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Friday, August 1, 2014

Much-Sampled Jazz-Fusion Drummer Idris Muhammad Has Died

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM

New Orleans jazz/funk/R&B drummer Idris Muhammad (formerly Leo Morris) passed away July 29 at age 74. Cause of death has not been reported.

Blessed with a fluid, nimbly funky style, Muhammad played on several tracks that were sampled by dozens of hiphop and electronic artists, from Nas, Tupac, Beastie Boys, and Eminem, to Moodymann, Roni Size, and Fatboy Slim. Besides releasing key jazz and fusion LPs like Peace and Rhythm, Power of Soul, and Turn This Mutha Out, Muhammad served as a sideman on records by Pharoah Sanders, Ahmad Jamal, Gabor Szabo, Grant Green, and Charles Earland, among many others.

The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com has an obit here.

Tonight in Music: A Whole Lot of Interesting Electronic Music, Plus Kevin Gates

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM

TYCHO'S MOODY, PASTEL DANCE MUSIC, CHRISTOPHER WILLITS'S EUPHORIC FANTASIAS

On his 2011 album Dive, Ghostly International artist Tycho (Scott Hansen) creates pristine, pastel electronic dance music (but not EDM) and Boards of Canada–esque, contemplative reveries for introverted computer programmers. On 2014's Awake, he mostly follows in the same amiable vein, and the sense of sparkly well-being it induces is very agreeable. San Francisco producer/guitarist Christopher Willits has gone from severe minimalist sound design to a brighter, more song-based style of music that seamlessly blends acoustic and electronic elements. However, you can still hear his legacy of microscopic clicks-and-cuts in passages scattered throughout 2006's Surf Boundaries and 2010's Tiger Flower Circle Sun. Fans of Caribou's euphoric, beach-drunk electronic fantasias will especially love the latter record. What we've heard of Willits's forthcoming album, Opening, is beautiful, beatific, Balearic-style chillout funk and neo–new age. As always, Willits's music leads you into the clear light, but not in hokey, simplistic ways. Neptune, 9 pm, $20, all ages. DAVE SEGAL


KEVIN GATES' MELANCHOLY RAP STEEZ

(Crocodile) It must be said: Louisiana's Kevin Gates is one of the most exciting rappers out, a wounded, noble hustler, equally at home with detail-rich street narratives, for-the-ladies jams, and radio-ready crossover shots. His guttural baritone is as instantly recognizable as Ja Rule's bark or Method Man's heart-of-gold growl, but what sets him apart is a Scarface-like commitment to gangster storytelling and a fantastic crew of producers, elevating each mixtape track to possible hit status. Not to throw the T-word around willy-nilly, but Gates possesses nearly Tupac-esque levels of self-mythologizing, understatedly serene flow, and gritty realism, which is not praise to be thrown lightly. Recent tape Stranger than Fiction demands your undivided attention but in the meantime, catch this dude at the Croc and revel in raw rap talent. KYLE FLECK

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The Night When Seattle’s Music Scene Gets Real Trippy

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

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Seattle’s psychedelic-music scene’s bursting at the seams, as the Northwest Psych Fest proves. This first night of the two-night event features nine bands and DJs at various points on the mind-expanding spectrum...

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Swedish Duo Roll the Dice Releases a Stunning Video to Accompany an Epic Song

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

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Swedish electronic duo Roll the Dice returns in bigger and bolder form on Until Silence, their third full-length, and the look suits them well (I wrote about their second, In Dust, in this post).

Their music is still spare and minimalist, but Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt are moving in a darker direction here. If their previous tracks played like scores to experimental short films, the new record suggests that they're ready to provide soundtracks for widescreen epics with extended battle sequences.

It's the pounding percussion on "Assembly," the second selection, that lends the proceedings a martial feel, though I don't know whether they used live drums, a triggered effect, or a manipulated sample*—and I suspect they may have imbibed a little Led Zeppelin and a lot of Apocalypse Now while constructing the composition, because I hear echoes of "Kashmir" mixed with the muted clatter of a circling helicopter.

* Probably the former (live drums) as the album features a 26-piece orchestra.

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Sub Pop Signs Seattle MC Porter Ray

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Hometown pluckers of talent Sub Pop announced today its signing of Seattle MC Porter Ray. To play catch-up, listen to one of Ray's finest free albums, Blk Gld here, while you read Andrew Matson's profile of the man here, then go see him open for his Sub Pop A&R Ishmael Butler and Shabazz Palaces tonight at Neumos, for their Lese Majesty album release show (which you should be at anyway).

