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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ben vs. the Scorpion

posted by on October 30 at 1:20 PM

There are a lot of jokes to be made here about the kinds of things one could find in Ben Gibbard's pants, but I'll keep it clean and just relay the basic information straight from Nick Harmer's blog:

So tonight in San Diego, Ben got stung by a SCORPION. Twice. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried, file this under “things that really happen on rock tours.” Ben’s okay, if not a little shaken, but we were worried for awhile because the scorpion was a little guy and when it comes to the wonderful world of scorpions, the smaller the deadlier.

Read more about the incident (and see a picture of the lil' bugger) here.

(Thanks to Matt for the tip.)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Toilet Plugged: Have a Roman Candle, Tits

posted by on October 20 at 11:55 AM


Mitchell, South Dakota: Report from Brent Amaker and the Rodeo.

Rodeo drummer Mason Lowe got high, entered a bathroom, plugged a toilet, then was handed a fire cracker. He and a couple of Rodeo fans had walked to the apartment of a local man who wanted to share some grass. Mason got stoned. Mason also had to poop. They’d been driving for 24 hours and some needs had taken a back seat. He did his business and flushed the toilet. Mason continues:

Sit-down jobs are never really a picnic when you’re high. This became a nightmare. I flushed the toilet and the water filled the bowl and kept rising. And rising. The more I hoped it would stop, the higher it got. I watched water and other stuff crest the rim of the bowl and spill out onto our new friend’s bathroom floor. Jesus.

Mason did the right thing though. He opened the door and approached his host, telling him he had just taken a crap, plugged the toilet, and that everything had gotten everywhere. Mason then gave him a free CD. The man was not angry. In fact he smiled, handed Mason a roman candle, and they all walked outside to watch colors explode across the night sky.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Moby DJ set moved to Showbox

posted by on June 3 at 4:59 PM

If you were bummed you missed your opportunity to score tickets to Moby's upcoming DJ set at Neumos, have no fear, the venue has been changed to the Showbox. This means loads of tickets are now available.

Hold tight......GO!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Built to Spill Announce "Perfect From Now On" Tour Dates

posted by on May 28 at 3:16 PM

And Seattle is not on the list.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Back to the Motherland

posted by on April 30 at 11:05 AM

Fitty returns to Africa...

50 Cent and G-Unit Tour – featuring 50, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo – will stop at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg on May 1 and the Belville Velodrome in Capetown on May 3.

The last time Fitty went to Africa, he came back "empty-handed."

50 Cent is leaving the African adoptions to Madonna and Angelina Jolie. The rapper came back from Angola empty-handed. “Black folks, we have kids,” he told Hot 97 radio host Miss Jones. She countered, “And we try to get rid of the ones we got …”

Fitty is hiphop's Britney.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Shroud of Baxter

posted by on April 27 at 12:11 PM


Late night at a motel. A vortex of interstate activity. Obese families in Ford Tauruses with Bush stickers on them. These are the people that are interested in Britney. And sex tapes. Everything is a rock show. Even church.

A team of dirt bike racers is in the room below. They’re knocking back Vodka-Gatorades and looking for poontang. A church group two doors down hides their daughters. Scents waft.

You check into your room. Brush teeth. And there it is, a giant burly pube on the sink, sitting there like a thick black piece of corkscrew pasta. Coiled like a viper. Staring up at you, waiting to strike. You brush and look away. And try not to think about the fact that that pube probably came from the crotch of a chicken molesting trucker named Baxter.

Time for sleep. Finally, sleep. The sanctity of a bed after a long day. You turn down the sheets and there’s a stain. Face sized. It’s like the Shroud of Turin. Is it dirt? Is it blood? Is it make-up? Jesus Christ. Maybe it’s Baxter’s face. Sleep comes before you can fully investigate.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Highway Cologne: Feel Fantastic

posted by on April 26 at 6:32 PM

Exquisite replicas of Obsession, Eternity, Polo Sport, and Drakkar. Spray. Cup hand over nozzle. Push plunger firmly:




Medford, OR man wants to - STOP HILLARY!:



Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Madlib is Heard: Detritus

posted by on April 22 at 11:11 AM

madlib2.jpgI am I-5 southbound here, driving to Los Angeles to play. Madlib’s Beat Konducta India has been the theme of the highway think-tank. Beat Konducta India is thirty-four instrumental hip-hop tracks using music, sounds, and samples from Indian cinema. It’s filthied and slow, and all the tracks are around two minutes long. Madlib scans into a cut, you see what he wants you to see, then he's out. The tracks are short, but he’s not in a hurry. The 70 beats per minute lumber like Godzilla through a city. The monster’s too big to be quick. He was minding his own business until Delhi got in his way.

