(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.
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.
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:
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:
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
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.