January 21st, 2010
Man, Seattle hip-hop’s really blowin’ up, huh? Around every innernet corner, there’s a superb new posse, a sold out show, or a free EP to download. (As an aside from a dutiful rock fan: contrary to what the hordes of local “beat writers” will tell you, local rock is not dead. Or gone. Or lame. It’s simply being overshadowed. There is nothing wrong with that. Rock is best served underground, anyway.)
As you know, there are shows aplenty, and posters abound. To the left there is one of the better ones I’ve seen (raarr). It’s got an Out For Stardom stamp, so that means Terry Radjaw (Mad Rad, Fresh Espresso) put it together. Mad skillz, as they say. This show here, I can’t endorse enough. I’ve gushed profusely over Champagne Champagne and am a casual fan of gonzo thrash-punks Wild Orchid Children.
They Live!, featuring Larry Mizell a.k.a. Gatsby of The Stranger (he also now hosts KEXP’s Street Sounds on Sunday nights) and Bruce Illest a.k.a. djblesone, have been on the scene for a bit now. However, they’ve run into some “copyright” infringement when they found another They Live had already claimed the moniker. (They’re a horror punk group, supposedly; my web-sleuthing turned up empty.) Well, now Gatsby and Bruce are going by Mash Hall, but not before their “final” show as They Live!. Confused? Eh, I know, it’s a lotta superfluous detail; but the cartoony, ol’ skool mashed up tunes they pump out are pretty righteous.
You can download They LA Soul, for free, here. In advance of January 29th at the High Dive.