During the Seattle - LA drive, here’s what recurs: Consumption of coffee to be alert. And consumption of water because the coffee dehydrates. Then it’s hard to make time because the bladder says, “Me me me.”

And so enters the risk of the Little John Portable Urinal for men, which came with the Lady J female adapter. The Lady J looks complicated. Can you do the Lady J and drive?:


Or, the Pit Stop:

pitstop2.jpgHere’s the Pit Stop, the portable urinal designed for truckers that's tailor-made for guys and gals with promises to keep. The receiving end is designed to be mounted on the wall of a truck’s sleeper cab, while the leakproof container at the other end of the five-foot transfer hose is self-sealing with a quick-disconnect mechanism. The 1.25-gallon tank's carrying handle facilitates easy transport of all of that detritus without danger of spillage, and is probably big enough for a non-stop coast-to-coast haul.

Without danger of spillage. Without danger of spillage? Look at that thing. There is much danger of spillage.


Detritus - de·tri·tus n:

1. debris or discarded material
2. fragments of rock that have been worn away
3. organic debris formed by the decomposition of plants and animals

Friday, April 11, 2008

Random Email, Friday, 2:41 pm

posted by on April 11 at 2:41 PM

Go see the King Brothers tomorrow at the Comet. I saw them last night in SF - holy shit - I'll leave it at that. Bring extra pants - you will crap the one's you're wearing.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Murmaider Murmaider Murmaider

posted by on April 9 at 11:13 AM


Dethklok, the biggest metal band on the planet, is coming to the Showbox SODO on June 2nd. Chances are everyone in the audience is going to die a horrible, bloody death. Tickets go on sale April 19th, $22adv/$25dos. Who would have thought that the guy who made Home Movies could totally shred?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Stone Temple Pilots Headlining Bumbershoot

posted by on April 8 at 11:21 AM

No joke! The band had a party last night to celebrate their reunion. There, they announced all the dates for their upcoming 65-date tour, which includes the August 31 date in Seattle, performing at Bumbershoot. Click over to to see it for your own eyes.

Full schedule after the jump.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

NIN Coming to Seattle

posted by on March 31 at 3:22 PM

Was this posted already? I can't remember... but should it not have been said: NIN will play the KeyArena July 26th.

The full tour schedule (should you want to stalk the band) is after the jump.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

George Michael to Play KeyArena July 2

posted by on March 27 at 10:41 AM

Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 5 at 9 am.

Tickets prices are $49.50, $79.50, $149.50 and $250.00 and go on sale Saturday, April 5 at 9:00 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets,,, or charge by phone (206) 628-0888.

And now, to get your Thursday started off right...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Journey, Heart, Cheap Trick Coming to White River Amphitheatre

posted by on March 26 at 10:33 AM

Friday, September 19th.


Full tour schedule posted after the jump.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Do You Like the Trucks?

posted by on March 24 at 5:38 PM

If you do like the Trucks, you'll be happy to know the band is going to tour the West Coast with Northern State in May:

May 5 Chop Suey Seattle, Washington
May 6 The Plaza Club Vancouver, British Columbia
May 7 Doug Fir Portland, Oregon
May 9 Cafe du Nord San Francisco, California
May 10 Knitting Factory Los Angeles, California

Friday, March 21, 2008

Kimya Dawson Will Never Have Another Day Off For the Rest of Her Life

posted by on March 21 at 2:35 PM

She's been one of the busiest woman in music since the release of Juno. And now she's touring again.

Sadly, she won't be coming to Seattle. The closest she gets is San Francisco. Click after the jump if you wanna see where to find her.


