Tune in from 8:45 until 10 am for this week’s edition of the Culture and Language Bridge Program on KSUB, where we learn a little about our international students, their home countries, and the wonderful music they produce. Click the links below to listen to the individual interviews.
A Preview for Sol & Friends Performing at The Showbox at the Market on Wednesday November 27th
Tomorrow night, Sol will be performing with Sam Lachow and Dave B at the Showbox at the Market. If you’ve been craving some good ol’ Seattle Hip-Hop, then this is definitely the right show for you. The show will start with Dave B, who performed at Bumbershoot this year and who might be performing some of the tracks off his new album The Doughnuts EP. If you haven’t heard of Dave B before, I recommend a quick search for his Coffee EP, which he released in March. Dave B’s raps are clear and fun, though somewhat typical. Next up will be Sam Lachow. Sam is riding the release of his recent collaboration with Raz Simone (you may recognize Raz from various KSUB performances last year) called 5 Good Reasons. Sam’s raps are varied and driving, which keeps you engaged throughout every song. Sol will be up last, and he was also at Bumbershoot this year with Dave B. If you didn’t already know, Sol recently finished up a trip around the world visiting ten countries in ten months. If Sol wasn’t already a great enough figure in the Seattle music scene, now he’s got this great global vibe around him. We all know that the Seattle music scene is one of the best around, and this show will be a prime example of it.
- Bill Koch / Can Speak Giraffe Fluently on Tuesdays / KSUB General Manager
(P.S. I still Miss Eliot)
A Preview for The Waxahatchee and Swearin’ Concert on November 27th at Chop Suey in Seattle, Washington
For those who are fans of the folk punk genre of music, Katie and Allison Crutchfield have become household names. Starting in the band P.S. Eliot, the Crutchfield twins are masters of mixing punk guitar with beautiful folk lyrics and vocals. Though P.S. Eliot is now a thing of the past and the two sisters have moved into different directions musically, the folk punk community was not abandoned. With Katie heading her lovely more acoustic project Waxahatchee, and Allison leading her punk project Swearin’ the Crutchfields will continue to help push the folk punk movement as well as the female fronted band movement.
Le’ts start with Swearin’ because they’ll be opening for Waxahatchee at the November 27th concert. Releasing their self-titled album in 2012, Swearin’ has hit the ground running. The energy, and slightly creepy style, of their music create a sound that I have only seen in one other band, RVIVR. Swearin’ has now announced that their new album Surfing Strange will come out later this year, and I think the name of this album is perfect for describing their music as a strange take on surf rock. This band, because of the similar vocal sounds to Waxahatchee, will be a perfect opener for Waxahatchee.
Waxahatchee will be headleadining this tour. I started listening to Waxahatchee about a year ago and as soon as I heard her haunting, personal, and beautifully sad lyrics I fell in love with everything that Katie Crutchfield chooses to be. This year she released her new album Cerulean Salt. This album is a perfect album and can be listened in its entirety over and over again. Though my favorite songs by Waxahatchee are off of her debut album American Weekend, the maturity and continuity of Cerulean Salt is amazing and the fact that I can listen to the whole album and not realize that 32 minutes just went by is something that not many bands can do.
Waxahatchee and Swearin’ will be playing at Chop Suey in Seattle, Washington on Nov 27th. The concert will be a blast if and if you are around during the Thanksgiving Holiday this show will sing you into the holidays wonderfully.
Marcus Shriver / An Assistant to The Great Hole Puncher / KSUB Social Media and Community Outreach Director
A Review of The Lonely Forest Concert at the Neptune in Seattle on November 9th
Without hearing any of the music one would be able to tell that the Lonely Forest Concert was an Indie concert simply by the guitars that were used by the three bands. Each band used some sort of Fender Telecaster and some sort of Fender Jaguar. The iconic guitars are a staple in indie music and were used at their full potential on Saturday night.
The night began with BellaMaine, we found out later that they’re neighbors with the singer of the Lonely Forest. This band was very strong for an act that was the first opener at an indie concert. With heavy keyboard and duel singing of a man with a very unique voice and a woman with a very powerful high voice the band was able to convey a sound that was very unique to listen to.
