Seattle Subsonic - September, 2010
‘Uh’memba summer.. yeah me either. This smooth little diddy from local-boy, Scribes, puts me in a summer kinda mood though. Not sure if it’s come too late or just in time. Regardless it’s a good tune get you in the right state of mind.
Directed by Jon Jon (Jon Augustavo)
Presented with hugs and kisses.
I’m not actually sure if this is the official video for This is Happening‘s passionately epic closing track, but if it isn’t, it should be.
And, for more James Murphy, check out the excellent soundtrack he put together for Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” (including several original songs). I finally got around to watching it the other night, and Ben Stiller’s phobia-riddled, anxiety-driven living-in-the-past performance was a thing of beauty. Disgustingly awkward, morbidly humorous, painfully entertaining: the hallmarks of Baumbach’s peerless movies.
There are three things that I really like, among others. 1. Psychedelic rock. Its got that twang situation, I cant help it. 2. The Swedish. I have never met an unattractive Swede. Not one. 3. Combinations.
So when you combine some Swedish gents with Psychedelic rock you have won my heart. Dungen will be at Neumos on Sunday, Oct 3. And it is a combination situation that I am thrilled to check out.
When: Sunday, October 3 @ 8
How: $12 adv, 21+
Of all the shows scheduled for the upcoming City Arts Fest (Oct. 20-23), the one depicted on this poster might be the most unforeseen of the bunch. And no, I ain’t talkin’ about the fake boxer bodies attached to Fresh Espresso‘s heads. I’m simply referring to the fact that the Paramount will be hosting this mostly-local, all hip-hop show, with the Blue Scholars as the headliner. Word on the street is that this is the first of it’s kind at the renowned theatre, so big “ups” to the crews on the bill for gettin’ up on that marquee.
As for the rest of the festival, it’s a varied mix of music, theatre, cinema, and Fireside Chats taking place throughout Seattle in late October. Other than watching “the Hitmaker” and “the Razor” do their electro-rap alongside Brother Ali, Macklemore, and Mash Hall, several other intriguing shows should be mentioned. There’s Belle & Sebastian at Benaroya Hall (Oct. 20), 13th Floor Elevator Roky Erickson at Neumos (Oct. 20) Cat Power at the Fifth Avenue Theatre (Oct. 21), the Vaselines, Dum Dum Girls and Young Evils at Neumos (Oct. 22), Sera Cahoone at the Crocodile (Oct. 23), Big Boi at the Showbox SODO (Oct. 23) and multiple screenings of the timeless Deutsch sci-fi flick “Metropolis”, scored live by the Alloy Orchestra at SIFF (Oct. 21/22/23). Apparently they found some new footage in a vault and reworked the film. Hey, at least it’s not a prequel or a “reimagining”.
See the full schedule here. Pony up for a $60 wristband and you’ll get admission to all shows.
The first video from Deerhunter‘s forthcoming Halcyon Digest (out Sept. 28 on 4AD) has been released. “Helicopter” is one of the sumptuous new songs on the band’s fourth album and can be found by visiting halcyondigest.com and clicking through twice. I say claustrophobic because frontman Bradford Cox’s greasy mug fills up most of the camera’s eye space, overlapped with what looks to be a grainy, chopped up tour travel diary (note the prayer to the porcelain god) and other distorted imagery. It waltzes in as easily one of the more thoughtful ballads the band has written yet.
The early talk on the record is that it resembles more of an Atlas Sound offering than one devised by Deerhunter, but I’m not sure that’s entirely true. The two are linked by Cox’s whims, obviously, and these songs sound (maybe) less band-oriented than many tracks found on Microcastle or Cryptograms, but I wouldn’t read too much into any claims that his bandmates are on the fringe (or the “outs”, god forbid). Pundt, Archuleta, and Fauver have all been key components of the Atlanta ghost-rock band from the beginning. We even get to hear guitarist Pundt lead the vocals on “Desire Lines” and “Fountain Stairs”. That said, this album won’t remind you too much of those previous two records—go back and listen to the Flourescent Grey EP and you’ll find your similarities—but it will certainly cement your fandom (should you allow it).
There are plenty of good shows tonight, but this is where I’ll be. If there’s one place you wanna get gritty with Unnatural Helpers, it’s in the dirty, despicable confines of the Funhouse (note: it’s not that dirty or despicable), arguably the best punk venue in town. By now, you should be armed with plenty of ammo for the ornery shotgun garage punk of the Helpers, Dean Whitmore’s loudmouth, no frills motley crew. Watch the video for my favorite song of theirs, “Girl In The Window”, here.
Night Beats are also playing, and, as I’ve outlined previously, have a stronghold on scuzzy psychedelia and surf-metal tavern punk. The band’s warped wailing—courtesy of band founder/Austin transplant Danny Rajan—and scorching psych rock should be enough to make even the straightest of edges hotbox the elevator all the way to the 13th Floor. Care for Cloud your cerebrum appropriately.
Broomsticks is the new band featuring husband/wife duo Ruben Mendez and Lacey Swain, who’ve made a modest ripple in Seattle’s pizza party scene playing with the Coconut Coolouts. Also, Zig Zags from California will be there. I know nothing about them.
21+ / $6
Vampire weekend found a way to make up for their missed show at Marymoor Park this summer, they found help from Seattle’s up and coming The Head and The Heart. Opening both nights at the Paramount Theater on September 22nd and 23rd. If you had tickets to the Marymoor show you can trade them in for tickets to the Paramount show. If you just want to go be ready to shell out some cash for these babys, but hey you know its worth it.
Vampire weekend and The Head and The Heart @ The Paramount Theater. Get your tickets HERE
Its like the people over at Columbia City Theater are booking shows just for me, I mean really two amazing singer/song writers on one bill. Damn guys, Thank you. This will be an amazing night of sing alongs and people actually listening. Really looking forward to this show.
Get Your tickets HERE
The Lovely and Talented Shenandoah Davis will be playing a show this Thursday. This is the last show she will be playing for a few months here in Seattle, while she finishes recording her new album
And if you are a fan of Shenandoah’s or just a fan of helping your local artists, Check out what she is doing to raise money to help fund her new record. There are some pretty sweet gifts involved in donating. check that out HERE
Shenandoah Davis, Autopilot is for Lovers,Cynthia Marie and Rachel Sage, Serena Tideman! @ The Can Can
This is exciting, as their new album, Surfing the Void, came out about mid-August and is being released digitally on September 21. Holla atcha i-tunes. Let me tell you about my anticipation for hearing this album, when talking of their influences for this latest album Simon Taylor suggests that they are drawing from many different genres, including dub-step, dance, and folk-music. I mean, c’mon, if that doesn’t spark your interest I don’t know what will.
What: Klaxons w/ Baby Monster
Where: Chop Suey
How: $15 adv, all ages
When: Tuesday, Oct. 5, doors @ 8