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Is this Kia commercial ripping off the Moondoggies?

Friday, June 11th, 2010

A reader sent a tip my way about potential copyright infringement involving the Kia car company and Seattle’s own Moondoggies. The below Kia commercial, titled “Home,” uses some music that’s awfully close to sounding like the Moondoggies “Undertaker.” Check the videos and hear the comparison yourself. I’ve been told the band is aware of the similarities. Hardly Art, the Moondoggies label, declined to comment at the moment.

The Moondoggies “Undertaker” from The Crocodile on Vimeo.


Moondoggies to appear at Sasquatch! as Arthur & Yu’s backing band?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

From a post on Ear Candy the Web site:

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Looks like Sasquatch! has a few surprises up its sleeve.

Rumor has it that The Moondoggies, an Ear Candy staff favorite, will be making an appearance at Sasquatch! this weekend. However, they will not be playing a surprise set or making an appearance at some swanky afterparty.

Nope, The Moondoggies are rumored to be dropping by The Gorge to act as the backing band for their Hardly Art labelmates Arthur & Yu.

You can find out if this rumor is true Saturday at 5:25 p.m. when Arthur & Yu perform on the Yeti stage.


And on the fifth day, I rested

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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I spent the last few days in a hectic state of musical bliss that involved traveling 350 miles, watching nine bands (and being somewhat blown away by one of them while stumbling across another great local group to boot), interviewing a rock star, celebrating the awesomeness that was Record Store Day and hitting up the Experience Music Project’s annual Pop Conference.

I am taking the next 24 hours off to recuperate, but in the meantime here is a listing of some of what you’ll be reading about the rest of the week here:

Portugal. The Man is the best band you aren’t listening to. Find out why I just made that bold declaration in the upcoming review of Portugal. The Man’s show at the Crocodile with H is For Hellgate and Alligators

Death Cab For Cutie is playing in Spokane Friday night at Gonzaga with Ra Ra Riot and Cold War Kids. Ear Candy chatted with Death Cab’s Jason McGeer about headlining Bumbershoot, the band’s new EP and the prospect of unreleased Death Cab being released from the Death Cab vault.

The Moondoggies played a few free shows in Seattle during the weekend. All three were completely different from one another in atmosphere and sound. Read about two of those sets soon.

The Pitchfork lovers orgasm double bill of The Black Kids and Mates of State played Neumos Friday. Their opener, a band out of San Francisco called Judgment Day, took me by surprise.

Saturday was Record Store Day and I felt like a kid on Christmas at the Queen Anne Easy Street Records purchasing lots of limited-edition candy for my ears in the form of some great vinyl.

Saturday was also the third day of EMP’s Pop Conference. Unfortunately I was only able to attend on day, but man the things I learned and the panelists I heard speak were fantastic. My brain hurts (in a good way) just thinking about all the cool conversations that I had the privilege to listen to during my 7 hours at PopCon 2009.

The weekend was capped off by dropping by El Croazon for a late-night set by Texas’ own The Toadies. I wasn’t able to stay for the whole show, but during the 75 minutes I was there they played almost everything off "Rubberneck."

So that’s what you’ll be reading about from me pretty soon. How soon? Well, that all depends on how much free time I have to write and how much I can write without getting exhausted again. In fact, I’m getting pretty tired right now just thinking about writing all of this so I am going to stop writing now.


VIDEOS: Moondoggies, Black Whale, John Roderick, The Kindness Kind at the new Crocodile

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

If you’re friends with the Crocodile on Facebook or follow the Crocodile on Twitter or read this post over on Sound on the Sound then you already know about the cool videos the Crocodile has been shooting and posting in its Web site.

If you don’t know, here’s what has been going on.

The Crocodile folks, with the help of One Shot Seattle, have been filming performances by local bands at the new and improved venue as it is undergoing construction. They have also been interviewing artists including Rachel Flotard of Visqueen, John Roderick of the Long Winters and others who have all shared their memories of the Crocodile.

You can view all of the videos on the Crocodile’s Web site. Here are a few of my favorites:


Black Whales “Young Blood” from The Crocodile on Vimeo.


John Roderick “Ultimatum” from The Crocodile on Vimeo.


The Kindness Kind “Suckerpunch” from The Crocodile on Vimeo.


The Moondoggies “Old Hound” from The Crocodile on Vimeo.


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