If you’ve been following Ear Candy on Twitter then you know
Bumbershoot is expected to announce its initial lineup this
While I have no inside knowledge about who has or hasn’t been
booked for BShoot 09, I do know there is a rumor out there about a
big name Seattle band headlining the festival and there is a little
bit of evidence supporting this rumor.
If you haven’t figured out who the act is yet, go ahead and
click the jump to find out.
Marco Collins, KEXP DJ, dished the details on who will be
headlining this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party on Monday
One of the bands is an alternative rock icon and it will be
interesting to see how their music goes over outdoors in the
cramped confines of the main stage area at the Block Party. The
other band is a group that was banned from playing shows in Seattle
12 years ago because of its singer’s penchant for stage diving.
If you caught Green Day on its American Idiot Tour then you know
they are an amazing live band. I’ve always liked Green Day and I
think American Idiot was their crowning achievement which is why I
am excited to see it hit the stage as a musical. Here’s the press
release with the details as sent by the folks over at the Brothers
Warner, complete with odd press release formatting.
As mentioned yesterday, the guys from Soundgarden
got back together Tuesday night and replaced Chris Cornell with
Tad Doyle for what was likely a one-off three-song set that
included “Nothing To Say,” “Spoonman” and “Hunted Down.”
I did some digging and was able to track down some okay quality
mp3s of the compete set as well as some other songs that were
performed by groups that took the stage including Mark Arm singing
“Kick Out the Jams” with Tom Morello and Wayne Kramer, Morello
singing “The Ghost of Tom Joad” with Steve Earle and the crazy
funky Nightwatchman B-side “Shake My Sh*t.” I also tracked down
some videos of performances from the show including a couple of
Tadgarden songs. The songs, some more pictures and video are after
In case you missed it from my Ear Candy post early this
Ear Candy just got back from Tom Morello’s Justice Tour at the
Crocodile and was witness to some amazing things.
The show featured Wayne Kramer of The MC5, Steve Earle, Blue
Scholars, Mark Arm and, of course Morello, who was playing
host/showman as member of both The Nightwatchman and Street
Sweeper, his new project with rapper Boots Riley of The Coup.
However, the first major live debut of Street Sweeper, brief
solo sets by Earle and Kramer, three songs from Blue Scholars and
Mark Arm singing “Kick Out the Jams” with Kramer and Morello were
the smallest of the nights highlights.
The biggest highlight came when Morello introduced former
Soundgarden members guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepard and
drummer Matt Cameron. The three former bandmates took to the stage
with none other than Tad Doyle, former frontman of TAD and current
powerhouse singer for Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. He led the band
through a three-song “Tadgarden” set that included a Soundgarden
rarity and a classic.
Believe it or not, some things are more important than rock ‘n’
I know, I know, it’s hard to believe, but it is true.
What are these things that are more important than what is
perhaps one of the most important things ever? Well, family is one
important thing that takes priority.
This is why I am sad to report that The F*cking Eagles had to
step out of the show-closing slot at Saturday’s Ear Candy Birthday
Bash Deux: Bash Harder. Unfortunately there was a family emergency
and the band will not be able to perform at the High Dive this
But as the saying goes the show must go on and so I am happy to
report hip-hop duo They Live has stepped
into the evening’s late slot.
Who are They Live? For those of you who didn’t click on the
hypertext above, They Live is a side project for MCs Gatsby and
BlesOne. You probably know theses guys from here, or perhaps from
interview which was done way back when Ear Candy was a baby
What I love about They Live, aside from the fact they’re coming
off a near show-stealing performance opening for Blue Scholars at
Neumos last week, is that they fit the theme of the evening
perfectly. What’s the evening’s theme?
The theme, aside from celebrating the diversity of the Seattle
music scene, is fun. And simply put, They Live are all about fun.
Don’t believe me? Check out what
The Stranger had to say about their set at Neumos:
Things really hit a peak with They Live, the newish gas of a
project from MCs Gatsby and BlesOne, jumping on top of
Truckasauras’ melancholy synth-heavy triumph “Angels Sound Like
Bottle Rockets.” They Live is these guys letting loose their
cartoonishly funny, weed-murdering side (as alter egos Dro Boy and
Bruce Illest respectively) while also still killing in the
departments of beats (by BlesOne) and rhymes They hit the stage
last night in sweatshirts, beanies, and shades, looking like they
were about to knock over a 7-11 (or at least purchase some jumbo
slurpies and assorted munchies). Their delivery was far from
blunted, though–Gatsby and BlesOne were the most animated people to
hit the stage so far, all exaggerated energy and gestures big
enough to play to the back of the room. BlesOne demanded and
finally got himself turned up on the microphone, which was
fortunate, because They Live have some good punchlines (I think I
caught Gatsby dropping one about being tight “like jeans on a
Ear Candy’s Birthday Bash Deux: Bash Harder is Saturday night
at the High Dive. The lineup includes They Live along with Team
Gina, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo and We Wrote the Book on
Connectors. The fun starts at 9 p.m. and it costs $10. See you
It’s looking like it is going to be a busy year for everyone’s
favorite indie kids from Bellingham, Death Cab For Cute. The band
will digitally release an EP containing new material titled “The
Open Door” on March 31. The five-song release will include four
unreleased tracks from the “Narrow Stairs” sessions and a demo of
the “Narrow Stairs” track “Talking Bird” with Ben Gibbard singing
while playing a ukulele. The EP will see physical distribution on
April 14 and be available on the band’s upcoming spring tour.
Speaking of playing live shows, Death Cab is about to embark on
a spring tour. The tour will bring the band to Spokane on April 24
and it will also bring the band back home to Bellingham on April
22. Ra Ra Riot and Cold War Kids are opening both dates and I will
be at the Spokane show to fill you in on what it’s like to catch
Death Cab in the eastern part of the state.
After the band is through with its spring jaunt the boys have
some pretty big summer plans too. Those plans include, yup you
guessed it, more touring. Show info after the jump.
Things have bee busy over in Ear Candy-land the last few weeks,
which has made it tough for me to post over here on Spin The Black
Circle. For starters, I have been working with some friends on a
pretty awesome project. I can’t share the details quite yet, but
the image above may give you a hint, or you can simply
here to get a sneak peek (trust me you want to click
there, and be sure to bookmark the site and check back every few
days for updates).
As for my weekend plans, aside from checking out Watchmen on the
IMAX I am going to be busy hitting up some excellent shows. First
up is the record release show for Say
Hi and Mt.
St. Helens Vietnam Band. These bands
each released one of the best local albums of the year and
their show at Neumos Friday is going to be killer. If my
endorsement isn’t good enough to make you want to check things out
Friday then how about this, Visqueen is
Saturday I will be at the Sunset for the second-ever live show
by The Redwood
Plan. I say second because they played a secret show (which
wasn’t so secret if you
took Ear Candy’s advice a few weeks back) a couple of days ago.
Their Saturday night set is going to be broadcast on the beacon of
indie hipster coolness, KEXP. Also on the bill are Sleepy
Eyes of Death and The Hands.
So now that you know where I will be this weekend, feel free to
drop by and say hello if you’re out and about. Or, stay at home and
Twitter feed where I will attempt to drop tweets to my
tweeps (man that sounds strange) throughout the weekend.