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The first round of lineup announcements for the annual Capitol Hill Block Party goes out today, but rather than just copypasta the press release, I thought we'd have some fun and sort out the bands announced thus far into the good, the bad, and the local. So . . .
TV ON THE RADIO
Always an awe-inspiring band, now touring new album 9 Kinds of Light under the weight of bassist Gerard Smith's recent death from lung cancer at the age of 36; expect their set to be an especially otherworldly elegiac.
Battles just tore it up at the Croc a couple weeks ago, proving that they can get by perfectly well as a trio (sans departed vocalist Tyondai Braxton). Their new album Gloss Drop gets a little help from the likes of Gary Numan, EYE of Boredoms, and Matias Aguayo, but really it's the tightly interlocking trio of drummer John Stanier, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams, and guitarist/bassist Dave Konopka that power their technically dazzling yet rhythmically kinetic jams. Expect a chin-stroking dance party.
LES SAVY FAV
Tim Harrington always looks like a hobo who wandered into the festival from the that one shitty bus stop on Pine Street across from Bauhaus, but the important difference is that, to my knowledge, none of those actual hobos are magical, whereas Les Savy Fav's frontman most definitely is. Harrington'll come out in some weird outfit, tear it off, play with some stuffed animals, make obstacle courses and forts for himself out of stage rigging, run into the crowd for a hot dog, French-kiss some strangers, that sort of thing, all while still managing to bark out the lyrics to the band's searing, grooving, deeply affecting post-punk cuts. Also, latest album Root for Ruin is a total burner. It should be a wildly victorious return from theses Block Party vets.
The rest and today's full press release after the jump . . .
The Wolf Parade side project that's secretly way better than Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs is the married couple of guitarist/singer Dan Boeckner and keyboardist Alexei Perry. Together they make grim but anthemic pop songs, Boeckner's big guitar chords and ragged voice offset by drum-machine beats and synth lines, splitting the difference between Bruce Springsteen-indebted rock balladry and New Order new wave.
Smart and smart-ass Canadian hardcore etc. act Fucked Up are touring in support of a concept album called David Comes to Life, presumably named after the band's shadowy supposed svengali figure David Eliade and previewed for Record Store Day with a limited-run vinyl "compilation" of songs by fictional late '70s bands from the titular David's fictional hometown of Byrdesdale Spa. If this sounds weirder than your average hardcore band's MO, then you're getting it. Also, they thrash live (if someone doesn't organize a Crazy Shirtless Fat Guy With Beards Frontman-Off between Pink Eyes and Tim Harrington this weekend, well, it'll be a missed opportunity).
Cold Cave were also just in town recently opening for the Kills, and while their too-brief set at the Showbox was sort of anemic, they're still touring on one of the year's best albums so far, the outstanding goth-rock opus Cherish the Light Years. I fully expect them to bring some ear-destroying A-game to Block Party--here's just hoping they're playing after dark (otherwise . . . ).
(Also: EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, THURSTON MOORE, RA RA RIOT, KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS, YUCK, CULTS, WOODS, PINK MOUNTAINTOPS, PAPERCUTS, AUSTRA, THE FRESH AND ONLYS, FEDERATION X, ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER)
Utter shite. Daft Punk for frat boys. The Rapture for retards. Lasers for late-pass ravers too subliterate to get LCD Soundsystem's references. God help you if you like this garbage, because there are about a million other bands who've done the electro-rock thing a million times better and with more style, wit, and originality than all these guys' capes and braids and hokey dance moves can ever hope to make up for. IMHFO.
