Seattle is home to so many great organizations. We’ve blabbed about how much we love The Vera Project, Pasado’s Safe Haven, FareStart and so many others but I don’t think we’ve ever really shared our enthusiasm for the Northwest Film Forum. The Northwest Film Forum is Seattle’s premiere film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.
These guys have been around since the mid-nineties and they are second to none. They desperately need everyone’s help in raising $70,000 before August 15th. They’ve made a dent in their goal but they still have a long way to go. Please join us in supporting the Northwest Film Forum. Seattle can’t afford to lose such a great joint. You can donate here.
Here we are: our fourth installment of “For the Record,” wherein we highlight some of the staff’s personal favorites from the Sub Pop catalog, wax hyperbolic on same, and then deeply discount the title(s) in question for 48 hours. And this time Carly Starr is making this feature her own by choosing not one, but two Constantines records. So perhaps this is our first “For the Record(s)”? Let’s get into it!
The Constantines are one of my favorite bands in the entire world.
Everything about Shine a Light and Constantines is perfect. How do I know? Because right now I’m listening to them (no, not at the same time) for the one billionth time and I still turned my speakers all the way up—which is what you do when you’re listening to a great fucking rock album. And that is what Shine a Light and Constantines are: amazing rock albums filled with sweet bass lines (yes, I sure did just say that!) and hand-claps all fronted by undeniable voices that you cannot resist singing along with.
I started to list my favorite songs but then I ended up with more than half of the album tracks. But really—“Arizona,” “Shine a Light,” “Young Offenders,” “Nighttime / Anytime (It’s Alright),” “Justice,” “Young Lions,” “Little Instruments,” “On to You”… SO MANY JAMS!
At the old (and what now seems really small) Sub Pop office we used to blare Shine a Light simultaneously on three stereos around 4 PM on Friday afternoons. Those were good days (who even has a stereo, besides me, at their desk anymore?).
If you ever get a chance to see this band play live you have to. No BS excuses. YOU MUST SEE THIS BAND PLAY LIVE. They might even throw you an instrument to play.
I’m not going to choose which album is my favorite so I’m picking both. I would suggest you do the same and just buy both. Play these albums really effing loud and don’t be afraid to let it out (not that).
This Saturday night, Aug. 29, our friends in Kinski will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary! Details about the show are in the note below and you should certainly attend!
We’re celebrating Kinski’s 10th anniversary as a band. Can you believe that?
We’re going to do it at a little bar in Seattle that has meant a lot to us over the years, the Monkey Pub.
The show is this Saturday, August 29th and it’s part of the N.U.D.E. festival. Also on the bill are our pals the Peripherals and Fortress of Victory.
There’s a bunch of other shows happening in the U. District that night as part of the festival too. We’ll be going on later, so swing on by.
And Kinski’s original drummer, Dave Weeks, will be sitting in with us on a couple of our older numbers from the early days.
We’ll also continue the celebration Sept 11th at Chop Suey with Lesbian.
Not only are we still offering a full EP stream of the upcoming No Age release, Losing Feeling_, (more information on that great deal is available here8) but starting today, we are also giving away a free download of their Losing Feeling track, “You’re A Target”.
You can find this free download of “You’re A Target” under LISTEN on our front page, or on No Age’s artist page or right here if you please. Any which way you wanna choose, you still are gonna get yourself some free No Age music.
HEY! The Dum Dum Girls are playing in south Seattle on Friday August 21, 2009!
Dum Dum Girls at 6pm
Wavves at 7pm
Pacific Industrial Center
2960 4th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
Someone else that we like a lot is playing on Saturday.
Check here for more info.