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.
Okay, "She Came This Way" is not exactly a long JOURNEY...like, it ain't a concept piece about a neverending fairytale or stoking revolution, BUT it is a single side's journey through some sweet sunlit sike. It's a dosed sugar cube of Love, lysergic-era Beatles, the Buffalo Springfield, without irony and ZERO nods to the contemporary sike strains.
"She Came This Way" is one of Bay Area guitarsonist Derek See's solo jams. His main playing gig is producing, recording, and playing guitar with the Bang Girl Revue. If you ain't heard 'em, the Bang Girl Revue lay down some serious girl-group sounds. See also has an unfuckwithble record collection, which, thankfully, he proudly plays out, and he maintains a GENIUS blog, Derek's Daily 45. The man has taste and skill, AND he's also the Stooges' touring guitar tech!! Lord knows where he finds the time to record his killer solo action. GODDAMN! Oh, full disclosure: He's also a pal of mine.
"Biz Bag" appears on the Bay Area band's upcoming EP, She's on Top, which I originally typed as "Who's the Boss" (blame Tony Danza...or Alyssa "Wen® Hair" Milano...or Judith Light..or Reagan-era sitcoms in general).
Why it's called "Biz Bag," I couldn't say, but it rocks in a big, bad, beautiful way—and I'm still kicking myself for missing their Seattle show last fall. I even took a picture of the poster, because I was so excited, but then deadlines got the best of me.
Here's an excerpt from Drag City's breathless press release:
This morning, Pitchfork premiered "Biz Bag," one of the completely bonk, top-of-the-pop-tart jams from the freshly pressed-and-forthcoming (May 21st!) "She’s On Top" 12" EP by Sic Alps. "She's On Top," a concise gem-drop! Pure rock 'n' roll directives of an unusually clean (for Sic Alps!) variety pour forever from das grooves and we're not gonna lie—this ain't no waxident, it's a classicident! One solid blast threatens to obliterate both end of yer parties* with vitality and charm, a peakingly [sic] planned romp into the twilight hours that float beyond the late-nite hours. Taste this first listen, and you'll eat exactly what we mean.
* I read that as "panties." (I suspect that DC main man Rian Murphy wrote this thing.)
To judge by my Twitter feed, more people were at the Crocodile for last night's Secret Chiefs 3 gig than at Barboza for UV Race, and that's too bad. Not for the former, but definitely for the latter, who put on a great show.
There were so few people at the venue, in fact, that the opening act, San Francisco's Life Stinks, went on at 9:20pm rather than 9pm. It was a wise move, since a few more punters had arrived by that time, and it created a smaller gap between acts. Around 11:43pm, Dave Segal tweeted about a 40-minute intermission at the Chiefs concert, so I feel like I got the better deal—at least from a scheduling perspective (and I was home before midnight, which is always welcome on a work night).
Out of respect for the bands and fellow show goers, I decided to turn off my camera flash, since I can usually get decent photographs at Barboza without it, but they didn't turn out very well, in part because the lighting scheme wasn't as bright as usual, most notably during Life Stinks' set. I've posted a few below.
APPARENTLY, our very own Kelly O could have had a career in drawing portraits instead of snapping them. Upon learning the news that Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away last Thursday, she posted the sad announcement with a link that went to the best high school rock illustrations ever...
I can't believe I didn't see her illustrated Slayer article when it ran, but HOLY WHOA THOSE DRAWINGS! Kerry King and Tom Araya look pretty babely (as do all those other rock doodles!)—but where is the belated Hanneman?
I say, to commemorate his passing, Kelly O should draw Jeff Hanneman—shading and all—for a proper RIP to one of her favorite bands' guitarists. Do it Kellz! I'll buy you the biggest fro-yo!
The link to this "Women of Punk" on Network Awesome was blowing up my Facebook feed all morning, and I just finally fell prey to its greatness. It includes "30 shows containing almost 400 video clips exploring the role women have played in punk music from the 70's to today, with rare interviews and concerts, videos, documentaries and feature films." If you wanna dork out on old '80s VHS-quality videos of interviews and performances by Kleenex, the Bags, Mo-Dettes, Model Citizens, Blondie, Delta 5, Sonic Youth, Bikini Kill, Pandoras, and a segment called "77 minutes with Kate Bush," then this is for you.
Plus, it has a bunch of bands of the last decade that I hadn't thought of in a minute, like Finally Punk ("WTF, MISSILE??"), Erase Errata, All Girl Summer Fun Band, Mika Miko, New Bloods, and Tracy and the Plastics.
Here is the newest music video from the minimalist bubblegum sensation Peach Kelli Pop (yes, named after that Redd Kross song!) The project is the handiwork of pop mastermind Allie Hanlon, with a rotating backing band of whichever friends are available for her to teach her songs to.
Peach Kelli Pop was born when Allie, an Oakland, California transplant by way of Ottawa, Canada, started writing fun, sugar-fueled punk songs as a side project of her band White Wire. Her second album (just released earlier this year on Burger Records) is chock full of songs that are seemingly woven together from Nikki and the Corvettes records and B&J wine coolers. She just announced announced some dates with UK's Kate Nash, and will be opening for her at the Crocodile on May 15th. If their were just one show I could recommend throwing down a few grape jello shots beforehand, this would be the one.
Portland's Hornet Leg was started by Chris Sutton (Dub Narcotic Sound System, C.O.C.O., Gossip) several years ago and has sounded like several different bands along the way—solo-acoustic, dance, garage, pop, noise, etc.