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Wednesday, March 5, 2008


posted by on March 5 at 12:22 PM


Baroness are one of the few metal acts that I totally love but still haven't seen live. Their newest, Red Album, was the best metal release that came out last year. So how stoked was I when I saw that they had announced a May 20th gig at the Showbox? Monumentally. But then the icy bitch slap of reality struck me across my face when I saw who they're opening for - fucking Coheed and Cambria. Boooooooo. Booooo! Booooo!!!! The new Coheed album was arguably the biggest heap of dog shit released in audio form last year. I want to see Baroness is a room full of people there to see Baroness, not a flock of kids in Atreyu hoodies who finished up their math homework in homeroom so their mom would let them go to the show. Boooo!

All is not lost, though. This just means that I will most definitely have to make the road trip down to Portland on April 16th (which I was prolly going to do anyway) to catch one of the best metal lineups possible: Baroness, Genghis Tron, the Red Chord and Converge. It's a shame that this show isn't making it's way up to us, but I figure Converge has had their fill of Seattle lately. I'm willing to make the drive.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

They're Getting Closer...

posted by on February 21 at 12:21 PM

I'm not sure why I started to care about Hot Water Music a lot more once they started announcing random tour dates--I always loved the band, they put on killer live shows, but I wasn't that heartbroken when they broke up. They had been around forever. It was time.

But then they started in with the whole "Yeah, we'll play one show" thing. Which turned into one more show. Teasing and taunting. That turned into a few more shows, an appearance at SXSW, and now they're adding even MORE dates. They're playing Bamboozle Left with 7 Seconds on April 6th in Irvine, CA, and then they're playing a few dates over in Germany in May.

Quit fucking around, HWM! Just fucking come to Seattle! Hell, I'll even go to Portland! And if you give me enough notice, maybe I'll even make the trek to San Francisco. Just admit it. You're back. You're a band again. Just go the fuck on tour already.


Thank you for listening.

Death Cab to Kick Off Spring Tour In...

posted by on February 21 at 12:15 PM


Bremerton! Wait, what?

Before heading off to Tennessee for the Bonnaroo festival in June, Death Cab For Cutie will be making it's way down the West Coast for a stint of dates that begins with a show in Bremerton on April 18th, forgoing a Seattle show. Following them down the coast will be MXPX the Cave Singers. Death Cab have also released a track listing for their upcoming album Narrow Stairs, out May 13th.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Schoolyard Heroes' Tour Diary

posted by on February 11 at 11:34 AM


Brian Turner, drummer for Schoolyard Heroes, is keeping a blog of the band's cross-country escapades with Aiden.

An excerpt:

Being in a band isn't about making every show your best show, it's about making sure every show isn't a complete disaster. The show last night in Portland almost landed in the latter category. Here is why:

* Jonah chipped a tooth. A crazed fan fell on the microphone stand and the stand fell on Jonah's tooth. That's okay though, because I fastened him a new tooth out of a lime Jolly Rancher and Elmer's glue.
* We left Steve's entire set of guitar pedals (suggested retail value: $500) in Mount Vernon, WA two nights ago. That's okay though, Jonah rigged him a new distortion pedal out of tinfoil, human hair, and coffee cake.
* Wil from Aiden broke Ryann's mic stand. That's okay though, because Steve made a new stand out of toothpicks.
* I lost $20 betting Wil he couldn't break Ryann's mic stand.
Still, though, last night was awesome. The Sacramento show starts in an hour.

He's only a couple days into it, but he promises to update it every chance he gets. Click here to check it out.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Speaking of Juggalos...

posted by on January 18 at 9:44 PM

The Schoolyard Heroes are in Cleveland, they just played the venue called Peabody's. Apparently, they had some interesting guests show up. Here's a text message exchange the band just sent from the road:

The Insane Clown Posse/Psychopathic Records wrestling team is at our show. They have championship belts with them. Hahahahaha!!!!
Whoa! Are they in make up?
No, but they have the craziest ICP gear on. It's like an ignorance convention.

