If meteorological forecasts are accurate, in Seattle we may see yet another wave of snow this weekend in the winter that will not end. Yes, in March. While I don’t want to see another snowflake before I see another Republican president, it’s not going to keep me holed up in my apartment for the entire week. There are just way too many exciting things going on. For example:
SXSeattle Sendoff Party at the Tractor Tavern, Friday, March 6
This bill is my kind of bill. It features Hey Marseilles, New Faces, Battle Hymns and Champagne Champagne and is a party sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Film and Music and is meant to be a sendoff party for four local bands that are heading down to Austin to play SXSW in about two weeks. What makes this bill so great, though, is that there’s an orchestral pop band, two rock bands and a hip hop group sharing the stage. Shows are almost exclusively booked within genres, often to the detriment, but here is a solid lineup meant to showcase both how talented and diverse music in Seattle is. It was never just Nirvana and it won’t just be Fleet Foxes defining the sound of this city.
One thing I love about covering Seattle music as a beat is a band like New Faces, who have had a pretty meteoric previous 365 days, winning EMP’s Sound Off! competition, being signed to Loveless Records and taking first place in TIG’s reader’s poll. I think they’re a little too derivative of The Killers and Franz Ferdinand (who are a little too derivative of The Strokes and Gang of Four, to be honest) but we’re getting to watch them flesh out their own sound in real time, while noticing big improvements with each show. With Champagne Champagne, here’s a hip hop group that sounds like they want to start a hell of a party, and tonight they’re going to close one.
The Redwood Plan at the Sunset, Saturday, March 7
I usually try to avoid mentioning KEXP’s monthly Audioasis broadcasts at the Sunset (and previously at the High Dive). It wasn’t because the lineups weren’t solid (they were, without fail) but because KEXP listeners already know about those shows and they do well without any attention I give them. This will be the first one I mention here because I’m very excited for this new band.
The Redwood Plan is a brand new band and a supergroup of sorts, featuring Lesli Wood, formerly of Ms. Led (and who I’ve known as a friend for several years), and Jamie Hellgate (of H is for Hellgate, who I regularly recommend in this space). They have a bouncy, dance rock sound that I’ve found deliciously addictive for the past week that I’ve had a copy of their self-titled EP. This will be their first proper show (they play a special, unannounced show at the Comet last Saturday evening that I foolishly missed), and will be broadcast live on Audioasis at 8pm. Wood told me that she was pleasantly surprised by the number of people dancing at the Comet. I can’t wait to see how excited their own crowds get for this band.
Disney Cover Night at Chop Suey, Wednesday, March 11
With the announced umpteenth reunion of Spinal Tap (which is probably not going to stop me from seeing it, by the way), I’ve been thinking a lot about the line from that movie about there being “such a fine line between stupid and clever”. Ironic covers are stupid because they come from a cynical point of view and mock the people who like something free of irony. I don’t think I need to explain why folk singers playing known hip hop songs are stupid. Disney Cover Night is not stupid.
Disney films were a major part of most of our childhoods and here some of Seattle’s finest musicians pay loving tribute to the songs from them. This night will feature The Pale Pacific, The Catch (who will be playing with their old rhythm section of Alissa Newton and Jenny Jimenez for the first time in several years), Kane Hodder and several other favorites. Here’s a video from the last Disney Cover Night (in December of 2007) with Kane Hodder playing the theme to “Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers”:
You’ve got a friend in me,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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