Always a treat to see, San Francisco-based Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers played to a packed audience last week. They are currently on tour with Trampled By Turtles and made a stop at the Showbox SoDo. Besides playing a number of songs from their self-titled album released last year, they did a great rendition of “Piece Of My Heart” with Nicki sounding just like Janis Joplin.
This Wednesday, October 22nd, come check out the Northwest Film Forum’s Videoasis. The eve will feature a multimedia showcase of music videos from local rock royalty, including the likes of King Dude, Chastity Belt, Grave Babies, Constant Lovers, Psychic Rites, Haunted Horses and many more. KEXP’s Larry Rose will offer some tunes too. For the first installment, swing through as best buds and curators Sharlese Metcalf, KEXP and Bobby McHugh, World Famous share their hand-picked collection of their super fave videos to sing along and dance to.
Here’s a mini scoop from Sharlese of what Videoasis is all about. Can’t wait to get a bigger scoop Wednesday night!
Why are music videos relevant to underground music?
Sharlese Metcalf: Music videos, especially for underground bands, are a point where collaboration happens with underground filmmakers. They’re mutually beneficial and really cool. This is a tool to help promo everyone.
It builds an audience not only for the filmmaker, but gives a chance for the band to be presented in a visual fashion, therefore taking their music to a different artistic level.
You two have been quite the BFF duo for a while now. Can you share with us your adventure aesthetic and how it ties in with Videoasis?
SM: Bobby and I are an adventure. We’re great friends and Videoasis is an example of our creative minds! We’re quite honored to be able to do something like this!
What’s in store for us at Videoasis?
SM: Videoasis is a visually explorative insider’s look into the Pacific Northwest. Expect a lot of fun and great surprises. It’ll be like watching a really fucking cool music video movie.
Videoasis is on October 22, 2014 at 7pm
Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave, Seattle WA 98122)
image courtesy of World Famous
Carla Bozulich has always been an odd one. I mean that in the best way. Touring with a trio, which she says is incredibly difficult for her material, she began the show hopping around on stage as a menacing loop starts. If that sounds conflicting that’s because it was.
“Is my head bleeding?” she inquired after the first couple of songs.
“Play guitar! It’s awesome!” She retorted to herself.
Throughout the set, one of her band members moved back and forth from percussion to electric musical saw, at one point doubling her vocal melody, producing one of the most enthralling sonic affectations of the evening.
Swans built their set off of mostly new material, presumably for the next record. When they called upon material already released, they never went further back than The Seer. Their new material took a bit longer to unfold than the material on To Be Kind and The Seer. “Frankie M” opened the show with untold minutes of hypnotic percussion work, moving to a full band drone, and climaxing in a full but non-brutal way. Being at the foot of the stage I could watch Gira directly above, with his intense glares, smirks, and silent gestures. Those cued his charges, and he often lost himself in spasmodic dances, speaking in tongues like a Pentecostal raising of the spirits. Another new one, “Don’t Go” was the most delicate and beautiful of the night. If the new material hints at the overall direction of the new record, I’d say expect a quieter, mournful and melodic affair.
Both Carla Bozulich and Swans have developed over the years a distinct ability to take traditional folk and blues, collapse the forms on themselves, and reconstruct them into visions that uniquely mirror people’s divisions of sacred and profane, the tainting of one with the other, and the desire for the other when embracing one. Much like the saw, whose original purpose was destroyed and reappropriated, these two artists are masters of taking sound and form, ripping them from their original aesthetic and purpose, and infusing them with an entirely different mission and vitality. These are two of our most important artists working today. Ignore at your own loss.
Stockholm, Sweden’s Kate Boy are in Seattle this Saturday, October 18th to headline at the Sunset. The trio, whose debut full-length is on its way, recently shared the first singles off the album, “Self Control” and “Open Fire.” Among all the electronic pop music coming out of Scandinavia, Kate Boy is holding its own as something very special. Also, they don’t always get a lot of electronic music over in Ballard (where the Sunset is), so if you live out there, you’re in for a treat.
The group’s taken time to put together special playlists for each city they’re visiting. Here is Seattle’s, which includes such different artists as Nirvana and Throw Me the Statue:
For tickets, head over to the Sunset’s event page.
The always charming singer-songwriter Christina Perri recently opened for Demi Lovato at the Xfinity Arena, north of Seattle. I had the pleasure of shooting her set for the second time this year while she’s been touring in support of her sophomore release, Head or Heart. Besides the music, one of my favorite parts of the of show was her interaction with the audience and the intros to the songs. Love her tattoos!