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Monday, March 3, 2014

Shabazz Palaces to Play Tractor Tavern March 18 With Ricky and Mark, Erik Blood

Posted by on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM

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Full details have emerged regarding Shabazz Palaces' upcoming show at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard. As previously reported, the headlining local titans will share the stage with left-field rap-duo-to-watch Ricky and Mark (aka Ricky Pharoe and Gajamagic). The finalized bill also promises a set from producer-to-the-gods/singer-songwiter extraordinaire, Erik Blood, as well as DJing and hosting by electronic busyman Vox Mod.

The show is another great lineup put together by the Red Bull Sound Select group, which notably consists of Sasquatch! festival's Adam Zacks, Sub Pop, and the Capitol Hill Block Party organizers (press release after the jump). If interested in attending this uncommonly radical musical event, you can RSVP here, and pay the ridiculously affordable price of $3, OR, you can wait and pay $10 at the door, so long as spots are still available when you show up. I'd jump on that répondez link if I were you, and even if I were me. This'll be a good one.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Get Stoked, Vegans! The Highline Is Bringing Food Back!

Posted by on Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

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  • Hi, Seattle. Did you miss me?
Last summer beloved vegan bar the Highline broke hearts all over Seattle when they decided to shut down their kitchen. No more brunch! No more BBQ Nuggs! No more Crazy Train! CRY!

But wait! They were just kidding! Next week the Highline is re-opening their kitchen, promising even more "crazy new magic." Their first day of food service starts Monday, February 24th.

Here's the official word from the bar's owner, Dylan Desmond:

We're starting small to allow room for growth: for now, we'll be serving food weekly on Monday's and Tuesday's from 4pm-8pm. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH IS THE FIRST DAY!

Expect some classics from the old menu that have been fine tuned and perfected. Also! We've cooked up some crazy new magic!

Of course, everything will be 100% vegan and badass as usual. There's even awesome gluten free entrees! Our goal is to build up to 7 days a week, as we did before. But we need your help! Tell your friends, bring a date, and order a drink on the side. Or seven! Give us your honest opinion on the food, and eat a lot of it. We aim to put out the best vegan pub-grub on the planet, and your support will mean the world to us!

You hear that? STOP EATING RIGHT NOW! Get your stomach as empty as possible, then go break your fast at the Highline on Monday.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dates Announced for Experimental-Ambient Fest Substrata 1.4

Posted by on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Organizer Rafael Anton Irisarri has announced July 17-20 as the dates for the fourth annual Substrata festival, to take place at the Chapel Performance Space. Dubbed “an intimate sound and media weekend,” this event focuses on experimental, minimalist ambient music of extremely high quality. Last year’s lineup included world-class talent such as Ken Camden, Grouper, Kim Cascone,, and Noveller. Previous editions have featured Biosphere, Oren Ambarchi, Scanner, Daniel Menche, and many other far-flung luminaries.

If I could suggest just one artist for Substrata 1.4, it would be Laraaji. I think his celestial, healing music would go over very well with the fest’s discerning attendees—plus, he's a freakin' legend, funny as heck, and he probably has some amazing Brian Eno anecdotes.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happening Right Now: A Tiny Amount of Party Up for Grabs

Posted by on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Out and about on Capitol Hill? Want to be 1.5% less sober? If you hurry, someone was nice enough to leave a tiny amount of party on this Stranger box right near our office. An inch of Pepsi, a quarter inch of rum... what are you waiting for? This is your Thursday.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Dance Club Kremwerk Opens Feb. 14, Hosts UR Member Santiago Salazar Feb. 15

Posted by on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Kremwerk is a new electronic-music-oriented club opening in the same building as Re-bar Feb. 14. Opening night's bill includes Viva Recordings artists Chad Neiro, Peter Evans, and Justin Collins. The next night, LA-based Underground Resistance operative Santiago Salazar headlines Dark Time, run by Ctrl_Alt_Dlt and Roddimus, late of SpaceRock Saturdays. The first weekend concludes with FTR BASS, which is "dedicated to cutting edge electronic music and classic remixes," and headed by DJAO.

Ctrl_Alt_Dlt (ex-Stranger music intern Chris Aldrich) says of Kremwerk: "The space is super cool, really dark industrial basement spot and the guy who runs it [Austin Stone] is solid; he moved here from Berlin recently and definitely knows what's up with techno." Aldrich and Roddimus will be helping with the booking.

