by Kelly O
on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM
There's only two days left in the fundraising campaign to help the Massive Monkees lock down a long-term lease on The Beacon—their temporary studio located in Seattle's International District. These amazing folks aren't just teaching adults and after-school crews of little kids how to breakdance—they're creating community, and turning people into better and more confident humans.
Sorry it's already 5pm and I'm just telling you this, but you have a few hours to take a sponge bath and buy Nicole "Ja Ja Juicy" of NighTraiN a birthday gift and get to Chop Suey! The lovely locomotive-punks will be premiering their brand-new video for single "Huntress" tonight, plus Portland band band band And And And and Sun Angle (also from PDX) will be playing.
Justin Timberlake's 20/20 tour will be coming to KeyArena January 17, 2014. That's a looooooong time away, yes, but tickets go on sale May 17th, so get that credit card ready because tickets start at $90, making the cheapest one $108.39 after service fees. Eek!
Why we don't get a show with Jay-Z, however, I'll never know. What a shame.
by Dave Segal
on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM
Local label/promotion team Peloton is bringing in Safety Scissors (Matthew Curry) from New York. Mr. Scissors has a new album coming out on Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control label, In a Manner of Sleeping. On it he continues to hone his smooth yet quirky electro pop, featuring his own wistful vocals. it’s not as convulsive or interesting as his Pigeon Funk project with Kit Clayton and Seth “Sutekh” Horvitz, but the music’s undeniably charming.
Safety Scissors will be doing a hybrid live/DJ set from midnight to 2 am. Also on the bill are Montreal’s Tobias van Veen, Seattle’s Duncan Idaho (aka Eli Huntington), and Peloton head Nora Posch (Aron Schoppert). Action goes from 10 pm-4 am at Electric Tea Garden.
There's a hole in the earth where the Funhouse used to be, and Healthy Times Fun Club is now a hair and waxing salon. Queen Anne's Easy Street Records is being replaced by a shiny new Chase Bank, and five years ago the Bellevue real estate company Murray Franklyn bulldozed a strip of iconic bars on Pine for condos and then left it as a parking lot for two years. And now, just a few blocks downhill, Bauhaus and other independent businesses are getting sold up the same river. Rent is rising, people are getting pushed out of the center of the city, and with water on either side, the development refugees can go either north or southx. If Capitol Hill isn't in the picture and you're looking twice at the rest of the map, these days the University District isn't looking half bad.
After years of gathering momentum, and to the surprise of many, the renaissance of the University District has arrived. The community of musicians and organizers spidering out from Roosevelt Way was created by and for the people who couldn't find a space for themselves anywhere else. It's for the part-time day-jobbers and young urban unprofessionals who don't have $15 for a show, who never take cabs, who maybe aren't 21, or who just want to play music for each other without red tape. There are more shows than ever happening in the U-District, and they're cheap or free, all ages, and totally DIY.
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM
Travis Baron and James Grindle’s Knightriders label has been pumping out exceptional electronic music for six years, including releases by Mathew Anderson, Gunnar Lockwood, Naturebot, 214, and Phaedrus. Tonight KR will celebrate its technocratic superiority with a party at Q Nightclub headed by slick Detroit tech-house DJ Punisher (Hej, Matrix, Seismic, Air Drop). Support comes from Baron and Xan Lucero & Karl Kamakahi.
Doors open at 9; free before 10pm, $10 after. More info here.
Check out a Punisher mix and brief bio after the jump.
Introducing the Prime Sinister, she’s a mother to us all Like the dutch boy’s finger in the dyke her arse is in the wall Holding back the future waiting for the seas to part If Moses did it with his faith, she’ll do it with an army Who at times of threatened crisis are certain to be there Guarding national heritage no matter what or where Palaces for kings and queens, mansions for the rich Protection for the wealthy, defence of privilege
My only goal for this summer is to somehow replicate this amazing looking party. Please let me know if anyone is in a Wham! cover band that can nail "Club Tropicana" while wearing board shorts and an open Hawaiian shirt. Do you think Q would be willing to rent out the space? I got five on it.
We'll also need tinsel palm trees, neon light shapes, a white baby grand piano, and really cool extras willing to act out all the song lyrics. Easy!
