Kelly O

Last week, just after Sasquatch! kicked off the NW's summer festival season, Bumber- shoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party announced their lineups. Bumbershoot, which happens Labor Day weekend (September 4–6), has Bob Dylan, Hole, Mary J. Blige, and Weezer headlining, with supporting acts including the Decemberists, Neko Case, Solomon Burke, the Thermals, LMFAO, HEALTH, the Dandy Warhols, and many, many more. Capitol Hill Block Party, happening July 23–25, has headliners MGMT, Atmosphere, and the Dead Weather, with support from Yeasayer, Holy Fuck, !!!, Shabazz Palaces, Blonde Redhead, the Night Marchers, Obits, Blue Scholars, and others. (More information at www.bumbershoot.org and www.capitol hillblockparty.com.)

Speaking of Seattle Center and announcements last week, on Friday, KEXP confirmed it had submitted a proposal for the Fun Forest site at Seattle Center, where a contentious Chihuly glass museum has also been proposed. According to an e-mail from KEXP executive director Tom Mara:

"As an arts organization, our work is about bringing unfamiliar music to people, something radio has largely forsaken, unfortunately. This last year, we crossed the five hundred mark for the number of live in-studio artist performances—but only 5–8 visitors could squeeze in behind the audio engineer to witness them. In terms of public benefit, this location would enable us to bring hundreds of live performances to the campus at no charge with the purpose of connecting many more people to more artists—again the core of our arts mission."

But if a new, larger in-studio performance room is the public benefit, some questions remain: What would be the capacity of these performances? Would the in-studios still largely take place during daytime hours? Aren't there already multiple stages on which to watch live music in Seattle Center, such as the woefully underused Sky Church at EMP? Why not just move the Paul Allen–supported radio station into the way under-capacity Paul Allen museum, let them use the stage there, and let Seattle Center have some green space (or some other public benefit unique to the site)?

Finally, a quick notice for Partman Parthorse, who celebrate the release of their new GGNZLA mini-album, Emerald City Dummies, on Friday, June 11, at the Funhouse, with Mash Hall and Scraps. One thing I've always loved about PMPH is that it's hard to tell which version of frontman Gary Smith is the real one: the ridiculously nice guy he is in person or the ridiculously snotty punk he is onstage. Their new album captures him at both ends, shouting-out his labelmates and friends on "GGNZLA Crew," and trash-talking pretty much everybody else in the music scene on "Emerald City Dollar Bin," or blurting, on a cover of the Intelligence's "World Is a Drag," "I'm not starving, I'm not in the army... Who gives a fuck if the world is a drag?" Whether they hate you or love you, though, their live show (with probable partial nudity!) is an undeniable snark-punk blast. recommended