08.05.09 - So Radiohead suprises once again with a tribute song to the recently deceased, formally older surviving British soldier of World War I, Harry Patch. The song goes above and beyond expected normal Radiohead theatrics with orchestrated magic that tugs at the heartstrings and could double as a movie soundtrack. My guess is good ol' Jonny Greenwood had a big part in this one, being the truly diabolical instrumental genius behind the band and all. Not to say Thom Yorke isn't a walking god among men as well... That aside, the song's lyrics are taken from a direct quote of Patch's.
08.05.09 - One name made this years Capitol Hill Block Party more epic than ever: Sonic Youth. The New York indie rock veterans are arguably the largest band to grace the festival's bill, ever, and proved to be worth way over the $20 ticket prices. The booze-filled fest was hosted under a rare scorching Seattle sun, making it a tiring but celebratory event. Regardless of the boiling heat, flannel, beard, and skinny jeans ensued, as well as local celebrity sightings of the Fleet Fox and Long Winter kind. And suprisingly, the street-cart food was amazing: phad thai and red curry, fresh tacos with limes, and famous Seattle hot dogs, cream cheese and all. But the thing I enjoyed most was the crowds, or the lack thereof. Last year, the crowds were unbearable, presumably sparked by the sudden frat boy obsession with Girl Talk, the teeny bopper Juno lovin' Kimya Dawson fans, and the blogger favorite, 15-minute of famers Vampire Weekend. (more)
07.29.09 - As I stood around a stuffy, nearly empty Neumos, sipping on cheap beer and watching the disco ball dangle, pretending not to be mad at myself for getting to the concert so early, a song graced my ears I've been in love with ever since. At first I had my suspicions it was Seattle's own Shane Tutmarc; Shane's got an album hitting stores. Apparently my suspicions were wrong. A week or so later I picked up Cass McComb's Catacombs and realized the song I heard was the album's opener, 'Dreams Come True Girl.' I've been in love with the track ever since. Here's a beautiful video of the song...and oh yeah, please check out Shane Tutmarc when you get the chance. He's one to watch out for.
How do they do it? A small-town garage band makes it big but sticks to their roots. Other Northwest success stories have had much different results (see also: Death Cab for Cutie). Through the years, even with switches to major labels and radioplay, the band has stayed true to their sound, picking up an incredible guitarist along the way.
A lot's changed in five years, more specificially the direction and scope of Seattle's own Death Cab For Cutie. It's been roughly half a decade since I last experienced the band's live show, supporting the release of Transatlanticism. In that amount of time, the venues have gotten larger, their popularity skyrocketed, their reach gone worldwide. (more)