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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: New Built to Spill, Alabama Shakes albums highlight the week

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM


Every week the entertainment biz drops a slew of new albums and movies on the market, and we're here every Tuesday to sift through it all to give you the best of the week's new releases. Let's get to it. 

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It's a pretty monster-sized week for new music, coming hot on the heels of Record Store Day, and new releases from Joywave, Passion Pit, Rocky Votolato, Wire, Yelawolf and They Might Be Giants all warrant a listen. Here are the three new releases I'm most excited about:  

Built to Spill — Boise's finest! — took six years between albums, and the band has undergone some lineup changes in the intervening years. You wouldn't notice, though, listening to the new Untethered Moon, another set of searing guitar solos and dreamy excursions courtesy of main man Doug Martsch. Here's a pretty damn funny video for "Never Be the Same:"

Alabama Shakes
seemed like one of the most overrated band's in recent memory when I saw them just as their debut album was being released. There was no denying the magnetic appeal of lead singer Brittany Howard, but the rest of the band were boring on stage, coming off as a competent bar band and little more. On their recordings, though, Howard's voice and guitar is the focus, and that's a good thing. Sound & Color is their new album, here's a taste: 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Everybody have their Big Lebowski costume ready?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 3:25 PM

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Hey there, dude. How is your costume coming along? You getting ready to sculpt that goatee or pin back the hair you've been strategically growing out since the first time we did this thing a year ago? Bowling ball polished? Beer money secured in one of the many pockets on your Walter Sobchak vest?

Good to hear. If this isn't making any sense, you should know that we're hosting our second-annual Suds and Cinema Presents: The Big Lebowski Wednesday night at the Bing Crosby Theater and it's gonna be one hell of a time, OK?

Doors open at 6 pm so you can get a beer and do some people watching, with the costume contest beginning at 7:30 pm, followed by the movie. It's $4 at the door and beers are also $4. Here are even more details.

There will be beer from Perry Street Brewing — who just announced a pre-party they are calling, in the parlance of our times, "rad" — before and during the film, so please arrive thirsty. Brain Freeze will also be on hand with free ice cream in flavors inspired by the film.

As if that's not enough truly far out fun, you can head to the Rain Lounge at Scratch following the movie for a special White Russian after-party featuring the locally made vodka of 21 Window Distillery.

We'll be cranking the Creedence inside the theater and fear not, there will be no Eagles.

Now, back to the issue of the costume. We don't want you to stress, so here are some tips we dug up from AltDaily for some easy Lebowski costumes. Click here for a complete guide — but below is a sample.
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TUESDAY TASTE: Big scares, Big Eyes, new live Eels in week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM


Every Tuesday, we delve into the week's new music and DVD releases to let you know the best way to spend your dollars. It's called Tuesday Taste, and here are some samples of the best this week has to offer: 

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Arizona-based Calexico consistently creates sounds and songs that sonically stretch well beyond their little corner of the world. The group, led by Joey Burns and John Convertino, are regular collaborators of Neko Case, and their new album Edge of the Sun is another excellent set of music. Here's a taste: 

Eels
 leader E (aka Mark Oliver Everett) has always been one of rock's great experimentalists, crafting a catalog that veers from genre to genre, and using an ever-changing lineup to capture the sounds in his head. The new live album Royal Albert Hall is an excellent primer on Eels music, spanning 28 songs that show Eels to be true treasures of modern rock. Fun sidenote: Journey's ex-singer Steve Perry was a semi-member of the band last year. Here's a sample from the live set: 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Waxahatchee, Mountain Goats highlight the week's new music and DVD releases

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 12:09 PM


Each week we offer the skinny on some of the best new music and home video releases. We call it Tuesday Taste, and here's the lowdown for this week: 

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Waxahatchee, aka Katie Crutchfield, continues her remarkable trajectory as a songwriter on Ivy Tripp, her third full-length. It's a bigger, brasher sound for someone most known for conversational vocals and intimate lyrics, but it totally makes sense on Waxahatchee's latest. Here's a taste of Waxahatchee live: 

Toro Y Moi is the performing name for Chaz Bundick, and on his latest, What For?, the songwriter and producer delves into some tasty pop that leans heavily on the synthesizers rather than the guitars of past efforts. Here's a tune called "Empty Nesters:" 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: The Sonics! Death Cab! Check out the week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 12:01 PM


This weeks' new releases in music and DVDs features a light load on the movie side, but a seriously killer batch of great new tunes. At Tuesday Taste, we tell what's worth your time among all the options. To wit: 

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I'm almost embarrassed to say that the new Van Halen live album is pretty high on my list of today's new releases of things I want to hear ASAP. Although, judging by the band's performance on Jimmy Kimmel last night, maybe that's not such a great idea. Besides, there are an insane number of highly anticipated albums arriving this week, including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Lower Dens, NYC punk-turned-roots rocker Jesse Malin, Ron Sexsmith, Brit folk-rockers The Staves, William Elliott Whitmore and some dude named Ringo. Here are some others: 

