When It Rains It Pours
Oh man. Basically the only drawback of having so many friends doing interesting things is the odd occasion when there are so many events going on in a single evening that I’m forced to leave someone out. That’s the case tonight. There are two local music performances I couldn’t recommend more highly, and I can’t do both.
The first is a show at the Blue Moon Tavern curated by Portable Shrines. As I have mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I’m a huge fan of Portable Shrines and their commitment to fostering community in Seattle’s underground psych scene while putting together some of the most inspired rock shows in town. Tonight’s lineup features Seattle bands Backward Masks and Nice Smile, along with PDX’s To Get Her Together. It promises to be incredible. And it’s free!
The second is a performance by LA noise legend John Wiese at the Josephine, a private venue in Ballard. Known for his lucid solo material as well as his collaborations with sunn0))), Merzbow and Wolf Eyes, Wiese will be headlining a delectable freak fest that also includes a rare appearance by Seattle death/jazz/improv quartet Kuru Cult (who have a mind-warping new live CD out on band member Simon Henneman‘s Mt. Non Fiction Records) and an equally rare performance by Mood Organ, the solo electronic project of genre-bending multi-instrumentalist Timm Mason (who also plays bass in Kuru Cult).
It just so happens that it’s Darlene from Backward Masks’ birthday today. AND it’s Timm from Mood Organ/Kuru Cult’s birthday as well! Seriously. I couldn’t make this up. And they are both wonderful people and great friends. What kind of a sick world is this, anyway?
Here’s my tiebreaker: Timm also happens to be my bandmate in Midday Veil. So is Simon of Kuru Cult/Mt. Non Fiction. And there you have it.
Fortunately for you, Music Fan, you have no such loyalties. However you decide to break the tie is entirely up to you.