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 creamin 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.
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.
By Dan Nailen
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:
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:
By Dan Nailen
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:
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:"
By Dan Nailen
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:
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:
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.
By Dan Nailen
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:
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-length — Sometimes 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.
By Dan Nailen
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:
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:
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.
By Dan Nailen
on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 11:55 AM
Every week we scour the new releases from the music and home-video folks to see what's great, not-so-great and downright awful that's being foisted on the public. No need to thank us, just take a look at our Tuesday Taste to find out if you need to start shopping.
Will Butler, Policy. You might only consider Butler a sideman to his frontman brother in Arcade Fire, but his solo debut proves him to be both a savvy songwriter and an incredibly talented instrumentalist with a wide-ranging sonic palette. There's a bit of garage-rock, some retro electro-pop, some gorgeous piano-driven balladry on this impressive first effort. Here's a taste: Joe Pug, Windfall. Pug is a criminally under-rated songwriter with a weathered-to-perfection voice and knack for great, roots-based hooks in his tunes. If simple and stirring folk is your bag, Pug is your man. He's playing in Spokane March 29. Here's a bit of his new album:
And of course we have to mention: Madonna, Rebel Heart. Madonna's latesthas a little bit of everything we've come to expect from the modern pop pioneer in her later years. There are some genuinely engaging dance tunes, decent ballads, and collaborations with younger tastemakers that feel totally out of place — the reviews are mixed, as you'd expect. Considering Madonna was only good for a couple of strong tunes per album even at her best moments, not a bad ratio all around for her 13th set. And it gives her an excuse to tour this year.
MOVIES & TV
The big mainstream release of the week is the latest in an inexplicably long line of Night at the Museum movies. If you're watching to get one last glimpse of Robin Williams, fine. Otherwise, if you need something that will appeal to a lot of different folks, maybe stick with the 30th anniversary edition of The Breakfast Club or the 50th anniversary DVD release of The Sound of Music.
If something a little off-kilter or thought-provoking is more your speed, though, consider these new releases:
Happy Valley is a harsh documentary about the pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the way it shocked the academic, sports and community cultures in the college town. The reviews, including our own, were solid all around. Here's a look: Listen Up Philip features Jason Schwartzman as a writer in search of some sanity just as his second novel is about to be releases, causing him to flee to his idol's summer retreat. A well-received dark comedy about the artistic mind is the deal here. Check out a peek: