Le Beat: April 2017

by Hayden Eller

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Candysound recently completed a short four day regional tour (Bellingham, Wenatchee, Portland, and Seattle), hitting the road before they head back into the studio to begin work on LP3. With studio time booked at Red Room this coming May, the Candymen seemed poised for another giant “jangle-pop” leap forward!

In additional tour news, The Co Founder recently returned from a three week Southwest/West Coat tour, promoting the release of their new vinyl 7”, phd. Encompassing close to 5,000 miles, the phd tour took the group as far south as San Marcos, TX, and as far West as Orange County, CA (their third 2+ week tour over the past six months).  Limited vinyl copies of phd are available via the group’s bandcamp page.

Record Store Day festivities are right around the corner! Avalon has a full lineup of music planned for RSD (April 22), including performances by: Marv, Mostafa Supergroup, Manken Hand, Second Hand Suits, and more.

The Comics Place has a full list of in-store visits lined up for next month, including the current writer of DCs Flintstone comics. Robert Lashley will be in the store signing copies of his new book (Up South) on April 15, followed by Jim Blanchard on April 22. For those who aren’t familiar, The Comics Place is owned by Django Bohren – we have now fulfilled our legal duty of including him in every issue #14monthsofdjango #famous.

The Pickford has announced their partnership with Make.Shift in hosting the second year of Bellingham Music Film Festival (BMFF), taking place April 6-8. The festival will showcase music- inspired shorts, videos and feature-length films from around the world and here at home, and also feature bands and live music. Spanning three days and three locations, BMFF is a celebration of the convergence of music and film, highlighting the way film conveys the meaning of music. After receiving just over one hundred submissions from over 15 different countries, selected music films feature a diverse range of voices and talent, from students to Academy Award nominated directors.

Extremely saddened to announce that Wild Throne is no more. The group has decided to disband, with last August’s performance at Make.Shift marking their final live show.

BabeWaves have begun tracking for a new release with local engineer Erik Wallace (Shibusa Sound) – with recording taking place in Amanda’s garage, the new release promises to be an exciting step forward for the band. A release date is still TBA, but keep your eyes peeled to the groups FB for updates moving forward.

Congratulations are in order following the announcement of this year’s Sasquatch lineup – local electronic artist Grant Eadie (Manatee Commune) will be taking place in this years festival (taking place over memorial day weekend at The Gorge).

Rabbit Wilde has changed their name again! Miranda, Zach, Nathan, and Jillian have taken to Facebook to announce the group’s new name: Kuinka. They have also announced plans to release a new EP (entitled Stay Up Late) on June 2 – head to facebook.com/kuinkatheband to stay up to date with Bellingham’s favorite stomp folk band.

Bob Fossil have announced their intention of releasing a new album later this year. Album art has gone up via the band’s Facebook, but no other details are available at this time. Nonetheless we’re stoked for another release from the Foss!

Go Slowpoke has released their first full-length (a first recorded music) since May 2011. Mistery Loves is available via the band’s bandcamp page, with vinyl copies available at both Avalon and Everyday Music. The album’s release show will take place at The Shakedown on Saturday, April 1. Joe Metzger will be opening the show with a half-solo/half-Sosa set! Congratulations, Kevin, Tom, and Peter!

Bellingham Arts and Music Fest has announced the successful funding of their initial financial needs for securing the Lookout Arts Quary on May 6/7. In laymen’s terms, BAMF is a go! Organizers are still looking for donations/volunteers to ensure the festival’s success, so head to gofundme.com/bamf2017 to check out their incentives!

Bobby Yost has taken to Facebook to announce the debut release from Glacier (ft. Kyle Roe, Jeff Johnson, and Jeff Kastelic), following 10 years of writing and a solid two years of practicing/recording – The Age of Genius (engineered by Erik Wallace) is available now via the bands Bandcamp page!

Khu.eex has announced tentative plans to release their second album this summer – the group recently finished overdubbing and mixing their third LP at Avast Studios in Seattle.

