Today comes the release of the first Foo Fighters radio single
from the album, “Rope,” which you can listen to above. Rolling
Stone calls the song “a hairy-testicled, devil-dicked atomic
beast,” which is hilarious hyperbole at its finest.
The new record, Wasting Light, will be released April
The Seattle Rock Orchestra has successfully tackled Radiohead,
Arcade Fire, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, David Bowie and
their next tribute will be Queen in May. So whose music should they
take on next?
Seattle Rock Orchestra’s take on The Bends and Kid
A Saturday night could have been
a disastrous experiment.
The sacred cow that is Radiohead being interpreted by an
orchestra of 50+ combined with a 20-person choir, six-piece backing
band and eight different vocalists playing the role of Thom Yorke
seems like a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, to borrow a phrase
from the Radiohead catalog, everything was in its right
place at the Moore Theatre during the two-hour
The formula for the evening involved the vocalists — Kaylee
Cole, Rachel Flotard, Jon Auer, John Van Deusen, Michele Khazak,
Noah Gunderson, Jim Antonio and Tom Beecham — each taking
three-song chunks of tracks from either OK Computer or
The Bends. There were several standout vocal deliveries
and it seems unfair to single out specific vocalists because all
did quite an admirable job, but the ones that stood out the most
were Gunderson’s “Electioneering,” Cole’s “Paranoid Android,”
Flotard’s “Street Spirit” and all three of Van Deusen’s songs.
Khazak also made quite the impression by lending her bold vocals to
“Lukcy” and “The Tourist.” Read the rest of this entry »
Noise for the Needy, the annual string of shows set up to
benefit a local non-profit organization, is having a party March 10
at Neumos (9 p.m., $10) and at the event the beneficiary for this
year’s Noise for the Needy will be announced.
Taking part in the Shinjuku-themed event (more on that
in a minute) will be Junkie XL, Truckasauras and Mad Rad. Hey, if
you’re going to have a party why not invite the city’s best party
rap group to perform?
Now about that Shinjuku stuff. Shinjuku is a
graphic novel by Mink, a L.A.-based writer who is a NFTN supporter.
Mink wanted to do something in Seattle to support NFTN so the idea
for a Shinjuku-themed show was hatched. I haven’t read the book but
I am told as part of the festivities Neumos will be transformed
into the club Poppies, which plays a prominent role in
Shinjuku and that there will be wall projections, costumed
character models, contests and more. It will definitely be an
interesting and unique way to kick off this year’s Noise for the
Grynch, the pint-sized King of Ballard, will release the
official follow-up to 2009’s Chemistry EP on March 8.
The release, which will be another EP, is titled
Timeless and will feature Sabzi’s remix of Grynch’s
breakthrough hit “My Volvo,” a song Grynch will likely never
escape. You can listen to the title track off the release over
Booth and you can download the Sabzi remix of “My Volvo”
over here for free.
As one-third of Dinosaur Jr and one-third of Sebadoh Lou Barlow
is an indie rock icon, with an emphasis on the rock.
He helped forge one of the greatest guitar-driven indie bands of
the Alternative Nation, and then after leaving Dinosaur Jr due to
tensions with Dinosaur songwriter J Mascis he continued his career
with Sebadoh and created a string of influential cult albums
in III, Bakesale and Harmacy. The latter
two albums are getting the deluxe reissue treatment starting
with Bakesale on April 4. The album will contain 25 bonus
tracks and Sebadoh is launching a tour, which lands at Neumos
Saturday night ($15, 9 p.m.), to support the release.
“I had a really good time making that record. It was a good time
for me personally,” Barlow said about Bakesale during a
phone interview from his California home. “The songs are
really airtight. They are perfectly short and I was really in a
good spot writing lyrics. It was a very, very direct writing
process and I can hear that when I listen to that album.”
Harmcy on the other hand is a bit of a different story for
Barlow. The record continues the classic Sebadoh lo-fi sound and is
still considered one of the band’s best records by fans but the
tumultuous circumstances surrounding its release
after Bakesale’s success impacted Barlow. Read the rest of this entry »
I received an advance copy of Soundgarden’s first live
album, Live on I5, today and it is currently playing on my
iTunes as I type.
So how does this compilation of live recordings from the band’s
1996 West Coast tour sound? On first listen it sounds pretty dang
good. I’ll write a full review of the record as it gets closer to
the album’s March 22 release date.
For now here are a few observations about the record:
Sasquatch! headliners Foo Fighters have been playing their
yet-to-be-titled new album in its entirety during a few
surprise shows in the Los Angeles area (sorry about the false alarm
for a Seattle show btw). The record is set to come out April 12 but
if you want to give it a preview the folks over at
Consequence of Sound have pieced together video clips of every
song from the album being performed live.
The lineup for the 2011 Sasquatch! Music Festival has finally
been announced and I’m not sure how I feel about the names on
the list of bands that are coming to the Gorge. I’m pretty sure
that’s a good thing.
It’s no secret that I’m a Sasquatch! fanboy. I actually consider
myself the festival’s ultimate fan and its biggest critic.
Sasquatch! combines one of my favorite places (the Gorge
Amphitheatre) with one of my favorite things (music festivals)
and I’m the only person I know — aside from Adam Zacks, who I
met for the first time last night — who has been to every
Sasquatch!. So you can imagine that I had pretty high hopes for
what last night’s lineup announcement would hold and while I am
disappointed at the lack of starpower on the bill, I will say I am
very impressed with the talent coming to eastern Washington
Memorial Day weekend.
For Sasquatch!’s tenth year Adam Zacks definitely followed last
year’s formula of booking a full day’s worth of solid bands without
banking on big-name headliners to sell tickets. It’s a smart move
and it will likely pay off in the form of the festival’s first
four-day sellout. The lineup’s established acts read like a
greatest hits of Sasquatch!’s past (Rodrigo y Gabriella, Cold War
Kids, the Thermals). There are plenty of locals who aren’t big
names that are going to get some great exposure (Macklemore, Young
Evils, The Globes), a few reunion acts (DFA 1979, Archers of Loaf)
and plenty of up-and-coming acts (Beach House, Wavves,
Sleigh Bells, Twin Shadow). This combination of acts gives the
lineup a feeling of familiarity, excitement and discovery and makes
the festival an excellent gateway drug for being turned on to new
music. Read the rest of this entry »
Soundgarden will release its first live album, titled “Live on
I5,” March 22.
The 17-track record features recordings of songs from the band’s
1996 West Coast tour. The tracklist includes four songs from the
band’s Dec. 18, 1996 Mercer Arena show in Seattle as well as
Chris Cornell performing “Black Hole Sun” solo and covers of the
Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and the Stooges “Search &
The tour was the first time the band recorded its live shows and
the band rented a mobile 24-track machine/truck and recorded the
gigs on two-inch tape. The band had intended to release
the recordings as a live record soon after the tour, but they
disbanded and the tapes were left in the closet of Studio X in
Seattle (now called Bad Animals) to gather dust until now.
The band has had little activity since reuniting in 2010,
playing only three reunion concerts and releasing a greatest-hits
boxed set that included only one previously unreleased studio
recording. Live on I5 looks to be a worthwhile purchase
for anyone looking to add to their Soundgarden collection, however
it is disappointing that something like this wasn’t included in the
Telephantasm box set since it was meant to be a
career-spanning retrospective and a live album would’ve given fans
who already own all of Soundgarden’s recordings a reason to drop
money on the release. There is no word on whether the band plans to
tour in 2011.