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The Saturday Knights call it a career

Saturday Knights

If you were following  my Twitter account Saturday night (you can read it in the box on the right of this page) you already know that The Saturday Knights decided to end their run as Seattle’s premiere party-rap band. This is an unfortunate loss for the local music scene as Spence, Tilson and Barfly released one of the best local rap albums of the decades, "Mingle," last year. One of the great things about TSK is not only were they great on record, they were a great live band too. In memorium of TSK, here is the video for "Count it Off."

The Saturday Knights – "Count It Off" from Lincoln Leopard Films on Vimeo.

Free download of the album “Mingle” from The Saturday Knights

Light In The Attic Records is quickly becoming one of my favorite local labels.

First off they’ve got a cool name. Anything named after Shel Silverstein (except for maybe the band Silverstein) is cool in my book.

Second they release awesome reissues. I’m told the reissue of Detroit-born singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez’s record is pretty good, but I have yet to give it a listen.

Third, they’re the home of The Blakes, the best bar band in Seattle. I love The Blakes. They are the only Seattle band that actually sent me a Christmas card last year. True story.

Finally, Light In The Attic is cool because of the Saturday Knights. I’ve blogged about them before and how their first full-length record, “Mingle,” is one mind-blowing party poppin’ dancetacular record. Now you can hear firsthand how great “Mingle” is by downloading it for FREE. It’s the party album of the summer so I highly recommend you grab it and bump it while there is some summer left to enjoy.

That’s right, get a free copy of “Mingle” by clicking here.

Oh yeah, another reason why Light In The Attic Is cool: They give away free music.

You can hear songs from “Mingle” live during the Saturday Knights’ set at Bumbershoot Sunday at 7:45 at the Fisher Green Stage. And fellow LITA act The Blakes will be performing the same day at 3:15 on the Exhibition Hall Stage.

CHBP: Schoolyard Heroes, The Saturday Knights

10:15 It’s almost time for the weekend of music in Capitol Hill to end and what better band to close down the Vera Project stage than Schoolyard Heroes.

While I have seen Schoolyard perform on smaller stages, the tiny Vera stage could barely contain the rock ‘n’ roll insanity that was Schoolyard Heroes’ set. Within minutes of the first song, which I think was “Plastic Surgery Hall of Fame” although I’m not 100 percent on that since I was operating on a bit of a beer buzz at the time, the crowd erupted into a massive mosh pit.

The band’s set was fierce and fast, with each song becoming a celebration of bloody zombies, serial killers, vicious creatures of the night and other monsterous abominations. Unfortunately the sound was a bit off so at times it was difficult to make out Ryann Donnelly’s operatic screams and SYH ringleader Jonah Bergman’s growling yells. But that didn’t seem to bother the crowd as they all ate up every precise riff off Steve Bonnell’s guitar and each one of Brian Turner’s thunderous drum fills.

One of the highlights came during “Dawn of the Dead” when a youthful boy who was likely no older than 13, found his way on stage and Bergam stopped him mid-song.

“I know you know what’s next,” Bergman told the boy, who looked confused.

Bergman then whispered in his ear and the kid took the microphone and quietly uttered the lyric “But it was not over yet.”

Then the song continued and the crowd thrashed around in a fury, like a bunch of sweaty teens stuck inside of a washing machine on spin cycle.

From what I recall the set list was an event balance between tracks off all three of the band’s records. “Cemetery Girls” was a highlight for me, as was “Mechanical Man …,” which is always a fun song live.

11:30 To end my CHBP experience I went into Neumos to catch the last few songs from The Saturday Knights. I was only able to see one full song, since I stuck around for all of Schoolyard’s set,” but it was nice to end my Block Party weekend by watching the city’s best party rap group do its thing on stage.