When we first heard Cave‘s 2009 instrumental rock opus Psychic Psummer it was love at first listen, and we hoped that we would see them out in the Northwest sometime soon. Then last year, when they released Pure Moods, we were like, “man oh man! They HAVE to do a US tour now!” No dice.
At long last, on the heels of their new record Neverendless on Drag City, Cave are finally making their first ever Seattle appearance.
Neverendless is a distinctively balls-out foray into repetitive, rhythmic drone structures and sick krauty grooves. Drag City says it’s “roller-rinkin’ rock for the next generation,” whatever that means. (All we know is, we fuckin WISH we knew about a roller rink that jammed Cave!)
Anyway, we’re pleased as punch to finally have that opportunity to host Cave in Seattle on Thursday, November 17 at the Comet Tavern, in a lineup that also includes veteran rocksters Kinski, psych shapeshifters Midday Veil and a rare performance from reclusive electro-noise darlings Are You A Cat?, plus sweaty cuts deep into the night from DJ Explorateur and visuals by Portable Shrines.
This is going to be a rager, kids. Prepare accordingly.
North Seattle is the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 15, with two can’t-miss events in Wallingford and Fremont respectively. Fortunately they are close (and cheap!) enough that this time you don’t have to choose between them…
The first is a special collaboration between Midday Veil and composer/throat singer Ken Ueno, who currently teaches music composition to the long-haireds down at UC Berkeley. With the help of local luminary Garek Druss on video, Ueno and Midday Veil will transform the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N) into a multimedia resonance chamber of improvised audiovisual delights.
Much more info about this one-of-a-kind performance here. Show starts at 8 pm sharp, is all ages, and although there is a $5-15 suggested donation at the door, ain’t nobody getting turned away from this one for lack of funds.
The other is the first of what will hopefully be many all-star DJ nights at Leary Records, now officially at home in its new location inside of 112 Printworks—home of Broken Press, who made those awesome silkscreen posters for Escalator III, as well as a handful of other exclusive collaborations with Portable Shrines artists Aubrey Nehring and Steve Quenell—making that spot at 112 N 36th officially thee freakiest storefront in all of Fremont.
In an era when the economy is in the shitter, record stores are closing their doors, and the corporate sinkhole of mass media still dominates the day, the emergence of a new shop dedicated to celebrating the eclecticism of the physical medium of recorded music inside of a business that has already established itself as a hub of artistic and social activity within the community is a very heartening thing. Why not encourage it by joining them for a celebration?
Leary Records’ All Star DJ night is FREE, rages from 8 to 11 pm and features six local DJs/record weirdos (including our buddies Explorateur and Veins) spinning whatever they feel like. Expect anything from cosmic disco to psych, heavy soul to hip-hop, prog to punk to metal to jazz-funk. Facebook invite here.
Seattle multimedia psych explorers (and Portable Shrines co-conspirators) Midday Veil are heading down the West Coast this month with a new cassette/digital release on Translinguistic Other. Subterranean Ritual II consists of two long, slow-building tracks improvised in the studio during the recording sessions for Eyes All Around and may be streamed in its entirety for free via the band’s Bandcamp page.
Tour dates in handy poster form below. Facebook event here.
In contrast to the largely instrumental “Asymptote II,” whose kaleidoscopic, Dumb Eyes-directed video has been in circulation since last fall, “Anthem” deals with emotionally intense themes: the song is about the death of vocalist Emily Pothast‘s parents in a 2005 car accident.
Midday Veil are kicking off a tour of the Western US on May 9 at the Comet Tavern in Seattle with Cloudland Canyon, Magnog and Brain Fruit. More US dates will follow this summer.
