Today in (Northwest) Music: It’s On!

The Saturday Knights get up early in the morning
photo by Christopher Nelson

Thanks to The Saturday Knights for waking up early in the morning to co-host the Morning Show with John Richards this past Monday. Fueled by the High Life, Tilson, Barfly, and DJ Suspence brought the rock, with picks like The Beatles to Dwight Yoakam to Big Star, but they didn’t forget to bring the hip-hop with Freestyle Fellowship and El-P, who by the way will be performing at Neumo’s on May 14 and also in our studios that day at 3 pm.

Recently, as a Song of the Day podcast, we sent out this song from The Saturday Knights’ self-titled EP, released on local label Light In The Attic:

The Saturday Knights – 45 (MP3)

When it comes to local music, there’s a lot going on this weekend. As long as you’re not too busy catching Taylor Hicks at the Moore Theatre, you could be catching Blue Scholars, Vindaloo, Visqueen, Skullbot, Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, The Posies, Ms. Led, Lillydale, and a whole lot more — and that’s just for Friday! You can find out who else is playing on the KEXP Club Calendar.

Here’s what else is happening in the Northwest this week:

  • Former grunge rocker Chris Cornell was just in town, returning to Seattle as he prepares to release his next solo album. To an exclusive crowd at the newly relocated Fenix Underground (where the Premiere used to be), Cornell preformed many Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog favorites, like “Rusty Cage,” “Jesus Christ Pose,” and “Hunger Strike.” There’s no need to despair missing this show (after all, you weren’t invited) because you can stream the whole concert on MSN or just grab the mp3’s at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends. Sweet!
  • It’s also goods new for Bothell’s own American Idol finalist Blake Lewis, who survived a Bee Gee bashing and made it to the top three. Well done. Though, LaKisha, we will miss you. You can see the Idol hopeful tomorrow morning, May 11, on Fox Q13, and at Westlake Center just after 12 pm. Blake Lews fan Travis Hay at Ear Candy has the details.
  • Now on tour with Tool: Kinski! That’s right, the Seattle instrumental space-rockers were tapped to tour with Tool throughout the month of May. Seattle Weekly writer and KEXP DJ Hannah Levine spoke with Kinski’s Chris Martin, who she reported was “pleasantly surprised and confused” by the choice. Congrats to the band, but I’m intrested to see how well this goes over with the Tool crowd:
  • Kinski – The Wives of Artie Shaw (MP3)

  • Though not currently in town, Ben Gibbard has been touring with David Bazan and trying out new material. On Monday night, Gibbard treated a crowd in Somerville, MA, that included Ted Leo, to this cover of Nirvana’s “All Apologies.” Stereogum presents this and two other video clips from that night:
  • Brandi Carlile is also on the road, but she’ll be returning to Seattle for a sold out show at the Moore on the first of June and a not-yet-sold-out show at the Woodland Park Zoo. Ticket information is available at her MySpace page, and there’s a great review of her latest album The Story from the AP. Here’s a track from it, hosted by I Guess I’m Floating:
  • Brandi Carlile – Cannonball (MP3)

  • Someone who’s not going to be going anywhere for a little while is Eric Lashes (really, Eric Howk), of The Lashes, who fell into a construction site neighboring a friend’s house, resulting in back surgery after that twelve foot fall. Three Imaginary Girls, LineOut and Reverb have all been diligently reporting on the guitarist’s condition. Tomorrow night, Friday, May 11, U.S.E. will play a benefit for Eric at the Redmond Firehouse. It’s all ages and proceeds go to Eric’s rehabilitation.
  • New-Portlander Britt Daniel, of Spoon, performed at the Crocodile the other night for Charley’s Fund, which helps award grants to muscular dystrophy researchers. The Finest Kiss revies the show, which was full of old favorites and new ones from the forthcoming album
  • Once again, thanks to The Saturday Knights for coming by KEXP and for keeping NW hip-hop alive. If you’d like to see pictures from Monday morning, check out Christopher Nelson’s work on Flickr. If you missed their appearance, you can go back on our Streaming Archive for fourteen days.

    photo by Jasper Berg

    Also, If you missed them today, you should also go back and check out Portland’s Lifesavas, who were in our studio this afternoon. Among other killer songs, they played this one, “Gutterfly,” featuring Camp-Lo:

    Lifesavas – Gutterfly ft. Camp-Lo (MP3)

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    1. Jimjiminy
      Posted May 10, 2007 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      Thank you, U.S.E for stepping in to continue the rock on Friday. YOu are true lovers of humanity. All the best to Mr. Howk. I hear he is a great guy.

    2. Posted May 10, 2007 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the shoutout for Eric’s show… we hope it’s a smashing success! I caught most of the Saturday Knights on John’s show — jeeeeeesh those fellas are effing funny! I need to dig out some crayons and enter to win that night out on the town!

    3. Tiffany
      Posted June 23, 2007 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

      I’m upset that I missed the Brandi Carlile show on June 1st at the Moore. Thankfully I got tickets for her upcoming show this Wednesday, June 27th at the Woodland Park Zoo. It’s part of their annual WaMu ZooTunes summer shows. Anyways, there are a few more seats left I believe, so you should check it out!

      If you don’t know about Brandi, you should. She was on VH1’s “You Oughta Know” … and Rollingstone said she was one of “10 Artists To Watch” in 2005. She’s got a great voice and covers a bunch of genres–folk, alternative, pop, country. AND she’s from here, so definitely come out and support. Or at least get her album “The Story” or check out her websites!

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