Aminé Bumbershoot Conor Oberst Live Show Review Shelby Earl TacocaT The Maldives The Roots Weezer

Bumbershoot 2017 Day 2: I Love You Tuba Gooding J.R.!

After some much needed rest and guitar noodling, it was back to the Seattle Center for me for Day 2 of Bumbershoot! Maybe my back would hurt less today? Hot tip: It didn’t.

Shelby Earl

From the moment her set started, Shelby Earl had the rapt attention of the KEXP Gathering Space. Her new album’s title song, “The Man Who Made Himself a Name,” was more driving and vibrantly energetic than it appears on the record, and her voice bounced cheerfully around the room. She leapt into “James,” about an ex, and thinking on it I realized there are many songs about losers named James, Jim, or Jimmy. Is that a thing? There’s “James,” by the Bangles, “Jim” by Billie Holliday, etc. I know my Uncle Jim cheats at dominos but what’s the deal? Get your act together Jims, Jimmys, and James’ of the world! Shelby was earnestly adorable, revealing “the lyrics for the chorus in the next song are, ‘I love you, you love you too.’ Feel free to hold someone in your one will know.” She soon had the entire crowd singing along to the chorus with glee, and finished her set to a cacophony of cheers.

Shelby Earl

The Maldives

As I awaited the The Maldives performance, the entire crowd was seated on the floor. It was honestly a bit odd for the space but it gave the whole thing more of a Doe Bay vibe, and that, I can DIG. A mother held up a string cheese snack to her toddler, who immediately screamed and ran across the room, only to stop and scream again in a random dude’s face. THAT BABY HATES CHEESE! That was the loudest part of the set since The Maldives were just a duo that day, of Jason Dodson and Faustine Hudson. Jason mentioned he was nervous without having the whole band to back them, but I have to say that stripped down, The Maldives may be more powerful than having 6 additional musicians on stage. Faustine created an eclectically subdued percussive backdrop that brought out Jason’s exceptional songwriting and vulnerable lyrics. MORE OF THIS PLEASE. Also, kudos for naming your new album “Mad Lives,” and making my brain hurt every single time I look at it.

The Maldives – Jason Dodson & Faustine Hudson


Seattle’s favorite party band™, TacocaT, busted out the bubbles and the most colorful outfits of the weekend. If TacocaT was a comedy show, guitarist Eric Randall would be the straight man, so it was surprising to see him sporting a dazzling purple monarch butterfly cape. It was arguably the best fashion accessory on stage. With the cape whipping in the summer breeze, it became too much for him and he soon had to remove it to “transform back into a worm.” As they launched into the dance inducing “I Love Seattle,” and “Bridge to Hawaii,” the crowd ate it up and bopped around to their jovial punk jams.

TacocaT – Can I tell you how much I love that stick thing in the middle of the frame?


Man oh man does Aminé know how to make an entrance! His warm up DJ seemed to last forever, especially since the show was already running behind. Once he finally arrived, he stalked the stage slowly like a jungle cat, back and forth, too impatient to stand still. The crowd was flipping OUT. He seemed nonchalant about rapping to a fairly packed KeyArena, and I honestly couldn’t tell if he was having a good time. Maybe it was all a bit overwhelming. This Portland newcomer is clearly blowing up in Seattle, and quickly, since this was his first show here. He’ll be back at the Showbox October 6th if you want to check him out in a more intimate setting.

My fav audience member of the weekend.

Aminé -The shirt says it all.


I’ll be honest, my love for Weezer fizzled out long ago in the early aughts when they reunited to pump out mildly amusing albums. I’ll give it to them though, they do know how to write a pop song. The minute “My Name is Jonas,” started, my body automatically started singing along, and I didn’t even realize it was happening until the second verse. Those two early albums hold a special place in the teen me’s heart. Clearly the teens of today love Weezer too, though the majority of the crowd on the floor seemed to have been born after Pinkerton was released in ‘96. Now I feel old and crusty.


Conor Oberst

Speaking of the early aughts, everyone’s favorite Nebraskan indie dreamboat, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes was next up on my list. His voice was still as uniquely delicate and wavering as I remembered from my brief infatuation with Bright Eyes’ quirky “Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground.” Though I lost track of him over the years since folk isn’t really my thing, he’s still a remarkable storyteller and lyricist, with a very talented live band backing him up. Conor Oberst fans are quietly devoted to him and you could clearly see admiration in their eyes as they sang along. As he played “First Day of My Life,” I caught a brief glimpse of nostalgia for my college days and enjoyed the softness of it slicing through the humid Summer evening.

Conor Oberst fans.

The Roots

I didn’t wake up this morning knowing that I’d find myself most captivated today by a man playing a tuba. The Roots were so good you guys. DAMN GOOD. Never in my life have I seen a more energetic band who can simultaneously jump all over the stage, play their instruments extremely dexterously, all while having an absolute blast. These guys were LOVING the chance to get out and perform live. They were nothing but smiles, and they had the audience smiling too! I couldn’t get a great zoomed in picture of Questlove, but I can confirm he was wearing a giant grin, a doughnut, an ice cream sandwich and a Clyde (yellow ghost from Pacman) pin. I truthfully wish all bands enjoyed playing live as much as The Roots do, and I hope Jimmy Fallon lets them go on tour again soon ’cause I AM THERE!