Porter is young, lyrically and stylistically gifted and surprisingly tall— all things that will make him a valuable addition to the Sub Pop team. His official label debut is due out next year, but in the meantime, stream another free offering, Fundamentals below. Press release after the jump.

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Adam Duritz vs. Billy Corgan: Which ’90s Alt-Rock Superstar Had the Better Magazine Cover?

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Happy Birthday, Adam Durtiz! Today the Counting Crows frontman celebrates his 50th anniversary by appearing on the cover of AARP:


Which is right up there with the time Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan posed on the cover of Paws Chicago:


Both are magazine covers I never would've predicted in a million years. But which cover is best? And what's next? Liam Gallagher on the cover of Advanced Carp Fishing?

Sound Off!, EMP's Annual Battle of the Underage Bands, Is Now Accepting Entries

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 8:46 AM

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Are you a musician living in the Northwest who is 21 years old or younger? Then you should enter Sound Off!, the EMP's annual battle of the bands!

Sound Off! is so much more than a competition, though. Yes, one band does win (prizes include gear, studio time, and a slot at next year's Bumbershoot!), but all 12 semifinalists get a professional photo shoot and get to attend a Q&A panel where local music-industry professionals answer whatever questions you might have. And because the local music community supports Sound Off!, usually the bands will get some press (including The Stranger!) and radio airplay leading up to the shows. It's more about camaraderie than competition—it's a great way to get experience and form relationships with other local bands and musicians.

All genres of music are welcome; the only rule is you have to be 21 or younger and a resident of the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, or Idaho). Get all the details and apply online at empmuseum.org/soundoff. The deadline is November 3. Good luck!

Them: Let's Go "Walking in the Queen's Garden"

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Them were a '60s beat group from Ireland, perhaps most notable for their frontman Van Morrison and penning the '60s rock standards "Gloria" and "I Can Only Give You Everything." After Van Morrison split in 1966, the remnants of the group moved to the US and recorded a handful of albums and a clutch of 45s. Well, I just recently picked up a copy of the first Them US-only album, Now And "Them", and found one of the tracks, "Walking in the Queen's Garden," to be an exceptional standout! Dig, them dual guitars... HUBBA BUBBA!!


Sadly, the rest of the album kinda lacks. There's filler—NO ONE needs a garage band's square take on a supper-club song like "Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out." However, about half the other tracks are good; the psych freak-out "Square Room" is great, and their stab at John Mayall's "I'm Your Witch Doctor" rates!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Catch the "Pop-Song Jalopies" of Love as Laughter Tomorrow at Barboza!

Posted by on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

The wit and vim of Love as Laughter.
  • The wit and vim of Love as Laughter.

Before moving from Seattle to Brooklyn 14 years ago, Love as Laughter's Sam Jayne had a rehearsal space at the Institution on Western Avenue between Vine and Cedar. It was one of the larger rooms, a grimy den up a small flight of stairs. Jayne was constantly recording and throwing Keith Richards–infused ideas down on a digital eight-track. He hatched ragtag rock and pop jalopies through the years, building up his own lo-fi touch. Like his guitar playing, Jayne's vocals somehow come off sounding lazy and sharp at the same time. However hiss-filled and nonchalantly put together the songs may be, they always seem to turn over with wit and vim. After two decades, Jayne has put out six Love as Laughter albums, two on Sup Pop, and he's seen time playing in Lync. Before heading this way for a run of Northwest shows, Jayne spoke from a Brooklyn nook.

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The Bluest Skies Are in Seattle

Posted by on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

This video for this version of the song "Seattle" is cut with scenes from Here Come the Brides, a sitcom that ran from 1968 to 1970 and concerned a shipment of "marriageable women" that landed in Seattle after a lumber tycoon's wood chucks threatened to leave work because they weren't getting laid. Bobby Sherman, who's recorded on this version of the song, also co-starred in the show. Blue Angels or no, you have to admit our skies are pretty damn blue right now. After a viewing of the longest clip available on the internet if you only look at the first results page, it's not hard to see why this show only lasted two years.

