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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Abe Vigoda - "Skeleton"

posted by on October 30 at 12:50 PM

The video premier of "Skeleton" by Abe Vigoda (via

Abe Vigoda - "Skeleton

Speaking of Abe Vigoda--the band's guitarist, Juan Velazquez, talked to Kurt B. Reighley for this week's story "A Big, Gay Roundtable." Reighley talked to a number of openly gay artists (also including members of Torche and These Arms Are Snakes) and asked them what it's like to be in "bands that don't speak directly to a queer sensibility or engage in lifestyle marketing—especially groups that make intense, heavy music and play to primarily young male fans."

An excerpt:

Mainstream gay media overlooks these bands. Conversely, music journalists rarely talk about their sexual preferences. Brooks estimates "less than 10 percent" of Torche buffs know he's homosexual; before a recent European tour, one well-meaning supporter e-mailed Brooks to tell him how hot Swedish chicks are. If fans hear someone in Abe Vigoda is gay, Velazquez says they often guess singer Michael Vidal. "People make the assumption, because he is a soft-spoken, nice guy. And sometimes, I'm not. I can be pretty abrasive."

Read the story here. It's an interesting piece.

Abe Vigoda play Neumos tomorrow night with Diplo, Torche also play tomorrow night at El Corazon.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Re: Win Tickets to Shudder to Think

posted by on October 24 at 11:41 AM

Yes, yes, Shudder to Think! Win tickets! Etc. Let me just mention, though, that my favorite joints from Shudder to Think frontman Craig Wedren actually come from outside the band's discography:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lykke Li, Yelle

posted by on October 23 at 2:05 PM


There are two glaring omissions in this week's Up & Coming concert listings: Swedish hypemachine it-girl Lykke Li (pictured above, with shoes) and French hypemachine it-girl (ca. 2007) Yelle.

How did this happen? Well, somewhere between dropping acid with Of Montreal and time-travelling with Brian Wilson, these international ladies slipped through the cracks. Our apologies. But since these acts owe so much of their buzz to the Internets anyway, maybe it's only appropriate that we address them here on Line Out.

Lykke Li's Youth Novels was produced by Peter Bjorn & John's Björn Yttling, and some folks have pointed out that it kind of sounds like the female vocals from that band's "Young Folks" stretched out to album length. The album is pleasant and poppy enough, though, with a couple undeniable gems, the below, "Dance, Dance, Dance" being one of them:

But, and this is the techno-dork/DJ in me talking, where these tracks really come alive is in the remixes, specifically the Dada Life remix of "Dance, Dance, Dance," the Loving Hand remix of "Little Bit," and both the Metronomy and Fred Falke remixes of "I'm Good, I'm Gone." Also, she closes out her live shows with a cover of "Can I Kick It?" Yes, she can.

I've previously written about Yelle here and here, but basically, Yelle is a delightful, dirty-talking French electro-pop cartoon character. Observe:

Yelle plays Neumos Monday, October 27th, 8pm, $15, all-ages, w/Passion Pit, Funeral Party, & DJ Colby B

Lykke Li plays Neumos Wednesday, October 29th, 8pm, $15, all-ages, w/Friendly Fires

Monday, October 20, 2008

Watch Out For Psychic Ills’ 'Mirror Eye'

posted by on October 20 at 11:48 AM

Good news for people who like excellent new psychedelia: The Social Registry label just announced that Brooklyn’s Psychic Ills will release their next album, Mirror Eye, January 20. You can preview some songs from it on the band’s MySpace.

Psychic Ill’s Dins (2006) is one of the best rock albums of recent years. Without being blatant about it, they update the expansive, heat-mirage psychedelia of Texan '60s legends Thirteenth Floor Elevators and the Red Krayola. “What made Dins revelatory,” I wrote in another publication, “was its adept alternation between disorienting atmospheric meandering and thrusting rock motion.”

From the few tracks I’ve sampled so far, Mirror Eye promises to be sublime, too.

