Posts categorized “Concerts/Shows”

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Photos (& Music) of Stereo Embers, Fine Prince, Julia Massey, & Chris Blount at the Crocodile

Can you find me in the crowd?

Can you find me in the crowd?
(Photo by Bebe Labree)

Last Thursday my wife and I went and stayed out late on a school night. Gasp! What could tempt us so? Why, none other than an amazing music show at The Crocodile filled to the brim with amazing local musicians!

First up was…

1. Stereo Embers

The Embers, Now in Stereo!

The Embers, Now in Stereo!

Stereo Embers is one of the many, many musical projects fronted by Seattle musical mainstay Robb Benson. This is a very straight-up rock band. Lead guitarist Tim DiJulio could be described as someone who “wails/shreds/rips.” They’re very good live. They’re also very good recorded. Take a listen:

2. Fine Prince

Mmmm, damn... them princes be FINE.

Mmmm, damn… them princes be FINE.

I had never heard of Fine Prince before. It’s a rather large band for Seattle, with six full members including two keyboardists and two guitarists. Their sound is kinda hard to describe; it’s kind of light, gots a slight groove to it, and is just thoroughly… pleasant. They were a lot of fun. Take a listen:

I had to take off my glasses to hear this Fine Prince (thanks, Howard).

I had to take off my glasses to hear this Fine Prince (thanks, Howard).

3. Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount

JM+FFD at the Crockie!

JM+FFD at the Crockie!

Miss Joooolia.

Miss Joooolia.

Here’s the real reason there was a show at all: This was the release party for Julia Massy & the Five Finger Discount’s new album, Heart Tones. It’s now available to purchase on Bandcamp! You should download it now!

Dem tones, dem tones, dem Heart Tones!

Dem tones, dem tones, dem Heart Tones!

Not sure if you really want to own this amazing album? Well, then (1) you’re an idiot and (2) you should listen to this song and watch this joyful video. Then go and buy Heart Tones.

And, as is my nature, I made an animated .gif of the proceedings:

Animated JM+FFD.

Animated JM+FFD.

So I got a lot of pretty good photos. Unfortunately, as is often the case when I see JM+FFD, I was not at a good angle to get a good photo of Dom Cortese (the drummer). Here’s the best I could do:

Sorry, Dom (sad trombone).

Sorry, Dom (sad trombone).

4. Special Guest Chris Blount!

Photo by Bebe Labree

Photo by Bebe Labree

Chris Blount (pronounced “Blunt”) is a good friend of mine who also happens to be an exceptional hip-hopster. He guests on a song on JM+FFD’s new album, which you can listen to (and watch the video) right here:

He guested on that song live on stage as well. I was gonnnnnna take a photo of him performing, but I got so wrapped up in the moment that I plumb forgot. He absolutely killed it up there, and got probably the biggest pop of the night at the end of his verse. So big thanks to Bebe Labree for providing me with some photos from the show and letting me use them here!

You do you, Mr. Blount.

You do you, Mr. Blount.
(Photo by Bebe Labree)

Coming “soon” — a full-length album review of Heart Tones! Honest!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows, Music, Pictures.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

It’s TWO, TWO, TWO Times the Fools Play This January!

In Olympia on 1/21 and Tacoma on 1/28!

Laugh with the fishies in Oly!

Laugh with the fishies in Oly!

Fools Play Improv continues to perform in Olympia in 2017! You can see them at The South Sound Estuarium on Saturday, January 21 at 8pm. Tickets are only $5 at the door Olympia is a great community for the arts—to the degree that even a marine life discovery center by day features Fools Play’s hilarious spontaneous theater at night! Don’t miss it!

Details:
Fools Play In Olympia (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, January 21st 8:00 PM
@ The South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map
All-Ages, $5

Come on down to T-Town!

Come on down to T-Town!

For those of you in Tacoma, Fools Play performs at Tacoma Little Theater on Saturday, January 28 as part of series of shows occurring the 4th Saturday of each month. Tickets are $10 at the door. These late night shows feature booze at the concession stand and many of Fools Play’s freshest faces onstage. Fun for everyone but especially those over 21!

Details:
Fools Play In Tacoma (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, January 28th 10:30 PM
@ Tacoma Little Theatre
210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (map)
All-Ages, $10

The Fools are excited to offer two shows on two different Saturdays in two different cities. And guess what: I SHALL BE PERFORMING AT BOTH (health and circumstances permitting). If I can be at both shows, SO CAN YOU!

See you there/then!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount CD Release Show This Thursday!

Dem tones, dem tones, dem Heart Tones!

Dem tones, dem tones, dem Heart Tones!

That’s right, true believers, JM+FFD are releasing another album THIS THURSDAY (January 12th, 2017)! It’s called Heart Tones and it is excellent (I was given an advance copy to listen to last month because I’m just that awesome).

Here’s the video to my fave songo from the album, featuring another musician friend of mine, hip-hopster Chris Blount!

See? Excellent.

The CD release show is happening at The Crocodile in lovely downtown Seattle.

