Seattle Subsonic - October, 2008
Here’s a brand new Pitchfork.TV-endorsed video for Starfucker‘s “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second”, one of the songs I didn’t explicitly mention in my review (Why? Because I’m an idiot). I dare you to take a bong rip at 2am and watch this.
Tonight at the King Cat Theater, the dead will shake, rattle and roll their bones! The little theater is being transformed for a true dance of the un-dead. Reborn are all those insecurities from High School, but this time the way to overcome them is simple, just chop off the head! Zombie Prom has got to be the greatest theme party idea of all time. It’s the quintessential “Dead Man’s Party”.
The evening features 4 bands, starting with Lucky Brown, of German funk label Tramp Records fame, then local groovsters, The Staxx Brothers, and Panda Conspiracy (CD Release!). The night ends with one of our true favorites, C-Leb & A-Bro who have also picked this goulish evening to release their newest CD. Other over the top offerings of Zombie Prom are horror movie visuals, Zenzi Girls Burlesque, door prizes, costume contest and crazy robots!! Seriously, they’re crazy. Oh and did I mention that BLAKE LEWIS is MCing the night. That right, Mr Beat Box himself.
To win a pair of passes send an email here with ZOMBIE in the subject.
Winner will be picked at random at 4:00 this afternoon”
congrats to Cristin!
King Cat Theater
21+ event with ID,
Doors Open at 8 p.m.
$15/Advance $20/Gate $25/VIP
Just in case you missed it the first time around, don’t forget to check out Kev’s laborious—er, I mean, comprehensive list of going’s on tonight. It’s Halloween, people! ON A FRIDAY!
Find the dead man’s preference HERE. Spelling errors his.
In a cryptic message to their fans entitled The Effects of 333, L.A. band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club revealed little more than a picture (presumably an album cover) and a title. Five days later on October 29th, we were informed that they had a digital-only, instrumental record in the works to be released the day after Halloween. And with a bevy of ’3s’ as its thematic premise.
Seeing as how I’m a fairly avid fan of both BRMC and Halloween (though the jerk-off who jacked my candy on Prospect St. in 1989 spoiled it for awhile), I found quite pleasing this odd, yet tantalizing news about a fully instrumental album to be dropped on el Dia de los Muertos (that’s All Saints’ Day to you Christians). The record will in fact be entitled The Effects of 333 (your guess is as good as mine) and the theme of 3′s doesn’t stop there: according to the band, at precisely 3:33am on November 1st, the album will be available for download exclusively from the band’s website, and 3 people will be chosen to have a “private video chat/interview” with Peter Hayes that will take place on the 333rd day of the year. Whoa. And, apparently, the record has been “in the works for the last 3 years at least”. I think that’s all the 3s. Maybe they’ll only allow 333,333 copies of it, or maybe they used only 3 guitars (not likely), or maybe they drank 3 shots of whiskey before each take; who knows. But since I’ve never been disappointed by anything the band has produced, to this I creepily look forward.
It is interesting, though, how bands keep reinventing ways to release records in this era of anti-privacy and information overload. Robert and Peter will use their newly minted label Abstract Dragon to circulate this endeavour, and there won’t be a physical copy to purchase. For someone haplessly stuck in the CD-age, I hope that changes down the road.
Read the band’s full blog entry, with tracklist, after the jump.
It seems like I’ve been trying to see this band—without success—for the past several months. The Dutchess & the Duke‘s lovelorn, revivalist folk tunes seem to be the perfect antitode for the somber Seattle winter blues. Longtime pals Jesse Lortz and Kim Morrison playfully harmonize with each other while guitars, small drum kits, and various noisemakers make their way to and fro. You might as easily have your heart strings frighteningly tugged as be caught dancing barefooted in your kitchen.
More info, with .mp3, from me here.
KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW
The Dutchess & The Duke
+ Special Guest
8pm doors // 21+
Another one of my favorite local (Portland) releases this year, and recipient of the Most Pervasive (In A Good Way) Album is the epynomous Starfucker. You cannot deny—nor will you want to—that this record will propel you to the stars, inducing a sky-high so bouncy and catchy that you won’t be able to breathe. Just like in space. I wrote once:
“Starfucker is a gushing, explicitly exuberant approach to bounce-inducing, mind-wandering space pop…complete with sparse, layered lyrics, obsessive handclaps, and obscure aural clues to trigger that elusive space-gaze.” [Full Review]
For fans of Air, the Flaming Lips, and YACHT.
At the Vera Project
One of my favorite local releases this year comes from Past Lives. The Strange Symmetry EP is full of explosive punk and brooding, electro-tinged psycho-rock. I wrote once:
“Reverse the Curse” is a crescendo-building mad march that evokes an image (in my head, anyway) of Blilie high-kicking across the stage à la David Lee Roth, drum major hat atop his head and baton flailing wildly. Yowza. The final track, “Chrome Life” begins with a wonderfully cacophonous guitar squeal behind a wide snare beat. Henderson swells the song with a baritone guitar reminiscent of “Knight Rider” and it quickly escalates to something mysterious and volatile. [Full Review]
Cost: $5 maybe??
In a shameless (read: generous) attempt to promote themselves, Seattle rap crew Cancer Rising has decided to give their fans a blast of the past with their stunning debut, Search for the Cure. Sure it’s from 2005, but it just happened to crack KEXP’s top 50 that year (as voted on by YOU, the listener), and it’s free music. Correction: free good music. I write good with word language please.
G’head and git ya self the rekkid here.
Thanks, rap dudes, thanks. We’ll now all bob our heads in unison to your o-riginal west coast flava.
Don’t forget to check yourself with CR at the Nectar Nov. 19th with ROYCE DA 5’9″, GRYNCH, and DJ MARC SENSE.
If you haven’t already heard, tomorrow (Wed, Oct 29th) at The Paramount, the mayor will be unveiling his new 12-year plan to help Seattle evolve under the tagline “The City of Music”. This comes on the heels of a previous press conference where Nichols declared that he wanted to elevate our standing as Travel and Leisure’s 5th best city for music to #1. I wonder where Travel and Leisure ranks us on city slogans… I think the current “Metronatural” is hunkering in the bottom 2% just above Clute, TX who boast themselves as “Home of the Great Texas Mosquito Festival”. Seriously, Metronatural? What the F !? Regardless, a proposed plan to cut taxes for small music venues is being backed by the Seattle Nightlife and Music Association (SNMA). This is certainly step in the right direction after attempts by the mayor’s office to curb Seattle Nightlife last year.
Virtuoso, Vince Mira, Local hip-hop favorites, Blue Scholars and New Faces, last years winners of the EMP Sound Off , were asked to play to represent how the city’s sound has evolved over the years. This event is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP to email@example.com with your name and email address, and those of your guests (if you are bringing any). Event starts at 5:00 pm and is all ages
Everyone that comes will also receive a promotional poster to remember the event. I’m curious to hear what Greg proposes.
Entire Press release including schedule of events from the Mayors Office of Film + Music after the break