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July
20th

Why you should catch the Jesus Lizard at Capitol Hill Block Party


The Jesus Lizard is one of those strange rock phenomena that have become more and more common in the YouTube age. The Chicago-bred noise-rock outfit is one of those bands – like Slint or, most notably, the Pixies – that seemingly out of nowhere started to generate loads of buzz several years past its pre-breakup heyday.


Hence, several high-profile gigs this year, including last week’s Pitchfork Festival in Chicago and a headlining slot at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party on Friday. And having caught the Lizard a couple of times I

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July
16th

No Doubt interview

This week’s hottest ticket is for the No Doubt’s show Sunday at White River Amphitheatre, the band’s first local tour stop in half a decade.


So last week I got on the phone with drummer Adrian Young, and in the clip below he talks about the butterflies that preceded this tour, fanatical fans and how hittin’ the road is different now verses back in the ’90s.


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No Doubt perform at the tour launch in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

DONALD KRAVITZ/GETTY IMAGES

July
15th

Interview with the Minus 5′s Scott McCaughey

Thanks to some technical difficulties, I talked to Northwest rock journeyman Scott McCaughey not once but twice in the last few days. That would be Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows, the Minus 5, the Baseball Project and R.E.M. fame (and probably about 10 other bands I’m forgetting or don’t even know about.) And, OK, it was more like user error than “technical difficulties.” I yanked the phone jack out of my recorder and had to call the guy back for quotes. And I’m glad I did since I got these killer clips to share with you the second time

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July
13th

Interview with Slayer’s Dave Lombardo

Apologies, Slayer fans. I know you all are geeked about Slayer coming to Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre Tuesday with Mayhem Fest. And I got a little sidetracked and didn’t get to chopping up and posting clips from my interview with drummer Dave Lombardo as soon as planned. But I’m thinking these clips are worth the wait, especially if you’re planning on dropping a few ducats on the bands forthcoming "World Painted Blood" album later this year.


The first longer clip features Lombardo describing the feel of the new album, dropping a few song titles and explaining why you

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July
8th

Tori Amos plots Seattle tour launch

Tori Amos will kick off a new tour in support of her latest album “Abnormally Attracted to Sin” Friday night at Seattle’s WaMu Theatre. I’ve written a related story set to run in Friday’s GO section. But until that comes out, I thought fans would get a kick out of a couple of clips from my interview.


Clip 1: Tori talks about the new production, tinkering with song arrangements and dusting off deep album cuts


Clip 2: Tori on the “upheaval events” and synth experimentation that went into the “Attracted to Sin”

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April
30th

Grand Duchy’s Frank Black and Violet Clark on their new “micro state”

Grand Duchy is the Pixies’ Frank Black (born Charles Thompson, a.k.a. Black Francis) and wife Violet Clark. The duo recently released their debut album "Petits Four," one of my favorite albums of 2009 so far. They’ll showcase their infectious pop sound at Jazzbones on Saturday (May 2), with a little support from Tacoma’s own synth-pop gurus, the Nightgowns (formerly the Elephants.) And that seemed like as good a reason as any to ring the couple up at home in Eugene, Ore.


Click here to listen to some of what they had to say,

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April
8th

The Ventures, Wailers recall their influences, ushering in the original Northwest Sound

Oy! It’s been a crazy busy week, so it’s taken me longer than planned to chop up a few Ventures-Wailers interview clips – you know, just to get you warmed up for the show on Friday.


But this one is a good one. It’s from February when I got to hang out with the Wailers’ Buck Ormsby and the Ventures’ Don Wilson during an album cover shoot for the new CD “Two Car Garage” at Austin’s Pro Max on South Tacoma Way.


Ormsby’s is the first voice after

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April
4th

Next week we’re gonna party like it’s 1959

My cover story for Sunday’s SoundLife section revisits 1959, the year the original Northwest Sound cracked the pop charts, and South Sound artists like the Wailers, the Ventures and the Fleetwoods helped put Washington on the musical map.


My story was inspired by a couple of Seattle shows set for next weekend. The Ventures/Wailers 50th anniversary show will take place on Friday (April 10) at the Moore, and the Ultimate Doo-Wop show, featuring Gary Troxel’s revamped Fleetwoods lineup (minus founding members Gretchen Christopher and Barb Ellis) will be at the Paramount on April 11.

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