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Friday, October 3, 2008

Also Tonight: Baroness and Genghis Tron

posted by on October 3 at 3:10 PM

Genghis Tron - "Things Don't Look Good"

There’s a lot of good stuff going on tonight, and in the swarm of shows it can be easy to forget about Studio Seven. I do it virtually every day. But tonight I’ve got their back, as they are hosting a top notch bill – Baroness and Genghis Tron. I missed Baroness in May because I didn’t want to go to a Coheed and Cambria show, and couldn’t justify spending the gas money to get to Portland for their show with Genghis Tron, Converge and the Red Chord. But both of their most recent albums are quite good, and since Baroness has been touring on their Red Album for over a year now they might be playing some new material. So tonight’s my big chance to see both acts for the first time, right? Big excitement? Nope. I can’t go. I double booked. The forces of the universe desire to keep me from witnessing these bands in person. But if you go to the Funhouse for the Steel Tigers of Death / Rad Touch / Reptilian Civilian / Therapist show you can hear me scream in desperation about how my band isn’t nearly as good as the ones who are playing a few miles south. Or, better yet, just go see Trent's band at Neumos.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Matter of Grave Import

posted by on September 24 at 4:51 PM

Sure, the American financial system precariously wobbles over the abyss, but on Friday Sept. 26 at the Northwest Film Forum (12:30 pm), a group of distinguished individuals will mull over a much more important matter: the future of music journalism. Held as part of the Decibel Festival, this panel discussion will ponder whether music writing makes a bit of difference in the lives of homo sapiens in 2008—and beyond. Much is at stake, that’s for certain.

The Stranger’s excellent columnist Christopher DeLaurenti (The Score) moderates a panel consisting of yours truly, Dale Lloyd (and/OAR and the Phonographers Union), TJ Norris (Signal to Noise and MIT/Leonardo Magazine), Todd Burns (NA Editor for Resident Advisor), Robert Crouch (co-director and curator of Bleeding Edge Festival and Volume Projects) and Lusine (Ghostly International recording artist). It promises to be a very stimulating hour of prognosticating and pontificating.

Full press release after the jump.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Good Song / Bad Band: Mystery Jets

posted by on August 28 at 4:43 PM

Mystery Jets - 'Two Doors Down'

There's no reason to like the Mystery Jets.

From southwest London, the band has chiseled into the profitable niche between the post-punk revival of Bloc Party, The Rapture, and Arctic Monkeys and the vague new wave stumbling about of Maxïmo Park and Franz Ferdinand, all while managing to avoid a point or personality.

For their second album, last spring's Twenty One, Mystery Jets roped in the ultracool-but-swell Erol Alkan for production, which was a smart thing to do even if it could only do so much.

Except for a song called "Two Doors Down."

On the surface, it's everything arch and obvious about indie's misuse of the '80s. There are bored vocals and those cartoon keyboards you hear everywhere. White ties and horrible hair. And then, whoops. Out of nowhere.

It's excellent.

Is it the chorus?

After such an ordinary start, the vocals, at least, shift onto a high rock, bright and desperate, while a melody like crystal twinkles away, rising and falling in odd-pop fashion. Erol Alkan's blatant production makes me smile. It's easy to like the way the song reminds you of Aztec Camera, Madness, and Haircut 100, and that, just when you're about to give up on it, the whole thing blooms like it was being colored in by a closest romantic with crayons.

So now there's a reason.

What'd they do that for?

Villainaires, Ice Grillionaires

posted by on August 28 at 10:29 AM


In a weird way, I'm kind of Sam Mickens' boss. (In another way, as a freelancer, he is a lone wolf, a loose canon, a vigilante, and I'm merely Commissioner Gordon to his Batman.) In any case, he had little choice but to consent for an interview for this week's music feature about the Dead Science's forthcoming album Villainaire, which is being celebrated with a "Week of Culture" starting on Monday and culminating with an album release show at Neumo's on Sunday September 7th.

