It turns out I have previously blogged in this space about a Dead Moon album, but I'm going to do it again, because 1) that was over four years ago, which on the Internet is like a whole nother geological age; 2) they have fourteen albums, I think I can write about two of 'em for crying out loud; 3) this is DEAD MOON, people! Important stuff.
A little Fred and Toody update: Pierced Arrows is still a going concern, although in March they announced that Fred was having some serious problems with his heart. The update on their web site says that "Fred's heart operation went very well," and "he's recovering faster than expected," which is all very good news. I'm sure we'll see them both tearing up clubs around the Northwest before we know it. Best wishes to Fred and Toody!
"All right, we need a Dead Moon record in H. The last one deserved it + this seems to as well. 2-2 is great."
"The two on your right have been around P-town for years in bands like The Rats and Western Front."
"More primal punk from this Oregon band. Sounds like a cross between the Nomads and the Wipers. Minimal songs sung with a lot of feeling. Some good guitar work breaks through occasionally. My main criticism is the 'mono' sound. Although it evokes a particular mood, I think the songs would have come across a bit stronger in stereo. Overall I liked it."
"Gosh, if they were on Sub Pop & didn't put their records out themselves, they'd probably be huge . . . they do have a 'cult' following in Europe, however."
"It's in M-O-N-O. These guys play grimy clubs in Portland and seem underappreciated there. What do you expect from a town that gave us Sally Struthers?"
"I hate to go against popular opinion, but this sucks butt!"
"They remind me of - of - Pere Ubu."
"This is so great. Check out 2-5, a real nice quiet one."
"'Primal Punk' is as quaint as rockabilly, and they really don't go [illegible] with this [illegible]."
"Fred Cole was in the Weeds & Lollipop Shoppe - '60s garage bands. He's been doing this forever & still does it well. 1 cut is on Pebbles #8, try also Nuggets: The Northwest." [Wow, no kidding! You can really go down quite the '60s garage rock Wikipedia rabbit hole starting from Cole's page.]
I last wrote about founding grungefathers Green River in this space over six years ago, if you can believe that. At the time Seattle was buzzing with gossip that they might be playing the Sub Pop 20th birthday celebrations that summer. I can now tell you that they did indeed play that weekend, and …
Nothing says the start of the summer quite like the Northwest Folklife Festival, the nation's largest community powered festival... and KEXP's future neighbors at Seattle Center! Now in its 43rd year, Northwest Folklife Festival is a family affair, with the expanded hands-on Discovery Zone and nea…
UK band Glass Animals thrilled us with their Morning Show session last week from The Cutting Room Studios in New York, and today they thrill us with a new music video for the track "Pools." Their debut album, ZABA, comes out June 9th on Harvest Records. [Under the Radar]
What a happy coincidence! When I began my usual internet research for this week's piece on Northwest heroes Mecca Normal, I fully expected to find the usual nostalgic laments for a great band that was no more. How wrong I was! Not only is the two-piece guitar/voice unit of Jean Smith and David Lest…