The Fourth volume of Trevor Peach’s one-song-a-week project (AKA “Squandered Promise of a Wasted Year”) has begun, and this one is a pretty awexome hum-dinger. In his previous volume he did remakes of some of his own “classic” songs. But in this volume he is going to be putting his own spin on other musicians’ songs with a series of cover songs! He’s released the track list, and it includes some delightfully surprising and bizarre choices. Here they all are (and you can listen to them all) right here:
1. Black Sparrow – J Hacha De Zola
2. Your Mother Doesn’t Love You – Jason Brunet
3. Long Way To Fall – The Electric NoNo
4. Jesus, Friend of Sinners – Joshua Stephens
5. First 48 – Chris Blount
6. Secret Squirrel – Robb Benson
7. Nightmares – Open Mike Eagle
8. Nightmares – The Hoot Hoots
9. Blueberries – Julia Massey
10. Shake – The Great UM
11. White Whale – Kid in the Attic
12. Mr. Boots – Incanus
13. Dada Pops – Chubby Mummy
Volume IV marks a musical departure from the previous three volumes as well, because they’re not being produced by Geoff B. Gibbs. They’re being produced by Vincent Fresco. That’s right: the Vincent Fresco who produced Trevor Peach’s very first EP back 12 years ago!
The first cover has already been released. You can take a wissen right here:
I’m particularly excited to see how Trevor and Vincent handle Open Mike Eagle’s hip-hop and Chubby Mummy’s general incompetence. Also, there are rumors that there might be a couple of bonus tracks that aren’t listed here. There’s some exciting things in the pipeline from Trevor Peach this summer FO SHO.
At the big musics show last week in Tacoma (the one at New Frontier Lounge), something very suh-weeeet happened. I was taking photos with my phone as is my habit. I did not have my flash on. However, someone else in the audience did. And by sheer happenstance, the two of us took a photo of Trees and Timber at the exact same moment, so that I took a photo using their flash! It looks so neat!
Trees and Timber: a Flashy Band!
You know what we can do? We can solve the mystery: whose flash did I steal? Let’s take a look at that photo. The lead singer of Trees and Timber is wearing a baseball cap that casts a very distinctive shadow. Let’s line from the tip of the shadow’s brim down to the tip of the real person’s brim, and then continue that line down from there. Let’s also do the same with the back of his head. Since the shadow looms larger than his actual head, the two lines will likely converge (or get near each other) at some point.
That’s right! It’s time to…
(And just for good measure, the big shadow head on the right seems to belong to the guy standing directly in front of the drummer. So let’s draw a line across them, too). Here’s what we get:
Jumpin’ Jack Flash!
The lines converge on that guy in the lower-left! More specifically, they converge on the flash box of the camera that he is holding in his hands. Hey, waitaminute… I know that guy!
That’s musician, photographer, and all-around awexome guy Gary! I took a photo of him that night too… and it’s a photo of him looking at a photo…
Dutch angle, go!
WHAT IF GARY IS LOOKING AT THE PHOTO WHOSE FLASH I STOLE!? My head asplode.
Anyhoo, as is my nature I also made a couple of animated .GIFs of the bands that evening. Voila!
GIF for Jesus Rehab!
GIF for Fruit Juice!
I didn’t get a good .GIF of Trees and Timber or The Hoot Hoots, but c’est la vie.
…And they’re rolling into my backyard this Friday! That’s right, they’re both gonna perform at the New Frontier Lounge here in Tacoma! Joining them on the bill will be Olympia Band Fruit Juice and Tacoma natives Trees & Timber.
THE HOOT HOOTS//JESUS REHAB//FRUIT JUICE//TREES & TIMBER @ the FRONTIER!! (Facebook event)
Friday, February 20th 9:00 PM
@ New Frontier Lounge
301 E 25th St, Tacoma, Washington 98421 (map)
21+, $5 Cover
Let’s do this, Tacoma! Invite all your T-town friends and meet me there!
Last Thursday I was invited (thanks, Hoot Hoots!) to go to a live taping of the relatively-unknown TV show called “Band in Seattle.” This show airs Saturday nights on CW11 in the Puget Sound Area, and in each of its 22-minute episodes it showcases one or two local bands. Well, this week they were taping the season-2 episode that would be showcasing two amazing Seattle bands, The Hoot Hoots and The Jesus Rehab!
