The organizers of the Capitol Hill
Block Party released initial details of this year’s
two-day festival which is taking place July 24 and 25.
As reported here
several weeks ago, venerable indie icons Sonic Youth will headline
as will The Jesus Lizard, a band that was banned from playing live
shows in Seattle 12 years ago. Along with Jesus Lizard and Sonic
Youth, the lineup includes several up-and-coming buzz bands (Black
Lips, Deerhunter, Starf*cker) and loads of local talent (The
Gossip, Moondoggues, Past LIves, They LIve!).
According to the CHBP Web site the festivities will take part on
three stages this year and advance tickets, which go on sale
Tuesday, will cost $40 for two-days or $22 a day. It is unknown
whether the reference to three stages means there will only be
three stages or if there will be three main stages with bands
performing at indoor venues such as Neumos and various area coffee
shops and other businesses like last year.
According to a Seattle
P-I article from 1996, the Jesus Lizard was banned
from playing in Seattle because singer David Yow liked to stage
dive and this was seen as a safety hazard and is also a
misdemeanor. Both Sonic Youth and Jesus Lizard have ties to
Seattle’s biggest rock export, Nirvana. In 1996 Sub Pop Rerds
released a split 7″ recording with Jesus Lizard’s “Puss” on one
side and NIrvana’s “Oh, The Guilt” on the other and Kurt Cobail
often sited the band as an influence on his work. Nirvana decided
to sign with Gefffen Records in part because Sonic Youth, a band
they admired, was also on the label.
Here’s the lineup as announced earlier today. More acts are
expected to be added soon.
SONIC YOUTH, THE JESUS LIZARD, THE GOSSIP, DEERHUNTER, BLACK
LIPS, EARTH, THE THERMALS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART,
MOONDOGGIES, SPINNERETTE, THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE, MIKA MIKO, THE
BLAKES, SLEEPY EYES OF DEATH, GIRLS, HEY MARSEILLES, THE MALDIVES,
TRUCKASAURUS, AKIMBO, PAST LIVES, FUTURE OF THE LEFT, MICACHU,
STARF*CKER, FAUX PUNK, NEW FACES, HOTELS, PICA BEATS, FLEXIONS,
THEY LIVE!, AUDICITY, BOW+ARROW, SOL, JAPANDROIDS