Le Beat: October 2016

Local notes on what’s happening with musicians, events and more. Have something to share? Send your info to editor@whatsup-magazine.com.

Hey everyone – sorry for this month’s Le Beat being a little short. Finishing up this bad boy in the back of our tour vehicle (a 2007 Toyota Camry, because we’re from the PNW) so here’s a disclaimer for any poor grammar. Usually it’s perfect. Right, Brent? Hopefully you all caught at least one of The Palisades shows at the end of last month!?


Crooked Neighbors have decided to call it quits, with members citing a lack of time as the reason behind the hiatus. The band’s upcoming album release show at The Swillery will be their last.

This year’s Saturday Night Spookeasy, will take place on Oct. 29 with the event’s location to be revealed after tickets are purchased. Performances by, among others, include: Aarun Carter and Jonathan Trawick (of Portland’s swell western swing band Well Swung), as well as Robert Sarazin Blake and Thomas Deakin. Tickets are still available for purchase. Prohibition-era attire appreciated, be it a costume or accustomed. Get your flapper or dapper on to make new friends therein.

WECU will be hosting an “Eat for the Arts” event this month in support of the Idiom Theaters recent efforts to convert the historic Cascade Laundry Building into the new Sylvia Center for the Arts performance venue. Participating local restaurants with donate a percentage of their sales on Oct. 13 to the campaign.

Bellingham Folk School will be holding a Stringband Class every Thursday between Oct. 13th and Dec. 8 (7 – 8:15 p.m.). Students will “learn a new fiddle tune by ear each week, along with chords to accompany it.” The full eight-week session is priced at $100 ($12.50/class) with drop in attendance costing $15.

Rex Queen has finished tracking their debut full length, which we can expect later this year. The group worked with Emmett Mills at Champion Street Sound earlier this fall, tracking the seven new songs that will be included on the new record. The group features Paul Alan Rhodes (Hello, I’m Sorry) on drums, Dylan Hodge on bass, Chance Eichner on guitar, and vocals from Madaleine DiMarco.

Lance Vagraham (Caparza) has started a new band with Jeremy  Vogle and Josh Magner called Meece. Vagraham has assured What’s Up! that they’re louder than Caparza, as the group has begun writing songs in preparation for live shows later this year.

Hot Damn Scandal are raising funds for their latest album, which will include an amazing art installation. Check out their facebook page at facebook.com/HotDamnScandalBand for more info and if you’d like to donate.

Look for the Harvest Pop-up Market at The Shakedown on Sunday, Oct. 16!



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Manatee CommuneManatee Commune (LP): Local chill-wave artist Grant Eadie (who performs and writes under the moniker Manatee Commune) held his album release show at The Wild Buffalo on Thursday, Sept. 29 with Maiah Manser, METSÄ, and TRAFFIC. Manatee Commune is Eadie’s first release on the New York label Bastard Jazz.

CandysoundOnly at Night (Single): The first new music release from Candysound in over a year, “Only at Night” was revealed by your favorite local music magazine (hint – it was us.) on Sept. 9. The track was featured on 1077 The End on Sunday, Sept. 25. Congratulations Teo, Jesse, Brendan, and Erik!

The Co FounderWye (LP): The debut full length from The Co Founder (members of Vervex, The City Hall, and The Palisades) was released via Do206 on Sept. 8. The group will be halfway through their fall West Coast tour by the time you’re reading this, so send them kind words and dry shampoo.

Mhostly GhostlyJr.  (EP): Jr. is described by the band as “a spontaneous tracking of the first songs fleshed out by Mhostly Ghostly.”The EP is eight tracks and was tracked by Sam Chue at Northwest Sound Studios, with production handled by David Comeaux (of Reptile Brain Music).

Dog MountainDiorama (EP): After the recent addition of drummer Rob Granfelt (New Lungs, dentaru no tsuba), Dog Mountain released their first new music since last January’s live album (Dunkaroo!). The four song EP features “Love Can Screw You Up” which was premiered via the What’s Up! website on Sept. 6.

VacationeerUnprepared (Single): Nikko and Jase departed on a 50-date US tour with Iska Dhaaf this fall, but not before releasing a new single at the end of August.

Mathews Comatorium Torch the Comatorium (LP): The solo effort of Mathew Melrose (Dog Mountain, Rubix Shoes), Torch the Comatorium is an eclectic group of nine new songs from the self-described “boy child from America.”

SecondsunSpirits/Flowers (LP): Rainy afternoons and quiet reflection make for this incredible mix created by secondsun. The beats resonate through your empty mind as you sink into a trance-like daydream. Cassette release date will be announced soon.

Invictus Eudaemonia: Local live band hip-hop group Invictus held their album release party at The Shakedown on Thursday, Sept. 22 as part of the monthly “The Breaks” event, celebrating our local hip-hop community. The full length is the group’s first release, with design provided by Zac and Kiri of Schwiet Co.

MediciFlight: Piano and electronic driven songs by music scene mainstay, Casey Wyman. It’s one of editor Brent’s favorite releases of the year so far.



The Shakedown: (10/1) Jeremy Enigk // 21+ , $10 – $12 // While you might be (or definitely are, because good god what else would you be doing with your free time??) familiar with Enigk via his previous band (Sunny Day Real Estate), this year marks the 20th Anniversary of Jeremy’s debut solo album Return of the Frog Queen.  (10/22) House of Blue Leaves, The Shows, Deep Sleep, Fretts, Faux Pas // 21+,  $6 // The Shows album release party, with performances by Fretts and HOBL. Yes please.

The Swillery: (10/15) Maddie Pritchard, Hammerhead, Maddie Smith, Jaron Stanage // 21+, $5 // Hammerhead (PDX) will grace Bellingham for one night only, billed with local crooners Maddie Smith and Maddie Pritchard. Jaron Stanage (Thriving Animal) will kick the night off with a set of his solo acoustic material.

The Green Frog: (10/12) Cancer Sucks! A Benefit for Deborah Blakesly // 21+, // Head down to The Green Frog on Wednesday the 12th to support local community member Deborah Blakesly in her fight with cancer. (10/26) Jason Achilles Mezilies // 21+  // Accompanied by a trusted array of top-level touring musicians, Mezilis commands the stage with an atmosphere and presence indicative of a skillfully clever and inspired musicality, that is at-once classically referential and forward-thinking in its determined approach and oft-mesmerizing execution.

Make.Shift: (10/8) Hello, I’m Sorry, The Co Founder, Vervex, Girl Teeth // All Ages, $6 // The homecoming show of The Co Founder’s fall West Coast tour. The first All ages Vervex show in Bellingham since August. Sandwiched between Hello I’m Sorry and Girl Teeth. That’s three quality sentence statements all pointing towards how necessary it is for you to be at this show.  (10/28) Spooky Cover Show II // All Ages, $6 // The second annual Spooky Cover show at Make.Shift.



My monthly unsolicited music recommendation is Cat Valley, Litterbox EP (catvalley.bandcamp.com)

–Hayden Eller


(Editor’s Note: First off, we’d like to apologize to The Shows for leaving the last “s” off the September cover. Really crappy on our part. They’re a great band full of nice folks and deserve better. Also, our friend Lucas Hicks underwent another cancer procedure and as of press time, it went well – at least the recovery end. They aren’t certain all the cancer was removed, but he was able to go home from the hospital within a few days, which is a miracle. That dude is probably the toughest person I know. Here’s to no more cancer, Lucas).