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2021 Compilation, original artwork by Charles Whiteside

Last night, a very cold Chop Suey played host to the final installlment of Aviation Records live celebration

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Aviation Records 2021 live in part last night

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2021 Compilation, original artwork by Charles Whiteside

Last night, a very cold Chop Suey played host to the final installlment of Aviation Records live celebration of it's 2021 compilation, a fantastic cross section of Seattle bands- a time capsule of sorts that captures a good chunk of the local music scene at the moment. And it's a good one. The contributors:

-Grand Archives

-Night Canopy

-Neal Burton*

-The Can't See

-Cave Singers*

-Fleet Foxes*

-See Me River

-Pipsqueak*

-Mike Epting*

-Triumph Of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death*

-The Pharmacy*

-Feral Children

-Das Llamas

-WeirdLords*

-casey and brian

-Tiny Vipers*

*contributed a previously unreleased track.

Neumo's was packed on Saturday for the kick-off show with Feral Children (who ended the set with an instrument throwing meltdown), Das Llamas and the Pharmacy, and on Sunday, the Cha Cha's den saw fellow contributors Loving Thunder, See Me River and Pipsqueak.

Last night it was the Can't See, Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death and White Antelope's (Robin my brother Pecknold of Fleet Foxes) turn to round out the shows. It was freezing outside and inside (note to the Chop: turn up the heat!), and the turnout was a bit slight, but the mood was quite jovial all around as friends cheered on friends. Cave Singer Derek Fudesco was front and center for Triumph of Lethargy, Grand Archive's Mat Brooke was onhand for all three spectacular sets, along with other folks from Seattle's musical arena including Dann Gallucci and members of Arthur & Yu.

The Can't See put out one of the most high-energy shows I've ever seen them do (which is saying a lot)- with John Atkins, Ken Jarvey and Thomas Wright combining forces on guitar, keys and drums to make a sound so big, you'd never think it was just the three of them. They ran through much of the material from 2005's self titled full-length inlcuding a couple of my personal favorites, "Bar Fight" and "Young Ideas" before coming back for a sweat-soaked encore of "You Do What You Can".

Retired to Redwood for an entirely unnecessary nightcap where it all came full circle with Feral Children's Jim Cotton, who you might remember from John Atkins loving comments such as: “John Atkins has done more for Seattle than Kurt Cobain”; “I feel like Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney when he comes in [to the Redwood]—I’ll spill something every time. He’s my hero”; . He was working the kitchen and pretty depressed that he had to miss one of the ever rarer Can't See shows in order to serve up deep fried creamed corn nuggets. But dang, those are good. Just not the second time around. . .

 
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