Posts tagged “Electric NoNo”

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Electric NoNo at Squeak & Squawk Tacoma this Friday!

Squeak & Squawk Tacoma

Squeak & Squawk Tacoma

As a TacoMan, I’m very pleased that there is going to be some excellent live musics in our town this coming weekend. It’s the return of the Squeak & Squawk Music Festival, an absurdly sporadic happening over the past 10 years (I think it’s been about 5 years since the last one).

And on Friday night, our good friends Electric NoNo are going to be playing at The Valley near the Tacoma Dome! That promises to be some kickass musics like this:

Also, LAKE will be performing on Saturday at an all-ages show at the Courthouse Square Ballroom. LAKE (it must be all-caps like that) is fronted by Ashley Eriksson, who you may know as the woman who made the end credits song for Adventure Time. Take a listen:

I betcha didn’t know she was a local, didja?

Anyways, there’s a buncha other musics happening from Thursday through Monday at various venues around town, so there’ll probably be at least someone you’ll wanna listen to. You can see the full lineup on Squeak & Squawk’s event page on the Faced Book. I’ll for-sure be at The Valley this Friday! SO CAN YOU!

Details:
Squeak & Squawk: Electric NoNo (Faced Book Event)
Friday, June 23rd 8:00 PM
@ The Valley
1206 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, WA 98421 (map)
21+, only $5

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

#welcometowarrendunes

It's not just a park in Michigan anymore...

It’s not just a state park in Michigan anymore…

Last Friday, Carrie & I were honored to be on a very short guest list of a very private show in Seattle: the debut of the brand-new supergroup Warren Dunes.

Warren Dunes is the smooshing together of Seattle stalwart bands Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo. This turns out not to be too difficult of a feat, since Electric NoNo is only a two-man band, and drummer Dom Cortese is also the drummer for JM+FFD. So, basically, you take JM+FFD and add Electric NoNo guitarist Jared Cortese to it and voila you’ve got yourself a Warren Dunes.

First things first, though. This invite-only concert was held at Earwig Studios, the locale where the likes of Julia Massey, Electric NoNo, and Gentlemen of Leisure have laid down tracks. It also just happens to have an antechamber that is decorated to look exactly like the black lodge from Twin Peaks.

Opening act was the sweet acoustic stylings of Reggie Garrett:

Funk acoustic folk

Funk acoustic folk

You should really go check out his musics. Good stuffs.

Second act was the first-ever Seattle performance of my pals the Gentlemen of Leisure!

“If you are not a gentleman, then why are you alive?”

It was great to see them live for the first time. I was able to make an animated .GIF of ’em!

Gentlemen of Animation

Gentlemen of Animation

The headliners were, of course, Warren Dunes. Here’s their first-ever animated .GIF!

Warranimated Dunes

Warranimated Dunes. Wut.

I honestly expected the Warren Dunes sound to be more of a direct result of smooshing the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo together, but it was very heavily weighted towards Julia’s sound. Jared doesn’t even provide any vocals, which was very surprising. It sounded much like the Five Finger Discount plus an electric guitar.

Which is to say it sounded frikkin’ great. Just not at all what I was expecting.

You can hear the Warren Dunes sound in this video of them performing their song “War Cry” (recorded earlier, not at this show):

I’m excited to hear more of them! I just don’t wanna hafta wait for an album to come out! I = impatient for good musics!

Go, Julia, go! Shake out them tunes!

Go, Julia, go! Shake out them tunes!

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

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Shape Shifters & Mind Readers

Freaky People, comin' to your neighborhood… Freaky People, never up to any good…

Freaky People, comin’ to your neighborhood… Freaky People, never up to any good…

I have two songs for your listening pleasure today. They’re thematically linked! First up is “Shape Shifter” by They Might Be Giants:

“Shape Shifter” is from They Might Be Giants’s most-recent full studio album from 2016, Phone Power:

Such a powerful phone.

Such a powerful phone.

“Shape Shifter” goes thematically well with another great song, “Mind Readers” by Electric NoNo:

“Mind Readers” is from Electric NoNo’s most-recent full studio album from 2014, The Zoo at Night. That’s way back when they were still calling themselves The Jesus Rehab!

