Finally I had a chance to get to a few of my pictures from BBB 2016. This was my first year attending BBB 2016, and it’s no doubt, one of the best little music fest’s around. I was able to snap some shots of some of my Seattle faves, as well, as some new discoveries (sign of a great fest), before I started to over indulge. I hope this doesn’t go away anytime soon, cause I am looking forward to next year already.
Formed in the suburbs of San Francisco’s East Bay in 2013, Happy Diving play loud, spiritual rock music with a strong pop sensibility on the subject of freedom, love and pain. Though the band has seen various member and location changes (now with members living in Seattle, Vancouver and Oakland), the five-piece has gained notoriety for their blistering, high-energy performances and prolific release output.
Electric Soul Unity, Happy Diving’s fourth record in less than three years, showcases the band taking their dynamic rock to new heights. Their characteristic thick fuzz is coupled with tender melodies, a yin-yang of scorching in-your-face rippers and contagious hook-laden sing-alongs. The aggressive driving force of lead single “Holy Ground” meets its match with the slow-burning ballad, “Head Spell,” proving the band is just as comfortable in their quieter moments as they are being loud as hell.
The West Coast band will embark on their first ever North American tour, ending at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill for Creative Adult’s record release show with Never Young and Plush.
07.23.16 – Oakland, CA @ Sam’s House
07.24.16 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center (w/ Gun Outfit, Tony Molina)
07.25.16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hi Hat
07.26.16 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
07.27.16 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
07.28.16 – Albuquerque, NM @ TBD
07.29.16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ TBD
07.30.16 – Ft Worth, TX @ TBD
07.31.16 – Houston, TX @ Vinyl Edge Records
08.01.16 – New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar
08.02.16 – Nashville, TN @ Two Boots
08.04.16 – Richmond, VA @ TBD
08.05.16 – Raleigh, NC @ Pinhook
08.06.16 – Baltimore, MD @ TBD
08.07.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lava Space
08.08.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
08.10.16 – Providence, RI @ Tommy’s Place
08.11.16 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott (w/ Kindling, California X)
08.12.16 – Amherst, MA @ TBD
08.13.16 – Montreal, QB @ Poisson Noir
08.14.16 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
08.15.16 – Detroit, MI @ TBD
08.16.16 – Milwaukee, WI @ High Dive
08.17.16 – Bloomington, IN @ Jan’s Rooms
08.18.16 – Eau Claire, WI @ TBD
08.19.16 – Duluth, MN @ Northern Isolation Fest
08.20.16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Dead Media (early show)
08.21.16 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag
08.24.16 – Calgary, AB @ Tubby Dog
08.26.16 – Vancouver, BC @ Antisocial Skate Shop
08.27.16 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
08.28.16 – Olympia, WA @ TBD
08.29.16 – Portland, OR @ TBD
08.30.16 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (w/ Creative Adult, Never Young, Plush)
Like a long journey House In The Tall Grass unfolds itself through many layers. Existing fans of Kikagaku Moyo will be comforted by the soft vocals harmonies and warm sitar, but what sets this release apart is the refinement of the band’s song-writing and their delicate execution. Side A begins with a pair of travelling songs where the interplay between the vocals, guitar, and sitar lift and suspend the listener on an unexpected journey. The patient listener is rewarded with tracks such as “Trad” and “Silver Owl” which demonstrate the masterful balance the band has between soft and loud; chaos and order, or being both cold and tender at the same time.
House in the Tall Grass, recorded between October and December of 2015 at Tsubame Studio where it was mixed, mastered, and produced by Yui Kimijima, takes the listener by the hand on a satisfying quest through destinations both familiar and unknown. It is a natural step forward for the band and perhaps the most refined example of their style to date.
We got a video premiere today with Seattle band Cloud Person, we asked them the process and inspiration for the video. This is what they said:
“We wanted to convey a mood rather than attempt to act out the narrative in the lyrics.
Our goal was to provide simple imagery to accompany the words. We decided to do this by using shadows and different colored lights. The hope was that the viewer would have a sense of mystery and that their mind would be allowed to wander with the words.
Our singer works at a warehouse with super tall, matte white walls so we cleared a big space and shot the video there. There is a long standing tradition of bands playing in warehouses in videos and we wanted to avoid being part of it, so we decided that all shots of actual people would need to be obscured in some way, either by angular motion or blurred focus.”
The video was directed by Steve Straney, and assisted by Scott Wilson.
What are the dreams of a youth that never makes time to rest? For 21-year-old Yung frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær, a Danish DIY figurehead who has left a catalogue of cassettes and self-produced songs in his wake, the goal seemed to be recording, and living, as fast as possible. Writing and performing songs filled with gritty guitar and driving rhythms that snap like a live wire, he’s been busy channelling the electric drive of youth, creating brief, flashing sonic portraits of his life in Aarhus, the country’s gritty, industrial second city.
That makes the music on the reflective A Youthful Dream, the debut album from Yung (out 6/10 on Fat Possum), such a revelation. Angst makes space for wisdom, youthful exuberance begins channelling road-tested experience, and a blur of basement shows and self-produced bromides becomes something more. DIY doesn’t mean unrefined, it just means personal. And at a point where inertia made way for introspection, Silkjær showcased a new degree of songwriting craft and and sonic experimentation, and a new perspective on everyday life and young adulthood.
