Light In The Attic Records just released their collection of 2008 picks. An extremely diverse selection of everything from books and cd’s, to hang-outs and food, LITA has called on the music community for their input and the result is an interesting and eclectic year end wrap up.
They’re known for rockin’ the socks of of pretty much every one in attendance and with the added excitement of New Years, this should be one truly insane show.
Check out their bio, courtesy of their website:
Ghostland Observatory is not a band, but an agreement between two friends to create something that not only heals their beat-driven hearts, but pleases their rock ‘n roll souls. Taking the working man’s approach, Ghostland Observatory spend countless hours in their south Austin studio.
Doors @ 9pm, tickets (ticketmaster.com) $35adv/$40dos, All ages to enter 21+ to booze.
The Triple Door was packed for the Venus Envy Reunion Show. With mostly women, I might add! This local cult folk-funk quartet disbanded in 1995, but now… it’s reunion time! The group features Lisa Koch on vocals and acoustic guitar, Laura Love on vocals and electric bass, Linda Schierman on vocals, harmonica and tambourin, and the multi-instrumentalist Linda Severt on vocals, drums, congas, triangle, acoustic guitar and Ukulele. And don’t forget the little toy-piano.
Besides amazing musical talent, the show was filled with humor and Christmas Songs. NOT featuring the lyrics you’ll hear at church Sunday morning, however. Their CD “I’ll be a Homo for Xmas” is a bona fide twisted holiday classic.
One of the strong moments during the show was when Laura Love sang her pro-Obama anthem song, written especially to inspire the folks in Ohio, where she spent several days in October performing, to vote for the ‘right’ candidate.
It’s worth mentioning that Linda Severt’s new children’s CD, Grinning Streak, is the winner of a “Parents’ Choice Silver” award and a “Seal of Excellence” from Creative Child Magazine.
And last, but not least, Lisa Koch has a Christmas show coming up THIS Sunday December 14th – 17th at 7:30pm in Seattle, at Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th AVE. S.
For more info visit these sites:
Denver based quartet Devotchka will be in the northwest region the end of this month, more specifically at Seattle’s Showbox Marketplace on NEW YEARS EVE! They will be ringing in the new year along side special guest, DJ Kid Hops of KEXP.
The show starts at 8pm with a countdown at midnight. Be Prepared for a long night. Tickets are $20adv, and the show is 21+
Friday night at the Jewelbox Theater at the Rendezvous. Two bands. Damn fine music.
Diamond Vincent (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Spoils, Gigantum) will be performing his damned fine songs pulled from the sea of woe. He’s joined by his Bukkake cohorts Don McGreevy on bass and Dave Abramson on drums.
Friday is the debut performance of the Contraband Countryband. Featuring Jared Nelson (Wah Wah Exit Wound, Beer Sandwich) on guitar and vocals, Olie Eshleman (Corespondents) on pedal steel, Chris Borgia (the Quit, Beer Sandwich, Elba) on bass and Kory Christian (Sugar Skulls) on drums.
Some of Seattle’s finest players and pickers burning holes into the carcasses of Seattle hipster-rock with some good ol’ boy gettin’ tough music.
Doors open at 10:00 p.m. Probably $5.
The first monthly Smileynote Studios – West Coast Songwriters.org “Performing Songwriter Competition“.
There were 17 wonderful, diverse original acts, traveling from as far as Seattle and Salem. It took place in Portland, at Macadam’s Bar and Grill.
- Overall Winners - Dan Miller & Lindsey Shaffer, with a solid performance of well crafted songs!
- Sponsor’s Choice - Tyler Stenson
- Judge’s Choice - Dan Weber, Lupe, and Chris Kokesh
- Honorable mention’s - Matt Price, Terry/Donna Lynn Davis, Ron Shaffer, and Dan Lowe
The night was hosted by Daniel Work – WCS NW CHAPTER Volunteer Director, and singer/songwriter, with lots of appreciated help from his wife!
The Judges were:
Tim Ellis- Uber-guitarist/producer and straight shooting advocate for musical artists
Peter Vaughan Shaver – Trusted local entertainment attorney, music lover.
Patrick Lamb - Grammy nominated NW/Portland based recording artist, singer-songwriter sax man.
We also raised some cash via the obligatory Singer-Songwriter TIP JAR, all donated to the FOOD BANK.
Visit www.WestCoastSongwriters.org to learn more!
The Seattle Women Medieval’s Choir concert at St. James Cathedral this past Saturday Dec 6th was magical. The sound of the female voices reverberating inside this beautiful space transported me to a different world.
The date was chosen not by chance. Dec 6th celebrates Saint Nicholas and his miracles. The choir repertoire this year was largely focused on songs for this famous saint. Who was, one might say, the original Santa Claus.
WMC features about 60 female singers, and conductor / musician extraordinaire Margriet Tindemans, who leads the choir, at times playing the medieval fiddle, with a captivating and charismatic performance. They were joined by percussionist Peggy Monroe and harpist Bill McJohn.
Their next performance is Saturday, December 13, 2008, 11 AM & 2 PM Bethany Lutheran Church, 7400 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle. Introduce children to the pleasures of medieval music through stories and songs about the transformation of St. Nicholas into Sinter Claes in Holland and Santa Claus in America. This special hour-long family program, in the intimate setting of Bethany Lutheran’s sanctuary, will conclude with a sing-along of American carols and the arrival of Sinter Claes, bearing the traditional Dutch gift for children of oranges. For the curious, ages 6 to 106.
Brooklyn’s The Walkmen annouced that they will be doing a short tour though the west coast in early 2009, rolling through the NW region the end of January.
nwmb is currently loving: “I lost you” off their newest LP You And Me, released this year. Stream it for free here.
The latest from Lucinda Williams, sample-heavy mischeif from Girl Talk, the soundtrack to the film version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a winning take on children’s music from They Might Be Giants.
Girl Talk (NWMB show review from 2007) is one of the recent bands (well, guy) that blew my mind.