Tonight in Music: Lucinda Williams, Wolfmother, a Tribe Called Red and Foxygen

Posted by on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

LUCINDA WILLIAMS' IRREFUTABLE SONGBOOK

(Woodland Park Zoo) On September 30, the great American songwriter Lucinda Williams will release her 11th album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, and it is highly likely that fans at tonight's Woodland Park Zoo show will be treated to a few highlights of this forthcoming release. It's also highly likely that Williams will ravish the crowd with the songs with which she's been ravishing crowds for the past 25 years. The Lucinda Williams Songbook is loaded with many of the best songs ever, including but not limited to the best song ever about processing a loved one's suicide ("Sweet Old World"), the best song ever about needing physical distance from someone you can't live without ("Side of the Road"), the best song ever about missing someone while touching yourself ("Right in Time"), and the best-ever use of the past tense in a pop song ("Metal Firecracker"). DAVID SCHMADER
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WOLFMOTHER'S AUSSIE ROCK REVIVALISM

(Neptune Theatre) It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Aussie psych-rock revivalists Wolfmother as cogent as their eponymous LP, which was nine years ago. Maybe it’s because they’re not even the same band anymore, two-thirds of the trio having bounced due to "irreconcilable personal and musical differences" after that debut album. Or maybe it’s because neo-psychedelia just feels tired nearly a decade after Wolfmother released. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with what vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale and his current hired guns are doing. Their latest, New Crown, is an adept rock record, and the title track is a barnburner. If they can recreate the sound live, it should be a great show. But something about this prospect just seems stale. GRANT BRISSEY
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The Last Transmission Pits the Heliocentrics with Cult Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles

Posted by on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM

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  • Now-Again Records

The Heliocentrics are one of the most interesting groups currently drawing inspiration from the shadowy world of library music, a realm in which elite, versatile studio musicians cut tracks to spec for TV, film, ads, and radio interstitials. I'm comfortable telling you that all of the Heliocentrics' releases are essential. The UK band now has a new full-length due out Oct. 7 on Stones Throw subsidiary Now-Again, The Last Transmission. It's a collaboration with cult filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, who recites a poem he wrote over music by Heliocentrics members Malcolm Catto, Jake Ferguson, and others. The press materials describe The Last Transmission as "an interplanetary space/love odyssey told in twelve chapters." You can hear a track titled "Cavern" (not a Liquid Liquid cover) from the bonus instrumental record here. It's an ideal specimen of the Heliocentrics' patented stealthy jazz-funk fusion, redolent of subterranean intrigue.

Press release after the jump.

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This Dumb-Looking Robot Once Terrorized Me

Posted by on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

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It almost seems silly now, but when I was young I actively avoided contemporary pop music. I thought contemporary, "new," music was "a nice try," but not worth my time; I listened to '50s music almost exclusively. Anyway, as I was so willfully ignorant, occasionally some pop-culture thing might cross my path which would confuse, or perhaps even frighten me!! Such was the case with the album sleeve art for Queen's News Of The World.

Obviously, at the time, I cared fuckall for Queen's music, but this cover, with its goofy 1920s-era sci-fi robot, seriously FREAKED ME OUT; I (still) have no idea why!! Was it the crappy illustration, the "blood," or the robot's odd and emotionless face? It's odd it held such sway because I'd always been an avid comics reader. I was familiar with illustrated creepy, but this was no MarvelSentinel or Crypt Keeper. It took a few years, but I did eventually suss out Queen, and News Of The World; it's a great record - "Sheer Heart Attack" GODDAMN!!! And yes, when I see the LP now I AM immediately transported back to the moment, but without being terrorized, thankfully!

I'm not alone, right? Any of y'all Slog Outers ever traumatized by goofy/spooky album art?

Italian Disco Music That Might Cause an Earthquake

Posted by on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

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Have you ever danced with wild abandon to the sounds of a 330-pound bearded Italian man wearing lipstick, bondage gear, and fishnet? A man with a sexy-smooth falsetto voice not unlike androgynous 1970s disco superstar Sylvester? What if I told you this man is...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Has Died

Posted by on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Dick Wagner, the hugely talented guitarist/vocalist who played on several important records by Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, and Peter Gabriel, among others, and who led Michigan psych-rock group the Frost and the Bossmen, died today in Arizona of respiratory failure. He was 71.

The Detroit Free Press has a solid obit here. RIP, Dick Wagner.