Where the previous releases such as “These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores” found Silkjær masterfully running through buzzsaw riffs, recalling The Replacements and Jay Reatard, A Youthful Dream finds Silkjær reshaping his vocabulary and experimenting with a larger sonic palette. Richer melodies, pianos, and even trumpets made their way into the recording sessions at Sound Studio in Sweden, where Silkjær, Frederik Nybo Veile (drums) and Tobias Guldborg Tarp (bass) decamped with a handful of guest musicians.
After more than a decade of writing songs, he’s grown bored with other people’s perception of what “punk” means, and his ambitions and songwriting have evolved. Always on the move and in the moment, Silkjær has created a musical step forward, while pausing to consider and reflect on the past.
“For me, Yung has always equalled total freedom,” says Mikkel. “I don’t want Yung to be a band that you can put certain labels on. I wish for it to be a project that can principally go in any given direction.”
I still sleep with a giant stuffed duck I was given when I was three
I have the coolest roommates- love you mom and dad!!
I’ve never been out of the u.s.
I have a toe that looks like a macaroni noodle
I shower once a week (garbage kids unite)
I hate wearing shoes
I lived off top ramen for 4 months once
I had to stop eating top ramen
I love Cheetos like all kind of cheetos. Ya cheetos yum.
I dye my hair at least 10 times a year
I haven’t been to the dentist since I was 12
I wanted to be a “doctor-mommy” when I grew up. Now I’m scared of the doctor and of being a mommy.
I danced on stage at a big boi concert when I was 13- it was dope.
Vegans are weird.
I can say that, some of my best friends are vegan
My favorite book is jurassic park and I’ve read it way too many times.
I have a jurassic park themed tattoo.
My grandpa won the 1941 national cornhusking championship.
I’ve dived with sharks.
I have a dog named Obi.
The texture of velvet and velvety things makes me nauseous.
I started playing the bass about a year and half ago and GG is my first band.
I also play the piano, guitar, french horn and clarinet.
I got slimed on Nickelodeon as a kid.
I keep accidentally buying burgundy colored clothes so most of what I wear is that color.
I’m often asked what it’s like to be albino.
I’m not albino.
I studied biology and worked in labs for years.
As a kid I once wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper called “Harry Potter stands for good and fights evil.”
Today, Parquet Courts announce their new record, Human Performance, out 4/8 on Rough Trade. Recorded over the course of a year against a backdrop of personal instability, Human Performance massively expands the idea of what a Parquet Courts record can be. They’ve been one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last 5 years; this is the record that backs all those words up.
“Every day it starts, anxiety,” began the first song on 2014’s Content Nausea. Those were essentially the song’s only lyrics, but Human Performance picks up where that thought left off, picking apart the anxieties of modern life: “The unavoidable noise of NYC that can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it’s physical or mental or social,” says singer, guitarist and Human Performance producer/mixer Austin Brown.
There has always been the emotional side of Parquet Courts, which has always had an important balance with the more discussed cerebral side, but Savage sees Human Performance as a redistribution of weight in that balance. “I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance,” says Savage. “I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus,” he says. “Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”
The sonic diversity, time, and existential effort that went into its creation makes Human Performance Parquet Courts’ most ambitious record to date. It’s a work of incredible creative vision born of seemingly insurmountable adversity. It is also their most accessible record yet. Today, the band shares a video for the song “Dust,” and announces a string of new tour dates.
HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRACKLISTING
2. Human Performance
4. I Was Just Here
6. Captive Of The Sun
7. Steady On My Mind
8. On Man, No City
9. Berlin Got Blurry
10. Keep It Even
11. Two Dead Cops
12. Pathos Prairie
13. It’s Gonna Happen
PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Mon. Feb. 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall w/ Love Of Everything
Tue. Feb. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Love Of Everything – SOLD OUT
Thu. Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Love Of Everything
Fri. Feb. 19 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar
Sat. Feb. 20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater w/ Dumb
Tue. Feb. 23 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Wed. Feb. 24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Woolen Men
Fri. Feb. 26 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish (Noise Pop) w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall w/ Chris Cohen – SOLD OUT
Sun. Feb. 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ American Legion Hall
Sat. Mar. 12 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths w/ No Age, Emitt Rhodes, Quilt, Sheer Mag
Thu. Apr. 14 – Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Soda
Fri. Apr.15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club w/ Soda
Sat. Apr. 16 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston w/ Soda
Sun. Apr. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit w/ Soda
Mon. Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Soda
Wed. Apr. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Soda
Thu. Apr. 21 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar w/ Soda
Fri. Apr. 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theater w/ Soda
Thu. Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Sat. Apr. 30 – Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
Mon. May 2 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Wed. May 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ B Boys
Thu. May 12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ B Boys
Fri. May 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ B Boys
Sun. May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
Mon. May 16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge w/ B Boys
Tue. May 17 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ B Boys
Wed. May 18 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/ B Boys
Fri. May 20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ B Boys
Sat. June 4 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. June 12 – London, UK @ Field Day
Tue. June 14 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Wed. June 15 – Liverpool, UK @ New Kazimier
Thu. June 16 – Edinburgh, UK @ La Belle Angele
Fri. June 17 – Leeds, UK @ Irish Centre
Fri. June 18 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla