Yesterday the temperature rose to a sweltering 102 degrees in Seattle. Just last summer, we were calling June “Junuary” and cursing the gods/goddesses for our cold, rainy existence. Although most have been complaining of the excessive heat (me included), it’s not incredibly bad. We actually get to indulge in a few rare opportunities because of this weather. We can go night swimming! We can eat at the few restaurants here that have outdoor patios! We can leave our sweaters/jackets at home when we go out at night! We can drink iced coffee!
We can also go to outdoor festivals and shows without fear of rain, which brings me to the topic at hand. Seattlites, I urge you to embrace this South Georgia weather, and celebrate by attending the KEXP Mural Concert Series this weekend! Our boys, Blitzen Trapper will be performing on Friday 7/31 along with Throw Me the Statue and DJ EL Toro.
Fruit Bats (new album out on 8/4!) will be playing Friday 8/21, with our good friends The Moondoggies (Hardly Art!), Johnny and the Moon, and DJ Hannah Levin.
This concert is the first in a series curated by KEXP, all of which are FREE and all ages. There will be a concert every Friday from July 31 to August 21, from 5 PM to 8 PM on the lawn of the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre. The annual KEXP Barbeque is part of the series, and will take place on Saturday August 8, 2 PM to 9 PM.
Mural Concert Series and KEXP BBQ Lineup:
Friday 7/31, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ El Toro
Throw Me the Statue
Friday 8/7, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Chilly
Saturday 8/8, 7th Annual KEXP BBQ! 2-9pm
KEXP DJ John Richards
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Friday 8/14, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Troy Nelson
Friday 8/21, 5-8pm
KEXP DJ Hannah Levin
Johnny and the Moon
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
What a lucky gal, I am. I get to head over to KEXP for the second time this week! Wednesday, the Vaselines played a fabulous live set of all their hits. Go here for some really cute pictures of Frances and Eugene.
On Saturday, Obits will be performing a live in-studio at 3 PM PST before their show at Neumos. If for some reason you won’t be able to come to the show or if you’re just a super fan (and that’s alright!), tune in here.
One of the ways our friends at KEXP raise money to keep on keepin’ on is through the sale of their series of Live at KEXP compilations. These CDs feature KEXP’s exclusive, live in-studio recordings and recordings from live remote broadcasts across the country. And, Volume 4 is coming out on September 16th! This new installment includes several artists whose recordings are generally available on the Sub Pop label. Specifically, these artists…
The Helio Sequence, who perform the song “Can’t Say No” from their album Keep Your Eyes Ahead
Fleet Foxes with the song “Oliver James” from their self-titled album.
Plus! This volume also includes the song “Lion’s Mouth” from Hardly Artists Arthur & Yu.
Live at KEXP – Volume 4 is evidently available exclusively through Insound and you can (and should) pre-order it now!
Tiny Vipers will doing a live in studio performance on KEXP at noon. Wanna listen? Good. Just click your way on over to www.kexp.org and follow the “listen live” link with your favorite flavor of stream. Or if you’re old fashioned and you live in the greater Seattle area, you can just tune in on your FM receiver to 90.3.
Also of note to Seattlites: Tiny Vipers will be performing a live in-store at 7 pm this evening at the Capitol Hill Sonic Boom. We suggest you attend.
Chad VanGaalen’s latest and greatest record, Shrink Dust, has been pelted with many favorable accolades from the music glitteratti in the short time that it’s been available on record store shelves, and with good reason, it’s really G-D great (don’t take my word from it, read some of the accolades below). Chad recently took to the Seattle-based radio station,KEXP, for a live, in-studio performance, and true to form, Chad delivered an amazing, beautiful, charming, funny, and weird one-man-band-style show. Check that out in the embedded player.
See Chad with a full band at any one of these fine venues:
June 15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
June 17 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall*
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
June 19 - Oakland, CA - LEO’S*
June 20 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage*
June 21 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern*
June 22 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett*
Aug. 31 - North Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
Sep. 01 - London, UK - Oslo
Sep. 02 - Paris, FR - Point FMR
Sep. 04 - Gent, BE - DOK
Sep. 06 - Vlieland, NL - Into the Great Wide Open Festival
Sep. 07 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus
Sep. 08 - Berlin, DE - Kantine Berghain
Sep. 09 - Arhus, DK - Radar
Sep. 11- Stockholm, SE - Stacken
Sep. 12 - Copenhagen, DK - Ideal Bar
Sep. 13 - Cologne, DE - King Georg
Sep. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - DOK
Sep. 15 - Tilburg, NL - Incubate
* w/ Cousins
What People Have Said About Chad VanGaalen’s Shrink Dust:
“His latest, Shrink Dust,
is possibly his best, and certainly his most confident…Chad VanGaalen’s
world is weird, but never just for weird’s sake—his creations spring
from deep inside the singular, twisted mind of their creator, and Shrink Dust is the closest we’ve come yet to getting inside his head.” [Review] - Pitchfork
“It’s like if Dali and Kafka got lost at an MGMT concert…Ever the tinkerer, Shrink Dust expands
VanGaalen’s immense talents to even more uncharted, exciting territory.
The record deals with some hefty topics, but they don’t seem as
insurmountable through VanGaalen’s lens.” [Review] - Consequence of Sound
album that wears its weirdness on its sleeve, but it’s the best kind of
weird, and a joy to listen to.” [Review, 8/10] - FILTER
something deeply relatable about the flawed protagonists of ‘Weighed
Sin’ and ‘Monster’, whose callow whimsy masks a more disquieting
melancholia. This madcap might raise the occasional laugh, but inside
he’s crying, and for all your voyeuristic unease, you won’t be able to
look away. [Review, 8/10] - NME
it’s eccentrically charming and something that he proves elsewhere time
and again, with the cooed loveliness of the ominously titled ‘Evil’, as
well as the swirling refrain and sprawling, gossamer of inﬂuences found
on ‘Cosmic Destroyer’, making for wondrously ﬂoaty highpoints.” [Review, 8/10] - Loud & Quiet
those who like their space-age folk rock with a strong sense of
humility, it doesn’t get much chiller than this.” [Review, 8/10]- Exclaim!
Gaalen is basically a visionary with a guitar, a lot of oddball
instruments and recording gear, and this album is meditative and spooky,
an appealing continuation of his fire-hose like output.” [Review] - Relix
takes you on something of a journey, veering from country to garage
rock to something almost literally out-of-this-world.” [Review, 4 / 5] - Music OMH