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Monday, August 5, 2013

Today's Music News: Greg Ginn Is Suing Flag/Henry Rollins, the Postal Service Is Done, and the Bloodhound Gang Are Still a Band

Posted by on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Greg Ginn Is Suing Flag and Henry Rollins: Get the popcorn.

Who Knew They Were Still Around?: Not only are the Bloodhound Gang still a band, but they've reportedly been deported and banned from Russia for an "unfortunate flag-down-pants incident."

Fun While It Lasted: Postal Service co-founder Ben Gibbard has confirmed that the band's Lollapalooza performances were their last.

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck Will Tour Together: Don't get too excited—no NW dates have been announced.

Buzzfeed Doesn't Get It: Chastity Belt's great "steak chastity belt" promo photo is on Buzzfeed's latest "21 Painfully Awkward Band Photos" list.

Daft Punk Will be on Colbert Tomorrow: Stay up all night (or until, like, 11 pm) to watch it.

Oh No: Descendents are recording their first album since 2004's Cool to Be You.

Speaking of New Records With Old Bands: Melvins have reunited with original drummer Mike Dillard for their album Tres Cabrones, due November 5th. The band will be at Neumos August 16th and 17th.

I'm listening to Sinking Ships and it's making me a) kick Monday's ass and b) want to do the pit shark. Join me!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Wall of Sound Finds New Location on Capitol Hill

Posted by on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Indie music retailer Wall of Sound has found a new location, where it will begin operating in early September: 1205 E. Pike St. #1C. The shop—which has been in existence since 1990—is currently located at 315 E. Pine St. WOS remains one of the best places in the region to obtain great, obscure music and soak up musical knowledge from its owners, Michael Ohlenroth and Jeffery Taylor (the latter writes those essential Jazz Diaspora posts for Line Out).

Also of possible interest: Loyal customer Adam Svenson (aka Karnak Temples) has instigated a mini Record Store Day for the store to help the proprietors lighten their load for when they move. Wall of Sound Day happens Sun. Aug. 4 from noon to 6 pm. See more info here.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Dreamsalon Member Min Yee's Bass Stolen

Posted by on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

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  • Min Yee's Facebook page

Some lousy scumbag has stolen the bass guitar of Seattle underground-rock fixture Min Yee, who currently plays with garage-rock dynamos Dreamsalon; he also held down the low end for years in the legendary A Frames/AFCGT.

Yee wrote on his Facebook:

My bass was stolen from my car last night [July 30] between 8-10pm downtown on 2nd ave at university st. Please keep your eyes open for it if you are near pawn shops or music shops. It's a brown 1974 fender precision bass with worn off finish around where my right forearm rests on it. It's the only bass I've played for 17 years. Please spread the word.

If you see this bass, let us know at music@thestranger.com and we'll get in touch with Min.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Medical and LITA to Reissue Seefeel's Classique 1993 LP Quique

Posted by on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

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Seefeel's ambient/shoegaze/dub classic Quique will be reissued jointly by the Seattle labels Medical and Light in the Attic (via the latter's Modern Classics imprint) on Aug. 27. The British group originally released Quique in 1993 and instantly inspired much critical purple prose to describe its radically distinctive otherworldliness. The album is considered by many heads to be at least the equal to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless in terms of melodic beauty and sonic inventiveness.

The vinyl version of Quique has been out of print for years. Medical and Modern Classics are bringing it back into circulation in a lavish double-LP gatefold package, with some initial copies pressed on blue wax. The labels asked me to write to write the liner notes, and I was honored to do so, as this music has resonated deeply and ranked astronomically high with me for 20 years.

You can pre-order Quique here.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Geek Out: EMP Pop Conference Returns to Seattle in 2014

Posted by on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Organized by former Seattleite Eric Weisbard, the annual EMP Pop Conference—a series of presentations, debates, and panel discussions centering on an overarching theme by music journalists, scholars, musicians, and other industry folk—will return to Seattle's EMP in 2014. Last year, Pop Con took place in five cities, including Seattle. In 2011 and 2012, the conference happened at UCLA and NYU, respectively; EMP had hosted it for the previous nine years. Save the dates April 17-20, 2014, for the next one, geek.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone Puts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Their Cover, Is Probably Delighted People Are Paying Attention to Them Again

Posted by on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

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The cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone (on sale this Friday) features a moppy haired and doe-eyed young man staring directly into the camera. He's very handsome, with the slightest smile on his lips and relaxed posture. The lighting is soft and warm, casting a glowing, golden hue all around him. If you weren't paying attention to the news for the past three months, you'd likely assume he is the music industry's latest heartthrob—the new John Mayer or maybe even Bob Dylan's grandkid. But he's not a heartthrob, he is, as the text below his face says, a monster—he is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old man suspected of assisting in the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured over 250 others.