There you have it. Two songs about weirdo freaks in your everyday life. Enjoy!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Monday, 3 April 2017

“Of the Month” April 2017

Video Game of the Month:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I mean, come on. This is most likely the game of the year. It’s so good, and I’ve been very good about avoiding as many spoilers as I can, so I won’t spoil anything for you, either. Except just take a look at this:

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Album of the Month:

Rain City Blue by Electric NoNo

After almost a decade of stripping-down their sound to the two-man guitar/drums duo of their previous two releases, Drunken Hillbilly Fight Bar (2012) and The Zoo At Night (2014), this latest release sees them re-incorporating more soundscapes for a lusher, spacier feel. Literally spacier; more than half the songs are either directly about space (“Jupiter” and “Blue Planet”) or have spacey themes to them (“Spin Spin” and “Magician’s Dying Wish”). It’s a good set of songs, though some of them run a little long at over four minutes. The best of the EP are “40 Foot Tall” and “Blue Planet,” which are both impeccable masterpieces (and very different from one another). It’s just a little frustrating that it took three years to record only seven songs!

Show of the Month:

Southpaw Regional Wrestling

This is perhaps the greatest thing that the WWE has ever done. A short (4 episode) webseries of “discovered” video from the 1980s about a now-defunct wrestling promotion. Remarkably, it features absolutely no wrestling whatsoever. But it is a spot-on parody of the highest order, and some unbelievably good comedy from all the wrestlers involved, John Cena in particular (I know; I was surprised, too). You can watch them all right here:

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Please Know” by Gentlemen (and Lady) of Leisure

Lady & Gentlemen…

Lady & Gentlemen…

The first release by Gentlemen of Leisure (or GoL.Life as they often call themselves—and which is coincidentally their website address) is a delightfully eclectic fare. There’s electronic hip-hop, there’s a latin-tinged soulful ballad, there’s a surf-rock zombie song. And then there’s today’s song, which is a decidedly different affair altogether. Vocals and cello by my very good friend Jen Hasson (the “gorgeous redhead cellist” I mentioned in my post about the album release), and the guitar work is by another very good friend, “Neighbor” Gary Lappier (of Terrapin Productions and NMVGPTS). It’s just lovely. Take a listen:

In case you wanna see GoL.Life in action, a small snippet of their SXSW set was recorded (by Electric NoNo, no less) and instagrammed here:

@butcher504 and The Gentlemen of Leisure! #seattlexsouthwest #sxsw2017

A post shared by Electric NoNo (@electricnonoband) on

Now go get this EP (if you haven’t already)!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Monday, 13 March 2017

YesYes! It’s Animated Electric NoNo!

Here's a photograph of a photographer photographing.

Here’s a photograph of a photographer photographing.

Last Friday Night my wife an I ventured (with several members of Gentlemen of Leisure) up to the Great White North of Ballard (the Sunset Tavern to be specific) to watch a rocks-and-or-rolls show featuring our friends to Cortese Brothers, who make up the band Electric NoNo.

Normally Electric NoNo consists solely of Jared Cortese on Guitar/Vocals and Dom Cortese on Drums/Backing Vocals/Every-Once-In-A-While-Keyboard. But this time they were sporadically joined by a whole bevy of additional musicians: a saxomophonist, an additional guitarist, and none other than Julia Massey on Keyboard/Backing Vocals!

As is my nature, I made some animated .gifs of the performance:

O Winged Jared!

O Winged Jared!

It's Skeletom Dom!

It’s Skeletom Dom!

Julia + Jared Sharing the Stage!?

Julia + Jared Sharing the Stage!?

The show was a record release for Electric NoNo’s new EP, Rain City Blue. GET IT GET IT GET IT!

The only thing wrong with this album is that it’s an EP, and I wants me an LP! Hop to it, Bros!

Also, expect some exciting announcements soon from Gentlemen of Leisure, as well as a joint Julia/NoNo venture called “Warren Dunes.” Stay tuned, dear reader…

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

Friday, 10 March 2017

DAMN This is a Great Electric NoNo Song.

Them Cortese bros. are Forty Foot Tall.

Them Cortese bros. are Forty Foot Tall.

My pals Dom & Jared Cortese, who make up the entirety of the band Electric NoNo, appeared on a recent episode of The Spud Goodman Show (an episode which also had guests such as Anderson Cooper and Shep Gordon) as the musical guests. Well, here’s a video of them performing “Forty Foot Tall,” a song from their new EP, Rain City Blue:

DAMN that’s a great song. In fact it’s my favorite from the new EP, just barely edging out “Blue Planet” (you can watch the video for that song here).

SPEAKING OF new EP, it was just released this morning! Here it is:

ALSO: don’t forget that their record release show is TONIGHT!

Details:
Electric NoNo Record Release (Faced Book Event)
Friday, March 10th 9:00PM
@ Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Map)
$10, 21+ (Tickets)

SEE YOU THERE!

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