Music, News, and Bikes
• On Twitter, local hiphop maverick OCnotes announced, "due to family responsibilities Im movin to portland on march 10th. 1st OCnotes show will be march 8th at Reed College." Seattle's loss is Portland's gain; good luck in Stumptown, Otis Calvin.
• Adam Green and Binki Shapiro charmed a Barboza crowd last Wednesday. Especially, it seems, a man in a fragrant leather jacket who whisper-talked to anyone who would listen: "I can't wait for them to stop playing so I can take the set list and get it signed." He even whipped out a Sharpie and smelled it periodically to show how serious he was about autographs.
• Sasquatch! music festival tickets sold out completely in record time—90 minutes after going on sale last Friday. Local mushroom dealers have had the same, completely unrelated problem.
• Rumor has it that Ballard's Fin Records is releasing a 12-inch by Grynch and the Physics (they've already released an album by J. Pinder). Could Ballard be the new center of hiphop? How strange if that becomes the case...
• Save the date! Sub Pop just announced its 25th birthday party! It's called the Silver Jubilee, and it will take place on July 13 in Georgetown and include bands, art, and "a record-fair-type event."
• We're having the most fun party ever!!! The Stranger is proud to announce our own little conflict of interest, a beer and bands festival called Penumbra that will be taking place Saturday, March 16! Local breweries will be showing off their suds, with music by Champagne Champagne, Pleasureboaters, Tacocat, Wimps, La Luz, Prism Tats, and a very special, one-night-only reunion performance by the Catheters! There is literally nothing else you could do on this night that would be more excellent.
• The Unnatural Helpers, La Luz, and Lonesome Shack show at 20/20 Cycle on Saturday was filled with warm and wonderful showgoers, and despite the bike shop/venue being sold out, not a single bicycle or helmet was harmed.
• The Grammy Awards issued a new dress code this year that stated "Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered... thong type costumes are problematic. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic..." That's right: The Grammys banned side boob! We could certainly do without "thong type costumes" forever, but side boob has never hurt anyone! This is all Lil' Kim's fault, right?
• You could run, but you couldn't hide from the LOUD at the Black Lodge on Friday night. We missed opener Murder in the Wood, but Sioux City Pete and the Beggars killed with their experimental blues-noise, LA's White Murder doled out glorious punk-pop punishment (with members of Jail Weddings/the Red Onions), and Red Liquid went in an insane goth-metal direction. Thank you, earplugs.