Easy Street Blog
POSTED BY Rod ON Thu Jul 31, 10:03 AM
Sub Pop's Shabazz Palaces will be at Easy Street at 9pm tonight to give you a live sample of their new release, Lese Majesty! Free and all-ages...see you there!
POSTED BY Rod ON Thu Jul 31, 09:28 AM
Rufus Wainwright will be at the Moore on December 6th to perform "The Best of Rufus Wainwright." Today is the day to score pre-sale tickets to this show, from 10am to 10pm! Just click on the link below at 10am and enter the password EASYST and you're on your way!
POSTED BY Rod ON Thu Jul 31, 08:51 AM
Happy 56th birthday to former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry! Who else was born on this day?
POSTED BY Rod ON Wed Jul 30, 12:24 PM
The Chicago Reader calls Windy City weirdos Dead Rider "the best art-rock band less than 30," and goes on to say, "The sleazy, perversely luxurious grooves on the band's newest album, this spring's Chills on Glass (Drag City), consist mostly of throbbing bass synths, lurching stabs of guitar, and smart-bomb precise but stubbornly sideways drumming; they deliberately provoke an uncomfortable tension, providing all the momentum of rock or disco but often frustrating the desire for something stable enough to dance to." Like Big Black? Butthole Surfers? Watch Dead Rider's creepy-cool video for "Blank Screen" above, then enter to win tickets to their 8/3 show at Barboza. Enter to win by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Chills On Glass" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/1. Good luck!
POSTED BY Rod ON Wed Jul 30, 08:14 AM
POSTED BY Rod ON Tue Jul 29, 01:31 PM
Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
(Free 7" w/purchase while supplies last)
Shabazz Palaces In-Store THIS Thursday at 7pm!!
"On the surface, Lese Majesty doesn't follow a conventional musical structure; this thing eschews the standardised verse-chorus formula from the off. In fact, a lot of the tracks on this record seem to expand into one another, which is ordinarily a criticism; but then, this isn't an ordinary record. It's certainly nothing to do with a lack of inventiveness or variety, rather, a measure of holistic, sonic consistency, with each track dissolving smoothly into its respective whole. You're elevated into the soundscapes of the quasars, where music assumes a different purpose, texture and direction altogether. These aren't shapes and sounds we’re used to, not in alternative hip-hop, or any other genre for that matter. Sonically, it's not the amplified, voodoo assault on the senses that Black Up was. Rather, Lese Majesty gently disorientates you with dizzying vibrations, droning, ephemeral space sounds and abstract noise pieces (the weirdest being the utterly formless 'Divine of Form') that don't so much blow you away, as lull you into a deep cosmic trance. It's really quite beautiful." - Tom Regal, The Line Of Best Fit
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
"Nearly 40 years in, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are beyond the point of needing to give a shit. Yet the amount of heart and soul on their latest album, Hypnotic Eye, is clear. ... A modern throwback, Hypnotic Eye recalls the band's early Shelter Records releases. After the heavy-handed blues of Mojo, Hypnotic Eye is unabashed rock 'n' roll. The charging 'Forgotten Man' is classic Petty. Even with its sense of purpose made clear, there is no urgency on the part of the Heartbreakers. Unhurried playing on the organic jam 'Faultlines' and the Spanish-inflected meditation 'Sins of My Youth' highlight the cohesiveness of the band. ... While peers of his era trot out on anniversary and co-headlining tours without having released a new album in years or even decades, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers remain vital, continuing to surprise by releasing high value music that is timely and timeless. In this age of diminishing returns and genre stagnation, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have provided a blistering reminder of rock 'n' roll's subversive nature with Hypnotic Eye." - Eric Risch, Pop Matters
Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
The sense of glamor that Lewis has about her is still here, of course. There are famous California people all over the place on The Voyager. Ryan Adams produced most of the album, and he played liquid noodly guitar solos all over it. Beck produced 'Just One Of The Guys,' the single, and he and Lewis played every instrument on it. (This doesn't apply to the album, of course, but the song's video has movie stars in it.) The Watson Twins and First Aid Kit and Lou Barlow and Becky Stark all sing backup at various points on the album. If you were wondering what happened to the former Phantom Planet frontman Alex Greenwald, he's here, playing keyboards on album opener 'Head Underwater.' And the actual sound of the album is what happens when you pile all these famous and talented people into a room together and they all make their version of classic shimmering Californian studio-rock together. (I'd taken to calling The Voyager my favorite Tom Petty album in years even before I learned that Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench plays on a couple of songs.) But for all the gloss and professionalism and boldfaced names and casual displays of technical mastery, every arrangement on the album has Lewis's voice at the absolute center, and that voice sounds better than it ever has: Warm and plummy and conspiratorial and sometimes really sad. And that voice should be at the center, since it has some shattering things to say." - Tom Brethan, Stereogum
