Mewithoutyou//Neumos//Feb. 9th 2014

20140209_223618Mewithoutyou setlist Neumos Feb. 9th 2014

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Earshot Jazz Festival

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Earshot Jazz Festival.  Tuesday October 1st features one of the most stunning bass players I have ever seen.  Evan Flory-Barnes plays the bass like an unleashed dancing God alongside Seattle premiere drummer D’Vonne Lewis, Ahamefule J. Oluo trumpet  (Macklemore), and Josh Rawlings on keys.  Not only am I extremely excited to see these magically talented musicians play together in their band Industrial Revelation at the infamous Tula’s in Belltown, but I get to share this evening with none other than my lovely parent’s visiting from Iowa.  What I night this shall be!  Industrial Revelation will be celebrating Earshot Festival’s 25th anniversary as well as their new record titled “Oak Head”.  Listen to Industrial Revelation’s album “Unreal Reality” below and consider attending the Earshot Jazz Festival sometime between the dates of October 1st – November 17th here in Seattle.  

"Tuesday night on the Jazz Patio...."

“Tuesday night on the Jazz Patio….”


My Goodness

Oh “My Goodness”.  The bluesy hardcore rock’n roll band from Seattle is making a statement.  Sure after The Black Keys became a smash hit blues rock bands started molding out of cracks and alley ways all over the world.  As they should.  The Black Keys rule, but after a while these similar sounding bands start to grow old and don’t do much for your ear candy cravings.

Meet My Goodness.  A two piece rock out fit that packs a hard hitting smack of delightful soul felt blues mixed with a post hardcore sting.  You know the part in the average blues song where you say to yourself “I love the blues, but how come every band has to use the same riffs?”.  In a My Goodness song this part textures and transitions into a snaky hard rocking storm.  These days it is easy to fall into the blah zone of music where everything starts to sound the same and nothing moves you.  One or two songs might be good on the whole album and then it slips into the deep collection of tunes not to be found unless randomly on shuffle.  Each new indie sounds like they went to a college with all the other new bands where they were taught how to play the exact same shit.  When an album comes around that one can hit play on track #1 and listen to the record in it’s entirety enjoying each song by itself and as a piece to the master puzzle it’s like a holiday.  Anyone else feel like this?  Could just be me, but the volume of music available to the masses for immediate download saturates the industry and tucks the few great albums into the pockets of pearl snap western shirts waiting to be discovered at the local Goodwill by the lucky bloke.

Enough of my roundabout ranting.  My Goodness is a band that makes you feel like rocking out.  It feels familiar to the blues you hear, but new enough and fresh to captivate the listener to want more of the whole puzzle.

My Goodness has a new release coming out soon titled “Shiver + Shake”


My Goodness – Back Again



Redhook Sausage Fest 2013



Steven enjoying some My Goodness.

Steven enjoying some My Goodness.


Late Night Obsession – 6/27/13 – Pinback “Syracuse”

Thank you to a fellow who contributes on here to reintroducing me to this band as more than just the one single I knew of from The O.C. The song emotes a lot as do many of Pinback songs, but tonight it is this one because sometimes it just feels right in the moment and thats what Late Night Obsession is all about! Thank you and enjoy this one and many more to come! See Pinback August 26th at Showbox at the Market in Seattle, WA and on tour all summer long!


La Luz @Neumos 6/19/13

Complete with resonant reverb and surfy snake like arrangements La Luz shined over the Neumos crowd casting out rays of doo-wop and beach party 60’s style tunes.  The crowd at La Luz shows are a bit different than others in that they really like to shake and tap to this rock and roll sound.  It’s as if this wild surf cast a spell and made everyone in it’s wake a believer.  It is common at shows in Seattle that many folks don’t really fall into the moment and let go.  I’m not sure why this is.  Could it be that Seattle is such a music town that most take it for granted.  We are spoiled with the large amount of awesome bands that play here week in and week out.  The local scene is ridiculous for Pete’s sake.  The people at La Luz concerts like to dance.  I love this.  I’m a dancer, and moving here from the Midwest not being spoiled with my favorite bands playing in my town every month lets me appreciate each and every good show.  In this case last night, a majority of the believers were on the same page.  These people wanted to dance and were not afraid to show it.  Thank you La Luz for making this beach scene inside Neumos a reality.  Midway through their set bassist Abbey Blackwell asked the crowd, “Have you guys ever heard of Soul Train?”  Crowds response, “yes!!”  Abbey commanded, “Well then split yourselves down the middle and let’s get this Soul Train grooving!”  How often can you recall a Soul Train dance off during a band’s set?  Well that just happened last night.  Seems like these ladies have been practicing a bit since the first time I saw them play in a tiny garage in the U-District.  Drummer Marian Li Pino was killing it on the drums.  Shana Cleveland’s surf guitar is always bang on.  It’s hard to keep still while listening to La Luz.  They have formulated a boogy woogy sound that people are starting to recognize and certainly dig.  Thank you for the rad show!

Watch La Luz play a live set on KEXP Seattle:


Foals in concert: Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA

Foals stopped by KEXP to perform some songs off their new album Holy Fire Saturday before night two of back to back shows here in Seattle.  That’s important, but first imagine this:  We got a chance to see their performance last Saturday night @ The Neptune Theater and it was all I anticipated.  Foals have always been a band that make me get antsy like a little boy to see live. There are a handful of bands that I just love as much as Christmas and they are near the top.  I was actually telling Steven (aka Stevotothemax) one of the other writers on Seafoam Couch that if I could be in any band possible as the drummer it would be these guys.  Jack Bevan kills it on the kit and pushes me with his unique beats to be more creative as a drummer.  Jack, Rickie Mazzotta (mewithoutyou), Dave Turncrantz (Russian Circles), Chad Houseman (Tom Hymn, Muteflutes, Soil & The Sun, Gloworm) and pretty much any drums on a David Bazan record are all among my adored.  The show was frighteningly breathtaking.  These Brits know how to put on a show even after touring non stopped for months switching countries back and fourth.  What a dream job right?  Over-sized foam hands signaling “you’re number one” would have fit the scenario like a dream.  iPod commercials for the encore “Two Steps, Twice”  raced through my mind; shadows of a character sliding on his knees, arms all flailing and squiggly,  head shaking, long hair blasting in the wave of sound.  Man… Yannis, the lead singer, sizzled through the crowd with his trusty guitar.  As the crowd watched in sweaty titillation he appeared not in the back valley of the main floor, but rather on the balcony in attempt to jump off.  Security guards raced to stop him in attempt to prevent seriously bad outcomes for the Foals and/or the people looking upward like they just spotted a man on a wire walking across the twin towers.  That’s it, the iPod commercial is over.  The smelly man next to Heidi has left to use the bathroom.  Christmas is over.  Here are some photos:

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Listen to this live in-studio by one of my favorite bands Foals: