Hey Marseilles - Heart Beats
Really amazing video by an amazing Seattle band, who should have already been famous by now.
Video was shot in and around Seattle, with one of the coolest attic apartments I’ve ever seen, and some SERIOUSLY impressive editing (it really shines a bit passed the halfway point).
Bonus: I cried. BECAUSE I HAVE A SOUL.
The Dear Hunter @ El Corazon, Seattle on April 19th, 2013
This. Was one of the best shows of my life. Top 5 at least. Here’s why:
- I met up with a Tumblr buddy for the first time who was awesome.
- There were only two bands on the bill.
- The venue was full but not crowded.
- We were in the front row the entire time (I feel a little guilty, but no one seemed to mind).
- The Dear Hunter played the longest set ever - it must have been an hour and a half to two hours.
- The crowd was amazing - kind and loving, energetic but not violent.
- The band was humble and thankful and communicative.
- During “Home” I cried and felt raw when it was over - and embarrassed. But a short blonde girl with a brilliant smile reached over and put her hand on my shoulder as if to say, “I KNOW.” and we both laughed.
- There was a bit of a mosh pit, but it was more like a PIT OF JOY.
- People bumped into me and like a little kid I looked back and grinned and they smiled at me and touched my back now and then.
- One of the guitarists was barefoot.
- I drank just enough, and not a drop more.
- Casey Crecenzo sounds just as amazing live as he does on the recordings. That goes for the whole band, really.
- They played almost all of my favourite songs, and I knew probably 90% of the set list - I went in expecting to feel like a lesser fan.
- Seeing that band live (the FULL band and not that shit they did with Anthony Green on that one tour) is an incredible experience. Their music is so full and all-encompassing. I love music that I can lose my shit to - it’s a spiritual experience for me. It’s cathartic. I felt alive.
- If Casey Crecenzo’s skillfully controlled and textures vocals are dark chocolate and cheese, then The Dear Hunter’s songwriting is a fine red wine. It’s both bold and subtle, both wild and highly controlled. Listening to the albums is great - hearing them live is a palpable experience you can practically TASTE.
If anything, the show made me want to focus even more on listening to and analyzing TDH’s songwriting style. Learn from the best, they say!
Polar Bear Club - “Light of Local Eyes” Bridge Nine Records (by BlankTV)
Going to see these guys tonight in Seattle! My third show I think.
Bad Religion is headlining (never seen them), and Against Me! unfortunately cancelled (although I hear their replacement, The Bronx, is quite good).
Upstate New York music scene represent! I love this music.
I want to introduce you all to a prolific purveyor of #stageporn, Karen Ready. In truth, she does more than just bands and shows (and you can see all that on her portfolio site), but of course, I’m a huge sucker for amazing shots of bands ripping up the stage, and she has a taste for heavier bands.
You can check out a bunch of quality shots on her Tumblr, including bands like Between the Buried and Me, Coheed and Cambria, Sleeping with Sirens, We Came as Romans, The Used, Pierce the Veil, and a whole host of other bands I haven’t heard of but should probably check out. That and the occasional pic of her adorable face.
Kurly Something - Night of the Living Kurls
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how BADASS this track is?
Kurly Something is the Seattle band that, for me, kind of represents how brilliant and weird and theatrical this area tends to be.
It’s not just a band. It’s a band with posters and signs that have weird alien writing on them. What does it say? I HAVE NO IDEA.
It’s not just an art-rock gig. It’s a gig where big alienmonsters show up and walk around and dance with you halfway through. Why? I HAVE NO IDEA.
And I love them for it.
TIGHT LIES @ Victory Lounge in Seattle!
Fri, Jan 18th - Doors at 8, show at 9
ELK RIDER (headliner) - auricular opiate rock
AURORA BRIDGE - desperate doom gloom for the new generation
TIGHT LIES - metallic, deep-sea, plunge-grunge
TERMINAL FUZZ TERROR - terrorism of the thunderous cosmos