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December 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Hey, I got this fabulous email this morning from a reader named Miles Stanislaw, in response to my article today about the late Seattle organ meister Dave Lewis.
You brought back fabulous memories for this 71 year old white guy with your article about Dave Lewis. Me and a friend or two and sometimes with girl friends were regulars at Birdland at age 17-19. We would get there at about 11. By midnight, pardon the cliché, the joint was truly jumpin’. We would sit in the balcony and listen to the fabulous Dave Lewis music and watch the amazing dancers on the main floor. The evening was helped along by the beverages we brought along to mix with the Birdland served soft drinks. My friends and I were always a tiny minority in the fun loving central district crowd. Birdland was a very exciting and intriguing place all because of Dave Lewis and his spellbinding music. Never been to any place like it since. I hope his grandson is half as successful in providing the thrills and excitement his grandfather gave to me. Please pass this on to the grandson of the greatest musician in Seattle’s history.
December 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Lady Gaga, whose new disc “Artpop” is the No. 1 album in the country, has announced a Seattle date on her “artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball” tour. The continually self-inventing pop star known for her unusual costumes appears May 28 at KeyArena.
The tour begins May 4 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.. Tickets for the Seattle show go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com). For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.ladygaga.com or www.livenation.com.
November 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM
Seattle rapper Macklemore and musical partner Ryan Lewis told Rolling Stone this week they will start work on a new album sometime in 2014. Their previous album, “The Heist.” went platinum.
The duo appears in Seattle for three shows Dec. 10-12 at KeyArena, after which Macklemore says he plans to take a vacation “where no one knows who Macklemore is.”
That might be difficult.
See the full RS story here.
November 26, 2013 at 5:54 AM
Dazzled by the success of Record Store Day in April, independent shops have banded together for a Nov. 29 Black Friday reprise of this celebration of physical recordings — particularly, but not exclusively, the vinyl variety — in our digital age. Special releases issued on Black Friday Record Store Day include The Flaming Lips’ EP “Peace Sword”; a remix of Nirvana’s “In Utero” on 45 rpm LPs; a compilation of Bob Dylan recordings, “Side Tracks,” that have never appeared on a proper album; and two brand new tracks from U2, “Ordinary Love,” on 10 inch vinyl.
For a complete list of Record Store Day releases and participating record stores, see www.recordstoreday.com.
November 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Andrew Matson penned a penetrating story about Seattle rapper Sol, whose trip around the world from India to Haiti seems to have matured the world view of this socially conscious young man. Check out Andrew’s story here: http://seattletimes.com/html/musicnightlife/2022321348_solprofile1xml.html.
Sol appears with Sam Lachow and Dave B. at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $15-$18 (888-929-7849 or www.showboxonline.com).
November 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Sasquatch!, the phenomenally successful rock festival that will multiply into two festivals this year, announced Monday that discounted 3-day festival passes go on sale Friday for both events. The first Sasquatch! takes place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, as it has since 2002. The second edition, with a completely different lineup, will be held Fourth of July weekend, July 4-6. Both are at the Gorge Amphitheater, in George, Grant County.
Lineups for the festivals will be announced in February.
Discount three-day passes are available only if purchasing for both weekends. Passes go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday and remain available through 11:45 p.m. Dec. 31 (or until sold out). Passes may be purchased here.
November 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Sic transit gloria mundi, as they say in the record business. Alas, the glory week has passed that saw Seattle bands Pearl Jam and The Head and the Heart in the Top 10 of the Billboard album chart. Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt” (review here) now clocks in at #28 and THATH’s “Be Still” (feature here) is at #110.
In other Seattle band chart news, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” (review and profile here), on the chart for 58 weeks and topping out at #2, is now at #53. Kenny G’s “Holiday Collection” has re-entered at #165.
Here’s the current, Seattle-absent Billboard Top 200 album chart:
1. Lady Gaga, “ARTPOP”
2. Eminem, “The Marshal Mathers LP 2″ (our review)
3. Various Artists, “NOW 48″
4.The Robertsons, “Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas”
5. Katy Perry, “Prism” (our review)
6. Kelly Clarkson, “Wrapped in Red”
7. The Beatles, “On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2″ (our review)
8. Drake, “Nothing Was the Same”
9. Lorde, “Pure Heroine”
10. Miley Cyrus, “Bangerz”
And here’s the title video from the Top album in the country:
November 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Michael Bublé — who, like Michael J. Fox, originally hails from our cross-border neighbor, Burnaby, B.C. — burst on the scene as an amiable, glossy Sinatra disciple, but there was always some contemporary breeze blowing through his music. In April, that breeze became a storm on the album “To Be Loved” (Reprise). It has struck a chord, topping the Billboard jazz chart now for 26 weeks — that’s half the year, and counting.
Mixing finger-popping Sinatra gems like “You Make Me Feel So Young” with 12-to-the-bar slow-dance classics like the Jackie Wilson title song, Bublé tracks the emotional continuity between swing and rock, once considered a “generation gap” apart.
Bublé performs at 8 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle Center; $54.50-$110 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com)
November 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Dee Dee Rainbow, known to jazz fans for her rainbow parasol, multi-colored eye-glitter and exuberant good cheer at pretty much any jazz event that happened within 500 miles of Seattle, died Tuesday. She was 81. Rainbow was an art teacher for 30 years at Meany Middle School — her students reportedly suggested “Rainbow” as her last name, which she adopted legally — but was known for her great love of jazz. At the Monterey Jazz Festival, she started leading a New Orleans style parade down the aisle on Saturday afternoons, a tradition still going on this year, though with only a few folks.
More to come.
November 7, 2013 at 4:33 PM
Seattle’s Barsuk Records, which specializes in peppy, smart pop music with a focus on songwriting (Postal Service, Ben Gibbard, The Long Winters), is in the middle of celebrating its 15th anniversary all over town this weekend, with a slew of concerts that, unfortunately, are mostly sold out.
You never know when a ticket might turn up, though we’ve been cautioned that the Saturday show at Neumos is hopeless. “Special guests” (Gibbard?) are promised for the Saturday show at the Tractor.
If you can find a ticket, the proceeds go to a good cause — the cancer-support group Gilda’s Club Seattle.
Here’s the lineup:
The Long Winters, David Bazan, Minor Alps, Sunset Valley, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; sold out (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Phantogram, Menomena (pictured above), Maps & Atlases, Yellow Ostrich, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Say Hi, doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; sold out (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com).
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Rocky Votolato, Laura Gibson (solo), guests, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; sold out (789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com).
Ra Ra Riot, Aqueduct, doors open at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; sold out (206-784-4880 or www.sunsettavern.com).
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