Asylum.

Neko Case // Major Lazer // Fitz And The Tantrums // Phantogram // Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz // The Lumineers // Grimes // Diplo // Youth Lagoon // Thee Oh Sees // Cloud Nothings // Twin Shadow // Dam-Funk // Spoek Mathambo // Doomtree // Porcelain Raft // White Arrows // Trust // El Ten Eleven // Yuna // Light Asylum // King Tuff // Psychic Paramount // Jaill // Onuinu // Black Breath // Blouse // Absolute Monarchs // Crystal Stilts // Yawn // The Coathangers // Deadkill // Sandrider // Eighteen Individual Eyes // Pollens // Nightmare Fortress // Colonies // Yukon Blonde // John Maus // Blue Sky Black Death // Nacho Picasso // Kris Orlowski // Lemolo // Kithkin // Hot Bodies In Motion // Kung Foo Grip // Tropical Punk // Nu Sensae // Night Beats // Freighms // Tom Eddy // Dude York // Stephanie // NUDE // FEET // Blood Red Dancers // Space Needles // Skarp // Pony Time // Murmurs // Mass Games // Slow Dance // Crypts // Crime Wave // Trash Fire // Vox Mod // Mama Utah // Silly Goose // Underground Revival

Get your tickets here.

Full press release after the jump:

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Thee Oh Sees to Play Capitol Hill Block Party 2012

Posted by on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Welp, if you look on their FB page, it says this:

Thee Oh Sees:
07/15/2012 Pitchfork Festival Chicago IL
07/20/2012 Capitol Hill Block Party Seattle WA
08/03/2012 Pickathon Happy Valley OR
08/04/2012 Pickathon Happy Valley OR
08/05/2012 Woodsist Festival Big Sur CA
08/10/2012 Outside Lands Festival San Francisco CA
09/23/2012 ATP Asbury Park NJ

Good thing, because Thee Oh Sees are a damned fun-ass band to see live. This is promising. I've heard word that the full schedule is due May 1, but don't quote me on that.

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