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Monday, April 15, 2013

Angel Olsen's New Record and Tour

Posted by on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Photo by Sabrina Rush
  • Bathetic Records
  • Photo by Sabrina Rush
Angel Olsen
Half Way Home
(Bathetic Records)

In 2012, Chicago's Angel Olsen released her second full-length, Half Way Home, on Bathetic Records (JagJaguwar, home of Bon Iver and Dinosaur Jr, has since added her to their roster). It's an impressive effort from a skilled singer and songwriter.

There's an old-timey feel to the record that shares sacred space with the early works of Marianne Faithfull and Emmylou Harris, i.e. she invests her skeletal folk with beauty and sorrow, but you've never heard a vocalist quite like Olsen, who floats freely between higher and lower registers—singing, talking, keening. One minute, she sounds like a free-spirited soprano; the next, a tormented alto. She's a showoff with the skills to back it up, but those who prefer reserve should probably look elsewhere.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On Tour: Whoah! Who Is This Dandy?

Posted by on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Also: QUESTION: What kind of socks does a pirate wear?

ANSWER: Arrrrrrrrrr-rgyle!


Colleen Green Makes Pure Pop for Now People

Posted by on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Photo by Eric Penna
  • Hardly Art
  • Photo by Eric Penna
Colleen Green
Sock It to Me
(Hardly Art)

On the basis of "Time in the World," which plays like "Lucky Star"-era Madonna gone shoegaze, I expected good things from Colleen Green's full-length debut, and she delivered (and she really should cover "Lucky Star"). That first single sets the template as Green sings in an inviting voice over hot-rod guitars, rickety drum-machine beats, and the odd synthesizer flourish.

Sock It to Me also brings femme-fronted '90s outfits like Lush and the Breeders to mind, but that may have more to do with the way she sings than the music she makes, and I don't recall that's she's cited either of those acts as influences. Instead, she's mentioned the Descendents, who inspired the 2010 cassette Milo Goes to Compton, but punk doesn't come to mind when I listen to this record.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Black Flag To Play El Corazón

Posted by on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Tickets just went on sale for the July 19th Seattle show. I would guess this will sell the f*ck out, at a venue of this size?


Full 2013 tour dates here. From the press release:

BLACK FLAG has reformed and is in the process of putting finishing touches on a new album with founder Greg Ginn on guitar, Ron Reyes on vocals, Gregory Moore on drums and Dale Nixon on bass.

The one constant member throughout the history of BLACK FLAG, Ginn — named one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" — defined the west coast punk sound and the DIY ethos of punk rock. Greg Ginn also currently plays with Good For You and Greg Ginn And The Royal We.

Ron Reyes of Decline Of The Western Civilization fame was the BLACK FLAG vocalist from The Church / Jealous Again era. Reyes also currently plays guitar in Piggy.

Gregory Moore has played with Gone and BLACK FLAG (2003) and brings his relentless and driving drum style to the band.

Notorious for not touring, Dale Nixon never-the-less played bass on the My War album and is the author of iconic BLACK FLAG bass lines such as Jealous Again, Nervous Breakdown, Six Pack, TV Party, Revenge, Gimme Gimme Gimme etc... etc... While Dale has lent his skills to the new album, he is currently contractually obligated for a stint on Celebrity Rehab. Still, as he has always done in the past, he will continue to provide insight and spiritual guidance to the current
bass player.

MTNS: You Have the Right to Yoga, Enya, and Horse Masks

Posted by on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

MTNS are on tour right now with Oakland band Laughters (I'm green with taco/swimming hole/Lone Star jealousy!) and as usual, Arizona cops seem a little overzealous in their policing... as well as their Facebook activity.


Yep, that's a comment from the officer that stopped them on Monday. MTNS drummer Daniel reports from the road:

We were on our way to New Mexico for a show at The Plant and we got pulled over for failing to wait three seconds to get in front of a semi. The cops said they could smell a vague scent of marijuana. They asked to search us and since we knew we didn't have anything, we agreed.

They patted us down and had us stand on the side of the road for three hours where we smoked cigarettes and attempted to do yoga. They found a Horse mask, sea shells from the redwood forest, and a pyramid headdress made by our friend Adair Tudor in the van. When the cops searched my bag, they found an Enya cassette and Valentine's candy hearts. They were highly confused/amused by our choice of lifestyle, but they seemed to come to the conclusion we were harmless weirdos.