Now enjoy some footage from last year’s PI show at the Funhouse.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Burn: B-Boys, B-Girls, and One Be Lo

posted by on October 17 at 3:48 PM

This Sunday afternoon, October 19th, there's a battle at Neumo's, 12:30 p.m. One Be Lo will be there, and so will photographer Charles Peterson. Peterson will be selling and signing copies of his gorgeous new photo book, Cypher.



I highly recommend.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bangfest Feat. Ludachrist & Mad Rad at Chop Suey Oct. 16

posted by on October 15 at 12:46 PM

We didn’t have space in this week’s issue to cover Bangfest in much depth, but you may want to check out this all-ages show tomorrow at Chop Suey, hosted by United House Front DJs Jizosh, Swank, OK Dave, and Hannibal.

LA/NYC duo Ludachrist put pop music of many stripes and club bangers of many styles in a blender (e.g., New Order’s “Blue Monday” merged with Rick Ross’ “Everyday I’m Hustlin’”; the Eagles mashed with Lil Jon for “Hotel Crunkifornia”) while wearing goofy costumes. Hilarity and partying ensue.

Seattle’s Mad Rad will be celebrating the release of their White Gold album. If nothing else, you have to give Mad Rad (or their street team) credit for their posters hyping White Gold that blanket every available surface on Capitol Hill. What I’ve heard by Mad Rad sounds like the sort of faux-bling party rap and new-wave/electro miscegenation that brings to mind, toot sweet, Bolivian marching powder and and jauntily tilted ballcaps.

Overall, this bill sounds like a menu for youthful indiscretions and exceptional debauchery. Bring some protection...

Mad Rad’s “Super Dope!”

Free Saturday Knights Show Tomorrow @ Neumo's

posted by on October 15 at 12:15 PM

Thursday October 16th - Neumos Presents: An Invite Only Event with
The Cops
Mono In VCF
DJ Dyce
For access RSVP to (the subject line MUST read "RSVP TO THE SATURDAY KNIGHTS")
8PM Doors

Now you're invited. And, as if you need a refresher course on these guys, the Saturday Knights at the 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rodriguez Live on WDET Oct. 10

posted by on October 9 at 1:35 PM

Rodriguez will folk you up.

Live performances this decade by Sixto Rodriguez, the cult folk-rock figure from Detroit, are very rare. So it might behoove lovers of trenchant lyrics and raw, mind-bending folkadelia to tune in to Detroit public radio station WDET Friday at 8:25 am Pacific and check out how the creator of the classic Cold Fact LP (reissued in August by Seattle’s Light in the Attic Records) is holding up in the new millennium. A tight band consisting of Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs, White Stripes), Matthew Smith (the Go), Bobby Emmett (the Sights) and Dave Shettler (the Sights) 
will back Rodriguez for this on-air action.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Library Science Do It To It

posted by on October 7 at 2:53 PM

I didn’t have space to mention Library Science in the current Data Breaker, but you shouldn’t sleep on this fine Seattle band, who are opening for Matthew Dear’s Big Hands and Telefon Tel Aviv at Chop Suey Oct. 8.

I thought Library Science were a dub group—albeit an unconventional one—but this video shows that they’ve been broadening their scope. “Do It To It” is an absurdly euphoric rush of electro rock, like U.S.E jamming with Junior Senior after guzzling a case of Sparks.

In other news, the zany, sampladelic Bran Flakes (who include Library Science’s Mildred Pitt) have signed to Illegal Art, which will release their new CD, I Have Hands, in Feb. 2009.

“Do It To It”

Monday, October 6, 2008

Coachella 2009 Dates Announced

posted by on October 6 at 10:17 AM

Goldenvoice has announced that the next Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will happen April 17-19, 2009 in Indio, California. Start saving your $ now. Or not.

Let's guess which past-their-prime artist will be headlining the last night. I predict it'll be Sly & the Family Stone or Operation Ivy. Your turn.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Drink for the Kids

posted by on October 2 at 1:40 PM

Next week is your annual opportunity to chug a beer in the name of children--A Drink for the Kids, a benefit for the Vera Project, starts on Wednesday and finishes up Saturday night at Neumos with a celebration show featuring the Ruby Suns, the Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, and a big surprise guest.