Kremwerk is located at 1809 Minor Ave #10.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Coachella Lineup Announced: OutKast Reunion Officially Official

Posted by on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Coachella announced its lineup(s) tonight, and yes, that OutKast Reunion is officially official. Here's the poster we've all been waiting for since presale tickets sold out last spring:

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The festival takes place over two weekends — April 11-13 and April 18-20 — in (usually) sunny Indio, California with identical lineups. Headliners will be familiar to 2010 and 2011 attendees, respectively, with Muse on Saturday night (Goldenvoice has always had a thing for British rock acts) and Arcade Fire closing the festival on Sunday night (will Reflektor dress codes be in effect on the Polo Grounds?). Tickets start at $375 and go on sale on Friday at 10 am with options still available for both weekends. However, if you're hoping to go during to the first weekend, non-glamping camping is no longer an option and you'll have to buy your wristband along with a shuttle package (but at least you won't have to face traffic and the parking lots).

If history's any indication, the remaining passes will probably go quickly; so festival organizers recommend registering to purchase (weekend one / weekend two) by Thursday at 10 pm so that you'll be ready to race to hand over cash through the fairly civilized queuing system the next morning.

I'm still excitedly digesting the lineup — with an internal monologue along the lines of "... Neutral Milk Hotel! Maybe Daft Punk will never play this festival again, but there's Pharrell Williams! Will Mogwai actually make it into the country this time? What weird stuff will the the Knife get themselves into in a middle-sized tent!? Disclosure! Poolside! but maybe not Skrillex?" — and trying not to imagine the catastrophic conflicts that are sure to arise when it finally comes time to face the desert sun and patch together a personal schedule. Please perform your own pop-culture eye exam by reporting the smallest band name that you recognize (e.g., "why do we need a magnifying glass to see Blood Orange and Waxahatchee?") and ones you can see from across the room that induce critical chagrin (e.g., "Is that really a Lana Del Rey and Motörhead double feature?") in the comments.

Full lineup, as transcribed by the Los Angeles Times, after the jump.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Congratulations, Nirvana: You're Rock and Roll Hall of Famed

Posted by on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

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Last night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its latest inductees and lo and behold, a little Pacific Northwest outfit called Nirvana made the cut on their first ballot during their first year of eligibility. (Take that, Joe DiMaggio!) They'll be accompanied into those hallowed halls with Class of 2014 companions Kiss, Linda Rondstadt, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Andrew Loog Oldham, Brian Epstein, and the E Street Band.

Congratulations, or whatever, to all the inductees. But where there are winners, a pack of lovable losers can't be far behind. The "it's an honor to be nominated/it's crazy that some of these people aren't already inducted" crowd includes Yes, N.W.A, Chic, the Meters, Deep Purple, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, LL Cool J, the Replacements, Link Wray and the Zombies. Better luck next year, rockers!

Let's celebrate the champions and mourn the fallen heroes in the comments, shall we?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Read the Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly in Full

Posted by on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Read Jessica Hopper's interview with Jim DeRogatis, the pop-music reporter who broke the infamous R. Kelly sex scandal story 15 years ago. It's pretty fucking yuck.

Rapes, plural. It is on record. Rapes in the dozen. So stop hedging your words and when you tell me what a brilliant ode to pussy Black Panties is, then realize that the next sentence should say: "This, from a man who has committed numerous rapes." The guy was a monster! Just say it! We do have a justice system and he was acquitted. OK, fine. And these other women took the civil-lawsuit route. He was tried on very narrow grounds. He was tried on a 29-minute, 36-second videotape. He was tried on trading child pornography. He was not tried for rape...He's never had his day in court as a rapist. It's 15 years in the past now, but this record exists. You have to make a choice, as a listener, if music matters to you as more than mere entertainment. And you and I have spent our entire lives with that conviction. This is not just entertainment, this is our lifeblood. This matters.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Deastro Cancels Nov. 23 Seattle Date; Grunge 2000 Fill the Void

Posted by on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

This was announced too late to correct it in this week’s Data Breaker, but Ghostly International artist Deastro has canceled his Nov. 23 appearance at Vermillion. He’ll be replaced by Seattle’s Grunge 2000, a new duo featuring Bankie Phones (aka Frankie Crescioni) and Chris Davis of Brain Fruit. Despite the tongue-in-cheek project name, these two synthesizer masters have serious skills. Anyone who caught them working with Jonathan "Patternmaster" Carr and Jayson “Airport” Kochan at Lo-Fi recently as Motorheadz can attest to their ability to create galvanizing acid techno on the fly.