The Local (and Etc.):
THE CAVE SINGERS, THE POSIES, TELEKINESIS, FENCES, MY GOODNESS, MAD RAD, FRESH ESPRESSO, CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE, THEESATISFACTION, RAVENNA WOODS, AKIMBO, YOUNG EVILS, BLACK BREATH, GRYNCH, ABSOLUTE MONARCHS, GRAVEBABIES, BEAT CONNECTION, GRAND HALLWAY, CAMPFIRE O.K., LOCH LOMOND, SKARP, LISA DANK, SOL, PAINTED PALMS, MASH HALL, METAL CHOCOLATES, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, SPORTS, TEEN DAZE, CRAFT SPELLS, BOAT, LAKE, VIRGIN ISLANDS, SPURM, ELEPHANT RIDER, THE PHARMACY, LOVESICK EMPIRE, CONSTANT LOVERS, SLOW DANCE, DON'T TALK TO THE COPS, NAZCA LINES, THOMAS WRIGHT TRIO, LOVERS, YARN OWL, THE FIRST TIMES, REPORTER, LUMERIANS, SEAPONY, WHEELIES, SLOW DANCE, THE LUMINEERS, WITCH GARDEN, HE WHOSE OX IS GORED, LAND OF PINES, BUSTER BLUE, THE FIRST TIMES, "THE ROLLINGSTONES", HAUSU YUNI IN TAXCO, SPORTS, SPACENEEDLES, COMEBACK! FEAT: OHNONOS, HOLLYHOOD! DJ SETS BY FOURCOLOR ZACK, TIGERBEAT, SEAN CEE DJ N8
As usual, lots to be excited about in the list of locals playing Block Party (and yes, the non-locals are mostly in here because I'm too lazy to Google the names I don't recognize or cut and paste the ones I do), but I'm especially stoked for Metal Chocolates' rising hip-hop weirdness, "The Rollingstones"'s lawsuit-seeking, Seattle punk-rock all-star covers band (including members of Blood Brothers, Flexions, and so much more), and Craft Spells' recently transplanted dream pop, among too much other good stuff to get into one by one here. Also great: That local band He Whose Ox Is Gored was mistyped in the press release as "HE WHO'S OX IS GORED," which of course would be "He Who Is Ox Is Gored," although I think "He Who Is Oxes Gored" would be an even better botch (guys, I am available for freelance copy-editing, and my rates are very reasonable).
And now, to the press release!
Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party Set for July 22-24th 2011
Limited Number of 3 Day Passes on Sale Friday May 20th
SEATTLE, WA - After fourteen years of celebrating independent music and culture, Seattle's urban fiesta, The Capitol Hill Block Party, is again a three-day event! Thanks to last year's community support and the influx of tremendous local talent, the festival is still one of the best and most affordable festivals in the country.
ABOUT CHBP: A city festival through and through, the Capitol Hill Block Party continues to draw interest and talent from all across the country. Now in its fifteenth year, the CHBP remains dedicated to independent music, culture, thought, and politics. With all the benefits of an urban setting (restaurants, shopping, bars, tattoo parlors and several places to get a haircut!), Capitol Hill Block Party is a festival that Seattleites are proud to call their own.
TV ON THE RADIO, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY, THURSTON MOORE, THE CAVE SINGERS, BATTLES, RA RA RIOT, LES SAVY FAV, HANDSOME FURS, THE POSIES, KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS, YUCK, FUCKED UP, TELEKINESIS, CULTS, COLD CAVE, WOODS, FENCES, PINK MOUNTAINTOPS, MY GOODNESS, PAPERCUTS, AUSTRA THE FRESH AND ONLYS, MAD RAD, FRESH ESPRESSO, CHAMPAGNE CHAMPAGNE, FEDERATION X, THEESATISFACTION, RAVENNA WOODS, AKIMBO, YOUNG EVILS, BLACK BREATH, GRYNCH, ABSOLUTE MONARCHS, ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER, GRAVEBABIES, BEAT CONNECTION, GRAND HALLWAY, CAMPFIRE O.K., LOCH LOMOND, SKARP, LISA DANK, SOL, PAINTED PALMS, MASH HALL, METAL CHOCOLATES, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, SPORTS, TEEN DAZE, CRAFT SPELLS, BOAT, LAKE, VIRGIN ISLANDS, SPURM, ELEPHANT RIDER, THE PHARMACY, LOVESICK EMPIRE, CONSTANT LOVERS, SLOW DANCE, DON'T TALK TO THE COPS, NAZCA LINES, THOMAS WRIGHT TRIO, LOVERS, YARN OWL, THE FIRST TIMES, REPORTER, LUMERIANS, SEAPONY, WHEELIES, SLOW DANCE, THE LUMINEERS, WITCH GARDEN, HE WHO'S OX IS GORED, LAND OF PINES, BUSTER BLUE, THE FIRST TIMES, "THE ROLLINGSTONES", HAUSU YUNI IN TAXCO, SPORTS, SPACENEEDLES, COMEBACK! FEAT: OHNONOS, HOLLYHOOD! DJ SETS BY FOURCOLOR ZACK, TIGERBEAT, SEAN CEE DJ N8...MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Full Line Up Announcement on June 1st
CHBP Ticket Sales Information:
Discounted: $75 three-day passes on sale Friday May 20th at 10:00am.
Discounted: $27.50 single-day tickets available on Friday June 3rd
Advance tickets available here: capitolhillblockparty.strangertickets.com