I feel bad for taking my wife to this show. She’s as big of a music fan as I am; when we met in Seattle, she worked at the greatest record store of all time, Fallout Records, and her record collection practically dwarfs mine in both size and coolness. Yet she’s not a “record collector” like myself. I’m stupid over records; I will rush over to Amoeba whenever my buddy Rob text messages me about the arrival of a new release. I did that last weekend with the new Unnatural Helpers album, a CD release that only the coolest of the Seattle ex-patriots in the Bay Area would know about. But I couldn’t take the risk of someone buying it out and ran to Amoeba immediately.
Yow’s new band is all the good parts of the ’90s brought back for your enjoyment
I have been listening to Jesus Lizard since I was 13. My friend Owen put on two songs from “Liar” on a tape he made for me before I moved to the Tri-Cities and that was all that was needed to hook me. On that same trip, I read every Thrasher I owned, including one from ’91(?) that had an interview with Jesus Lizard where they asked David Yow, “Do you get drunk for every show?” And he replied, “I call it ‘getting lubricated,’ and yes, I feel I should get a little lubricated before every show.”*
Like Beefheart with a disco beat
Above is the description of Old Time Relijun that I gave Roy, the computer technician at my school. His response: “I have to hear that.”
I agree. As a matter of fact, it’s my personal opinion that everyone should listen to Old Time Relijun. For the past few months they have been favorite band, though I’ve been listening to “Lost Light” since “2012” came out in 2005. It wasn’t until “Uterus and Fire” that I knew the power of the Relijun.* That album sounds exactly like a Beefheart album if Keith Moon played drums and Bobcat Goldwaith sang. And yes, it’s that good.
The Pulses were the most underrated band to come out of Seattle’s 2000 music scene, hands down. As far as comparisons go, they’re a little hard to peg; the first bands that come to my mind are Flying Nun bands like the Chills or the Clean and maybe ’80s college rock thrown in for influence. But the Pulses were a lot faster and punker, more like the garagey pop-punk bands that come just a few years before them, such as Empty Records’ Scared of Chaka. They just weren’t THAT fast.
Beer, pot, chicks and porno flicks
On the eastside of Washington, where the trees die off and the world turns flat and brown, lie the Tri-Cities: Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. Each city is fairly small — their populations never exceed 40,000 — and they lie in the middle of nowhere, an hour away from Yakima and two hours away from Spokane.
Richland is where America produced most of its nuclear bombs, at the Hanford Nuclear Facility, and now much of the economy depends on the cleaning up of the site’s hazardous waste.
Richland also has a vibrant music scene, which produced notable musicians Nate Mendell of the Foo Fighters and glam rock band Loudermilk, who once toured with Motley Crue. In recent years, residents started a permanent music venue, which serves as a tour stop for semi-famous bands like Vendetta Red and These Arms Are Snakes.