Even though Dec. 12, 2012 is way behind us, it’s never too late to mire yourself in that creeping sense of impending doom most sane humans in our modern society seem to share. For those looking to get their eschaton on this week, we’ve got plenty of ominous options:
Mysterious post-rock deities Godspeed You! Black Emperor rarely do interviews, but in 2011, in a chat with The Guardian, the band said “Music should be about [how] things are not OK, or else shouldn’t exist at all. So many of us know already that shit is fucked.” Part of the magic of GY!BE is that it very clearly communicates this through its music, even though the music is completely instrumental (save for the occasional field recording of a rambling lunatic). On the band’s immortal first records F♯ A♯ ∞ and Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, it cemented a blazingly unique brand of dark, doom-laden, Wagnerian grandeur that would go on to inspire artists in fields as far flung as black metal, indie rock, pop, and even film, with director Danny Boyle citing the music as a chief influence for his post-acocalyptic flick 28 Days Later. The group’s well-received new album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, continues the trend—nothing new to hear here, but if it ain’t broke (is already broke?), don’t fix it. Expect lots of grainy footage of burning buildings and military operations at the show, and make sure to bring extra cash to buy some of the anarchist literature the group sells as merch—literature that almost got them arrested for being suspected terrorists in Oklahoma in 2003. With Vast Plains. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. $25. All Ages on Jan. 29, 21 and up on Jan. 30.
There’s probably no better way to watch Blade Runner than on an overwhelmingly enormous screen inside of a giant metallic blob, which is exactly what is happening this weekend as EMP screens the director’s cut of Ridley Scott’s dystopian sci-fi noir classic as part of its Campout Cinema series. Based on Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the film stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a Earth-bound cop whose sole mission is to terminate “replicants,” superhuman androids who have escaped from off-world colonies. A recent meme traveling around the internet sent shudders through our collective spines by noting that Blade Runner was set in 2019, three years from now. This fact was paired with an image of what Beijing looks like today. Of course, they looked identical. Dystopia is now. EMP’s Sky Church, 325 5th Avenue N, empmuseum.org. 7:30 p.m., $12, 21 and up. Thurs., Jan. 28.
Charlie Jan Anders, the editor of Gawker’s science fiction and fantasy sub-site i09, has gloom and doom front and center in her new book All The Birds in the Sky, which she will be reading from and signing copies of tonight. Set in an alternate universe San Francisco in the midst of an impending apocalypse, the story follows two lifelong friends, Patricia and Laurence, as they work in very different ways to try and halt the end-of-days. Patricia a gifted graduate of a secret academy for magical kids, attempts to save the world through… magic. Laurence, however, is more of a gearhead, working with a group of engineers to save everyone through the promise of technology. Does this sound strikingly similar to real-world Seattle to anyone else? Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, thirdplacebooks.com. 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 28.