The Roots get the most photos ’cause DUH OBV.



Imaginary Scoop Mike and the Mechanics The Mountain Goats Weezer

Imaginary Linkage: Stuff We Spied Online This Week {2/4-2/10}

Aw, how romantic. Send some heartwarming messages to your valentine via The Mountain Goats + Movies Tumblr

Portlandia (yay!) nails how imaginary moms would approach the problem of insufficient indie-rock in preschools

Drunk(ish) comic book history: aka John Landis's son, Max, schools us on The Death and Rebirth of Superman (with the help of his celebrity friends)

Say it Ain't Soa Weezer…cruise??!!?!? What the. Who came up with this idea? 

Banksy + Tom Hanks: There's a new grafitti star in town: Hanksy

A lesson in freaking people out: Construct remote-controlled planes that look like flying people and fly them over NYC. 

PhyloPic: More animal clip art than you can shake a giraffe at.

Bonus: Tweet of the week! (omfgpugs)

Anything we missed that belongs on this imaginary list? 

BOAT Dolorean I Can Has Cheezburger Live Show Review Weezer

Bumbershoot 2010: Photo highlights

Weezer at the Bumbershoot Main Stage.The band sounded great and played what we needed to hear from the Blue album, but what kept everyone in the stadium excited was the “where is Rivers” game as he danced and ran through the crowd, climbing on top of portable buildings andup and down the stadium bleachers, with security and a bright spotlight trying to keep with him.


Boat at the EMP Sky Church. Boat’s first appearance at Bumbershoot featured a plaque by the drummer that read  “A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Starts With The First Step, Gang.”

Scott Porad, CTO of the I Can Has Cheezburger Network speaks on why our society is fascinated with cats and failure at the Why Cuteness, Why Failure, Why Now? panel hosted by the Vis-Vis Society. We love our our LOL cats.


Delorean (Spain) on Sunday delivered one the happiest, liveliest dance sets on the at the Broad Street Stage.


Jackie from Ice Cream Man handing out cool treats while waiting in line to see Hole performing an informal acoustic set presented by 107.7 FM The End as part of End Sessions.


Flatstock 27 poster exhibit. The daily thought of the day at the Seattle Show Posters booth. This day’s message: “I love you because you tell me every single day.” A walk through the Fisher Pavilion in each row treated you with a indulgent display of rock postering and design.


More photos on flickr.

Imaginary Scoop Weezer

Weezer "Pork and Beans" video

I'm struggling with where Weezer is in their career. The last couple albums have mostly passed me by without an impression, save for the mostly awful singles the band released. The newest single, "Pork and Beans," is another example of a song full of the signature Weezer sound — but lacking the wit of the band's earlier material. I think they've jumped the shark about three times already, at least…

That said, the new video is freaking hilarious. It amalgamates oodles of pop-culture references, both kitsch and clever. We're talking ironic mustaches, Chris "Leave Britney Alone!" Crocker, spoofs on viral videos replete with cameos (igDana, take note: "Omigod, shoes!" Kelly is in there), smarty-pants Ms. Teen South Carolina– with "Pork and Beans"  interwoven to all.

I still don't really love the song, but this gave me a chuckle. Share the laugh.

Geffen Imaginary Scoop Weezer

Weezer go red…

Weezer have announced details about their next album (release date June 24, 2008) and get this… the album is going to be self-titled! Yes, for the third time in their six-album history, they will go all self-titled, and round out their primary color scheme theme (having done blue, green, and now red).

I'm still debating whether they jumped the shark with the "Beverly Hills" video (or if that was done way before that), but we can only hope that the Rick Rubin sessions breathe life into them like a new REM album. Although, with a lead off single titled, "Pork and Beans" (to be released on April 22) I've got to admit I'm a *little* nervous.

Has anyone tracked down a leaked version of it yet? What do you think?

Here's a sneak listen / video of "Pork and Beans" — Um, did he just sing about Rogaine?

Imaginary Scoop Sex Pistols Sonic Youth The Stone Roses Weezer

Guitar Hero 3 lets you master The Stone Roses and Sex Pistols!

I've actually never played Guitar Hero — but after perusing the list of songs that are featured in the recently released Guitar Hero 3, I might just be able to complete.

Sure there's some stinkers on the list (one need only see the names Die Hoten Toten and Slipnot to revert back to your original thought on the Guitar Hero phenomenon), but I think Weezer and Sonic Youth songs make it pretty cool. I think I could nail the Stone Roses and Kaiser Chief (and, ok, Guns n Roses) songs. 

