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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!
It’s Skeletom Dom!
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…
Company of the Month:
An absolutely delightful Canadian company that makes gentle, funny, and engaging video games aimed at toddlers and younglings. All the games star a group of friendly characters. They’ve recently expanded to make toys and books and we’re in trouble because our daughter absolutely loves them. I love the way they make my daughter giggle. And I really love the art style and art direction of Sago Mini. This team knows how to make stuff that appeals to kids while not being off-putting to adults. I mean, just look at how frikkin’ adorable “Hugbot” is here!
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!
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.
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).
3. Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
JM+FFD at the Crockie!
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!
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:
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:
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!
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!
The CD release show is happening at The Crocodile in lovely downtown Seattle.
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!
It’s a green-screened, multi-headed sonic adventure, as JM+FFD are layered and re-layered and cross-faded and layered over each other (and themselves) some more! There’s also a charming, fourth-wall-breaking moment where you get to see Julia struggling to get Matt properly green-screened:
Get ‘im screened, Julia!
Anyhoo, enough from me; watch the new video here:
The new album, HeartTones, is being released in January! They’re having the Album Release Party at The Crocodile on January 12th at 8:00 PM (get tickets here). I’ll see you there!
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).