Wednesday Music News

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  • A very cool piece of Northwest history has emerged today. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has shared a recording of their very first show in Bellingham at a house venue called the Pacer House from November 22, 1997. Gibbard’s friend Trevor Adams had the foresight to record the gig on his dictaphone and save it for 20 years. Gibbard said of the show: “Chris Walla and I had just finished the You Can Play These Songs with Chords cassette and we thought it would be fun to play a few shows around Bellingham to celebrate the release. We recruited Nick Harmer to play bass and Walla’s childhood friend Nathan Good to play drums. None of us thought we were starting a band nor did our ambitions for DCfC extend very far past this particular evening. We simply thought it would be fun to play these songs for our friends before moving on to other things.” They’ve also shared the original flyer for the event. The recording is available for purchase on Bandcamp, with the proceeds going to Seattle nonprofit The Aurora Commons. [ Paste ]

  • Another beloved Northwest institution has made a major announcement. Seattle grunge band Mudhoney has announced a new live album called LiE (“Live in Europe”). The album was recorded during their 2016 European tour. They’ve shared a snippet from the album, a live version of “Judgement, Rage, Retribution and Thyme.” LiE will be out January 18 via Sub Pop. Their last album was 2013’s Vanishing Point. [ Pitchfork ]

  • Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins has dropped a new seven-song mixtape today. Called or more; the anxious, the project includes the previously shared singles “A Layover” and “Vampire In Brooklyn.” Jenkins wrote on SoundCloud, “Or More is a project series involving musical ideas and concepts that are currently inspiring the album’s creation process.” Jenkins’ last full-length was 2016’s The Healing Component which featured guests like BadBadNotGood and Noname. [ The FADER ]
    • A new comedy sketch starring Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and producer Steve Albini has emerged today. The two play cops on a stakeout who are skeptical about most everything revolving the situation: the code words, the difficulty of stealing art, but most importantly, the time they have to act. Which is the main point that is supposed to be derived from the sketch, which is promoting the currently-open (but not for long) window to sign up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act. The skit was created by Chicago-based filmmakers David Singer and Christopher Markos. The enrollment period ends December 15, sign up at [ Stereogum ]

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