It's as easy as ordering a Redhook. All you have to do visit one of the bars listed on the schedule below, show up between 6-10 pm, and order a Redhook or Dewars. That's it! The proceeds will be donated to the Vera Project.

Here's the schedule (all events are 21+):

Wednesday October 8
Easy Street West Seattle – with a 7p.m. show with Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet (featuring Bela Fleck)

Thursday October 9
Cha Cha
Hattie's Hat

Friday October 10
Linda's Tavern
King's Hardware
West 5

Saturday October 11
Neumos Presents A Drink for the Kids 2008 - Grand Finale Concert
Very special super secret surprise guest headliner!
The Ruby Suns (Sub Pop) from New Zealand
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Hosted by People's Republic of Komedy's Kevin Hyder
DJ Righteous Trash

Buy tickets for the finale show here. And don't forget to tip your bartender.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Señor Coconut Album to Latinize Club Hits by Daft Punk, Prince, Others

posted by on September 25 at 5:13 PM

Señor Coconut, one of the many aliases held by the ridiculously chameleonic electronic-music producer producer Uwe Schmidt, is poised to release on Nov. 18 Around the World. On this album, Señor Coconut puts club hits by artists like Prince, Daft Punk, and, er, Trio, through the cha cha cha chingamajig. If past Schmidt Latinized cover-album concepts hold true, Around the World will be one of the few kitsch musical efforts worth a damn.

In other good news, Nacional Records will reissue the Chile-based German artist’s collection of clever, joyful, Kraftwerk covers en español, El Baile Alemán. Check out the sweet rendition of “Tour de France” below.

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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I'm Starting to Get Really Excited For Decibel

posted by on September 24 at 9:48 AM

The weird thing about editing a weekly newspaper is that it totally throws your internal calendar. You're planning two or three weeks ahead at any given time, and sometimes it can be hard to remember what's coming up right in front of you. So it has been with Decibel Festival, this weekend's massive electronic music festival, which takes over multiple venues in Seattle from tomorrow through Sunday (full schedule available at Decibel is an overwhelming, exhausting, world-class marathon of electronic music of all stripes, and in the last few days (with a little help from a hype-inducing mailing list thread) I've finally started to get appropriately stoked. For your own stoking, in the issue of the Stranger that hits stands today, Donte Parks interrogates Detroit techno godfather Carl Craig and Dave Segal provides a guide to Decibel Festival's many showcases, parties, and BBQs.

In the meantime, some of my own highlights:

Dirty Dancing Showcase - Friday, 9/26 @ Neumos
Segal's not so into Deadmau5, but he's Beatport's most downloaded artist, and on multiple occasions I've found myself asking a DJ what's playing to be greeted with one or another Deadmau5 track. His stuff undoubtedly sounds better in the club than on Segal's or my own home stereo systems.

The Trinity - Friday, 9/26 @ Sole Repair
Jeff Samuel, Derek Plaslaiko, and Jerry Abstract = the truth.

DB in the Park - Saturday, 9/27, 1pm @ Volunteer Park
Techno pranksters Jacob London and Truckasauras blasting their ample beats mid-afternoon on the Volunteer Park lawn. Genius (and all-ages).

Detroit Techno: Past, Present, & Future - Saturday, 9/27 @ Neumos
Carl Craig is a legend, yes, but Audion is hard (or lately more minimal) techno fire. Put your hands up.

2008 Decibel Finale - Sunday, 9/28 @ Neumos
This may be the most eclectic all-star blowout Decibel has ever had, with Kompakt kings Supermayer providing minimal house and tongue-in-cheek disco satisfaction, the Bug trashing dancehall, dub, grime, etc, etc with help from MC Warrior Queen, and Flying Lotus providing his much buzzed-about sun-stoned LA hip hop inflected instrumentals.

And these shows are only the tip of the proverbial ice burg—there's also Dixon, LA Riots, Eluvium, Caro, the Sight Below, Barbara Morgenstern, and countless others. Do yourself a favor and go check out the full schedule and roster of performers over at

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monotonix to Play Early All-Ages Show Sunday

posted by on September 23 at 12:20 PM

The bad news: This Saturday's Monotonix show at the Comet is (according to totally sold out.