As I make plain in the piece, Villainaire marks the first time the Dead Science has caught my ear more than merely in passing. It's lyrically dense (in the good way), musically deft, and conceptually ambitious—one of the most interesting albums to bubble up out of Seattle this year. I think a lot of people are going to hate it. There's a lot going on—you should just read the whole article—but here are a few highlights:

"I think a lot of my points of reference as a kid are kind of the same as [Wu-Tang Clan's]."
"I am sort of a classist dude. That's the one prejudice or unhealthy hatred that I've held throughout my life—I have real reflexive problems sometimes with rich people, and in some ways I think that's good. Those ideas are somewhat present on the record. But there's not a lot of content that's like, 'Being rich is evil,' even though I feel like that often may be the case."
"There are a million metaphorical things you can drape on [black and white] beyond good and evil, black and white in the Star Wars sense. There's the tension between ecstatic abandon—nightlife, being real fucking drunk and dancing at the party—and its aftermath. That's just real basic soul music stuff. Saturday night versus Sunday morning."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dead Science Mixtape - "School of Villainy"

posted by on August 19 at 12:56 PM


The Dead Science has posted a mixtape, School of Villainy on their website today in advance of their forthcoming album Villainaire (due out 9/2). I had some trouble downloading the first mixtape, but the "originals" have downloaded just fine; the excerpts of Sam Mickens' Stranger interview with the RZA are particularly curious.

School of Villainy (The Digga Crates Real Deal) Mixtape:


also available for free download:

School of Villainy (The Originals) Mixtape:

RZA #1
RZA #2
RZA #3
RZA #4
RZA #5
RZA #6
RZA #7

Download both, and check out the schedule for their "Villainaire Festival of Culture" (9/1-9/7) at

Monday, August 18, 2008

Navarro and Zoo

posted by on August 18 at 1:52 PM

Am I pleased?
Yes, I'm pleased to know Navarro is watching my shit.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Megan Seling on the End: Duuuuuuude!

posted by on August 15 at 12:42 PM

The Stranger's own Megan Seling, long-time local all-ages booster, podcaster extraordinaire, and regular guest on the End's local music show, the Young and the Restless, will be taking over said show in a matter of weeks. Rationalizing about how this job totally won't make her a soulless corporate shill, Seling says, "I don't have to play Paramore! In fact, I can't play Paramore, since they're not local—it's against the rules."

Congratulations, Megan.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


posted by on August 14 at 3:43 PM

Hello, Sugababes!

You're looking good, a little different, with more line-up changes than The Fall, but still young, streets ahead of the rest, and worth your weight in modern, effortless, long-standing, top-shelf, greatest-girl-group-since-the-Spice-Girls pop gold.

What's that?

New single?

Well, that's some big, hands-aloft stuff. Packed with sounds. Strut, strut.

And twenty seconds in! Brass-bursts!


It's better than "About You Now," too, the light garage-rock lead-off bait from the last album -- although it remixed well -- just as it seems to take some over-the-top cues from both Girls Aloud and Diplo's Hollertronix, which spells hope for LP number, oh my, six.


It's lifted from an ad? For a British drugstore?

And Ernie K-Doe's "Here Come The Girls" from the '70s?

Damn it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Decline and Fall of the Kiley Family

posted by on August 12 at 3:13 PM

My little brother is the leader of a little Seattle-based band called Holy Ghost Revival. They've moved to London for a few months and, last week, did an audio interview with the Guardian. I was all excited for him, since the Guardian is the best best goddamned paper in the world. Then I listened to it:

Click here and skip to minute 27 to hear my little brother begin the interview by saying:

God came down and told us to form a band that was going to be dark glam rock that shakes its wang in people's faces. But beautifully. Maybe there's a little glitter on that wang.

Classy, Conor. Real classy.

"I don't know about you guys," my mother sighed after listening to the interview. Then she obliquely alluded to this article, which my parents have read, but never mentioned. "Sometimes I wonder whether any of my children are going to heaven."

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Dead Science - "Make Mine Marvel"

posted by on August 4 at 11:45 AM


As Stranger readers are no doubt aware, Sam Mickens loves him some hip hop, especially if it's of the Wu Tang Clan variety. Readers should also know that Mickens, along with Jherek Bischoff and Nick Tamburro, has a little band called the Dead Science. Fittingly, the band's forthcoming album, Villainaire (out September 9th on Constellation) is a Wu-obsessed (and therefore also comic-book obsessed) work—single "Make Mine Marvel" even excerpts a couplet from the Wu's epic posse cut "Triumph." But the album is neither as gimmicky nor as juvenile as such a concept might suggest, instead using these outsized references to explore bleak everyday moral crises. Observe:

The Dead Science - "Make Mine Marvel"

Friday, August 1, 2008

HipHop @ The Dead Baby Bike Party Tonite!

posted by on August 1 at 4:59 PM

How could I forget to mention this? If any of you shitbags are going to be in Ballard for the Dead Baby Bike Race tonite, amidst all the bands that'll be playing you'll find some of the 206's finest hiphop. Mr. Hill, Macklemore, JFK, Candidt, and Cancer Rising will all be playing at The Station (4910 Leary Ave Nw) starting at 9 and it's free, yadig. Learn more here.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Also Tonight: Comeback

posted by on July 25 at 11:05 AM

As if there isn't enough to do tonight, one more thing to consider:

Comeback's Captiol Hill Cock Party will be up at Chop Suey, offering a stiff corrective to Block Party's hetero-normative rock agenda (Truckasauras' Hulk Hogan clips notwithstanding). It is, of course, a big, gay conflict of interest, but there you have it.


