It’s everyone’s favorite day: Tunesday. That day when more music things happen than usual!
Here’s the haps:
-Sneaking under the radar, Vancouver B.C. shredders Weed recently released its debut LP Deserve on Seattle’s Couple Skate, home to the writers of our Best Single of 2013, Naomi Punk. Weed, surprisingly the first band to snag that glorious name, have put out one of the best records of the year so far.
Recorded at the Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond, Deserve is a grungey, shoegazey, 90s-tastic ride through a hazy party full of people with long hair and no cares. Garbled shouting, drowned out triumphant melodies, and a healthy respect for the heavy makes this record feel like riding atop Kurt Cobain through the clouds, if Kurt Cobain were a hippogriff. Listen to “Heal” right now, and try to deny that.
-Speaking of clouds, Seattle’s Cumulus released its new record today, I Never Meant It To Be Like This, which is streaming in full over here. Released by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie’s new imprint, Trans, the record is a pop-tacular bop-fest through lead singer Alexandra Niedzialkowski’s wistful heartbroken head, which also seems to be full of really catchy melodies. Check out Gwendolyn’s review here.
-Gravel voiced six-string-slinger Davidson Hart Kingsbury is release his new Fin Records LP this week. Kingsbury will be debuting the record at his October 5 Macefield Music Fest show at Conor Byrne.
-Heavy rockers Hobosexual and Fox and The Law will be having a dual album release show at Neumos this Friday on Oct. 4. Hobosexual may win the award for best album cover of the year.
-107.7 The End’s Deck The Hall Ball lineup is ridiculous this year, featuring Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, The Head and the Heart, Alt-J, Arctic Mokeys, Lorde, Foals and Tame Impala. Whoa. Pre-sales begin Friday, Oct 5 at noon, so get your mouse ready to furiously click through Ticketmaster before everyone else snatches tickets up.
-Chris Cornell sold out his Benaroya Hall date on October 20, a feat also recently accomplished by this summer’s international Defense of the Ancients 2 e-gaming tournament. Benaroya Hall: more than just orchestras.
-On October 16, Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt will DJ a special Reggae themed exhibition of Lee Jaffe’s photos and stories of close friend Bob Marley. “Jaffe lived with Bob Marley in Jamaica for three years, and was a member of ‘The Wailers,’ playing harmonica whilst managing their first North American tour. He later produced Peter Tosh’s ‘Legalize It’ album and shot the iconographic album cover.”