Seattle Event: La Petite Mort’s Anthology of Erotic Esoterica

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La Petite Mort’s Anthology of Erotic Esoterica, a variety show focusing on the darker side of performance art, is coming to Seattle’s The Conservatory for a residency the last Friday of every month. Here are the details for the September 30th event:

La Petite Mort’s Anthology of Erotic Esoterica
Friday, September 30th
The Conservatory
5813 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 / (206) 420-3037
8pm / 21+ / $23 advance
Tickets

On the surface, the Anthology is a variety show focusing on the darker side of performance art. The performers are of a higher caliber and the setting is aesthetically fitting and intimate. There’s more to it though once you get to the heart of the gatherings. You have to go and ask to find out.

Performances by:
spICE – Burlesque
Mistress Kalì – Sideshow
Indigo Sky from Portland – Hula Hoop
Jeremy Cline – Boylesque & Breakdance
Miss Spooky from Portland – Sideshow
La Petite Mort – Performance art
Kevin Incroyable – Maestro

Tickets go on sale August 27th at 12:00am

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Tour Dates: Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

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Everyone knows that people go to Florida to die, but fewer people know that there are people who get born there too. Caught between the dualistic disenchanting scenes of Buffet cover bands and high school hardcore, a young Joshua Powell transplanted to the Midwest in pursuit of education and new art.

Now a loudening voice in the Indiana independent music community, Powell has carved out a niche in his new home by setting his hyper-literate lyrics to broad swaths of psych-folk and shedding the vocal affectations of a varied past.

The Great Train Robbery was born in Anderson, IN and named for a 1903 Western. The band serves as a revolving door of collaborating musicians to underscore Powell’s evolving craft and has independently released two EPs and two full-lengths since their inception in 2011. In the wake of the Appalachian-tinged folk record Man Is Born for Trouble, Joshua departed on a Kerouacian gypsy spree, touring back and forth across the country, playing six nights a week, and living in an old minivan. When he eventually returned to the Indiana town that molded his art, he laid down fibrous roots and refocused his energies into becoming a regional staple. Here, he began funneling his collected experiences into his most ambitious record yet, the newly-released Alyosha: a psychedelically-tinged electric folk album, spiritually informed by classic Russian literature and pressed to vinyl. Evoking comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Neil Young, No Depression described Powell’s sound as “lushly-composed chamber folk…revival-in-the-river folk mysticism.”

As Powell and his transiently shifting backing band have extrapolated this sound, they have played over 400 shows, opened for such national acts as Mike Mains & the Branches, Seabird, and The Soil & the Sun, and played festivals like Indy Folk Fest (IN), Starry Night (IN,) Midpoint Music Fest (OH), and Lincoln Calling (NE).

TOUR DATES
3/11/16: Cincinnati, OH – The Comet
3/14/16: Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
3/15/16: Baltimore, MD – Gallery 788
3/16/16: Longbranch, NJ – Brighton Bar
3/17/16: Washington DC – Treehouse Lounge
3/18/16: Philadelphia, PA – Grape Room
3/19/16: New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall

Phosphene To Release Breaker EP On April 29th

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“It was like we were breaking through something,” says Bay Area trio Phosphene’s Matt Hemmerich (drums) on their forthcoming EP Breaker. “We were writing direct, propulsive music that felt intensely cathartic.” The trio, comprised of Hemmerich, Rachel Frankel (vocals/guitar), and Kevin Kaw (bass/guitar), spent 2015 preparing their sophomore 6-song release Breaker, the follow-up EP to their S/T debut album that came out during a whirlwind 2014, garnering acclaim and generating support in the Bay Area from The Bay Bridged and The Owl Magazine (the band just played the magazine’s 10 year anniversary show), and resulting in winning free studio time from the Converse Rubber Tracks program, where the band recorded eventual EP track “Silver,” which premiered at Overblown.

They returned to the same recording studio, Different Fur Studios, on Valentine’s Day 2015 to track a second song, “Be Mine,” which premiered on The Bay Bridged and will also appear on the EP, and eventually to track the rest of the release, partnering with Sean Paulson (Tobias Jesso Jr, DIIV) for recording and mixing, and tapping Piper Payne from Coast Mastering to master the record.

Breaker, set for release on CD and digital formats on April 29th, 2016, was written during a time of severance. “Some of us were closing chapters in external relationships, which brought a clean slate mentality to the band,” says Hemmerich. Breaker is a diverse but unified pack of tunes. “For our second release, we sought a more cohesive, defined sound. The three of us got to write as a trio for the first time, so there was a natural evolution.” The melodies and instrumentation for Breaker were primarily inspired by Slowdive, Interpol, Low, and Alvvays, while the overall aim, as Hemmerich told Overblown, “is to create honest, emotive songs that we can share with others. We’re hoping to evoke something with our music”.

BREAKER TRACK LISTING
1. Be Mine
2. Silver
3. Hear Me Out
4. Rogue
5. Ride
6. Wild Decay

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Seattle 5-piece John Dillon To Release Debut Album The Lost Estate

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Seattle 5-piece dream pop band John Dillon (members of Kithkin, Tomten, & friends) are preparing to release their forthcoming debut album The Lost Estate, which will be the inaugural release from new Seattle imprint Plume Records, due out on March 25th on vinyl and digital formats.