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Tonight in Music: Beyonce and Jay, Plus Yonoton Gat, L'Orth and Stale Birth!

Posted by on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:34 PM

HIPHOP'S POWER COUPLE REIGN OVER SAFECO

(Safeco Field) Thirteen years ago, you could glimpse Destiny's Child in the "H to the Izzo" video, Bey texting Hov "smiley faces after all of her phrases" in "Change Clothes." The "new Bonnie and Clyde" kept it national-security-level secret for years before even that much came out, but once they admitted to the world that they were "Dangerously in Love," they turned their relationship into pop music's Camelot, a royal family for crown-infatuated America. Queen and king (Beyoncé unquestionably flexes more influence throughout the land), their court is a corporate-synergized chart monarchy—where even Rihanna, the alleged onetime side-chick, gets her own lands to rule. Little Blue Ivy gets cameos and shout-outs, with proud papa telling his baby daughter not to worry about ruining his "Yellow Basquiat"—because she owns it. If you peasants want tickets to this love train, you better throw your diamonds up. LARRY MIZELL JR.
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THE NERVE-ADDLED PSYCH OF YONOTAN GAT

(Sunset) Where do you go after shredding on guitar for Israeli garage rockers Monotonix, who raised more hell than most in the biz over the last five years? Yonatan Gat has decided to link up with Portuguese drummer Igor Domingues and Wurlitzer organist Tamar Aphex and venture into a more psychedelic direction on his debut EP, Iberian Passage. Not as dense, aggressive, and noisy as Monotonix, the six tracks here still unspool and curlicue with a vital energy, recalling South American psych units like Os Mutantes and Traffic Sound. Rhythmically and tonally, Iberian Passage sounds more interesting and fresh than Monotonix’s rehashed Blue Cheer and Mudhoney machinations. Seattle’s Dreamsalon have been one of the city’s most consistently gripping live bands over the last few years, lacing their instantly catchy garage-rock and post-punk tunes with bristling textures and galvanizing dynamics. Cop their hit-packed album Cast Shadows posthaste. DAVE SEGAL
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

People Are Playing Pianos in Parks All Over Seattle

Posted by on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

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Pianos in the Parks is a program that puts pianos in the parks—there are 20 of them in Seattle, from now until August 17. Some of the pianos used to be in the practice rooms at the University of Oregon, some came from families who felt this was a good time to let them go, and Classic Pianos donated the rest. Anyone can play them; this week, special guest piano-players include Daniel Blue and Andrew Butler of Motopony tomorrow at Volunteer Park at 5 p.m., and classical pianist Michael Allen Harrison on Friday at Cal Anderson at 10 a.m. and Pier 62/63 at noon.

On my day off, I decided to go downtown and play some ping pong at the tables they've set up in Westlake Park, but I got there too early, and no one was playing yet, so I sat down in one of the yellow metal chairs at one of the blue metal tables and listened to a woman play piano and sing. She went through a few songs while the Falun Gong activists assembled under the square arch; meanwhile, the activists protesting Israel’s offensive began to ebb along Fourth. I didn’t recognize the songs, but they sounded like show tunes, and I wondered if maybe she was rehearsing a role. She gave a spirited performance, but, unamplified, was soon muffled by the surrounding activity. I began playing ping pong with someone and tore a large hole in my pants while gracelessly lunging for a shot. By the time I returned with a new pair, the woman was gone and an activist was playing “Clair de Lune.”

I went back to Westlake Park yesterday morning to remind myself of the color of its piano—pink with yellow splatters. There was a man pacing around and yelling. Intermittently, he launched powerful, angry kicks at the dormant ping pong tables and blue metal tables. I sat down next to the pink piano. The current pianist wore sunglasses and smoked a cigarette. He paused and asked me if I could play, and I said I couldn’t, and he said he couldn’t either, but whatever he was doing to the piano sounded like it could have been used to score a major motion picture. “This is just something I wrote,” he explained. Next to us, the giant chess set was being arranged; people slept on benches under foam insulation. After work, I stopped by again. It was hot. The gyro stand smelled like hot ketchup. A new batch of activists protesting the “school to prison pipeline” had assembled, a chess match between a woman with no shoes and man with a bad sunburn was entering a protracted endgame, and the latest pianist was playing something Yann Tierseny.