Friday, June 27, 2008

A Show I Forgot to Pitch to This Week's Up & Coming Section

posted by on June 27 at 2:15 PM

SAT 6/29
Jewelbox: Astronautalis, Coconut Bonanza, Ladies on a Fence

Astronautalis moved to Seattle roughly two months ago, hauling his beat-filled laptop and sacks of laundry from Jacksonville, FL, to Cap Hill to set up a new homestead. But this white import is not a southern, swampy Bubba Sparxxx. Total opposite, really. Astro's brand of hip-hop is both foreign and perfectly suited to his new neighborhood: sing-songy, melodic, full of acoustic accoutrement, much less abrasive--and often more impressive--than the stylings of Why?. His last record, The Mighty Ocean & Nine Dark Theaters, is a far cry from his teen years as one of the country's best battle rappers (yep, he's even been to the famed Scribble Jam), though his ridiculous ability to chain freestyle thoughts with indelible rhyme and flow pokes through even in his most recent material (and he proves his skills by taking freestyle suggestions Who's Line style during most concerts).

Full disclosure--I've known the guy for years through Texas connections. But he doesn't return my calls, and he hasn't sent me a copy of his just-finished new record, produced by John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, Black Mountain, The Mountain Goats) and featuring members of Midlake and the Polyphonic Spree in the backing band. Which means I'll have to see him for the first time in forever tomorrow to watch him debut new, far-beyond-hip-hop material from his ambitious, two-year recording ordeal. Openers Coconut Bonanza are from a similar school of hip-hop--a lot jokier and sillier lyrically (like, ahem, pissing on a lover), but the group, composed of guys from local rock/metal bands like Lesbian, delivers a prog-ish mentality that keeps their goofiness fresh.

Friday, April 25, 2008

I'm Sorry, Officer, Are These Penises Too Loud?

posted by on April 25 at 9:17 PM

So, the friendly neighborhood SPD just dropped by Comeback at Chop Suey, and told us that it was illegal to have our usual male nude posters up inside the club (they'll be back later about the noise). Now the posters have little strips of paper that say "censored" over the naughty bits. I'm no expert on municipal code, but that sounds like bullshit to me. Any lawyers out there on Line Out wanna weigh in?

In the meantime, because the pigs can't censor Line Out (and, yes, NSFW as well as blatant self-promotion):

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hype, Unsigned- And Where To Find It

posted by on April 24 at 2:02 PM

You know The Source Magazine right? Self-styled "Bible Of Hip-Hop Music, Culture & Politics"? Here's the current issue, maybe you've seen it:
In it is obviously a story on the D-O-Double G, as well as a great story on the dangers of Southern hiphop's favorite beverage: promethazine-laced cough syrup. Also in this issue, as with every issue as long as I can remember, is the Unisgned Hype column- where budding, unsigned talent is showcased every month. This venerable space has showcased the likes of Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Mobb Deep, DMX, and Common before they became superstars of hiphop (and beyond). I say all that to say this: this months's Unsigned Hype?
It's Seatown's sons Dyme Def!

This is the definition of 'a good look'. If you want to know what else would be a good look, I'll tell ya- showing up to the 2nd Edition of The Corner, taking place in the Rendezvous' Jewel Box Theatre tomorrow night. Charles Mudede had this to say about the first installment:

Where is the true hiphop? One spot that has it regularly is the Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous. Here, once a month, there is a gathering of local hiphop heads. This gathering is intimate. Meaning, there is a close relationship between the audience and the performers. This closeness (and smallness) is its truth—a truth because this how it all began, in small spaces, in small rooms, in the small hours of the night. What is documented in the bibles of hiphop—Beat Street and Wild Style—is being practiced at the Jewel Box Theater.

Charles couldn't be more correct- that basement flavor was in full effect last time, and it was positively intoxicating to go to a top-tier local rap show in such intimate quarters. And I'm not just saying that because my crew played last time, or because I'm hosting tomorrow's edition; that's just how it was.

