Sleater-Kinney, ‘No Cities to Love’ (Sub Pop) When your favorite band reunites after an extended break, there’s always a moment of trepidation. Will they be able to live up to perhaps unrealistic expectations? Or will the reunion turn out to have been done for the sole purpose of coasting on previous laurels? Fans of Sleater-Kinney can breathe…More
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Bruce Pavitt’s latest book, “Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988,” collects his writings about the independent music scene of the 1980s (focusing on the music coming out of the Pacific Northwest in particular). And a number of music industry veterans of the era braved freezing temperatures to crowd into Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery for the book’s release party last night.
Pavitt was naturally on hand, still sporting his VIP wristband from Friday night’s Foo Fighters’ gig at the Showbox. Calvin Johnson, co-founder of Olympia-based label K Records, was there spinning records. “Seattle Times” contributor Charles Cross, former editor of the now defunct Seattle music paper “The Rocket,” was also in attendance.More
Foo Fighters thrilled a packed Showbox audience with a three-hour show last night that dug deep into the band’s catalog and served up some entertaining and unexpected covers as well.
The band has been doing a series of small-scale shows in the cities featured in the Dave Grohl-directed HBO series “Sonic Highways.” The series’ seventh episode, which also aired last night, focused on Seattle; the audience was treated to a screening of the program before Foo Fighters took the stage.More
It was inevitable Dave Grohl would pencil in a return visit to the Seattle area as part of his new “Sonic Highways” project. The HBO series follows Grohl’s band, Foo Fighters, around the U.S. as the group records its new album of the same name in eight different cities.More
Foo Fighters, ‘Sonic Highways’ (RCA) Foo Fighters’ new album is a soundtrack of sorts, its title taken from the HBO series of the same name, which follows the band around the U.S. as they record each of the album’s tracks in a different city (including Seattle). It’s a robust record, packed with the kind of hard rocking…More
It’s the ten-second music clip that’s rocking the Internet today — at least if you’re a fan of Sleater-Kinney, who went on “indefinite hiatus” in 2006.
Now, early recipients of the Pacific Northwest act’s box set, “Start Together” (due to be released by Sub Pop next Tuesday, October 21 — though the physical box set is actually already sold out), found that the set included a surprise: a seven-inch one-sided single with a previously unreleased song by the band, believed to be called “Bury Our Friends.” A ten-second clip of the song has been posted on Stereogum.More
Elton John served up hit after hit in his show at KeyArena Saturday night, to the clear delight of the audience. The nearly three-hour performance drew heavily from his landmark 1973 album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (reissued in a lavish box set earlier this year). John’s set kicked off with the dramatic medley that opens the…More
Aberdeen was alive with the sights and sounds of Nirvana this past Saturday, September 20, when a dedication was held for a new mural honoring the alternative rock band: “Nirvana and Aberdeen.”
The rock band Gebular could be heard working its way through covers of Nirvana tunes like “School” and “Heart-Shaped Box” on a makeshift stage set up next to the now-closed D&R Theatre (where Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic made one of his first public appearances, guesting with the Melvins). Aberdeen mayor Bill Simpson could seen in the beer garden in front of GH Wine Sellars, listening as Black Top Demon played Nirvana’s “Aneurysm.” And Novoselic met up with Nirvana’s very first drummer, Aaron Burckhard, at a private reception held before the dedication.
Erik Sandgren, a professor of fine arts and humanities at Grays Harbor College, was the lead artist on “Nirvana and Aberdeen,” with assistance from Anthony James Cotham, Dominic Senibaldi, Jason Sobottka, and David Wall. The mural is located on side of Moore’s Interiors, a flooring and carpet installation business located on the corner of W. Wishkah and S. Broadway in downtown Aberdeen. It mural depicts not only Nirvana, but also namechecks other bands with ties to the ’90s alternative rock scene, like Soundgarden and Bikini Kill.More
Queen, ‘Live at the Rainbow ’74’ (Hollywood Records)
This box set is a special treat for Queen fans, as it’s the first time that recordings of two of the band’s 1974 shows have been released.More
Sleater-Kinney, the acclaimed Pacific Northwest indie trio hailed as the “Best Band in America” by “Time” magazine in 2001, left many fans disappointed when they went on what was called “indefinite hiatus” in 2006. There’s been no word of any reunion as yet. But today it was announced that a box set of the group’s recordings, “Start Together” is on its way.
All seven of Sleater-Kinney’s albums — “Sleater-Kinney,” “Call the Doctor,” “Dig Me Out,” “The Hot Rock,” “All Hands On the Bad One,” “One Beat,” and “The Woods — have been remastered for the set, which will be released on October 21 by Sub Pop. Along with standard vinyl and CD versions, there’s also a nifty limited edition box (in a run of only 3000) featuring the albums on colored vinyl, an accompanying book with previously unreleased photos, and a limited edition print. Digital editions of the albums went on sale today, September 2, at iTunes, Amazon, and Sub Pop’s Mega Mart.
Fans will be disappointed that the set contains no bonus material. But the remastering does provide a new listening experience. “For such ferocious music, it was actually a very delicate process,” Greg Calbi, who remastered the albums at Sterling Sound in New York City, said in a press release. “I found, in dealing with one of the earlier albums, that my signal path and compression, including my Burl B2 convertor, gave me a more resonant, deeper sound on the guitars than the originals. Because the band rarely, if ever, used bass, I felt that this added to the aggressiveness and power of the band overall. I believe this treatment added a subtle, yet important, dimension to the band, and I explored each of the other albums with the same intention.”More