“Making things sleazy yet heartfelt was a fun, sometimes hilarious, process,” says Dillon Sturtevant, songwriter and frontman of Seattle band John Dillon, on recording the band’s debut album The Lost Estate. The album was written both before and after Sturtevant moved from the East coast to Seattle. “Being in a new place, trying to make ends meet, exploring, and encountering different people and different cultures has a way of making you hyper-aware and creative,” Sturtevant reflects. “Some of these songs I brought over to the Northwest with me, and they grew as I did.” The 11-song collection is characterized by lush production, hi-lo-fi sounds, sincerity laced with humor, humor laced with melancholy, and a melodic bent.

The Lost Estate, named as a kind of castoff reference to a French novel that has lurked in Sturtevant’s mind since he read it years ago, hazily navigates through sun-bleached remembrances. “Writing these songs, I was concerned in a very fundamental way with the almost mystical nature of passage from childhood to adulthood, and the ways in which we package up our past,” says Sturtevant. “The way we write our own stories subconsciously and earlier life’s moments become these golden-hued parables from another more mysterious, more fanciful world.”

The Lost Estate, the first release on new Seattle imprint Plume Records, will be out on vinyl and digital formats on March 25th following a cassette release late last year on Never Anything Records. The album was recorded and mixed by Andy Meyer in Seattle and mastered for vinyl and digital by Carl Saff in Chicago.

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THE LOST ESTATE TRACK LISTING
1. Prelude
2. The Fox
3. Maria
4. Holy Fool
5. Living in Sin
6. Shenandoah
7. Death Mask
8. Last Golden Age
9. Friends Like Me
10. The Lost Estate
11. You Never Call

Those Manic Seas tour dates

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The first thing people tend to notice when Richmond, VA post-punk/dance-rock band Those Manic Seas takes the stage is their lead singer Kilroy — at 9 feet tall, plastic, with a closed-circuit television for a head, he makes for an arresting figure. But once the “four” piece starts playing, the front-mannequin quickly fades as the focal point of Those Manic Seas. Beyond Kilroy’s cold smooth vocals — which Windy City Times praised for “the glacial beauty of his baritone [that] telegraphed bewilderment, vulnerability and fear” — lies a talented trio of humans delivering wire-tight post-punk grooves.

Those Manic Seas, who have drawn comparisons to bands such as MuteMath, The Killers, Interpol, and Broken Social Scene, put a lot of effort into honing a tight and compelling live show. Kilroy, who took a year to create, isn’t the only aspect of their live show that the band built. “We built and run our own light show (which the drummer controls live during the show),” drummer Daniel Medley told RVA Mag. “I want to create an emotion. [I] want people to…go home with a story. We want our set to be a manic ride, and we want to force the audience to challenge their relationship with the band during live shows.”

The band — comprised of Daniel Medley (drums, sampling), Drew Rollo (guitar, synths), and Justin Jones (keys), in addition to the aforementioned Kilroy on vocals — are on tour to celebrate the recent release of their new single “Outlier,” which Sound of Confusion called “a big song designed for big stages,” while they prepare for the release of their debut full length album, co-produced by Darren King, drummer of New Orleans-based alt-rock band MUTEMATH. In addition to King, the band is working with John Moran at Richmond’s Sound of Music Recording Studios for the new album.

See them on tour this Winter:

TOUR DATES
1/28: Richmond, VA – Balliceaux
1/29: Raleigh, NC – Slim’s
1/30: Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
1/31: Greensboro, NC – New York Pizza
2/1: Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
2/3: Asheville, NC – The Odditorium
2/5: Atlanta, GA – Under The Couch
2/6: Athens, GA – Flicker Bar
2/7: Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub
2/8: Charleston, WV – The Empty Glass
2/9: Cincinnati, OH – Da Vida House
2/10: Louisville, KY – Third Street Dive
2/11: Huntsville, AL – Coppertop
2/12: Nashville, TN – The Basement
2/13: St. Louis, MO – The Demo
2/14: Champaign, IL – Undercut Collective
2/15: Chicago, IL – Township
2/17: Indianapolis, IN – Melody Inn
2/18: Pittsburgh, PA – Howler’s
2/19: Manhattan, NY – Arlene’s Grocery
2/20: New Brunswick, NJ – House show
2/22: Brooklyn, NY – Black Bear
2/23: Allentown, PA – Alternative Gallery
2/24: Philadelphia, PA – Bourbon and Branch
2/25: Harrisburg, PA – The Makespace
2/26: Baltimore, MD – Hippo Hut
2/28: Washington, DC – TBA

Morbid Curiositease’s Mardi Gras Mayhem (Columbia City Theater, Seattle)

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Morbid Curiositease’s Mardi Gras Mayhem:

The Peculiar Pretzelmen Big Band return to bring the most authentic swamp jazz, voodoo mayhem available in Seattle.

The Peculiar Pretzelmen have been keeping the New Orleans style big band tradition alive in L.A. for years. Take a peak:

Experience a night of live music peppered with burlesque and variety, with performances by:
Angela Petite Mort – Conjuration
Violet Ten Dencies – Burlesque
Sage Viniconis – Magic
The Lady B – Burlesque & Bounce
Karmen Sutra-Lee – Burlesque
Jesus La Pinga – Boylesque
Tout d’Lou – Mime
Mara Quarantine – Handbalancing

and from New Orleans: Kali von Wunderkammer doing sideshow!

Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 / (206) 722-3009

Tuesday, February 9th
8pm // 21+

$15adv/$18 at the door // Tickets
Seating is limited