Win Tickets to Hobosexual’s Cassette Release Show this Saturday
Technology is a strange mistress.
Today I use complicated technology, speaking in a new language unimaginable even a decade ago. My iPhone takes old-fashioned photos, casting this modern world in a ’60s haze, fake film from the most powerful computer I’ve ever owned … and it fits in the palm of my hand. I engage in conversation with heroes and stars previously as unreachable as if they lived on Mars, but only in 140 characters. We listen to music from digital clouds. I die of dysentary during a game of Oregon Trail on my phone. If I stop and think about it, the potent mix of complication and ease, of the new mimicking the old, is paralyzing.
Which is why, when Hobosexual gave me an old-fashioned Walkman to listen to their soon to be released Live at Columbia City Theater cassette, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to open it. It had been at least a decade since I’d held a Walkman in my hands, and the honestly simple, no bells and whistles technology stymied me. Write complex code, sure. Open a Walkman, not so fast. It turned out to be a tab on the front of the player, no eject, no pop up, no button, just my finger pushing against gravity. It was so simple, it was the last thing I looked for.
Hobosexual, in their straight forwardness, their “this is who we are” balls-to-the-wall rock, are much like that Walkman … so simple it seems astonishingly novel. There are no bells-and-whistles needed for rock this potent. Hobosexual, in a sea of polished acts of networkers, facebook experts and twitter marketers, stand out because they do it the old fashioned way. They get on stage month-after-month, they leave a gallon of sweat and friends tell friends they had their mind blown by an honest-to-god Seattle rock band.
This Saturday Hobosexual is celebrating the release of their Live at Columbia City Theater cassette (and download card) at Columbia City Theater, of course. Opening the night will be the always excellent Whalebones and new local band This Bitch Don’t Fall Off. It’s going to be a night of old-fashioned rock’n'roll, cheap beer cans on the floor, sweat dripping from the walls and amps stacked like ladders climbing towards Columbia City Theater’s high ceilings. Needless to say, it is not to be missed.
We’ve got a pair of tickets for one lucky reader to attend this Saturday’s show. All you need to do is leave a comment on the post telling us what your most cherished cassette was. We’ll choose a winner at random and notify them by Friday at noon.