At 8 p.m. tonight, local gallery/clothing boutique/concert venue/record label Cairo will host the Seattle release of Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music, the new K Records biography penned by City Arts editor-at-large (and in the interest of boring disclosures, my former editor) Mark Baumgarten. If you haven't been able to get the book for free because there are like twenty-five holds on it at your local library, this is a great opportunity to buy it straight from the source, and hear a few passages read by the author himself. Also performing are Eli & Ashley of funky K Records folk group LAKE and 23.
Read a conversation between Baumgarten and Kurt Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross here for more insight.
Seattle's Onry Ozzborn and Chicago's Alex Zavala rather came out of nowhere when they released the 2009 free album Believeyoume, and grabbed ears across the underground. But no one should be surprised by now that their second formal LP, ANX, is fantastic. The disk finds them in a familiarly spacey environment, though they continue to reach highly accesible parallels along the way. Defined by Zavala's massive, yet hyper-gloss beats, and accented near-perfectly by Ozzborn's calm croak, ANX shouldn't be missed, and the release party tomorrow night at the Crocodile is a perfect alternative to the overstimulation of the Block Party. Also performing are Sadistik, Crushcon 7, Mr. Hill, and "very VERY Special Guests" (according to the listing on the Crocodile's website), with host El Mizell. So basically, there is no excuse not to have fun this weekend. I said NONE!