If you'd like to see the Unsigned Hype that is Dyme Def, the authoritative voice of the streets D. Black, or Seattle's dusted-savant clown prince Sonny Bonoho, you're just gonna have to make sure you don't miss The Corner tomorrow night. See you then.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Tonight at the Funhouse - Stranger Metal

posted by on April 3 at 11:33 AM

Normally I wouldn't talk about a show my band was playing because it's in bad form / conflict of interest / heinous / etc. but this is a special occasion. Tonight's Funhouse show is also the first performance by fellow Stranger Aaron Edge's new band Swearengen. Since there are two of us playing tonight I figure the conflicts cancel each other out, right? -1 x -1 = +metal show.


is the duo of Edge (Iamthethorn, Grievous) and drummer Rob Lovell (Spitting Teeth, Positively Negative). They just recorded a one song, 14 minute demo of heavy, brooding doom metal taking influence from bands like Yob, Engine Kid, Cavity, Sleep, Iceburn and Khanate. They sound as brutal as the murderous cocksucker from whom they got their name.

Also playing tonight are bar rock miscreants Thunderbird Motel. They sound, as their name would imply, like a dirty, semen crusted mattress. Making their way across the mountains from Spokane are another Neurosis/Sleep influenced metal act, Merrick Diaries. And these assholes are playing too. Should be a good time.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Moral of The Story

posted by on February 19 at 2:39 PM


I just put up an exclusive interview with Saigon on RaindropHustla, here's a taste:

...One day my little brother walks in the house and he got these Kevin Garnett-sized earrings on. R Kelly joints. Big, diamond earrings. If they were real they woulda cost at least a quarter-million dollars. I’m like the purpose of wearin' fake jewelry is to make people believe it might be real. So if you had the money to afford those earrings, you wouldn't be livin' in this house. He gives me the smirk - whateva. And I know he's gettin' that from the rap videos. I'm like look at how influential this is on my little brother, I'm schoolin' him every day talkin' about how fake most of these gangsta rappers are, but their influence is stronger than me and he knows what I've been through. Rappers are raising our kids. Rappers replaced the black father. Sad but true. You know how many young kids I know that think its cool to sleep wit' as many girls as possible? I'm like AIDS is out there, are y'all crazy? But no its like 'I'm a pimp, I got this many chicks duh-duh-duh-duh-dah.' Rappers don't emphasize safe sex; they emphasize butt-naked women in they videos. Seein' stuff like that made me feel like if I'm gonna do this, I gotta be responsible. I can't send kids to prison, can't do it.

Saigon plays Neumos's tomorrow night with Dyme Def, Cancer Rising, and Mr. Supreme.

No More No Depression

posted by on February 19 at 10:19 AM

The publishers of No Depression magazine—Grant Alden, Peter Blackstock, and Kyla Fairchild, all of whom have deep roots in Seattle—announced today that the magazine, dedicated to "surveying the past, present, and future of American music," will cease publication with its 75th issue, the May-June 2008 edition.

On a personal note, as a longtime contributor to ND, this is... well, devastating. In an era when most magazines opt for a big photo and a short blurb, and call that a "feature," the generous word counts at roots music bible No Depression permitted me to write some of my favorite longform stories, including in-depth ruminations on Sufjan Stevens, Robyn Hitchcock, and Carolyn Mark. They gave regional artists like Sera Cahoone and Tucker Martine well-deserved national coverage early in their careers.

Most importantly, they opened the door for some of my most-treasured memories as a writer: Being serenaded in a cab by Academy Award-nominated Nashville star Ronee Blakley; rubbing elbows with Rodney Crowell backstage at the Ryman Auditorium; stopping for the best roadside burgers ever with the Handsome Family somewhere in the mountains of New Mexico; and swapping quips with legends like Solomon Burke, Nathaniel Meyer, and, most recently, the Collins Kids.

They were also remarkably prompt in payment for submissions and paid a very fair rate. And, Lord knows, nobody at Rolling Stone or Details even stuck a note of compliment or gratitude in my paycheck like Mary at ND did from time to time.

Full press release, including a lengthy and thoughtful statement from the publishers, after the cut. And now, if you'll excuse me, in the words of Willie Nelson, I'll take this opportunity to cry.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

In Defense of Idiot Pilot and Phil Collins

posted by on February 12 at 1:07 PM

I know, I can't believe I'm defending them either. But in January Eric asked me if there was anything I wish I would have said or revised from 2007 and my answer was actually Idiot Pilot. I wished I would have said something nice about how their new album was significantly better than their old one (though still not great). I thought Wolves came out months ago. Turns out it was released today.