No pictures, but there's this video to help you better imagine the scene:

Carry on.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Might I Suggest the Comet

posted by on January 9 at 9:59 AM

Atlanta Boston Charlotte Chicago Cleveland Dallas Houston Indianapolis Los Angeles Miami Montreal New York Philadelphia San Diego San Francisco Santa Barbara Seattle St. Louis Tampa Toronto Vancouver Washington, DC

As Pitchfork points out, Radiohead's among the few bands out there that can list cities for their upcoming tour, leave the dates and venues out, and still get people excited. Anyway, good news for us, bad news for Portland. See you southerners on ??/??/08, I guess.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Book Your Own World Tour

posted by on January 5 at 12:30 PM

L.A. Nintendo-Core outfit Horse the Band have some lofty ambitions:

"Three years ago we booked a three-month, eight country tour with no booking agency, manager, or CD in stores. It was the funnest tour we have ever done. 3 years and 11 professional package tours later, we've become disillusioned, bad-attitude nerds and pariahs of the established music industry. FUCK IT. We are currently planning a 40-country tour of Earth. We are booking the tour by ourselves, and going by ourselves because everyone is scared of us and no one will let us play their tours because we are too wild and crazy. In addition, no booking agencies will book shows for us on foreign soil because we have no "tour history on the books" or "soundscans" or "albums in stores". It is time to once again take matters into our own hands, go off the beaten track, and show the music industry that they don't matter anymore because of the INTERNET. We hope to be an inspiration to all young bands with honest dreams and the willingness to say "FUCK IT" to the shitty, boring, timid, sterile conventions that have slimed their way into our scene with the recent commercialization and homogenization of underground music. We will be producing a TV show/movie about recklessly circling the globe playing volatile shows, eating weird new foods, meeting new races and species, seeing the marvels of nature and man, narrowly escaping tragedy (or not escaping it), all while teetering on the brink of alcoholism and mental illness and sharing the language of music that unites us all! "

Although I am fairly indifferent about the band's music, I must say this is entirely admirable. If they can actually pull this tour together their video is going to be an incredible document for future bands hoping to take their music around the world through grassroots channels. They offer to send promotional materials anywhere in the world, and encourage people in every country to burn CD-Rs of their albums and distribute them freely. If only every band had that attitude.

(ht PRP)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

This Week in International Crack

posted by on November 14 at 5:34 PM

undies.JPGTokyo has weird shit. In a grocery store, next to the fruits and vegetables, there was a gimp-ball section. You know, the red ball that is strapped into your mouth that you wear when you put on your black leather gimp suit? Well, this is where they come from. The gimp ball has less nutrients than an apple though. Then there were these:


Sushi in the Shibuya district rolls out on conveyer belts everywhere. You can not fathom how tender and perfect it is. I have the salmon rolls on auto feed. This morning, a conveyer belt hydraulically ejected out of the wall in my hotel room and deposited three salmon rolls into my mouth before I was even awake.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Konnichiwa Head Wind

posted by on November 13 at 5:25 PM

Head Like a Kite to Tokyo here. We are playing a couple shows for promoter Shoko from Kyodo Tokyo. The shows are in Shinjuku and Shibuya at the O-Nest. I will bust fat trans-oceanic beats. Konnichiwa, biatches. Translation of gangster. Cookie Snake rides again.

Head Like an International Flight. 65 mph headwind. Two kilometers in, band mate leader, Dave Einmo was calling for scotch. The uncrossed Pacific Ocean on the screen in front of his face was not what his fear of flying wanted to see.


Cruising altitude brought thought, and three rights: Savage is right, the bathroom has more room than the sardine section. Megan is right, criss-crossing planes are not what you want to see pre-flight. And Dominic is right, that IS Jimi Hendrix on the Alaskan Airlines planes.

Before we left, I asked Kaz from PWRFL Power for some things to say in Japanese. I wondered if people would be offended if I joked about Sumo wrestling. Kaz said:

Noboday will be offended even if you say something harsh about Sumo. You can say, “Sumo shiyouka.” - Let's Sumo.

It was 68 degrees when we landed. Clear sky, sunset drive into Tokyo. The scape and shapes of the city unfurled. Unreal to be here. Real time anime. Gargantuan cement Kanji jaws are open.

Place we are staying is called Shibuya. It’s a maze, but quaint. Like a Smurf village with neon. Boomboxes kick from shadows in the corner. Everyone is hip-hop. They have hip-hop shops. I think JZ said you can’t be more hipster than a Japanese hipster. He is right.

Toilets here have many buttons, lights, and settings for heated seats and bidet streams. The future of shitting. Dave sat and needed a little less heat. He pressed the wrong button. Pressure cleaner. Welcome to Japan.


Sumo for all. Sayonara. Smurf off. I Smurf you. Let's Sumo.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Beauty and the East

posted by on October 30 at 1:01 PM

barbdrive.JPGTrentalange - (pronounced Trent-ah-lahnge) is the Seattle based project of Crooked Fingers alum, Barbara Trentalange. She is out on the road for a month, taking her darkly charmed, down-tempo, trip-hop trance to the people.

