I had just finished up an absolutely horrendous seven days prior to writing this column, with some (too many) people close to me going in and out of hospitals. It was an unfortunate and difficult time for it. Yet, moving beyond that, I’m looking at the calendar and while there are many excellent things going on (as there is every week -- and I’ll stop writing this column once the reasons for staying in outnumber the reasons for going out), I want to focus on two very worthy benefits.
Dancing on the Valentine IV, Saturday, February 14 at Chop Suey
Every year, my very dear friend Jenny George organizes a benefit for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society on her birthday -- which happens to be on Valentine’s Day. One of the great things about being her friend (besides, of course, that she’s a wonderful and amazing person) is that I have built-in plans for Valentine’s Day. This show’s theme this year is a tribute to Factory Records and promises to be an awful lot of fun. Bands like Motorik, Police Teeth and Peter Parker (as well as a few assembled just for this night) will be playing their favorite songs put out by Factory Records. The thing about nights like this is that it is always fun to guess who will be playing what songs -- and with artists to choose from like New Order, Joy Division, OMD and Happy Mondays, this will make for the one of the most memorable Valentine’s nights in recent memory and will make the late Tony Wilson smile with pride.
Although I could probably cheat and ask if anyone will be playing The Happy Mondays’ “24 Hour Party People,” I’ll just keep my fingers crossed until Saturday night that someone will:
‘The Beautiful Truth’ listening party on Monday, February 16 at Gainsbourg
Gainsbourg, co-owned by Audioasis host Hannah Levin (and my favorite music writer in the Northwest), is a fantastic new bar in the Greenwood neighborhood and offers classy, well-made drinks with zero pretension. Even better, on Monday night they are hosting a listening party for The Beautiful Truth, the posthumous record from local music legend John Spalding.
Spalding had gotten several of his most talented friends to help him make this gorgeous and moving album as he’s fighting against cancer. He died last November and throughout the twelve songs on this album, it’s apparent he is fighting for his life. It doesn’t dampen his spirits, though. He sounds like he is trying to make the most of every remaining breath he has left.
The record will be spun a few times between 8 and 10pm and then it’ll be followed by a DJ set from Minus the Bear’s Erin Tate. You can pick up a copy of The Beautiful Truth there, before it’s available in record stores (and you should).
I remember nothing,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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