The good news: Monotonix has added another Seattle show to their schedule. And it's ALL-AGES. The band will play a matinee show at the Sunset Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. The Heavy Hearts open.

Tickets are $10--buy them via

Photo by BrittneyBush via the Stranger's Flickr Pool.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Black Kids at Neumos: Now Kid-Friendly

posted by on September 22 at 2:45 PM

Good news for all you young'ns who wanted to go to the October 10th Black Kids show: the show is now open to all-ages.

Tickets are on sale via

Black Kids - "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend"

Sunn 0))) to Release Vinyl-Only Double Album

posted by on September 22 at 11:13 AM

Throwing a middle-finger salute to the digital age, dramatic drone-dirge leviathans Sunn 0))) will issue the live double LP Dømkirke exclusively on vinyl. The four songs reportedly were inspired by Gothic Gregorian hymns from the late Middle Ages (I’m shocked, too). Orders ship Sept. 29 and 30.

In the liner notes for the album, Nicholas Mollerhaug writes: “The gregorian hymns of this time reflected the despair, the terrors and darkness of the world. Musically the hymns consisted of long slow lines of unison melodies.”

More info from the press release by Sunn 0)))’s label, Southern Lord:

Last year sunn 0))) was invited to perform at a ancient cathedral in Bergen Norway. The performance was captured via 24 track mobile recording and the results were pressed onto double 180 gram black vinyl. This recording will be available exclusively on vinyl only. There will not be a digital release (cd or downloads) - pure analog! The 0))) lineup for this performance includes Attila Csihar (Mayhem) on vocals, Steve Moore (Earth, Ascend) on the church's legendary pipe organ and Norwegian native Lasse Marhaug on electronics.

Sunn 0))): sounding fine in Earth tones.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Even If You're Just a Kid, You Can Still Enjoy Fremont's Oktoberfest

posted by on September 19 at 3:20 PM

Fremont Oktoberfest happens this weekend, and while there's plenty of fun for the whole family--chainsaw pumpkin carving, comedy, a 5K, a kids area, etc--the majority of the music happens on the Mainstage, which is located inside The Stranger's beer garden and only open to folks who are 21+ (buy $15 advance tickets here).

A young Stranger reader named Elif wondered if there was any way to enjoy the music while still being underage (we have permission to print his name):


My best friend and I are thirteen years of age, yet we are still interested in going to Oktoberfest, because of the band, Cancer Rising. Would it be possible for us to get in?

Elif Koc

The bad news, Elif, is that there is no way for you to (legally) gain admittance to the mainstage. You've gotta be 21 for that. But the good news is that you can still enjoy music! Writes an Oktoberfest worker:

Underage people are not allowed into the beer garden. The super secret thing, though, is that you can still see the main stage from the outside picket fence. It's not a great view, but it's a view for the die-hard fans. It's on the west side of the event, close to the intersection of 1st Ave N and N 35th St.

And now their secret is your secret too. Good luck, Elif!

Here's Your Future (Thermals Tour Dates)

posted by on September 19 at 10:25 AM


The Thermals have a new album, Now We Can See, on the way, although they're currently without a label or a release date. They do have some tour dates lined up, though, including a stop in Seattle and a show at that other Vera project:

12-04 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
12-05 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12-06 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12-12 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Club Festival
12-13 Madrid, Spain - Primavera Club Festival
12-14 London, England - KCLSU
12-17 Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko
12-18 Groningen, Netherlands - Vera

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Everyday I Love The Kaiser Chiefs Less & Less

posted by on September 18 at 3:54 PM

Kaiser Chiefs - 'Never Miss A Beat'

With a third album just a few weeks off, it's okay to worry about the Kaiser Chiefs again.

While always part of the fashion parade --
even directly parodied for it
-- the Kaiser Chiefs managed to avoid, for the most part, the usual post-punk revival clichés by choosing to mine the sounds of the British mod scene and The Great Escape-era Blur, which was never an easy way to success.

But it worked.

