Friday, January 30, 2009

A Great Weekend for Music in Bellingham



Helms Alee put out one of my favorite records of last year, so seeing them at Cap Hansen's (a very small bar here in town where I was lucky to see Monotonix twice) on Saturday is going to be incredible. I hope to grab a copy of their new 7" for less than $9.00 (yikes). Get there early if you want to be sure a spot inside. Plus, Police Teeth (ex USS Horsewhip, Racetrack) is rad too. And I hear this is might be their CD release show.

Tonight a bunch of awesome locals are playing a Whatcom All-ages Art and Music (WhAAM) benefit show. Check out Connecticut Four, they are my favorite from the bunch.

Plus last night I got to see Akimbo on WWU's campus, who performed their epic masterpiece "Jersey Shores" from start to finish. I like the album, but seeing it live was a whole new experience. Those guys are very talented musicians; especially the guitarist. That guy can shred. I think the high school kids in attendance were either bored, or their minds were blown. I hope for the latter.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

David Bazan to Play House Shows


David Bazan (Pedro the Lion's frontman) wants to get back to performing in a more intimate setting, so he is staring the year with a house show tour, letting fans apply to host shows for him to perform at. Seems like an awesome deal with one catch; tickets are $20. I know it sounds like a lot, but it makes sense due to the fact that he could be making more on a club tour (he is on Barsuk after all), and this would be a huge treat to his die-hard fans. If I still lived in a huge house in Bellingham like I did a few years ago, I'd be totally down for this. Especially since I don't think I've seen him perform since my early college years (as Pedro the Lion).

Check out more info here. Anyone hosting a show must sign this contract.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

President Obama's First Weekly Address



I am totally digging this! For the first time, I plan on actually following what our President and what congress is doing. I really hope Obama and his administration are able to follow these ambitious plans.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I Love You, Man

Amazing cast! I really can't wait to see this.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Flooding

The flooding here has been pretty crazy. I've never seen the rivers so high. Some of the locals in Ferndale are saying the Nooksack is higher than it's ever been. I guess it's the Northwest's turn to feel some effects of the climate change. First crazy snow, now this.

Here are some of my favorite images on the Bellingham Herald's site.















Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My Top Albums of 2008

Let me preface the list by saying that this is the first time I've ever attempted to rank my top albums of the year. I also decided not to write anything about any of the albums and include an .mp3 instead. So I'll let the music describe itself, plus I honestly don't have time for all that writing.

1) Torche - Meanderthal

Healer




2) Paint it Black - New Lexicon

The Ledge




3) Algernon Cadwallader - Some Kind of Cadwallader

Casual Discussion in a Dome Between Two Temples




4) Lemuria - Get Better

Mechanical




5) Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crimewave




6) M83 - Saturdays = Youth

Skin of the Night




7) Helms Alee - Night Terror

A Weirding Away




8) Blacklisted - Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God

I Am Weighing Me Down




9) Good Luck - Into Lake Griffy

Public Radio




10) Polar Bear Club - Sometimes Things Just Disappear

Eat Dinner, Bury The Dog, And Run




11) Night Marchers - See You in Magic

Closed for Inventory




12) Young Widows - Old Wounds

Old Skin




13) Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls

Where Do You Run To




14) Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull

Rise to Glory




15) Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward

The Kelly Affair




16) Fucked Up - Chemistry of Common Life

Twice Born




17) Monotonix - Body Language

Summers and Autumns




18) Ceremony - Still Nothing Moves You

They are too punk for any mp3s online for this album. Go to their MYSPACE.



19) My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges

Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 1




20) Jay Reatard - Matador Singles '08

See Saw




21) Able Baker Fox - Voices

Brand New Moses




22) Hold Steady - Stay Positive

Sequestered in Memphis




And the stuff that I liked but didn't listen to quite enough to rank:



Portishead - Thirds

Plastic




These Arms are Snakes - Tail Swallower and Dove

Woolen Heirs




Deerhoof - Offend Maggie

The Tears and Music of Love




No Age - Nouns

Teen Creeps




Iron Lung - Sexless//No Sex

Also too punk for the internet. Check their MYSPACE for songs.



Akimbo - Jersey Shores

Great White Bull




Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

Gobbledigook




And my favorite 7"s (and a short 12") that came out:



Shook Ones / End of a Year split



Narrows -S/T



Bookburner - S/T



Black Breath - Razor to Oblivion



Thursday / Envy Split 12"



For fun: My top 15 artists of 2008 according to my LAST.FM page:


- Coliseum
- Paint it Black
- Crystal Castles
- Torche
- End of a Year
- Algernon Cadwallader
- Lifetime
- My Morning Jacket
- Lemuria
- My Bloody Valentine
- Ceremony
- Radiohead
- Shook Ones
- Anamanaguchi
- Sonic Youth