Galactic Aussie 80’s icons, The Church, are currently touring on an unprecedented journey revisiting three of their extremely classic albums (played in their entirety) under the umbrella of one evening. The Church will unleash several decades of peerless favorites on Seattle, not one, but two nights in a row. This Monday and Tuesday you can catch FYM live at the Triple Door jamming to Starfish, Priest=Aura & Untitled #23- they’re calling it the Future Past Perfect Tour for a reason.
The video above illustrates the infinite social boundaries The Church and their music can cross. Obviously we are excited to hear the undeniably perfect Starfish live, but Priest=Aura (‘92 release) the heady trip into fuzzy landscapes of contemplation, will finally get the appreciation it deserves in-full! Cheers to Steve Kilbey and crew for choosing Seattle as one of their stops. We know it’s going to be good, but FYM is excited to see how far these veterans of sonic opulence can take it!
The 80’s English snythpop icons ERASURE are back in 2011 with a new album (Tomorrow’s World) and a full-scale 27 date North American Tour. A week from today, 10.06.11 -Will be your last chance in 2011 to catch Andy Bell & Vince Clark in the States, as they close out their summer tour at The Moore Theatre in Seattle Washington, USA.
Singles like Always, Chains of Love, A Little Respect and continued chart-topping success in the UK during the 90’s -have aided in ERASURE selling over 25 million records to date.
Above, When I Start To (Break It All Down) the first single off their new record -exhibits just how solid of a vocal showman Andy Bell still is. FYM continues to maintain a nostalgic listening love affair with ERASURE -their spirited 80’s anthems still shimmer with contemporary bliss. It’s progressive easy listening kinetic pop music, and we can’t wait to see them at the historic Moore Theatre next Thursday in Seattle USA.
Electropop British counterpart -Frankmusik will be opening the night (he also produced ERASURE’s latest release Tomorrow’s World). It should be an incredible night of over the top dancefloor friendly sonic vigor assuredly impossible to miss. Buy tickets HERE. Cheers, FYM.
A week from today, Friday November 11th, 2011 -DAWES will be performing live at The Neptune Theatre (Seattle Washington USA) co-headlining with Blitzen Trapper (SubPop Records). This past June FYM had the pleasure of seeing Dawes live at The Moore Theatre -just a few days after the release of their second full-length masterpiece ‘Nothing is Wrong’ (an FYM Album of the Year contender). Below we feature our favorite photo we shot from that night of the Goldsmith Brothers -Taylor (lead singer/guitarist) and Griffin (vocalist/drums):
Over the past few months, Dawes has seen both (well-deserved) critical and commercial success from their latest record. They even gained peerless respect/opportunities to play with some of their heroes: Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Jackson Browne. VH1 recently showcased Dawes as their artist You Oughta Know in September -the exposure has made their single Time Spent in Los Angeles a mainstay on the VH1 Top 20 Music Video Countdown (currently at #9).Watch the featured video below:
The album itself- Nothing is Wrong, is a timeless rock n’ roll record, full of fresh takes on warm, vintage sound. Lyrically, Taylor Goldsmith is an incredible storyteller -winding a cannery row of vivid tales, mixed emotions, and honest common-man fire into a boundless undeniably relatable album… We truly can’t wait to hear these tunes live again. FYM hopes to see you next Friday in Seattle for Dawes/Blitzen Trapper at The Neptune Theatre, for ticket information click HERE. Cheers, FYM.
Two quirky guys from Akron with a penchant for gritty blues rock and roll- It’s how I have thought of The Black Keys for the better part of a decade since I found out that Dan Auerbach wasn’t a soulful black man. Never would I have pictured this little duo-cum-quartet headlining an arena show. Yet I found myself stepping onto the main floor of the Key Arena in Lower Queen Anne under the Space Needle right as the first notes of “Howlin’ For You” roared through the expanse.
In all honesty, I was prepared to be disappointed. I didn’t want to think that this band, a favorite of mine for so long, would so easily slip into the large venue scene. It’s not that I didn’t want for them to succeed; far from it. It’s simply that I long for the intimacy of the small venues, theaters and bars they packed in years past.
With El Camino, a new era of Black Keys was ushered in though. Evolving into a larger band, adopting what Auerbach has done with his solo project into their own, epic songs like “Little Black Submarines” would feel hollow without the bass and second guitar to fill things out. Yet, true to their roots, they dismissed their “extra” band mates, leaving Patrick and Dan to do what they do best. Watch their latest music video from El Camino below:
Giving a nod to the influence given them by Tacoma’s own original garage rock band, The Sonics, the boys from Akron played a spectrum of songs from their entire catalog. While there was nary a lull through the entire set, highlights included “Your Touch,” and “Ten Cent Pistol,” though if I had to choose a favorite, I’d have to go with “Tighten Up.”
Howling at the stage as if an encore weren’t inevitable, the crowd was treated to three final songs, capping out a spectacular set. If I was skeptical going in, I walked out elated and yearning for more. As we strolled home, our little group sang songs and yammered incessantly about the experience. Cheers, FYM.
It only seems fitting that FYM first discovered Liam Fitzgerald and the Rainieros at the Seattle International Beerfest over the weekend. Singing honest love songs + delivering danceable numbers filled with heartbreak and alcohol —these Northwest purveyors of Honky Tonk and Western Swing were the highlight of our Saturday afternoon. Their refreshing sonic blend encompasses the greatest qualities of a genre that often gets a bad wrap (for all the horrible modern day pop country out there). With that being said, we immediately bought The Rainieros new record.
Liam Fitzgerald and the Rainieros latest album Last Call! is a 10-track two-steppin’ good time. It’s rare treat to hear a contemporary group like The Rainieros precisely tap into the nostalgic past of country music’s roots. Lead singer Liam Fitzgerald carries a great voice as a songwriter. His tunes are candid yet witty, full of classic themes that are endlessly relatable. Listen to the new record in its entirety below.
Boogie down with The Rainieros LIVE this Friday the 13th in Seattle at the historic Ballard pub Conor Byrne. It’s an evening titled Country Jamboree, featuring tributes to Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, Faron Young and other country/honk tonk legends. This night will also serve as The Rainieros official record release party for Last Call! Follow this talented crew on Facebook HERE. Cheers, FYM.
Blake Mills has had a remarkable sonic journey growing up in Southern California. During his early 20’s he formed a band with schoolmate Taylor Goldsmith titled- Simon Dawes. Soon after their 2006 debut Carnivore, Mills left the band and Dawes was born.
After Simon Dawes, Mills became a notable session guitarist in Los Angeles California. Then in 2010, he released an astonishing solo effort titled- Break Mirrors. After two years, this record seems to be finally getting the attention it deserves.
The album itself is a distinctive 9-song palette of personal reflection, showcasing Mills’ formidable songwriting skills, and immense guitar prowess. His tunes take the listener through a gamut of emotions- fear, heart-break, love and understanding. Songs like It’ll All Work Out, tap into a broad consciousness that any 20-something can relate to. Listen to one of our favorites off Break Mirrors above, titled- Wintersong. This Wednesday Blake Mills will be performing in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre with Fiona Apple. FYM is stoked to hear tracks from Break Mirrors in a live setting, and interested to see Mills on guitar during Apple’s set. To get a sense of what a genuine talent Blake Mills truly is, view the mini-documentary posted above. Click HERE to purchase Break Mirrors, it’s a perfect record for late-night listening sessions with friends and slow-burning companions. Cheers, FYM.