Sk'Atomic! -- Making an album must be a little bit like fooling around in the laboratory: all those uncontrollable and volatile elements coming together in the great big test tube of the studio. Sometimes the experiments work, sometimes they don't. But in the case of 10 Minutes Down, sometimes the result is a dazzling ball of wildly percolating energy.
10 Minutes Down, composed of past and present Gonzaga University students, is having a CD release party for their fourth effort, The Manhattan Project, this Saturday at Fat Tuesday's. Expect all the fun of their albums -- but exponentially amplified.
"It's going to be like a Poison light show," says Ted Teske, band founder and trombone player. "We're getting the rigging set up, we're gonna have confetti cannons. I wouldn't want to be the guys who are going to have to clean up Fat Tuesday's Saturday night."
The new album is everything we've come to expect from 10 Minutes Down -- lots of zippy horn-infused ska and a good measure of verbal wit. In addition to a lot of great new songs, they do a Bon Jovi cover and include a lot of bonus extras. Our favorite was a two-minute answering machine message from a band member's mom, warning them not to sign any kind of legal document and while she's at it, advising her son to "work really, really hard and get that Theory grade up." Sweet and funny stuff.
The CD release party which starts at 9 pm, is for all ages. Tickets are available at Boo Radley's, the Long Ear, Spirit Skate Shop and Midway Cyclery.
Full Moon -- Rumor has it that one of the denizens of the Buzz Bin might give in to his/her long-held fascination with this weekend's annual Bare Buns Fun Run at the Kaniksu Ranch on Saturday. We won't tell you which one of us she/he is, and he/she may chicken out at the last minute, but you might wanna keep your eye out for one especially cubicle-pale individual. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Reports from Up North -- Over the weekend, a few of us made it up to Nelson, British Columbia, where we heard a Spokane contingent from the Lands Council was going to be hoofing it up and down the Nelson Street Fair wearing their infamous cardboard caribou heads. We never saw the caribou -- they came out after sundown, we later discovered -- but we did enjoy the invention of coffee ice cubes in our iced coffee drinks. All of the coolness with none of the dilution. Area coffee bars: Give it a try!