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Monday, March 3, 2014

Are Preachers Now Playing MP3s Backwards to Hear the Spooky Satanic Messages?

Posted by on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Are Satanic messages still a thing? And if so how does one play an MP3 backwards?!? When I was a kid, the phenomenon of Christian pastors sussing out backwards Satanic messages was huge. However, no matter how hard I tried to hear these "messages," I never could make any sense of anything these guys ever tried to prove. Either it didn't exist or there was too much wow and flutter in their attempted playback for me to believe what they believed they were hearing.

If you'd like another example, here is the entire "Stairway to Heaven" played backwards, and pitched down. Um, as I listened to it, I heard no actual English words. So, perhaps then, there is some ALIEN LANGUAGE incantation?!? Or not. And if you'd like to see some quality '80s youth pastor fashion, dig Gary in his red leather Members Only™ jacket sussing out the SATANIC influence of ELO, Black Oak Arkansas, and Styx.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's Crappening? News, Reviews, and Baby Oil

Posted by on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Ani DiFranco
  • Ani DiFranco

• The Pixies played the Paramount last week, and it was half great. Frank Black and the gang (with a new bassist who is not Kim Deal, but dresses like Wednesday Addams, which must count for something) mixed in too many new (see: not very good) songs for our taste, and even had the nerve to start their encore with a new song (see: horrible). Rude! You know that's not why we're clapping, guys.

• Doom-metal pioneers Pentagram played El Corazón on Saturday night. Frontman (and star of highly recommended music documentary Last Days Here) Bobby Liebling wore a rainbow boatneck sweater small enough for the average third-grader; a bearded man with a projector off to the side of the stage moved bowls of baby oil, rubbing alcohol, and some kind of dye to the music, creating a customized "trippy blobby" backdrop. After the show, Liebling was spotted at the 5 Point Cafe, eating a club sandwich and talking about how much he loves Black Sabbath.

Ani DiFranco kicked off her concert at the Moore on Saturday night with the song "Fuel," whose lyrics make explicit reference to the slave history of Manhattan. It was the only acceptable way to start out, after the singer-songwriter's sorry mistake of failing to apologize for setting a songwriting "retreat" in a former slave plantation. After she leveled some implicit self-criticism, we were able to remember why we'd liked her in the first place.

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Politicians Shocked to Discover Ted Nugent is a Terrible Person

Posted by on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

TED NUGENT: Conservative thought leader.
Republicans are always telling liberal actors and singers to shut up and stop talking politics. But they don't seem to have that same problem when conservative actors and singers speak publicly about their politics. In fact, they embrace those celebrities and point to them as great examples of conservative thought. Funny how that works.

And it's funny how it works when those conservative celebrities fuck up. Currently, Republicans are backing away from Ted Nugent, who called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel." Richard Whittaker at the Austin Chronicle wrote a great article (brilliantly headlined "No Nugent Is Good Nugent") about the whole deal:

Gov. Rick Perry (who has previously called himself a fan of the Motor City Madman) initially tried to brush it all off by saying that "the idea that Ted Nugent said something that’s outrageous shouldn’t surprise anyone." However, he soon showed moral fortitude and said his comments were "inappropriate" and that "I got a problem calling the president a mongrel."

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What's Crappening?: News, Reviews and Pancakes

Posted by on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM

• Virginia rapper Pusha T, while opening for foodstagrammer extraordinaire 2 Chainz at Showbox Sodo last week, brought out Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor to wave at everybody. The show also reportedly included much stand-in-one-place-and-mostly-just-move-your-arms-so-you-still-look-tough dancing from the crowd, and our sources say most every dude in attendance was very good at it.

Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces apparently recorded a music video in the house of none other than Rich Jensen, the former president of Sub Pop and cofounder of Up Records. Jensen has also started a new label called Cabin Games—more info soon.

• The soundtrack to the first season of Twin Peaks and the subsequent prequel film Fire Walk with Me will be rereleased on coffee-and-cherry-colored vinyl. Whatever that looks like.

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What's Crappening?: News, Reviews and Snow

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:28 AM

• Even though it snowed in Seattle on Saturday evening, people still made it out to Neumos for the ninth incarnation of Dancing on the Valentine—an annual benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year paid tribute to the work of Madonna—whose music people still love, even though Madge herself is now known to show up at awards ceremonies looking like she's paying her own tribute to the late Colonel Sanders. Oh, and "Like a Prayer" included a full orchestra.

• After nine years, James Keblas was not reappointed as the director of Seattle's Office of Film + Music. Keblas is an awesome person who has done an immense amount of great work for Seattle's music community, most notably cofounding the ever-important Vera Project. Keblas's replacement also happens to be an awesome person: Kate Becker, founder of the Old Fire House teen hangout/all-ages concert venue in Redmond, who helped strike down Seattle's Teen Dance Ordinance.

