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May 3, 2007 at 1:55pm

Beastie Boys showcase new album at Sasquatch

According to the press release, the Beastie Boys will “drop” their seventh studio album, The Mix-Up, on Capitol Records June 26. Much like the Beastie’s set on the Wookie Stage at Sasquatch! Music Festival later this month, The Mix-Up will be nothing but instrumentals. It will mark the band’s first ever full album of all new instrumental material, and is a follow up to 2004’s, To the 5 Burroughs
Speaking of Sasquatch, the festival’s final lineup was announced on Monday:

Saturday
Mainstage:
Bjork
The Arcade Fire
Manu Chao and Radio Bemba Sound System
M.I.A.
Citizen Cope
Neko Case
Ozomatli
The Hold Steady
The Saturday Knights
Mix Master Mike
MC: Sarah Silverman

Wookie Stage: (in the meadow)
Beastie Boys "A Gala Event - Exclusive Instrumental Show!"
Grizzly Bear
Ghostland Observatory
Electrelane
Two Gallants
The Slip
Loney, Dear
MC: Aziz Ansari

Yeti Stage: (in the plaza)
Aqueduct
Mirah
Visqueen
Viva Voce
The Blow
Gabriel Teodros
Blitzen Trapper
MC: Michael Showalter

Adjacent to the meadow:
Incredibly Strange Wrestling

Sunday
Mainstage:
Beastie Boys
Interpol
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Spoon
The Polyphonic Spree
Bad Brains
Blackalicious
Mix Master Mike
Total Experience Gospel Choir
MC: Sarah Silverman

Wookie Stage: (in the meadow)
The Dandy Warhols
The Black Angels
Tokyo Police Club
Money Mark
Patrick Wolf
Earl Greyhound
St. Vincent
MC: Michael Showalter

Yeti Stage: (in the plaza)
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
Smoosh
Common Market
Helio Sequence
Minus The Bear
Stars Of Track & Field
The Blakes
MC: Aziz Ansari

Adjacent to the meadow:
Incredibly Strange Wrestling

For more information on the Sasquatch! Music Festival, check it here.

Look for my complete guide to this years Sasquatch in the May 24 issue of the Weekly Volcano. With such an amazing lineup this year, deciding who’s a “must see” is going to be tough. Let me do it for you. â€" Matt Driscoll

May 4, 2007 at 7:38am

Elliot Lipp performs Sunday not tonight

We suck. 

We accidentally listed the Elliot Lipp show at Jazzbones as happening tonight rather than Sunday.  The all ages show with Aaron Spiro will take place Sunday at 6 p.m.

We suck.

Here is our little preview:

  • Back in the early ’80s I was turned onto an album called League Unlimited Orchestra that was a remix disc of the Human League’s groundbreaking debut, Dare!  The recording did two things for me: it introduced me to electronica and gave me an appreciation for totally synthetic music.  In the wake of acid house and techno that followed, I explored such artists as 808 State, the Future Sound of London, and Orbital.  Tacoma native Eliot Lipp was toddling around in diapers at the time I was discovering this music, but nevertheless, he’s more knowledgeable about it than I.  The 27-year-old composer was first influence by hip-hop artists such as RZA and Hieroglyphics.  After moving to San Francisco, he found underground artist Dan the Automater and Madlib, and began honing his skills. While his first record, Eastern Developments, showed promise, it would be his self-titled sophomore effort that proved he could hold his own in the electronica arena as he melded elements of ambient, breakbeat and hip-hop. On Lipp’s third release, 2006’s Tacoma Mockingbird (Hefty Records), he went back to basics using familiar beats that he overlaid with vintage ’80s synth lines.  [Jazzbones, with Aaron Spiro, 6 p.m., all ages, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169]

Filed under: Concert Alert, Music, Tacoma,

May 4, 2007 at 10:38am

Gin Blossoms play Tacoma June 27

Tempe's Gin Blossoms will pull into the South Sound Garage Wednesday, June 27 for an early '90s pop music flashback.

