December 21, 2008

SOTS’s Birthday — Straight From Vindaloo’s Mouth


Vindaloo at The Blue Moon ::: photo by Abbey

Hell yes! I’ve already shared with you my giddy joy that the original members of Vindaloo are reuniting one night only to celebrate Sound on the Sound’s birthday at The Blue Moon January 16th; and happily it turns out Vindaloo shares in this giddy excitement.

Behold the latest myspace bulletin from Ben Harwood of Vindaloo:

Subject: Cous-Cous, Transformers, and a Vindaloo reunion?

Ok, I’ll just skip right to the 3rd one, as I’m sure many are curious if they have not yet heard Ms. Abbey of Sound on the Sound shouting it from the rooftops of the UW campus.

Jeff, Matt and I have decided to give our friends a special treat Friday, January 16th at The Blue Moon off 45th st.
(just down the way from UW campus)

For 1 night, Vindaloo will RE UNITE!

All 3 ORIGINAL members. Myself, Jeff Silva (drums) and Matt Fortin (Bass).

Over the last year, we’ve grown tight again as buds and musical colleagues and frankly, we’re itching to unleash the two Marshall 8×10 stacks on your faces once again for a night of pure, un-adultered rock n roll damnation.

We’re going to play the loudest, meanest, most pent-up rock set EVER, over 35 short minutes to anyone interested in attending, because, frankly, all 3 of us have what I have come to coin: “Rock N Roll Blue-Balls.

This shindig is going to be awesome, and we couldn’t be happier that we got to do this for Abbey and Josh over at SOS (2 people all 3 of us are especially fond and appreciative of for all their support).

Um, FUCK YES. That is all I have to say. If I wasn’t snowed in, I really would be screaming this from Seattle rooftops. We love Vindaloo, we are seriously in need of getting our faces rocked off, and we can’t wait for January 16th to roll around!

Mark your calendars people, this is going to be fucking EPIC.

December 12, 2008

Our Favorite Photos of 2008 & The Best News Ever


Ben Harwood with Ice Age Cobra ::: photo by Abbey

We have good news and we have amazing news for you. The good news–the above is a kick ass photo of Ben Harwood formerly of Ice Age Cobra and Vindaloo, two of my favorite bands of all time who are no longer making music together.

But I know what you’re really wanting for and wondering about is the AMAZING news, so here it is. Vindaloo is reuniting for one night only to play Sound on the Sound’s 2nd Annual Blue Moon Birthday Bash Extraordinaire. Let me repeat that again, with emphasis on how absolutely fucking rad this is: VINDALOO is coming out of retirement/the realm of broken up bands, and PLAYING OUR BIRTHDAY SHOW. I know all caps are annoying, but really and truly, I want to scream the news from the blog rooftops and real rooftops all over the city.

So, if you haven’t done so already, set aside January 16th for partying with Sound on the Sound and getting your face rocked off by Vindaloo and three other amazing local bands we’ll tell you all about very soon.

May 7, 2008

Ben Harwood and the Big Dirty Thirty!


Ben Harwood, of Vindaloo and Iceage Cobra, is unabashedly one of my favorite folks in Seattle. Not only has he been in two of my favorite Seattle bands, Ben is one of the most genuine folks you’ll ever have the pleasure to encounter. He is an outspoken advocate for Seattle music and when needed, for himself and his bands. He also has an uncannily magnificent ability to grow chops. All around, the Seattle scene and sound is a much richer place for having Ben Harwood around. By the looks of the fantastic birthday party that is brewing in honor of Ben’s 30th Birthday this weekend, I am not the only one who has love for Mr. Harwood.

March 31, 2008

Photo Tease of The Whore Moans and Iceage Cobra at King Cobra this Saturday


Since a few of you are begging and whimpering for photos of this weekends mind-blowing show at King Cobra… I must oblige with a photographic tease of the evening.

The Whore Moans

Johnny of The Whore Moans

Ben of Iceage Cobra

Cobra Silly String

February 8, 2008

An Invitation to Abbey’s January Listening


Haven’t done one of these for awhile, but just in case you’re curious as to the tunes that kept me company this first month of 2008… here it is. 

