(HT to Exit133)
And a bonus from YouTube’s related videos, all outta tune and punked up, courtesy of The Rain City Shwillers:]]>
(From The Seattle Times)
(From Beyond the Best Seat in the House)
I’m going to post a link to download “People Got A Lotta Nerve”, the first single from the album, here. Neko and ANTI will donate $5 to the Best Friends Animal Society for my doing so. They get publicity, we get free music, and animals get saved–everybody wins! (And you can help the animals even more by participating too!)
Download an MP3 of People Got A Lotta Nerve.
A little message from Neko:
More info from ANTI.
The beneficiaries, Best Friends Animal Society.
(And for an extra local bonus, if you want to support local animal causes, check out the Dugan Foundation, which is selling a beautiful 2009 wall calendar to support their work…)]]>
Photo by Janesdead
Even if you don’t go to the show, it might be worth a trip by the theater before it starts to count the Microbuses and see if you can spot your boss wearing tie-dye. Methinks the Pantages staff will be living off a contact high for days after this one…]]>
The Guggenheim Grotto, from Dublin, Ireland, is one of the best bands I’ve come across recently. Their music is smart, beautiful, and eminently listenable: hints of CSNY, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Cake, Talking Heads, but definitely a style of their own. They’re great live (all are incredibly talented multi-instrumentalists), and upon meeting them in Seattle last November was pleased to find that they were absolutely charming as well. I’ve mentioned them before, but wanted to bring them up again because they are featured this week on iTunes as the Single of the Week. What better time to go check out this band. Head on over to iTunes to check out Philosophia, one of their more mellow songs. Hope I don’t lose you here, because, despite the introspective nature of this song, these guys have great pop sensibility that really shines through on some of their other stuff.
If you enjoyed that, or have had your curiousity piqued, or just want more free music, head to their website to download five additional songs from their no-longer-in-print EP.
Hopefully at this point you’re sold on the musical stylings of Kevin, Mick, and Shane, so you should just up and buy their album, ‘...Waltzing Alone’. (Do not, I repeat, DO NOT just buy their full album from iTunes…part of the appeal is the awesome leatherette book-style packaging.)
One fun local touch was a recollection by Dar of an early gig at the Antique Sandwich Company in 1994 (though she couldn’t remember the name and even with some audience help came up with “Electric Antique Cafe mumble-mumble”). Apparently that show served as an inspiration for her song Tuesday.
Big props to David Fisher and the Broadway Center for making this show happen. Fisher mentioned in his pre-show comments that Broadway Center will be attempting to bring in more touring acts such as this, also calling out jazzer Bill Frisell who will be appearing on February 17th. I say keep up the good work! The Rialto was a great venue for this show, and I imagine smaller-profile acts might even do well in the more-intimate Theater on the Square.
Anyone else out there also make it to the show? Drop a comment, even just “I was there too!”...
Update: Great reviews from Spew and EJ@TNT. By they way EJ, you almost were able to be inconspicuous in your picture taking, but every time you moved around, your tiny backpack stuck up into the field of view…I’m just sayin’...]]>
All the details from Spew.
Update: Info from Broadway Center.
‘Nother Update, Jan. 2: Tickets went on sale this morning at the box office, over the phone, and online…good opportunity for a Thursday out on the town, if you ask me.]]>
The Guggenheim Grotto – Tonight, November 9th, 9pm, Sunset Tavern (Ballard): I wish this was in Tacoma, but its definitely worth the drive up to Seattle. The Guggenheim Grotto is one of the most talented bands I’ve come across in the recent past. The multi-instrumentalist Irish folk-rock trio’s year-old album, Waltzing Alone, recently was released in the U.S. This stop is the final one on their tour of the States. I can’t say enough good things about these guys. Go to their website and download mp3s from their EP. Check out their featured performance on NPR’s World Cafe yesterday. This is good stuff.
Players Club – Friday, November 10th, 9:30pm, Jazzbones: Funk and other hits from the 70s. There’s some hard-hitting local musicians in this group. Cliff Colon, a good friend of mine, is one of the best saxophonists Tacoma has to offer. This promises to be a good show. More details from Players Club and Jazzbones.
November 16th in Tacoma – Thursday, November 16th, All Night: Big night to get out on the town in Tacoma for entertainment and food. I’m still lukewarm about the 3 Mo’ Tenors, but the event rundown on Exit133 is full of other choices. Live music at Tully’s and winter beer sampling at Varsity Grill sound appealing to me.
George Clinton – Saturday, November 18th, 9pm, Jazzbones: This is apparently Dr. Funkenstein’s first ever appearance in Tacoma. I think there’s a “getting down on the one” joke involving Pierce Transit’s “The One” route in there somewhere, but it’s escaping me right now. Maybe someone can take care of that in the comments… More info from Jazzbones.
World Premiere of Neil Anderson-Himmelspach’s “Symphony No. 1” – Sunday, November 19th, 3pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall (PLU): I played in several groups with Neil at PLU, so it’s cool to see him doing well. The University Wind Ensemble will be premiering this new piece, which memorializes two former PLU music professors, organist James Holloway and director of bands Raydell Bradley, who both died well before their times. It is written around the traditional Lutheran hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (perhaps better known to Wind Ensemble alum as “Chorale No. 1”). I, for one, am excited to hear it. More info from PLU.]]>
The entire lineup looks great, but I would point to the Bill Ramsay/Milt Kleeb Big Band (July 20) and Reuel Lubag Trio (August 3) as some of the potential highlights.
Unfortunately, the Keck Observatory, open in past years for stargazing after the concerts, is being renovated, and will not be open this year, but star charts will be distributed.
Click here for more information and a schedule of performers from PLU.]]>