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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cate Le Bon: On Air, Stage, and Street

Posted by on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

  • K.C. Fennessy

This weekend, while walking around Capitol Hill in the rain—my idea of meditation—I decided to see how many Cate Le Bon posters were tacked up between downtown and First Hill. I found one at Pike and Madison. That's it. I'm sure there are more, because one would be weird, but I didn't see any others.

  • The Control Group

I have no idea how much of a difference posters make, but if I'm enthusiastic about a musician, I hope to see a few along my travels. If they do make a difference, then Bradford Cox will surely reap the whirlwind, because there are Atlas Sound posters all over the place. And that's no diss; I like his music.

Then again, hundreds of posters within a four-block radius smacks of desperation and/or sloppiness (and that wasn't the case with Cox). Fortunately, it's not as if no one's paying attention to Le Bon: Dave Segal reviewed her album here and interviewed her here, Paste made this stream available, and KEXP booked a broadcast for Wed., Feb. 22, at 1pm (I also blogged about her here and here).

Then, she plays that night at The Crocodile with Charles Leo Gebhardt IV. I've listened to a lot of records since Jan. 1, and Le Bon's Cyrk is my favorite so far. I'm just hoping Seattle shows the Welsh singer the love she deserves when she comes through town. I always feel bad when a European artist, like Anika, ends up playing for a handful of people, no matter how appreciative. It's better than nothing, but it makes the city look bad and doesn't help pay the bills. And I'd love to see Cate Le Bon—and Anika—making more great music for years to come.

P.S. I recently heard from Branden Daniel & the Chics, the gents behind the Chic Shit campaign, and they confirm that postering does make a difference (look for their new record on May 8th).


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I saw two tonight on Pine between Broadway and 12th. (Love that picture. The blue light looks nice with the pink lettering on the poster.)
Posted by ratzkywatzky on February 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM · Report this
Estey 2
I love spotting posters for bands and events that I'm into too. I think it really does make a difference -- I learned about a lot of shows coming up from telephone poles that got away from me when I was reading concert listings, etc. Thanks for checking into this with Chic Shit.
Posted by Estey on February 22, 2012 at 7:29 AM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 3
My other motivation: I covet certain posters. Meant to grab a Gories poster after they played Neumo's, but I was too late. Great band, cool design.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on February 22, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Simone 4
I used to go out and grab cool posters off of walls/poles/etc. but I haven't done that in a while
Posted by Simone on February 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM · Report this

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