Wednesday, July 31, 2013

This Month In Releases: July 2013

Hey everyone. These are our favorite local releases for the month of July. The rules, as always, are as follows: all records were released during the month of July by either a local artist or a local record company. They appear in no particular order and singles and 7" were not included. Sorry, no beautiful descriptions this time due to non-blog related responsibilities, but I've included some genre descriptors and sample tracks to help you peruse. Support your local scene and stay well!


Under EP Placeholder (Hush Hush Records)--electronic, night bus, atmospheric beats

Body 11 “Youth” (Medical Records)--new wave, minimal synth, ebm

Dreamsalon “Dreamsalon” (Skrot Up--reissue)--industrial, pop, kraut, experimental

Heatwarmer with the Extended Universe “Dessert Menu EP” (self-released)--post-world, nu jazz,

Eleanor Murray “Bury Me Into The Mtn” (self-released)--indie folk, experimental

Mitts, “E-Motions” (self-released)-
-indie rock/pop, punk, weirdo pop

Moose Portrait, “Psycho-Pop” (CTPAK Records)--experimental funk, indie pop

Lake "Circular Doorway" (K Records)--lo-fi pop, indie pop/rock

Hunx and his Punx (Hardly Art)--punk/hardcore

Princess “Selling Sulphur” (self-released)--grunge, post-hardcore, punk

Midday Veil "The Current" (Translinguistic Other)--prog rock, psychedelic, experimental, electro

Dragons, “Musical Witchcraft” (Wizards of the Ghost)--alternative rock, lo-fi pop


OK Wife OK Vol ii. (Lost Sound Tapes)--experimental pop/indie

Saturday, July 27, 2013

*Updated 7/28* Upcoming Seattle Shows

Lots of good stuff this week! First, have you looked at the lineup for the Around the Block Party? Wimps, Dreamsalon, MTNS, and more, for free? Awesome. On the 30th you should check out Detective Agency and Week of Wonders at the Sunset, and you should definitely finish off the month with Tender Hips the following night at The Comet--ominous FB updates indicate that it might be a little while until you get another chance to do so. Lesbian is officially releasing Foretelevision on the 1st at Chop Suey; Cairo Seattle is Hosting Black Hat on the Third, and a new U. District space, Werewolf Vacation, is having hosting a show with Love Cuts, Saything, iji, and more. Finally: Moose Portrait. Have you heard their debut EP on CTPAK yet? Take a listen here and see them live with Children of Kids next Saturday at The Vera Project. All this and more below. Have a great week! 

Oh yeah, Sean Nicholas Savage's performance at the Heartland on the first has officially been cancelled. Bummer.

Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, July 26-28

28 Around the Block Party: Wimps, Hot Victory, Haunted Horses, Dreamsalon, Childbirth, Agatha, MTNS at Chop Suey
28 Names, Wamu and Shithouse at The Josephine
28 Cock Block 2013: MTNs at The Comet--Free
30 Feral Fauna, Children of Kids and Karmedic at Nectar Lounge
30 Detective Agency, Week of Wonders, Jeans Wilder, and UBU ROI at Sunset Tavern
31 Tender Hips, Wild Lungs, Plath, Emerald Tigers at the Comet
30/31 Indigo Girls at Woodland Park Zoo

Watershed Festival, The Gorge, August 2-4
Summer Meltdown, Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, Darrington, WA, August 9-11, 2013
Catapult Music Festival, Anacortes, August 16-17
VanFest, Royal Arch Park, Renton, WA, August 17
Slack Fest, Stanwood, WA, August 23-24
Bumbershoot, Seattle Center, August 31-September 2
Bummershoot: Hollow Earth, Ravenna Park, Heartland, Black Lodge, Fusion Cafe, Fremont Bridge and The Josephine, August 30 to September 1, Seattle, WA

1 Lesbian (LP Release), Grayceon, Bali Girls, Lb.! (Pound) at Chop Suey
2 Ivan Arteaga & John Teske Duo, Chemical Clock, and Motian Quartet at Heartland
2 Foxygen at Neumos
2 Ivan Arteaga & John Teske duo, Chemical Clock, Motian Quartet at Heartland
2 Shenandoah Davis, Lotte Kestner and more at Columbia City Theater
3 Good Willsmith, Black Hat, White Boy Scream at Cairo Seattle
3 Feral Children with Wishbeard at Neumos
3 M.O.T.O., G Green, Dreamsalon, Surprise Vacation, Lindseys at Victory Lounge
3 Love Cuts, Saything, Iji, Tummy, Dennis Driscoll, Johnathan Taylor Promise at Werewolf Vacation
4 Elbow Coulee, Moose Portrait, Werebearcat!, and Wes sp8 at Chop Suey
5 Rhye at Neumos
6 Kurt Vile and the Violators at Showbox at the Market
7 Fuzzy Cloaks, The Hussy, So Pitted, and Ubu Roi at Black Lodge
8 Gladys Knight and the O’Jays at Chateau Ste. Michelle
8 The Exquisites, Wild Moth, and Health Problems at Heartland
8 Snowdrift, Golden Gardens, Jupe Jupe, and Blue Light Curtain at The Comet
9 Cloud Cult, Deep Sea Diver, and Chastity Belt at the Seattle Center Mural Amplitheatre--Free
9 Dreamdecay, Useless Children, Stickers and Naomi Punk at Black Lodge
9-8 Gogol Bordello at Neptune
10 The Ghost Ease, The Webs, Mary Pauline Diaz, and the Echo Echo Echoes at Heartland
11 Best Coast at Neumos
11 Jetman Jet Team with Experimental Dental School at The Comet
12 Yeah Yeah Yeahs at King County’s Marymoor Park
13 Hall and Oats at Marymoor Park
13 Stalebirth, Lazy, Pentaglam, and 27 Doors at The Comet
15 Polyphonic Spree at Neumos
16 The Dusty 45s at the Harbor Steps--Free
16 Grave Babies, Hornet Leg, Posse, and Zebra Hunt at Heartland
16 USF, Hibou, Bone Cave Ballet, Cashpony, and Frozen Folk at The Comet
16 Smith Westerns with Wampire at Crocodile
16 Mudhoney, The Grizzled Mighty, and Dude York at Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
16/17 Melvins at Neumos
17 Hall and Oats at Maryhill Winery
17 Erik Blood, Western Haunts, Jason Dodson at Vera Project
18 Neko Case at Paramount Theatre
20 Majical Cloudz at Barboza
21 My Bloody Valentine at WaMu Theater
21 BLSPHM, Wind Swept Planes, Animal Lover, and Lucid Aisle at Chop Suey
23 Lusine, Natasha Kmeto, Vox Mod at Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
23 Little Comets and Special Guests at Vera Project
23 The Ironclads with MITTS at Blue Moon
24 Stickers, Lie, Peeping Tomboys, and Slashed Tires at Heartland
24 The Red Elvises at The Tractor
24 Stones Throw Soul Tour with Dam-funk, The Stepkids, and Myron & E at The Crocodile
25 The Beach Boys (Note: Love kicked the other BB out so it’s just him and Bruce Johnston) at Snoqualmie Casino Mountain View Plaza  
29 MTNS, Elephant Rifle, Haunted Horses, and Big Trughk at The Comet
31 Cold Cave at Neumos
31 Rainbow Wolves, Friend Enforcer, Stalebirth, Power Animal, and Brevrkor at The Josephine
4 Austra with Diana at Neumos
4 Titus Andronicus and Special Guests at Vera Project
5 Godspeed You Black Emperor at Showbox SoDo
5 The Psychedelic Furs at Showbox at the Market
6 Bleeding Rainbow at Barboza
6 Youth Lagoon with Pure X at Neumos
7 Ty Segall with Mike Donovan (Sic Alps) at Black Lodge
9 WHY at Neumos
10 The Weeknd at Paramount
12 DJ Shadow All Basses Covered 2013 DJ Set at Neumos
14 James Murphy DJ set with Shit Robot at Neumos
15 Julia Holter at Barboza
17 Blondie at King County’s Marymoor Park
17 Woods with The Fresh and Onlys at Barboza
18 Neko Case at Paramount
19 Porcelain Raft at Barboza
19-20 The National at Paramount
22 Youryoungbody with Kelli Frances Corrado, Hibou and DJ Ea$y Iri$ at Barboza
23 Savages at Neumos
25 Dirty Beaches, SISU and Chasms at Barboza
28 Gold Panda with ODesza and Abbott at Neumos
28 Db Festival 2013: Hush Hush Showcase with Cyril Hahn, Ryan Hemsworth, Kid Smpl, DJAO, and Domokos at The Crocodile

