Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The Seattle randomiser

(1) Cadence Weapon has the power. It’s a hard task to face down a room full of twee indie kids waiting to ooh and aah over Final Fantasy’s one-man-and-his-fiddle orchestrations and symphonies, but our man Rollie did this and more …

Wed, Oct 24, 2007, 07:43

   

(1) Cadence Weapon has the power. It’s a hard task to face down a room full of twee indie kids waiting to ooh and aah over Final Fantasy’s one-man-and-his-fiddle orchestrations and symphonies, but our man Rollie did this and more at Monday night’s double-helping of Canuckness at Nectar. Yes, his live chops need a little more grilling but boy, he already has the tunes and the charisma for the next level. Get set for more Cadence when he supports The Go! Team at Tripod on November 21.

(2) My favourite anti-Hillary placard as seen on Monday when she visited Seattle to rattle a tin and raise some campaign pork? “Re-defeat Communism. Say no to Hillary”. A close second was “Hillary Scares Me”.

(3) I’ve liked mostly everything I’ve heard by Ted Leo, but that was before I finally saw him live. Chalk me down as a convert to his mission statement. And his band The Pharmacists rock like they’re the last band on earth.

(4) Kurt Cobain: About A Son is a fascinating insight into that doomed figure who was the unhappy figurehead for an alternative rock explosion in the 1990s. The flick uses previously unheard interviews conducted by biographer Michael Azerrad set against contemporary footage from around Seattle, Olympia and Aberdeen to let you feel as if you’re seeing the world through his eyes. There’s a fair bit of moaning, but there are also some very funny quotes too.

(5) The Experience Music Project museum and assorted sideshows is a blast. While I’ve plenty of reservations about rock’n'roll and museums (I really don’t see the point of sticking guitars into a glass case just because they were once plucked by someone mildly famous), the scale and span of this is pretty cool. The Yes Yes Y’All hip-hop exhibition was particularly striking.

(6) Seattle record stores like Easy Street, Everyday and Sonic Boom have beaten the retail blues. How? Huge stocks, quality product and keen-as-mustard prices. You can’t go wrong with new releases for eight bucks.

(7) I may have arrived in the city on a bus, but I sure as hell have not been feeling any love for the city buses. Maybe I should have looked at a map first….

(8) The food stalls in the Pike Place Market rock. Especially the one with the halibut sambos.