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Pretty Lights Tour: West Coast

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2009 by worldromper

If you just downloaded Pretty Light’s new album here, you are probably grooving to it and wondering where you might catch the music live.

Aren’t you in luck- Pretty Lights is touring the West Coast RIGHT NOW, starting with San Diego tonight!

Here are the West Coast dates, and please click here for the rest of Pretty Light’s US tour schedule which also includes Austin, Florida, New York and DC.

  • Oct 12: Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach
  • Oct 14: The Key Club in LA
  • Oct 15: The Independent in San Francisco
  • Oct 16: Nocturnum in Eureka, CA
  • Oct 17: Nectar Lounge in Seattle
  • Oct 18: The Crystal Ballroom in Portland

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High Places @ the Echo (with Hecuba)

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , on January 23, 2009 by worldromper

Echo…echo…echo…

I checked out some new music this evening at the suggestion of a friend of mine from Seattle, Colin Johnson. A few of you may have heard of him, as most recently he was booking a little place called THE Nectar- it’s possible that you might have heard of it too. Colin made fratty Fremontland cool again for the last year with fresh sounds and jumping, popping shows.

Ah just kidding, you guys all know Colin. In fact, he and I have a lot of mutual friends- EVERYBODY.

Now he lives in LA. Bad for Seattle, good for LA. 

Tonight I went to High Places. I wish I had been high. The crowd at the Echo was young but not that young, weird, and artsier than you.

I caught a little of one of the opening acts, Hecuba, a very entertaining male and female duo using a nice selection of random instruments and electronic sounds, and their words were as batty as their dance moves:

“He’s the Tom, I’m the Jerry”

“Taste the rainbow”

“I have a wandering mind. I bought a house for the first time. My brother thought it was a good idea.”

I wasn’t too into the lyrics, but I am a beat lover and tend towards music where lyrics are but a complement to the beat and not the focus of the song. I can barely even go to rock or punk shows anymore and hear yet another stupid freaking screamed story about a lost love or a planned revenge. Shut up with your story, I just want to dance. It’s a funny opinion, seeing how I’m a WRITER and all. SHUT UP with your stupid words, geez.

Whatever the lyrics (judge for yourself), Hecuba was giving it on stage, slinging their heads violently, pounding the cymbal with their fists, and jumping and twitching about; these two have definitely taken a lot of acid and it’s possible they were tripping tonight. The girl in the full-body jumpsuit and mop haircut made bird noises into the mic and would stare into the crowd after a song like a womanimal who was contemplating which of us to jump on and strangle.

They had moments though; my favorite song was filled with some nice froggy bass, and by that I mean it splats down, spreads out a little, and leaves a bit of slime behind. Hecuba was dramatic and very entertaining; and the crowd approved. We always love to see other humans getting their freak on, because we are all the same: so different inside.

The headliners were also a male/female duo, but High Places‘ sound was less experimental and more cracking island electro-pop, like you just woke up from a dream to find yourself smoking orange sherbet in Barbados with Bjork and tribe of naked drummers. It was the sound of wild animals, of seeds rolling around in a coconut shell, of a beach party just getting started and the rum is kicking in.

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Mary’s voice is warm and rounded, the fitting complement to Robert’s wild drumming, and with a few knob twists and loops they created an interesting live performance with fluid percussion and a welcoming feel: come to the party, smoke some sherbet! With many rhythms, maracas, and juicy sounds going at once, the Los Angeles crowd lapped it up, our ears and brains being fine tools for soaking in whatever musicians can throw at us all at once. Aural multi-taskers we are.

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That’s it! The set was short, High Places thanked their friends and expressed gratitude for getting to now see them all so often. Why? They’ve just moved to LA.

Must be a trend or something.

Going Down This Week (Nov 24-30)

Posted in Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2008 by worldromper

Your weekly list of Shilo-approved electronic music events in Seattle:

Most of you are probably making Thanksgiving plans, driving to see the family, gathering friends around to eat pie and shit. Whatever. Have fun with your lame-ass holiday.

For the rest of us to whom the holidays mean nothing, guess what? It is time to party. Here:

Tuesday:

  • Naha Army at the Grotto (the basement of the Rendezvous in Belltown): bring your arms and your legs and party with Naha, MC Anton Bomb, Break 6, Mickey Procon aka Cory Popcorn, and lots of art! FREE!
  • VIBE at Contour with BANGIN’ TECHNO from Travis B, Ctrl_Alt_Dlt, pantycontrol, and Michito
  • M83 at Neumos- Electropop francais. All the music nerds will be here, gazing at their shoes.

Wednesday (Thanksgiving Eve!):

  • Kraak and Smaak at the Nectar bring one of the Netherland’s hottest acts to Fremont. Hot and sweaty.
  • Chilled-out dance church at the Church of Bass
  • GOBBLE ON DEEZ has a horrible name and even worse flyer (both no doubt dreamed up by some one with a y chromosome), but it is in the sweet new underground venue with two huge rooms in SoDo I have been hearing so much about. There are about 20 DJs but I am looking forward to Zacharia, Rob Noble, Manahan, Goner, Pressha, Noisemaker, and Northstar. $10, BYOB

Thursday:

  • Midtempo Madness: FREE glitch hop and crazy mid tempo shit at the Crimson C. NOTE: this is the last Thursday or any day you should ever go to Crimson C. They backed out on us for the use of their venue 1.5 weeks before our show IN TEXT. Bullshit business practices and you should no longer support this bar EVER. After Thursday.

Friday: LYNZIE’S BIRTHDAY!

  • Herbaliser at Nectar performing as full live band, Sun Tzu Sound opens.
  • Analog at Rebar: Deep House from Deep Space. Househeads rejoice.

Saturday:

  • Zacharia and Rob Noble at Onset, if ya missed ’em at Gobble on Deez

Going Down This Week (Nov 17-23)

Posted in Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2008 by worldromper

Your weekly rundown of Shilo-approved electronic music events this week. 

Wednesday:

  • VITAL Wednesdays at Contour: Recess, Sonny Chiba, and PrEssHa

Thursday:

  • Hauschka, Tom Brosseau, and The Site Below ambient show at the Triple Door
  • CHROME TOAST: OTT, Phidelity and Skoi Sirius at Nectar Lounge (whomp whomp whomp)
  • KiloWatts and Vibesquad in Bellingham

(I am torn between staying in town for the bomb shows here or heading up to Bellingham and am still undecided!)
Friday: 

  • Shadow Dancer of Boys Noize at Chop Suey. Bangin’ hard techno.
  • Shift Dubstep at Contour with D’Code from the UK

Saturday:

  • Buddhaful Groove Drive with MC Souleye, Vibesquad, Kitty D, Noisemaker, Northstar, Marmalade and more. Last year this party ROCKED. It is a food drive so bring food. I will be here.
  • Uninfected Techno with Adam X and Bryan Zentz (I LOVE TECHNO!)
  • Funk D’Void at SeeSound Lounge. Weird venue but silly awesome music
  • Afterhours at the Clubhouse with Funk D’Void, Dave Pezzner, and Carlos Mendoza of Lawnchair Generals- $5. I will be here too no doubt.