Posts Tagged ‘Karli’

So here’s something super relevant to the Olympia music scene. The Northern, Olympia’s only all ages music venue has reopened in a new location! It was rumored the Olympia All Ages Project went belly up and had to close it doors due to costs last year, but not so. According to volunteer Kelsey Smith of Timberland Regional Library fame, the building was sold to another proprietor who decided to do something else with the space-leaving the project homeless. And although we all enjoyed moshing amongst the stacks and getting slam-danced into the magazine racks at the Olympia branch of said library, I think its safe to say that the music scene suffered without its all ages space.

Northern’s  first show at its new location (414 1/2 Legion Way) was the 28th of April with subsequent shows during Arts Walk Weekend. Grand opening events are still in full swing. Check it out:

Tonight, May 3rd @8PM-$5:

Hungry Cloud Darkening: Dreamy pop from Anacortes
Baby Island: Eli and Ashley from LAKE’s rockn’roll side project
Motorbikes: Funky pop from Anacortes
Memory Boys: ’90′s pop rock from Portland, with A & E of LAKE

May 4th @8PM-$5:

Justin Stang (of Science!)
Kendl Winter
Moth Rider
Andras Jones

May 6th @ 3PM-FREE!

A work party! Hurray! The Northern really needs volunteers to come out and help them complete their new space.  SO show up early! Your hard work will be rewarded at 3 pm with a free Sunday matinee, and this is cool: Sam McPheeters (author and lead singer of Rise Against, Men’s Recovery Project, and Wrangler Brutes) will be doing a reading of his new book, “The Loom of Ruin”. The book was published just last month and is a satire about the angriest man in the world. Interesting. Also performing will be Craig Extine and the Exiles, Olympia’s own Punk/country/acoustic/western hymn/etc.

-Karli

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Paul Baribeau. He’s folk, he’s punk, he’s beardy. He’s everything you would put in a Karli-trap. For real.

And he wrote THIS beautiful piece of amazingness. It’s less than 2 minutes long, but its 2 minutes of super honest, super fun fevor. Forgo the shrink, the drugs, the mindless eating and the marathon sleeping. I bet if you did everything Baribeau says here, you’d be feeling purr-itty fine.

There isn't a Youtube video for this song, so you can go ahead and allow yourself to be hypnotized by his epic beard (and this pretty cool canyon) while you utilize the player below. You're welcome.

Today’s song on repeat is “Ten Things” by Paul Baribeau off his 2007 album Grand Ledge.

This song makes me oddly aware of my mortality but kinda excited about it at the same time. Oh, I’m going to die? I better go do something great RIGHT NOW! And it’s the perfect I-just-got-back-from-running-away-to-South-America-and-gotta-keep-this-morale-up anthem. Because I know that applies to all of you, too.

Doesn’t it just make you want to live?! Let’s count our blessings, right our wrongs, learn from our mistakes. Let’s go camping somewhere crazy, streak on the beach, and spin in circle ’til we puke.  Lets build a fire, break out our guitars and have a sing along! AND SING THIS SONG, GUYS.

Or not.

But really, let’s.

Other songs that I’ve been enjoying recently:

“Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious”-Against Me!

“Fond Farwell”-Elliot Smith

“Holland, 1945”-Neutral Milk Hotel

-Karli

Hey, remember the band Quickie? No? It’s because I FUCKED UP.

I was going to blog about them, I dunno, say, 5 months ago. And then I didn’t. Because I am lame. I swear I am the poster child for lazy, underachieving procrastinators. Seriously. My only responsibility is to occasionally make sure Andrew gets to or from work. And I’ve only ever done that twice.

Anyways. Quickie.

Genre:  Pop punk 
Location: Seattle, Washington
Label: Unsigned
Sounds like: Pop punk
Website(s): http://quickietheband.com/default.aspx

Quickie is a 3-piece pop-punk band from Seattle. You might have heard their music on the shows “Parenthood” on NBC and “Vampire Diaries” on CW, or in the movies “Repli-Kate” with Eugene Levy and Ali Landry, and  “Our Lips are Sealed” featuring the Olsen Twins (yahoo!). Their music has also been played on ESPN and Fox Sports.  Once they even set the world record for most shows played in one day (40 “quickies”)!

 But really, why are they so famous you ask?

Well music fans, I am glad you asked.

Without further adieu, I give you “Bikini Barista.”

Bah, I love the man with the ‘stash. Nothing right now is more Pacific Northwest than Bikini Baristas. These positions are literally the only jobs available in the Craigslist classifieds and I have had some serious internal battles about becoming one. The fake tanning, hair poofs, and pant-less customers I can do, but what it always comes down to is that I would probably have to go to the gym everyday for about 3 weeks in preparation, and as a lazy, underachieving procrastinator, well, that simply wont do.

ANYWAYS today I got a press release in an email from Quickie, which reads:

SEATTLE BAND LATEST CHINESE IMPORT!

 Red Curtain rocks with pop-punk trio Quickie!

June 30th, 2011— SEATTLE, WA —  Seattle pop-punk band Quickie noticed a spike in views of their infamous “Bikini Barista” video earlier this week. “Over 12,000 new views in the past 3 days,” says lead singer Lou Trez. “That raised a flag. So I did some digging and discovered that the Chinese media have been reporting on the Northwest’s Bikini Barista phenomenon… and including our song and video as part of the discussion.” 
Apparently the video, which includes actual Cowgirls Espresso baristas, is too racy for China Times broadcasters like Chung T’ien Television “as is.” The girl’s various revealing costumes have been pixilated. That’s just fine with the band. “We are getting such a kick out of it! It’s a fun, catchy song and it obviously has legs… no pun intended. I mean, the numbers keep growing.”

