Posts tagged “tangentbot”

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.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Dueling Shows! Incanus, Terrapin, & WIN95SE vs Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount!

Which One Will You See!?

Which One Will You See!?

Ho boy, folks, this Friday you’ve got a freakishly difficult decision to make. There are TWO COUNT ‘EM TWO excellent music shows happening in Seattle, both of which are just chock full of my musician friends. But they’re at the same time in two different venues! Gasp! You can only go to one! BUT WHICH ONE!? Let’s take a look:

(1) Incanus, Terrapin, & WIN95SE

The Josephine: as DIY as it gets.

The Josephine: as DIY as it gets.

Cruel as Kids show at the Josephine (Facebook event)
Friday, 5/16 9:00 PM
@ The Josephine
608 NW 65th, Seattle, WA 98117
$5 Age??

(2) Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount

Columbia City Theater: the epitome of class.

Columbia City Theater: the epitome of class.

That Pretty Theater Down South (CCT) (Facebook Event)
Friday, 5/16 8:00 PM
@ Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
$8 21+


Well, it looks like Carrie & I are going to be going to the Columbia City Theater show. Why? Because as much as we love the people involved in the Josephine show, that venue frankly frightens us. See, we are old. And the fancy, comfortable, highly-professional Columbia City Theater makes us feel relaxed and safe. Whereas the underground, DIY, this-is-just-someone’s-garage, punk-kids vibe of the Josephine is not terribly attractive. We’re too old for that sh*t.

But that doesn’t mean you are! Whichever show you choose, you’re sure to hear some great effing musics. So choose one! Choosing neither is NOT AN OPTION!

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Go See Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, & The Old Salt in Seattle!

Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, & The Old Salt LIVE!

Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, & The Old Salt LIVE! Artwork by Jamie of Modest Comics.

This is a good chance for Seattle peeps to go see some good musics. I recently saw both Three Ninjas and The Old Salt down in Olympia, and that was a good-time show. I haven’t actually seen †∆ϞǤΣƝϯßθ† live in quite a long while; he’s progressed from his older beep-boop music into a darker, more “witch-house” style. It’d be interesting to see.

The show is at The Josephine, which is a strange music venue that is basically just someone’s garage. It’s also BYOB.

Unfortunately the chance of me being able to make this show is almost surely zero, what with wee beb et al. BUT YOU SHOULDST GO!

Tangentbot, Three Ninjas & The Old Salt (Facebook Event)
Monday, November 4th 8:00 PM
The Josephine
608 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA
$5 (I think)

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

20/20 Vision of Three Ninjas & Tangentbot

Remember when I posted about how famous my pal Jason is? Well, he just keeps gettin’ more and more famouser.

After his appearance on the Today Show, that TV show 20/20 flew him back to New York to interview him. And they lubbed him so much they actually agreed to fly a film crew out to Seattle to film him performing his musics as Three Ninjas.

So @NatheLawver and @tacomachickadee and picked me up and we drove the 40 minutes up to West Seattle to see Three Ninjas & Tangentbot (and special guest Pop Star Shannon O’Brien) perform their tiny open-mic set at the Skylark Café with a 20/20 film crew filming it, then we drove all the way back to Tacoma.

From left: Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, Pop Star Shannon O'Brien

From left: Tangentbot, Three Ninjas, Pop Star Shannon O'Brien

Total drive time was 1hr 20min. Total show time was approx 20 minutes.


So there’s a slim chance that I might appear on a soon-to-air episode of 20/20 in an audience reaction shot. No biggie.

Categories: Celebrities, Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Monday, 7 March 2011

February Musics Recap

I saw two major Hip-Hop shows in February: Busdriver at Neumos and Three Ninjas & Tangentbot at Chop Suey!

First off was Busdriver. I’ve talked about him before on my website, and seen him several times at Neumos. I went with Three Ninjas, Tangentbot, and HeartFeltRobots. Before the show Three Ninjas chatted a bit with Busdriver on account of having done a remix of an Open Mike Eagle & Busdriver song. My pal HeartFeltRobots even made Busdriver his very own felt Busdriver Bot!

Busdriver started his set with a very cool visual effect: all the lights were off, but he had a blacklight that also emitted lasers in such a way that they made a starfield on the background. Then he stood in front of the blacklight and starfield wearing all white. He made Tangentbot very happy by rapping over an Aphex Twin song for his encore.

Two of the opening acts were women hip-hop artists, Night Fox and Katie Kate. They were both very good, though I kinda liked Night Fox’s energy a little more. They were unlike many women hip-hop artists that I’m used to, in that they weren’t full of “even tougher than a man” bravado (even though there was a fair share of cussing). Night Fox’s voice periodically had an almost-Billie-Holliday warble in it, and at times sounded like an American Miho Hatori. Plus she was tiny and kinda adorable. Katie Kate was a much more polished performer and technical musician — I learned later that she’s a classically-trained pianist and graduated from Cornish with a music degree! Anyway, the point is they had a really fascinating style of hip-hop. I almost want to call it “Cutesy Hip-Hop” but that sound a little degrading. The point is, it was fun and inviting instead of angry and aggressive.

You can watch a Katie Kate music video here!

As for the Chop Suey show the next week, Threeni & T-Bo (as they will now be referred to in the rest of this post because it sounds awful) were the opening act for the Fake Four tour, which is the same tour that Open Mike Eagle opened for last year. Good company! And Carrie actually got to come with me because for once she didn’t have to teach on a night where there was an awesome music show!

They completely killed their set. The highlight of the whole night was when Threeni and T-Bo performed an absolutely epic cover of Jewel’s “Foolish Games.” For realsz! Ch-ch-check it out!

Like what you heard there? About to commit seppuku because you missed it? Stay your blade, I say! For Three Ninjas & Tangentbot will be performing a Mardi Gras party at the Skylark Café on Tuesday the 8th! THAT’S TOMORROW, HOMESLICE!

Carrie & I didn’t stay for the whole show because:

  1. We live in Tacoma
  2. I had to be at work at 8:00 the next morning
  3. We’re old

But another excellent act that we got to see was Abadawn, a rapper with an extremely young countenance (he looked like he was 15) and a fascinating style. He had two vocalizations: a hip-hop voice that had inflections and flow that reminded me somewhat of Eminem, and a full-on death-metal screech/growl voice. He switched freely between them. Also, his songs were short, which I really appreciated (a couple were only like 45 seconds long, I swear). They were like a little nugget burst of energy, like a hip-hop haiku of rage.

So: February = good month for hip-hop shows.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Life, Links, Music, Pictures, Round-up, Videos.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

An Inspiring Year for Musics

I was just now thinking about the past 12 months and just how many of my good friends released albums. It’s kinda crazy.

Almost a year ago Three Ninjas released his P.Z. Meyers graced EP “Make Sleepstophers.”


You can get a physical CD or download it from iTunes.

Then in September 2009 tangentbot released not one, but two albums! The first was a re-mastered “Cyclops’ Lament,” which was originally created many years ago.


You can download it from Amazon mp3 or from iTunes.

The second tangentbot album was “You Are Used to This Kind of Advertising,” which collected his 40 songs from his “song-a-week” project that he did in 2006.


You can also get this one from Amazon mp3 and iTunes.

Also in September, Terrapin Productions released his first solo album, “Sketches of Perfect Landscapes.”


You can get a physical CD of this album or download it from CD Baby (more download locations are coming, too).

After that was a bit of a lull, but then suddenly within the last month or so was a crazy flurry of action! First came Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount‘s much-anticipated “I’m Not Hollow.”


This is available both as a physical CD and as downloadable mp3s through CD Baby.

Hot off the heels of Julia Massey’s album came Three Ninja’s 2nd full-length LP, “Three Ninjas is Smarter Than a Lettuce” with brilliant cover at by @rabbiddogg.


You can get a physical CD or download it from iTunes. Three Ninjas gets more money if you buy the physical CD, so I recommend that.

Then finally Nathan Geyer’s Locust Street Taxi just released their latest, “Mr. Brown.”


