Alice In Chains are back. The band is gearing up for the release
of its upcoming album “Black Gives Way to Blue” Sept. 29. Today the
group slipped out the first single from that album, ist first with
new singer William DuVall, titled “A Looking In View.”
It’s a pretty dark, sludgy, heavy song. Lots of Jerry Cantrell
vocals. If the rest of the record sounds like this then it’s very
good news for fans of vintage Alice In Chains.
As you probably already know, the band briefly reunited in 2005,
performing what was believed to be a one-off concert featuring
Keenan, Chad Kroeger, the Wilson sisters, Pat Lachman and
others filling in on vocals. Since that show the Chains
gang hooked up with DuVall, played a bunch of shows nationally and
internationally and recorded an album. Here is what the results of
that collaboration sound like. What do you think?
Can you believe that 2009 is more than halfway over with? It’s
been a great year so far for local music with so many awesome
things happening including TADgarden, Sasquatch!, the Sunny Day
Real Estate Reunion and the return of Peal Jam and there is so much
more to look forward too (CHBP, Bumbershoot, new Modest Mouse album
… ). In case you missed any of the great local releases to hit
shelves so far this year, here are my 10 favorite Northwest records
of the year to date. Feel free to share yours in the comments
section and let me know what I missed because I love being turned
on to great local music.
10. “Ten Super Deluxe Edition”Pearl
Yes, it’s not technically a new album this year but between the
vinyl, the Unplugged DVD, demo tape replica and the Drop in the
Park concert, there’s enough new material on this remastered and
remixed reissue to merit inclusion on this list.
9. “Salvation is a Deep Dark Well”The Builders and the
Sometimes its creepy. Sometimes its folky. All times its fun. This
group of PDX folk rockers definitely avoided the sophomore slump
with this album.
Loud, fuzzy garage rock from a Vancouver, B.C. duo.
7. “Now We Can See”The Thermals
This is perhaps the best local pure pop-rock record of the year.
Definitely a bit of a departure for these guys.
6. “Sprezzatura”Born Anchors
Some guy named John Richards said this: “Born Anchors’ Sprezzatura
is, so far, the local rock record of the year.” I almost agree.
Like all music fans worldwide, I am shocked and saddened by the
sudden death of Michael Jackson. I have quite a few memories of the
King of Pop and I am sure plenty of blog eulogies will be popping
up across the Internet in the coming days so I am not going to
bother capturing all of my thoughts and feelings with words.
Perhaps I will share them at a later date, but for now I am posting
the below video of the greatest televised musical performance of
all time in honor of the greatest pop star ever.
I’m putting together a show under the Ear Candy name to help
kickoff this year’s Bumbershoot. You can help decide who plays the
show by voting in the poll below. Here are the details from
Ear Candy the Web
Ear Candy loves Bumbershoot.
How much does Ear Candy love Bumbershoot? Well, Ear Candy loves
Bumbershoot so much that 1) it causes Ear Candy to refer to itself
in third person and 2) and Ear Candy loves Bumbershoot so much that
it is throwing an unofficial Bumbershoot kickoff party and Ear
Candy wants your help with choosing a band to play the show.
While I’m not a liberty to divulge all of the details of the big
soiree just yet, I will let you know that it is happening Sept. 4
at the High Dive and it will feature four of Seattle’s finest
up-and-coming acts. Plus, it’s only going to cost you $10 so start
saving your ducketts. Ear Candy has already booked three out of the
four acts on the bill and my lips are sealed at the moment so I
can’t reveal who those acts are (besides, I need something to write
about in the coming months), but you, dear Ear Candy reader, can
play a role in selecting the fourth act.
I’ve narrowed my list of potential fourth acts down to four
bands I would like to play the show. All four of these bands have
been written about on Ear Candy previously and I have been in touch
with a couple of them to gauge their interest in playing the show.