I was thinking that it would be cool if Guitar Hero 4 allowed me to try my hand at Blur, Death Cab, and Magnetic Fields (there's a ukulele function on Guitar Hero, right?). What songs do you think should be on Guitar Hero 4?

Thanks to Video Games Blogger for pulling together all the YouTube links. Here's the list. 

Tier 1: Starting Out Small
1. Slow Ride (as made famous by Foghat)
2. Talk Dirty to Me (by Poison)
3. Hit Me with Your Best Shot (as made famous by Pat Benetar)
4. Story of My Life (as made famous by Social Distortion)
5. Encore: Rock and Roll All Nite (as made famous by Kiss)
6. Co-op Encore: Sabotage (by Beastie Boys)

Tier 2: Your First Real Gig
7. Mississippi Queen (as made famous by Mountain)
8. School’s Out (as made famous by Alice Cooper)
9. Sunshine of Your Love (as made famous by Cream)
10. Barracuda (as made famous by Heart)
11. Boss: Tom Morello’s Original Boss Battle Recording
12. Encore: Bulls on Parade (by Rage Against The Machine)
13. Co-op Encore: Reptillia (by The Strokes)

Tier 3: Making The Video
14. When You Were Young (by The Killers)
15. Miss Murder (by AFI)
16. The Seeker (as made famous by The Who)
17. Lay Down (by Priestess)
18. Encore: Paint It Black (by The Rolling Stones)
19. Co-op Encore: Suck My Kiss (by Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Tier 4: European Invasion
20. Paranoid (as made famous by Black Sabbath)
21. Anarchy in the U.K. (by The Sex Pistols)
22. Kool Thing (by Sonic Youth)
23. My Name is Jonas (by Weezer)
24. Encore: Even Flow (by Pearl Jam)
25. Co-op Encore: Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll (as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult)

Tier 5: Bighouse Blues
26. Holiday in Cambodia (as made famous by Dead Kennedys)
27. Rock You Like a Hurricane (as made famous by Scorpions)
28. Same Old Song and Dance (by Aerosmith)
29. La Grange (as made famous by ZZ Top)
30. Boss: Slash’s Original Boss Battle Recording
31. Encore: Welcome to The Jungle (by Guns N’ Roses)
32. Co-op Encore: Helicopter (by Bloc Party)

Tier 6: The Hottest Band On Earth
33. Black Magic Woman (as made famous by Santana)
34. Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)
35. Black Sunshine (as made famous by White Zombie)
36. The Metal (by Tenacious D)
37. Encore: Pride and Joy (as made famous by Stevie Ray Vaughn)
38. Co-op Encore: Monsters (by Matchbook Romance)

Tier 7: Live In Japan
39. Before I Forget (by Slipknot)
40. Stricken (by Disturbed)
41. 3’s and 7’s (by Queens of the Stone Age)
42. Knights of Cydonia (by Muse)
43. Encore: Cult of Personality (by Living Colour, Re-recorded)

Tier 8: Battle For Your Soul
44. Raining Blood (by Slayer)
45. Cliffs of Dover (as made famous by Eric Johnson)
46. Number of the Beast (by Iron Maiden)
47. One (by Metallica)
48. Boss: Lou (The Devil) Boss Battle Recording
49. Encore: Devil Went Down to Georgia (as made famous by Charlie Daniels Band, Steve Oumiette rendition)

Bonus Tracks:
50. Avalancha (by Héroes del Silencio)
51. Can’t Be Saved (by Senses Fail)
52. Close (by Lacuna Coil)
53. Don’t Hold Back (by The Sleeping)
54. Down n’ Dirty (by LA Slum Lords)
55. F.C.P. Remix (by The Fall of Troy)
56. Generation Rock (by Revolverheld)
57. Go That Far (by Bret Michaels Band)
58. Hier Kommt Alex (by Die Toten Hosen)
59. I’m in the Band (by The Hellacopters)
60. Impulse (by An Endless Sporadic)
61. In Love (by Scouts of St. Sebastian)
62. In the Belly of a Shark (by Gallows)
63. Mauvais Garçon (by Naast)
64. Metal Heavy Lady (by Lions)
65. Minus Celsius (by Backyard Babies)
66. My Curse (by Killswitch Engage)
67. Nothing for Me Here (by Dope)
68. Prayer of the Refugee (by Rise Against)
69. Radio Song (by Superbus)
70. Ruby (by Kaiser Chiefs)
71. She Bangs the Drums (by The Stone Roses)
72. Take This Life (by In Flames)
73. The Way It Ends (by Prototype)
74. Through the Fire and Flames (by DragonForce)

Genesis Imaginary Scoop Lily Allen Mr. Oizo Supergrass Weezer

The Top 5 Music Videos Featuring Puppets has recently listed the "Top 5 Music Videos featuring Puppets":


5. Supergrass “Pumping On Your Stereo”


4. Lily Allen “Alfie”


3. Genesis “Land of Confusion”


2. Weezer “Keep Fishin’”


1. Mr. Oizo “Flat Beat”


These are all awesome (except for the creepy Genesis one). Are there any missing?