Wednesday, 20 August 2014

My Famous Friends: The Best Bands Rocking Seattle Music!

Jared Cortese, Dom Cortese and Julia Massey, in their basement house party venue “The Cortex,” July 15, 2014. PHOTO CREDIT: PORTAITS BY HAYLEY YOUNG

Jared Cortese, Dom Cortese and Julia Massey, in their basement house party venue “The Cortex,” July 15, 2014. PHOTO CREDIT: PORTAITS BY HAYLEY YOUNG

Seattle Magazine, an actual, real-life magazine, just published an article on their website entitled “The 50 Bands Rocking Seattle Music Right Now.

You should peruse the entire article, but here are the three highlights for me: Look at the Indie Pop section and you’ll immediately see some of my favorite musics being avidly represented:

  • Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount / The Jesus Rehab
    Anyone who has been reading this website for any length of time (or who knows me in real life) knows what fondness I have for these two bands, so it’s really exceptionally awexome to see them getting the same amount of love from an actual, real-life website and not just mine. Here’s a sample of what Seattle Magazine had to say about them:

    Massey recalls Regina Spektor, with her playful voice, prolific songwriting and bouncy pop lyrics, and Cortese’s sound is reminiscent of Weezer, for its big power chords and shrieking, catchy solos.

  • Prom Queen
    It is much to my chagrin that I have never seen Celene perform live as Prom Queen, only as her chiptuned alter-ego Leeni. But I have a great liking of Prom Queen’s dark, David Lynch-esque 60s pop stylings. And I proudly backed the Kickstarter for her very ambition Midnight Veil project. Seattle Magazine sez:

    Also known as Leeni, this prolific Seattle singer first came on the scene with chiptune compositions (using Nintendo Gameboy sounds) and has since honed a 1960s Parisian noir aesthetic.

Out of all 50 of the bands listed in the article, I had only ever seen two others perform live:

  • The Hoot Hoots
  • Katie Kate

Yikes! I had heard of most of the acts in the article (and heard a handful of them on KEXP), but many of these are complete unknowns to me. The article seemed to be skewed strangely, with some of the genres having dozens of included acts whereas the hip-hop genre only included three acts (none of which were Three Ninjas, bee-tee-dub).

But still it is very cool seeing Julia Massey & The Jesus Rehab get a modicum of the praise they deserve.

SPEAKING OF seeing The Jesus Rehab, they’re having a show this Friday evening! It’s on Bainbridge Island!

Jesus Rehabbed on an Island

Jesus Rehabbed on an Island

Bainbridge Island is, unfortunately, a bit over an hour’s drive away from my house (it might be much shorter than that for Seattle peeps depending on the ferry schedule). So I am a very soft maybe for this show.

But if all possible YOU SHOULD GO!

Details:
The Jesus Rehab with Specters at Spaceship (Facebook event)
Friday, August 22nd 7:00 PM
@ Spaceship
10598 NE Valley Rd, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
21+, $10 (adv) $12 (door)

HOORAY FOR MY FAMOUS FRIENDS!

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