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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Guilty Pleasure #1: Dirty, Southern Boys

I have alot to talk about in this blog with yesterday being my first day interning at Sub Pop (and consequently feeling like a skittish, nerdy teenager). But I'm busy wading through free schwag right now, so I'll skip to the important stuff. My favorite diry southerners, the Kings of Leon, are releasing a new album titled Because of the Times on April 2nd (please, please let that be their US release date too).

You know the crowds of uncontrollable, screaming girls who chase the Beatles around corners and down alley way in Help? Well, the Kings of Leon make me feel like one of those girls.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Ok Ok's Beautiful People

Just got back from an interview with Amanda and Charlie Klein of OK OK, a contemporary art space in Ballard. I think it went really well except for the part when I fumbled for five minutes while removing the eight layers I was wearing. Amanda and Charlie are probably the perfect couple: he's sweet and mellow, she's funny and outgoing. And they're both great looking. Pretty hard to believe that they have a child; they can't be more than thirty. If they end up hiring me, I'll be working on a combination of regular gallery assistance (customer service, installation and deinstallation), writing (product descriptions for their website as well as press releases) and web design direction. Things look good for a second interview. OK OK is an awesome space and I love their current show of Tra Sehltrow's work: dreamy, surreal, technically masterful and relevent without feeling the least bit trendy.

I was in kind of a bum mood earlier, but after the long walk to the interview at Lighthouse Coffee and a thorough listening of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, I feel a bit revived.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Fab French Pop

I just bought Trompe-l'oeil by Montreal pop band Malajube and it's fabulous. All in French and very exciting. They're coming to Seattle to play a show at Neumo's on February 28th.

Monday, January 08, 2007

KEXP Audioasis @ The High Dive Is Actually Good

My friend Kate and I somehow always end up at the High Dive in Fremont on the first Saturday of each month for KEXP's live Audioasis broadcast and local showcase. The High Dive is a wierd club: since it's in Fremont it tends to draw a strange variety of greasy frat boys and patchouli-scented middle-aged women. The bar tenders are rude, the space is too high and narrow, and the bands are always hit or miss. That said, once a month we are somehow compelled to go. On Saturday night, our trip was worth it.

Kate, fabulously occupied at the Seahawks game, showed up later while I started my evening early with the Blakes' 6:30pm set. There seems to be a glut of garage rock in the Northwest and I expected more of the same, although since my favorite KEXP dj, Kevin Cole, has recently professed his love of the Blakes, I figured I'd give them a try. Turns out that they've transcended the formula: The Blakes are tight, stylish, Strokes-y yet exciting. Their songwriting is ace and their ferocious drummer, despite looking a bit like Frodo, is a real star.

Next up was The Hopscotch Boys: hate the name, enjoyed the band. During the set I fraternized with the staff of Essential Baking Company, including the manager Kate, on whom I am nurturing a girl crush. Apparently the lead singer of The Hopscotch Boys used to work there. They don't sound anything like what their name implies: this band combines elements of screaming, thrashing punk, creepy circus music and....something else. The singer seems to be made of rubber and wildly gesticulated, flexed his face muscles, and gradually peeled off layers of clothing. Not sure if I would ever purchase an album by them, but they're certainly entertaining.

The Vomited Unicorns opened the showcase portion of the evening, proving to be the second band of the evening that rocked despite its awful, awful name. They make punk-emo that's actually good. The Vomiting Unicorns are the kind of band where a few bars into their first song I know that I'm hooked. Energetic yet mature, loud with catchy hooks, the Vomiting Unicorns are a band with teeth. I can't wait to see them again.

My friend Greg shoots for KEXP; you can check out his pictures of the evening on the KEXP blog.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Terrible Return of Girl Monster

After a several month interlude and a cross-country move, Girl Monster is back in action. My bike-riding, critical-listening self will now reporting from beautiful Seattle, Washington, hometown of KEXP, Sub Pop records, and my favorite psychadelic rock band, Kinski. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Beirut @ InSound

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Beirut, not the beer game

Since I have a moderately-involved day job, I can't keep on top of new music as much as the professional music fan/blog crowd. But, I usually take note of what they're talking about and try to give it a fair, open-minded listen if the hype sounds interesting. Generally I ignore anything described as soft, quiet, or pretty, and I was afraid that Beirut (i.e. 19 year-old Zach Condon and some other musicians he's gather together) might fit into such a category. I downloaded his album Gulag Orkestar out of curiosity and haven't listened to it thoroughly yet, but Beirut actually seems pretty cool. They have a wistful, klezmer-rock thing going on; I studied in Prague in college so maybe that accounts for me digging the whole Eastern European vibe. Hype or not, Beirut is worth checking out if you like bands like DevotchKa or the fabulous Storsveit Nix Noltes. Beirut is playing a free in-store performance at Sound Fix in Billyburg on Saturday at 8pm. I'm hoping to check it out after spending the afternoon having my hair colored. it's going to be really, really dark, as long as i don't flip out and cancel the appointment. more on that later. maybe.