Formed in 1987, the roots-rocky quintet made college radio waves with the 1993 single "Hey Jealousy." Coincidentally, alt.rock was just hitting big, and the Gin Blossoms benefited from the spate of commercial alternative rock radio stations that began to pepper the U.S. (KNDD in Seattle). All good rock music stories reveal a tragedy, and for the Blossoms it came in the form of the December '93 suicide of founding guitarist-songwriter Doug Hopkins, who was fired months earlier for failing to control his alcoholism. Though disbanded in 1997, the band reformed in 2001, and has toured since 2002.  They have a new single, "Learning The Hard Way," on their Web site.

Tickets are $18 at TicketsWest beginning Monday, May 7 or $23 at the door. â€" Brad Allen

Filed under: Concert Alert, Tacoma,

May 4, 2007 at 12:54pm

Sofia Bistro opens today

Sophietwo Sofia Bistro will open today at 4:30 p.m. next to Walgreen's Bartell's in University Place (2700 Bridgeport Way W.).  I poppped in last night for the family and friends soft opening to enjoy wine, mussels, bacon wrapped prawns and brie with strawberries.  Snapped a few shots, too. Left the menu behind so I'll head back today to sample their regular fare. â€" Jake de Paul
Sophiethree

Filed under: Food & Drink,

May 4, 2007 at 12:59pm

Wine tasting tonight at Mandolin Cafe

The Mandolin Cafe is having an impromptu wine tasting tonight featuring the wines of Italy.

Giulia Canali, born and raised in the Dolomite foothills of Italy and the president of Asolana Imports, will be featuring her favorite wines from 6-8 p.m.  â€" Jake de Paul

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

May 5, 2007 at 1:08am

Belgium beer tasting Monday at Vin Grotto

You might say that beer is to Belgium what wine is to France, and you might hear someone laughing at you with your cute analogy. Whether or not your fridge is stocked with Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Leffe, and Belle-Vue, you don’t have to be a globetrotting beer lover to know that Belgium is beer country, the place where you can find some of the most delicious beers around.

Well, Belgianite or not, you won’t want to miss The Belgian Beer and Imported Cheese Tasting Monday night at Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar. On tap Monday will be six Belgian-style artisanal beers from Belgium. Also featured will be artisanal cheeses. â€" Suzy Stump

[Vin Grotto Café and Wine Bar, Monday, May 7, 5-8 p.m., $30, RSVP at 253.722.5079]

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

May 5, 2007 at 8:52am

Free Comic Book Day

This is your chance to pick up those back issues of Archie and Transformers you've been looking for.

It’s Free Comic Book Day at Comic Book Ink in Tacoma.   Besides a free comic book, you can score:

  • Free posters from Regal Cinemas;
  • Free Star Wars miniatures;
  • All back issues will be 60 percent off;
  • Jesse Munoz will sketch you â€" even if you’re not so attractive;
  • And the Star Wars characters will be roaming the shop.

The Weekly Volcano will hit a few Mexican restaurants before dropping by Comic Book Ink.  That’s how we roam. â€" Brad Allen

[Comic Book Ink, Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., no cover, 1625 E. 72nd, Tacoma, 253.761.4651]

Filed under: Books, Tacoma,

May 6, 2007 at 7:52am

Cinco de Masa

Masablog I had to pre-funk the cinco on quarto de Mayo to check out the Masa festivities, and found myself sipping a divine caddy marg, nibbling chips with quite possibly the tastiest, chunkiest guac, ever, in addition to a crema fresca laden bean dip that rocked my world.

Going to Masa on Saturday, I opted for the Sangria (noting I was in for a long night, and noting, too, once tequila, keep tequila) and found myself running into a festively hot Natasha with a tan to kill for and flowers in her hair, Ole! (and her Betsy dress rocked the fiesta.)

Naturally, we got to chatting about Carmen, the beaches, and how good home feels (even after sand in your toes) and then checked out the deck.  Brrr, in early may with a brisk wind, but a decent crowd was already assembled with sunglasses and drinkie-poos.

I had a quick RockStar (apropos, as to the company I was keeping,) and darted off for derby, sad I couldn’t stay for the true heat of the conco action.

Can’t wait to see what Natasha has to say about what transpired after I left. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

May 6, 2007 at 12:18pm

Imagine a piano

Somewhere in Olympia, a piano famous for being a conduit for brilliance â€" John Lennon composed Imagine on it â€" will make an appearance next week, and a pianist and lyricist will play "Imagine," as well as a song commemorating the reason behind the piano’s appearance at said house.

