Leah Julius, Alexandra Niedzialkowski, Lance Umble
First, the bad news: Tonight's Cumulus show at the Tractor, which was slated to be an album release celebration for the band's debut full-length I Never Meant It To Be Like This, won't be an album release celebration after all. But the good news: It'll still be a party—the band has signed to Chris Walla's Trans- Records! The label will release I Never Meant It To Be Like This this fall.
It's a pretty great story, really—the band recorded the album themselves and then used Kickstarter to afford getting professional mixes. A friend who was working with Walla was listening to the record and Walla took interest. Cumulus was just one day away from pressing 1,000 CDs themselves when they got word that Trans- wanted to work with them. The band, Alexandra Niedzialkowski, Lance Umble, and Leah Julius, explained how it all happened:
Congratulations on the good news! How did you end up connecting with Chris Walla and Trans-? I assume your friends in the Lonely Forest (who are also on the label) had something to do with it.
ALEX: It was in fact our friendship with Sam Winston, who recorded and engineered the Lonely Forest's Nuclear Winter and We Sing the Body Electric, that got us connected with Chris Walla. We knew we wanted Sam's talents to be a part of our final record, and the fact that he loved our band and wanted to work with us made him our first choice. We knew that Sam was working with Chris at Hall of Justice, but we had no expectations of Chris being interested in our band or record (although, of course, we daydreamed about it!).
It was the biggest and most amazing surprise ever to get an email from Chris in our inbox saying that he had heard the record and wanted to work with us. Proof that teenage dreams do come true! Being a high school fan of Death Cab for Cutie, I still remember seeing them play at Bumbershoot in, like, 2005? Before I even played music, or knew that it was something I wanted to do. I was just a fan. They were bigger than life, and a million miles away (I was in the nose-bleed section) so the day we walked into Hall of Justice and shook his hand and started talking records, I definitely had to keep my jaw from falling off.
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Matchbox Twenty doesn't give a care if they weren't invited to Mark McGrath's '90s cruise (that included Sugar Ray, the Gin Blossoms, the Verve Pipe, Marcy Playground, and other relics, but was cancelled [despite it's excellent logo] due to cruises being disgusting)—they're having their own damn cruise, featuring no other bands, because MB20 DON'T NEED NO OTHER BANDS.
Here's what you get:
- Accommodations onboard the Carnival Imagination (3-nights) - Matchbox Twenty concerts - Q&A with Matchbox Twenty - Photo session for all guests with Matchbox Twenty - Evening deck parties - All Meals, coffee, tea, iced tea & juices - 24-Hour complimentary room service & pizzeria - Full use of ship facilities: Two pools, whirlpools, fitness center, casino, library, duty-free shopping & all Carnival events - One-hour open-bar cocktail party - And much more
I think I'll sit this one out. I can't even remember what their hits were, and at least half the band seems creepy...
by Josh Bis
on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Hope your lungs, sunburns, eardrums and credit cards have recovered because, a month after it ended, it's already time to start thinking about Coachella all over again. After tweeting a terse warning on Friday, the festival rebooted its website this morning with an announcement/confirmation of next year's festival dates: April 11-13 and 18-20, 2014. Prices remain the same: starting $349 for a general admission wristband and $85 camping passes all the way up to $6500 for an air-conditioned "safari" tent with artist guest level access and a swimming pool and circusy lounge.
Per usual, fans will be buying in on well-earned faith in Goldenvoice's ability to throw a festival worth attending. The lineup won't be revealed until early next year, but perennial speculation rituals never really stop (dozens of forum threads on whether 2014 be the year that we get lucky and see Daft Punk's long-awaited return are already buzzing). One minor quirk: festival junkies heading out early for Sasquatch or already raving at Primavera should plan their proximity to wifi carefully: the Coachella pre-sale opens on Friday morning at 10 PDT and, if past performance is an indicator of future results, the early bird ticket pool will probably be exhausted within an hour or two. Plan your internet connections accordingly.
While more tickets will likely be available next year, the pre-sale is the only window of opportunity to get in on the the payment plan option, which takes a 20-percent down payment and splits the remaining charges over the remainder of 2013.
Their 10th (!) studio album, I Hate Music, will be out August 20th. Here's the album trailer:
And a little more info, by way of press release:
I Hate Music will be released on CD, LP and digital. The limited-edition deluxe LP will be pressed on colored vinyl and include a bonus 7-inch containing two non-album tracks, along with an I Hate Music stencil. Both the standard and deluxe LPs will be issued on 150-gram vinyl and feature a die-cut sleeve. All pre-orders in the Merge store will come with an I Hate Music poster, the first 200 of which will be signed by the band.
98 Degrees is releasing a new album?!: Hold onto your butts, everybody! The boy band that just won't quit (except for, you know, that decade) has recorded their first album in 13 years, appropriately titled 2.0. Here's a song about their dicks/microphones.
Rihanna vs. Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls: To the dismay of no one, RiRi's concert at Brooklyn's Barclay Center scheduled for tomorrow night will have to be postponed in light of the NBA Playoffs being pushed into an unanticipated 7th game.
Black Flag has risen: Yesterday the group released their first new song in 27 years!
Hide yo' kids, hide yo' muzik producers!: AraabMUZIK's Abraham Orellana is recovering nicely from a gunshot wound after being caught in the crossfire of an attempted armed robbery earlier this week. Classic wrong place, wrong time scenario.
The sun's out! Enjoy this song! Mikal Cronin's new album MCII is out May 7th!
Since 1986, Seattle Drum School has been a beacon of percussion and musical instruction for people of all ages and skill sets. The North Seattle and Georgetown locations are absolute assets to our city. Combined, they have roughly 600 students, 40 teachers, and four administrators. They offer bass, guitar, piano, voice, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, DJ, mandolin, and ukulele lessons, as well as rock-band classes, a Scottish drum corps class, and audio-engineering instruction. During the summer, Seattle Drum School offers camps, and they host all-ages shows and clinics with big-name hitters at their venues the Slab (Georgetown), and the L.A.B. (North Seattle, standing for Little Auditorium in the Back). But all is not rosy right now for the school—the city is threatening their existence. After 25 years of fire inspections with no problems, the Department of Planning and Development has decided to change Seattle Drum School's risk classification to that of a public school. It would force them to install sprinklers, have a seismic assessment and retrofit, and make various other alterations—the cost could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, effectively putting them out of business.
DEAR MAYOR MCGINN: Seattle Drum School should be flourishing, not on the verge of being shut down. Mr. Mayor, we cannot let places like Seattle Drum School perish. It's a great, positive place for kids, employing good people. We need music. We need music teachers. We need music taught. Our city and its government should be helping places like this, not threatening them.
Seattle Drum School founder Steve Smith spoke.
What's the latest on the retrofit/sprinkler issue?
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with an assistant Seattle attorney who handles land-use issues. She was very kind and said she was going to contact her client at the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to see if there was a way to bring us into compliance without resorting to a lawsuit. So far, I haven't heard back.
One of the most potent psych-rock bands of the ’80s/’90s, Loop, will be reforming to play a series of shows this year and next and curating All Tomorrow’s Parties’ End of an Era Fest Part 2 in Camber Sands, England, in November. Let us hope a US tour with a stop in Seattle materializes. I was lucky enough to witness Loop play live in Detroit in 1990 and it was a magmatic experience; their cover of Can’s “Mother Sky” tore the roof off the Majestic Theater; luckily it was spring, so we didn't freeze.
Read band leader Robert Hampson’s statement on the reformation of Loop, who split in 1991, after the jump. Now please enjoy one of Loop’s most lysergic trips.
Side note: Both Hampson’s site and a Loop fan page are down now due to bandwidth limits being exceeded. People are stoked.
Here is the first I've seen of the now TWO Black Flag regroups. I gotta say Flag fucking owns this shit.
This Flag show was played to an invite-only crowd at Moose Lodge 1873 in Redondo Beach, California. BTW: Moose Lodge 1873 was where Black Flag played their first show in January, 1979. The Flag line up is Black Flag alumni Keith Morris, vox, Chuck Dukowski on bass, Dez Cadena playing guitar and singing, with Bill Stevenson on the drums; the second guitarist is Stephen Egerton from Descendents/All. Uh, I love the fuck outta Chavo, who is fronting the Greg Ginn Black Flag re-group, but after watching this vid I think I'd rather see Flag.
Holy lord, I love Raffi. Sometimes, people who you like as a child turn out to be creeps. And sometimes, they turn out to be really great grown-ups (like Mr. Rogers, who was one of the loveliest humans ever). Right now, children's singer-songwriter Raffi is taking to Twitter to lament the awfulness of Canadian teenager Rehtaeh Parsons's recent suicide, and rape culture and slutshaming in general, specifically calling out men to address their own issues and adults to fix some of the systemic fuckups that lead to these tragedies.
"rape culture"? what has society become—who tolerates such hideous violence& insult to human dignity? MEN, Youth—SPEAK OUT!! — Raffi Cavoukian (@Raffi_RC) April 12, 2013
heartbroken by the ongoing prevalence of online violence & shaming. social media enables terrible acts—needs regulating, teaching. #tech — Raffi Cavoukian (@Raffi_RC) April 12, 2013
Turns out he's been involved with kids' and teens' safety on the internet for a while, founding a project called Red Hood, inspired by Amanda Todd's suicide, that aims to get social-media platforms to take cyberbullying and young people's safety into account in their design. GO, RAFFI! I love you.
UPDATE! And alithea in comments wins the internet today with this "Baby Beluga" redo:
BABY BELUGA DISMANTLING THE PATRIARCHY ENCOURAGE DISCOURSE SO EVERYONE CAN BE FREE WITH MRAS UP ABOVE AND NONINTERSECTIONALISTS BELOW AND A CULTURE OF WHITE MALES CALLING EACH OTHER "BRO".
Over the past few days Jaymay has become increasingly sick with what we now know to be advanced symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Regrettably, due to both the severity of her symptoms and the advice of her doctors, we have no choice but to cancel all upcoming dates of her current tour.
Jaymay is deeply disappointed and truly sorry for the inconvenience this causes venues, concert promoters and her fans. We intend to spend the coming months helping Jaymay regain her health and will make every effort to reschedule all cancelled performances at a future date.
Lots of good vibes sent your way, Jaymay! Hope you're feeling better very soon.
To clarify; Tad Doyle and Gary Thorstensen (two original members of TAD) will be joining Brothers of the Sonic Cloth to play a set of songs from the band TAD's God's Balls, Salt Lick and 8-Way Santa record at the Sub Pop Records 25th Jubilee in Seattle's Georgetown in July 2013. Details to follow. #SP25
THIS WILL BE AWESOME. And this is the first public information I've seen regarding the festival's line-up. Not a bad start.
From the BBC today: The Greater Manchester Police have begun recognizing attacks on subcultures like goth and emo (and punk and metal, etc.) as hate crimes.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said this new understanding of hate crime was a "major breakthrough", adding: "This means that we can recognise the impact that alternative subculture hate crime has on its victims and the wider community. Any crime motivated by hate is an insidious and evil crime and I hope other forces will follow our lead."
If you didn't hear the heartbreaking news: Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins died on Tuesday after being shot five times on Monday. The bullets were allegedly intended for her father, who was reportedly changing her diaper at the time. He was hospitalized and in critical condition earlier this week, but he's since been released from the hospital and is said to be cooperating with police.
Earlier today Lupe Fiasco, who's also from Chicago, posted a song he wrote for the girl, about what her life might've been like if she had lived. Try not to get tears all over your keyboard.
by Dave Segal
on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Mutant Sounds—one of the web’s most fertile sources for downloading obscure, great out-of-print releases—has called it quits. In a post from March 9, Mutant Sounds contributor vdoandsound wrote:
So this is where I get to tell you everything you never wanted to hear me say. While it's been a fantastic ride and I hope everyone has enjoyed it, the recent news that issues pertaining to copyright online are now being re-interpreted by the powers-that-be in alarming new ways means that there's no point in pushing this boulder up a hill any longer. Mutant Sounds' original founder Jim is in full agreement with my sentiments and everything except for the texts has now been deleted. I understand this is really crushing news for many and I sympathize with your pain but I also hope you can see why the time has now come to call it a day.
Inspired by Nurse With Wound’s list of subterranean sonic treasures that originated in the sleeve notes to Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella, Mutant Sounds built upon NWW leader Steven Stapleton’s zeal for the overlooked and enigmatic musical geniuses, making available for downloading several classic recordings that existed only in tiny editions for brief durations. This was aural archeology at its finest, and the blog turned on many avid heads to tons of music that otherwise might have withered unheard forever.
Blogger vdoandsound—who is a key member of chameleonic psychedelic bricoleurs Vas Deferens Organization and one of the world's foremost record collectors—also noted: "I'm convinced that this music and a better understanding of it and its historical place will continue to spread, as it's been circulating around out there for some time now, so a thousand other platforms await your own able hands and intentions."
BUT WAIT. While writing this post, I noticed that Mutant Sounds will continue to exist—but with a different approach. The site will share music, but only that for which it has received permission from the artists. These works will be disseminated via Mutant Sounds' personal Dropbox account. vdoandsound's latest post explains the new regime—which begins next week—here. It's fair to say that this is a compromise with which many rare-music fiends can live.
One hundred editions of Atoms for Peace's Judge Jury and Executioner 12" were screen printed by hand, and, because the supplies were so limited, the band and XL recordings then held a lottery to see which lucky record store would get to sell the coveted merchandise. It's your lucky day, Seattle!
A1: "Judge Jury and Executioner" B1: "S.A.D." (Non-album track)
The shop says they now have the albums, they're $16.99 each and there's a limit of ONE per customer.
In other record store news, Silver Platters on Lower Queen Anne is moving to Sodo in June—the neighborhood, my neighborhood, started the year with two record stores and come June there will be zero. Sad face.
Carly Rae Jepsen, singer of "Call Me Maybe" (you're welcome for screwing your afternoon with that ear worm!), has withdrawn her participation in this summer's Boy Scouts Jamboree, after an online petition from gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance asking her and Train not to perform for the organization because they still ban gay members got tens of thousands of signatures and garnered attention from GLAAD.
This morning, Jepsen tweeted: "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer..."
When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization. Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen. We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then.
The Boy Scouts of America board members are set to vote again on the policy sometime in May. In a press release this morning, Nance, who came out and left the Scouts earlier this year, said, "A Scout is brave, and I'm thrilled that Carly Rae and Train have joined me in standing up for what is right. I hope the Boy Scouts of America also choose to be brave this May." Good work, all around! (Except for the Scouts board, so far.)
The juiciest tidbit of Whitney Houston's newly released FBI file must be the fact that she was allegedly extorted for a tidy sum of money in the early 1990s. Apparently a woman threatened to reveal "intimate details regarding [Houston's] romantic relationships" and would agree to sign a confidentiality agreement if compensated. Houston's FBI file also includes a confidentiality agreement allegedly signed by the woman.
What could the intimate details be? How much money does it cost to suppress such information? If Houston wasn't saving all of her love for me, who was she saving it for?