People are outraged that the magazine would not only put Tsarnaev on the cover, but portray him in such a romanticized way, in a space generally graced by attractive rockstars and actors. Businesses have already announced they're boycotting the issue, including CVS/pharmacy. They said "CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."

Right or wrong, this is the most I've heard anyone talk about the magazine in years—there's no doubt in my mind Rolling Stone knew exactly what they were doing when they chose to feature Tsarnaev over, say, one of the other names featured on the cover like Willie Nelson, Jay-Z, or Robin Thicke. None of those guys would've made the magazine's name trend on Twitter for the last 24 hours. You can read the accompanying cover story here. They begin the story with an editor's note:

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens. –THE EDITORS

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Norwegian Black Metaller Varg Vikernes Goes Back to Jail Today

Posted by on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Well, the church-burning, bandmate-stabbing former guitarist of Mayhem didn't last long out in the free world, now did he? Released in 2009, after spending 21 years in jail, he was arrested again today in France.

Via Metro UK:

A neo-Nazi musician with links to mass murder Anders Breivik was arrested this morning over fears he was planning ‘a major terrorist act’ in France.

The black metal singer, a convicted murderer, was found to have an arsenal of at least four Carabine .22 long rifles, as well as various explosives.

Read more on the BBC, and Euronews.

Stevie Wonder Boycotts Florida, Every State With Stand Your Ground Laws

Posted by on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

People are continuing to react to the George Zimmerman verdict. On Saturday night, when Zimmerman was declared not guilty, my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and real life conversations, were filled with a lot of disbelief and rage. Now, as people have had time to settle, more positive things are happening. I've seen some friends start volunteering at the ACLU, others have donated money to anti-gun organizations, and, of course, a lot of people are signing NAACP's petition urging the Department of Justice to open a civil rights case against Zimmerman. The petition has nearly half a million signatures.

Stevie Wonder is taking action, too. He promises to not play any place with Stand Your Ground laws. Via huffingtonpost.com:

Stevie Wonder told a crowd on Sunday that he won't perform in Florida until the state repeals its controversial Stand Your Ground laws, effectively boycotting any state with similar legislation on its books.

"I decided today that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," the singer said in Quebec City. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do."

Wonder added, "You can't just talk about it. You gotta be about it."

I love you, Stevie Wonder.

Monday, July 15, 2013

"Legendary musician attacked after dedicating song to Trayvon Martin"

Posted by on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that someone who might support a man who was capable of killing a 17-year-old unarmed kid with no regret would think it's appropriate to attack a 73-year-old unarmed man. Via KTVU.com:

Hayward Police arrested a Barstow woman Saturday night for reportedly attacking music legend Lester Chambers after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin.

Chambers, the 73-year-old singer of the legendary 1960's music group The Chambers Brothers, was assailed around 5 p.m. Saturday while on stage at Hayward Russell City Blues Festival.

According to police and witnesses, the singer had dedicated Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” to Martin when 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter jumped up and shoved Chambers to the ground after allegedly yelling “It’s all your fault!”

Chambers was taken to the hospital and released with a bruised rib muscle and nerve damage. The woman who attacked him was charged with suspicion of battery. Chambers' family hopes to file hate crime charges against her.

You're invited! The Stranger's Night of Music Genius at the Frye

Posted by on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

This post has been moved up to remind you: this event is one week from this Wednesday!

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Save the DATE! On Wednesday, July 24, the Frye Art Museum will be open after-hours for the The Stranger's first Night of Genius in my personal favorite Genius category: MUSIC.

Joining me for a night of music listening, conversation, drinking, and discussion, will be music Genius finalists Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang, Katie Kate, and Jherek Bischoff (read all about each finalist in the latest, greatest Genius-packed issue of A&P). Each musician will present their work and answer questions from me and from the audience. There will also be cocktails, nibbles, and the exhilarating feeling of being let loose in a museum after-hours!

Click here to get your tickets. See you there!

Want even MORE Genius this summer? Check out this week's Suggests-filled paper!

Monday, July 1, 2013

One Person Dies, Dozens More Overdose at the Gorge This Weekend

Posted by on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

From Komonews.com:

QUINCY, Wash. - One person died and dozens were taken to the hospital after apparently overdosing on drugs during a music festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre over the weekend.

Officials said someone at the Paradiso Festival was peddling a drug promoted as ecstasy, but was actually "Molly," a powerful form of MDMA, that may have also been mixed with other drugs.

