Another month, another Roundup y’all! But this one is extra spooky!
These here are the gigs in the Seattle area that are worth your blood, sweat and tears. Bonus points if you dress up as Dolly Parton for the Eyehategod show.
Yours truly spinning music to 69 to.
Lana Del Rey
October 2nd, 2019
The Venice Bitch is back with a new album this year, Norman Fucking Rockwell!, and she is fresh out of fucks to give. Aging nicely and moving away from the destructive drugscapes of Born To Die, Lana has finally learned to let go and is looking good while doing it while not fully abandoning the western tinged noir she lends to millennial romance.
Pharmakon // Bloom Offering
October 3rd, 2019
Margaret Chardiet has been releasing a steady output of records under her ‘Pharmakon’ moniker since 2013 and we’ve all been on edge ever since. Mixing harsh electronics, her manipulated vocals, and fleshy, often sickening imagery, Chardiet addresses inequality in a world she finds as inhospitable and unforgiving as her music.
FFO Moor Mother, Pan Daijing, the Sacred Bones catalog
Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin
October 4th, 2019
70’s Horror films, Spaghetti Westerns, and the like have been enjoying renewed attention in the past few years; the psych-out genius of Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin is no exception. Most famously soundtracking Dario Argento’s “Profundo Rosso” and “Susperia” in the mid-70’s, Goblin will make you feel weirder than you already do when your friends start turning up dead while you’re all trapped in the Freiburg Dance Academy.
FFO John Carpenter, Amon Düül II, other freaky soundtracks
Seattle Sunset Tiki Cruise
October 5th, 2019
South Lake Union Park
This sounds like a really drunk, really swingin’ time. You get picked up at South Lake Union Park for a several hour boat ride whose bar is being tended to by Sierra Kirk of Hale Pale (Portland’s best highbrow Tiki lounge) and listening to Seattle’s top surf act, The Boss Martians. This is a dream come true for the 12-year-old Nolan whose dad gave him the Boss Martian’s 13 Evil Tales compact disc and unknowingly unleashed an insatiable love for surf rock.
October 8, 2019
Ride is one of those bands that sonically rubs shoulders with the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and The Jesus & Mary Chain, but never received the same amount of adoration. Like the three aforementioned bands, Ride has been quietly touring and releasing new music after 20+ years of dormancy and hasn’t lost a touch of relevance. Check out their early 90’s albums Going Back Again and Nowhere for a full taste.
October 11th, 2019
Ol’ Saint Nick is back with his bag of tricks to have a little heart-to-heart with Seattle at the Moore. What will Nick want to talk to us about? From helping redefine noise music with Blixa in Berlin in the 80’s to kicking it with PJ, and the recent loss of one of his twins, you know Nick has seen it all. He’ll probably cleverly turn society’s mirror back on itself and examine us microscopic cogs with his red right hand.
NW Speedfest V
October 11th & 12th, 2019
Black Lodge // Victory Lounge
Music faster than Seattle’s tech gentrification and songs shorter than the recommended length of time you should brush your teeth, I give you NW Speedfest V! This year’s lineup is penetrating as always and is split between Black Lodge and Victory Lounge. Heads up: each band will only have a 15-minute set. Good thing that’s at least 15 songs per band…
FFO Abyss, Oblivion, Deathmask
Stereolab // Wand
October 15th, 2019
Stereolab has a long legacy and has influenced countless artists since its inception in London in 1990. Their seamless blend of jazz, electronics, world influences, and Lætitia Sadier’s French vocals convene in a place often imitated but never duplicated. A massive vinyl repressing of their entire discography a few years back has exposed them to a younger generation and might have had a hand in their reformation and tour. Here’s hoping that their live performance is as transcending as their albums.
FFO Broadcast, magic, feeling that there is still hope
Max Richter performing with The American Contemporary Music Ensemble // Grace Davidson
October 16th, 2019
The German-born Brit is a giant in the minimalist composition world and this performance with The American Contemporary Music Ensemble is a deep plunge into soundscapes not often heard in these parts. For scale: in 2015 Richter put out Sleep on Deutsche Grammophon. A movement in which he composed music to match the human body’s sleep cycle. The piece is eight hours and 24 minutes long.
Chameleons Vox // Theatre of Hate
October 18th, 2019
The Sunset Tavern
The Chameleons were a heavy-hitting English post-punk band that has lost members and gone through several lineup changes since its formation in the early 80’s. Chameleons Vox, the iteration we have here today, is founding member and lead singer Mark Burgess along with a band of merry pranksters. Also not to be missed: Theatre of Hate, the gothic post-punk gatekeepers of the evening.
FFO early Ministry, Killing Joke, Echo & the Bunnymen
Big Boi // Sleepy Brown
October 19th, 2019
We all know that André 3000 was the superior half of the much-missed Outkast. But you know what? Big Boi is still a valuable asset to the hip-hop/rap game and was a quintessential force in moving the focus off the coasts and establishing Atlanta and the filthy dirty South as hip-hop’s true capitol. I just really hope he plays ‘SpottiOttieDopaliscious’…
CEEYS // Christopher Sky
October 22nd, 2019
Chapel Performance Space
A force in modern-classical, ambient, and minimalist composition, the Brothers Selke are CEEYS. The name is derived from an amalgamation of the words cello and keys, the two instruments most often used in their compositions and live shows. If you’re ever in the Berlin/Potsdam area, check out their boutique festival, Q3Ambient Fest.
FFO Derek Hunter Wilson, Nils Frahm, Bowery Electric
October 23rd, 2019
It’s refreshing in times like these to come across public figures that are as straight forward in telling you where they stand as Eyehategod. They hate God, I hate God, we all hate God! Remember that one time you got a giant Baphomet tattoo on your right bicep and slowly ripped the scab off in one piece? Yeah, that’s what Eyehategod sounds like. Negative Approach, Sheer Terror, Final Conflict, and The Accused AD round out this malicious lineup. FFO Electric Wizard, Goatsnake, Coffins
The Platters // The Coasters
Clearwater Casino Resort
It is absolutely amazing that The Platters and The Coasters are still touring, let alone TOGETHER. Both names were major forces in popularizing black vocal groups in the 50’s and 60’s and are often sampled to this day by hip-hop and electronic artists. I’ve used The Coasters “Down In Mexico” in every DJ set/mix of mine for the last year whether appropriate or not.
FFO Sam Cooke, Ben E. King, The Jordanaires
It’s only appropriate that as we approach that unholiest of holidays, there is a fever pitch of Satanic bands that worship the Devil, practice witchcraft, and hail from Scandinavia coming through Seattle. If you’ve just gotten into Meyhem because of Lords of Chaos, this show might be out of your league. Finland’s Witchcraft is known for destroying worlds with the bestial brutality of their black metal sets. Dawn your battle vests, tonight we ride!
October 31st, 2019
An otherly wind howls through the North Cascades destroying all sense of time and space. The crows go silent and a soft drone vibrates from the depths of Puget Sound, building to deafening monolithic soundscapes. What other force could harness the vast expanse of the PNW than the special low frequencies of Earth? Touring behind their ninth studio album, Full Upon Her Burning Lips, Earth are sure to deliver us from evil on this, the most doomed day of 2019.
FFO Sunn O))), OM, Neurosis
If you feel we’re missing something or you want to have your gig previewed, give us a holler.