More info on that Nov. 23 show here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Light in the Attic Record Store to Open Dec. 6; Lee Hazlewood Box Set News

Posted by on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

The great Seattle reissue label/distributor Light in the Attic is holding a grand opening Fri. Dec. 6 (4 pm-9 pm) for its record store. LITA plans to sell merchandise out of its large warehouse office every Friday from 1 pm-5 pm. The grand opening will feature a live solo spot by Moondoggies' Kevin Murphy and DJ sets from Supreme La Rock and KEXP's Johnny Horn. Further incentives: free beer and LP giveaways.

You also may want to save your money and clear some shelf space for the Lee Hazlewood Industries: There's a Dream I've Been Saving 1966-1971 box set, which comes out Nov. 26 in deluxe and regular versions. It includes a 172-page hardcover book. This artifact looks worth subsisting on starvation rations for a while to afford.

More info on the LITA record-store event here.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Crystal Antlers' Nov. 11 Show at Lo-Fi Is Back On

Posted by on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Remember this post from yesterday notifying you of Crystal Antlers' van accident and Nov. 11 Seattle show cancellation? Well, the Long Beach, California garage-rock band somehow are going to haul themselves up to Seattle to play their gig at Lo-Fi, as well as make a 3 pm appearance on KEXP Monday. Tough mofos!

Death Cab for Cutie Make Surprise Appearance at Barsuk XV

Posted by on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

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Barsuk, a.k.a. Seattle's nicest record label, started its weekend-long quinceañera last night at the Showbox. Although the show was ably-headlined by Nada Surf, there was still a very conspicuous unnamed "special guest" spot on the bill. That slot was filled by Death Cab for Cutie, who squeezed in a surprise set consisting entirely of highlights from their Barsuk albums. As if the relative absence of screaming teenagers in the audience and more human scale of the venue didn't already distinguish this show from their now-typical arena and festival tours, the whole set was played with acoustic guitars (and some sort of bongo like percussion setup). Consummate and amiable professionals as always, they sounded great playing classic hits to the people who were likely around when they were playing even smaller rooms; all in all it was a really nice birthday present to the label whose success has been largely intertwined with their own.

Were you surprised? Or had the secret already spread like wildfire before showtime?

DCFC Barsuk XV Setlist
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Festivities continue throughout the weekend, more photos to come. Details about the rest of the lineup at Barsuk XV

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Crystal Antlers' Van Accident Forces Cancellation of Nov. 11 Seattle Date

Posted by on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Long Beach, California trio Crystal Antlers totaled their a tour van and are stuck in rural Kansas, so they will not be playing their Nov. 11 Seattle date at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery with This Blinding Light and Kingdom of the Holy Sun. Crystal Antlers' booking agent says that nobody was hurt and their gear did not get damaged, but they're canceling the rest of their tour nonetheless.

This has been a bad week for rock groups on the road, as Seattle's La Luz suffered an even worse vehicular accident right before their Nov. 6 show with of Montreal at Neumos. Be careful out there, people.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ian and Allison Hill Lose Bid for the Comet Tavern

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Seattle musician Ian Hill and his wife Allison were outbid in their quest to buy the Comet Tavern. "We got outbid, by a lot," Ian Hill said in a phone interview. Hill, who plays bass for the band RebelMart, said that they don't even know who outbid them.

"They asked that the bid, the plan, everything, remain silent. That just screams ‘evil empire.’ They don’t want anyone to know what’s going on."

The Hills met with building owner Charlie Chao and his daughter/lawyer Stacy Krantz at the Comet on Saturday. Ian said the talks went well, but the price was too high for them. "So we countered with something more reasonable and Stacy... said she wanted us to have it, because we were the only ones who had any kind of passion for keeping it the Comet, keeping the integrity of that space and what it means to people. Everybody else who went in there to talk to them was just about money. She didn’t say how much over the top they went, but they pretty much doubled everything—rent, goodwill… So far over the top, it was… think Easy Street in Queen Anne. Chase Bank comes in and says, ‘Well, why don’t we write you a check for five times what your highest bid is?' How do you compete with that?"