May 9 The Comet Tavern, Seattle, WA (with Cloudland Canyon, Magnog, Brain Fruit)
May 11 Visual Arts Collective, Boise, ID (with A Story of Rats, Wolvserpent)
May 13 Rhinoceropolis, Denver, CO (with Nightshark, Décollage)
May 14 The Kosmos, Albuquerque, NM (with Shoulder Voices, Phantom Lake)
May 15 Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton, TX (with Peopleodian, Lucretia Borgia)
May 16 Emo’s, Austin, TX (with No Mas Bodas, OS OVNI, Chris Catalena)
May 18 Sound Kontrol, Phoenix, AZ (with Otra Mundo)
May 19 Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA
May 20 The Fuzzplex, Oakland, CA (with Moccretro, Janina Angel Bath)
This Saturday April 2nd we celebrate the release of our super deluxe double LP extravaganza of mind boggling sounds from beyond. An amazing 6 of the 18 bands featured on the album will be performing at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery 429 Eastlake. I daresay one of the finest lineups we’ve had the pleasure to present. These are exact times so don’t miss out!
Spinning the finest zonked out gems all night in the lounge will be DJs Valerie”Explorateur”Calano, Dull Knife’s Adam Svenson and Garek Druss and the all-seeing DJ Eye. Projections by Aubrey Nehring, Darlene Nordyke, David Golightly and Ellie Dicola.
The record wont be in stores til Record Store Day April 16th so come down and score a copy now, along with some other very limited edition treats.
Last Thursday night, The Comet Tavern was packed to the gills for one of the month’s most anticipated local psych shows. Openers Wah Wah Exit Wound delivered a heavy dose of shreddy prog, and Hypatia Lake played some delightfully Sabbathy cuts from their upcoming album, while DJ Veins and DJ Gel-Sol kept the energy high between sets.
Next up was Portland’s Datura Blues, which seems like an entirely different band every time I see them. Once they wore cowboy hats and played a set of countryfied jam rock, complete with an adept fiddler. Another time they riffed on Faust’s Picnic on a Frozen River for some 15 minutes. Their set at the Comet the other night skirted into jazz fusion territory, with a baritone sax and two drummers.
Midday Veil ended the night, playing a set of mostly new material including a cover of Broadcast’s Pendulum and a number of songs destined for the band’s second studio album. The general consensus was that MV groove quite a bit harder these days, what with the recent addition of Jayson Kochan (solo project: Airport) on bass guitar to the lineup. Here’s a video of MV’s debut performance of “Pavamana”…
Kicking off Night 1 of this year’s fest are trance-rock shamans This Blinding Light. Inspired by magick, alchemy, and finding a surprisingly vast number of ways to use two chords to unite heaven and earth, This Blinding Light have quickly risen to prominence within Seattle’s underground psych scene over the past couple years. TBL’s ritualistic jams are the perfect way to leave the earth behind, so make sure you get there in time to achieve proper liftoff.
This Blinding Light. Photo by Kelly O for The Stranger
Next up is Topanga, CA’s Jeffertitti’s Nile, whose music has been described as a “hypnotic river of sound” that transports the listener to “timeless dimensions.” Believe the hype. As soon as we saw this video for S L E E P T O N I G H T, we knew we had to get these guys to Seattle.
Jeffertitti’s Nile will be a tough act to follow, but if anyone can be confidently trusted with that task, it’s Seattle’s Night Beats. Coming off a spring and summer of almost nonstop touring that included a performance at Austin Psych Fest as well as a number of other notable bills, plus a scorching 7″ on Chicago’s Trouble in Mind Records, Night Beats will bring it all back home with a set of dirty, drunken old-school psych. Bring your dancing shoes.
Next up is Fullerton, CA’s Dahga Bloom, who have been touring like crazy on the west coast this fall despite having a van’s worth of gear stolen on Sept. 30th. (For a full list of the gear they’re missing, check their MySpace.) Dahga Bloom’s debut studio LP fuses a stoney desert sensibility with krautrock rhythms and fragments of long lost carnival jams, perfect for carrying you into the evening’s climax.
Closing out the night will be Seattle’s Blood Red Dancers, who have been described by at least one concertgoer as “like The Doors, except good.” Now, I like The Doors as much as the next head, but I gotta admit, that’s a pretty apt comparison. It’s all about the Manzarek-esque organ, maaan, which tempers BRD’s balls-out rock-and-roll and gritty Tom Waitsish vocals with a loungey vibe that makes you feel like maybe you were knocked out in a beer brawl in 1972 and you’re just now coming to.