Understandably it was a pretty badass show with two such amazing, rockin’ groups taking the stage one right after the other. You might have noticed that I do happen to be quite a fan of bothbands. And, as is my way, I made some Animated .GIFs of the evening. Take a look!
Dance, Jesus Rehab, Dance!
I’m not sure when the episode is actually gonna air, but you’d best believe I’ll let you know. I was standing right up front for both bands’ sets, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I got a few seconds of screen time here and there! *winku* After all, who wouldn’t want to see this face on TV:
Project: Handsome Runway Man
Honestly, I wasn’t even aware that “Band in Seattle” was a thing until I was invited to it. But it looks like an excellent way to discover some great local talent. Season 2 just premiered on Saturday night featuring none other than another one of my favorite bands, Leeni’s Prom Queen! The episode isn’t available to watch online yet (that I can find), but you can see Prom Queen’s performance here:
Video Game of the Month: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
A delightful action/puzzle game with an old-fashioned, block-based layout and controllable camera angles. Starring Captain Toad from the Mario Galaxy Series of games, you work your way through a series of small(ish) tableaus, collecting as much treasure as you can before snagging the star, the goal of the level. Toad can’t jump (his explorer’s backpack is too heavy). About all he can do is run around avoiding enemies and tugging stuff outta the ground (like in Super Mario Bros 2). It’s great, simple fun.
Album of the Month: The Hoot Hoots: Colorpunch
The Hoot Hoots are a Seattle mainstay. They’ve opened for Julia Massey & The Jesus Rehab and vise-versa countless times. They’re good, fun, colorful rock with a playful, comedic bent. This album is some catchy, catchy schtuff.
You should peruse the entire article, but here are the three highlights for me: Look at the Indie Pop section and you’ll immediately see some of my favorite musics being avidly represented:
Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount / The Jesus Rehab
Anyone who has been reading this website for any length of time (or who knows me in real life) knows what fondness I have for these two bands, so it’s really exceptionally awexome to see them getting the same amount of love from an actual, real-life website and not just mine. Here’s a sample of what Seattle Magazine had to say about them:
Massey recalls Regina Spektor, with her playful voice, prolific songwriting and bouncy pop lyrics, and Cortese’s sound is reminiscent of Weezer, for its big power chords and shrieking, catchy solos.
It is much to my chagrin that I have never seen Celene perform live as Prom Queen, only as her chiptuned alter-ego Leeni. But I have a great liking of Prom Queen’s dark, David Lynch-esque 60s pop stylings. And I proudly backed the Kickstarter for her very ambition Midnight Veil project. Seattle Magazine sez:
Also known as Leeni, this prolific Seattle singer first came on the scene with chiptune compositions (using Nintendo Gameboy sounds) and has since honed a 1960s Parisian noir aesthetic.
Out of all 50 of the bands listed in the article, I had only ever seen two others perform live:
The Hoot Hoots
Yikes! I had heard of most of the acts in the article (and heard a handful of them on KEXP), but many of these are complete unknowns to me. The article seemed to be skewed strangely, with some of the genres having dozens of included acts whereas the hip-hop genre only included three acts (none of which were Three Ninjas, bee-tee-dub).
But still it is very cool seeing Julia Massey & The Jesus Rehab get a modicum of the praise they deserve.
SPEAKING OF seeing The Jesus Rehab, they’re having a show this Friday evening! It’s on Bainbridge Island!
Jesus Rehabbed on an Island
Bainbridge Island is, unfortunately, a bit over an hour’s drive away from my house (it might be much shorter than that for Seattle peeps depending on the ferry schedule). So I am a very soft maybe for this show.
But if all possible YOU SHOULD GO!
The Jesus Rehab with Specters at Spaceship (Facebook event)
Friday, August 22nd 7:00 PM
10598 NE Valley Rd, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
21+, $10 (adv) $12 (door)
So, yeah, that looks pretty durned good. In addition to so many good musics, this show is also in an unusual round-robin format, where each band will play more than one small set throughout the evening.
Also, Carrie can’t go, so anybody wanna be my date? *winku*
Toothy Grin presents The Hoots Hoots, Friends and Family, The Jesus Rehab, and Julia Massey + the FFD! (Facebook event)
Thursday, February 27th 8:00 PM
@ Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle