Archive for February, 2012

February 28, 2012

Elliott Brood Brings Energetic, Not-Easily-Classified Roots Rock to The Croc Tonight

Here at SEA live MUSIC, we have conflicting feelings about how “countrified” we like our rock. Sometimes we get turned off when what we’re listening to veers too far into twang territory, while other times we’ll feel right about home with Rockabilly, Americana, Alt-Country or any other “roots” variation of rock.

One band that got us to reconsider our preconceived predilections is tonight’s Crocodile headliner Elliott Brood. Marrying impassioned, raspy vocals with foot-stomping rhythms complete with impressive banjo finger-picking and eerie guitar tones, Elliott Brood plays that the type of music that’s been quite popular over the past few years but approach the sound through songs with strong narratives and raw, unbridled emotions.

If you’re intrigued, listen to a few tracks below and head over to The Croc tonight for the live experience.

2/28 Elliott Brood, The Pack AD @ The Croc, Doors at 8 pm, $10

February 27, 2012

Best Shows of the Week + Calendar Update!

Happy Monday, all! How were your weekends? Good? Good. Quick post to let you know we’ve updated our calendar with some more great acts that will be in town in the coming weeks.

Be sure to head over to our calendar page for the full rundown.

As always, keep your eyes on the main page as we’ll be posting day-of previews for these shows and more.

This week, we’re currently most excited about the following shows. How about you?

February 24, 2012

Deep Sea Diver Album Release @ Columbia City Theater : Well Worth The Drive

Best known for her work The Shins and Beck, Jessica Dobson has been putting out music via her solo project-turned-band Deep Sea Diver since 2007. As the band says in their bio, they’ve gotten “comparisons to early Cat Power and PJ Harvey” so fans of intelligently-penned, female fronted rock should be pleased with the band’s latest offering “History Speaks.”

Take a listen below, watch the excellent Tyler Kalberg video from Sound on the Sound below, and if you like what you hear, head over to Columbia City Theater for the album release show tonight.

2/24 Deep Sea Diver, Soft Hills, Daniel G Harmann @ Columbia City Theater, Doors at 9pm, $10

Deep Sea Diver: In Black & White from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.

February 23, 2012

Last Minute Suggestion: Go See Cataldo with Breathe Owl Breathe at the Tractor Tonight

Last month, we were lucky enough to interview Eric Anderson of Cataldo in advance of the album release for the band’s excellent third album, Prison Boxing. Excerpt below and click through to the full interview here.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Cataldo offers audio fare that falls somewhere between The Weakerthans and The Decemberists. Eric’s ability to craft (sometimes painfully) honest folk-tinged songs infused with clever wordplay and a strong dose of pop sensibilities has made Prison Boxing a regular musical accompaniment to our (sometimes mundane) daily routines.

The local band has made several appearances at our favorite venues these past months and tonight will take the stage before Breathe Owl Breathe at the Tractor.

2/23 Breathe Owl Breathe / Cataldo / Kendl Winter @ The Tractor :: Tickets are $12 :: Doors at 9:00 PM :: 21+

Excerpt from “Brainy Feelings Music and the Perfect Tuna Salad: An Interview with Eric Anderson

How would you say your approach to songwriting or maybe just the process of writing, arranging and recording has changed over the years?

It’s changed a great deal. The biggest change with “Prison Boxing” was the inclusion of bass and drums on almost every song. Our first two records are, for lack of a more accurate adjective, “folkier.” While occasionally quite ornately orchestrated they’re mostly built around a voice and acoustic guitar. This is, relatively speaking, a rocker. We also used recording studios for a couple days which was a new experience.

I keep a notebook of lyrical ideas (analogies, images, cool words, etc), little pegs I try to jam into musical holes. As far as the tunes I’ve historically started with a guitar, banjo, or piano. Beginning with this past record I have been writing melodies without tying them to a rhythm instrument early in the process. Filling those out in ways that surprise and excite me has been increasing challenging and rewarding. Growing disenchanted with strumming an acoustic guitar makes sense given I’ve been doing that more or less exclusively for 8 years and three records.

When we’ve written about Cataldo before we made the statement that your sound falls “somewhere between The Weakerthans and The Decemberists.” How far off were we in your mind?

I have not heard The Weakerthans but you’re in the right building with The Decemberists comparison. Pop music which is worth listening to because of the well-crafted lyrics.

How has Seattle treated you since you first moved here?

I moved to Seattle in summer 2008. I was terrible for a year as my relationship imploded and I ran out of money. The next year I found a job scooping ice cream and things steadily improved from there. As of this moment I count myself supremely lucky for my friendships and experiences in Seattle.

February 17, 2012

For His Next Trick, Damien Jurado Reinvents Himself, Releases Album Tonight at Neptune

Soon after hearing Damien Jurado‘s new album Maraqopa, we thought to ourselves at what point would, or more likely had, Jurado tired of hearing some variation of the line “it turns out, old dogs can learn new tricks.” It is a sentiment, which is no doubt an overwhelmingly positive one, that has shown up in just about every article/post, conversation or off-hand critique we’ve seen, heard or witnessed, respectively.

Taking off from the comparatively subtle shift to baroque pop in his last album, Saint Bartlett, Maraqopa takes the surprise and wonder of unexpected reinvention a few flights higher by embracing a darker, psychedelic sound. Though not available to purchase until next Tuesday, the album is available as a stream on The A.V. Club. For the live experience, head over to the U-District tonight for the highly-anticipated album release show.

Jurado has enlisted the support of some pretty amazing openers, too. Grant Olsen’s Gold Leaves combines lush orchestration and quite possibly “one of the most flat-out pretty voices in contemporary indie rock.” As we said in our Gold Leaves interview from a few months back, Olsen and his fellow collaborators manage to create a sound that recalls simpler times with enough flourishes to firmly root itself in the here and now.

Bryan John Appleby, the Seattle-based purveyor of “indie-folk tinged Americana” and star of what is quite possibly Christian Sorensen Hansen’s most visually stunning video yet, will be kicking off the evening.

2/17 Damien Jurado / Gold Leaves / Bryan John Appleby @ Neptune Theatre :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $15 :: All Ages

February 7, 2012

Do Yourself a Favor and Go See The Features at Chop Suey Tonight

For some reason, we often spend time comparing and contrasting the trajectories of our favorite bands and more often than not, are completely at a loss to explain why one band “makes it” while another may spend their whole career in semi- or complete obscurity.

We’re not talking about contrasting the wild success of the Nickelbacks and Kings of Leons of the world with the hardworking, infinitely more talented Damien Jurados and Eef Barzelays that never seem to “break through” (define that as you will).

Instead, the mental Venn diagrams that we often construct involve charting bands that we deem to be of similar skill, song-writing ability and so-called mainstream appeal. It’s in these cases that we’re often unable to figure out why one will end up selling out The Paramount while the other plays to a small but devoted crowd at Chop Suey or whatever the case may be.

In terms of tonight’s SEA live MUSIC picks, that’s exactly the case. As longtime Wilco enthusiasts, we’re thrilled to see Jeff Tweedy and co. get the recognition they deserve – along with the financial incentives that accompany such notoriety. We wholly recommend the band and if you were so lucky to score tickets before they were gone, we know you’ll have a great time at the Paramount tonight.

If you’re looking for another option, we also wholeheartedly recommend another band that also formed in 1994 but has led a very different existence. The Features, headlining Chop Suey tonight, have been cranking out consistently solid, cleverly-worded, rock albums with very little fanfare (in the US anyway – according to Wikipedia, the band has been very well-received in the UK).

Interestingly, some 15 years in, the band’s relative “break” came in being discovered by a very different band, on the other end of the success and arguably talent spectrum, Kings of Leon.

Questionable merit of being endorsed by a band that few will actually publicly endorse aside, The Features truly rank up there as one of the greatest “less-discovered” rock bands of the past two decades.

Do yourself a favor and spend some time with their latest album (and perhaps our last interview with the band) and head over to Chop Suey to take in the live experience for yourself tonight.

The Features, Vanaprasta, The Good Hurt @ Chop Suey. Doors at 8 p.m. All Ages.

February 3, 2012

Sasquatch! 2012 Announced, Full Lineup Revealed

We’re far from the minority in stating this year’s just announced Sasquatch! lineup is the best we’ve seen in years. If you’re one who likes a bit of a build up, watch the festival’s official video below.