Anyone remember when Pitchfork called Idiot Pilot “the musical equivalent of a monkey with a hand grenade?” That was somewhat fitting for their debut album Strange We Should Meet Here, an abrasive, unfortunate amalgamation of Radiohead and the Blood Brothers full of glitchy beats and inappropriate screaming. Though it catapulted the band into Major Label buzz and world tours its praise was mostly given by people too young to buy beer.

I was legitimately surprised by their follow up Wolves. Comparing both releases, their growth as songwriters is obvious: Strange is high school and Wolves is college. Much of the inappropriate screaming has been removed; in fact most of the Blood Brothers vibe has been wiped clean. Michael Harris will draw Thom Yorke comparisons until the end of his career, which isn’t particularly a bad thing since its obvious that's just the way his voice sounds - he's not stealing any of Yorke's stylings. It's also much more effective when it’s not contrasted with screamo. Instead, bandmate Daniel Anderson has focused his attention on writing huge arena rock anthems deriving from an obvious love of classic U2. The result is an interesting one – grown up music targeted at children. While it's nowhere near a complete success it is vastly superior to their debut album, which if anything is a strong step in the right direction for the band. At least it’s less likely to get them booed off the stage at Neumos again. I give it 2 and ¾ stars.

As far as Phil Collins goes, I can’t (and won’t) try to defend his music. Or his actions. But there is an excellent episode of This American Life where he is consulted on heartbreak and breakups and he actually comes across as a nice, likable guy. It definitely raised my opinion of the man. It also reminded me how much I like the Bonnie Raitt song "I Can't Make You Love Me."

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tonight on Flotation Device

posted by on February 10 at 10:23 AM

Music by underrated electronic music pioneers Josef Anton Riedl and Alwin Nikolais, the first person to buy a Moog synthesizer. Also on deck: Leticia Casteneda, who served up a superb set at the Wooden Octopus Skull PFest in 2006, acousmatic music by Darren Copeland, and the League of Automatic Music Composers, perhaps the first group to make music with networked computers.

Nico Muhly

Also in the mix: two Seattle sound artists - Byron Au Yong and some fine field recordings from China by Jason Kopec, who performs this coming Tuesday at the Chapel Performance Space - as well as work by Annea Lockwood ("Delta Run," a haunting end-of-life portrait of the sculptor Walter Wincha), John Adams, Nico Muhly (pictured above), and much more...

Catch the on-line stream or tune in to KBCS 91.3 FM from 10 pm to midnight.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Bonkers! @ Re-bar Tonight

posted by on January 9 at 3:11 PM

Come out tonight to Seattle's Re-bar (1114 Howell Street) for Bonkers!. This night will be filled with a live electronic and visual set from Seattle's Tyler Potts (Dragon's Eye Recordings), DJ sets from the evenings hosts Erictronic, The Naturebot, Mr. Zillion, an all out disco/italo/soul-funk DJ set from myself (TJ Gorton), as well as a performance by The Cephalopod Appreciation Society. The fun and dancing starts at 10pm and has a cover cost of $5. Don't miss out!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Re: What's Your PowerSong

posted by on January 4 at 2:57 PM

Y'all don't know from power songs. YouTube says:


They forgot: "unironic, pantomime, using, asl, for, the, hearing-impaired."

Before I had Michel'lé, Maria Callas, Rosa Ponselle, Minnie Riperton, Björk, and all the members of En Vogue, I had:

Sandi Patty

Friday, December 14, 2007

Looky Here!

posted by on December 14 at 1:44 PM

Hooray! Terry Miller was interviewed on the blog Innersounds! Yay for us, but mostly yay for him!

Hey! I have that shirt!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Doing It At The Disco!!! 'STUDIO' Tonight @ The Nectar!!!

posted by on December 8 at 3:31 PM

Tonight Nectar, The Stranger, and Light In The Attic Records present STUDIO, an evening of disco sweat and dancing mayhem with deejays Fucking in the Streets, Glitterpants(Club Pop resident), H.M.A., and TJ Gorton. We will be spinning Electro-Funk, Soul, Italo & Sleazy Disco all night long for you to drink, sweat, and dance to. Plus, vintage 70's Playboy and Deep Throat LP soundtrack giveaways!!! This will be one of the craziest disco party the Northwest has ever seen, so don't miss out on a night where we turn the Nectar into a 1970's discothèque!

