A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.
You are viewing the most recent posts on this topic.
September 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM
Long lines, legal weed and inappropriate humor for children emerged as consistent themes throughout Sunday’s comedy performances at Bumbershoot. Here’s a look at a few of the showcases:
Comedy at the Playhouse: Doug Benson, Kyle Dunnigan, Tony Camin
Comedian Doug Benson opened Sunday’s show with the joke that seemed to already be on every attendee’s mind.
“What did you do today?” Benson asked the audience, “Stood in line so I could go stand in line somewhere,” he answered sarcastically.
That joke drew a healthy roar of approval from a jam-packed audience, all of which stood in line to get in to the festival, then stood in an even longer line in order to get passes to attend the day’s comedy shows.
For their patience the crowd was treated to a solid opening set from comedian Tony Camin, who warmed up the room at 1 p.m.
“The perfect job for people who smoke pot in Seattle is Monorail driver, you can’t ‘eff’ that up,” Camin said. “It’s just such a stoner job, McDonald’s is harder than that.”
Benson also addressed legal marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, but also wondered why the Department of Justice still considers it in the same classification as meth.
“I get high and watch ‘Breaking Bad,” but I don’t do meth and watch ‘Weeds.’” Benson said. “I’ve never been rolling a joint in a trailer home and had it explode.”
Host of the popular podcast, “Doug Loves Movies,” Benson asked an audience member, who was seated next to her two children, to name her favorite movie and was shocked to learn it was a Roman Polanski film.
“Clean it up Doug, this is a family/Polanski-liking crowd,” Benson reminded himself.
To be fair, signs were posted warning that the subject matter might not be suitable for children.
Comedy at the Playhouse: Todd Barry, Jerrod Carmichael and Emily Heller
Of the day’s comedians, Todd Barry is the one who relies the least on jokes, instead focusing on more anecdotal tales.
Barry, a six-time performer at the festival, admitted he liked to read about the drama involved in Yelp reviews.
“Whenever you read a review and the word birthday party is involved you know it’s going to be good,” Barry said. “She had a reservation for 7 and wasn’t seated until 7:15, well no wonder she raced home to tear this place a new one.”
Speaking about sushi, his least favorite food, Barry acknowledged that he understands why people like it.
“It’s a beautiful and awful tasting food,” Barry said, “I tried it 17 years ago in the Cincinnati airport. There’s no second chance for sushi.”
Comedy at the Bagley: WTF? Live with Marc Maron
Mark Maron is the most visibly succsessful comedian at the festival and has a popular podcast, stand-up career, book deal and a show on IFC to back it up. If that makes him a bit cocky, he’s earned it.
The veteran comedian and his guests delivered a 60-minute set to a rowdy and capacity crowd.
Maron’s a self-loathing egoist who’s quick with criticism and slow with praise for his fellow comedians, but it’s always playful. Guests Jon Wurster, Mike Vecchione, Scott Aukerman and Kyle Dunnigan happily indulged and gave it right back.
Towards the end Dunnigan was nearly bumped from the show when the taping ran long.
Not missing a beat Maron asked the audience, “Who’s next? Patton [Oswalt]? Eff him he’s had it good, he can wait,” Maron teased.
August 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM
If you’re familiar with that band, but not Wurster, you’re in for a treat. Wurster is a walking encyclopedia of obscure music trivia and knowledge and he pairs it with impeccable comedic timing and an ability to improvise on the fly.
Wurster, who also plays drums with the Mountain Goats and Bob Mould, can be heard as a frequent call-in guest on Tom Scharpling’s weekly radio show, “The Best Show On WFMU.” Together they are the perfect comedy duo for obsessive music and comedy nerds. Wurster, who also does pitch-perfect impressions of Gene Simmons and Marky Ramone, booked one of the Dead Milkmen’s first shows and was name checked in their song, “Stuart,” about a kid who desperately wants a burrow owl for Christmas.
Here’s the Scharpling-directed video for Aimee Mann’s “Labrador,” in which Wurster and Jon Hamm appear.
August 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM
By Mike Ramos
Nacho Picasso has become a sort of underground antihero for Seattle rap fans over the last few years. His drugged-up and goonish, yet goofy and reference-packed lyrics delivered over dark electronic beats helped pioneer a local wave of gloomy grunge-rap in stark contrast with the city’s traditional sound. While his material might be too crass to see the kind of mainstream success some other Seattle rappers have recently enjoyed, he’s built a fan base as loyal as they are rowdy.
Nacho’s local shows are usually raucous events packed with lyric-reciting fans trying to duplicate the levels of intoxication described in his songs, and though his Bumbershoot set is a daytime affair, it should be only a slight exception to that. Expect plenty of fan favorites from his album trilogy of “For the Glory,” “Lord of the Fly” and “Exalted” trilogy — and possibly some new stuff from his much-anticipated upcoming project “High & Mighty,” out Oct. 31.
Nacho Picasso plays at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Tunein Stage at Bumbershoot.
August 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM
By Hannah Leone
“Transatlanticism” has pretty cool parents, so it’s no surprise candle that its 10th birthday party is a series of concerts during which they play the album in its entirety.
Pacific Northwest indie-rock bigs Death Cab for Cutie, conceived at Bellingham’s Western Washington University in 1997, will play the 11-track record on the Bumbershoot Mainstage Sunday. The band’s fourth album, “Transatlanticism” is perhaps its mellowest and moodiest, revolving around the struggles of a long-distance relationship. With impeccably detailed and situationally-specific lyrics, it’s a true testament to Ben Gibbard’s songwriting prowess.
Each number emanates a relatable nostalgia. The first words on the album are, “So this is the new year. And I don’t feel any different.” The last: “This is fact not fiction. For the first time in years.” “Transatlanticisim” — which deserves to be listened to all at once, in order and experienced live — is sure to take fans on a musical journey through moments and relationships past.
Death Cab for Cutie plays “Transatlanticism” at 9:45 p.m. Sunday at the Bumbershoot Mainstage.
June 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Comedy at Bumbershoot has always drawn huge crowds and long lines. This year’s lineup, featuring stellar national acts like Patton Oswalt and Marc Maron means more of the same. Along with the national comedians, the festival will also feature Northwest comedians from the Best of Tacoma Comedy Club and Laff Hole, a weekly comedy showcase at Chop Suey.
Comedy at The Bagley
Patton Oswalt & Friends
Doug Loves Movies
Improv4Humans starring Matt Besser, Tim Meadows, Brian Huskey, and Horatio Sanz
How Was Your Week? with Julie Klausner and special guest Ted Leo
Comedy Bang! Bang! Screening + Q&A
Trending with readers