The officer who ended up posting on our Facebook wall said (during the detainment), "I thought you guys were in a heavy band," and sang the line "come sail away." He asked how to find our band on the internet. We explained how to find us and he looked up a video of us from when we played the Crocodile (with "this is the first time the cops have ever been called to the Crocodile" as the description). He stopped watching after 30 seconds (I think seeing me in a white nightgown might have had something to do with it).

They finished the search and let us leave with our mason jar of whiskey three hours behind schedule... so no, officer, we didn't make our New Mexico show.

Well, good thing you can't go to jail for a faint weed smell, even in AZ. Here's hoping better luck finds them on the rest of their tour stops!

3/13- 3/17 Austin, TX (SXSW)
3/18 New Orleans, LA
3/20 Mississippi, MO
3/21 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
3/22 Columbia, SC @ Hunter Gatherer
3/24 Durham, NC @ Pinhook
3/26 Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooskis Bar
3/27 Philly, PA @ Lava Space
3/28 Boston, MA @ Discovery Zone
3/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly Brooklyn
3/30 Brooklyn @ the Ho_Se
3/31 Brooklyn @ Silent Barn
4/1 Cincinnati, OH @ Rake Ends Bar
4/2 Cleveland @ Now That's Class!
4/3- Detroit @ PJ's Lager House
4/4- Chicago, IL
4/5- Milwaukee, WI
4/6- Iowa
4/7- Denver, CO
4/9- SLC, UT
4/10- Reno, NV
4/11- SF, CA
4/12- Oakland, CA
4/13- Portland, OR @ Multiplex
4/14- Seattle, WA @ Vermillion

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mouse on Mars, Matmos, and Horse Lords

Posted by on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

  • K.C. Fennessy
  • Max Eilbacher of Horse Lords
After working on a deadline, putting down my cat*, and other fun stuff, I was pretty tired by the time Wednesday rolled around, so I didn't feel like working too hard to get any pictures of the evening's line-up at Neumos: Horse Lords, Matmos, and Mouse on Mars (but I did meet my damn deadline and the check is in the mail).

In fact, I deleted all my Matmos photographs. If I'd had the energy to tunnel to the front—a sizable audience filled the room—I might have gotten a few passable ones, but the spot I staked out near the bar provided the perfect vantage point for maximum enjoyment. Sometimes I'd rather just relax and enjoy a show than scribble on a notepad or twist myself into pretzel shapes to get a good snap.

* A seventeen-year-old gentleman of Burmese extraction named Sterling Morrison (II).

Since I wasn't able to capture any decent images of Matmos, here's a new remix:

More pics of Mouse on Mars and Horse Lords below.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Mouse on Mars Are on the Move

Posted by on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Photo by Satoshi Okamoto
  • Monkeytown Records
  • Photo by Satoshi Okamoto
Mouse on Mars

German duo Mouse on Mars, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma, released two albums in 2012, the full-length Parastrophics and the mini-album WOW (an initialization of their name turned upside down). Try as I might, I was never able to get the download of the record to play, so I decided to check out the mini-album instead.

The press notes describe WOW as a "club-oriented counterpart" to Parastrophics, but it's not the kind of music that would inspire me to move, and that isn't meant as a diss. It's just that the tracks are too oddly-shaped to fill any dance floors I can imagine, not counting those that exist in certain science fiction scenarios.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Olympia's Ragana & Hot Tears, With Ire Adrift and Cloudbustrr Tonight

Posted by on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM


Looking for something rad to do tonight that doesn't involve a bunch of drunken pukey pants? It's January 3rd, I think most of us are!

Brace yourself for the bewitching sludge of Olympia's Ragana, on tour with Hot Tears (the sweet solo project of Molly Fischer from Songs for Moms)! With Seattle's DIY sparkly softcore Cloudbustrr and the doomy crustings of Tacoma's Ire Adrift. This show will start on time, and you should definitely bring donation bucks for the touring bands!

8pm // Black Coffee Co-op, 501 E. Pine

What's The Name Of This Band?

Posted by on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM

This band is currently on a new US tour. And, hint: it's guitarist was once in a nu metal band that shares a name with a yellow vegetable that's actually not a vegetable, but a grain. What is their name?

  • Promo / New Ocean Media

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Blues Control Takes Their Show on the Road

Posted by on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM

  • Drag City
Ever since I first heard Blues Control's Valley Tangents way back in July, I've been looking forward to seeing the duo on stage, and now Lea Cho (keyboards) and Russ Waterhouse (guitar, synths) are finally hitting the road. For a preview of their show, here's a version of album highlight "Iron Pigs" recorded in a tiny room at Drag City's Chicago headquarters—but it still sounds big.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chelsea Wolfe Announces Tour With King Dude

Posted by on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM


I didn't know who Chelsea Wolfe was until I saw that announcement that she is going on tour with King Dude, so I investigated her most current album, Unknown Rooms, and have had it on repeat all week... the whole record is cold and dark and perfect for keeping pace with the 3 hours of daylight I've been awake for these days.

Apparently, the upcoming tour is going to be a stripped-down, seated affair for both King Dude and herself. That's pretty awesome, because I feel so annoyed when I see my friends in more quiet bands, playing at a bar with drunk people breaking glasess and scream-talking over someones set when they've been drinking and CAN'T CONTROL THE VOLUME OF THEIR VOICE. Singer/songwriters, solo, and acoustic acts are not exactly in their element with a crowd that's standing up and loudly intoxicating themselves. It makes me wonder if weed bars will soon pop up and take precedence over alcohol-centric clubs for acoustic acts (maybe if that day comes, drunk yell-talkers will be less the problem, maybe it will actually be the noise of bong-rips getting too loud during sets!) BUT, until that happens, you can see King Dude and Chelsea Wolfe at the Triple Door on January 14th.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Today's Music News: Hydra Head, Millions and Millions of Dollars, and a Broken Foot

Posted by on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM

When It Rains, It Pours: Queens of the Stone Age former bassist, Nick Oliveri, lays down vocals for a new QOTSA song that is sure to be rippin'. Also more Oliveri news, Kyuss/Kyuss Lives! will now be creating music and touring under a new name, Vista Chino!

Tune in, Cash Out: Dr. Dre cleans up with a landslide $110 million in income for the year, mostly due to the popularity of his headphone line, Beats By Dre headphones, leaving Paul McCartney, Justin Beiber, and Beyonce's millions earned look like chump change.

Calling All Hardcore Enthusiasts: Hydra Head records is winding down which is very, very unfortunate. In hopes of generating funds and raising general excitement, look forward to repressings of choice albums along with crazy deals from the Hydra Head inventory.

I'll Race Ya: A broken foot connected to the leg of Muse's lead singer, Matthew Bellamy causes cancelled shows in Stockholm, Malmo, and Oslo.

Voices Carry: A Michigan teacher is back to work today after a being suspended for playing a Macklemore song, "Same Love" for her middle school class.

Music for the Masses: What would happen if Pandora and Youtube had a baby? Get ready to be mildly blown away with Tubalr where you can customize video playlists, or just let the damn thing run wild.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Today's Music News: Heroin Diaries, Nirvana, and a Fiddler

Posted by on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM

R.I.P.: Martin Fay, Fiddler for the Chieftains, has died.

Experience the Experience: A must-see Jimi Hendrix exhibit opens at EMP on November 17th. Still no word on mass stratocaster burning flash mob.

Broadway Nod's Off: Nikki Sixx plans to release The Heroin Diaries as a Broadway play in late 2013 or early 2014.

Free Mixtape: Geoff Rickly of Thursday has slapped together a few songs he recorded in his apartment with a few friends—download it for free here.

Nirvana On Tour!: ...via winter of 1989! Bruce Pavitt regales us in tails of Nirvana and Tad's Heavier Than Heaven European tour in his book Experiencing Nirvana. Chock-full of never-before-seen photos and more currently available as an eBook through iTunes.

Mile High Club: Rihanna seals day two of her 777 Tour. Definition of 777 Tour: 200 frenzied media professionals and professional Rihanna fans + One Rihanna + the worlds lamest carbon foot print.

Friday, November 9, 2012

El Ten Eleven Have Made Us a Playlist

Posted by on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

From prolonged stints in the capsule of their van, El Ten Eleven has chosen some songs for us to listen to. Long interstate stretches mean quality van time. Quality van time means time to listen to music (and Aziz Ansari) and eat banana chips. From their choices, I've audibly fed on and gleaned Chicago's Lujo Records-released Yourself and the Air. See them tomorrow, Saturday with El Ten Eleven at the Crocodile.

Yourself and the Air- Sick Days from pushlight media on Vimeo.