The next band was Cumulus, this band, a project of Alexandra Niedzialkowski from Anacortes, was a very powerful but soothing rock band. The concert that they threw was very high energy as Alexandra, who also played guitar, put all of her emotions into her voice and created a sort of haunting but also powerful vocal sound. The band also had a lot of energy and seemed to have a ton of fun. Cumulus’s set ended with a beautiful love song sung by Alexandra and the lead singer of The Lonely Forest, John Van Deusen.
The headliner for this concert and the band that the whole crowd was waiting for was Anacortes’s gem The Lonely Forest. This band, if you have not heard of them, is leading the Seattle Indie scene with influences from Death Cab for Cutie. Focused around Van Deusen’s strong unique voice and his keyboard The Lonely forest is Seattle Indie’s attempt at Pop Punk, and in my opinion it exceeds most pop Punk in technique and “catchiness”. The Lonely Forest, using only telecasters, was a bit more distorted than the other bands but also put on a concert with much more running around and excitement. The crowd to my surprise also, knew the majority of the lyrics to the songs played, as well as were very receptive to anything that Van Deusen said. Very recently releasing their new album Counting Up the Wasted Hours and coming from a month long tour, The Lonely Forest is charging the Indie movement from Anacortes to as far as they can travel. The concert was fun, and reminded me of the live videos of Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Eat World, I watched when I was younger. The community of the concert was beautiful; all of the bands seemed to be great friends and seemed to never want their tour to end. If you didn’t get the chance to go to this show I must say: you missed a good one but you should watch out for the next steps that BellaMaine, Cumulus, and The Lonely Forest take.
Marcus Shriver / Your Silent Alarm Clock / KSUB Community Outreach and Social Media Director
Students from the English Language Learning Center bring you The World of Music, featuring music from their home countries of Taiwan, Croatia, China, Japan, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. Click on the links below to hear individual interviews.
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A Preview for Punk In Africa Showing at The Northwest Film Forum Friday November 22 – November 23rd
Over the past 30(ish) years American Punk rock has gone through a roller coaster of popularity and sub-genres, but all throughout this time the true goal of punk rock has been to stick it to the “man”, whether the “man” is the president, a boss, or the patriarchy. Because of the aggressive and offensive nature of Punk music, most Americans have been too distracted by American punks’ yahoo antics to see what the other punks are striving to accomplish.
Punk In Africa is a movie about the multiracial punk movement during the African apartheid. During this section of African History musicians were breaking the law by playing punk music. These musicians broke the law in an aggressive underground punk movement that was inspirational to those not satisfied with the government but also created a new section of punk music.
Punk In Africa directed by Keith Jones and Deon Maas is showing at the Northwest Films Forum from Friday November 22nd through Sunday November 24th tells the story of punk in South Africa and how it spread to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Kenya. For fans of punk, rock, and anything in between, this movie will shine a new light on what music can do.
Marcus Shriver / A Filthy Shoe Lost in a Department Store / KSUB Community Outreach and Social Media Director
I first got into James Blake when I saw that he had worked with RZA on his 2013 release Overgrown. I didn’t expect to listen to anything besides the RZA verse but somewhere along the way I got lost in the vast soundscape that is James Blake’s music. It is not something that is easy to describe. Electronic gospel-folk? Experimental R&B? Reinterpreted dubstep? It doesn’t really fit any description when you think about it. But that in itself is part of the beauty of it. The combination of the dense, electronic, dub influenced instrumentals and his melancholy vocals create hauntingly addictive music that even a self-proclaimed hip-hop head like myself can appreciate.
James Blake is the reason that my neighbors refer to me as “the dude who is always bumping baby making music ”(although I wouldn’t necessarily categorize it as that) so saying I am excited that he is coming to Showbox SoDo on November 20 is probably an understatement. James Blake started releasing music in 2009 and quickly found popularity being awarded many awards for his 2010 EP “CMYK”. Blake has collaborated with a wide array of artists varying from Bon Iver to Chance the Rapper. He resumes his tour of America after winning the 2013 Mercury Award for his album Overgrowth. Blake beat out the Artic Monkeys, Disclosure and even David Bowie, among others to claim the prestigious UK music award.
James Blake’s live shows have received many rave reviews due to the variation he puts into songs each time he plays live. He also does a lot of cool things live with vocal loops that I have enjoyed via Youtube. And opener Nosaj Thing is no act to miss either. So I recommend you check them out on November 20th when they play at Showbox SoDo. The UK loves him, and so do my neighbors, so chances are you will to.
-Geran Landen/Professionally Unemployed /KSUB Reporter