Le Beat: August 2016

Cover illustration by Mat Hudson

 

Welcome to this month’s edition of le Beat. I’m Hayden Eller and I’ll be your host.

SHOWS

The Shakedown: (8/1) Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Mostafa, Landon Wordswell // 21+, $10 // Mostafa is a lyricist based out of the Northwest with a passion for the words. As a firm believer in the theory “Art imitates life,” He constantly strives to bring the reality of life as he knows it through the music in a creative way.  (8/6) Monolord, Beastmaker, Sweat Lodge, ISM // 21+, $8-$10 //  Beastmaker’s debut album “Lusus Naturae” from Rise Above Records is due to be released early 2016. Local support provided by ISM. (8/18) Sonny and the Sunsets, Candysound // 21+, $12-$10 // Candysound always gets a mention. Plus Erik just looks so darn cute behind those drums.

Schweinhaus: (8/27) Vacationeer, The Co Founder,  The City Hall // 21+, FREE //  This will be Vacationeer’s only show of the summer (before Jase and Nikko head back out with Iska Dhaaf in the fall), and it’s at an outdoor beer garden. AND IT’S FREE. Need I say more?

The Green Frog: (8/4) Reid Jamieson // 21+, $5 // A Vinyl Cafe regular and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (folk), Reid has recorded with Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and members of Be Good Tanyas and Blue Rodeo.  With compelling interpretations of everything from 50s era Elvis to Leonard Cohen, Reid performs alongside his saucy wife and songwriting partner Carolyn Mill.  (8/17) Michael McDermott // 21+, $10 // Although fame has eluded Michael, he has the rest of the act nailed, and 20 years into his career he isn’t lost or misplaced, he has found himself, has no fear, he’s still good at it, and is all dusted and shined up and ready for the 20 years to come.

Make.Shift: (8/1) Toys That Kill, The Exquisites, Babe Waves, Girl Guts// All ages, $6 // GIRL GUTS LIVES. I HEART ANDREW BEER. Word is Andrew and Brent have started a hot sauce company. They haven’t shared yet. Just like Brent didn’t share his trip to New York. But yeah this show will be rad. (8/20) Dowsing, Winter Break, Girl Teeth, Cat Positive// All ages, $6 // Girl Teeth are dope. Dowsing is also dope.

The Swillery:  (8/1) Scum Eating, Prissy Whip, Guillotine Eyes// 21+, $5 // (8/20) Thieves of Eden, A Collection of Cyclops Skulls, ISM // 21+, $5 //  It’s Dave Brezinski’s birthday and he plays in all three bands! Come celebrate!

 

COMMUNITY

As a precursor to their inevitable Grammy acceptance speech a few years from now, Girl Teeth has announced that they’re the second most popular band on bandcamp under the genre tag “sad rock.” You’ve brought a frown to all our faces!

Congratulations to Spider Ferns for their inclusion in this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party. The band will be heading overseas for their first European tour later this fall.

Crooked Neighbors will be releasing their debut full length on Oct. 8, with a release show held at The Swillery. Full details to come, but the album was all self-produced and recorded by the band here in Bellingham.

Bernie Worrell’s final solo (DOUBLE) album is now posthumously available. The Worrell family is currently looking for record stores interested in carrying Retrospectives. A sophomore release for Khu.éex (following the band’s debut release at the beginning of July) is planned for later this year, with mixing having been completed in the last few weeks. We miss you Bernie.

Local Frat-rocker’s STFU Robot have decided to hang up their tanks for the time being. After their July 2 show with Electric Six, the group announced an indefinite hiatus as the groups members (Charlie & Brendan – hey guys) have to decided to focus on other projects for the time being.

The Co Founder has finished tracking for the release of their debut full length this fall. Wye will be available Sept. 6, with the release of four stripped down live videos scheduled for the four weeks prior. Engineering/tracking was handled by Tye Hasting (a graduate of Fairhaven’s audio engineering program), and artwork for the album will be provided by local artist J Paige Heinen (gazerlies.tumblr.com/). Fall West Coast tour dates (culminating with a homecoming show at Make.Shift on Oct. 8 w/ Hello, I’m Sorry) will be posted soon after the album’s release.

Wild Throne made their way through the UK/Europe last month, stopping off for a quick six day run supporting the International release of their “Blood Maker EP.” In other news, Josh Holland earned a headline in Berlin’s largest newspaper (BZ), quoted saying “Trump wäre ein Desaster für die ganze Welt.”

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) awarded its second annual Diamond Crown Organization Award to the Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG) at a ceremony in New York City on July 9. The award recognizes BTG’s 87 years of continuous operation and the major facility improvements BTG will implement in the summer of 2016. Congratulations BTG!

After more than 14 years of playing together, Bentgrass decided to part ways. Their final show was held at Milano’s on July 25.

Machine Animal (Zack Van Houten, Dave Crider, Vincent Blackshadow, and Bill Anker) will release their debut 7” via Valley King Records this fall. The release was recorded by the legendary producer/engineer Jack Endino (Mudhoney, Nirvana, Soundgarden).

Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to another community member this month. Geneviève Elverum lost her battle with breast cancer early last month. Our thoughts go out to her husband Phil, their young daughter, and their families and friends.

Make.Shift has announced promotions for two keys staff members – Hollie Huthman and Tyson Ballew. Hollie will now head the Make.Shift Board of Directions, with Ballew taking over the responsibilities of Executive Director. Congratulations to you both! Make.Shift is still working to reach their $10,000 fundraising goal, with donations being accepted via generosity.com (head to Make.Shift’s Facebook page for the direct link). The full lineup for this September’s Block Party is also available via Facebook – PALISADES ARE HEADLINING.

Manatee Commune (Grant Eadie) peaked out at 204.7K monthly listeners on Spotify last month. Eadie has continued to gain momentum over the past year, with the project’s sophomore full length scheduled for release this fall.

 

RECORDING & RELEASES

New band alert! MARV has released their debut demo (aptly titled Demo) via Bandcamp. They’re currently looking for gigs to help pay for this alimony.

After overcoming the theft of nearly all their gear this past spring, I Will Fight Lions (featuring former members of Lost Horizons) have released their long awaited debut Sun Breaks. All six tracks were recorded/mixed/mastered by Paul Turpin at Champion Street Sounds.

Miss Anthropic, the much anticipated debut full length from Moonhat was released July 1, accompanied by the following statement: “This album started with three friends in a dorm room five years ago with some sub-par musicianship and a lot of drive. After at least 50 original songs to slip through our set lists, dozens of gigs, hiatuses, jail time, personal growth, musical growth, personal backsliding, excuses, a Seattle problem, lots of tacos, more beer, no beer, anxiety, college graduation, dropping out of college, pointless arguments, important arguments, at least a thousand hours playing music (4x52x5=1040), patient girlfriends, impatient girlfriends, loving parents, disappointed parents, two bass players, some narrowly avoided evictions, more band practice, a week in the studio, almost a year producing our own album, learning more about the female orgasm, learning less about politics, realizing how little we know and how much we care. We are finally willing to put a collection of nine original songs that we hope you will appreciate.” Congrats, guys! See their interview in this month’s pages.

Other notable release include: Vultures/Dorothy by Shimmer Traps, and Cascade Summer Waltz by A Great Horned Owl.

 

RECOMMENDATION

The Palisades are playing Make.Shift Block Party in September. If you’ve never heard Palisades stop reading and go here: https://www.thepalisades.bandcamp.com. What should they start with, Tommy Calderon? “Scraping the Barrel?” “All My Tongues?” (Editor’s Note: They should start with “It’s Symbiotic” and end with “Rapture.”)

This month’s recommendation is the With The Benefit of Hindsight by The Palisades. It contains two songs, both of which were recorded over a 24-hour stretch in November of 2014.

And that’s a wrap. Enjoy August, and support local music!