Here's all the official info:

Saturday December 8th
Nectar, The Stranger, & Light In The Attic Records Present
An Evening of Disco Sweat & Dancing Mayhem...
w/ DJs FITS, Glitterpants, Heavy Metal Army, & TJ Gorton
Spinning the choicest Rare Soul, Electro-Funk, Italo & Gay-Ass Disco cuts this side of Manhattan!
$3! 9pm doors
*Red Carpet Entry! Vintage 70's Playboy & “Deep Throat” Vinyl Soundtrack Giveaways!
*Hedonistic Dewars Drink Specials All Night!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Real Life: Unfortunately Still Not Like the Movies

posted by on December 5 at 1:30 PM

Yesterday I was at Sonic Boom, flipping through the used vinyl, when exactly the thing I had always been hoping to witness in an independent record store became a distinct possibility. I heard the door open and someone come in, and the guy at the counter welcome them to the store. The customer’s response:

“Do you have any Hannah Montana?”

Ding dong! If ever there was a perfect opportunity for a jaded indie record clerk to let a customer know in an obnoxious and condescending tone that there was no possibility that a record store like Sonic Boom, which sells primarily music by musicians, not corporations, would ever carry Disney-brand child sugar pop, and that it was insulting for her to come into his music store and ask for something that could never really be classified as “music.” I just kept playing the scene from High Fidelity in my head over and over again, where Jack Black chews out the guy who comes into the store to buy a cheesy pop record for his daughter. That’s every record clerk’s dream, right? To totally stick it to some oblivious parent who wanders into a den of pretension and asks, “Will you please make fun of me for the following reasons?”

To no real surprise, the clerk was nothing but nice and courteous, looked in the database to see if the store had it (which of course they didn’t and never did) and offered to special order it for the woman. There was no condescending back talk. There was no pretentious rant. What a wasted opportunity. If only the same thing could have happened while I was flipping through records at Singles Going Steady I might have had a better chance of getting the scene I wanted.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Circus Tonight @ Pony

posted by on October 25 at 2:19 PM

With the demise of Pony coming sooner than one expects, you shouldn't miss tonight's Gay Disco-fest: Circus. There will only be one more.


We're gonna get all Disco, Italo and Cosmic on your asses tonight! Who knows - I might just drop the new Italo-flavored Sebastian Tellier single, Sexual Sportwear (Produced by Guy Manuel De Homem-Christo aka 1/2 of Daft Punk!). Or the funky new Martin Rushent disco single Itchy Hips (Yes! That Martin Rushent of Buzzcocks, Human League, Gen X, Joy DIvision, New Order....).

Don't miss it!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Listen to the Young and the Restless Tonight

posted by on October 21 at 6:50 PM

It starts at 7 pm, it ends at 9 pm, and for the entire time Chris Travis and I will be playing only local music. What's more, the last hour is all-request, so call if you have something you wanna hear.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Endeavors, Robert Roth, and the Mission Creeps Lives at the Blue Moon Tonight

posted by on October 12 at 12:29 PM

So when debating what to write about for my temporary Line Out stint, I thought it would be nice to write about a local band or two, maybe pimp out their show.

Then, I got an even better idea to pimp out a show AND profit from it.


Great poster, huh? Totally makes up for this breach of ethics. (Not my ethics, but somebody’s, I’m sure.)

Seriously, this should be quite the winning combination. Openers The Mission Creeps (from Tucson, for Christ!) are candid in that their music owes a big debt to The Cramps. Word on the street is that the live show is not to be missed, so don’t be fashionably late. This shit starts at 10 pm sharp.

Robert Roth is a man who I met just last night. He gave me some posters and a CD that, unfortunately, I left at work. Goddammit. Anyhow, the former Truly frontman is playing a rare Seattle show before being whisked away to the magical land of CMJ in NYC, where I’m sure he’ll TCB.

Our headliners are the Endeavors, a band made up of four people who have never been in my kitchen.

There's no cover, but bring some drinking/merch money.

I'm going to go and wash my hands now.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Big Ups, Big Downs

posted by on October 8 at 4:45 PM

You may have noticed, as of about 10 minutes ago, that we've added a list of Friends and Enemies of Line Out. As you can see, we love to love, but we're not above hating, too.

One of my personal favorite Friends of Line Out is Wax Poetics, a bi-monthly magazine featuring some of the deepest music journalism this side of The Wire. As their subtitle reads, Wax Poetics is all about "hip-hop, jazz, funk & soul." Nobody digs deeper into the roots of hiphop than these guys, who bear a profoundly informed love for both hiphop and all the music that instigated it, from reggae to jazz to disco to Richard Pryor. It's a digger's dream come true, a valuable resource for anyone dedicated to the search for the perfect beat.

If you subscribe to the Brooklyn-based mag, you get a few of their rare groove trading cards:




The magazine just started a record label, too, and I received their first release in the mail this afternoon: East of Underground, an album of soul covers played by the winner of a battle of the bands contest between American GIs stationed in Germany in 1971.

