Posts tagged “Gentlemen of Leisure”

Friday, 2 June 2017

“Of the Month” June 2017

Album of the Month:

Great and Powerful by The Gentlemen of Leisure.

A wonderfully eclectic EP, featuring influences from soul, smooth R&B, hip-hop, and even surf rock, Great and Powerful is the debut release of a group that just so happens to include some very close, personal friends of mine. I’ve posted about them a few times before; now get off yer duff and get this album. My two favorite songs are the lovely “Please Know” and the frikkin’ hilarous “Don’t,” the latter of which includes one of my favorite lyrics in recent memory:

Y’all gonna make me go off and smack somebody
These hands right here are rated “E” for “Everybody”

Take a listen:

Show of the Month:

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

It’s back! One in a long, seemingly endless line of shows and movies from the past that are being revived in some form or another, MST3K is back with a whole new cast (though some of the same characters) but the exact same format, one that worked so well for the original series. So why change it? Did you like the original MST3K? Then you’ll like this new version. Jonah is an engaging host, Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt are inspired choices to play the mads. Sometimes during the screenings the bots’ and Jonah’s voices are just a bit too similar and it’s difficult to tell which of them is saying what, but it’s all really funny stuffs.

Tabletop Game of the Month:

5-Minute Dungeon

A harrowing and hilarious cooperative card game in which your team has to play cards from your hands to match symbols on the dungeon cards in order to defeat them. If you defeat all the dungeon cards, you then have to defeat the boss of the dungeon in order to emerge victorious. The cats (as the name of game spoils) is that you only have 5 minutes to defeat the whole dungeon and the boss. And there are a LOT of dungeon cards to get through. The result is some of the most hectic and frenetic card-playing I’ve ever seen. It’s a lot of fun, but it can get harrowing as you watch just how slowly the dungeon deck seems to deplete while the timer (a phone app you can download that includes dramatic music and a narrator marking your progress) counts ever further downwards. It’s not unusual to win with only a couple of seconds on the time… or not to win at all. But since each game is only 5 minutes long, you can just play again!

Categories: Of the Month.

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, 10 May 2017

The Gentlemen of Leisure go “So Far” on the Spud Goodman Show

Livin' that GOL.life life.

Livin’ that GOL.life life.

My pals in the Gentlemen of Leisure recently appeared on the Spud Goodman show and performed some songs. You can watch a very expertly-shot video of their performance of “So Far” on the YouTubes right now! Here it is:

This is kinda exciting because “So Far” is not on their most recent EP release, so it’s a brand-new one for me. Neat!

They also performed a couple other songs during the episode! You can listen to the whole thing (which also features Tom Arnold, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Eugene Simon) right here.

Yes.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos.

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

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

Categories: Music, Videos.

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Gentlemen of Leisure are Great and Powerful

Even more than that wizard guy, whoever he was.

Even more than that wizard guy, whoever he was.

Y’know how sometimes it seems like everybody in my life is a musician? Well, ad another whole group o’ folks called Gentlemen of Leisure to that list!

Made up of some of my very good friends, including a couple of Katrina evacuees from New Orleans who ended up in Tacoma (Sphinx Akashaa & Chris Blount) and a gorgeous redhead cellist from Philly (Jen Hasson), GOL (as they’re known for short) have released their very first EP, Great and Powerful! You can buy it right now, and it’s only pay-what-you-want:

The reason why this is being released today? Well, the whole gang is down in Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest festival. They’re part of a showcase of Seattle-area musicians who all trekked down (dubbed Seattle X Southwest) that’s happening TODAY! See here:

Seattle by Southwest Lineup.

Seattle X Southwest Lineup.

So if you also happen to be at SXSW this year, you should definitely go and check these peoples out.

Details:
3rd Annual Seattle X Southwest (Faced Book Event)
TODAY at 3:00 PM (Texas Time)
@ The Local Pub and Patio
2610 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (map)
FREE, 21+

They're on at 9:00.

They’re on at 9:00.

Hey, since GOL are on at 9:00, you’ll have time to go from their performance over to Barracuda to catch my other pal, Open Mike Eagle, do his set at 1:00 in the AM!

Barracuda!

♫ Oooo-oooooo-ooooooooo… Barracuda!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.

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.