Posts categorized “Music”

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!

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)


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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

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!



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!


$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.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Protect This Place with Julia Massey!

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount at Columbia City Theater!

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount’s new video, live at Columbia City Theater!

Remember back in May when Carrie & I went and saw Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount perform at Columbia City Theater?

Well, JM+FFD had one of their songs, “Protect This Place” professionally filmed by the people who are making the motion picture Winning Dad. And that’s because JM+FFD wrote the soundtrack to Winning Dad. Here is the resulting video!

A couple of neat things about this video:

  1. Carrie & I are in this video! Since we were in the crowd when it was filmed, it only makes sense. We’re kinda hard to make out, but Carrie is wearing a red glow stick like a crown and I’m wearing a purple (of course) glow stick around my neck. Look!

    Here we are!

    Here we are!

  2. This video offers a rare glimpse at bass-player Geoff B. Gibbs’s massive pedal board! Just lookit this thing:
    Feet don't fail me now!

    Feet don’t fail me now!

And also neat is the song itself! I’m excited for this movie soundtrack to come out! YIKES!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Open Mike Eagle & Hannibal Buress Have Some Advice For You

Can I have some more Career Advice?

Can I have some more Career Advice?

Hooray! There is a brand-new video from Open Mike Eagle‘s new Dark Comedy album (my current Album of the Month, BeeTeeDubs), and you can watch it! Watch it! It stars Mike and his pal, comedian Hannibal Buress (who also raps on the song), giving out some much-needed advice with their own “Advice Show.” The track is called Doug Stamper (Advice Raps) (feat. Hannibal Buress). Partake and enjoy:

If you like what you heard (and c’mon, let’s be real, how could you not like that? That stuff’s hilarious), you can git it for yourself here:

Oh, also, Mike is gonna be passing through Seattle towards the end of August, so you should come with me to see that show. Y’know. Show, y’know. But I’ll have more info on that at a later time…

Categories: Music, Videos.

Friday, 16 May 2014

New Video from Open Mike Eagle: A History of Modern Dance

OME is Cliffin' it up...

OME is Cliffin’ it up…

Mr. Open Mike Eagle has released a new video from his as-of-yet-unreleased album Dark Comedy. This is for the track “A History of Modern Dance.” If you grew up in the 80s or early 90s (or watch Nick at Night), this video might be a bit familiar-looking to you…

It’s very entertaining to see Mike and company Huxtabling it up. Can’t wait for Dark Comedy to drop, but seeing as how I can’t travel through time, I will have to wait until June like the rest of all y’all.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Happy Birthday to Me: Surprise Secret Julia Massey Album!


JM+FFD. With them crazy eyes.

Today is my birfday! And also the birfday of Geoff, the bassist of the Five Finger Discount. As if by coincidence, over the weekend Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount released a surprise, secret album (another one)! This one consists of live demo versions of songs that never ended up on any of their albums. Here’s how Julia explains it:

Sloth it up!

Sloth it up!

Over the last few years, Geoff has rigged up microphones in our practice space and tracked all of the songs that have ended up on official records.

Through that process, lots of demo tunes got lost in the cracks. They’re like the lost boys in Neverland!

Lucky for us, Geoff spent his downtime on tour mixing eight of those songs. We’re only letting folks on our email know about this, but if you want to spread the word, feel free!

Here they are!!!

I want to spread the word! So here is one of those eight songs:

Hooray! Go get ALL OF THE SONGS!

Categories: Music.