Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tonight in Music: The English Beat and Radius Etc.

Posted by on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 2:05 PM


(Triple Door) The one reason to attend the English Beat’s show tonight is to see David Wakeling, the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the band, which formed back in the late 1970s. The English Beat were a part of the second and British wave of ska music—the first was Jamaican and happened in the ’60s (reggae replaced ska in the ’70s). For those who do not know what ska is, do not bother me or bother going to this show. The English Beat also gave the world one of the best pop tunes ever—“Mirror in the Bathroom” (it’s up there with “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Billie Jean,” and “Pop Life”). “Mirror” is the anthem for the narcissists of the world—meaning, all of us. CHARLES MUDEDE
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Chicago’s Radius Etc. returns to class up Seattle’s longest-running hiphop weekly, Stop Biting. Last year in this space I described Radius’s music as “the golden mean between Boards of Canada and Flying Lotus.” No, it’s not hyperbole. Radius roots many of his productions in out-there, beatific jazz and heavy-lidded, THC-laced beats; it’s a beautifully blunted sound. But he’s also done a rad remix of Queen’s funk smash “Another One Bites the Dust,” so don’t get too complacent. Vancouver’s Chapel Sound DJs (Wsuptiger, Silence, and Tails) mess around with the various strands of bass music and modern R&B, spinning sets that serve as zeitgeisty mating-ritual soundtracks for millennials. With Introcut, AC Lewis, and Fishboogie. Lo-Fi, 9 pm, $5, 21+. DAVE SEGAL

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Fnarf 1
You left out The Beat's shimmering masterpiece "I Confess", with perhaps the greatest pop vocal of the 80s.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on August 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Agree with Fnarf on "I Confess"! The Beat were incredible in their heyday. Their throwaways are as good as most bands at the top of their game, sometimes much better (e.g. the devastating "Which Side of the Bed," the b-side of a non-album single, later a cassette-only bonus track on their best-of).
Posted by Pierrot Lunaire on August 26, 2014 at 3:45 PM · Report this
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schmacky 4
No mention of the sure-to-be-awesome Sylvan Esso show tonight at Neumos? The one that was booked at Barboza but had to be moved to the larger venue because everybody loves them right now? Not cool enough for you?

Sometimes you guys just drop the ball on this music stuff, I swear.
Posted by schmacky on August 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM · Report this
Kyle Fleck 5
@4 thank god you are around to set us straight, good sir.
Posted by Kyle Fleck http://meatheads-with-hearts-of-gold.blogspot.com on August 26, 2014 at 4:53 PM · Report this
schmacky 6
@5: Happy to help! ;)
Posted by schmacky on August 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM · Report this
biffp 7
Dave Wakeling was great at Bumbershoot a couple years ago. Played into the night until they cut the sound system.
Posted by biffp on August 26, 2014 at 6:54 PM · Report this
"For those who do not know what ska is, do not bother me or bother going to this show." Forget Megan; Kyle is my new favorite Slog music writer.
Posted by PEM on August 27, 2014 at 8:13 AM · Report this

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