El Ten Eleven Philip Lorge Choice Playlist:

Tame Impala – "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?" - Erol Alkan Rework Edit
Michna – "The Dust Off"
El Ten Eleven – "Yellow Bridges"
Devo – "Mongoloid" - Remastered Album Version
Hall & Oates – "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" - 2003 Remaster
Beacon – "Jiggly"
N.W.A. – "Gangsta Gangsta" - 2002 Digital Remaster
Immortal Technique – "Watchout" - Remix
Louis C.K. – "Cell Phones and Flying"
Aziz Ansari – MTV's Next
Yourself & The Air – "Sick Days"
Roxy Music – "More Than This" - 1999 Digital Remaster
Local Natives – "Who Knows Who Cares"
Lucius – "Don't Just Sit There"
Simple Minds – "Somebody Up There Likes You" - 2002 Remaster
Tones On Tail – "Rain"

For those on Spotify, a link to this playlist is HERE.

El Ten Eleven plays tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 10, at the Crocodile with Michna and Yourself and the Air.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Will Cat Power Make It To Seattle This Weekend?

Posted by on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

According to her official Instagram account, Chan Marshall is having some troubles on tour. She she says she's suffering from "angiodema." This is a condition that can be aggreviated by exposure to the sun.

Seems like Seattle is the perfect place to play! We don't have any of that pesky stuff here.

Read more on Buzzfeed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crypts Southbound: Parcheesi. Pee. Strippers.

Posted by on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

  • Radjaw

If Crypts’ modular synth crunk-noise were a finger painting of the sky, the Seattle threesome would fuck it right in the eyeless, half-smiling yellow-orange sun. The band checked in from their confines last night at the Medford, OR Red Lion Hotel. Crypts play tonight in Sacramento at Harlow's. They'd been in Portland the previous two nights, and say they saw no strippers, and ate no steak. For Steve Snere, Bryce Brown, and Nick Bartoletti, I'm sure it's been board games of Parcheesi, the entire time. Radjaw (Gregory Smith) is tour managing, and going through video-game withdrawal. We spoke. He's terrible at Parcheesi.

How's tour?

Radjaw: One brunch so far was shitty, one brunch was delicious. I ate a bacon-wrapped date. I drank two bloody jerks. Nick had to stop at the store to check out some synths and we checked into multiple vintage stores so Steve could get new shoes. Everyone agrees that Bryce looks like a young Bea Arthur. I made a picture of Steve as we listened to the debate whirling through thunderstorms on I-5 South. There was gallon of Evan Williams. Steve loves to pee in bottles. Nick ended up buying some new modules today. I have no idea what he's talking about. [Speaks to Nick.] Where did you go today?

Nick: To Control Voltage to pick up two new modules for his Analog Modular Synthesizer. It's a touch controller and a four-step sequencer.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Rangda's Desert Trip

Posted by on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

  • Drag City
Formerly Extinct
(Drag City)

I'm probably not the best person to write about Formerly Extinct, Rangda's follow-up to 2010's False Flag, as I don't have much of a history with the players: drummer Chris Corsano and guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (the Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), though I praised Chasny's latest record here. If his Ascent was a rock affair, Extinct is free jazz filtered through a rock sensibility. In other words: prog.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Generationals - "Sale City"

Posted by on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

  • Force Field PR

I've listened to "Sale City," the new song from New Orleans duo Generationals (Grant Widmer and Ted Joyner) several times now, and I'm still not sure why I like it so much. I just know that I do. I think it's partly because it sounds like the singer, who recalls Split Enz' Neil Finn, is singing "fucking destiny." And I guess he is, since Amazon is listing their self-released EP, Lucky Numbers, as "explicit." Right on. (I hate it when someone appears to be swearing, but they really aren't, except for Parliament's FCC-safe "Tear the roof off the mother, sucker," because that still sounds dirty.)

And although I try to avoid trendy jargon like chillwave and darkwave—because built-in obsolesence is a drag—"Sale City" probably qualifies as a little of both (I prefer more enduring terms like synth-pop). Bonus points for the cold ending.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Six Organs of Admittance at the Crocodile

Posted by on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

  • K.C. Fennessy
  • Ben Chasny on gentle vocals and fiery guitar

I've read mixed reports about Ben Chasny's live appearances as Six Organs of Admittance. I caught him for the first time this past Wednesday, so I can't make any comparisons, but I thought he was pretty great (Travis Ritter says that one of the finest Chasny gigs he witnessed was a solo set in Houston in 2003 or '04).

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