Today I've been partial to their 2009 album Ribbon of Fear on K Records, which also varies wildly—twang-tinged lofi, fuzzing minimal punk, weirdo art blues, and vocals that sometimes remind me of an atonal John Linnell. Their other album (with this lineup) Still Life is also solid (and more spooky)—you can take a listen on their Bandcamp.
Hornet Leg are on tour with label mates the Shivas are are playing 4/19 at the Josephine and 4/20 at Black Lodge.
There is a high likelihood of trampling as Austin power-trio Megafauna stampede through two different Seattle venues this week, while on a west coast tour. You can catch front-woman Dani Neff running from her rhythm section by alternately marching up and down the scales of her Stratocaster like a math rocker, playing Bo Diddley-esque blues, and corralling a herd of influences with Megafauna's brand of tar pit sticky garage alternative.
Megafauna are on what appears to be a permanent west coast tour since Yale-trained entertainment attorney and guitar goddess Neff moved to Austin and started a band in 2008. They just released their album Surreal Estate on vinyl and they’re gracing us with their presence at an El Corazon Lounge show on the 16th, and at the Mix on the 18th.
I implore you: watch the videos below, then get out to the show(s) and observe a beast called rock n roll in the wild.
Rookie Mag does it again! The newest edition of their Ask a Grown Man video series is Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich. They give advice to teen girls on asking boys out, how you know if you like someone ("Those little electrical impulses are the best bit," says Yorke), what it means when you want to have sex with someone who isn't your boyfriend, and more.
(Link here). Dan doesn't have to give up his day job or anything, but this is fucking adorable.
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.
I've only had one encounter with Biz Markie. I was working in a busy record store in the late 1990s when the door swung open and a booming voice came from a man who only stuck his head inside. His question filled the entire store, "DO Y'ALL HAVE ANY TRIPLE EXTRA LARGE T-SHIRTS?" I thought for a second and then replied that we didn't. The head disappeared and the door closed. An excited teenager exclaimed, "That was Biz Markie!" I put Goin' Off on the house system and resumed working.
The Clown Prince of Hip Hop.
Marcel Theo Hall was born on April 9th, 1964 in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. In the early 80s, Marcel Theo Hall became Biz Markie and earned a reputation as a rapper and beat boxer on Long Island, NY. Biz beat boxed on Roxanne Shante's underground cut "Def Fresh Crew" in 1986, which established him and the rest of the Cold Chillin' Records crew.
The tail end of the 1980s saw the release of two Biz Markie classics, Goin' Off in 1988 and the Biz Never Sleeps in 1989. Most of his singles crossed over onto mainstream radio, cuts like "Nobody Beats The Biz," "The Vapors," and "Pickin' Boogers" were familiar to anybody paying attention to music at that time. Markie hit big in 1989 with the catchy vocal warbler, "Just a Friend."
Biz Markie's 1991 LP I Need a Haircut became part of a landmark copyright ruling in hip hop when a lawsuit was served by Gilbert O'Sullivan over an uncleared sample on the track "Alone Again (Naturally)." O'Sullivan's claim was upheld in a ruling that altered the landscape of hip-hop, finding that all samples must be cleared with the original artist before being used.
Biz Markie has done heaps of things since then, but has mostly settled into a career as an integral part of the quirky children's television show called Yo Gabba Gabba. Happy birthday, Biz Markie!
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.
Waxwing, the beloved Northwest-based guitar-driven rock band that I saw possibly more than any other band in the early 2000s, is BACK!
I first noticed hints of their reunion via Facebook. My heart lept out of my chest as soon as I saw "2013" written below the band's familiar logo, but, given the date, I remained cautiously skeptical. Waxwing, is (and always will be) a band that's very dear to me. Their album One for the Ride remains an all-time favorite and it was a comforting soundtrack for some very difficult moments in my life. The last shows Waxwing played were in 2005, for an official farewell. Waxwing fell to the back burner as band members became busy with life and other musical projects—singer Rocky Votolato had a successful solo career, his bandmate and brother Cody Votolato was part of the Blood Brothers, and drummer Rudy Gajadhar was in Gatsby's American Dream—but 2013 is the year of Waxwing's resurrection. And not only do they have at least one upcoming show to speak of (and more to come soon, hopefully), they've also been working on new material since the beginning of the year.
Rocky Votolato kindly answered my overly-enthusiastic questions via Facebook, to confirm that this isn't a long-planned April Fool's joke.
I assume this means you're back together, yes? Temporarily? Forever? Do you know?
Yes—we're back together!
Are there any shows you can mention?
We have one show confirmed at the Vera Project for Saturday Aug 24th. Hopefully many more to come after that.
New music? Maybe? Yes? No?
Definitely new music. We have been writing since early this year and can't wait to record another record. Not sure when that will happen but we're definitely planning on it.
CAN YOU TELL I'M SO EXCITED!?
I'm really glad you're excited, Megan! I really am too and can't wait to see where things go with the band.
KA-BOOM! That was my heart bursting into confetti.
Do you want something sweet to listen to while you bounce around town, drunk on nice weather? I can't stop listening to Deadbeat Beat— three-piece catchy fuzz unit and the best band in the history of Detroit. I just discovered you can even download their excellent 2011 album When I Talk to Youfor freeeee on their bloggy. They're not on tour, and I don't think they've ever played Seattle, but they're in my top sunny-times-jamz-for-life list, so now they can be on yours, too! Sharing! Caring! Have fun out there.
Oh man! I am so excited for Os Mutantes to come back to Seattle! It's a little hard, because obviously my heart belongs to Rita Lee, but I still can't wait to see these tropical mutants do their psychedelic thing.
Wed, May 8 at the Triple Door // $28 ADV, $35 VIP // 7:30 PM, all ages