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

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Levi Parham signs with Music Road Records!

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Congrats to Levi Parham on signing with Austin’s Music Road Records!

Look for a new release in 2016, and in the meantime, check out his self-released EP Avalon Drive, which elicited some goods words:

The melody is enticing, there’s a melancholy feel” – CMT Edge

[One] of my best new discoveries this past week:…Levi Parham” – Sean Moeller, Paste Magazine

Parham [has a] soulful, gritty and tender voice” – The Boot

Whatever it is, Levi Parham has it.” – The Bluegrass Situation

Souther roots course through his music.” – Folk Radio UK

An Okie version of Ray LaMontagne…” – Kansas City Star

Copperfox to release 4-song EP “Haunts” on February 5th

Copperfox to release 4-song EP Haunts on February 5th

Copperfox, a dreamy indie/psych-pop quartet based in Nashville, began in Portland, OR as a duo comprised of guitarist Rory Mohon and singer Lisa Garcia. After releasing a couple of EPs that elicited RIYLs ranging from Neko Case and Band of Horses to The Head and the Heart and Mazzy Star, the pair moved to Nashville, continuing to develop a sound that featured haunting pop melodies over moody chord structures while welcoming new members Andrew Bottini (bass), and Stephanie Kincheloe (synth, guitar and background vocals). After a year together, they found themselves writing in an entirely different genre altogether, retaining the atmospheric sensibilities at the core of Copperfox but now relying heavily on synthesizers and drum machines, which were becoming a growing passion for songwriter Mohon.

“When we moved to Nashville and added members, our sound naturally changed. Where we once had pedal steel giving atmosphere to the songs, we now had synths and that alone was a huge shift in our sound,” says Mohon. “We decided to dig deep and push our sound — Lisa leans more towards atmospheric music, so the transition was not only natural for her, but intentional. It was important to her to have a cohesive sound that more accurately reflects us as musicians and artists.” The band emerged with their third EP (and first release from their new Nashville home), Haunts, full of spacious layers highlighted by Garcia’s chilling and evocative vocals and Mohon’s warm resplendent guitars.

Haunts emerged from a gradual progression of writing and ditching songs repeatedly. “My growing love for synthesizers helped me to look at songwriting from a different angle,” reveals Mohon. With Haunts, Copperfox incorporates new influences — the EP includes two original tracks, the desert-noir of “Warhorse” and the epically evocative “Feel in the Void,” remixed by their side project D’ark, which re-imagines the compositions filled with synths layered on top of drum machines pounding out slow tempoed beats. Both Copperfox and D’ark are driven by mesmerizing vocal melodies and wet guitar. Copperfox is the hero’s journey, while D’ark navigates through the void.

Haunts was mastered at Magic Garden Mastering by Grammy-winning engineer Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Beck, Arctic Monkeys), and will be available for digital download on February 5th, 2016.

HAUNTS Track Listing:
01. Warhorse
02. Feel in the Void
03. Warhorse (D’Ark remix)
04. Feel in the Void (D’Ark remix)

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Seattle Event: Morbid Curiositease presents What’s This? A Nightmare Before Christmas Tribute

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Morbid Curiositease presents What’s This? A Nightmare Before Christmas Tribute featuring Live Music, Burlesque, & Variety on December 19th at Columbia City Theater

Morbid Curiositease presents:
What’s This? A Nightmare Before Christmas Tribute
December 19th
Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 / (206) 722-3009
8pm / 21+ / $16 adv $20 door
Tickets: Columbia City Theater
Image: Poster

Ever wish an awesome band would play the soundtrack to Nightmare Before Christmas and other befitting songs live?
Ever think that performances live to such a musical delight would make for a perfect solstice?
Well good news! That’s just what Morbid Curiositease are doing.

This will be rawkus Mardi Gras style event with plenty of dancing. All your favorite characters will be there! This is the fourth incantation and it’s bigger and badder than ever!
L’Orchestre D’Incroyable will be playing big band style.
There’s burlesque, sideshow, variety, bedtime stories and more.

La Petite Mort as Sally
Edward Van Glam as Jack Skellington
Mitzy Sixx as Dr Fink
Jesus La Pinga as Oogie Boogie
Czech Mate, Kali von Wunderkammer, and Anna Clara Buoyant as Lock Shock & Barrel
Rocco as Behemoth
L’Orchestre D’Incroyable as The Zombie Band
Gale Force as Santa Claus
Mara Quarantine as Zero
Bristol Kvernenes as Christmastown
Val Challah as what nightmares are made of
and more TBA….

Tickets can be purchased here.

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There Is No Mountain to release sophomore album “Luna” (Org Music)

Portland, Oregon​’s​ There Is No Mountain, ​a married duo ​who specialize in complex psych-pop​ that draws comparisons to Dirty Projectors, Buke & Gase and Fleet Foxes, will release their sophomore full-length Luna on January 15th from Org Music on CD and digital formats.​

There Is No Mountain, comprised of drummer/vocalist Kali Giaritta and guitarist/vocalist Matt Harmon and named for the Donovan lyric ​(and the zen koan that inspired it​)​, approach songwriting like composition, starting with a simple song and developing more difficult arrangements, adding percussion and guitar effects. The pair, who played NYC’s Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts as part of last year’s American Songbook series, keep the complexity a layer beneath the surface​, primarily impacting audiences with their ​infectiousness and ​palpable chemistry, as they combine elements of Americana, folk, psychedelic rock and pop, classical and world music, and even occasionally metal.