Employment, their cracking, manic 2005 debut was a shower of top English pop and got to number one, and 2007's Yours Truly, Angry Mob ended up to be a mixed-bag except defiant for it, with fantastic singles and a tremendous, joy-over-cool, all-energy live show blowout.

"Never Miss A Beat" is the lead-off single this time.

And I'm not sure what to make of it.

The easygoing call-and-response start is nice. Mark Ronson is brought on to produce everything as if there's a lack of confidence somewhere behind-the-scenes, but his worn-out '60s soul trademarks are hard to find, and it's a somewhat different approach for the band, and that's a relief. The video's also got nods to 'Don't Look Now,' 'Eyes Wide Shut,' and 'The Warriors.'

That's it, though?

The single, a staple of the band's sets for almost a year now, bangs about without a chorus. Bridge, bridge, bridge, bridge. Lily Allen and New Young Pony Club are supposed to be here, but you'd never know it after a barrel of listens. There's something too familiar about the sort-of-melody. And it all leaves you unsatisfied, like the band got distracted halfway through, already looking for another song to do.

To be fair, you have to remind yourself, the last time around, "Ruby" was a huge follow-up disappointment as well, until it grew in the back of your brain, worming its way into an addiction to become one of the best and most well-known things the band's ever done.

But this is not exactly "Oh My God" or "I Predict A Riot," is it?

Hercules & Love Affair Announce Tour! Oh, But It's Not Coming To Seattle

posted by on September 18 at 9:09 AM


Hercules and Love Affair North American Tour

10/3 San Francisco, CA Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
10/4 Los Angeles, CA Detour Festival
10/17 Chicago, IL Metro
10/18 Toronto, ON Opera House
10/19 Montreal, QC Les Saints
10/22 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
10/31 Philadelphia,PA Transit (Making Time Halloween party)
11/1 New York,NY Hammerstein Ballroom
(with B-52s and James Murphy)
11/2 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In Mere Minutes...

posted by on September 17 at 9:14 AM

Mayor Greg Nickels will be speaking at Neumos, announcing his office's "new incentives to encourage more live music" in Seattle. 10am is a little early for this kind of cutting edge alt-comedy, but it might still be worth rolling out of bed for.

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will announce new steps to grow Seattle’s live music scene.

10 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Neumos Live Music Venue
925 East Pike Street

Neumos is located on 10th and Pike, 1 block east of Broadway on Capitol Hill.
Entrance on Pike Street. Street parking available.

Monday, September 15, 2008

AC/DC Tickets on Sale This Friday

posted by on September 15 at 11:00 AM

AC/DC are playing the Tacoma Dome November 30th--tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 am via Ticketmaster and

Not only are tickets $90.50 a pop, but their new album Black Ice (to be released on October 20th) will be sold in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and


AC/DC - "Money Talks"

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Metallica are #1

posted by on September 11 at 3:44 PM

Looks like all that group therapy did the band well in the long run, Metallica's new single "The Day That Never Comes" is the number one rock single on mainstream radio.

Metallica - "The Day That Never Comes"
I dunno, despite any successful reviews and music nerd friends of mine geeking out over Metallica's return, the line "Love is a four-letter word" still makes me giggle too hard to appreciate the guitar solo.

Tickets to Metallica's Dec 1st Key Arena show go on sale this Saturday.

CSS Show Moved to Neumo's

posted by on September 11 at 12:40 PM

The CSS/Tilly and the Wall/SSCION show originally scheduled for September 18th at the Showbox at the Market has been moved to Neumos for the same date. All Showbox tickets will be honored. If you want to buy tickets you should now go through Ticketswest.

Tickets are also available through the Neumos box office in Moe Bar as well as select QFC stores and Rudy's Barbershops.

James Pants Live on KEXP Sept. 12

posted by on September 11 at 11:18 AM

Stones Throw recording artist James Pants will be performing live at noon in KEXP’s studios as a prelude to Saturday night’s Stranger Genius Awards at the Moore Theatre (it’s free!). The Spokane-based electro/hiphop producer/DJ/remixer is an old-school renovator who knows how to put smiles on faces and bodies on dance floors. See you there.

