Monthly Archives: June 2009

Big fish, little fish swimming in the water … Enter to win PJ Harvey tickets

Over on Ear Candy the Web site I am giving away pairs of tickets to see PJ Harvey at the Moore Theatre June 16. You should enter. Here are the details:

Back in April Ear Candy held its first ticket giveaway, offering up pairs of tickets to see an intimate, solo acoustic set by New Pornographer Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer). Today Ear Candy is happy to announce its second ticket giveaway. This time you can enter to win a pair of tickets to see PJ Harvey & John Parish with guest Pop Parker at the Moore Theatre June 16.

To enter to win simply email travis@earcandybeat.com with PJ Harvey in the subject line and your name in the body field. Winners (yes, that’s plural) will be chosen Thursday afternoon and be notified Friday. If you don’t want to chance winning tickets you can always buy your own tickets, which range from $25 to $35, by clicking here.

Good luck!

Another podcast in the can

Last week Ear Candy made its maiden voyage into the world of podcasting with Candy Cast Episode 1. It was such a fun and positive experience that we decided to do it again and this time there’s nudity.

That’s right, in Candy Cast Episode 2 there is some nakedness going on. How exactly does nudity make its way into a podcast? Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out. Also in Candy Cast Episode 2 Brent and I discuss the upcoming Noise for the Needy shows, the local badasses Brent Amaker and Matt Cameron and even get around to touching on some local hip hop. We also talk about Bumbershoot and debunk the rumor that Peal Jam will be headlining this year’s festival (a rumor that was partly started by Ear Candy, sorry guys) and the first details of Ear Candy’s Bumbershoot Bash are dished out.

You can download Candy Candy Episode 2 by clicking here. In case you missed the inaugural edition of the Candy Cast you can click here to give it a download. One of these days I will figure out how to upload a podcast to iTunes and you will be able to get them there too.

And the winner is … The results of the 2009 Squatchies!, plus Canadians

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in. Here are the winners of the 2009 Squatchies!, Ear Candy’s annual Sasquatch! awards, as voted on by you, the readers. You can check out all the categories and the nominees by clicking here for round one, click here for round two and click here for round three.

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Harvey Danger calls it quits, to play last show at the Crocodile Aug. 29

Local rockers Harvey Danger have decided to call it a career according to a post on the band’s official Web site. The decision was “totally mutual and utterly amicable.”

The band formed in the offices of The Daily of the University of Washington. Sean Nelson, the group’s vocalist, guitarist Jeff Lin, bassist Aaron Huffman and drummer Evan Sult all met in the mid-1990s while working on The Daily staff. When they decided to form a band, the group’s namesake came from a comic strip that used to appear in The Daily during the 1980s. In fact, on the graffiti-filled orange walls of The Daily’s office a portrait of Harvey Danger — the comic strip character, not the band — is highly visible next to the clock.

The band’s debut album, 1998’s “Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?,” sold more than 500,000 copies and opened doors for the group including landing opening slots at shows for Green Day, Metallica, Barenaked Ladies and other big-name groups. From there the band’s sophomore record, “King James Version,” didn’t sell well due to record label issues and after the touring cycle behind that record the band members decided to go their separate ways. The group played a few reunion shows in 2004 which lead to the 2004 album “Little By Little” and remained a part of the local scene playing the occasional show around town before the announcement of the band’s break up was made last week.

Like many music fans, Ear Candy has fond memories of the band best known for “Flagpole Sitta.” Back in 2004 I was lucky enough to sit down over the course of two evenings with Nelson while he talked about what was then Harvey Danger’s comeback, which celebrated the group’s 10-year anniversary. I ended up writing this story for the P-I and this story for the University of Washington Daily.

I also once reviewed Harvey Danger for the P-I. The review was of a benefit show for Hurricane Katrina victims at the Showbox and Harvey Danger opened up for Death Cab For Cutie. I will likely forever remember Harvey Danger’s cover of Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927,” which is the song they opened their set with that night. Hearing such a meaningful, beautiful cover of that song under the show’s circumstances is something that always stand out in my mind when I think of Harvey Danger. It was a somber and emotional moment where music meant more than just notes and instruments.

Death Cab and Harvey Danger are two somewhat intertwined local indie rock bands. Harvey Danger gave Death Cab its first exposure in Seattle by picking the band to open for them during a show at the Crocodile in 1998.

It’s fitting the band will play its final show at the Crocodile Aug. 29 (ticket prices TBA) not just because of the club’s previously mentioned Death Cab connection but also because back in 2004 Nelson told me this:

“To think, when we first started out our dream was to play a show at the Crocodile. Looking back at all we’ve accomplished is amazing.”

Yes Harvey Danger you did accomplish some amazing things. Thanks for the musical memories.

My first foray into podcasting

I’m happy to announce that I’ve entered the world of podcasting.

Podcasting is one of those things that I’ve been meaning to do for a while but never actually got around to doing until Monday afternoon. That’s when Ear Candy’s Brent Stecker and myself sat down and shared our thoughts on this year’s Sasquatch!, chimed in on The Squatchies and also shot the breeze a bit about Pearl Jam, The Moondoggies and the new Lonely H record.

You can download Candy Cast Episode 1 here. Drop a comment or two and let us know what you think.

VIDEO: Pearl Jam debuts “Fixer” on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien

There’s been lots of exciting news coming out of the Pearl Jam camp lately. There’s the Pearl Jam Rock Band video game project set for release next year. There’s the news of a partnership with Target and other outlets for distribution of the band’s upcoming album “Backspacer,” which is set for release this fall. And of course there’s band premiering a song from that record live on the first episode of “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.”

Vote for the Squatchies!, the annual Sasquatch! awards

It’s been one week since Sasquatch! and as per tradition that means it is time for the Squatchies!, the silly, meaningless awards Ear Candy created in 2006 as a fun, light-hearted way to celebrate the festival. I’ll be revealing a fewof categories each day this week on all three of my blogs and at the end of the week the results will be tallied. Here’s the first batch of categories:

Sasquatch! 2009: The bands I listened to for three songs or less

I wasn’t able to catch every minute of every set by every band at Sasquatch! but I did manage to see 37 bands throughout the weekend. Here’s a brief rundown of my thoughts on some of the bands whose sets I was only able to catch for a few songs.

of Montreal

I was fortunate enough to be an actor on stage during part of the band’s crazy spectacle of a show. It was a very fun experience. As for the set itself, well, it involved men in pig costumes, a guy in a tiger mask “biting” another guys crotch, masked dancers, smoke, some odd video images and a Prince cover. Perhaps one of the most perplexing live shows I have ever seen. I definitely walked away with a WTF look on my face. I also walked away wanting to listen to Skeletal Lamping over and over again because the set and the spectacle that came along with it was that good.

Girl Talk

One of the biggest crowds on the Wookie stage all weekend was for Girl Talk.

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