Le Beat: July 2016

Oh hello. Brent went to New York this round and didn’t invite any of us to go with. Selfish – I love pizza.

Bradley Lockhart looks over the city, holding the Bellingham flag he designed. A Kickstarter campaign for the flag ends July 13. For more information about his project see bellinghamflag.com, and stay tuned for an upcoming article about the design. The flag features a blue half-circle for Bellingham Bay, two stars for the Lummi and Nooksack tribes, three wavy lines for “noisy waters” (the translation of the word Whatcom), and four green stripes for the original towns of Bellingham (Whatcom, Sehome, Bellingham, and Fairhaven). PHOTO BY TOMMY CALDERON

Bradley Lockhart looks over the city, holding the Bellingham flag he designed. A Kickstarter campaign for the flag ends July 13. For more information about his project see bellinghamflag.com, and stay tuned for an upcoming article about the design. The flag features a blue half-circle for Bellingham Bay, two stars for the Lummi and Nooksack tribes, three wavy lines for “noisy waters” (the translation of the word Whatcom), and four green stripes for the original towns of Bellingham (Whatcom, Sehome, Bellingham, and Fairhaven). PHOTO BY TOMMY CALDERON

SHOWS

Here’s a quick look at upcoming shows happening locally.

The Shakedown: (7/7) Northwest Heat Music Video Festival // 21+ // The Northwest Heat Music Video Festival was founded in 2014 with a simple mission: to showcase the talents of both musicians and filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest, where the communities of both are alive and kicking (out the jams). This film festival is ONLY for music videos and the event itself will be a combined awards screening and concert featuring local Bellingham bands. (7/8) Crooked Neighbors, Asterhouse, Eb Slack and Flood // 21+, $6 // Crooked Neighbors were winners of this years AS/Make.Shift Battle of The Bands competition. (7/27) What’s Up Magazine Local Showcase ft. Candysound, House of Blue Leaves, The Co Founder, Vervex, Kuvoza // 21+, FREE // Five great local bands, sponsored by your favorite local music magazine, and free. Hell I’ll even pick you up and drop you off at home at the end of the night.

Make.Shift: (7/9) DVSAS Benefit Show – Kuvoza, Vervex, The Co Founder, Rex Queen // All ages, $6 // This will mark the first full band show for The Co Founder in Bellingham. Also the first full band Vervex show in over a year. All of the nights proceeds will be donated to the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness  Services of Whatcom County. (7/16) Darklit, Twin Sibling, WMD, Future Habitat // All ages, $6 // is the solo chillwave/chiptune project of local Michael Erickson – very much worth $6. (7/22) Special Explosion, Itemfinder, Talktin & Easy, Dog Mountain // All ages, $6 // SPECIAL EXPLOSION IN BELLINGHAM ALWAYS GETS A NOD OF APPROVAL. (7/23) Sarchasm, Blue Anarchy, Mannequin Hands, House of Blue Leaves // All ages, $6 // House of Blue Leaves just finished principle tracking for their forthcoming LP “Nu-Cacophony”. Put this on your calendar – they’re going to kill it.

The Swillery:  (7/3) Rant, Top Down, Unfortunates // 21+, $5 // (7/23) Dad Jazz, Axis of Symmetry, Lalochezia  // 21+, $5 // Dad Jazz at a bar? Lalochezia just released a new collection of songs, all of which earn a What’s Up seal of approval.

The Wild Buffalo: (7/7) Pickwick, Guests // 21+, $12 // (7/9) DJ Jazzy Jeff, Boombox Kid, DJ Computer Chris // 21+, $12 //

The Green Frog: (7/13) Slaid Cleaves // 21+, $20 // Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled.

(7/23) Tiger Breaks // 21+ // Featuring former Whatcom resident, Phil Parhamovich (Landry Walker) brings his latest project to town. Part Americana, part electronic, all full of love, Tiger Breaks is one of Brent’s favorite bands.

(7/30) Bellingham Girls Rock Camp Showcase // 21+ //

 

COMMUNITY

Sadly, Bernie Worrell passed away on June 24 (at his home in Everson, with his family) after an ongoing battle with stage four lung cancer. For those who are unfamiliar, Worrell (known as the “Wizard of Woo”) is best remembered as a member of the musical empire known as Parliament-Funkadelic. Our thoughts go out to the Worrell family.