James Pants on XLR8R TV

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monotonix at The Comet

posted by on September 8 at 4:46 PM

After that crazy-ass fourteen-minute set at Bumbershoot, you know Monotonix are going to f-ing destroy The Comet. The show is September 27th. It WILL sell out. If you wanna go, you better get tickets. Get 'em quick!

Also, check out my post-show interview. It may or may not include straws breaking camel backs, broken shoulders, and beer spilled on your girlfriend's boobies...

Friday, September 5, 2008

Triforce of Skerik: Calling the Bardo

posted by on September 5 at 3:43 PM


Sunday night at Lo-Fi it’s a trifecta. A triple mixed stack of performers coming together as one to form a triforce of power: Radioactive, Skerik, and Specswizard.

That’s Sunday, September 7th, 10 PM: Beat-boxing/rhyme scientist RADIOACTIVE on voice, live loops, and science. SKERIK on sax, distortion, Moog synth bass, Rhodes electric piano, and efx. SPECSWIZARD will be playing solo and then the three will perform as a trio. Skerik's fingers will move over items, instruments, and various valves. They will all make sound. Beautiful sound.

The Triforce is a sacred golden relic that reappears throughout the Legend of Skerik series. These golden sacred performers were left behind by the goddesses of Power, Wisdom, and Courage; Din, Nayru, and Farore, after they finished creating the land of Hyrule.

Skerik says, "We will be calling the Bardo through an improvised collection of planetary beats. Tonight in Olympia at the ART HOUSE, Saturday night in Portland at the GOODFOOT LOUNGE, and Sunday at Lo-Fi. The Lo-Fi show features sonic scientist SPECSWIZARD. Check Specswizard’s new record on Abduction Records, for the latest brain-soul update available. Come hear what the bridge to nowhere sounds like, evolution sucks, fertility fuckin rules!!!!!!!!"

(Photo by Sarah Barrick)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

How Deep Are Your Wednesdays?

posted by on September 2 at 4:36 PM


Well, they could get a little deeper, starting tomorrow. A posse of top Seattle house and techno DJs will do their best to take you further into hump night than you've previously gone with a new weekly at Vito’s. (By the way, with Made happening on Tuesdays and now this, Vito’s is becoming one of the spots for quality beats in that difficult midweek lull.)

Headed by Brad Peterson, the night will focus on house and techno’s headier, more soulful aspects. Taking turns on the tables will be Struggle, D’Jeronimo, Zion12, Peterson himself and about a half dozen others.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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."

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Atom and His Package Plays Again!

posted by on August 27 at 2:25 PM

I guess Atom and His Package can't really be together again, since it's just one dude, but that one dude (Adam Goren) will perform for the first time since 2003 at the Fest in Gainesville, Florida Halloween weekend.

Leatherface and Dillinger Four are also confirmed on the 250-band line-up, along with Armalite (the band Atom has with Dan Yemin of Lifetime). See the full line-up at

I'm crossing my fingers tight as tight can be for a full tour since Seattle is far, far away from Florida.

And now, Atom and His Package with "I'm Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy With Just a Hammer":

(Thanks to Alithea for the tip!)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Free Sheep Foundation Multimedia Throwdown in Belltown

posted by on August 22 at 3:50 PM

An event that slipped under our radar—and many others', I'd bet—is going down tomorrow at Free Sheep Foundation at 10 pm in Belltown (2400 3rd Ave.). The lineup offers a strong sampling of Seattle's leftfield electronic flora and fauna (Filastine, Truckasauras, DJ Naha, Scratchmaster Joe), plus the Degenerate Art Ensemble.

Enjoy Filastine's ruptured, post-world music from this live performance in Lyon, and read the press release after the jump..

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Venue Change for Blackalicious/STS9 Show Sat. Aug. 23

posted by on August 22 at 12:25 PM

It’s now at Showbox Market, not Marymoor Park. Tickets are $30.50; show’s all ages.

You can read my Up&Coming blurb for this gig and check out a video to Blackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics” below.