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announcement from Sasquatch Festival on Vimeo.

At last night’s launch party, we were lucky enough to see the announcement in real-time and take in the reaction from the crowd of fellow music bloggers, industry types, college students and music and/or festival enthusiasts. Based on what we saw on screen (the video above) and the public outcry, its fair to see this Memorial Day at the Gorge may very well rank amongst the very best yet.

Look for our specific reactions and recommendations in the coming days, weeks and months. In the meantime, jump to the part you’re most excited about and check out the full lineup below. Initial, first-glance favorites in bold.

Jack White / Beck / Bon Iver / Pretty Lights / Tenacious D / The Shins / Beirut / Girl Talk / The Roots / The Head & The Heart / Portlandia / Feist / Silversun Pickups / Metric / Explosions In The Sky / The Joy Formidable / Mogwai / Nero (DJ) / M. Ward / John Reilly & Friends / Childish Gambino / St. Vincent / The Civil Wars / Jamey Johnson / Little Dragon / Tune-Yards / Wild Flag / Blind Pilot / Wolfgang Gartner / Beats Antique / Apparat / The Walkmen / Clap Your Hands Say Yeah / Mark Lanegan Band / Spiritualized / Blitzen Trapper / The Cave Singers / Shabazz Palaces / Fun. / Grouplove / Tycho / Sbtrkt / Strfkr / Ted Leo and the Pharmacists / Deer Tick / Imelda May / Alabama Shakes / Dum Dum Girls / The Helio Sequence / Kurt Vile / Cloud Cult / We Are Augustines / Ben Howard / Here We Go Magic / Zola Jesus / The War On Drugs / Shearwater / Cass McCombs / Active Child / Trampled By Turtles / Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires / Araabmuzik / Star Slinger / L.A. Riots / Com Truise / Unknown Mortal Orchestra / I Break Horses / Walk The Moon / Dry The River / Allen Stone / Pickwick / Hey Marseilles / Gary Clark Jr. / Purity Ring / Electric Guest / Yellow Ostrich / Nobody Beats The Drum / Coeur De Pirate / Lord Huron / Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside / Beat Connection / The Sheepdogs / Hey Rosetta! / Said The Whale / Howlin Rain / Gardens & Villa / Felix Cartal / Craft Spells / Vintage Trouble / Poor Moon / Black Whales / Gold Leaves / Greylag / Awesome Tapes From Africa / THEESatisfaction / Dyme Def / Fresh Espresso / The Physics / Sol / Metal Chocolates / Grynch / Spac3man / Don’t Talk To The Cops / Scribes / Fatal Lucciauno / Fly Moon Royalty and Katie Kate.

Our worse for wear poster from last night…

February 2, 2012

Tonight, We Recommend Spending Time with Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws

Matthew Caws has always been the lyricist who seemingly captures the very same highs and lows we feel by placing them poetically into nearly-prefect expressions of failed dreams often sprinkled with glimmers of hope.

As such, we’re thrilled to learn that Caws will be playing three shows in the very near future. As luck has it, two shows – one solo and one with his band Nada Surf – happen to take place tonight.

While we’d be hard pressed to pick one over the other, we can wholeheartedly recommend that you spend your evening with Matthew Caws one way or the other.

Caws will play the highly anticipated Sasquatch Launch Party tonight and will hit the stage directly before headliner Junip, which features fellow noted lyricist and favorite understated vocalist Jose Gonzalez. Party kicks off at 8:00 p.m. at the University District’s Neptune Theatre.

If you’re more excited about seeing Caws with Nada Surf or perhaps are just more of a Ballard fan, you’ll be happy to know that the Brooklyn veterans of intelligent indie rock will be headlining the Tractor tonight as well. Say Hi will open with a solo set. Doors at 9:00 P.M.

Lastly, if tonight just isn’t going to pan out for you, rest assured at Nada Surf will return again to the Neptune on 3/24 as headliners with An Horse opening.

2/2 Sasquatch! Launch Party with Junip, Matthew Caws and The Physics @ Neptune Theatre :: 8:00 p.m. :: Tickets are $15 :: All Ages

2/2 Nada Surf / Say Hi @ Tractor Tavern :: Doors at 9:00 p.m. :: SOLD OUT :: 21+