Awkwardness! Opens with big driving drums, a distorted loose bass line, synth bass followed by guitar then powerful vocal that channels both earlier electro-rock influences as well as power groups like Zeppelin. This is as straightforward rock and roll as any one makes, electro punk to the highest degree, and my favorite new road tune.
The Gentry, a separate entity providing Rock & Roll to Logan’s emo-tronic sound, also have a new record recently released entitled ‘Sex by the Unit’, which sports an awesome condom-like package which is well worth the $10 I paid for mine. You even have to tear it like a condom package.
Recent shows in the Pacific Northwest have been raucous parties, featuring lines stretching around the block, and satisfied partied-out party-goers filtering out into the early morning. The Oregon Music News recently profiled Logan’s growing impact on the Portland live music scene.
This past Sunday, June 27, marked the launch of Logan’s West Coast tour, starting in Seattle at The Cuff’s Gay Pride Block Party and playing to an estimated crowd of 6,000.
Dates are below – try and catch one if you can.
6.27 – Seattle, WA – The Cuff Pride Street Party
7.13 – San Francisco, CA – Rockit Room with Special Guests The Hugs (Portland, OR) & Little Black Bats (Sacramento, CA) $8
7.14 – Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp with Special Guests The Hugs (Portland, OR) & Little Black Bats (Sacramento, CA) $8
8.6 – Salem, OR – Flipside Nightclub $10 (tickets here) / $15 at the door
8.20 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Olympia: Tuesday, 11.24.2009
The Drug Purse w/ The Strange Boys + Jetty Cats
8:30 PM @ The Northern – 321 4th Avenue, Olympia, Washington 98501
Seattle: Wednesday, 11.25.09
Cunnilynguists, Grieves, Looptroop Rockers, Tunji
Tacoma: Friday, 11.27.09
The Fun Police, Ghostwriter, Brotherhood of the Black Squirrel
(TRYPTOPHAN RECOVERY DAY) Black Friday 9PM @ The New Frontier
Portland: Sunday, 11.29.09
1776, Go Fever, The Whole Wide World
8:00 PM @ Rontoms
600 E Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97212
Sample mp3: 1776 – We Are Out – mp3(via FensePost)
1776, hailing from Kelso, Washington are hosting a CD release party in conjunction with labelmates (from Beat the World Records) The Dandy Warhols’ Christmas show, December 13th, 2009 at the (Website Link) Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR. This young band has been quietly earning rapport with audiences all over the Northwest, from their hometowns in Longview and Kelso, WA to Portland/Salem, and Seattle/Tacoma. (Click ‘More’ to continue)
As Dandy Warhols, we like to take a different approach to Christmas: a little more Old World and a lot more jaunty. Take Italy. Their holiday season is comparable in length to the common American holiday season, but with its baked eel and lumps of coal and mash-ups with what we think of as Halloween traditions – La Befana the Epiphany witch, children in costumes going from door to door for treats – it seems a hell of a lot more festive than a fat man whipping flying deer to bring you an iPhone, doesn’t it? We are on a mission to convince Christendom that Italy does it best. But these things take time; Rome wasn’t bilked in a day. Easing into the task we commence this year with our annual Christmas shows with the introduction of a sliver of sunny Italy to the Northwest’s dreary environs. Just a taste, a Fellini twist on the usual Dandys holiday performance, with shows on December 11th at Nuemos in Seattle and December 12th and 13th at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom.
Regardless of how you dress or act for this show, being Fellini inspired, or Italian Christmas inspired, it will likely be one for the memory banks with the promise of their “Little Drummer Boy” cover, as well as the rest of their catalog of great music.
The Dandy Warhol’s Website
The Dandy’s record label
On July 14th, 1789, the French peoples led a revolt against the crown, marking their own Independance Day in July, for their nation. In France, it is called Fête Nationale (“National Celebration”). The story goes that the Bastille fortress was stormed in response to several authoritarian measures being enforced by the Royal family and their guard, including lettres de cachet, which were arbitrary indictments brought forth by the nobles which could not be appealed. The Bastille was known for housing political prisoners whose writings had displeased the royal government, and was icon of the type of government the Monarchy had evolved into. In a somewhat ironic twist, at the time of the siege there were only seven inmates, none of great political significance.
So now the date will also mark the continued revolution by Portland’s Dandy Warhols versus their former label Capitol Records (note the scratched out Capitol Records logo on the disc). This time around, we are treated to the band’s original mixes to their album ‘Welcome to the Monkey House’ (WTTMH), released under the alternate name “…Are Sound”. Advance screening of the album provide some quick details on the upcoming release, though I’ll leave the majority of the changes for you to discover.
Absent from these mixes are the original title track ‘Welcome to the Monkey House’, but in its place is ‘Pete International Spaceport’, and eclectic mix of guitarist Peter Holmstrom’s guitar effects and work with the synthesizer. Much improved is the already fantastic song ‘I Am Over It’, which features an extended acoustic guitar portion laid over some of what an experienced WTTMH listener would recognized. Fan (and TV world favorite) ‘We Used to Be Friends’ is more of an unpolished gem that a dear favorite indie band would produce rather than the super-radio slicked version on WTTMH.