I enjoy each of these acts equally and I think each one would fit
perfectly on the bill for Ear Candy’s unofficial Bumbershoot
kickoff party so I want your help with choosing who to book. If
you’d like to help me choose what band to book, vote in the poll
below. I will contact the winning band and attempt to book them for
the Bumbershoot party.
One point of clarification, just because a band wins the popular
vote doesn’t mean they will play the show. It just means I will
contact them and see if they are interested and available. I have
no control over whether the band actually plays Ear Candy’s
Bumbershoot kickoff show. Here are the four acts. The band names
include links to their MySpace page so you can check out their
music if you aren’t familiar with a particular group:
The reunion isn’t just a one-off show as the band looks to be in
full touring mode. According to Live Nation’s Web site, SDRE has a show
scheduled for The Fillmore in San Francisco on Oct. 13. The news of
this show comes after a concert promoting company in Utah called
posted news of a SDRE show in Utah on Twitter.
Rumors of a reunion were started back in
April when the band reportedly started rehearsing and
planning out a national tour. Reportedly Sunny Day Real Estate
singer Jeremy Enigk has been coyly talking about a potential reunion but no
official statements about the band getting back together have been
For those unfamiliar with SDRE the band got together in 1992 and
released “Diary” in 1994. Unfortunately, after a few lineup changes
and some reported struggles with its label, Sub Pop, the group
disbanded in 2001. The original SDRE lineup included Enigk. Nate
Mendel, William Goldsmith and Dan Hoerner and they are credited
with being one of the grandfathers of emo. Now before you go
blaming these guys for AFI, My Chemcial Romance and all those other
emo bands, they aren’t responsible for that type of emo. Think more
along the lines of “Pinkerton” emo and you’ve got it.
If a few of those names in their lineup sound familiar it’s
because Mendel is the bass player in Foo Fighters and Goldsmith
used to the drummer for the Foos before he left the group and some
guy named Taylor Hawkins stepped in behind the kit. Oh yeah, and
Enigk has had a pretty decent solo career too (His latest effort
“OK Bear” is by far one of the best local records released this
year) but not as noteworthy as the non-SDRE days of Hawkins and
Since the band is playing at the Paramount in October, it looks
like the rumors that they will be at Bumbershoot this year as
reported here on Ear
Candy and over at The Stranger’s Line Out blog are not true.
We’ll see when Bumbershoot’s complete lineup is revealed in the
middle of July.
PJ Harvey and John Parish performed at the Moore Theatre Tuesday
night. Local photographer Alex Crick captured some images of the
show. Here’s what the PJ Harvey show was like from behind his
lens with more photos after the jump. You can check out more
of Alex’s work here.
You know, the band that is fronted by the son of some guy named
Bob Dylan. If I remember correctly they opened for Pearl Jam at
Memorial Stadium two nights in a row in 1998 (and they played a
great cover of “Baba O’Riley) too) and they even headlined a show
at The Gorge in 1997. Nowadays things are a little more low key
with The Wallflowers.
How low key? Well, instead of playing to tens of thousands of
fans at large amphitheaters and stadiums like they did in the
1990s, they are now playing clubs like Showbox at the Market. In
fact, The Wallflowers will be at Showbox at the Market June 21 and
I have a few pairs of tickets to give away. To enter, send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Wallflowers in
the subject and your name in the body field. The contest ends
Thursday night and winners will be notified Friday afternoon. Good
As mentioned earlier this week, Ear
Candy will be spending part of Saturday night at the Comet Tavern
to see The Valley, which is one of the loudest bands in Seattle,
and Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, which is one of the more badass
bands in Seattle. Ear Candy thinks you should be there too and
here’s why (aside from the amazing spectacle that is a whiskey
baptism and a go-go dancer):
A cowboy costume
That’s right, at the show those crazy
cowboys dressed in black know collectively as B.A.R. will be having
a costume contest. None other than Brent
Amaker himself wrote me a note explaining the night’s events.
Here’s what’s going down straight from the man himself: