January 12th, 2008

2006 concert reviews summary

2005 concert reviews summary

2005 is when I started making a point of attending at least one show a month, as part of my new year's resolutions. Despite having made that decision at the end of 2004, I hadn't actually thought of also writing reviews of the shows, that was an afterthought. This is why the January "review" is all but nonexistent, just an explanation of who I was planning to see and a brief follow-up note written two years later. Looking over these reviews now, some of them are rather weak, mainly the ones written as part of a general weekly update post instead of standing on their own. In particular, the May 2005 concert featuring Ivy really deserved much better than the single paragraph it gets, as Ivy are great and the other two bands were pretty good as well. On the other hand, I still really like my March 2005 review of Kinski, Oneida, and Black Mountain; that one would stand well with my more recent ones. The June 2005 (Meat Beat Manifesto) and December 2005 (Rasputina) reviews are also pretty good.

January 2005 at Capitol Hill Arts Center
Steve Fisk, Foscil, Sun Vow

February and March 2005, two concerts in one review
February: Mates of State, Aqueduct, Smoosh at Chop Suey
March: Kinski, Oneida, Black Mountain at The Crocodile Cafe

April 2005, first concert, at The Tractor Tavern
Ida, Tara Jane ONeil, Michael Hurley

April 2005, second concert, at The Jewel Box Theater/Rendezvous
Kanda, Library Science, Matt Corwine

May 2005 at The Crocodile Cafe
Ivy, Robbers on High Street, Astaire

June 2005 at Neumos
Meat Beat Manifesto and Dub Trio

July 2005 at Mars Bar
Stickfigure Strippers, Kanda, The Valentines

August 2005 at Chop Suey
Saba, Library Science, The Epochs (Beehive was also on the lineup, closing out the show, but I didn't stay for them)

September 2005, Saturday night at Bumbershoot
Death Cab for Cutie with Mike Doughty, Daniel Handler, Dave Eggers, and Sarah Vowell in a benefit for 826 Seattle

September 2005, Monday afternoon at Bumbershoot
The Decemberists

September 2005, Monday evening at Bumbershoot
Kinski, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tegan & Sara

September 2005 (post-Bumbershoot) at Neumos
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

October 2005 at Tula's
Gutbucket

November 2005 at The Crocodile Cafe
Kinski, IQU, Unnatural Helpers

December 2005 at Neumos
Rasputina and Aberdeen City

concerts in Seattle 2004-2002

While I'm at it, I might as well summarize the concerts I can remember seeing in Seattle between moving here in March 2002 and starting my regular reviews in January 2005.

I mentioned some concerts in my posts during 2004. In April 2004 I saw Tara Jane ONeil (I think at the Sunset Tavern) for the first time in Seattle (having seen her once before, for the first time ever, back in Cambridge MA in 2001). A month later in May 2004 I saw TJO again, along with Mirah as the headliner and Liarbird opening, at the Vera Project. In October 2004 I saw Kinski for the first time ever, as well as Do Make Say ThInk and Sun Vow (under the name Odessa), at The Crocodile Cafe. In November 2004 I saw two shows, one featuring Freezepop at the now-closed Catwalk, and another featuring Saba and Library Science at Chop Suey (similar to the August 2005 show, though I don't recall who else was on this bill).

Prior to 2004, I didn't mention in any journal posts the concerts I attended, which is lame of me, so I have to go off memory. I saw Joe Jackson at The Showbox in August 2003. I saw Library Science a few times in 2003 - as Tony Sacco was still in the band, I made a point of catching all their shows - but I only remember that one show was at the Sunset Tavern and another was at the Comet Tavern, I don't recall when those shows were, who else was on the bill, or how many other shows with Library Science I might've seen. I have a feeling I went to see at least one other band in 2003, but I can't remember who it might've been. Perhaps it was Sing-Sing (who, I'm sad to see, have announced on their site that they are officially breaking up as of this month): their first album The Joy of Sing-Sing was released in the U.S. in 2002, so I'm guessing I saw them some time in the autumn of 2002, but they did two North American tours so it might've been early 2003. In any case I saw them at The Crocodile Cafe. Finally, though I don't recall exactly when it was, I do recall the first concert I saw in Seattle, some time in the summer of 2002, at the now-closed Sit 'n Spin. The concert featured (now-defunct) local band Orbiter, whose live set that afternoon on KEXP made me decide to attend the concert, and a cool live breakbeat duo called Siamese, which included KJ Sawka on drums. Siamese's six-song demo EP is still a favorite of mine, and I was rather pleased four years later when I finally found out that Sawka was now out playing under his own name. It's nice to think that there's a Seattle musician I've been following since I moved here, and that I can still rely on KEXP to help me find new music and concerts to attend.

Edit: I can't believe I forgot to mention Interpol, whom I was fortunate to catch on their first American tour, when they were still playing small venues; they played live on KEXP on September 13, 2002, so that's very likely when I saw them. I do remember it was at Graceland, which is now El Corazón. I also saw the Cardigans, which probably was in the summer of 2003 as their fifth album, Long Gone Before Daylight, came out in March 2003; that show was at Neumos.
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