​The band released a pair of 3-song EPs in 2015 comprised of tracks from the 12-song album Luna, entitled Sea of Storms and Sea of Islands. As guitarist Matt Harmon told Vortex Music Magazine, the new releases are named for several “seas” on the moon, with this record highlighting the couple’s stormiest songwriting to date. “We’re working with the moon theme because a lot of these songs deal with heavier, darker themes in our own lives, and we’ve spent a lot of time walking around at night, sharing a joint and gazing at the moon, drawing a sense of perspective and peace from it,” Harmon says.

Written while on the road, most of Luna’s songs evolved throughout the band’s travels. Playing over 250 shows in 40 states between 2012 and 2014, crashing with strangers met on CouchSurfing.org, Giaritta and Harmon gathered a whirlwind one-city-per-day impression of the country while writing the album. Ultimately, Luna became a record of their own exploration of the highs and lows that come with the touring lifestyle. Starting with the second track “Sadness,” the band embraces the desire to “just ‘listen’ to moments of sadness, doubt, anger and anxiety,” and allow them to be honest reactions to the world, instead of attempting to cover them by putting on a fake smile and waiting for negative emotions to blow over.

Following “Sadness,” the album spirals downward, progressing through optimism, longing and questioning, finally hitting the emotional low point of “Black Hole (Part 1)” and “What If?” — two down-and-out examinations of fear and depression. Through indulging in this trip to the dark side, the album’s emotional pay-off comes in the form of the album closer “Song of Seikilos,” the duo’s take on a 2000-year-old mantra about living in the moment and letting grief go, acknowledging that, no matter what, time will erase everything they try to hold onto. “’Seikilos’ isn’t a white-washing of emotions,” says Harmon. “It’s a hard-won expression of peace in the middle of a storm that started with the album’s early determination to ‘listen to sadness.’”

The new music was recorded utilizing the band’s minimal live performance set-up, built around a live take of guitar and drums and incorporating their blend of effects pedals, a motley collection of toms and snares with dishtowels muting them and assorted hand percussion, piano and organ sounds, and two voices. The recording faithfully recreates the live touring arrangement, showcasing the band’s impressive fullness. Utilizing a similar set-up, There Is No Mountain played a well-received set at Volume Festival in Spokane, and Treefort Festival, where The Oregonian‘s David Greenwald called There Is No Mountain “the most unique act I saw.” Audiences often express surprise at the abundance of sound created from the duo’s acoustic guitar, minimal snare/floor tom/aux percussion setup, vocals and single keyboard, which they worked to capture accurately on Luna, recorded at Map Room Studios and the band’s own home studio with production, mixing and mastering by Matt Harmon and assistant production by Leigh Marble.​


Luna Track Listing:
1. Benjamin
2. Listening to Sadness
3. Hiking
4. C’mon Friends
5. Good Life
6. Black Hole (Part 2)
7. Waterbound
8. Saguaro
9. Cat’s Away
10. Black Hole (Part 1)
11. What If?
12. Song of Seikilos

Seattle Halloween event: Morbid Curiositease Unholy Masquerade

Morbid Curiositease Unholy Masquerade, featuring burlesque, live music & variety, is coming to Atelier Coffee Company Ltd. on Halloween!

Morbid Curiositease presents An Unholy Masquerade
Saturday, October 31st
Atelier Coffee Company Ltd.
5813 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 / (206) 420-3037
8pm / 21+ / $39.00

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2298616
Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/461888564012294/

Join us for an intimate Masquerade Ball. It’s Halloween, and who else to throw an amazing party than the purveyors of the macabrest of art?

Headlining the night: The Peculiar Pretzelmen, from the City of Angels, will be playing alongside our phenomenal performers, closing out their national tour in celebration of their new album Who Brought The Serpents Down. Additional music will be provided by Kvetch Pistols and DJ CONFIDENTIAL.

The Grande Mistress of Gothic Charms – La Petite Mort

Performances by:
Salacious Siren – The Shanghai Pearl
Spherical Schemer – Nickolai Pirak
Dancing Damsel – Violet Tendencies
Magical Miscreant – Just Sage
Lascivious Lady – Czech Mate
Sultry Songbird – Little Bear The Bearded Lady
Charming Cellist – Signore Jesse Parce

Eight to Midnight @ Atelier in Georgetown

Schedule:
8pm – 9pm: Cocktail hour with the Kvetch Pistols
9pm – 11pm: Live music, burlesque and ambient performances
11pm – Midnight: Special guest DJ

21+

Tickets are very limited.

EVENT: Morbid Curiositease Compendium of Oddities

Seattle! Morbid Curiositease Compendium of Oddities is coming:
April 30th at Columbia City Theater
21+ / 8pm / $19 adv, $22 dos / $100 VIP table (seats 4)

From the circus that is Morbid Curiositease:

We’ve been collecting things throughout our travels. We haven’t had a chance to get back to our roots and share some of our very favorite weirdos, until now.

We’ve got musical miscreants, deranged dancing damsels, mischievous misfits, salacious sirens….

Performances by:
La Petite Mort the Songbird
Czech Mate & Christine Anne the Conjoined Twins
Alison Gale the Tallest Woman on Earth
Mara Quarantine the Contortionist
LittleBear Schwarz the Bearded Lady
Rocco the Strong Man
and many more tba…

For advanced details refer to your Ouija board or local mystic.

Curiositease Connoisseur Table – seats 4 and comes with collectibles $100

Stalwart Sightseer – seated $19

$22 at the door!

http://www.strangertickets.com/events/23675021/morbid-curiositease-compendium-of-oddities