These scenes are reconfigured daily. Westlake Park is a whirlpool of pathways and potential interactions. Insert unexpected objects that encourage play and creativity, and you catalyze a social reaction.

An Album Happening in a Universe near You

Posted by on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM

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If you were certain that Shabazz Palaces could not surpass the greatness of Black Up (2011), which itself surpassed two numinously titled EPs, Eagles Soar, Oil Flows and The Seven New (2009), you will find yourself in error on this day...

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Want to Be in a Video with the Gods Themselves?

Posted by on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

This could be your big break. Seattle group the Gods Themselves are seeking extras to appear in their next video. You need to meet them Fri. Aug. 1 at 7 pm at NW Worklofts (3131 Western Ave., near Denny). Here are the requirements:

Costumes: Men - Basic button down work shirt. Think 70s journalist outfits: wide ties, bow ties, slacks, flared jeans, polyester, etc., a plus. Women - professional, business casual attire.

Email Chris Estey at estey@bigfreakmedia.com wearethegodsthemselves@gmail.com for more information.

The Gods Themselves consist of former garage/surf/psych group Atomic Bride vocalist Astra Elane and drummer Collin O'Meara and baritone guitarist Frankie Stax from Autolite Strike. The Gods Themselves open for sleazy-as-fuck soul/funk/disco/proto-rap legend Blowfly Aug. 13 at Barboza.

Tonight in Music: Bucharest Drinking Team and the Donkeys

Posted by on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:09 PM

WHAT'S IN A NAME? PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING WITH THE BUCHAREST DRINKING TEAM

(Nectar) Local gypsy-dance crew Bucharest Drinking Team headline a bill of reliably sweat-inducing acts, including the sorely underrated Ten Man Brass Band. Here’s the thing: You can roll the dice on an eccentric, troubled performer—say, a Cat Power or a Kool Keith—and witness either a train wreck or a transcendent experience. Or you can smoke a little something with your cool, aging hippie aunt, get your ass on the floor at Nectar, and soak in the guaranteed good vibes of these huge bands banging on drums, tooting on horns, and throwing down. Sometimes it’s nice to know what you’re in for. KYLE FLECK
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THIS BAND WON'T CHANGE YOUR LIFE: SAN DIEGO'S THE DONKEYS

(Sunset) The world’s awash with easygoing, white-guy indie rock, so it’s tough to sort out the worthies from the shrug-inducers. That’s why music critics get paid the minuscule bucks—to make these important aesthetic judgments. As far as easygoing, white-guy indie rock goes, San Diego’s the Donkeys are fine. No, they’re not going to change your life, unless it takes amiable strumming, slack melodies, and occasional stylish slouch into psychedelia like the self-explanatory “West Coast Raga” and “East Coast Raga” (off 2011’s Born with Stripes) to transform your world. But if you’re looking for a pleasant diversion on a Tuesday night, the Donkeys—who are supporting their latest album, Ride the Black Wave—got that mellow gold sound for your beached-out mind. DAVE SEGAL
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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

I Regret I Missed The Thown Epps

Posted by on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Last week I made a joke that the only thing that might keep me from seeing a partially reformed Mr. Epp and the Calculations , AKA the Thrown Epps (as the lineup featured a member or two of another '80s noise group, the Thrown Ups), last Thursday at the Central would be if I happened to get hit by a car. Well, Wednesday on my evening commute home I got fucking hit by a car; yeah, so my wrecked-up ass missed the show. Luckily there were enough folks there documenting the EVENT, so I can at least watch their dirges via teh internet clips!

Oh, and here they are playing their massive radio hit, "Mohawk Man." Ugh...so good! I should'a been there!

Mr. Epp (and the Calculations) were an early-'80s local punk group, and they were fucked. Uh, of course, regarding Mr. Epp I mean "fucked" as the highest of compliments. As for the Thrown Ups, well they were around in the late '80s playing music equally as fucked. Everyone in Seattle owns their Felch EP, right?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pharoah Sanders, Dave Douglas Quintet Head Up 26th Earshot Jazz Fest

Posted by on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

The renowned Earshot Jazz Festival takes place at several Seattle venues Oct. 10-Nov. 11. Performing at this 26th annual event are Pharoah Sanders, Dave Douglas Quintet, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, McTuff, and many others. The festival will kick off Oct. 10 at Town Hall with a birthday party celebration for influential pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. "Monk, 10/10" will feature 10 of Seattle's premier jazz pianists "performing one solo Monk piece each, followed by a 10-piece ensemble, conducted by Wayne Horvitz, reworking transcriptions, not coincidentally, of the famous 1959 'Monk at Town Hall' concert."

Earshot will post the full schedule Aug. 15. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1. Press release after the jump and more info here.

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Keep the Party Going: Post-Block Party Art and Music Plans

by Amber Cortes on Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

You dont need to stop having fun just because the Block Party is over!
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  • You don't need to stop having fun just because the Block Party is over!

Oh no. It's Monday, all your warm fuzzies from the Capitol Hill Block Party are fading into the harshness of the work week. Well there's no reason not to keep the party going, and continue to enjoy the awesome art and music that Seattle has to offer all those other days of the year.

Here are some fun things to do post-Block Party this week:

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Capitol Hill Block Party Wrap Up: The Best In Photos

Posted by on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Best stoner graffiti:

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Best lipstick on a dude with a condom in his fanny pack:

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Monday's Music News and Gossip

Posted by on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

A$AP ROCKY Does in fact fuck with Seattle.
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  • A$AP ROCKY Does in fact "fuck with" Seattle.

• So many things happened at Capitol Hill Block Party over the weekend! Here are some of them:
On Friday, Matt & Kim—who are seemingly contractually obligated to play all summer festivals—covered 30 seconds of every crowd-pleasing anthem a festival enthusiast would ever want to hear (“Remix to Ignition” remix, anyone?), occasionally covering songs by Matt & Kim. Also on Friday, Spoon’s live performance on the Main Stage was an immaculate reproduction of their records, minus horns, no more and no less. For two people in front of us, this was an overpowering aphrodisiac.
On Sunday, Angel Olsen won the CHBP award for laziest yet most endearing stage banter. “Whose birthday is it today?” is a guaranteed way to get some hungover hipsters cheering the first set on Sunday at two in the afternoon. Much, much later, rumors of a missed flight and possible no-show circulated before A$AP Rocky started his set more than an hour later than scheduled. “I fuck with Seattle,” said A$AP, when he finally took the Main Stage. “He fucks with us!” said an excited twentysomething dancing on a wobbly speaker.

• A source tell us that Duff McKagan (of Duff McKagan’s Loaded and Guns N’ Roses) and pals came and hung out at Slim’s Last Chance on Saturday night. A bit later, the Seafair clowns showed up and occupied another table in the bar. Oh, Seattle.

• Heads up, psychedelic-music fans! The second annual Hypnotikon event will be happening at the Triple Door on November 14–15. Headliners this year are synth-punk legends Suicide’s sonic innovator Martin Rev, and Rain Parade, kings of the ’80s California psych-rock movement known as the Paisley Underground. The lineup is rounded out by a distinctive mix of national and local artists: Bitchin Bajas, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Food Pyramid, Tjutjuna, Residual Echoes, Midday Veil, New Weather, Newaxeyes, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, and Corum. Local video artists Christian Petersen and Aubrey Nehring will provide optical enhancement, and the Musicquarium lounge will host DJs and vendors, in addition to the live acts. (Full disclosure: The Stranger’s Dave Segal helped to curate Hypnotikon.)

• Any unsuspecting soul wandering the woods at night near Black Diamond over the weekend would have heard creepy music floating out of the darkness, seemingly coming from everywhere. If they followed the sound to investigate, they would have started stumbling on eviscerated corpses and hearing chain saws and screaming in the distance. Those of us attending the Great Horror Campout were ready for all of it, but anyone who was unaware might have been seriously traumatized.

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Your Tweets and Pics from the Capitol Hill Block Party!

by Amber Cortes on Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

The Capitol Hill Block Party wrapped up last night with a bang!

The social media world was, of course, all a-buzz with your Block Party tweets, selfies, pics and comments. We've curated some of the best ones so you can see just how epic the weekend was for Block Partiers:

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When Bob Met Bette

Posted by on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Everyone who knows Bob Dylan prolly remembers his duet with Bette Midler, "Buckets Of Rain," on Midler's 1975 album Songs for the New Depression. It was a song Dylan had included—here is a demo-quality sketch of the song from his Blood On The Tracks album. Anyway, here's a clip from the Dylan/Midler "Buckets Of Rain" session. The clip is not super revelatory and it's a bit of a mess, but it's interesting to hear the two casually woodshedding their arrangement and talking shit—as the tape rolls, Bette tells a story about Paul Simon and calls out Patti Smith for not being able to sing in tune and then, at about the 26-minute mark, the pair break into the Miracles' "You Really Got a Hold On Me." Again, this IS a bit of a mess, but it's interesting.