2 Pet Shop Boys at Paramount
10 Godflesh with Prurient and Nails at Neumos
10 Karl Blau at The Tractor
15 Holy Ghost! at Neumos
15 Crystal Stilts at Barboza
23 Walk the Moon at Showbox SoDo

2 SoMo and special guests at Vera Project
12 Toro Y Moi and Classixx at Showbox at the Market
20 James Blake at Showbox at the Market
20 Vienna Teng at Neptune
20 Bill Callahan with Mick Turner at Neumos

Thursday, July 25, 2013

SWL #33: Eleanor Murray, "Rebel/Summer"

Eleanor Murray has a gift for making music that can quiet even the most restless soul. Her approach to folk music is earnest but approachable; wild but thoughtful; simple, but never imposing. While the last decade has seen a boon in the number of acts playing “dress-up in threadbare clothes", Murray’s work on her latest record, Bury Me Into The Mtn, is a stark reminder that stripped-down need not be interpreted as a euphemism for boring. However, if you’re looking for proof then you don’t need to travel further than “Rebel/Summer”. On the track, what begins as a delicate lullaby soon develops into a wistful ode for summery shenanigans under the spell of Murray’s gorgeous smokey narrative. Ultimately, like most of the record, it's a relatively quiet and simple song that just begs to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Bury Me Into the Mtn is out nowon CD through her BC and the LP is scheduled to be available on September 25th. The record is officially being released on the 31st at Little House on the Perry in Olympia. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Capitol Hill Block Party, Around The Block Party, or Timber!?

Another weekend in Seattle, another few epic festivals and shows to check out. Life's rough, huh?

You all are aware that Capitol Hill Block Party is this weekend, right? We chatted about the line-up a while back. A few things have changed: Chromatics, Glass Candy, and Big Black Delta are no longer playing the festival, and Night Cadet, Secret Colors, and White China Gold have been added to the schedule. The Capitol Hill Neighborhood Blog has a great rundown of all the exciting changes made to make the 17th CHBP one of the best ones to date.

In case you're not ready to shell out the higher last-minute ticket prices for CHBP, or you want to avoid the 30,000 strong at CHBP, you could just go to this way cool mega-show that Chop Suey and What's Up Seattle are hosting, Around The Block Party. Their lineup is pretty sweet, and best of all, it's FREE! Free music, free BBQ burgers and hotdogs, and drink specials. You basically can't go wrong. And look! Lots of bands NGD has previously celebrated and suggested. Did I mention it's free?

When: July 28 (Sunday), starting at 3pm
Where: Chop Suey
The Lineup: Hot Victory, Haunted Horses, Dream Salon, The Exquisites, MTNS, Wimps, Child Birth, Agatha, Dude York

Oh yeah, and the first annual Timber! Festival is happening out in Carnation this same weekend. If your idea of a great weekend is to get out of the city, go camping, and see music while doing so, here's your festival. We mentioned it a while back. The lineup is full of awesome mostly-locals: The Helio Sequence, Fruit Bats, Quasi, Ivan & Alyosha, Noah Gunderson, Lemolo, Bryan John Appleby, Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers, Kithkin, Hobosexual, Baltic Cousins, S (Jenn Ghetto), Avians Alight, Vikesh Kapoor, Pablo Tucker, Ten-Speed Music, Passenger String Quartet, Jacob Miller & The Bridge City Crooners, Ben Fisher, and the Nu Klezmer Army.

Changes that have happened to the lineup since our post: the band River Giant broke up and canceled all dates it had scheduled (just 9 days before the festival...), but the guys in Ivan & Alyosha will be filling in (they're great, so that's not too sad). 

You pretty much can't go wrong, so just pick one and GO! See you out there.