January 20, 2010

Put a Local Haiti Benefit Show on your Calendar



Since I’ve received a number of notices of the local music community coming together to have benefit shows where the proceeds are going to the humanitarian effort in Haiti, I thought I’d put together a super post of posters and dates of the various events going on. I love that the local music community isn’t shy about holding benefits for it’s members and causes of substance, and considering the number of shows coming together for the cause of Haiti, this disaster seems to have really brought out Seattle’s inner compassion like I haven’t yet seen. One show is happening at Neumos tonight. The Tractor Tavern show happening the 31st features the elusive Whalebones on the bill. All the shows are bills worthy of your time.

January 28th at the Moore Theater Seattle Helping Haiti Benefit Concert & Auction with Sweet Water, Vince Mira, Mike Herrera of MxPx and Tumbledown, The Maldives, The Classic Crime and The Memphis Radio Kings. See more information and get tickets for $15 via STG Presents. “All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Haiti. “


Wednesday, January 20, 2010 NEUMOS PRESENTS:

Kore Ionz Bakra Bata’ Big World Breaks featuring Gabriel Teodros, Yirim Seck (of Black Aries) and B-Flat (of GodSpeed and Hi-Life Sound System) Tudo Beleza DJ Tomas



January 21st Navigator vs. Navigator – laters Panther Attack /\ Eighteen Individual Eyes \/ Wah Wah Exit Wound – earliers

Starts promptly at show o’clock……..Comet Tavern – 922 E. Pike St. “100% of merch and our door earnings from this show go to UNICEF (http://www.unicefusa.org/) to help the children of Haiti.”

1/28 – Hattie’s Hoot for Haiti Performances by Kevin Murphy (The Moondoggies), Zoe Muth, and More Cover: $10 – %100 of proceeds go to the American red Cross

1/31 – Luvin’ Haiti @ the Tractor Tavern THE TRIPWIRES THE CUTE LEPERS WHALEBONES EUGENE WENDELL & THE DEMON RIND Cover: $10 suggested donation ~ 100% of proceeds go to Haiti Relief and Development Time: 8pm

Haiti Relief Flyer

Feb. 4 at Neumos Common Market, The Physics, Sol, and Dyno Jamz, and hosted by Khingz. $10 Adv. ALL MONEY FROM THE DOOR IS GOING DIRECTLY TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS.

August 25, 2009

We had a 3rd Birthday Show


Seattle Loves the Ironclads ::: Photo by Abbey Simmons

Today marks three years that this blog has been covering the Seattle music scene. In celebration we booked last Friday night at the Blue Moon with some of our favorite up and coming local bands.

Navigator vs. Navigator once again made for a hard act to follow and at their screamiest moments reminded of a young Isaac Brock. What I consider to be their best songs though are kin to the floor-tom heavy rhythms, deep tones, and angular rock of Wolf Parade. “Screams from the City,” “Ol’ Time Radio” and “Raw Paw” are all insidiously hard to remain still to. How these guys continue to fly under the radar just baffles me.

Alligators came to the stage supremely polished in their own right. They’re band that maintains an amazing balance of energy within their set, elegant local pop a la Crystal Skulls matched with the elaborate and sometimes over the top stylings of British mega-stars Muse. I normally wouldn’t just throw that Muse comparison out there, but for those really high pitched lead moments, guitarist Joshua Trembley makes it sound strong. These gents are another band that seem ripe for the next level.

By the time midnight came around, it was Ironclads time and a crowd eagerly coalesced at the foot of the stage. Co-lead singer Jamie was nursing a lost voice so the night was admittedly not the best night for an introduction, but for those who were already acquainted, the situation was just the invitation they needed to sing louder and fill in the gaps. Not that they really needed any invitation. Few bands seem to illicit the kind of crowd love that these guys seem to have at every show. Needless to say we, and Seattle, are really gonna miss this band.

Thanks for everyone who made it out to the show, especially the three great bands who played. And even if you didn’t make it out (there were so many great shows that night) thanks for taking the time to read the blog and support local music.  We’re looking forward to the next three years and beyond of Sound on the Sound, and hope you are too!


Navigator vs. Navigator ::: Photo by Abbey Simmons

Navigator vs. Navigator ::: Photo by Abbey Simmons

Alligators ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

Alligators ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

The Ironclads ::: Photo by Abbey Simmons

Johnny and Brian singing along ::: Photo by Abbey Simmons

Good Times with Jamie ::: Photo by Abbey Simmons

Flickr: Sound on the Sound’s 3rd Birthday Show with The Ironclads, Alligators, and Navigator vs. Navigator

August 19, 2009

3rd Birthday Show Preview: Navigator vs. Navigator



Navigator vs. Navigator have been tearing it up on the local DIY and tavern scene for a while now with their own brand of rough and tumble foot stompers. They make forward thinking percussive rock in the mold of Cold War Kids and Wolf Parade that it’s damn hard to prevent your whole body from reacting to. Their last appearance at the Blue Moon had them playing to a active and appreciative crowd who danced with abandon, making for a hard act to follow. Check their video for “‘Ol Time Radio” below and see if you don’t agree showing up early (read: 10pm) for this band this on Friday at the Blue Moon for our 3rd Birthday show might be a wise decision.

“‘Ol Time Radio” by Navigator vs. Navigator

August 18, 2009

A Filthy Poster, No?



This poster comes to us courtesy of the Ironclads.

August 14, 2009

We’re Turning 3! Come Celebrate With Us




We can hardly believe it, but Sound on the Sound is turning 3-years-old this month! Blogs grow up so fast!!

To celebrate our bloggy-birthday we’re treating ourselves, and hopefully you, to a solid local line up at The Blue Moon next Friday August 21st with The Ironclads, Alligators, and Navigator vs.  Navigator.  It’s going to be a night of catchy, quirky tunes and epic scream alongs from three great up and coming local bands.

We’ll have more on the show next week, but wanted to invite you all cordially, with an impromptu photoshopped poster. It really wouldn’t be a celebration without you.

* And our apologies to this toddler, for many reasons, most of all for being the first image that comes up when  you Google “toddler drinking beer.”  *

March 30, 2009

German Love


Starfucker‘s first video for “German Love” just hit the net via mtvU.

The now-four-piece are at the Vera Project April 10 with Kuroma and Navigator Vs. Navigator.

February 12, 2009

The Daily Choice: Navigator vs. Navigator @ The Comet


I’ve thanked The Builders and The Butchers for many things in my life: a hankering for bar fights and whiskeys, a brief tryst with a Denny’s waitress in Pierre, South Dakota (I’ll send that check for little John John in the morning, promise), the ragged scar down my back from a caged glass fight with a lumber worker (Big Phil, your blood soaked visage still haunts my dreams) and much much more.  At the end of the day though, I thank The Builders and The Butchers for slotting Navigator vs. Navigator as the first opener at a show last winter at Neumos.

I was drunk, stuffed full of fried something or other, and stumbling about in near the velvet curtain when this local foursome stepped on stage.  I’m a dick, and I was expecting terribleness, but the bass-heavy throttle of this sort angular indie band knocked my wee, polka-dotted socks off.  That was at Neumos, half-empty, I can’t imagine the sort of energy stir a packed house at The Comet is going bring.

Navigator vs. Navigator on Myspace