May 28, 2010

So, You’re Not Going to Sasquatch …



Damien Jurado ::: photo by Abbey Simmons

So, you’re not going to Sasquatch …  whether you didn’t get your tickets before they sold out, couldn’t afford them anyway or just can’t do the three day long music festival in the middle of nowhere anymore, don’t fret. There’s still plenty of great music happening in Seattle proper this weekend and with much of the usual show going crowd out east, you should have your pick for the front row at any number of this weekend’s great shows.  Plus, if you’re sticking around town, you have the chance to see a few folks playing Sasquatch in a much more intimate setting and without the shower-challenged stench of festival goers. (We’ve noted those bands with an asterisk *)

Here are a few of the shows we recommend you seek out if you’re staying in town this holiday weekend:

Friday – May 28th

Dinosaur Feathers*, Ravenna Woods – The Sunset Grand Hallway – Mural Amphitheater at 8:45 (as part of Folklife Festival)

Saturday May 29th

Damien Jurado, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground – Triple Door Future Islands – The Sunset Tavern K Records Showcase featuring Calvin Johnson, Karl Blau, LAKE, The Curious Mystery – Center House (for Folklife Festival)

Sunday May 30th

Huck Natori, Zoe Muth – The Tractor

Monday May 31st

Rad Snafu* (Nada Surf), Pearly Gate Music – The Crocodile Dolly Parton Tribute with Calvin Johnson, Anna Coogan, Nudie Suit Stardusters, Huck Notari & many more – VERA Project

For what it’s worth, I think the Damien Jurado show at the Triple Door (where he will be backed by Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground) is so unmissable, I’m skipping the first day of Sasquatch for it.

December 29, 2009

Abbey’s Favorite Not-Northwest Songs of 2009


Nick of Elvis Perkins in Dearland ::: photo by Abbey Simmons

I have to say,  with such a vibrant year of local music, I spent the vast majority of my 2009 exploring things made in the Pacific Northwest; rather than venturing out in to the vastness of the internets and the rest of America. So most of these are pretty well known tracks, albums, and artists or from Noah’s Daily Choices — though I do hope you discover a new favorite you hadn’t heard before too.  These are the records and tracks recorded outside of the 206 that I most enjoyed and listened to on repeat in 2009.  (The top 10 may be in some sort of hierachal order, but after that the order is not nearly as thought out or meaningful.) 

“Much More Than That” and “For You” by Sharon Van Etten | download ‘For You’ | “Blood Bank” by Bon Iver | download ‘Blood Bank’ | “Airplanes” by Local Natives  | download ‘Airplanes’ | “Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear | listen to “Two Weeks” | “Eet” by Regina Spektor | watch video | “Shampoo” by Elvis Perkins in Dearland | download ‘Shampoo’| “A Violent Translation of Concorida Headscarp” by Emperor X | download track | “Andrew” by Crystal Antlers | download ‘Andrew’ | “Kick Drum Heart” by The Avett Brothers | listen to track | “Lust for Life” (though “Laura” is also tempting me) by Girls | download ‘Lust for Life’ |


Girls at Capitol Hill Block Party ::: photo by Josh Lovseth

“Garble Arch” by Blame Ringo | watch video | “The Walls are Coming Down” by Fanfarlo | listen to track | “Flirted With You All My Life” by Vic Chesnutt | download track | “The Ballad of the RAA” by Rural Alberta Advantage |listen to track | “Safe Word” by Vampire Hands | download ‘Safe Word’ | “Future Primative” by Papercuts | download ‘Future Primative’ | “Tidal Wave” by Thee Oh Sees | download ‘Tidal Wave’ |  ”Crystalised” by The xx | listen to track | “Lisztomania” by Phoenix | watch videos | “Norway” by Beach House  | download ‘Norway’ “Vanderlylle Cry Baby” by The National | listen to track | “Can’t Talk” by Ty Segall | download “Can’t Talk” | “Day of Sunshine” by Lee & Willbee | listen to track | “Summertime Clothes” by Animal Collective | listen to track | “Save The Day” by Huck Notari