‘Welcome to the Monkey House’ was probably the most 80’s sound influenced album that The Dandy Warhols have released to date, likely brought on their appreciation of the timeframes icons such as Love and Rockets, Depeche Mode, and Bauhaus. Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran had his fingers on the production of the original disc, and perhaps that lent some strong influences from the timeframe as well. Those 80s under currents have been muted, though not abandoned in the “…Are Sound” version. Instead, “…Are Sound” blends more with the Dandy’s catalogue, both pre and post WTTMH, than the original does.
Are Sound will be available on the 14th at the Dandy Warhols website. They provide far better quality sound files than you recieve from iTunes or Amazon, and it is actually cheaper if you purchase direct from the artist as well.
If you are interested in NW based indie rock, I would suggest each of the following links for checking out The Dandy’s and a few of the bands they have on their label, Beat the World Records.
The Upsidedown and Spindrift blow the doors off Tacoma, prepare for Seattle (3/8, The Comet Tavern @ 4:00pm)
Jsun Atoms of The Upsidedown has a smile that charms for miles, and it’s widely visable as he strides into the room to greet me. A handshake and man-hug later, we find ourselves on a cozy couch backstage at the Roseland Lounge. Upstairs, The Rebel Drones are cranking out their trademark sound, and Sleepy Sun is rallying in the next room as they take the stage next.
Portland-based Britt Daniel and the rest of the indie rockers in Spoon are bringing their act to the Crystal Ballroom tonight, marking the band’s first Portland gig since mid-2007. Daniel, lead vocalist for the indie quartet, last played in Portland during last year’s Music Fest Northwest (MFNW).
The show is sold-out, so if you haven’t bought tickets yet now might be a good time to start scouring craigslist. These guys rarely disappoint.
Spoon, with Everest; 9p.m. at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR
Sleepy Sun is unwinding backstage after the show in Portland, enjoying the feeling of a great set while The Upsidedown are starting their set onstage at the Roseland Lounge. I’m still reveling in the sights of the show they had just put on, a spectacle of energetic rock, dancing and floating vocal harmonies twisting out of the male and female vocal leads. Several members of The Dandy Warhols are present and the place is hopping with great music and great vibes.
The Upsidedown, Sleepy Sun, Rebel Drones, and Pink Snowflakes @ the Roseland (Portland) – January 29th
Just announced, Portland artists The Upsidedown, Pink Snowflakes, and the Rebel Drones are teaming up with a touring band by the name of Sleepy Sun for what is certain to be a great time at the Roseland in PDX.
The Upsidedown hail from Portland, Oregon, and are signed to the Dandy Warhol’s label, Beat the World Records. Their newest CD, ‘Human Destination’ came out August 12th, 2008,and is available via iTunes and eMusic.
The Rebel Drones are a new band started by Matt Hollywood, formerly of the Out Crowd and Brian Jonestown Massacre, last year. You may also remember him from the Rock documentaryby Ondi Timoner profiling BJM and The Dandy Warhols, ‘Dig!’.
A bit of previous Upsidedown live footage from Bob’s Java Jive in Tacoma:
In case you didn’t notice, WinterStorm Seattle 2007 hit like a pound of bricks this past weekend (12/1), bringing a welcome flurry of soggy snow to the greater Seattle area. Turns out the Thermals took exception to this environmental upstaging and hit the Neumos crowd like a TON of bricks, complete with jagged mortar. Take that, Mother Nature. While the melodious antics of these Portland-based power-punks are nothing new to anyone not living under a rock, the positive effect their music has on any crowd is undeniable, profound, and certainly guaranteed. Hutch Harris has solidified himself as one of the best punk lyricists of today, tackling church and state issues near and dear to his once-Christian heart, coupling them with wickedly catchy guitar licks. Of course, the triumph would not be complete without the fervent bass-playing of the springy-haired Kathy Foster and the drum-pounding proficiency of Lorin Coleman. How these three slight humans make such an enormously beautiful racket is beyond me; but that’s neither here nor there (well, it might be there, but that’s neither…never mind), I’m just glad they keep coming north.
The Seattle Wolves FC, kick off New Years with an all-star line up. The quickly expanding Football Club is throwing down on their home turf at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The evening features local Seattle hip hop stars the Saturday Knights opening for NWMusicblog favorites, the Blakes (PDX).
Tickets for the New Year’s Party start at $35 and are available through www.SeattleWolvesFC.com. A limited number of hotel and VIP packages are available for the event as well. Event happens at Starfire Sports and Entertainment Complex, 14800 Starfire Way, Tukwila, WA 98188
To Win 2 Tix on the Guest List email us here with your full name.
Winner will be selected randomly and announced Friday Dec 21st
North Twin announced two killer lineups this weekend. The first at Dante’s in Portland and then at the Tractor in Ballard. Lots of local NW Ass Slappin, Dirty, Grimy, Ol’ timey Twang and Boot Rhumpin Rock’n'Roll! Read on to win tix.