DJ Michele’s Bumbershoot Tips, Sat 9/2

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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, at the Phoenix - 6/29/06
Photo courtesy of Delineated

*Tips on Takes: You only really need sunscreen and cash (ATMs have long, long lines). Travel light. Wear comfy shoes!

**I’ve listed the DON’T MISS THIS acts in CAPITOLS. Other acts to see for goodness sake are listed in regular case.

***I’m only going on Saturday, but there are also killer acts on Sun (Including ZERO 7, SPOON, THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, DENGUE FEVER, COMMON MARKET and KANYE WEST) and Mon (ATMOSPHERE, Breakestra, Nouvelle Vague, BITTERSWEET, Metri, Feist, TRANSMISSIONARY 6, BETTYE LAVETTE and A TRIBE CALLED QUEST) too.

SATURDAY 9/2

12:45-1:45 THE GOSSIP - MAINSTAGE (DANCE-SOUL-PUNK-BLUES BAND FROM PORTLAND. THEIR ALBUM “STANDING IN THE WAY OF CONTROL IS ONE OF THE BEST RECORDS OF 2006)

Standing in the Way of Control - (MP3)

1:45-2:45 Slender Means - Backyard Stage (Pop band from Seattle, very magnetic melodies. A very talented young band that I believe will do great things in the future.)

Slender Means live at KEXP (12/4/05) - (WMA, Real)

2:15-3:30 BLONDIE - MAINSTAGE (HOLY SH** IT’S BLONDIE!!! I’VE NEVER SEEN HER LIVE. SHE WAS THE FIRST WHITE PERSON TO PUT OUT A HIT RAP SONG. HAVE YOU SEEN “VIDEODROME”? IT’S A REALLY, REALLY WEIRD/COOL SCI FI MOVIE AND SHE’S SO COMPELLING IN IT. THIS WOMAN IS SO SEXY IN A “VIVA FEMME” SORT OF WAY, AND IS A PIMP SONGWRITER. I’M SO NOT MISSING THIS.) Check out a few videos.

3:30-4:30 HALOU - BACKYARD (THIS ELECTRONIC-CINEMATIC BAND FROM THE BAY AREA ARE ONE-OF-A-KIND. JOHN IN THE MORNING DESCRIBED THEIR SHOW AS “ONE OF THE BEST LIVE ACTS ON EARTH.I’VE NEVER WALKED AWAY FROM A HALOU SHOW WITH LESS THAN MY JAW DROPPED TO THE FLOOR. TRULY MESMERIZING”. THEIR ALBUM FROM 2006 “WHOLENESS AND SEPARATION” IS ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST.)

Halou live at KEXP (6/9/06) - (WMA, Real)

3:45-4:45 JAMIE LIDELL - BUMBRELLA (I LIKE THIS REVIEW FROM BLUES AND SOUL “IMAGINE PRINCE PRODUCING OTIS REDDING AT AN EARLY ’90s WAREHOUSE RAVE”. THIS SOUL SINGER RIPS IT UP TO ELECTRONIC BEATS. THE LYRICS ARE KINDA DUMB BUT IF YOU’RE DANCING AND HE’S KICKIN DOWN WITH THE SONGS WHO CARES?!?). Check him out.

5:15-6:30 ROGUE WAVE - BACKYARD (I’M REALLY CURIOUS ABOUT THIS BAND FROM SAN FRANCISCO. THEIR RECORD FROM LAST YEAR “DESCENDED LIKE VULTURES” RANGES FROM A BEATLES-Y KINDA SOUND TO A WARM, FUZZY ROCK THING. I THINK THEY COULD GO EITHER WAY LIVE, BE REALLY INTROSPECTIVE AND EMOTIVE, OR WARM AND FUZZY ROCK ICONS. WE’LL SEE.)

Publish My Love - (MP3)
10:1 - (MP3)

5:30-6:45 NOMO - Bumbrella (If it’s not too far from the Rogue Wave show, I’d like to catch a few songs by this extremely talented and tight Afrobeat band. They’re from Michigan, but their jazz-funk-Afro-beat sound makes like they were trained by Fela himself. Extraordinary, really.)

Nomo live at KEXP (6/3/06) - (WMA, Real)

7:30-8:30 SHARON JONES - BUMBRELLA (!!!!!) (I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. THIS 60 YEAR OLD FIREBALL OF A FUNK/SOUL SINGER COULD METAPHORICALLY BE THE LOVE CHILD OF ARETHA AND JAMES BROWN. SHE KNOWS HOW TO WORK THE AUDIENCE AND IS ONE OF THE TOP 3 ARTISTS I’VE SEEN. EVER. HER BACKING BAND IS THE DAP-KINGS - THE PERFECT FUNK/SOUL MACHINE. HORNS. GOD I LOVE HORNS.)

Sharon Jones live at KEXP (5/18/05) - (WMA, Real)

9:30-10:30 LADY SOVEREIGN - BUMBRELLA (GRIME POP IS A STYLE OF RAPPING WHERE THE SINGER SINGS OVER SAMPLED BEATS FROM A DJ. I’VE SEEN DIZZY RASCAL LIVE - HE ASKED ME OUT - PICTURE ME AS MRS. RASCAL HEH HEH. I’VE ALSO SEEN MIA. THEY ARE BOTH VERY TALENTED, BUT I HAVE TO SAY, 20 YEAR-OLD LADY SOVEREIGN BLOWS THEM BOTH AWAY. SHE IS SINCERE, SASSY AND SOLID. DON’T MISS HER.)

The S.O.V. live at KEXP (6/7/06) - (WMA, Real)

10:30 TAKE YOUR ASS HOME AND GO TO SLEEP. A GOOD DAY OF MUSIC. DONE.

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