Next up for Quickie, now that they’ve penetrated the Red Curtain? “We are celebrating the red, white and blue with a performance at Tacoma’s Freedom Fair on July 4th.”

Quickie plays the Click 98.9 stage in Tacoma’s Jack Hyde Park at 7:20pm on Monday, July 4th.

To see the news-story from China. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8pemjG1iRA
To view the original “Bikini Barista” video, visit www.youtube.com/quickietheband .

Yay! Congratulations Quickie for your international viral video sensation. And congratulations Washington for having the most under-dressed baristas! Look at us, good ol’ PNW, corrupting the youth and causing societal decay one coffee stand at a time.

Karli

“I wanna get drunk in the street, stay home, get stoned, and beat my meat
I wanna feel less incomplete and never slow it down!
I wanna fuck a girl I hate, leave her the bill on our first date
then tell her boyfriend she was great
never slow it down!” -SuperNothing

SuperNothing playing at Tacoma Skate in 2010.

Genre: Punk / Rock / Thrash
Location: Kent, Washington
Label: Unsigned
Sounds like: Desensitized Youth, Early NOFX, Gang Green
Website(s): http://www.myspace.com/wearesupernothing, http://www.supernothing.bandcamp.com

Remember the summer you were 16? Taking the bus downtown to a questionable venue, chugging the single warm beer you stole out of your parent’s fridge in the back alley before paying the doorman only in dimes and nickels so you could mosh your brains out to your favorite local punk band? No? Well let SuperNothing remind you. They are the band you saw, except people actually liked them, and when you go to buy their EP at the end of the night with your remaining pocket change and get it home, it’s actually recorded…well.

SuperNothing is a thrash punk band from Kent, Washington. Together for just over a year and a half, they already have an impressive track record, playing with big name punk act GutterMouth and soon with the legendary Agent Orange. SuperNothing is your favorite garage band all grown up. The angst is there, the concepts are the same. Their tags on Bandcamp include “punks, party sluts and speed,” and “watching porn with your girlfriend” is one of their highlighted hobbies on Myspace. They’re the boys down the street that don’t give a fuck and don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s angry, it’s unapologetic, it’s often hilarious.

Although the tried and true spirit of hard, fast and loud is still present, SuperNothing wanders off the beaten path. Unlike thrash metal and its related cross-over genres, which tend to throw the concept of melody to the wind in favor of rhythm and chaos, they put an emphasis on being, well, audible and catchy. “The whole idea is fast punk and thrash metal fusion, but hopefully with an accessible edge,” states Kevin Russell (more commonly know as “Nutz”), the band’s bassist and backup vocalist. “I think a big problem with a lot of bands playing in ‘extreme’ genres is they miss how important hooks are. I hope that what we bring to the table is fast, heavy, and aggressive, but at the same time has something in it that gets stuck in your head.”

I dunno, maybe I shouldn’t be so impressed. It’s not as if every punk band is composed only of tumultuous loudness (nothing could be further from the truth) and SuperNothing is some kind of diamond in the rough. Must be something about the nostalgia that this band brings that has me captivated. They take me back to that show at 16 and stir some sort of angst inside me that is reminiscent of being young(er), moralless and pissed. And I like it.

“Slow it down” (first track) and “1878” off of the EP Jesus Fucking Christ, It’s an EP! 

-Karli

Yay! A new feature, Local Artist Spotlights! I promised some of you I would feature you and have this up by the 15th, but, alas. Some of you have been waiting ever so patiently and you aren’t even featured this month! Grah! I’m sorry. There were some technical difficulties involving a mental break down and an online math class (why I decided to take an online math class I have no idea. Mental? Masochistic? Both?) Anyway. Here is a video of a walrus playing the saxophone. Think of it as an apology/peace offering.

Alright, enough of that. Without further ado, I present:

The Volcano Diary

Genre: Americana/alt-rock/Electroacoustic

Location: Seattle, Washington

Label: Unsigned

Sounds like: Sia, Mollie’s Revenge

Website: http://www.thevolcanodiary.com/

Local Seattle Band The Volcano Diary released it’s debut self-titled album in late 2010. It was produced by Steve Fisk, (Nirvana, The Posies) so when a press manager contacted me to review their album I was like, What? REALLY!? Hooray! Maybe they were looking for indie blogger cred? I don’t know. But I do know it was a pleasure to listen to this album.

A remarkable mix of alternative rock with a hint of country and an unexpected bit of blues Alicia Dara’s haunting and seductive voice is both memorable and unique. In a time when sampling and various other technological gimmicks fill the radio waves, The Volcano Diary is a band, rather than a computer, filled with honestly talented musicians.

The nine tracks are a satisfying schism of somber and exciting. This album feels like a first album in that it seems to be the beginning of something that is fresh and can only get better from here on out, sparking an interest in what will follow. That being said, the lyrics in some tracks tend to sound like that of a band that is still getting it’s bearings. I was looking to be moved a little more by the lyrics, but Dara’s voice carries the words in a way that is thrilling and unexpected-so it is easily forgiven .

I probably wouldn’t take this album to the gym but it’s been my night driving staple and seems to be just the thing when the time comes to relax to a calm playlist. So if you like female vocalists and easy-listening, I would recommend The Volcano Diary.

“Volcano” by the Volcano Diary:

“Cloud Cover” by The Volcano Diary:  

They have been playing various shows around the Northwest, many of them in bar and taverns, but they are playing a free all ages show on Monday May 30th at the Northwest Folklife Festival! I know many of you will be in attendance so check them out, show them some love!

Cheers!

-Karli

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