Easy Street Blog
POSTED BY Rod ON Fri Jul 25, 10:45 AM
Shabazz Palaces are gonna take over Easy Street July 31st at 9pm to celebrate the release of their new album Lese Majesty (out 7/29 on Sub Pop)! Come see Shabazz work the magic at this free, all-ages in-store!
POSTED BY Rod ON Fri Jul 25, 08:18 AM
Happy 56th birthday, Thurston Moore! Who else was born on this day?
POSTED BY Rod ON Thu Jul 24, 10:54 AM
Toronto jangle-pop band Alvvays released its self-titled debut this week, which the Line Of Best Fit blog describes as "a catalyst for out-of-body relaxation with its deluge of frothy, bubble-bath timbres, or it can be a rousing, strangely communal record, enabling all-night gab session on the beach by campfires. It’s an album for friends, for lovers and for the self." We're giving away an Alvvays prize pack which includes a signed vinyl copy of the album and a signed poster! Enter to win them by e-mailing email@example.com with the subject line "Alvvays" and please include first & last name with entry. Winner must be able to pick up the prize at our West Seattle store. Good luck!
POSTED BY Grady ON Thu Jul 24, 10:39 AM
Sub Pop Records has been on a roll lately, at least in regards to hitting the sweet spot for my musical tastes. It started when they signed Shabazz Palaces, followed by Mogwai, TheeSatisfaction, METZ, Rose Windows, and now added to the fold is one raucous, hard-charging southern-bred juggernaut — Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires! I think I'd only played their Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed, once at the store, but was intrigued enough to reach out for a photo pass and ticket for their debut in Seattle at the Tractor Tavern.
Unfortunately, I didn't make it to the Tractor in time to see openers, the Spinning Whips, a crew of locals who specialize in some gritty rock, but I'm sure they played admirably as I've seen them rip it up at Easy Street in the last year. I was there for the majority of the Jesus Rehab's frenetic set, and it was quite a good show. I've got a soft spot in my heart for two-piece rock bands, so I was paying close attention to these two dudes rocking out on stage. Vocalist/guitarist Jared wore a pair of fairy wings as he meandered from the mic to all reaches of the stage, never missing a chord (at least to my ears), while his brother Dominic pummeled his drum set like it stole a whole year's worth of his lunch money! Jamming tunes from their most recent LP — The Zoo At Night — the Seattle-based duo made an immediate impact on me, and I put them on my radar of bands to seek out when I'm looking through the weekly show listings!
Shortly after the Jesus Rehab brothers picked themselves up off the stage (literally ... Jared laid himself down during the last notes of their last song), Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires plugged in and took off, never letting up or looking back once their set started. A day before this show, I was talking to my best friend Drew, who lives back in Huntsville, Alabama, and when I told him I was going to see Lee and company, he almost lost his shit! He'd seen them a handful of times, opening for Jason Isbell once or twice, and said they were fucking awesome and I'd definitely love their set. Well, he must be the new Ms. Cleo, cause he was 100% right on the money. These four guys came with unbridled energy and all the southern rock you're ever gonna want! Just like on their record, from the start they let you know it's about rock-and-fuckin-roll – and partying! More than a handful of times, Lee stood up on the kick-drum and launched himself straight up-and-out, all while his bandmates churned through their progressions, keeping the rock train a'movin'! Patrons also got up-close and personal with the charismatic front man, as he jumped off the stage and into the crowd to shred with the people! At one point, in between songs, someone in the crowd yelled out Roll Tide" (an expression well known if you're from Alabama, or familiar with their football program), and much to my enjoyment and pride, Lee replied back, … nah, War DAMN Eagle!" further solidifying my newfound love for this band! Football allegiances aside, these guys are the real deal – authentic southern rock that is all about the music, so if you have the opportunity, don't let it pass you by, especially if they come and play a scuzzy dive bar or small club … the best settings to catch them! And just as a side note, Alabama's got some pretty good music seeping out from its red clay these days with acts like Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, not to forget Yelawolf and the aforementioned Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires. Watch out, Bama's on the come-up!
POSTED BY Rod ON Thu Jul 24, 09:05 AM
Happy 45th birthday J-Lo! Who else was born on this day??
POSTED BY Rod ON Wed Jul 23, 12:18 PM
Seattle hip-hop wizards Shabazz Palaces are dropping their new album, Lese Majesty, next Tuesday, followed by a record release event on Friday, August 1st at Neumos (21+)! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Motion Sickness" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 7/30. Good luck!
Prefer not to leave it to chance? Buy tickets here!
Wanna give Lese Majesty a spin? Stream it on NPR.org until release date.
POSTED BY Rod ON Wed Jul 23, 09:32 AM
Big thanks to Luluc for playing their first-ever Seattle show at Easy Street Monday night! Grady was there, with camera in hand, to document the historic event!