Local musician Scott Greene passed away three days later, succumbing to a long battle with brain tumors. Scott was part of the fabric of this town – it’s a sentiment that’s often stated, but never more true in this case. He will be very, very missed. Please read the tributes to Scott and Bernie on pages 20 and 22.

Aaron and Erin Tapscott are celebrating the birth of their daughter Aoife Tapscott, who is simply just beautiful. Not sure how Aaron will pull off dad duty along with keys in SOSA, but Aaron is pretty awesome, so it should be cool.

June 22 marked the final night of music at Café Bouzingo, with performances by Free Range Revelers and Abalone Grey (Santa Cruz).  Future plans for the space are unknown at this time, but thanks go out to everyone involved with creating such a positive/supportive environment at Bouzingo since its opening.

Rejoice! The rich get richer, as Andrew Beer (Girl Guts, Totalizer, Aslan Brewery, his own damn self) has joined Panda Panda PandaFretts and House of Blue Leaves have both finished principle tracking for their upcoming LP releases. Release dates for both are TBA, but you can catch both bands at The Swillery with Mariel on July 8.  Rookery will also be announcing the upcoming release of a new album in the coming weeks – the band is currently mixing the new record, and hopes to start mastering towards the end of June.

Make.Shift has announced their first-ever Spring Fundraiser, aimed towards raising the funds necessary to continue to provide an affordable, sustainable art space for local artists and musicians. Donations are being accepted via generosity.com (head to Make.Shift’s Facebook page for links/details). A donation of $20 or more and your name will be painted onto the space’s stairway mural!

Mount Baker Theatre will be hosting two events to celebrate the public on-sale of 24 exciting world-class events coming to Bellingham’s local hub for live entertainment, Mount Baker Theatre.  Launch! Open House and On-Sale will be held Sunday, July 24, 2–5 p.m. Guided by the theme “There’s a Whole Wide World in Here,” Attendees can explore upcoming 2016-17 shows, book their seats and packages, and celebrate with family-friendly activities and prizes. Activities for the event include the chance to tour the building, autograph the Main Stage, collect passport stamps for prizes, compete in paper airplane launches, take part in kids’ face painting in the dressing room, enjoy video and audio of upcoming performances, hear the pipe organ, and potentially win a series package of four shows.  Refreshments will be for sale, as well as a local-brews beer garden.  No advance reservations required.

 

RECORDING & RELEASES

All of these are available via bandcamp, for either free download or very few of those hard earned pennies tucked away in your Pikachu piggy bank. Support your friend’s music – pretty safe to say it will make them smile (not frown).

Local chillwave artist Grant Eadie (Manatee Commune) released a new single on June 17th – “What We’ve Got (ft. Flint Eastwood)” is the newest release from Eadie’s forthcoming LP release (September 16th). Dates for a string of shows with Shallou this Fall were released simultaneously and are available via Facebook.

Local emcee Pascal released Strangers on June 16. The new album is available in its entirety via soundcloud. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for details regarding a release party.

New “Cave-Pop Punkers” The Phone Books released their first single “Night Squirrel” on June 11 – the track is a live recording from their performance the night prior at the Daikaiju show.

The Wednesday’s are in the process of putting together a follow up to Basement Sessions (March 2016). This next release (title & release date still TBA) was recorded in the Fairhaven studio, and features one of the bands newest songs – ‘Adult Stuff’.

Lalochezia now have vinyl copies of their newest demo release (“demo 2” – June 15) available for purchase at their upcoming live shows. The band also have shirts and patches available for those who wear clothes.

Other local releases include: Prom Kingtour demo 2016 (June 19), Girl Teethdemo (June 11), Hello, I’m SorryEmpathetic/Romantic (June 10), WMDLimerence (June 27).

 

And time.

Still upset you didn’t invite us to come with, Brent.

–Hayden Eller

(Editor’s Note: The sandwich I had at Lombardi’s in Mattituck was even more amazing than the pizza).