Right now this album is only available as a physical CD, and is mailed out personally directly from the band!

Whew! That’s a whole lot of my friends putting out a whole lot of musics! It’s very inspiring, and I really want to join them before 2010 is out. I have fancy plans, and pants to match. Let’s see if I can do it, eh?

I knew I’d forget something: The Seattle Pro Musica choir put out a Christmas album called “Navidad” featuring J Howard Boyd!


You can order the CD through their website. It’s full of Latin American Christmas songs from the 16th century on up!

Categories: Links, Music.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Mix CD Mania

One thing you might not know about me is that I don’t listen to a lot of music, by which I mean I tend to focus on a small selection of music and then listen to it over and over and over again.

One of the things I do is I make Mix CDs that I listen to while I’m driving around—to and from work, to and from Fools Play, etc. Thing is, I only make one Mix CD about every three months and that’ll be pretty much all that I’ll listen to until I make another one.

Traditionally I go iTunes and organize my music by most recently added, then start pulling the best songs over to a new playlist as I work my way back in time through my music collection. This way my Mix CDs tend to have a handful of songs that I’ve acquired recently. I also try not to put in too many songs that were in my previous Mix CD. But I don’t add much music to my collection very often, so doing it that way only fills up a portion of the CD. So then I delve into my list of all-time most listenable songs. Y’know, the songs that I don’t really ever get tired of listening to (the playlist that I call “Ultimate Flawless Victory” in iTunes) and toss in a few of those. Then I look at all of the songs in my collection that I’ve given four or five stars and toss in a few of those.

These Mix CDs are both reflective and projective. I try to incorporate how my musical tastes have changed over the past three months while at the same time trying to predict what I’ll want to listen to for the next three months.

Here are the last two CDs I created:

August 2009:

  1. Always Been There Anyway – Julia Massey
  2. Around the Bend – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  3. Brain Problem Situation – They Might Be Giants
  4. Buddy Holly – Weezer
  5. Cellars by Starlight – Kay Hanley
  6. Golden Blunders – The Posies
  7. Good Fish – Julia Massey
  8. Have a F*****g Baby – Three Ninjas
  9. Headphones on Your Heart – Leeni
  10. House of Mayors – John linnell
  11. The Last Thing On Your Mind – Lights
  12. Little Fighter X – Fighter X
  13. Lollipop – Mika
  14. Lovebite – Order of the Crimson Wizard
  15. Me + Yr Daughter – Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
  16. Over and Over – Leeni
  17. Red Underwears – Three Ninjas
  18. Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
  19. Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
  20. Soft Rocked By Me – Jonathan Coulton
  21. Somewhere on This Couch – The Crazy Boy Floyds
  22. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  23. You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds (featuring Regina Spektor)

November 2009 (there is one repeat song from the August CD—see if you can spot it)

  1. Dance, Dance, Dance – Lykke Li
  2. Dirt Bike – They Might Be Giants
  3. Doll Partz – Order of the Crimson Wizard
  4. Heading Out at Dawn – Terrapin Productions
  5. Jenny Towner – Julia Massey
  6. Los Angeles – They Might Be Giants
  7. Mario’s Café – Saint Etienne
  8. Powers – Three Ninjas
  9. Pride & Strawberry Wine – The Wastelanders
  10. A Quiet Room – Tangentbot
  11. Secret Skin – Busdriver
  12. Spin Around – Josie & The Pussycats
  13. Stairs – Locust Street Taxi
  14. Starry Eyed Surprise – Oakenfold
  15. Stop – Spice Girls
  16. Sun Shower – Busdriver
  17. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
  18. Theme from “Greatest American Hero” – Joey Scarbury
  19. True Affection – The Blow
  20. Ugly Girl – Fleming & John
  21. Vancouver – They Might Be Giants
  22. Veronica – Elvis Costello
  23. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  24. What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
  25. Your Love Is a Drug – Puffy AmiYumi

I have no idea what these songs say about me, so feel free to psychoanalyze me to your hearts’ content based solely on the content of these lists. Enjoy!

Categories: Music.