If Godzilla is on your show poster, I will talk about you.
Didn’t I see you at Weedeater on Monday night? Oh, I didn’t? That’s because I was played hooky and wasn’t there. Where I was happens to be none of your business (read: sitting on my bed, fatigued and shoegazing). The underlining point is that I should have been at the Funhouse. Here are some places you should be as well. It’s funny because the title of this post is “the rest of your week in music” but I am the one telling you what to do. I am your mother. I write for a website. This week your maternal figure knows how to dance, rock and get psyched out. The neighbors say I’m a triple threat and they aren’t lying.
Wednesday March 9th
Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour (7:30pm at the Vera Project, All-Ages. $11) – Greetings from the ghosts of indie rock past. Do you remember Olivia Tremor Control, Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel? Do you remember CMJ Magazine and hearing about Built to Spill for the first time? Remember when you thought the best thing that Flaming Lips would ever do was “She Don’t Use Jelly”? If you are fond of any of the listed memories and/or items, consider yourself at the mercy of nostalgia. It’s crazy how much things have changed yet stayed the same.
Thursday March 10
Diamond Rings and PS I Love You (7:30pm at the Vera Project, All-Ages. $10) – Do I genuinely enjoy listening to either of these acts? Not really. Brittney wrote a nice live review of Diamond Rings when she saw him at the Vera Project back in December. With that being said I’ve noticed that you’ve been a bit grumpy over the past couple of weeks Seattle. Until recently there was absolutely no sunlight. You’ve been listening to too many sad songs. You’re heating bill has been annoyingly high. It is with this in mind that I recommend this show to you gentle reader. I want you to go to the Vera Project and dance. Lighten up a bit. It’s good for your soul. People don’t dance enough these days. In the words of my great-grandmother, those who don’t dance are bastards.
Noise for the Needy Kickoff Concert (8pm at Neumo’s. $10 advance. $12 at the door) – Have you ever been to a concert that wasn’t actually a concert but a scene from a graphic novel? Probably not, but this is something you’ve always wanted to do. Thursday night at Neumos is your chance to do it, and for a good cause. Noise for the Needy is having their kickoff show at Neumo’s and it features some heavyweights. Junkie XL, Mad Rad, Truckasaurus and even some Kokon Taiko Drummers thrown in for good measure. If you’re a fan of the graphic novel Shinjuku, come get your book signed by Christopher “Mink” Morrison. Find out happens when the graphic novel world meets the trucker-hat wearing female groupies of Mad Rad. Can you see fantastic cultural orgy explosion? Maybe not, but you can read that sentence and imagine all sorts of weird naughtiness taking place. Perverts like you need to support Noise for the Needy and the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project.
Midday Veil, Datura Blues, Hypatia Lake and Wah Wah Exit Wound (9pm at the Comet. $7) – I missed Midday Veil when they played the Josephine with Lesbian a few weeks back. I was pretty bummed. Gentle reader, now is the time for you to repent for the sins of the author. Go see Midday Veil and in the process expose yourself to some of Seattle’s premiere “psychedelic” acts. While the term “psychedelic” means nothing to me unless we’re talking about fungus, I can promise there will be at least six delay pedals in attendance this evening. You may even see a tye-dye shirt, who knows. Party hard.
Strong Killings, MK Speed Dial and Broken Nobles at the Rendezvous – Let’s be honest. Belltown sucks. This is one of the few things that all of Seattle can agree on. Why is this neighborhood even in our city? Let’s attach some industrial strength balloons to various Belltown establishments and float this son-of-a-bitch into outer space. The dream of Up! is possible, this just happened in California. Before I get Mayor McGinn to sign off on that, come see one of Seattle’s best rock and roll acts, Strong Killings. They never disappoint. I also urge you to see MK Speed Dial, probably the best “pop” band that nobody talks about. Shame on you Seattle. I blame this all on your never-ending jealousy of California.
Friday March 11
Lonsome Shack, Curious Mystery and Karl Blau (9pm at the Comet. $8) – When I first moved to Seattle a few years ago, one of the first “local” acts I saw Lonesome Shack at Cafe Racer. I had been surviving in my car for days, living only on energy drinks, coffee, sun chips and candy bars. My clearly detoriated mental state caused me to think that Lonesome Shack was making music in the 1930′s but somehow they were projecting themselves into 2007. Amazing finger-picking and guitar work, washboard for percussion, vaudeville mustache and attire. I was blown away. I hadn’t seen music like this…ever. Sorry, they don’t make tunes like this in east coast hardcore scenes. Lonesome Shack is another band that I’m surprised doesn’t own all of Seattle. They do this thing sort of thing better than anyone else in this town, at least anyone I’ve been exposed to. I am making a not-so-bold prediction. I am envisioning Lonesome Shack “taking off” during this calendar year. I’m the only music writer on the internet, listen to what I say. Also come congratulate The Curious Mystery on the release of their newest record, We Creeling. It was just came out on Tuesday and was released by K Records.
Police Teeth, Grenades, Victory and Associates, Brickbats and Great Falls (9pm at the Black Lodge. $5-7) – I have a confession to make. I am completely jealous of Victory and Associates. They travel from up from Oakland and low and behold, they get to play on this amazing bill on Friday night. Then they wake up on Saturday morning, go to Glo’s for breakfast and play with Helms Alee and Absolute Monarchs later that night. You lucky basatards, many local bands are ripping their hair out at this realization. Not yours truly, I don’t have hair. This is probably the best show happening this month. Police Teeth have a new record dropping later this spring. I’ve got my grubby hands on a few tracks, it’s going to be good. Grenades are the musical equivalent of a Honey Badger, the rock is unique and relentless. I’ve yet to listen to Great Falls but they’ve gotten on some decent shows within the last year so I assume they are respectable.
Saturday March 12
Helms Alee, Victory and Associates, Absolute Monarchs (9pm at the Comet. $8) – I’ve sang the praises of Helms Alee about three thousand times since I’ve been writing for Sound on the Sound. If you have their older stuff and haven’t heard the new material yet, come to the Comet on Saturday night. I don’t know the names of any of the new tunes, I’ve only heard the tunes in a live setting on occasion. I just know that the new stuff is mind-bending and that you’d enjoy it. Absolute Monarchs have been steadily on the rise since last spring. They are on a Patrick Swayze-esque Roadhouse mission to clean up the Seattle rock and roll scene. Cue Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell”. Don’t thank me, thank Seattle Rock Guy.
The Dismemberment Plan, Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band and The Globes (7pm at Showbox Sodo. $23) – Weirdness. My childhood is coming to the Showbox SoDo. The Dismemberment Plan were always the DC band that never quite fit and I mean that in a good way. There were always other contemporary bands ripping off musical legends of the District of Columbia and here was The D-Plan writing some of the most quirky, danceable stuff that indie rock has ever seen. Yes Seattle, there benefits to being from Virginia. You observe Dischord Records greats as a child and you mutate their sounds accordingly. The Dismemberment Plan’s initial existence really got moving with the album Is Terrified and culminated with Change; long before your President aped that slogan. Personally, Emergency & I, is and always will be my favorite D-Plan album. I still listen to it on a regular basis. It’s fitting that the D-Plan is billed with another group that doesn’t quite fit, the Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band. Once again, I mean that in a good way.
If by some reason you’re too much of a jerk to enjoy all of this good music. May I recommend the Emerald City Soul Club at Lo-Fi on Saturday night. I pray that Motown rhthyms will have a positive effect on your bad attitude. The dance party starts at 9pm. But if you’re smart you’ll get there around midnight.