News, Reviews, and Spit
• Postal Service reunion rumors have been flying around for several weeks, and on Monday they were confirmed—sort of. Postalservicemusic.net went live, and Billboard reported that Sub Pop will release a 10th-anniversary deluxe version of the band's platinum-selling record Give Up, which was originally released on February 19, 2003. Unnamed people who can't keep a secret also have confirmed that the duo will play Coachella.
• The gravelly croon of Davidson Hart Kingsbery created the perfect soundtrack for good old-fashioned partner dancing at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard last Friday night. Enthusiastic and fine-looking folks went wild on the dance floor, country/western-style dancing those dances we wish we knew the name of (Dosey Doe?). A distinguished gentleman with wispy white hair was probably the sharpest dresser in the place (bolo tie!), though Kingsbery's keyboard player landed a firm second.
• At Rickie Lee Jones's Jazz Alley show on Friday, she was every bit the pirate she proclaims herself to be. She let fly with about a dozen f-bombs, took a turn on the piano for a few songs, teased her backup band mercilessly, sometimes sounded like an instrument instead of a person, and played a two-hour set without flagging at all.
• On Friday, several hundred people squeezed into Easy Street Records on Lower Queen Anne to say good-bye to the Seattle institution and see the store's last live performance, by Yo La Tengo. Before YLT took the stage, though, the store's manager for more than a decade, KEXP DJ Troy Nelson, made a sweet speech, which concluded with him proposing to girlfriend and Young Evils bandmate Mackenzie Mercer. The crowd erupted with cheers; she cried with happiness, and, of course, said yes!
• Parquet Courts, Naomi Punk, and Sick Sad World played a packed show at Cairo on Saturday. Parquet Courts (a new project from Andrew Savage of Fergus & Geronimo) impressed the crowd with their steady/heavy jams—particularly their final song, "Stoned and Starving," a rambling number about a marijuana-fueled snack quest.
• After a momentous two-year run at Lo-Fi, the Innerflight crew's DROP monthly is moving to Electric Tea Garden. The excellent electronic-music monthly closed its Lo-Fi era with a riveting set by FaltyDL on Saturday. It picks up at ETG February 9 with headliner Luke Mandala.
• The Spits raced through their set of rapid-fire punk songs on Thursday—the audience proving that Chop Suey can (and should) replace the Funhouse as Seattle's number one place to stage-dive and crowd-surf (and possibly take home a souvenir black eye). Other souvenirs included the Spits' impossible-to-find Müde Und Einsam 12-inch EP, recorded entirely in German in 2012, with King Khan singing vocals. Sehr gut!