STS9, Blackalicious Crazy bill. STS9 (formerly Sound Tribe Sector 9) epically ramble with a jam-band/trance-act's "we've got all the time in the world" sprawl; Blackalicious are conscious-hiphop exemplars who bust ridiculously intricate verbals with vociferous velocity (that's the type of polysyllabic alliteration rapper Gift of Gab regularly spits like many rappers mutter "Uh... yeah"). STS9 encourage urges to space out and maybe languorously shake half an ass cheek to their vaporous beatscapes, which sometimes go into Santa Cruz control (that's their home base; see what I did there?); Blackalicious, on the other hand, plunge you into the real, with dazzling verbosity and galvanizing funkiness. So, yeah—crazy bill. But it might just work, especially outdoors at Marymoor Park. DAVE SEGAL

Sound Off! 2009 Now Accepting Applications

posted by on August 22 at 11:12 AM

Sound Off! at EMP|SFM, the Pacific Northwest's largest underage battle of the bands, is now accepting applications for its 2009 competition. Performers 21 or under who play rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop or any other kind of music are encouraged to enter Sound Off!

Applications—which can be downloaded at—and a non-returnable CD with original music must be mailed to: EMP|SFM, Attn: Sound Off!, 330 6th Avenue North, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109 by Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 for entry into the 2009 Sound Off! competition. All participants must be 21 years of age or under as of March 7, 2009.

Sound Off! veterens include New Faces, the Lonely Forest, Schoolyard Heroes, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, among others. The winning band will perform at next year's Bumbershoot.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ball of Wax 13: Piss, Fuck, Cunt - Tomorrow

posted by on August 20 at 5:21 PM

ballofwax.jpgBall of Wax Audio Quarterly is hosting its 13th edition release show at the Sunset Tavern tomorrow.

That’s Thursday, 8/21. 8:00 PM. $6 (includes a copy of Volume 13).

The show will have performances by Southside, Smile Brigade, Virgin of the Birds, Jon Garcia and the Best Laid Plans, Bret Phillips, St. Rainbow, and Olie Eshleman.

Ring leader Levi Fuller spoke about this 13th edition:

What’s this one like?
Levi: This one is the Parental Advisory edition. When George Carlin passed away recently, I wanted to do some sort of tribute. This is that tribute in very teeny, infinitesimal way. Carlin brought us The Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television. Those words are shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. I wanted to have a Ball of Wax full of songs containing these and other inappropriate words.

How was the response?
Huge. I got a wonderful response, including some songs that people already had at the ready and some written and recorded just for me. Meyercord's "Shit on My Heart" is a favorite, featuring all seven words plus a couple. The new volume of Ball of Wax contains fifteen FCC-inappropriate tracks, ranging from a tossed off "fuck" here and there to a full on dirty-ass rap or two. Not for sensitive ears, this one.

The Tongue Tattoo

posted by on August 20 at 11:38 AM


Forget getting a face tattoo. It’s time for your tongue tatt. Yes. Think about it, it makes sense. The rest of your body is already covered, where else can you go with fresh ink? The tongue. How much fun would you have at parties or in the fruit section of the grocery store sticking out your tongue to reveal a double helix? Or maybe you could get a tongue tatt of Batman reading a book while relaxing on a lounge chair.

Tongue tattoos aren't wrong. Ink up your tongue and be you.

A man in a band called Killgasm is thinking about getting a tongue tattoo. He says he’s either going to get a cinder block or a viper’s head. I say viper’s head. Or why not really fuck with it, and get a viper reading a book while relaxing on a lounge chair? I mean, you’re getting a tongue tattoo, don’t be boring with it. You’d have more fun sticking your tongue out if the viper were reading a book on a lounge chair.

There’s a place in LA that does the tongue tattoos. Graphic designer Curtis McMurty has developed a Tongue-Dyed Tattoo Technology. He says it has the same durability as a regular tattoo. He also says the tongue tattoos can come with tastes like chocolate, vanilla, or garlic. They also say getting a tongue tattoo hurts like absolute fucking hell.

The first person to have the procedure done was Egrett Emry, who has a depiction of vomit (it was a toss-up between that and an "Eat Me" graphic). Emry's roommate acknowledged that Emry's first week after getting it done has been "a real tongue twister. He really sucks at taking phone messages."

Monday, August 18, 2008

Supermayer Added to Decibel Fest!

posted by on August 18 at 1:22 PM



Supermayer (Cologne) : Debut Seattle DJ Set - Kompakt

The Bug featuring Warrior Queen (London): Debut Seattle Live Set - Ninja Tune, Rephlex, Tigerbeat6

Flying Lotus (Los Angeles): Live - Warp, Plug Research Records

Fax (Mexicali) : Live - Static Discos

Sunday, Sept. 28th @ Neumos - $20 presale / $25 at the door - Doors open at 8pm / 21+


Friday, August 15, 2008

Reading Tomorrow: Sam McPheeters!

posted by on August 15 at 1:25 PM

Men's Recovery Project - "The Humans":

Sorry if this is stepping on your toes, Paul, but tomorrow night there's a reading that will undoubtedly rock so hard it belongs on Line Out:

Sam McPheeters—of bands Born Against, Men's Recovery Project, Wrangler Brutes, and publications Punk Planet (RIP), the OC Weekly, and the blogs—will be reading tomorrow at 4pm at Spencer Moody's magical antiquarium the Anne Bonney. If you aren't familiar with Mcpheeters' written works, they're less alien-ugly than his illustrations, less loud than his bands, and generally just smart and funny as the hell. The reading will be accompanied by Tara Tavi on Chinese hammer dulcimer and film, and it will cost $5 (Colonial costume not required).

Truckasauras at Hempfest: Duuuuuuude!

posted by on August 15 at 12:29 PM

Speaking to my dad (who has suffered enough editorial indignities without being blogged about, but still) yesterday, I mentioned how we here at the Stranger were all ass-deep in putting together our official Bumbershoot guide, and he—as enthusiastic a supporter of legalization as any European Rick Steeves is likely to meet through the back door—asked, "Why didn't you guys publish a pull-out guide to Hempfest?"

I told him, "We forgot, maaaaan."

In honesty, though, I usually don't even look at the Hempfest line-up, because while I sympathize mightily with the cause, I got my fill of "serious" stoners and their festive ornaments in high school. I like my stone like I like everything else: anti-social and full of self-loathing.

But yesterday, Adam Swan of local electro wrecking crew Truckasauras told me that they were playing this year. "We're at 4:20," he said, "and we got the call asking us to play at 4:20, too." He was obviously stoked. The Truck is famously fueled by booze—Swan says a Spokane booker recently threw a bottle of Maker's in on top of their guarantee just because she knew that's how they roll. But they're also no enemies of the demon weed. I suggested Tyler Swan swap out the old American flag for a Jamaican flag, preferably featuring the likeness of Bob Marley, or maybe one of these. We'll see. If anything were to get me down to Hempfest this weekend, it would be the Truck.

They're playing at a Dancesafe-sponsored electronic stage, which will also be hosting Decibel's Nordic Soul, Shameless' DJ Recess, Kadeejah Streets, and many other throughout the weekend. Also possibly worth braving the cat-in-the-hat-hatted masses for: local soul sister Choklate and an installment of the ever edifying Laptop Battle. The full line-up is here.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Totes! And Lanterns and Vinyl and Posters (Oh My)

posted by on August 14 at 11:20 AM


Our apologies for the slump on Line Out this morning. We've all been a bit busy here getting shit together for a little thing called Bumbershoot (start relearning the lines to "Plush" now!). So, yes, this is yesterday's news, and yes, other media outlets have mentioned it already, but how fucking stoked are you for the new Of Montreal album?! Minus the few stubbornly contrarian trolls out there (shorter version: "cheap beer sucks! sunglasses suck! anything popular sucks!"), you should all be very, very excited—trust. If not for the further trans-gendered/racial lyrical advenutres of Georgie Fruit, than for the bevy of merch formats in which Skeletal Lamping will be available, pictured above, which include: cd, vinyl, paper lantern, tote bag and t-shirt, buttons, and wall decals, with all the non-musical media coming with download codes for the mp3s of the album. Everything comes out Oct 7, 2008 on Polyvinyl (who might want to change their name to Polyvinyltotesshirtsdecalsbuttonsandpaperlanterns).