Wednesday, 29 March 2017
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:
Now go get this EP (if you haven’t already)!
Categories: Music, Videos.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
It’s a Tacomavaganza!
Last time a bunch of my favorite musicians performed in Tacoma, I just happened to be outta town. Well, not this weekend, baby! A bunch of great musical acts are gonna be in Tacoma this Saturday night, and I’m gonna be there! Yeah! Oh yeah!
- The Jesus Rehab: 2-Person Seattle RAWK.
- Terrapin: 1-person, loopy, spaced-out guitar goodtimes.
- Back from Hiatus: I confess I’ve never heard of them, but I’ll listen to some of their stuff tonight.
- TREVOR PEACH!!!!!!! The world’s best worst emo musician EVAR.
All of these musics happen at the lovely retro New Frontier Lounge down near the Tacoma Dome. Just a stone’s throw from my house (if you throw a stone, then drive for ten minutes).
As a two-for-one, here is Trevor Peach performing a Jesus Rehab song:
Back From Hiatus, The Jesus Rehab, Terrapin and Trevor Peach (Facebook Event)
Saturday, October 11th 8:00 PM
@ The New Frontier Lounge
301 E 25th St, Tacoma, Washington 98421 (map)
21+ / $5 cover
Let’s do this.
To me, my Tacomans. Let’s all go!
Categories: Concerts/Shows, Tacoma, Videos.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
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.
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
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.
Monday, 16 June 2014
There are two music shows happening on school nights. One of them is TONIGHT (Monday)!
Yes, Neighbor Gary in his guise as Terrapin will be playing in Tacoma tonight! It’s at the New Frontier Lounge, which is an exceptionally awesome venue near the Tacoma Dome. It has a good retro vibe to it (it used to be a restaurant/bowling alley) and still has its old-timey signage and everything.
Burning Palms/Lozen/Terrapin (Facebook Event)
Monday, 6/16 8:00 PM
@ New Frontier Lounge
301 E 25th St, Tacoma, WA 98421
Then TOMORROW (Tuesday) night, you can go to rehab with Jesus himself!
Meet Jesus Tomorrow!
The Jesus Rehab, Seattle’s best two-man band, will be playing at Ballard’s own Tractor Tavern.
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, The Jesus Rehab, Spinning Whips (Facebook Event)
Tuesday, 6/17 8:00 PM
@ Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, 98107
Will I see you there? I dunno! They’re both on school nights, and I’m very tired on account of having a wee beb! So we’ll see. I might go to New Frontier but probably won’t get up to Tractor.
Categories: Concerts/Shows, Tacoma.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
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.
Cruel as Kids show at the Josephine (Facebook event)
Friday, 5/16 9:00 PM
@ The Josephine
608 NW 65th, Seattle, WA 98117
(2) Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
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
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!
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Tacoma’s B&I is Somewhere Else all right…
Sometimes the guy who lives across the hall from your first apartment likes to take photographs. And sometimes, almost 14 years later, that same guy has an art gallery exhibiting his photographs.
At least that’s the case with me and Carrie, and our across-the-hall Neighbor Gary “Terrapin” Lappier, whose exhibit is entitled Sent from Somewhere Else. Here’s what he says about it:
I received a camera for my fifth birthday, which is around the same time I made my first visit to the B&I. It was a technicolor buzz full of goodies and amazements. A crown jewel in a city full of promise named Tacoma. Since a young age I had fantasized about documenting this unique place and the variety found within. As I grew and developed my craft, the B&I aged and declined. Sent from Somewhere Else is the photographic result of this exploration.
We’re fortunate enough to own several Gary Lappier originals that adorn the walls of our house:
Gary Lappier Originals.
He doesn’t live across the hall from us anymore. But he does live in a house only about three blocks away from ours. So we’re super excited to head to Fulcrum Gallery in Tacoma this Friday night for the Opening Reception of his exhibit. SO CAN YOU!
Sent from Somewhere Else: The Black and White Photography of Gary Lappier (Facebook event)
March 14th – April 5th
Opening Reception Friday, March 14th 6:00 – 9:00 PM
1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
More info: http://www.fulcrumtacoma.com/category/now-showing/
Categories: Artists, Concerts/Shows, Tacoma.
Monday, 17 February 2014
Saturday night after Fools Play I successfully walked the 2.5 blocks to Le Voyeur in time to catch the music show that was happening there. Of the 4 music acts, I had seen three of them before.
Frances Rose is a goddess who stuns you with her golden voice. Breathtaking as always.
Terrapin Productions drowns you in his wall of sound:
Terrapin: Shoe-Gazin’ Rockstar
The Old Salt attacks with his driven, unconventional soundscapes:
The Old Salt: Makin’ Whale Songs
The Old Salt and Terrapin Productions really complement each other’s sounds. They play in a similar genre but with very different styles.
But the real revelation of the night was Dreamy Weather, whom I’d never heard of before this show:
Dreamy Weather: Dreamy Duet
A duet with a ukulele/vocalist and an electric guitarist, Dreamy Weather blew me away. Evelyn (ukulele/vocals) has a sing-songy, high voice like Katharine Whalen (of Squirrel Nut Zippers) or Nataly Dawn (of Pomplamoose), but with a bit more power behind it. And she looks like a cross between Zooey Deschanel and Lisa Loeb. Plus she plays the ukulele, which is always a bonus for me:
Dreamy Weather: Ukulele Lady
Completely adorable and enjoyable. Evelyn and Frances Rose geeked out about Beyoncé between all the sets. Dreamy Weather only performed a small handful of songs, but that’s just because they’ve only been playing together for a very short time and don’t really have any more songs. I totally would love to see them perform again soon.
Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.