Various Artists - Beck Song Reader
"Song Reader was originally released in 2013 without a sound. Rather, until this new selection of cover versions, the music arrived only in notated form, a beautifully packaged stack of 20 individual songbooks. The goal, Beck said at the time, was for musicians to learn and share the songs themselves. It was a cool idea, one that merged antiquated technology with a modern twist: Other than a few Beck-sanctioned concerts, most of the Song Reader interpretations live on YouTube, brought to life by eager amateurs. Now comes Phase 2: renditions of Song Reader by prominent artists combined with an expertly produced collection of under-appreciated voices, including Moses Sumney, Eleanor Friedberger, Laura Marling, Sparks and Jason Isbell. (Financed by eyewear purveyor Warby Parker, the project's profits will be donated to 826 National, a nonprofit creative writing program for kids.) As with any such collection of disparate voices, some of these renditions disappoint, others are inspired. Opening with a highlight — the mesmerizing young upstart Sumney and his version of 'Title of This Song' — Song Reader is best when artists avoid conservatism. Marling's lovely, upbeat rendition of 'Sorry' is heavy on the strum but light on the delivery, and Loudon Wainwright III's take on 'Do We? We Do' makes it sound like a hillbilly classic. Los Angeles avant-rock institution Sparks is as glistening and inventive as ever on 'Why Did You Make Me Care.' Less exciting are David Johansen's lumpy 'Rough on Rats,' fun.'s adult contemporary take on 'Please Leave a Light on When You Go' and Lord Huron's 'Last Night You Were a Dream.' Beck's own take is fascinating. His lament, 'Heaven's Ladder,' sounds like Band on the Run-era Paul McCartney & Wings" - Randall Roberts, L.A. Times
The Muffs - Whoop Dee Doo
"Kim Shattuck takes a quick breath at the beginning of the Muffs' first new album in 10 years, then picks up exactly where she and the band left off--snarling, very tunefully, about a boy, verse-chorus-verse, ooh-ooh-ooh, WAAAAUUUGH. That's also exactly where the Muffs began. There is scarcely a more consistent band in all of American pop-punk; singer-guitarist Shattuck and bassist Ronnie Barnett have been Muffs since 1991, and drummer Roy McDonald is the new kid, having joined in 1994. Nothing on Whoop Dee Doo would have been out of place on any of their five earlier records. And that's saying a lot, actually: they haven't slowed down or softened their attack, or lost their way with tune-construction. Even Shattuck's voice remains barely touched by time. The scratchy sleepless-night tone she used to reserve for her bloodthirsty end-of-verse howls has crept into most of the rest of her singing, although it's not unwelcome. ... The Muffs apparently never really broke up, although they spent a while out of the public eye; their biggest recent exposure came when Shattuck was Kim Deal's stand-in for the Pixies for six months last year. That role didn't last, but it was an inspired choice on the Pixies' part: the Muffs' instrumental sound had, and still has, more in common with the Pixies than with most of their grunge-era contemporaries. Their songwriting, on the other hand, is very different (they're writing much better songs than the Pixies are these days, too), and it's very heavily inspired by '60s rock 'n' roll. Specifically, mid-'60s British rock'n'roll. More specifically, the Beatles' Rubber Soul." - Douglas Wolk, Pitchfork
Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale
"Eric Clapton is a disciple fervent about sharing his influences, whether they be bluesman Robert Johnson or, in this case, JJ Cale, the creator of the easy-loping Tulsa Sound. Clapton had two '70s hits ('After Midnight' and 'Cocaine') with tunes by Cale, who died last year; now, he goes all out to honor Cale's memory, recruiting Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, and John Mayer to cover his songs. Clapton shares some of his most transcendent guitar playing in years, especially the slide-guitar peaks of 'I'll Be There' and 'I Got the Same Old Blues.' Most of his collaborations are inspired, notably with Knopfler on the chooglin' 'Train to Nowhere' and with Petty on the swampy 'Rock and Roll Records' (with the typically wry Cale line: 'I make rock and roll records / I sell 'em for a dime'). Guest guitarists include Albert Lee, David Lindley, and Derek Trucks, so there's no shortage of virtuosity." - Steve Morse, Boston Globe
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POSTED BY Rod ON Mon Jul 28, 03:43 PM
Jenny Lewis's new album, The Voyager, is out Tuesday and we recommend that you buy, buy, buy it! Why? Because you love good music, right? And besides, only ONE lucky winner is going to snag a signed test pressing of The Voyager along with a signed poster! Roll the dice, try your luck, and enter to win by e-mailing email@example.com with the subject line "Head Underwater" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up prize at our West Seattle store. Good luck!