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A spokesperson for Quincy Valley Medical Center said the hospital's emergency room saw 123 patients over the weekend, including 72 from the concert who were treated and released. At least 40 to 45 had medical issues related to drugs and alcohol.

Yikes.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Today's Music News: Goodbye Bobby Bland, Boy Band Beef, Tupac the Musical, and More

Posted by on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

R.I.P. Bobby Bland: The amazing blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland passed away over the weekend at the age of 83. I posted just one of his many awesome songs at the bottom.

Today in Faded Relevance All Around: Aaron Carter claims he was jumped by (four, fully-grown, male) New Kids on the Block fans in Boston who told Carter he was encroaching on their turf by playing a show there. Carter evidently fought back using Muy Thai. The whole thing is pretty surreal. You've been warned, Biebs.

Holler If You Hear Me: That's the title of an upcoming musical based on the life of the late, great Tupac Shakur. It's got a Tony-nominated director (Kenny Leon) who's hoping to release it in time for the 2013-2014 season. I wonder if the hologram will make a cameo.

The Many Enigmas of Rick Rubin: As a big fan of Rubin, I found this article (on Uproxx of all places!) required reading.

Sacrilege!: For their 20th anniversary as a group, TLC released a reworking of the track "Waterfalls," replacing late member Left Eye's verse with Japanese singer Namie Amuro. For those of us bumping and grinding to that song all through elementary school, this amounts to blasphemy.

MGMT Announce New Album: Coming in September. Also in new album news: Chief Keef's making a whole record with amazing producer Zaytoven, and Willis Earl Beal has a new one coming out with a Cat Power feature.

Rolling Stones Fans Boo Obama: That seemed to be the takeaway from Mick Jagger's li'l jab at our Commander-in-Chief, during a show in D.C. over the weekend: "I don't think President Obama is here tonight, but I'm sure he's listening in." I see what you did there, Mick.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sasquatch! Expands to Two Weekends, With Two Different Lineups

Posted by on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:47 AM

This morning Sasquatch! festival announced via Twitter that they're expanding:


Friday, June 7, 2013

Wall of Sound Gets an Extension to Dwell in Its Current Space

Posted by on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Wall of Sound—one of Seattle's best music-retail establishments, if the towering stack of receipts in my closet is any indication—has received an extension of its deadline to move out of the current location at 315 E Pine St. in the Melrose Building, which is renovating later this year, driving out several small retailers. As reported in this week's What's Crappening column, WOS originally had until the end of July to find new digs. Now the shop has till the end of August to do so. Sigh of relief...

Here's the pertinent blurb:

One of Seattle's—nay, the country's—best record stores, Wall of Sound, needs to move before July is over, as it occupies space in the Melrose Building that's being repurposed (GRRRR). WOS owners Jeffery Taylor and Michael Ohlenroth hope to remain on Capitol Hill, but will consider other neighborhoods. If you see any available spaces in the 700-to-900-square-feet range that look indie-music-shop-friendly, let 'em know at wosound@qwestoffice.net.

Wall of Sound's equally crucial co-tenant, Spine & Crown book store, is going out of business in late July.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Doe Bay Fest 2013: Built to Spill, Shabazz Palaces, Ken Stringfellow, and More

Posted by on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Last night Doe Bay Fest organizers announced the lineup for the sixth annual festival. It includes:

Built to Spill, Shabazz Palaces, Ken Stringfellow with the Maldives, Radiation City, Fly Moon Royalty, Cumulus, La Luz, Star Anna, the Torn ACLs, Animal Eyes, Lonesome Shack, Bobby Bare Jr.'s Criminals Starvation League, Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Revue, You Me and Apollo, Naomi Wachira, Courtney Marie Andrews, Tomten, Smokey Brights, the Grizzled Mighty, Passenger String Quartet, and Mikey and Matty.

The festival is August 8-11 on Orcas Island. It usually sells out quicklyIt, reportedly, is already sold out. Visit DoeBayFest.com for more information and ticket updates.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cumulus Signs to Trans- Records

Posted by on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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  • 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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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

All Aboard the Matchbox Twenty Cruise!

Posted by on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

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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...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Coachella Announces 2014 Dates, Pre-sale

Posted by on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

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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.

Questions, answers, and more details are available at the Coachella Advance Sale FAQs; eager buyers can prepare their accounts for weekend one and weekend two ahead of time to make purchases slightly less chaotic during Friday's pre-sale.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Superchunk Announces New Album!

Posted by on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 10:32 AM

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.

You can pre-order the album here. And, as you probably know, Superchunk are playing Bumbershoot September 2nd. Tickets are available here.

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