Saturday night promises a lineup of non-stop massive jams and epic drones, beginning with a “special transcontinental experience” with your friendly neighborhood experimental sound gurus Climax Golden Twins. Expect the unexpected.
Next up is the first Seattle appearance by Edibles, Portland’s new “kosmische dub” project featuring Dewey Mahood from Eternal Tapestry. Since issuing two extremely limited cassettes this year on Not Not Fun and Stunned Records, Edibles have built a cult following for their dank, sun-soaked jams. Be the first on your block to know why!
Third on the evening’s agenda is a set of supreme grooves and glorious climaxes from Seattle’s shapeshifting psychonauts Midday Veil, hand-selected to send you “tumbling endorphin over endorphin into higher consciousness,” as The Stranger’s Dave Segal wrote in a recent review of the video Dumb Eyes directed for MV’s Asymptote II. Rumor has it that the band will be in possession of advance copies of Eyes All Around, their debut studio full-length on the new Shrines-affiliated Translinguistic Other imprint (which you’ll be hearing a lot more about very soon…)
Are you exhausted yet? Stay with us, because next up is Moon Duo, the side-project-turned-center-project of Wooden Shjips frontman (and perennial Shrines favorite) Erik “Ripley” Johnson and his partner Sanae Yamada. Fresh from a year of US and European touring and wielding a widely heralded full-length on Woodsist, Moon Duo promises to deliver a dronerific set of motorik grooves and synth ecstacy laced with hypnotic guitar washes and spaced out vocals.
Closing out the weekend’s festivities are local faves The Curious Mystery, who “blend Sixties-style psychedelia with American country-blues and garage experimentalism” to gorgeous, dreamy ends to help you come down easy. If you listen closely, you might hear some fresh new tracks from We Creeling, The Mystery’s upcoming follow-up to 2009’s Rotting Slowly on K Records.
On top of the bands, there will be DJs in the lounge both nights (DJs Mamma Casserole and Papa Yod, DJ Mood Organ, Darwin Rodriguez, Clarita Hinojosa, Jermaine Blair and Garek Druss), plus phantasmagoric projections from Portable Shrines, Dumb Eyes, Darlene Nordyke, Ellie DiCola and David Golightly. What more could you possibly want in a party?! Advance passes to Escalator are a recession-friendly $18 (cover will be $12 each night at the door). Get yours now via escalatorfest.com.
Last Saturday night, cosmic duo Hair and Space Museum (a.k.a. Emily and David from Midday Veil) gave an all-night performance to a roomful of drone fiends camped out in sleeping bags at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery. Inspired in part by Terry Riley’s legendary All-Night Flights of the late 1960s, the duo’s piece A Double Rainbow in Curved Air consisted of a continuous 12-hour minimalist improvisation paired with a non-repeating stream of kaleidoscopic video projections derived from the Double Rainbow YouTube sensation.
Here are a couple of video excerpts from the evening’s performance.
Just a reminder- This sunday at the Josephine: a Portable Shrines Summer Solstice Celebration with Midday Veil, Prince Rama of Ayodhya and White Hinterland. Projections and vibes by Portable Shrines and the Ambassadors of the 4th Dimension.
FYI- Prince Rama are a small band of travelers from the east (coast that is) who are on to some amazing cosmic shit that is likely to cause outbreaks of chronic third eye visions. White Hinterland hail from Portland and are sure to make some beautiful noise as well.
Download a new song by our own Midday Veil here. MDV’s Emily Pothast gave us this little summation:
The Summer Solstice (June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere) occurs when the tilt of the earth’s axis is most inclined toward the sun, making it the longest day of the year. For ancient and traditional people who identify the sun as the source of life energy, the solstices are sacred holidays of the great cycles of death and rebirth.
All of the bands on this Sunday’s Portable Shrines lineup play music that is spiritually or astronomically inspired. We believe that the opportunity to share this music on the occasion of the solstice serves to link the music of this world with the music of the spheres, heightening the intensity and cosmic purpose of the rock and roll ritual.