• Did you know it snowed in Seattle on Saturday? It snowed here! We can't have it snowing here! No one knows how to use cars, only Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to tell people about the cars. And the snow.

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

But Tell Us How You Really Feel About Imagine Dragons

Posted by on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

(Key Arena) Dump the last eight years of commercial-white-dude-epic-alt-rock-bandchise radio-singles into a special-edition Nickelback garbage disposal set to “mainstream Mormon rock,” and you’ve got yourself Imagine Dragons. Shit, kiddo. If you were accidentally thinking of buying tickets to this, might I suggest donating that money to Planned Parenthood instead?

And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What's Crappening?: News, Reviews and OMG Seattle!

Posted by on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

• Have you heard Seattle producer Spekulation's "'Bout that action, boss" remix of samples from Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's interview with Deion Sanders yet? It went viral, even reaching as far as nfl.com. . It's the second time in a year that Spek has tasted internet fame, having made headlines when his customer service gripe blog bitterbarista.com got him fired from his coffee-slinging position last February.

• An enthusiastic and beautiful Bruno Mars impressed during the Super Bowl halftime show with some smooth dance moves from the ankles down, a golden jacket, a matching band, and a voice made of melted caramel. The Goddamn Red Hot Chili Peppers joined Mars onstage for 80 percent of "Give It Away," with much synchronized jumping up and down. We heard that this Chi Pepp cameo was a personal request from Mars (???).

• The Seahawks' Super Bowl victory triggered a brush fire of karaoke versions of Queen's "We Are the Champions," if a walk past the Crescent bar Sunday night was any indication. It never fails to crack us up that a group of froufrou British blokes wrote a song that became an anthem for American sports fans, some of the most macho meatheads on the planet (not that the 12th Man fits that description—nuh-uh).

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What's Crappening?: News, Reviews and Ryan Lewis

Posted by on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Deadkill
  • Deadkill

• Sprockets! A new electronic-music- oriented club called Kremwerk opens February 14. Located on Minor Avenue near Re-bar, Kremwerk is owned by Berlin transplant Austin Stone and will be booked with help from local DJs Ctrl_Alt_Dlt and Roddimus, who ran the raging techno monthly SpaceRock Saturdays at the defunct Electric Tea Garden. Kremwerk has already scored a coup by getting Underground Resistance member Santiago Salazar to headline the space on February 15.

Brian Foss, owner of legendary but now-defunct punk dump the Funhouse, can't seem to catch a break. For a minute, he was promoting shows at the lovely Sodo dive Bogart's, but unfortunately it looks like that place has also shuttered. The indefatigable Foss remains the primary talent-finder for Broadway's Highline, which still appears to be going strong.

• Local hardcore punks Deadkill played a record-release show on Friday night at Chop Suey, and it got off to a worrisome start. The audience Seattle-froze for the first few songs, standing around with folded arms. But by the last three songs, a messy mosh pit was in full effect, with people throwing half-full cans of beer at the stage and shirtless lead singer Bryan Krieger crowd-surfing with ease.

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Monday, January 27, 2014

What's Crappening? News, Reviews, and Booze

Posted by on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

CHRIS BALLEW
  • CHRIS BALLEW

• One of the large plate-glass windows at Chop Suey was broken from the inside during the Jai Ho! Bollywood Dance Party on Saturday evening. Though sources say the damage was allegedly caused when a person (or persons) was thrown through the glass during an altercation, we prefer to imagine that someone was just DANCING SO HARD.

• Friday night, Wooden Shjips turned the Crocodile into a frottage-intensive clusterfuck—and it wasn't even a free Sailor Jerry–sponsored show. The San Francisco foursome is one of the least surprising bands working now, but their serpentine throb of minimalist psych rock is one of the coolest sounds ever conceived. Wooden Shjips' genius idea is fusing the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" with Suicide's "Ghost Rider," and then pushing their riffs into an LSD/OCD hypnosis. What a trip their performance was.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

How Do You Respond If a Friend Makes an Awful Record?

Posted by on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Here’s a potentially awkward and stressful situation that most people will encounter, if they live long enough… and it calls for a poll.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What's Crappening?: News, Reviews and the '90s

Posted by on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

THE SPITS
  • KELLY O
  • THE SPITS

• Mid-'90s Seattle band Goodness reunited at Neumos on Saturday as part of the Moe's 20/Neumos 10 weeklong anniversary celebration. The stage was decorated with freaky laughing clown tapestries à la Moe's décor, and frontwoman Carrie Akre (also of Hammerbox) is still something else—her pipes sounded as good as, if not better than, 20 years ago.

• In sadder '90s-Seattle news, Gits drummer Steve Moriarty is calling for a boycott of NBC after its Dead of Night true-crime documentary series reenacted the story of the decades-old rape and murder of his bandmate Mia Zapata but refused to spring for actual live Gits footage or Gits songs. Moriarty's Facebook page explained: "There is nothing artistic, musical, or positive about the re-telling of Mia's brutal death. The piece will air in June and does not have the endorsement of any of the bands, Mia's family, or immediate friends."

• Punk goons the Spits said their January 3 show was the best show they've ever played at Chop Suey, and it did indeed sound flawless. The band also didn't seem to mind when dudes in the front row lit a long string of firecrackers, or when other dudes threw full cans of beer at the stage, or even the many dudes who climbed onstage to crowd-surf. The guitarist did mind, however, when one rowdy dude unplugged his guitar, telling him: "Back up, brother... And if you do it again, I'll kick you in the teeth."

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Michael Angelo "Hands Without Shadows" Batio

Posted by on Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF 2014 Y'ALL!! Having played this on an unending loop since midnight I'm almost one THOUSAND percent positive this bitchin' DOUBLE GUITAR solo from Michael Angelo "Hands Without Shadows" Batio will cure any hang over; uh, if it doesn't make it worse.

Monday, December 30, 2013

My Favorite Albums of 2013!

Posted by on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Mount Kimbie
  • Warp Records
  • Mount Kimbie

2013 was a year. And like many years, it produced a wealth of music just begging to be numerically quantified and subjectively ranked by thousands of machine-brained keyboard jockeys. On the real though, I do value any chance to look back on—and give a little extra shine to—some of my favorite releases, and so long as you don't take this sort of list-making too seriously, it can also be a good chance to catch up on some stuff you may have missed the first go-round. Also, c'mon guys, you know you like lists! Here you go:

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1. Mount Kimbie
, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
An album with warm textures that has the power to grab hold of your every earthly emotion when the timing is right—King Krule plays a beautiful role in this. It was the most pleasing front-to-back album I heard this year.
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2. Earl Sweatshirt, Doris
Doris lived up to the massive amount of hype that surrounded it, and Sweatshirt proved that he was in fact the massively talented penman he'd lead us to believe before his disappearance. Moreover, he narrates his strange journey through the fucked-up world of pop culture and fractured family life so intelligently, and with such emotional maturity on this release, it's down right inspirational.
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3. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Somehow I was only a passing VW fan before 2013, but MVOTC proved that I simply wasn't listening hard enough. Ezra Koenig has the voice of an angel, and the lyrical talent of a very smart, naughty little angel. The production is flawless, and the songs take turns most radio-level bands don't have the imagination to dream up.
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4. Tera Melos, X'ed Out
Mathy, elastic, delicate, harsh: X'ed Out is all of these things. They are a wild tornado of noise forced through a star-shaped Play Dough dispenser. Endlessly entertaining, and non-toxic.
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5. Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork
Historically one of my favorite (if not my most favorite) bands came back from a tumultuous, drummer-swapping period (during which forever badass frontguy Josh Homme actually died for a sec on the operating table) with a creepy, brooding album that roped in all of their best qualities. Nasty riffs and fits of energy, balanced with accessible melodies, and clever songwriting. Very few missteps on this one.
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6. King Krule, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
The same age as Earl Sweatshirt, and just as witty, London's Archy Marshall used the Bandcamp/Soundcloud buzz found in 2012, and burst onto the international scene with the release of 6FBTM. His endearing—and often intense—oddball croak, and cool-as-ice jazz guitar cut right to your core. Marshall is an amazing songwriter with huge things in his future.
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7. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels
After the creative peaks and critical acclaim each of the artist's solo works and paired touring brought last year, this album-length collab could have come off sounding forced—if these guys (El-P & Killer Mike) didn't rap so extremely motherfucking hard. The two vets flex all over El-P's perpetually filthy production, raising the bar with each punch line, and coming away with some excessively potent material.
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8. Botany, Lava Diviner (Truestory)
Some would yell blasphemy at a direct comparison to Flying Lotus' 2012 masterpiece Until the Quiet Comes, but Botany's debut is in the same ballpark. It may not be quite as clean as FlyLo's joint, but it's highly innovative, and will take you places.
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9. Thundercat, Apocalypse
Bass master, and Flying Lotus partner-in-crime, Thundercat blended new techniques with retro flavor, and came away with a prime cut of genre-bending alien-funk.
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10. Porter Ray, Blk Gld
A captivating new voice on the Seattle rap scene, Porter Ray is slick, sensitive and street hardened at the same time. The guy has bars for days and days. Blk Gld was the young prince's finest of the three quality releases this year.

—The Next 10—

11. Kanye West, Yeezus

12. Akimbo, Live to Crush

13. Chastity Belt, No Regerts

14. Cock & Swan, Secret Angles

15. Mac Miller, Watching Movies with the Sound Off

16. Still Corners, Strange Pleasures

17. Russian Circles, Memorial

18. Key Nyata, The Shadowed Diamond

19. Nacho Picasso, High & Mighty

20. Great Falls, Accidents Grotesque

—Honorable Mention—

Danny Brown, Old

Chelsea Wolfe, Pain Is Beauty

Washed Out, Paracosm

Miniature Airlines, And Everything Collapsed

Sax G, Tu Me Manques

James Blake, Overgrown

Grayskul, Zenith

Don't Talk to the Cops!, Champions of Breakfast

Burial, Truant / Rough Sleeper EP

Sunday, December 22, 2013

What's Crappening? News, Reviews, and Pizza

Posted by on Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

PERSONAL
  • MARCUS LAUER
  • PERSONAL

• Food fight! The original pizza punk rockers, Personal & the Pizzas, have it in for Macaulay Culkin's new pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band, the Pizza Underground. Personal gave this statement to eMusic.com last Thursday:

"Yeah...............Here's my fuggin' review;

First we're gonna kill em

THEN! we're gonna sue em

DONT MESS WITH THE FUCKIN' PIZZAS, PRICK.

I CAN REED MOTHERFUCKER

I CAN REED."

• Last week, anyone who has social media connections with members of Seattle's hiphop community saw Macklemore, who recently played three sold-out KeyArena shows, providing lots of backstage photos (which filled one's Facebook feed) and shout-outs to local and unknown artists (which erupted on one's Twitter). It seems the Mack wants the 206 to know that superstardom has not erased his memory.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

What's Crappening? News, Reviews and Cat Food

Posted by on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

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• Unhinged Seattle noise-rock duo MTNS are collaborating with Olympia-based mad-genius vocalist/bass clarinetist Arrington de Dionyso (Malakait dan Singa), with a release tentatively slated for spring on K Records. Great fellow K artist Angelo Spencer is also involved in this project. If all goes according to plan, MTNS and de Dionyso will tour next summer.

• The Blue Moon in the U-District was packed last Friday night with happy fans of Malpractice, a countrified band made up mostly of UW medical students. They started a bit late—so sue them.

• The Recording Academy has nominated Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for seven Grammy Awards, including album of the year for The Heist, song of the year for "Same Love," and best new artist for Ryan Lewis's beautiful eyes.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

What's Crappening? News, Reviews, and Bros

Posted by on Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

• Who do you like best? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pearl Jam, or The Stranger's blog Slog? Prove it by being a good fan and a good person at the same time! In an epic battle to help teens in need, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pearl Jam, and Slog are combining forces this holiday season to help raise money for Seattle's Orion Center (a safe haven for homeless teens). The internationally famous musicians or semi-widely-read local blog whose fans raise the most money by December 24 will be declared THE WINNER! Read more about this glorious charity challenge on page 17.

• At the Nacho Picasso and Avatar Darko show at the Crocodile on Friday, Picasso wore a Voodoo Lounge–era Rolling Stones shirt, taking it off early in the set to reveal the top of his shark (or fish or fox or something) boxers. Darko's boxers appeared to be marijuana-leaf-themed.

• This Saturday, December 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., Fantagraphics in Georgetown will be hosting a reading and book signing for Sub Pop cofounder Bruce Pavitt's new book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989. You won't want to miss this—legendary photographer Charles Petersen will guest DJ, and who knows who else might show up.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

What's Crappening? News, Reviews, and Capers

Posted by on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:12 PM

• The Comet Tavern was robbed last Tuesday evening: Someone broke in and stole the dollar bills that have been affixed to the ceiling for as long as anyone can remember. The dive's new co-owner, Jason Lajeunesse, estimated the amount taken from the ceiling was close to $1,000 (we guessed it was more like $27, but then again, we haven't looked at the Comet's ceiling in a while, lest we get pinkeye). Lajeunesse also said, "My landlords received a call from a very inebriated someone last week who threatened to come and steal the Comet sign and anything else he thought belonged to him..."

• Every time we turn on KEXP and hear a song by an artist older than 60, we are seized with the fear that the person has died. Help!?

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This Kid Rock Song Just Ruined My Day

Posted by on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I was minding my own business when this "song" came on at a coffee shop, in between two different car-stereo commercials.

Stop! Everybody stop making shitty songs out of pieces of other shitty songs using beat-to-death concepts.*

*Except Kid Rock in a speed boat, that's a fresh concept I'd like to see more of.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Growing Pains' Alan Thicke Got Physical

Posted by on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM

No wonder Alan Thicke's son, Robin, and those other two creeps had to nick a song from Marvin Gaye; rotten apples don't fall far from the tree. Still, try to sit through this exercise in awfulness.

God damn the '80s. However, I do prefer this over anything his kid has done.

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