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM
SAN PROPER KEEPS HIS TECHNO RAW
Cody Morrison is shaping Shelter into an essential clubbing experience. The Wednesday weekly has been a bonanza for lovers of adventurous house and techno this year, and Dutch DJ/producer San Proper keeps the hot streak going. Recording for boundary-shoving labels like Rush Hour, Perlon, and Dekmantel, San Proper is part of that elite sector of decknicians who have the rare ability to keep their music strange while keeping bodies moving. The beats mostly shimmy in that time-honored 4/4, but what happens around them is usually twisted and unhinged as hell. As the title of one of his tracks implies, San Proper will "Keep It Raw." Q, 9 pm, $5 adv/$10 DOS, 21+.
Bottom Heavy Funk with Amy O’Neal is a non-intimidating approach to hip-hop, street, and club dance styles where the vibe is always centered around the party. This class will begin with exercises in isolation, core strength, and rhythm to prepare us for funked out, bottom heavy, full-bodied, and intricate movement set to and completely inspired by hip-hop, soul, funk, electro funk, and R&B music.
In addition, if you're interested in learning to breakdance (or have kids who are) and haven't yet visited The Beacon yet, in the International District, where Seattle's own world champion crew The Massive Monkees are now teaching breakdancing classes: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!? It's one of the sweetest and neatest things I've seen in Seattle in a long, long time. Just look!
(Crocodile) The sandy, salty party hits of the Growlers are rickety and melty at the same time—a 24-hour retro beach circus of psychedelic enchantment, sung by a being who is equal parts surfer and skeleton. Some of their songs are raucous and wild, while others (the newer ones, off their most recent album Hung at Heart) are more thoughtful and, dare I say it, romantic. On top of that, the unpredictable live shows these vagabond party-punks put on makes for an excellent Valentine's Day date option, especially if your person of interest is over the whole wine-sipping/slow-dancing thing (and has been known to drop acid while wearing a Hawaiian shirt and no pants).
Four students at the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics and Department of Physics at Cornell have written probably the coolest research paper ever, where they scientifically examine the motions of the mosh pit to "enhance our understanding of collective motion in riots, protests, and panicked crowds, leading to new architectural safety design principles that limit the risk of injury at extreme social gatherings."
WHOA. A sample:
Conversely, when the ﬂocking term dominates active MASHer motion, our model predicts a highly ordered vortex-like state  where MASHers again phase separate, but the conﬁned active MASHers move with a large non-zero angular momentum (Fig. 1(D)). Remarkably, this spontaneous phase separation and vortex formation is also observed at heavy metal concerts where they are conventionally called circle pits (Fig. 1(E)) . In simulations, we found an even distribution between clockwise (CW) and counter-clockwise (CCW) motion when viewed from above, whereas our observations from concerts show 5% ﬂow CW with the remaining 95% ﬂowing CCW (p < 0.001). This asymmetry is independent of geographical location, as video data was collected from a variety of countries including the United State of America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Though the origin of this eﬀect is unknown, we speculate it may be related to the dominant handedness/footedness found in humans.
Are you a private dick? A dangerous dame? Maybe a handsome guy-spy?! Or maybe you just play one on TV. Well, tonight is YOUR night! It all starts at 8 pm, with a set by Adé, music by KEXP's DJ El Toro, and video accompanyment by those handsome sick geniuses of Collide-O-Scope. "Dress to kill," as they say...
(Chop Suey) The pineapple-flavored tropi-pop of Week of Wonders is exactly what my ears needed in order to tell my brain that summer is a real concept. Somewhere the sun is shining—people might even be getting sunburns! Featuring ex–Orca Team and Torn ACLs members, Week of Wonders spill reverbed-out vocals and glittery guitar over a constant conga-line beat—you could swish your hips in a grass skirt to this, no problem. Speaking of hip-swishing, the very danceable Chastity Belt will also be there to keep you warm with their catchy-as-fuck, angst-laced jams.
Though this is bopping, which in hiphop dancing is a part of popping and locking, I couldn't help watching the bassist, Francis Maudsley, in the video for A Flock of Seagulls' greatest tune, "Space Age Love Song," and thinking: He is bopping...
You will not feel it if you don't call that cool move bopping.