She is touring with drummer Faith Stankevech as a two-piece. Faith also plays in the Tiptons and Marmalade.

Barbara checks in:

Two girls on the road here. The drives have been beautiful - Rainbows, sunsets, and rising full moons. Amber and purple streaks have crept across the sky reflecting the clouds. We’ve been driving along with our jaws in our laps.


Kansas City - Saturday, Oct. 27th - We spent the morning following directions from our GPS (whom we have given the name Guisepe, our autistic and temperamental child). The instructions promised to deliver us to a grocery store that would have lots of wholesome food. Instead, we found a building with the windows broken out.

If you get the chance, go see the band Tartufi. They are a kick-ass duo that makes more noise than a 10 piece metal band.

Chicago - Monday, October 29th - I found my favorite chocolate in the world, Moonstruck Chocolate. They have a dark chocolate with chili pepper in it. Oh so good.

Trentalange plays in Chicago tonight at Reggie’s.

Drive safe out there, Barbara and Faith. Don’t let Guisepe get out of hand. Sometimes when he says left, he means right. Oh, and can I adopt your last name?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Neil Young Hits Seattle

posted by on September 10 at 1:02 PM


Neil Young just announced a U.S. tour in support of his upcoming album Chrome Dreams II. The album arrives October 16; Young and his band of Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar, dobro and other instruments), Ralph Molina (drums) and Rick Rosas (bass) arrive at the MooreWaMu Theather in Seattle on October 23.

Fans who buy tickets to any show on the tour through Young's website will receive a free mail-order copy of Chrome Dreams II. That's a pretty cool deal.

With Ben Keith on steel guitar and dobro, it sounds like both the album and the tour will be country-tinged affairs. When Young toured on his last album, Greendale, some fans were ticked that he only played songs off the new record and not past hits. Could be the same this time around. Still, seeing Young reading the phone book would be riveting, just so long as you don't go in expecting Crazy Horse excess.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What We're Missing

posted by on August 29 at 1:16 PM

Springsteen's final tour with the E Street Band comes no closer than the Oakland Coliseum on October 26.

Half the tour is spent in Europe. WTF? THEY weren't born in the USA, but I was. And because I live in Seattle I get skipped? I'm so pissed I might have to fly to Oakland.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


posted by on August 28 at 10:42 AM

Kazu Nomura is PWRFL POWER, an honest, funny, and entertaning singer songwriter that pens songs about F-U-N-K and throwing tomatoes at girls who don't like him. He's currently on tour in Japan, and he's going to check in every two or three shows to give us updates on how the trip is going. Here's installment #1:


PWRFL POWER hallucinating

This is my tour diary from my second Japan tour in this year. After 9.5 hours of airplane ride, I was at Narita Airport. A temperature was literally 100 F.


Nightmare back in May

My first show was on the very day at Muryoku Muzenzi in Kouenji Area (maybe Capitol Hill in Seattle?).

The owner of this place played at my last show back in May and I was afraid of him playing again this time. At the last show, he spent 30 minutes singing about eating pussy. Serious. That was the most disgusting set and he also said he wanna be a cat because cats do it fast.

mew mew mew

He didn't play this time. Instead two fine acts; Marchal no Neko and Mamekko played. Mamekko is just one guy and didn't have front teeth due to his thinner sniffing habit.

After the show, I stayed with a friend of "Kadocchi", a leader of Marchal no Neko. His friend was a tall guy with purple-ish hair and lazy eyes. He told me to call him "Mempis." I asked why Mempis, which is obviously not a Japanese name. "I used to live in Memphis when I was six and always spelled it wrong. Without H. So my friends called me Mempis." As we talked, I found out he doesn't have a job and he talks to his grandma when he needs some money. Also, he play drums in some group that is releasing a vinyl on Holy Mountain.

A noise woke me up next day. Someone was packing stuff at 8AM. It was a guy in blue shortpants and a white T. "Why is this 50 some years old man here in the Tuesday morning? He is supposed to be working right now." It turned out he's Mempis's dad. "Oh, you live in Seattle? I lived in Memphis with my family!"

I knew it already.

