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Looking for a great "Hallowindie" Mix

Hello, Imaginary World.

I make a point out of living up Halloween each and every year. My annual tradition is to create a Halloween mix CD- not one of those clichè ones with "The Addams Family Theme" and "Monster Mash", but a really good, unique one.

My past lists include songs by

  • Depeche Mode
  • The Cure
  • Interpol
  • She Wants Revenge
  • Bauhaus
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Joy Division

This year, however, I'm looking for a better mix, with as much Seattle Indie music as possible. And maybe less depressing Goth.

I'm going to start the mix with "Children of the Night" by Schoolyard Heroes, "Crimewave" by Crystal Castles, and "My Kind of People" by Man Plus. Maybe this will give you an idea of the kind of stuff I'm looking for. Remember, this is going to be played at a party! With costumes and caramel apples and cobwebs galore!

I want to hear your suggestions for more songs! Please, help me make the best Hallowindie Mix 2008?

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On last night's Nylon Tour Show

For the past few weeks I've been waffling as to how I was going to cover the Nylon Tour show at the Showbox. I had already written favorable, full-length, live show reviews of Switches and She Wants Revenge and it has hardly been a secret that ever since I first heard Be Your Own Pet's new album Get Awkward, I've gladly drank every glass of Kool-Aid they put in front of me.

There was a fourth band on the bill, The Virgins, were a perfectly acceptable pop-rock band with some fairly catchy songs, but I hadn't bothered to even visit their MySpace page before the show and nothing convinced me during their set that I was missing something.

I eventually decided that I was going to enjoy the show in civilian's clothes. I still have a large queue of stuff I need to finish writing anyway and hardly should be adding to it.

The band I was there to see, of course, was BYOP. I didn't know what to expect from their show. Get Awkward has been on very high rotation on my iPod for the past two months and P4k wrote of the other bands on this tour, "[t]hose dudes are going to get blown off the stage by a bunch of damn kids. Every night." My expectations were high, of course, but I'm going to the show as a fan, not a reviewer, remember?

BYOP was to go on at 9:30 last night and they started about 5 minutes early and played for 28 minutes. Live, they sound nothing like they do on record. The guitar parts are still loud and punk but on stage they were even faster. Singer Jemina Pearl kept up, barely pausing for a breath, not just between songs but between verses as well. My two favorite songs, "The Kelly Affair" and "Becky" were played back-to-back and the 5 1/2 minutes those two songs' running time combines to was compacted into about 3 minutes. The set was nihilistic and messy. The pop-punk on the record I love had the pop deleted from it; I don't think I heard anything resembling a hook for their entire set.

I loved every single moment of the 28 minutes BYOP was on stage. Just before finishing up their set (with "Super Soaked"), Pearl mocked the nervous record store execs who pulled 3 songs from Get Damaged and well-intentioned (but clueless) PTA members by asking rhetorically if it would be great to just be able to kill anyone you wanted. She was just as sincere as when she said the Showbox was "the greatest club in the universe" earlier.

After that, I knew my ass was kicked and went home and straight to bed.

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She Wants Revenge at Showbox at the Market

Last Thanksgiving I spent my holiday weekend in Las Vegas. There were numerous reasons I picked that particular weekend, but mostly it was to see She Wants Revenge on a weekend I could take off from my day job. I was digging the band’s debut, self-titled record for most of 2006 but the timing was never in the cards for me to make it to one of their three Seattle shows that year (the last one fell on the same evening Regina Spektor was at the Moore).

Yet, that show was underwhelming. I sat in the sparsely-populated balcony of the House of Blues in one of least rock and roll cities in America. My opinion was that the band tried its best to put on a good show but it was difficult for anyone (myself included) to show much enthusiasm when your band is the 27th hottest ticket in town (and most of the popular entertainment options on any given Vegas night are comedians you know but don’t respect, guys making funny voices, and people with “amazing” before their name making shit disappear). She Wants Revenge was not bad at all – they sounded tight and played a set for over an hour (if I remember correctly) – it’s just that a great show was not in the cards that particular night.

Monday night, though, was a chance to see the band under a different set of circumstances. They were playing at the Showbox at the Market, a much more intimate (and far less corporate) venue on the evening before their second album, This is Forever, finds its way into record stores.

Overall, this show was much, much better. She Wants Revenge are definitely a derivative band. They sound a lot like Depeche Mode or Joy Division most of the time. In fact, if the members of Joy Division formed a band that made dance music…uhh, never mind. Yet, I’ve admired the fact that they are intellectually honest enough to admit to listening to Joy Division. (Hey there, Interpol.) You don’t even need to hear “Tear You Apart” to notice the influence. Their songs, which often have dark subject matter or overflowing with lust, are catchy and well-put together.

With electronic beats and frontman Justin Warfield’s monotone delivery, there's not a lot of room for emotion in the music. Yet the band seemed far more humble and sincere than I expected. Warfield said they were not sure if anyone would show up and considered playing the much smaller Crocodile instead but was blown away by the large crowd (it was pretty damn close to being sold out) that made it out to see them on a Monday night.

The band’s set was divided nearly equally between songs from their two albums, while being book-ended by the two best songs from their first album (“These Things” and “Out of Control”). They brought a lot of energy to the set and were determined to ensure everyone enjoyed the show. At one point early in the show, Warfield called someone in the front out for slam-dancing or pushing or some other form of show-going assholery, but later invited the same guy up on stage for the final song while Warfield sang “Out of Control” with his arm draped around the guy. Personally, I preferred the way James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) mocked someone for similar behavior in the same venue a few months ago (“if you’re dancing and there are only dudes around you, then you’re doing it wrong”), but I can’t help but appreciate Warfield’s populist approach to crowd pleasing.

It was not until just past midnight that the band finished – after playing for about 70 minutes. This show was the She Wants Revenge show I want to remember. As for the first one, well, what happens in Vegas…

Setlist:

1. These Things
2. Written in Blood
3. Broken Promises for Broken Hearts
4. What I Want
5. True Romance
6. Tear You Apart
7. Walking Away
8. Someone Must Get Hurt
9. Rachael
10. This is the End
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1. Replacement
2. Out of Control