Wild Orchid Children - Wild Orchid Children EP J. Tillman - Cancer and Delirium and Minor Works The Shackeltons - The Shackeltons Blue Scholars - “Guns and Butter” (live on KEXP) The Lashes - Thank You EP Palmer, AK (anything written by Eric Howk, basically) The Mountain Goats – “Sax Rohmer #1″ (cannot wait for Heretic Pride!!) PWRFL Power - “Tomato Song” (i’m slightly obsessed with this song) Ravens & Chimes – “Faraway Sound of Cars” Modest Mouse – “March Into The Sea” The Go – “Yer Stoned Italian Cowboy” Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend Elvis Perkins - “Shampoo” Vindaloo – “Death Stars Coming Baby” Whalebones – “Don’t You Know”

December 27, 2007

Abbey’s Favorite Concerts of 2007


This is by far the most daunting list of the year. I’ve decided to divide it between local and national shows/line-ups. If I hadn’t, you probably wouldn’t recognize a single band if you weren’t from Seattle… which says something tremendous about the state of live music in Seattle today. For the sake of every local band that is not Hopscotch Boys or Thee Emergency, I’ve tried my hardest to limit myself to a single show per band to represent on this list. (oh well, that didn’t work at all…) Though this list isn’t specifically enumerated, the order is meant to signify a hierarchy among my favorite shows. Alright, here goes nothing:

The Best Local Shows of 2007

The Lashes at Bumbershoot – 9/1/07

Trimmed Lashes

Thee Emergency, Iceage Cobra, The Hands, A Gun That Shoots Knives at The Sunset – 2/17/07 

 Guitar Gun

Hopscotch Boys, Junkface, and The Resets at The Blue Moon – 5/12/07


The Whore Hands at Healthy Times Fun Club – 12/7/07

 The WHore Hands

A Gun That Shoots Knives and We Wrote the Book on Connectors at The Blue Moon – 5/19/07


Saturday at Georgetown Music Festival – 6/2/07

The Hands

A Benefit for The Blue Moon – Night One and Two – 9/28 & 9/29/07 

Hopscotch Boys

Lavneder Lunchbox

Iceage Cobra and The Lonely H at The Nectar – 6/21/07

The Lonely H

The Resets, Vindaloo, Ms. Led at The Blue Moon – 9/7/07 

Ms. Led

J. Tillman, Shane Tutmarc and The Traveling Mercies, Whalebones at The High Dive – 12/1/07


The Best National Shows of 2007:

The Shackeltons for John in The Morning’s Birthday – 3/10/07

The Shackeltons 

Elvis Perkins at The Tractor – 3/30/07

Elvis Perkins in Dearland

The Figurines, Dappled Cities at The Crocodile – 10/12/07

 The Figurines

Andrew Bird at Western Washington University - 5/6/07

Andrew Bird 

The Antiques at The Nectar – 2/27/07

The Antiques 

December 22, 2007

Our Favorite Photos of 2007: Day Twenty-Two


I love this photo, even if it makes me a little sad. 2007 was a brutal year for a number of Seattle’s best bands, but the loss of Vindaloo was the gravest. Few bands shows hold a candle to a Vindaloo show, where your ears would be ringing for a week, and it was worth every deaf day.



December 7, 2007

Abbey’s Best EP’s of 2007


Here’s my first official Best of List for 2007. Unsurprisingly, local musicians and releases dominate it.

1. Tiny Vipers - Hands Across the Void

2. Thee Emergency - Live from Chuck Norris’ House

3. Sea WolfGet To The River Before It Runs Too Low

4. WhalebonesMorning Man

5. VindalooDie Emo Die

6. Math and Physics Club - Baby I’m Yours

7. Grizzly BearFriends EP

8. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

9. Great Northern - Sleepee Epee

10. A Gun That Shoots KnivesLove 

November 12, 2007

Ben Harwood Hangs Up The Guitar, To Play Bass for Ice Age Cobra


I am pleased to confirm that Ben Harwood, formerly lead guitarist and singer of Vindaloo, is the new bassist for Ice Age Cobra (as noted today on the band’s myspace). Brad Kaufman’s shoes are going to be an incredibly difficult pair to fill, but if anyone can do it, it’s Ben. Ben’s blog confirming his new position, read a little something like this:

Ben, mutha fuckin Harwood is hangin up the gweetar, to finger the bassy-bass.  …And baby, it ain’t never felt better.

I wish everyone involved, nothing but the best luck. Ice Age Cobra will be touring the west coast in January and I’m sure we’ll be hearing lots from Brad soon.

November 11, 2007

Break-Ups Blow – A Photographic Recap


Each of the following bands, have called it quits or had major line-up changes in the past two months. Seattle music can’t afford another two months like this… such a shame. Here are a few of my favorite photos of the dearly departed.  

Ice Age Cobra

The Snakebites


Shorthand for Epic