Friends of Line Out are into some cool shit. Check 'em out. And for God's sake, steer clear of our Enemies.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

On the Radio

posted by on September 23 at 3:43 PM

In the score this week, I wrote about DIY surround sound by The Flaming Lips, Ron Fein, and Phil Kline. Tonight on Flotation Device, I'll air Fein's magnificent plunderphonic collage for multiple boomboxes, Purple Mountains Majesty.

Jorge Antunes

Also in the mix: two pioneers of electronic music - Mario Davidovsky and Brazilian composer Jorge Antunes (pictured above) - as well as Caroline Wilkins, local electronicists Cardboard, and Jeph Jerman, who goes low-tech with vinyl, playing LPs with the spikes of a prickly pear.

Catch the on-line stream or tune in to KBCS 91.3 FM from 10 pm to midnight.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Club Cabana is Tonight!!!

posted by on September 7 at 4:03 PM

Just another friendly reminder that tonight is the second installment of Club Cabana at the Solo Bar (200 Roy Street, lower Queen Anne). I will be turning the Solo Bar into a 1970's Discothèque, spinning rare classic italo and disco gems all night long. I guarentee a great night of drinking, dancing, and great music.

Here is a recent Todd Terje edit of Herbie Hancock's 1981 jazzy dance single "Magic Number" which originally was also part of the Magic Windows LP that came out that same year. I can't recall if this edit has had an official release or not, however one thing can always be certain, if Terje is doing the editing, then you know it has to be good. On this edit, he turns Hancock's jazzy dance track and turns it into a disco stomper without losing the jazz. A very nice blend.

Herbie Hancock - Magic Number (Todd Terje Edit)

Monday, August 6, 2007


posted by on August 6 at 11:56 AM


The Stranger has confirmed the lineup for this year's fabulous Genius Awards party, happening the night of September 14 at the Central Library. Dig it:

The Blow
Velella Velella
w/ DJ Nordic Soul/Broken Disco DJs


I've said it before--Velella Velella is a newfound love. Their hip-swiveling electro-funk seems like the perfect sonic complement to the technorganic architecture of the Central Library.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Strangers DJ the Mainstage

posted by on July 27 at 2:14 PM

You'll be at the Block Party to get drunk and watch some rock and roll, but on top of all that, did you you'll also be able to stalk your favorite Stranger staffer and/or request that they play "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce?

That's right! All weekend, that music you hear blasting from the mainstage speakers while the crew sets up for the next band will be be coming straight from the record/CD/mp3 collection of some of The Stranger's very own.

Here's the schedule:

3 to 4 pm - DJ FITS (Eric Grandy)
4:45 to 5:15 pm - DJ Dusk (Charles Mudede)
6:15 to 6:45 pm - Nips (Mike Nipper)

1 to 2pm - Zwikipedia (Jonathan Zwickel)
2:30 to 3pm - Jiggle Low (Dan Paulus)
3:45 to 4:15 - Klam-bone (Audrey Klammer)
5 to 5:30 - DJ FITS (Eric Grandy)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Block Party Band Of MY ASS

posted by on July 26 at 2:39 PM

Hi folks! I'm Larry.

I write the hiphop column 'round here. I'm also in a local hiphop crew called Cancer Rising.

I don't write about my own crew in my column cuz I'm not a fucking tool. I hope. I'm realizing now however that this is a bit of a hindrance- cuz goddamn it, who else at this place is going to do it? Zwickel definitely looks out, but I wouldn't trust the rest of these fools to guess Erick Sermon's last name- that goes double for you, Charles. So just for this brief, shining moment, I gives a fuck about propriety. I'm plugging us.

So yeah, we rap. Put out a CD that was on KEXP's best-of-'05 list(#45), played some good shows, got a new EP coming out next month (god willing). Our old CD had a song called "Rawkstar" that is in every way superior to the Shop Boyz' "Party Like A Rockstar". (Schmader, something tells me you'll back me on this.) Listen to it here if you want.

We're playing the Neumos Stage tomorrow night @ 10:15pm- right between Viva Voce and The Trucks. Come thru, say wassup.

Circus Tonight @ Pony!

posted by on July 26 at 2:00 PM

Tonight is the debut of a new dance night at Pony, everyone's favorite gay hole (in the wall). The night is called Circus, and it features not one but three Line Out bloggers on the decks—DJs El Toro (aka Kurt B Reighley), Heavy Mental Army (aka Terry Miller), and TJ Gorton (aka, well, TJ Gorton).

