Seattle Subsonic - July, 2011
Ex-Seattle Rennaissance man, Reggie Watts, has put his mark on over a dozen local bands but is probably known best as the lead vocalist for Maktub (and my favorite- Das Root). Watts been stirring up the music/comedy/visual arts scene in NYC for the past 7 years and has begun turning his talents into straight dolla dolla bills. Check out this great promo he did for Nando’s Restaurants. Consider it the tip of Reggie’s iceberg of skills.
If you dig, you’ve got a chance to see the miracle worker himself perform at the newly renovated Neptune venue in the U-District on Aug 21. (tix here!)
Just kidding (I think), but Portland’s dark, dancey duo/couple-in-love Soft Metals is currently rupturing the floor circuit in that weird town south of the Columbia. Sounds like they may be relocating to L.A., however. Their first full length has recently been released by Captured Tracks (label founded by Blank Dogs‘ Mike Sniper) and is, how you say, “a banger”. Not in the traditional sense, but in some odd sense that’s floating around my head right now. The witchy, underworldly vocals come courtesy of Patricia Hall and both her and Ian Hicks collaborate on expunging the early-aughts goth-club disco and Ladytron-inspired synths/beats/atmospheres from their immortal souls. Darkwave? Yes. Industrial? A li’l bit. House? You betcha.
You could always just go listen to their Soundcloud page, but why do that when you could stay right here, and take a small bite for yourself? These are my favorite tracks off that self-titled album.
All you Portlanders, they play East End TONIGHT.
With their first LP just over the horizon, C-Leb and the Kettle Black have ground their grimey sound to a fine jagged edge. Fans of the site (all 6 of you) may may be more familiar with C-Leb’s electronica based works with the likes of A-Bro. I can assure you that this is a totally new creature. The music is inspired by 30′s and 40′s blues artists and infused with some more modern electric riffs and backed with the gruff whiskey-soaked vocals C-leb himself .
CL&TKB open the night taking the stage at 9:00 sharp. Tix are only $6. Lets party!
See you there.
I mean, it’s not like nudity is a nu thing, but there are certainly more liberties being taken these days with the freedom of the ol’ internet, a.k.a. the only place music videos survive. And there are probably those of you out there who’d like to see a little more male nudity, but it just doesn’t seem to “sell” like the lady kind. For now, Google images for “David Beckham topless” seems like your best bet. Har Har.
This video is for Toronto’s icy cool electronic band Austra, with the entrancing Katie Stelmanis on lead vocals. Didn’t manage to catch their set last Saturday at the CHBP (lines into Neumos were redonkulous), but word from my sis is that it was unrelentingly awesome.
This is also a good song/video:
Don’t you kind of hate when people use the words ‘vid’ or ‘pics’? I do. This whole internet/computer BS is turning our language into useless, abbreviated crapola.
Anyway, here’s a quality video I shot on Saturday of “What About Us”. Dan was so wasted. I’m not quite sure what kind of boots those were, but they could probably stomp your face in. The stage volume could’ve been better.
Photos and (pretty lame on-the-go) commentary from Saturday.
Arrived in time to see Lovers at the Vera Stage. So far, the PDX electro-ballad trio has delivered one of the more passionate performances I’ve seen from them. They are, without a doubt, making alliances with their appliances.
The crowd absolutely ate it up!
Next up, Handsome Furs. The duo, during soundcheck, look fierce. They will slay. Not two songs in, Dan Boeckner asked if anyone would sell him mushrooms for his road trip through the Rockies tomorrow. Some kid next to me will apparently oblige (and he was stoked about it).
They indeed slayed. Dan was severely wasted and Alexei did her crazy rock star calisthenics the whole time. They are two crazy kids in love (awwwww).
Teen Daze at the Vera. People are gettin high (seriously, pot smoke everywhere this year) and groovin to the slinky, vintage beats. The bass is a bit much, but set closer “Let’s Rock This Dagobah System” was OUT OF THIS WORLD. LITERALLY.
Consumption so far: Big Mario’s slice (tomato and basil), steak bahn mi and ono taco (Kahlua pork) from Fusion on the Run truck, many Mirror Ponds, Moscow Mule shot from Quinn’s.
Now, LSF. Harrington seems particularly decked out already. Three costume changes in four songs. Crowd surfing, shirtless/superhero hijinx, and now singing from the 2nd story of the building across from the Shell station. Amazing! The band soldiers on, tight and on point as usual. The tarpaulin appears! As does a crazy rainbow shag overcoat thingy.
The Sweat Descends, and an eagle head mascot is donned.
Oh, Les Savy Fav, you make me shake, you make me shiver! (Careful, these pictures really suck!)
(Editor’s Note: I edited this on Monday.)
Amy Winehouse, known as well for dragging Soul music to the forefront of the rock-n-roll scene as for her bouts in rehab, was found dead at 4:05pm this afternoon in her apartment in London. The death is “unexplained” but not thought to be suspicious, according to police. Sadly but not surprisingly an overdose of drink and drugs are the suspected cause of death.
Amy, along with her 50′s glam and 00′s tattoos, came raging into the limelight in 2006 with her second release “Back in Black” which received countless accolades. Her music is riddled with references to heartache, breakups and ironically, rehab. All reflective of her tumultuous lifestyle. Not only did she introduce a new genre of singer songwriter to the industry but she helped open doors for many other women musicians. I can’t even begin to say how saddened I am to hear this news. May she find her peace.
This video is also rated NSFW, but mostly because it might give your coworkers epilepsy than for anything else.
The Seattle electronica will release The Spray on October 25th through Circle Into Square Records. Download/listen to the .mp3 below:
God, I really love this band. This video cements that (as if it needed any more liquid masonry), and it’s, by the way, NOT SAFE FOR WORK = NSFW = WATCH IT!!
This was released a few weeks ago, Sound Kapital is awesome, blah blah blah. To Saturday!
p.s. Here’s what happened last time they played Seattle.
Seems I’m something of an alcohol critic lately, or maybe just an alcohol reporter. Fine by me. I had the private wine tasting, the Wine, Women and Song show, and now a beer. The Mens Room Original Red by Elysian Brewing. We’ll get to the tasting in a bit, but first, if you’re unfamiliar with the story of this beer, here goes:
The Mens Room is the afternoon show on KISW (99.9 FM here in Seattle), and it’s basically just four guys talking about all the things four grown men will talk about in the absence of women, except of course for the fact that they’re on the radio. They have a good chemistry though, and thus a wide appeal. From what I gather, it’s a popular show. People like to listen to these guys go on, and they do, and they’re funny. When I’m driving home after work, I often find myself smiling at what one of them is saying as if I’m right there in the studio with them. I’ll catch myself at those times, look up to notice the slowness of the traffic I’m in, see the guy in the car next to me looking over and wondering what the hell is so funny in my car.
So they talk, and in the course of everything said during their four hour program, one thing comes up again and again … and again. Alcohol. They like to drink. I’ll repeat. They. Like. To. Drink. Men after my own heart for sure. One of the people who edited early versions of my book said of the main character, “Man, he’s drinking all the time.” That’s The Mens Room, but there are four of them which means four times the booze. So what do four guys who have a radio show and a fondness for beer do? Well, when they’re friends with the guys at Elysian Brewing, they get drunk with said friends and do what any of us beer lovers would do with such friends. They make the suggestion, “You know, we’d love to have our own beer.” The guys at Elysian just happend to like the idea so it was born out of a drunken moment, and, I imagine, an arm around a shoulder, some leaning in, “You know…” Read the rest of this entry »