Happy Bastille Day: Video of Desert by Emilie Simon

I will have a review and photos up of Emilie Simon’s recent show in Seattle soon but here’s a video of Desert to celebrate Bastille Day:


Photos: Police Teeth @ The Vera Project

I noticed a band called Police Teeth on last year’s Reverbfest schedule and decided to check them out based solely on their name. Within seconds I was completely addicted… their music hit home in a way that is rare for me these days and I was happily reminded of all the now-blurry punk shows I went to in the early 90s.

I picked up a copy of Jazz Records For Sale on Record Store Day and was again addicted, this time to Police Teeth’s recording, which is also a very rare occurrence. Too often, recordings by bands I love fail to capture the essence of the band – the energy that to me IS the band when I see them live. Not so with Jazz Records For Sale and also not so with Real Size Monster Series, which I picked up last night at the show. Well done, guys!

I managed to miss every opportunity since Reverbfest to see Police Teeth again until last night at The VERA Project. While I waited, comfy in a booth at the back of the venue, I heard a familiar voice and looked up to see Matt Brown approaching the stage with a small child. One can count on Matt Brown to always bring the perfect thing to a show, and this time it was a friend and her two children, who rocked out to Police Teeth like pros. Matt says this:

Kaelin (6) and Taylor (7) behaved wonderfully at their first show without a lot of coaching or supervision – standing right up front, dancing their butts off, not messing around with the monitors or climbing onstage. I would certainly take them to the Vera Project again, especially since Kaelin wanted to know why there weren’t any girls in the band. Once she sees MiniRex or the Tea Cozies, there’ll be no turning back…

Though it had been nine months since I’d seen Police Teeth, and though I’ve been wrong about singly-seen bands before, I knew they would be as solid and amazing as they were last night. I love Police Teeth and will grab every opportunity given to see them live — the next one being July 30th @ Funhouse.


More Police Teeth photos here.


Photos & Review: Butterfly Boucher @ the Crocodile

Butterfly Boucher, armed with a charming and settling Australian accent recently played an opening slot for Emilie Simon at the Crocodile. She’s an open performer, the kind who can get up on a stage and perform all alone and break into conversation that’s easy and fun. It doesn’t hurt also that her music is gorgeous. I enjoyed her intimate songs and she’s a mean guitar player. She released her second album, Scary Fragile this year, and it includes the superb Gun for a Tongue and A Bitter Song. I Can’t Make Me, off her first album, Flutterby sounded even better live than it does on CD.

Gallery of Butterfly Boucher
All photos by Dagmar


H is For Hellgate calls it quits

I loved this band and am pretty bummed right now. Here’s what Jamie Hellgate says via the band’s website:

127 Shows Later, H Is for Hellgate Closes Up Shop

It’s with a very substantial amount of sadness that I, Jamie Hellgate, write the news that H Is for Hellgate is in its final days. Jon, our drummer, has accepted a job overseas and with his departure, Ben and I have decided to put H Is for Hellgate to rest. There is a small chance that Jon’s plans will fall through and the band could stay together, but it’s not likely and we won’t have the final word for a couple of weeks so we are considering this the end.

It’s very probable that Ben and I will work together again on another project, but as of right now, there is nothing specific planned. In the meantime, Ben will continue the “Hooray” legacy with We Wrote The Book On Connectors while I work with the ex-Hungry Pines ladies on a new band (name pending) on the drums.

Our last show will be Thursday, July 23rd at the Comet Tavern in Seattle. If you can, please come down and celebrate with us. I promise to play some of the older songs a little less begrudgingly than usual. Also, we’ll have the Hellgate Club Issue 2 CDs available for free with the last three songs we wrote which I recorded in my garage a couple weeks ago.

A few of my favorite Hellgate pics follow. Best of luck to Jamie, Ben and Jon on their next adventures.