Vacationeer has announced the release of their debut music video (filmed by Talking to Crows), scheduled for April 14 at The Shakedown. The release show will feature performances by Vacationeer, Eggshells, and Vervex! Congratulations, Nikko and Jase!

Pascal Foley has moved back to Bellingham! The local emcee’s new project is called Lonely Crowded, and features both Foley and Sam Kunesh. They have one single available for download, with the release of their debut album tentatively scheduled for this summer.

Lance Vangraham has announced Meece’s entrance into the studio – the band has begun recording initial demos, with no release date announced at this point. You can catch the often half-naked, yet still unbelievably talented, musicians at The Shakedown on April 7 with No Guts.


The Shakedown: (4/8) Twin Peaks, White Mystery, Fauna Shade // 21+, $12-$14 // Twin Peaks is a really good show, and Twin Peaks is also a really good band. (4/13) Step Dads, Pisswand, Chimney // 21+, $6 // Step Dad’s just put out a new record, and their dope. Come welcome them to the Shakedown on a Thursday night. (4/28) Hobosexual // 21+, $7 // No explanation needed – just Youtube this band, and pre-order your tickets.

The Green Frog: (4/9) The Deer // 21+, $10 // With the sort of ingenuity you might expect to come out of Austin, TX, The Deer encompasses the innovation of the modern indie-folk revival and the cross-pollination of Austin’s diverse music scene. (4/12) Adrian+Meredith // 21+, $7 // More Than A Little, the pair’s debut, finds the East Nashville-based duo putting its own spin on Americana music, roughing up the genre’s edges with the rule-breaking spirit of punk, the vintage twang of old-timey folk, the sneer of rock & roll, and even the frenetic bounce of early Swing and jazz manouche.

Make.Shift: (4/22) Retirement, Super Projection, Kuvoza, Candysound // All ages, $6 // Come catch the release of Retirement’s (ex. Creech) new EP – Kuvoza also just released their debut album, and Candysound is planning on returning to the studio this May.

The Swillery:  (sss4/21) Ibex, Bullets or Balloons, TBA // 21+, $5 // The return of Ibex! Not entirely true, as they played a Bellingham show last month, but nonetheless we’re stoked to have the group back in town, actively playing shows! (4/25) Heiress, Dust Moth, Mustard Gas and Roses, Glacier // 21+, $5 // Glacier just released their first batch of new songs.

The Wild Buffalo: (4/8) Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears // 21+, $15 // Fantastic soul making it’s way to Bellingham. (4/28) Ginseng Sawka Drum Attack! // 21+, $12 //  Tim Alexander of Primus and KJ Sawka of Destroid in a drum battle. Not much else you can say about that, except get there!



The Age of Genius – Glacier (March 26th)

Featuring Jeff Johnson of Wild Throne, and engineered by Erik Wallace (Shibusa Sound).

Parthenogenesis – Ibex (March 18th)

IBEX is back!!

Quarter-life Crisis – Step Dads (March 10th)

Debut release from Bellingham’s newest garage rockers – keep your eyes on this band, as they continue to make waves through the local music scene.

Dream Pool – Kuvoza (March 11th)

Kuvoza’s debut album was recorded in Anacortes with Erik Wallace earlier this year. Anyone who has caught a live performance over the past year knows how talented this group is, and their debut LP is nothing different.

Misery Loves – Go Slowpoke (March 17th)

The groups first release since May of 2011 – 100% worth the wait.

Bellingham: A Compilation for The Opportunity Council – Various Artists (March 9th)

Featuring tracks from The Co Founder, House of Blue Leaves, Dryland, Cat Valley, Hello I’m Sorry, and many others, all profits from this record are being donated to The Opportunity Council of Whatcom County. Pick it up for $10 via LifeVest Records Bandcamp page!

And, time! What’s your words-read-per-minute average?


(Editor’s Note: Last month, we referred to Frozen Cloak as a solo project, which it is most certainly not as the band includes Steve Purtill and John Flancher. Sorry, dudes). 


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