Krantz told the Hills that she wanted them to run the Comet due to their passion for the venue. "We lost out to big money," Ian concluded. "It came down to doing the right thing isn’t enough. We’re pretty upset over here. We put a lot into this… not just money, we put a lot of heart and soul into it. We went to benefit shows, we met with the employees, we did a lot of legwork. We tried to rally this sense of community, the resiliency the punk-rock and music community has. Stand by and fight the man. The man won again.

"We’re not gonna give up," Ian promised. "We’re gonna keep our passion for what we do, knowing we’re good at it. When you do something the right way, you know it’ll work out. We’re always gonna stick by that. It didn’t work this time and that really sucks. We have to keep that resiliency we have and put it into something else. Ugh, we’re just really broken up about it."

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Cancels Nov. 7 Town Hall Appearance

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

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Donald Fagen has canceled his Nov. 7 appearance with Ross Reynolds at Town Hall for "personal reasons." The notoriously perfectionist keyboard player/singer/lyricist for Steely Dan recently published Eminent Hipsters, a witty and illuminating collection of reminiscences about his major cultural influences and an extensive diary from his 2012 tour with the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue with Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald.

Eminent Hipsters is recommended for serious Dan fans and people who want to learn about the daily smooth grind of super-wealthy musicians on a nationwide tour. As anyone who's pored over one of his lyrics knows, Fagen is a superbly observant writer blessed with a caustic, self-deprecating sense of humor. There are plans to reschedule this event. Ticket holders will automatically receive refunds through Stranger Tickets.

Tonight's La Luz Show at Neumos Cancelled Due to a Serious Van Accident

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

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Local up and comers La Luz, who were midway through a national tour with of Montreal, suffered a severe van accident on the way back to Seattle for their Neumos show tonight. Their tour van was totaled and the members have suffered personal injuries. Their gear was also destroyed and our favorite surfing sweethearts have had to cancel their remaining tour dates.

To help La Luz out during this seriously awful time, make a donation on their Hardly Art band page by CLICKING HERE.

Condolences to them and here's wishing them a safe trip home and rapid recovery.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Tonight's Garfunkel & Oates Show Has Been Rescheduled

Posted by on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Because of this morning's shooting at LAX, Garfunkel & Oates were unable to fly out of LA in time to make it up to Seattle for tonight's show at the Neptune Theatre. The show has been rescheduled for November 10th—tickets for tonight's show will be honored at the new date.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Medical Records to Issue B.E.F.'s Music for Turntables

Posted by on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Seattle-based Medical Records* will be reissuing a compilation of obscure material from British Electric Foundation (B.E.F.) titled Music For Turntables in January 2014. B.E.F. consisted of the prime movers—Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh—behind the Human League's 1977-1980 output, including Reproduction and Travelogue.

B.E.F. existed in that brief span between their exit from Human League and their launch of Heaven 17. They recorded the cassettes Music For Stowaways and Music For Listening To during that time, reflecting their mastery of desolate synthscapes and compelling drum-machine manipulations. Music for Turntables will contain both of those releases plus one bonus track, all culled from the original master tapes at Virgin Records UK. The album will be released with a special embossed cover art and on 180-gram vinyl and will include liner notes by Stranger freelancer Kurt B. Reighley.

(Note: B.E.F. also reverently covered the late Lou Reed's "Perfect Day.")

*I've written liner notes for Medical.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Update on Ian Hill's Quest to Buy the Comet Tavern

Posted by on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Seattle musician Ian Hill (of RebelMart) and his wife Allison are making progress of sorts in their quest to purchase the Comet Tavern, which has been shuttered since Oct. 5. "We now know that Lost Lake is one of the other prospective buyers," Hill says. "Word on the street is that they want to acquire the space and expand Lost Lake essentially doing away with The Comet anyways. When I spoke to Stacy [Krantz], she said the building owner [Charlie Chao] wants to keep The Comet what it is. They said they don't want 'another Bellevue yuppie bar.' If Lost Lake buys it, so long.

"[Comet Tavern owner] Brian Balodis emailed me back offering to sell us the rights to The Comet," Hill continues. "So we have a leg up as we are in negotiations for the naming rights. We will be sitting down with Stacy in the next few days with our group. We have all the confidence in the world that our business plan is unmatched. We have years upon years in the restaurant/bar industry and music industry and want to keep the Comet what it was."

Lost Lake co-owner Jason Lajeunesse says, "We've made it no further than general enquiries. We share a landlord, and it's important to us and the neighborhood that the right tenant goes in next door to us. As of now, Lost Lake has made no offers on the space."
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