News, Reviews, and Canada
• Ripping Vancouver punks White Lung had to cancel their Chop Suey show last Thursday due to those pesky "border problems" that happen from time to time when musicians try to cross the border into or out of Canada. COME ON. Did we forget Canada's birthday? Did they forget ours? Does anyone in any country anywhere really care if musicians make $70 in their nonnative land?
• After recently experiencing the fourth installment of Motor—an experimental-electronic-music night at Lo-Fi featuring great local producers like Panabrite, Patternmaster, and TJ Max—it's clear to us that Debacle Fest organizer Sam Melancon should curate a showcase at next year's Decibel Festival. Debacle @ Decibel: It's such a natural linguistic and sonic fit.
• The fantastic Cinnamon Girl, a six-piece Neil Young cover band, played their first show at the Comet on Friday (with King Dude, DAN'Z ID, and Partman Parthorse) and reminded everyone how beautiful early-1970s-era Neil Young was (helping us to forget, if only for a few moments, the unfortunate Cat in the Hat hat phase I swear he went through a few years back, though I can no longer find proof of this anywhere). In the Comet bathroom, an intoxicated gal announced it was her "first night ouuut in Seeeaaaattle!!!" and walked out of the stall before zipping up her pants. She also left her umbrella on the sink, on purpose, saying cryptically, "I don't need that anymore," even though it was pouring rain.
• The best/worst thing that ever happened to hiphop might be happening to Broadway! And books! R. "&B&Pee" Kelly, in on the joke at last, has announced plans to make his nonsense video series Trapped in the Closet into a Broadway musical as well as a book. And still, no one at The Stranger has been able to convince R. Kelly's publisher to send us a copy of his autobiography Soulacoaster.
• Everyone's favorite instrumental surf-rock cover band, Dancer and Prancer, are back on the scene, delivering jingly joy all over Seattle this December—catch these industrious (and well-dressed) elves on December 6 at the Crocodile, the 12th at the Triple Door Lounge, the 15th at Arabica Lounge, and the 22nd at the Tractor Tavern.
• Himanshu Suri, aka Heems, of alt-hop trio Das Racist announced the group's split during a solo performance in Munich. "You guys wanna know a secret?" he asked the audience. "I'm going to do some Das Racist songs, but Das Racist is breaking up, and we're not a band anymore." Apparently, the group had wanted to break up for some time, but Heems's announcement wasn't part of the plan. "We had a plan to break up around May," Dapwell told Spin. "We had just signed this record deal and we were going to put out one proper album... release a proper breaking up statement that could have been really funny. Maybe a weird, stupid video. Now, all that has gone to shit." Aw!