Circus will be a night of lesser known disco gems—you will not hear "It's Raining Men" or "Disco Inferno"—you will hear plenty of true school disco, Italo oddities, and sneaky re-edits. Terry also mentioned something about hot pants, moustaches, and Sandra Bernhardt, but I have no idea what he was on about. To get a taste for what you might hear tonight, check out Terry's Musical Life and these mp3s from American Athlete:

Mascara - "Baja (Instrumental Dub Remix)"

The Popular People's Front - "I Love Only You"

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Glass Candy at Ruff Gemz Tonight!

posted by on July 18 at 4:25 PM

Normally, of course, we don't really write up Ruff Gemz, the extremely fun punk-disco weekly dance party at the Baltic Room, since it's progenitor is our own DJ Fucking in the Streets. It's kind of too bad--the funnest dance night in the city doesn't get any press from the smartest paper in the city (us, right?) because one of the DJs just happens to work here.

But this is a special occasion: tonight, Ruff Gemz has imported some disco talent for a live performance. The guest stars are. . .
Portland's Glass Candy! Italo-death-disco fanatics unite!

Doors are at 9, and the price is a paltry $6 (Ruff Gemz normally costs $3, but these kids gotta pay for gas). There are drink specials ($3 wells, $1 High Life). Come one and come all, it's gonna be super fun!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Get Off the Hill and Dance

posted by on July 7 at 12:25 PM

Capitol Hill ain't the only neighborhood with some ass-shakin' action. Did I just say "ass-shakin' action"? I did.

Tonight, Solo, a new-ish and swanky but still comfy bar on Queen Anne (200 Roy St), hosts their monthly night called Rock and Roll High School from 9 pm to 2 am. DJs Kingblind, Teenage Rampage and El Toro (KEXP, and uh... The Stranger), will spin "the best in rock 'n' roll, punk, glam, garage, pop, and new wave."

I don't usually do the dance night/DJ thing, but even that sounds fun to me. Solo has a cool, laid back vibe, and they made me a really tasty Shirley Temple once. Tonight I wanna hear old Bowie, some Refused, and someone better rock some Misfits (for Ari, of course).

Best of all, it's totally free.

(And if that doesn't do you for it, check out this week's Setlist to hear local bands and find out what else is going on around town this weekend. And if you're lucky, you'll win tickets to the Capitol Hill Block Party.)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Taken Out to the Ballgame

posted by on June 28 at 3:10 PM


Baseball and rock 'n' roll--as American as cocaine and hookers.

Many thanks to the fine folks at Barsuk Records (which is the next Sub Pop, don'tcha know, according to the Times) for sponsoring a day out at SafeCo Field yesterday. I joined label publicist Ever Kipp and several other full-time Barsukers, as well rockers Dave Terry, John Roderick, Heather Minton, and Phil Wandscher of the Sweet Hereafter, for what turned out to be a terrific game on a beautiful afternoon. Many beers were drank, many hotdogs were devoured, and a few crotch-waves were attempted. And hey, the Ms won in the 11th to sweep Boston in a three-game series! Go Mariners!

It was my first trip to SafeCo--what a great stadium. The view of the downtown skyline from behind first was sweet, but even better was the little nip of the Olympic Mountains that you get from the outfield bleachers.

I realized yesterday that baseball, to me, is all about sauerkraut.

That is, baseball comes down to eating hot dogs and hot dogs come down to sauerkraut, so really, when I think baseball, I think sauerkraut. Yeah.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Opticlash 2 Tonight @ CHAC

posted by on June 13 at 4:39 PM

Tonight I'm one of the judges for Opticlash, the VJ Battle in Seattle. I've been promised that it's way more entertaining than either competing home videos or dueling screen savers, but this will be my first time at the event, so I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow. Should be a good time, so come on down.



WED., June 13TH, 2007
6pm – 10pm
@ Capitol Hill Arts Center
1621 12th Avenue (12th & Pine)

$15 advance, through Brown Paper Tickets
+ Anywhere SIFF Tickets are sold

Punch Drunk Productions, 4Culture, Seattle Foundry, Art Patch, and The Stranger proudly present part of the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival: Opticlash 2, the 2nd annual VJ Battle in Seattle. Similar to a DJ battle, contestants pit their live performance prowess against one another - instead of scratching records and mixing music, they mix video images on two huge screens. A DJ plays music to which the VJs sculpt their video art, all in real-time. The winner, selected by a panel of local judges, takes home a $1000 Edirol V-4 video mixer for the grand prize. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Seattle-based nonprofit ReelGrrls: Empowering girls through media production.