Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Culture Dose: Fall Music From Your Couch

Concerts worth streaming online (and a few to see in person, too)

Do you love music but not the hassle of concert queues and packed venues? Well, do we have news for you. Plenty of new offerings this season allow you to enjoy groovy tunes from the ease and coziness of your own home. See below for some of our favorite findings.

Lebanese artist Yasmine Hamdan, photo by Tania Feghali

Side note: Of course, if you are on the hunt for live music, there are plenty of upcoming shows we promise will be worth the effort; for example, the special appearance of singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan on November 9 at The Crocodile. This Lebanese artist—an icon in the Middle East—also recently acted/performed in the Jim Jarmusch film “Only Lovers Left Alive.” She just released a new video for her politically-charged and timely song about immigration “Balad” (or “country” in Arabic), which was directed by renowned Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman and shot in the streets of Beirut.

TURNING TABLES

Artist Jessica Domingo/Courtesy Visit Seattle

On October 30, “Turning Tables” premieres as part of a new collaboration between Visit Seattle and Revolt TV (that will air on that channel as well as YouTube and visitseattle.tv). This weekly half-hour show brings viewers a “dine and vibe experience,” with each episode pairing one of Seattle’s best chefs with one of the city’s most notable artists. Six segments offer a culinary “mix tape” of sorts, as chefs walk viewers through the multiple courses they serve to audience members.

Eden Hill cuisine/Courtesy Visit Seattle

Chef-musician pairings include: American indie rock band Minus the Bear and Chef Terrell of Jackson’s Catfish Corner; rising indie artist Jessica Domingo and Chef Max Petty of Eden Hill; and Seattle’s favorite hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces with Chef Tarik.

PICKATHON ORIGINAL SERIES

In another new release, the Pickathon Original Series lets viewers relive the sensational Portland-area, summertime festival all year-round. Between now and July 31, they’ll debut more than 200 videos (18 videos a month) from Pickathon 2017. Some will be stage sets that fest goers got to relish last August; however, the majority come from private sessions and wandering performances that most have never seen. As Pickathon organizers explain, “It’s like a new little gift you get to open every weekday until we can meet again at Pendarvis Farm.”

KUINKA VIDEO: EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

You saw it here first! Bellingham’s own Kuinka, a local folk-pop band formerly known as Rabbit Wilde, has made public an EP called “Stay Up Late.” Their brand-new video was shot at Fremont Abbey, which boasts an awesome lineup for upcoming months as well. Catch Kuinka live at McIntrye Hall in Mount Vernon on November 10 or when they headline Neumos on December 9.

Here’s what the band had to say about their latest project: “Curious Hands, like most of our songs, was shaped by and conceived of on tour. I had an image of trying to physically touch and hold the ephemera of my constantly moving surroundings. It came together mostly in quick voice memos in green rooms and gas station parking lots but I didn’t play an instrument that felt like the right medium for it so while we were home for a bit I invited Jillian over to my apartment in Seattle and we drank boxed wine in my garage and put together the basic arrangement. We brought it to the band at our first rehearsal with my new MicroKorg XL+ and shot this live video at a local arts space called Fremont Abbey.” – Miranda Zickler

“We’d performed at the Fremont Abbey before, so we were familiar with the acoustics and thought it would be a great fit for the song. We’re accustomed to capturing performances with the single-mic/one-take format, as it allows us to film in unique locations we find while touring, from backstage green rooms or antique shops to scenic landscapes we discover between cities.” – Nathan Hamer

Kuinka by Jeremiah Adrick

Also of note, Langhorne Slim loyalists will be thrilled to learn that the empathetic crooner will be releasing a new LP, Lost At Last Vol. 1, via Dualtone Records on November 10. It’s a record that Langhorne wanted to do differently from the start, and the final result is stunning. “Almost immediately after recording our last record, The Spirit Moves,” Slim says, “I felt a deep desire to make another album. One that would take a step sideways in order to take a step forward; one that would be very personal and raw…in the making of this record, I made a deal with myself to trust my own voice and vision more than I ever have before, and to go willingly wherever it led.” We highly recommend adding this album to your autumn soundtrack.

Lastly, did you know that Brandon Stanton, the creator of wildly popular blog Humans of New York, has produced a brilliant video series, too? Based on the captivating trailer, we would say it’s well worth a look.

About Corinne Whiting

Corinne, an east coast native who relocated here from the other Washington in 2011, was bit by the travel bug early on. She lived in Strasbourg, France (during her junior year at Georgetown University) and in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she got a masters degree in Cultural Studies. She feels very grateful to have explored incredible spots on our globe ranging from Bolivia and Egypt to Turkey and China, but there are passport pages yet to fill (and travel tales yet to be written!). After serving as associate editor at Where magazine in D.C. for five years, Corinne has embarked on a new adventure here in the PNW as a freelance writer and photographer, contributing to publications like National Geographic Traveler, the Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine, Amtrak's OnTrak, 1889 Washington, 1859 Oregon, Visit Seattle and so on. She loves exploring this incredible corner of the country while debunking the rain myths, upping her coffee quotient, hearing heaps of live music and finding her Zen near the water as often as possible.
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