Archive for October, 2011

See, two authors who wrote about similiar subjects can actually respect each other…or can they?

(We need balloons here…Tom, help…)   (I’m thinking, “Bozo,” and Mark’s thinking, “Hack.”  Yeah, good times.)

Interview With Philly AV Club

Posted: October 25, 2011 in East Coast Media

Nice interview, but I have to clarify some things:

1) Sixth question.  I said, “Everett True,” not “Edward Shrew.”  Kinda funny, though.

2) Fourth question.  I said, “North End of Seattle,” not “North Seattle.”

3) Throughout.  The band “TAD” should be spelled all in caps.

4) Second question.  The reference to the U-Men not ‘making out of Seattle’ should not be taken literally, since they obviously toured around the country.

4) Seventh question.  I said Walter E. Gogh wrote a letter to the Rocket about his alleged death, not with a phone call.

5) Third question.  The “early punk scene” I’m referring to is a general reference…meaning that punk rock had so many rules…it’s not directed specifically at Seattle.

6) Same question.  Yeah, I know Soundgarden liked Bauhaus…again, not to be taken literally.,63874/

(I look like shit, but at least Kevin looks good…note Kevin’s buddy peeking out from behind him. He told me some good “meeting James Brown” stories.)

(Love Battery, from left: Curt Eckman, bass; Ron Rudzitis, guitar/vocals; Ben Ireland, drums; Kevin Whitworth, guitar.)

(ooh…artsy shot.)

My Seattle book launch week has ended. Wah.  Feeling sorry for myself (not really)…and no, Leighton, I’m not having a pity party for my 2008 broken glasses incident.  It’s a pity dinner party.

In any event, I decided to stay over the weekend for City Arts Fest to see the Fastbacks, the Cops, Built to Spill, Mudhoney, and Love Battery.  Things didn’t work out exactly as planned, however.  The Fastbacks canceled, I went to see the Duff McKagan memoir reading and missed the Cops (that’s a regret tale for another time), and found out Mudhoney and Love Battery were playing simultaneously.  That left Built to Spill and either Mudhoney or Love Battery, and I thus had to make a choice.  I couldn’t even dart between bands because Mudhoney was up on Capitol Hill while Love Battery played 20 minutes south in Georgetown.

I chose Love Battery because I figured I’d have less of a chance of seeing that band live again.  And I like them better anyway.  Mudhoney rocks, but Love Battery is much more melodic…to rip off eMpTy Records’ Blake Wright: “I’m a melody junkie.”

So I drove down to Georgetown.  I arrived at the Mix and chatted it up with the Thrown Ups’ Leighton Beezer and Love Battery’s Kevin Whitworth before the show, and waited out the two warm up bands.  Finally, LB took the stage.

Love Battery has had a number of personnel changes throughout their life, but guitarists Rod Rudzitis (aka Ron Nine) and Kevin have remained constants.  Tonight’s rhythm section consisted of Curt Eckman on bass and the Fags’ Ben Ireland on drums.

I have to admit I am becoming spoiled seeing great bands in small venues.  Even the Built to Spill show, which was at the 2,500 capacity Moore Theatre, even then I stood at the edge of the stage.  This time, I parked myself about 10 feet from Ron for a few songs, then went up to the balcony to take some shots…which I will post shortly.  I enjoyed much of this band’s material, but especially got into “Damaged” from 1992’s Dayglo and “Half Past You” from 1993’s Far Gone.

Kevin and Ron have this amazing interplay that jettisons the requisite musician egos.  The band does not have “lead/rhythm guitar” designated roles.  They just flow and play off each other–one thing to hear on record, quite another to watch live.  I also found myself staring at the drummer.  Ben can flat out play, and his sister (and fellow Fag) Barbara came to check him out.

All in all, the Love Battery show was a great way to put a period on this week, and to say farewell to Seattle.  For now.

Elliott Bay Panel Close Up

Posted: October 22, 2011 in Seattle Events

(From left: Jack Endino, Rob Morgan, Tom Price, Leighton Beezer, myself…photo by Johnny Cat.)

Built to Spill

Posted: October 22, 2011 in Band Shots, etc.

Moore Theater, Seattle, October 21, 2011

First, from Senor Morgan.  Rob entertained the crowd with “back in the day” stories from his old U-District house, where the Ramones, Blondie, and the Tubes would come visit.  When Rob and his friends were bored (which was most of the time), they made up games (for you young kids, this was way before video games–even “Pong.”)  One of them was called “Jump On All the Metal Things.”

Rob describes it: “You’d hop down the street, going for those weird metal plates over meters and manhole covers and whatever, trying not to touch the actual pavement. Whoever touched the ground the least won.”

The crowd (and the bookstore rep) nearly peed their pants over that one.

During the Q&A portion, an audience member directed a question at Jack Endino.  She mentioned that “Dancing With the Stars” had apparently been featuring retro-’80s music recently, and she asked him if they would be doing grunge next.

“Dancing With the Stars” and Jack don’t exactly mix…it’s like me and Disney…they’re in a different universe.

One thing I do know about Jack is that he’s not exactly a remote-toting couch potato kind of guy…he works most of the time, and avoids TV like the plague.  So, I glanced over at him while she asked the question, stifling my laughter as I watched his facial expression turn to puzzlement.

He leaned forward to the mike, and said something like, ‘Is that a TV show?’

As Scott Boras would say, “Next question.”

at Two Bells Tavern, Belltown.  If you read my book, you’ll notice I spend more time on the U-Men than any other band–and that includes Nirvana.  So, yeah, it’s pretty cool chatting with the U-Men’s bass player over a beer.  Plus, the bar played Deep Purple (“Hush”) and Led Zeppelin (“What Is and What Should Never Be?”) in the background.  What’s not to like?

Another shot of Jim and I…in Charles Peterson style…