Steve Schalchlin, who helped co-author off Broadway musicals “The Last Session” and “The Big Voice” will also play a piece written for the homeowners who will receive the inanimate celebrity.

George Michael bought the piano at an auction in 2000.  With his partner, they’ve taken on a project that promotes peace and acceptance at various stops; the Olympia home was that of a victim of hate crimes that led to his suicide.  Eventually the IMAGINE Piano Peace Project may become a book of photos and a video documentary, with proceeds going to charity.

At this time the Olympia resident wants to remain anonymous, although it looks like the cats out of the bag. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Editor's note: The piano just won't stop.  After coming here to play Lennon's piano, Schalchlin woke up in the middle of the night with a song in his head, and he couldn't go back to sleep until he wrote it down. Now he's posted a You Tube video with the new song as background to videos taken here that day.

Filed under: Music, Olympia,

May 6, 2007 at 8:02pm

Viva Dockyard Derby Dames!

Derbythree The Dockyard Derby Dames put on one of the best shows of entertaining athleticism I’ve seen in the last … well, forever Saturday night at the Tacoma Soccer Center.  These women are real, they rock, they have heart, and they skate like they live, with energy and vivacity and a bit or Rawr for good measure.  It’s the ticket to buy, as far as I’m concerned, whether you’re high-brow, monster-truckin’, perverse, or hipster.  Certainly the packed-house crowd reflected that, with little kids running amongst an old woman with a walker, and all ages and types in between, who watched assorted cool fishnets, cleavage, and butt-cheeks and blended them in with a little bit of “Oh My God She’s Holding Her DOWN!”

Derbyfour Hot action by dames like Vorpal Bunny, Ollie Oxen, Dandy Rough, Skate Pauli Girl, and especially Cookies and MILF (skate number OU812) made the laps fly fast despite the brutal track condition (soft and giving isn’t so great when you’re trying to build up speed) and the apparent fatigue on the skaters faces as the jams elapsed.

Derbyone I especially, especially, especially (really, even!) loved the Rat City turnout: here was a large contingent of the nation’s best derby-ers showing up to give props to league newbies in a demonstration of cross-city collaboration that warmed my heart.

Derbytwo The Trampires ended up sinking The Marauding Mollies, rum and all, by one point (89 to 88) in overtime( Mad Madge, regional Ref coordinator, was excited by this even as the commentator ran laps in his excitement.

According to Madge, who has reffed for three years and has been in three tournaments, said she’d never seen an overtime, “Overtime, Oh my God,” she fairly gushed in excitement after the bout.

Derbyfive The Hellbound Homewreckers beat out the Femmes (Femme Fianna) without an overtime (I think the score ended up something like 98 to 60, but I’m not sure.) While Cruel Brittania of the Union Jack Underpants proved to be truly intense, and Blonde Amazon and Ria Rangerface, showed their might, standout performances by Janesaw Massacre, Slim Finnegan, and Ghetto Heart showed that the numbers don’t necessarily reflect the way the season will go.

At the post derby O’Malley’s Cinco de Drinko fest, the Seattle contingent showed up alongside Trampires, Marauders, Homewreckers and Femmes, and it was heartening to see all the intermingling and love between all the ladies.  Yo Pabst Blue Ribbon â€" if you’re reading this, you need to endorse this league, as they are among some of the best advertising assets you might have.

Commentator Nathaniel, whose enthusiasm for the event â€" and especially how T-Town does Derby â€" shone through as he did a post-bout recap; he got especially excited as he recounted Janesaw against Blonde Amazon, saying, “Watch those girls, they’re going to raise the level, raise the bar.” He also gave props to Cookies and Milk and Slim Finnegan, noting these “Janes of all trades” have “the total package.”

But he also was fast to mention the league’s “stand-out blocking,” saying, “for the first season, we were not expecting it.”

For myself, neophyte derby enthusiast as I am, I was not expecting the tangible stoke of the evening.  The raw emotions heated up in the ring, and the love afterward kept the warmth going, while the Pabst just made everything right with the world. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Sports, Tacoma,

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