Death Cab for Cutie starts life without sonic ace Chris Walla, who stayed around long enough to record their new album, Kintsugi, before leaving the band. How Ben Gibbard and Co.'s sound evolves from here remains a mystery, but the new tunes sound like primo Death Cab with a dash of Postal Service's electronic flourishes. Here's a taste of new tune "Black Sun:"

The Sonics are almost as much a legend as they are a band. The Tacoma garage-rockers hit in the mid-60s with a killer, aggressive sound that inspired some to proclaim them the first punk band. Cited regularly by Seattle's rock royalty as a major influence, the band is definitely something to be reckoned with, even in their reformed state. Here's a cut from their new album, This is the Sonics:

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Monday, March 30, 2015

We're bringing The Big Lebowski back to the Bing

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 12:19 PM

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Oh, hey there Suds and Cinema lovers. We just wanted to let you know that the next installment of our venerable beer-meets-awesome-movies series is in response to the many, many loyal fans who asked us to bring back one of last year's films...and that film is The Big Lebowski.

Last year, we had one hell of a night at the Bing Crosby Theater when we screened the film to almost 700 folks, many of whom were dressed in the costume of their favorite characters. And we're hoping to recreate that magic by again having the freshly one-year-old Perry Street Brewing provide the beer for the event on April 15. The beer flows at 6:30 pm and the movie follows at 7:30 pm.

As always, entry is $4 and beers are $4, too.

And, yes, we'll be hosting a costume contest for several categories, including Best Dude, Best Walter and several other wild card categories to be announced later. There's also an after-party at Rain Lounge featuring White Russians made with Spokane's own 21 Window Vodka. During the movie, you can feast on special Lebowski-themed ice cream flavors from Brain Freeze Creamery.

If you're not into the whole remembering things without electronics thing, here's a link to the official Facebook invite. Let us know if you're coming, man.

Here's a look at last year's Lebowski night. It was far out.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Think you know Spokane-area movies? Take this quiz!

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Select a movie on each slide that was filmed in or around the Spokane area.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Courtney Barnett, JSBX and Criterion release of a pioneering doc

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:02 PM


Each week we check out the new releases in music and DVDs to see what's worth your time and money, and what's more fit for the garbage can. It's Tuesday Taste, and here's what's coming this week: 

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Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett first caught my attention with her breakthrough to North American audiences, How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose EP, and I'm as excited for her first full-lengthSometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit — as I am for any album coming this spring. Here's a taste of her deadpan vocals and chiming guitar-rock, via new tune "Pedestrian at Best:"
 
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is one of the great under-appreciated rock bands of the last 20 years or so — if you need proof, go check out their show in May at The Bartlett and thank me later for the best night of your spring. Freedom Tower — No Wave Dance Party 2015 is the band's 10th full-length, and it's full of the joyfully sloppy, greasy grooves and heavy riffs that the trio has pretty much perfected at this point. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: New Kendrick Lamar and Modest Mouse, Chris Rock's Top Five

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 11:01 AM


Each week we sift through all manner of entertainment garbage to find the gems worth your time among the week's new releases in music and DVDs. It can get messy, but we like to be helpful. Here's a look at some of the best for this week: 

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Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves. Eight years. It seems insane that it's taken Modest Mouse that long to get another full-length album together, but alas, it's true. Acts like Axl Rose and Boston are notorious for such lengthy pauses in recording, but Modest Mouse was historically pretty prolific for most of their career. Thankfully for us fans, the wait is over, and the collection Strangers to Ourselves is full of the off-kilter rhythms, churning anthems and Isaac Brock howls we've come to know and (for the most part) love through the years. As someone who was feeling a bit burned out on the band by the time their last album came around in 2007, the long wait was perfect for getting me amped to hear them again. Of course, not all old fans are thrilled with the new one. Here's a taste of a new song called "Coyotes:"

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
. Arguably the most creative rapper going right now, Kendrick Lamar's sophomore album was originally slated to come out next week, but he went ahead and dropped To Pimp a Butterfly a little bit early. People are pretty excited about it after his killer debut Good Kid: M.A.D.D. City, his appearance during the last week of The Colbert Report and much hype accompanying the release. Here's a killer new track for your consideration: 

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

First look at new Kurt Cobain documentary

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 1:45 PM

To the rest of the country it doesn’t matter that Spokane is a four-hour drive away from Seattle. As a fellow city in Washington state we will forever be associated with grunge music, and by extension, Kurt Cobain — and we’re fine with that. This week, the first trailer of the fully authorized documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck dropped and it looks like everything Nirvana fans (aka what should be most of the planet) have been waiting for.

For the film, which recently wowed at Sundance Film Festival, Academy Award-nominated director Brett Morgen was given unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal artifacts, including photos, drawings, writings, audio diaries and home videos. While Cobain's story has been dissected over and over, this is the first documentary made in full cooperation with the musician's family and friends — Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain are even credited as executive producers.

Cobain killed himself more than 20 years ago, but our fascination with him has seemingly only increased. This film sets out to capture a side of the singer/song-writer we've never seen. If the heartbreaking trailer is any indication, it's done just that

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiers on HBO May 4. A companion book and film soundtrack, featuring a previously unreleased recording, will also be released. 
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