Details:
Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount (Album Release) at The Crocodile (Faced Book Event)
Thursday, January 12th 8:00 PM
@ The Crocodile:
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121 (Map)
$10 Adv, 21+ (Tickets)

My wife and I will be there! We wouldn’t miss it. Would you? WOULD YOU!? DO NOT!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My Famous Friends Are at Jet City Comic Show This Weekend!

Fall into "The Abyss"

Fall into “The Abyss”

The Abyss

First off, I’m super excited that two of my Fools Play colleagues, Andre the Crimson Fool and Laramie the Olive Fool, have published a (bizarre) book called “The Abyss.” They’re exhibiting it at JCCS right now!

Creator’s Edge Press

My pal Travis runs a comic book company! Go check out this Creator’s Edge Press booth and pick up some awexome indie comix like “Billy Love Nibbles” or “Prince of Pieces.”

Jet City Woman?

Jet City Woman?

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

A former fool (Mike the Green Fool) and his friend Greg wrote a comic book last year that got published by Oni Press (the same company that published “Scott Pilgrim”). Greg is exhibiting it!

Sweetgyrl Designs

Greg’s wife Anne runs Sweetgyrl Designs, which offers awexome pop-culture tchotchkes. All the retro 80’s stuff you’ve been looking for, handmade and vintage! This year it looks like the booth has a “Stranger Things” vibe to it!

Sometimes I’m amazed at how my life is just filled with artists of all sorts. Anyway, head to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (map) this weekend to attend Jet City Comic Show!

Categories: Comics, Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, My Famous Friends, Tacoma.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Julia Massey Returns (With Special Guest Chris Blount)

Those aren't Spirit Fingers... THESE are Spirit Fingers!

Those aren’t Spirit Fingers… THESE are Spirit Fingers!

Almost two years to the date after releasing their previous music video (for a song that was written about my daughter, no biggie), Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount have returned with a brand-new video for a song that hasn’t even been released yet!

It’s for “This Is How We’re Gonna Say Goodbye,” which will be (I assume) on their next album. What next album? Oh, the one called HeartTones that is going to be released in January!

And this video also features a very good friend of mine, hip-hopster extraordinaire Chris Blount! Ch-ch-check it out here:

GOOD STUFF YES. Interesting note: this isn’t the first time that Julia and Chris have been in the same song together. They actually both recorded parts for the song I wrote for my daughter’s first birthday (which was almost exactly two years ago—early November is a good time for musics I guess).

Now, about that new album: There’s going to be an album release show on January 12th at The Crocodile in Seattle. You’d best believe that Carrie & I already have our tickets for it. BEST BELIEVE!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, My Famous Friends.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Animated Dandelion Massacre (feat. I Kill Cameron) in Seattle

Them poor dandelions...

Them poor dandelions…

Last night I trekked up to Seattle to see a musics show in a coffee shop. Specifically, I went to see central California folk-punk act Dandelion Massacre play. Specifically, I went to see Phoebe, AKA “I Kill Cameron” play with Dandelion Massacre.

And seeing as how I’m me, I made a bunch of animated .gifs about it. Enjoy! If you download some of their music and watch these .gifs while you listen, then you’ve got yourself a cheap-ass music video!

It was great to meet you, Phoebe! Have fun (and be safe) on the rest of your tour.

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Two Upcoming Fools Play Opportunities

Pure profit...

Pure profit…

Hey, there are a couple of Fools Play Improv shows coming up that y’all might wanna look into. And after looking into them, y’all might want to actually, y’know, go to them.

The first one happens this Saturday. Hey! That’s tomorrow!

A colorful cast!

A colorful cast!

Fools Play is part of a massive bill that includes two musical acts and a couple of stand-up comedians, so they’ll be doing a shortened show as just one of the acts. Bonus: Half Pint makes really excellent pizza, and you can have some whilst you watch the funtimes! Also, who can resist “Gypsy Folk Punk Clowns?” Full disclosure: I won’t be at this show ’cause I’m going camping this weekend. BUT YOU CAN (be at this show, in the audience).

Details:
Fun Police + Are They Brothers? + Fools Play
Saturday, August 27th 9:00PM
@ Half Pint Pizza & Brewery
2710 6th Ave, Tacoma 98406 (map)
All-Ages (I think) & Free (I think)

The next opportunity is in a couple of weeks, and this one is up in SEATTLE!

MUSICAL GUEST!!!!

MUSICAL GUEST!!!!

That’s right: We are doing a co-show with musical guest Julia Massey! Holy crap! That’s awexome! Plus it’s in Seattle, so all of you people who don’t come to see Fools Play because it’s way down in Tacoma and that’s too far away (you know who you are) have NO EXCUSE not to come see this show!

Details:
Fools Play Concert Conversations with Julia Massey! (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, September 10th 5:00 PM
@ The Pocket Theatre
8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle 98103 (map)
All-Ages, $10 (online) or $14 (at door)

COME SEE THE FUNNIES!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Music, Tacoma.