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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Arts in America

Posted by on September 14 at 13:39 PM

Nortec Collective, sí.

—Spoiler alert! ABC offers a million free show finales through iTunes.

—Most excellent British folk-rock legend Nick Drake (who died at 26 in 1974) has his myth burnished in a new bio, the awfully titled Darker Than the Deepest Sea, by Trevor Dann.

Sumatran Folk Cinema? You know you want to experience it. You can do so tonight at this Seattle premier screening at Rendezvous Showbox Theatre, 8 pm, courtesy of the local Sublime Frequencies label. Directed by Mark Gergis and Alan Bishop (who’ll both be in attendance), this film is a “psychedelic collage of images and sounds from the heart and soul of Sumatran culture.” The filmmakers have captured “classic Dangdut rock music, street and country scenes, pop culture, raw TV excerpts, Minang Orchestras, night markets, folk music, and much more wrapped in a 60 minute kaleidoscope complete with an epic soundtrack.”

U2 and Green Day are recording a single titled “The Saints Are Coming” and playing a benefit concert Sept. 25 at the Superdome; proceeds will benefit New Orleans residents. Haven’t the Katrina victims suffered enough?

— America’s preeminent electronic-music event, Decibel Festival, begins tonight, highlighted by the Nortec Collective/Static Discos Showcase at Neumo’s. Find out how flavorfully these Mexicans rock a PowerBook.

—Last but not least, Charles Mudede waxes dreamy and poetic about local diva Choklate.

Choklate (SOUL) Choklate is a local soul singer who has one foot firmly in hiphop, and the other in R&B. Her self-titled CD, which was released this summer, features production work from some of the best of the best: Vitamin D, Jake One, BeanOne, and Amos Miller. If Seattle’s soul-music scene were a mountain, then Choklate would be its peak. (Triple Door, 216 Union St, 838-4333. 7:30 pm, $12.) CHARLES MUDEDE

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