Show preview: Sleepy eyes of death @ chop suey this friday

Sleepy Eyes of Death is one of the best bands I’ve seen in my 25+ years of show-going. My first exposure to them was at a live show last year, when I became an instant fan. It’s obvious they’re serious about their sound and the hard work it takes to prepare for their live show, with all that gear and meticulously placed lights, pays off immeasurably when you’re standing in the audience with their music and fog washing over you.

Chop Suey will be a great venue for Sleepy Eyes of Death – I can’t recommend this show highly enough and hope to see you there. Check back here post-show for photos and an in-depth interview I recently conducted with this amazing local band.

Oh! And check out this video for one of my favorite songs, Final Heart Beats Black.

A few shots from past shows:

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Photos: The Lonely Forest & New Faces @ the Vera Project

The Lonely Forest released their new CD, We Sing the Body Electric at the Vera Project on Friday night. They were joined by New Faces, the Globes and Wild Orchid Children. Sadly I arrived late to the show and missed most of the Globes. Wild Orchid Children had some technical difficulties that made the vocals impossible to hear- always a shame – but managed to do some intriguing drum work among the entire band.

Now, on to the Lonely Forest and New Faces. It’s trite to say that the future of Seattle music in good hands. How many times can you read that and say it? It’s so true though when we’re talking about these bands. They’re luscious. The Lonely Forest gave out homemade cookies and their guitarist kept playing despite a bleeding wound on his left knuckles. My favorite song was Blackheart Vs. Captain America.


You can catch the Lonely Forest again in Seattle with Jeremy Enigk at Neumos on May 14th. I will be there.

I’m probably more than a little crazy about New Faces. Even though he was battling a flu bug, their bassist Kyle kept going, at one point asking for the bass to be turned up. One thing people must know about me is that I love a loud bass so this was bonus bonus bonus. Thank you New Faces. Favorite song? Ms. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.


New Faces play June 10th @ Neumos with Scotland’s 1990s as part Noise for the Needy. I will be there for this one too.

You can see more photos I took of both bands here:
The Lonely Forest @ the Vera Project
New Faces @ the Vera Project

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photos: my bloody valentine @ wamu theater

Loud? Yes. Amazing? Completely. A guy on the bus back to the U-District summed it up perfectly by saying, “I bet that’s what it feels like to fall into a black hole”.

I was able to talk my (non-SLR) Powershot in and grabbed a few photos. Were you there? What did you think?

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Initial 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party Lineup Announced

Wow! Get all the details here.

SONIC YOUTH, THE JESUS LIZARD, THE GOSSIP, DEERHUNTER, BLACK LIPS, EARTH, THE THERMALS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, MOONDOGGIES, SPINNERETTE, THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE, MIKA MIKO, THE BLAKES, SLEEPY EYES OF DEATH, GIRLS, HEY MARSEILLES, THE MALDIVES, TRUCKASAURUS, AKIMBO, PAST LIVES, FUTURE OF THE LEFT, MICACHU, STARFUCKER, FAUX PUNK, NEW FACES, HOTELS, PICA BEATS, FLEXIONS, THEY LIVE!, AUDICITY, BOW+ARROW, SOL, JAPANDROIDS

More to be announced soon….

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Photos: the lonely forest’s cd release show @ the vera project + blue moon show shots

VERA Project was packed for The Lonely Forest’s CD release show on Saturday. This band has palpably evolved in the ten months since I first saw them live, and they were great already. Certainly in their element on Saturday, their set was passionate and hugely energetic. An entire choir traveled from TLF’s hometown of Anacortes to join them at times, singing from the audience. “We Sing In Time” was a highlight for me, as nearly the entire audience along with the choir in the audience joined in.

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New Faces are adorable. They’re also a wonderfully talented trio of musicians who create music I love. They bashed out a great set and I look forward to seeing them again.

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I love Wild Orchid Children and so did the kids at VERA, who were still hopped up from New Faces when WOC took the stage. I was thankfully granted access to the balcony, not up for moshy tomfoolery, and I stayed up there for most of the rest of the show. Wild Orchid Children sounded great (once Kirk’s mic issues were resolved) and they blazed through a terrific set.

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Dagmar and I proved ourselves to be irrefutable music addicts by choosing the Blue Moon as our post-VERA drinking destination. 13th Grade was nearing the end of their set and I couldn’t resist grabbing a photo. I’ve not seen them before but surely will.

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I also caught a show at Blue Moon on Thursday, where a sparse and appreciative audience responded to  The Skyfire Puzzle. I love their sound as much as I hate their name, and I hope to catch them again soon. High Divide and The Mass Magicians rounded out the night.

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More photos in our  flickr pool.

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