He gave me a little talk about his life in USA and how he was a buddhist going to a church. "Thus, Catholics are poor and Protestants are rich. You should know."

He concluded.

I took another plane ride and got to Sapporo. Sapporo beer!
My show here was at this awesome venue called Spiritual Lounge.


Shinbo-san runs the venue.

It's a little cozy place with an audience with good ears! After the show, I took a train to hometown, Asahikawa...

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Cure Postpone US Tour

posted by on August 24 at 10:44 AM


The upcoming Cure concert at KeyArena scheduled for October 8, 2007 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for spring 2008.

From the band:

With all apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment it may cause, we have made a decision to move the September/October 2007 North American Cure shows to April/May 2008. The schedule as it stands only gives us a couple of weeks to finish our new double album before we hit the road again, and we know this just isn't enough time to complete the project to our genuine satisfaction. We also want to create a new live show for North America, and incorporate new songs... and we need time and focus to do this. So although we can agree it is a great shame to move these dates - believe us we have been looking forward to them more than anyone! we honestly feel that in the bigger picture we are making the right decision.

All tickets held for all 2007 North American Cure shows will be valid for the re-scheduled 2008 shows, and of course anyone who seeks a refund will be able to get one. All refund/rescheduling details will be announced very soon. Once again, our genuine apologies to anyone who is upset by this announcement - please be encouraged by our promise: The spring 2008 Cure shows will be even better than the fall 2007 ones would have been!!!

See you all soon...

Robert, Simon, Jason and Porl - The Cure 23/8/07

All tickets for the October 8 KeyArena date will be honored at the to-be-announced spring 2008 show. Ticket refunds will be issued at point of purchase.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Decemberists Come to Seattle With the Most Elaborate Ticketing System Ever

posted by on August 23 at 11:04 AM

So the Decemberists will be at the Moore two nights on 12/8 and 12/9. Their tour is very conceptual--in every city they play at least two shows, one of which focuses on their "epic, progressive compositions," and one of them will "highlight their more succinct, pop-leaning material." It's called "The Long and Short of It Tour."

But look what you have to do to buy pre-sale:

A limited number of custom pre-sale tickets created by Decemberists illustrator Carson Ellis will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning this Saturday, August 25th, at Noon EST at For the pre-sale, fans must purchase both a "long" and a "short" night ticket, but they'll receive a $10 discount. In markets with an odd number of dates, tickets for the final date will be sold separately. Fans who purchase pre-sale tickets will receive a free poster with their order. General ticket on-sale begins September 7.

They have designer tickets. You have to go to both shows, unless you live in a city where you don't. You have to love the Decemberists like you love, I don't know, food? I know people love this band, but this is a little ridiculous.

Sigh. I bet the pre-sale will sell out.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Unfortunate Hilarious Press Release Typo

posted by on August 16 at 2:48 PM

According to the e-mail their publicist just sent me, "Saosin Announce Natioanal Headlining Tour!!"



Get it? Anal?


Sorry. Sometimes dumb things make me laugh.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Missoula and Back: Three Nights on the Road with Akimbo and Cicadas

posted by on August 13 at 12:59 PM

I had the pleasure of tagging along with two of my favorite bands, Akimbo and Cicadas, on their trek east for three shows this weekend. The first night was in Spokane, at a coffee shop called the Empyrean. They had a really great stage setup off to the side of the building, the perfect amount of space for smaller-scale rock shows. Spokane also wins big points for having much better liquor laws than Seattle, as the coffee shop sold beer that you could drink wherever you wanted inside.


Cicadas played an amazing set, blowing the minds of several kids in the audience. Their frenzied, crazily technical thrash-prog was in full form, and it was truly a sight to behold. After the show, kids buying their CDs were heard to remark: “I’m gonna go home and throw away my guitar,” and “I’ve never heard anything like that. It was like a perfect mix of everything I like.”


Akimbo’s wall of sound is mighty impressive. It’s not so loud that it gives you a headache or anything, but they’ve done a real good job of filling out the right frequencies so that you feel surrounded by their songs. They mostly played tracks from their new album, Navigating the Bronze, to an overwhelmingly positive response from the crowd.

