About a month ago I decided that I was not going to go to the Gorge for the annual Sasquatch Festival that will take place next weekend. While there is a large handful of artists on the lineup that I would really love to see (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, Santigold, Crystal Castles, of Montreal, etc...), I made the choice that I really didn’t want to make the trek and deal with crowds, expensive beer, Animal Collective fans and spotty cell phone reception. With the opening weekend of the Seattle International Film Festival coming up next weekend, as well as a lot of other great shows passing through the 206 area code before and after, I’m not regretting staying closer to home. In the week prior, here are some things that are on the immediate horizon that are making it easier to stay in King County.
Tea Cozies at Easy Street Records (West Seattle), Friday, May 15
I used my space here two weeks ago to rave about Tea Cozies’ CD release show at the High Dive -- and I guess I’m not finished. I certainly haven’t finished listening to their excellent new album, Hot Probs -- even to the point where I’m listening to them to the detriment of artists whose work I am supposed to be reviewing or in lieu of doing research for upcoming interviews. I can’t get the summery, pure pop songs out of my head.
Watching the band two weeks ago, their live set is as compelling and fun as it is to listen to Tea Cozies on their record. They project a bouncy energy that transfers the fun from their hook-filled songs to the audience. They also seem to have been generating considerable buzz from Hot Probs, with a handful of people I know outside of my music circles (like my favorite barista at Starbucks) asking me what I know about Tea Cozies. As soon as the weather starts to improve (as is the rumor it does during summer months), you’ll be hearing a lot more from and about Tea Cozies.
In the Loop at the Seattle International Film Festival at the Paramount, Thursday, May 21
With SIFF starting this week, it will soon be engulfing my life. This year I was tapped to manage the coverage at Three Imaginary Girls, and so far it has been a labor of love.
The first film is a political satire, In The Loop, that stars James Gandolfini and Steve Coogan. It’s a humorous take on the intelligence failures that led to the US (and UK -- this is a British comedy) getting into the Iraq War. Coogan is especially funny as an aide to the prime minister with a vocabulary that might make Joe Pesci blush and who acts as though he might blow a blood vessel from the actions of his underlings, who he wants to just stay on message. If Aaron Sorkin made a slapstick, British version of “The West Wing” during the early Bush years, it would probably be In the Loop.
Here’s the trailer:
Getting prepared to climb the mountain of conflict,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
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