Lucinda Roanoke
FRIDAY 12/30


The weekend to welcome the beginning of the end kicks off with K Records' Arrington de Dionyso and his otherworldly bass clarinet incantations. Add guttural throat singing and a band of Oly all-stars, and you've got Malaikat dan Singa. Dionyso sings his own Indonesian translations of William Blake's poetry to create primordial trance punk surprisingly appropriate for groovin'. And having recently returned from a tour of Indonesia, he may have new tricks up his sleeve (although he mostly performs sans shirt). As if you need more reason to spend your New Year's Eve-Eve-ocalypse inhaling lots of sage, eight-piece buzz band Rose Windows just might lure you to their promised land with a sultry brand of psych rock, while Master Musicians of Bukkake—no strangers to the Seattle scene—will distract you from their name but still freak you out (in the best way). With reverence for sounds beyond the first world, the "outsider" genre even seems conservative to describe MMOB. Now for a song I wrote: "Pitchfork makes nothin' but clowns and clones/This show will take you to the real altered zones." Black Lodge, 9 pm.

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Tucked away in Ravenna is a little joint called Cafe Racer. Every Sunday night, improv musicians, jazzheads, and fortunate wanderers join forces for a night of improvised music: Racer Sessions. Tonight's session will be curated by Tari Nelson-Zagar, a violinist who has worked with everyone from golden grrrl singer-songwriter Mirah to prolific Phoenix experimental act Sun City Girls. Lately, she's even been spotted at the In's Bad for Jazz series performing with cassette-culture guru Sue Ann Harkey. Cafe Racer is also home to the OBAMA (Official Bad Art Museum of Art), where you can gaze at everything from Elvis in nothing but glitter to mischievous wieners heckling a crumbling Greek statue. With its unpretentious staff, kitschy aesthetic, and good eats, Racer is one of the city's best hangouts for those looking for an honest good time. This session will begin with Nelson-Zagar's "neurologic wonders of the e-string," which sounds like nice exercise for your noggin. Cafe Racer, 8 pm, free.