The next day we made our way across the state and into Missoula, Montana for Wantage Records’ annual Total Fest. Unfortunately, Cicadas’ van crapped out 50 miles shy of Missoula, leaving the boys stranded for seven hours waiting for a tow truck. They had to cancel their show that night, but were offered a slot the following night which they graciously took, as their van wouldn’t be fixed in time to make it to their Saturday gig in Wenatchee. The boys took their misfortune gracefully, and I was bummed I only got to see them for the one show. I could watch them play every night.

Total Fest is one of the best rock festivals I have ever been to. 43 bands from across the country over three nights, with three stages in one giant bar called The Badlander. There were two stages next to each other in the bar area so there was no load times, as well as an all-ages stage in the pool hall in the basement. Every day there were barbeques for the bands, free beer donated by Pabst, river floating, and an afternoon record swap where I picked up some great stuff. I had no idea Missoula was such a cool city.


Old Time Relijun had some seriously intense energy. Their new songs were driving and pulsing, capturing everyone in the room’s full attention. The kids dancing up front seemed to be having some sort of backwoods Pentecostal experience; it reminded me of Ozark snake-handlers dancing and singing in tongues I saw on the discovery channel. I especially enjoyed when the sax player played two saxophones at the same time.

Bellingham’s the Narrows played a good set of their slow and brooding rock, building up into the climaxes they’ve perfected over the years. Denver’s Kingdom of Magic had a lot of people digging their repeating riff metal, but I got bored of it pretty quick.


My favorite band of the night was Spokane’s Belt of Vapor, who have taken all the best parts of These Arms are Snakes and left out the snotty parts. They had winding, mathy riffs and a great combination of dual melodies from the bass and guitar. I eagerly bought their new EP.

The bass player of Fitz of Depression bailed on them the morning of the show, so it was only guitar and drums for most of their set. A local bass player figured out a few of their songs and filled in for the last bit, but their stuff didn’t grab me enough to really pay attention to it.


Fleshies, however, had my full attention. The singer was constantly running out into the crowd, writhing on the beer soaked floor, and jumping onto people’s shoulders. I especially liked when he ran over to the adjoining empty stage and started singing to the few people milling around and chatting over there. The power kept cutting out on stage, ending their first five or so songs early, but they just rolled with it. Why get mad when you can run into the bathroom mid song, grab some toilet paper and roll yourself up in it while singing?


This show was probably the most hyped I’ve ever seen a crowd for Akimbo. The whole audience was screaming like crazy for them before they even started playing. People threw bras at them, there was dancing (which for some reason Akimbo doesn’t usually get a lot of) and people were crying out for more songs at the end of the set. Akimbo was stoked on the output, saying, “That was like Europe in America. We haven’t had that sort of response since we played France.”


The final night of the trip was in Wenatchee, where they played a saloon that was four giant rooms of people eating dinner. One kid specifically came out to see Akimbo; the rest of the bar (which was fairly crowded) just kind of looked at them with a collective “What the fuck?” They blared through their songs anyway, not holding back due to lack of crowd interest. Adding salt to the wound, they had to deal with some jackass journalist in their van all the way home to Seattle, puking his guts out through the four-inch side window opening after taking too much advantage of the saloon’s free drinks for the band. Serious party foul. Aaron Akimbo: I’m sorry I got barf on your pillow everything.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Matthew Dear's Big Hands Coming to Seattle

posted by on August 1 at 11:30 AM


Matthew Dear and his backing band, Big Hands, will be coming to Seattle in support of his latest, awesome electro pop album, Asa Breed. Fellow Ghostlies Mobius Band support. Tour dates:

10-01 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10-02 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
10-03 Charlottesville, VA - Satellite
10-04 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10-05 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10-06 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
10-08 Austin, TX - Emo's
10-09 Dallas, TX - Granada
10-12 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
10-16 Los Angeles, CA - Echo
10-18 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
10-19 Portland, OR - Holocene
10-20 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
10-21 Vancouver, British Columbia - Media Club
10-24 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
10-25 Madison, WI - Cafe Montmartre
10-27 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Greatest Hits Hit in PA

posted by on July 23 at 1:15 PM


A couple weeks ago, members of Seattle band the Greatest Hits were assaulted while on tour in Harrisburg, PA. According to this story in the Patriot News, Ryan Housner and Romen Herb were pistol-whipped and robbed. Chris Vorman, manager of the bar where the band played, took time to tell reporters that "they were dressed in a way that made it hard to determine if they were men or women."

