Posts categorized “Music”

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount New Album Release Show This Saturday: A.L.I.T.E.

11/8/14 at Conor Byrne!

11/8/14 at Conor Byrne!

ALL THE HOORAYS! Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount are releasing their highly-anticipated 4th album with an album release show this Saturday 11/8/14 at Conor Byrne Pub in Ballard!

The new album is called A.L.I.T.E. and from everything I’ve heard from it, it should be a rich & heady collection of songs. In fact, you can preview one of the songs from the album RIGHT NOW by watching this video for “Montana Capri” right here:

Good stuff, right? “Montana Capri” is quite a special song for me, because it was actually written for my daughter before she was born. You see, “Montana Capri” was Avery’s code name that we used for her before we announced her real name. Yes, that’s right my one-year-old daughter had TWO music videos created for her in the span of one weekend! How frikkin’ awexome is that!?

Anyway, you really should come to this show.

Details:
Julia Massey & FFD November 8th Album Release with Roaming Herds of Buffalo and Honey Noble!!! (Facebook event)
Saturday, November 8th 9:00pm
@ Conor Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107 (map)
21+ $8

Maybe we'll find out what A.L.I.T.E. stands for?

Maybe we’ll find out what A.L.I.T.E. stands for?

I AM EXCITE! SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A Secret Song for a Baby’s Birthday

Can you believe it?

Can you believe it?

On Saturday my wee beb turned 1 year old. If you aren’t aware, over at her website I’ve been doing a photo-a-day project. Long ago when I started doing this, I had the idea of stitching all of the photos of Avery’s first year together into a video where each photo is shown for one second so the video would be 366 seconds long.

Unbeknown to Carrie, I thought that watching a six-minute video of a bunch of photos would be much better if it had some musical accompaniment. So I secretly set about writing a song that was exactly 60 beats per minute and had exactly 366 beats in it.

We just happen to be a part of a community that contains some of Seattle’s very best musicians, so without Carrie’s knowledge I secretly reached out to several of them to see if they would be willing to be a part of this project, and the response was very enthusiastic.

Over the month of October various awesome musicians recorded their parts and I mixed it all together, until on Avery’s 1st birthday I surprised Carrie with the results (she was rather thrilled). You can now see the full music video here:

If you like the song, you can download it here:
https://saucecore.bandcamp.com/track/just-be

Here are the song credits:

• Me (Christopher Grant Harris): Chiptunes, lyrics
• Julia Massey of Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount: Verse 1 vocals & keyboards
• Jared Cortese of The Jesus Rehab: Verse 2 vocals & keyboards
Chris Blount: Bridge rap lyrics & vocals
• Gary Lappier of Terrapin: Bridge guitars
• Lawrence Duncan of Sphinx Akashaa: Verse 3 vocals & guitar

I hope you likes!

Categories: Life, Music, Videos, Wee Beb.

Friday, 17 October 2014

New Music Video from Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount: Paralleloplan(e)s!

paralleloplans

What does it take to be a ghost?

Hey, Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount have a new album coming out next month: A.L.I.T.E.

If you just can’t wait that long (and let’s face it, who can?), you can hear one of the songs from that album RIGHT NOW by watching this new lyric video for the song Paralleloplan(e)s! Do you like puppets and roosters and masks? YOU KNOW YOU DO!

JM+FFD is having an album release party on Saturday, November 8th. You’d best believe I’ll have more info about that here on this here website here soon!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Julia Massey’s “The Story of the Earth So Far” Official Music Video!

All the people, all the lovely people...

All the people, all the lovely people…

Who knew that when I grew I would have so many über-talented friends? Whelp, a bunch of them just got together and released a music video full of awesome musics and awesome dance. Here is the official music video for Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount’s song “The Story of the Earth So Far”

Not only is the song by my friends Julia Massey, Dom Cortese, and Geoff B. Gibbs, but it was choreographed by longtime pal Travis Goldman of Tacoma City Ballet, and one of the dancers is our lovely pub trivia buddy, Whitney Sprague! My friends are plastered all over this thang!

Plus it has…

GEOFF'S HEAD ON A STICK!

GEOFF’S HEAD ON A STICK!

Also, Save the Date: CD Release Party on November 8th for JM+FFD’s fourth studio album, “A.L.I.T.E.” at Conor Byrne in Seattle. Details forthcoming…

P.S. GEOFF’S HEAD ON A STICK!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos.

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

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Julia Massey, The Jesus Rehab, and Terrapin while I’m Outta Town!

Julia Massey, Jesus Rehab, Terrapin

And right in my own backyard, too…

HEY! This Sunday 8/10 there is going to be an ass-kicking musics show right here in Tacoma town! Three of my favorite musics are happening all at once… and I won’t be there to see it!

Yes, Friday morning all my girls and I are heading up to remote B.C., Canada for a several-day vacation. We won’t be back until (very late) Tuesday evening. So we’ll miss this one.

But that doesn’t mean you should! You should go see Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount (especially since this might be the last time to see Geoff B. Gibbs playing bass for them for quite a long while)! You should go see The Jesus Rehab (especially if you like to have your face rocked off)! You should go see Terrapin (especially if you like trippy, rocking, spacey, shoe-gazing guitar loops)!

Bonus, it’s all happening at the New Frontier Lounge in the shadow of the Tacoma Dome (not literally, of course), one of the coolest venues in all of T-town, daddy-o.

NEw Frontier Lounge

Details:
JM+FFD/The Jesus Rehab/Terrapin (Facebook event)
Sunday, August 10th 7:00 PM
@ The New Frontier Lounge
301 E 25th St, Tacoma, WA 98421
$5, 21+

I definitely WON’T see you there. But you can see each other there! And when I come back I’ll be coming back with a vengeance, with a new Movie Review and e’ryfing!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Tacoma.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Spirit▴Shrine & windowsninetyfivesecondedition This Saturday Night!

DANCE&DIE@LEVOYEUR

DANCE&DIE@LEVOYEUR

So this Saturday night there is a musics show in Olympia featuring a couple of my friends. First off we have my friend Tangentbot performing his SPIRIT▴SHRINE project (Dark Electronica).

Then we also have Tangentbot teaming up with my pal Extropic Engine as WINDOWSNINETYFIVESECONDEDITION (Ambient Industrial).

Here’s a SPIRIT▴SHRINE track for your listening pleasure:

They’ll be joined by a couple of other music acts: Urban Fantasy (hip-hop/synth-pop) and Kim Jong Illin’ (solo acoustic crust punk).

I am so totally going to go to this show. I know what you’re thinking: but Chris Harris the Purple Fool, this musics show is on a Saturday night! You won’t be able to go because you always perform at Fools Play on Saturday nights.

Well, you’re WRONG. Okay, you’re right about the fact that I’ll be performing at Fools Play this Saturday night. But this musics show doesn’t start until 10:00 PM, which just so happens to be when Fools Play ends! So I’ll be peforming at Fools Play and then booking it the two or three blocks up the street to Le Voyeur to watch some musics happen in front of my very eyes and earses!

SO CAN YOU!

Details:
$AT.8/2-DANCE&DIE@LEVOYEUR (Facebook event)
Saturday, August 2nd 10:00 PM
@ Le Voyeur
404 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
FREE (but donations accepted), 21+

Originally The Old Salt was going to be a part of WINDOWSNINETYFIVESECONDEDITION’s set, but I believe he’s going to have to miss it because he’ll be up in Bellingham being naked onstage in a play. You know how it is.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Music.