Gosh, these two together are real charming. Also, after listening to this, now I kinda want to investigate Ms. Midler's early catalog; were all her '70s albums this engaging and diverse? And they're all dollar-bin LPs now, so which albums should I pick up, Middler fans?

What Is this Egyptian Rapper Saying?

Posted by on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I'm going through a disagreement with a friend about a small line in this track "Give Me The Chance" by Egyptian singers/rappers MC Sadat and Alaa Fifty Cent—the duo is a part of the electro chaabi movement that first exploded in Cairo's hoods in the second half of the previous decade. At the "2:03" mark, you will hear the rapper say...

Yes, it sounds as if he has jumped right out of the Arabic flow and into a brief burst of English. What does he say in our language? "Women here, women I do." And why is this even important? Because it appears as if English is being used subversively. The rapper can only say so much in Arabic without alarming the standard sensibilities of his society, and so he playfully switches to English to avoid detection from the censors. But my friend, who is part Iranian, is certain that the line is not English but Arabic. It only sounds like English, and I have made a mistake. There is no such subversion going on here. My friend in an email:

Something close to "women" in Arabic means "it is." I cant understand the rest but i think it could be coincidental that it sounds like that... I just asked a friend of mine who speaks Arabic what does this song say at 2:04, and he/she says: "something from a mother or another about an enemy"... Yeah, def not English. that much is sure.
I listened to the line again a minute ago, and I swear it is in English. He is clearly saying: "Women here, women I do." Could this be a pure coincidence? It seems so unlikely. We expect a young male rapper to say something of this kind, something about his success with women.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

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What You Missed at the Capitol Hill Block Party: Day 3

by Amber Cortes on Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM

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  • Tanlines at the Vera Stage

The side stages were filled with undiscovered sonic delights today. The CHBP was dropping it like it's hot (and it was!) on the third (and final) day. It was a day for making new friends, dancing to amazing beats, spacing out to dreamy shoegaze, and discovering bands you never knew existed, but now are glad you do.

And isn't that what it's all about?

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Capitol Hill Block Party Fashion Focus: For the Fellas!

by Amber Cortes on Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Let us not forget the menfolk!

The male of the species brought their signature Seattle urban style to the scene at the Capitol Hill Block Party this summer: sporting dope socks, bright colors, fancy kicks, and splashy prints.

Bros, such awesome colors! Fluorescents are huge this summer, showing up on shades, shorts, sneaks, and caps. And, by far the biggest trend, socks.

Seattle-themed socks.

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  • The socks win.

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Food Truck Tour of the Capitol Hill Block Party!

by Amber Cortes on Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

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  • So many choices!

Yummmm…the Capitol Hill Block Party food trucks are here!

All independently owned, all local, and all delicious, these food trucks are usually scattered far and wide in greater Seattle, but have all stopped here, in the parking lot next to Poquito's, for this very special occasion, to bring their mouthwatering treats straight to your mouth.

Stop over and taste some of Seattle's best in food truck culture, and get your energy back for the next round of shows!

Here’s a tour:

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What You Missed at the Capitol Hill Block Party: Day 2

by Amber Cortes on Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

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  • Katie Kate at the Vera Stage

The Capitol Hill Block Party is now in full gear, people! Day 2 was spent soaking in as much sun and music as humanly possible. People were out, spirits were high, food trucks and beer gardens were packed, and giant beach balls were thrown around. Between all that, so many amazing bands graced the CHBP stages today it was hard to keep track, just a whirlwind of great tunes in the middle of summer in the heart of the Hill.

What can beat that?

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Capitol Hill Block Party Fashion Focus: Ladies Edition!

by Amber Cortes on Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 10:25 PM

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Ladies, all the ladies! Fashion-forward sisters were out styling' in full force at the Capitol Hill Block Party! Last summer's trends saw lots of hair flower chains, crop tops, and Daisy Dukes.

This year, there are lots of big, bold necklaces and light summer dresses, floppy sun hats, and florescent…everything.

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