Stay classy, Harrisburg!

(The Greatest Hits play the Crocodile Cafe this Thursday)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Goose Flies on David

posted by on July 17 at 2:11 PM

m36f.jpgAdam Franklin is a master, a sculptor of a guitar player. He chisels and nimbly modulates his Fender Jazz Master through layers of notes and marble.

People watch his hands when he plays to see how his fingers move.

Not that he is into nude men, or nudity, but his latest David is called Bolts of Melody, out on Hi-Speed Soul. A clean, quarantined, full length collection of mood sifters and regal chord imagery.

Franklin’s fans are hardcore. They want autographs and encores.

First, there was Swervedriver. Then Toshack Highway. Now as ‘Adam Franklin’, Bolts of Melody. Franklin also has a project in the works with Interpol drummer, (and Swervedriver fan) Sam Fogarino called the Setting Suns.

(Billy Corgan had asked Franklin to play in his current lineup, but Franklin said no.)

Fogarino had a bottle of Grey Goose waiting for Adam at the Crocodile when he finished his set on Saturday night. A little something to get the tour started right. Improbably, the bottle remained unopened until the next night at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge.

With Greyhounds circulating, I hovered near Mr. Franklin as he packed up after the Doug Fir show. He velcros his pedals to a thin slab of wood. The instruments of a brain surgeon, yes. He had shown up in Seattle without this wood and had to have it Fed Exed out. He joked how he has a few of these slabs in various places, one in New York, and one in Europe somewhere. Now one on the west coast. He said, “I have wood everywhere.”

Adam Franklin is a highly intelligent, soft-spoken man. When he speaks, he has something to say. His English accent adds austerity and an official-ness. He relayed a story about being in a NY cab on the way home after a show.

The cab driver was an older raspy man, and was telling Adam if he ever needed a vocalist, to give him a call. Adam got home and on a whim, Googled the guy. Turns out he sang for the Platters. Adam and Fogarino need to pull this guy into their collaboration. Would rule.

Sunday night ended by the Doug Fir fire pit. Mirth and liquids flowed. Franklin’s bass player, Josh, was tackled in the bushes and piled on. It was Adam’s drummer, Than’s birthday. Beyond last call, the hour approached super late and became early morning.

The next day, they were to play in San Francisco at Café du Nord. From Portland, a what, ten hour drive? Load in at what, 7:00? Which meant leaving Portland at 9 that morning?

Can you say super fresh van time? Ibuprofen? Red bull, gas station shitter food?

The Grey Goose spreads its wings and claims. Band loses brain cells, reels, and rebounds to the highway headed South. Put on Ry Cooder’s soundtrack for Paris, Texas and hope for no traffic.

"Fly like an Eagle, to the sea. Fly like an eagle, let my coffee carry me."

Update via Adam text: They made the San Fran show just in time. No soundcheck. Good crowd for a Monday.

Of Montreal, What the Fuck?

posted by on July 17 at 1:30 PM


Awesome art rockers Of Montreal announced fall tour dates today! Yay! But Seattle's nowhere on the itinerary! Boo!

Oh well, if you're in Salt Lake City, UT or Östersund, Sweden, you can still go see them. Pitchfork has the full list of dates here.

Friday, July 13, 2007

This Sunday! Plastic Little!

posted by on July 13 at 6:02 PM

Okay. I've never seen "Philadelphia’s second hottest rap group," Plastic Little, but I've been listening to Crambodia today, and me thinks me like!

This Sunday. War Room. Let's dance.


Friday, July 6, 2007

The Black Lips! This Sunday!

posted by on July 6 at 4:07 PM

I dunno why I haven't seen a single mention of this in-store ANYWHERE, but the m*therf*cking Black Lips are here this weekend. They're playing at the Queen Anne Easy Street at 3 pm - this Sunday the 8th - and live on on KEXP, Monday the 9th at 9:30 am. If you're lucky, one of them might even puke on you.

Also, if you haven't checked out the Los Valientes live album yet you should. I mean it. The girl masturbating on the floor at the 29 second mark of this video means it too.

Les Claypool/Two Gallants Photos

posted by on July 6 at 9:30 AM



(Taken by Morgan Keuler at the Showbox, July 3rd. More after the jump, after the lovely lady jump. That wasn't funny. I apologize.)

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