Written while streaming Jenny Hval’s new album.
For those who have been there, say, on a Monday or Tuesday night, the Hill is a place of excellent food and drink, cubbies of DIY spaces, galleries, cool businesses, and culture. On the weekends it’s different to say the least, but at the end of the day this hood is one of my favorites. So the full lineup announcement for Capitol Hill Block Party has me even more excited for the three-day span of killer music from some of Seattle’s finest and favorites.
The initial lineup includes:
RATATAT // TV On The Radio // The Kills // Toro y Moi // Built to Spill // Jamie xx // The Julie Ruin // Broods // Wye Oak // Flatbush Zombies // Giraffage // Shabazz Palaces // DIIV // Com Truise // Deafheaven // Wet // Shannon And The Clams // Unknown Mortal Orchestra // The Flavr Blue // Sam Lachow // BADBADNOTGOOD // Lower Dens // Protomartyr // Daktyl // The Coathangers // Meatbodies // Chastity Belt // Ambassadeurs // Lost Lander // Thunderpussy // Kite String Tangle // The Wooden Sky // Smokey Brights // Industrial Revelation // Kinski // Crater // One Above None Below // Slow Bird // Zoolab
…and it was announced today that these bands would be joining:
Father John Misty // Ivan & Alyosha // The Physics // Kodak to Graph // Girlpool // Yumi Zouma // Jarv Dee // Brothers from Another // Daniel Kirkpatrick // Slow Dance // Snuff Redux // Murder Vibes // Chimurenga Renaissance // Theoretics // Theories // Whitney Lyman // Maiah Manser // Fabulous Party Boys // Ryan Caraveo // Acid Tongue // Dex Amora // Moon Dial // Ephrata // HARPS // Gods Themselves // Kung Foo Grip // JusMoni // Freak Vibe // SSDD // Deep Creep // Blood Drugs // Grave Babies // Grenades // Great Falls // Old Iron // My Goodness // Heiress // Curse of the North // Lesbian // Great Spiders // Scott Yoder // Bad Blood // Cold Fronts // Brain Drain // Gazebos
Jumping right in to the dissection of this list: there are a lot of fantastic bands that any follower of Seattle’s music community will swoon over in a second. Where do we begin? The gravity-bong defying magic of The Physics? How about the fuzzy rock of Acid Tongue or the goddess vocals of Maiah Manser? And you know how I feel about Thunderpussy (insert lightning and kitty emojis). One thing is for sure: there won’t be a Twix stage at this event. CHBP is a hyperlocal representation of some of the strongest names in the game right now. No big.
I’m throwing in some videos for you to get yourself educated. Even if you aren’t attending Capitol Hill Block Party, it’s good for your heart and soul.
You know all that beautifully somber synth progressions that you loved from Channel Orange? Layer it up, still keep it simple and you have The Physics. The Seattle hip hop group gets serious in their six-song EP, Wish You Were Here. This EP wraps the emotional uphill battle of grief and loss into a fantastic, shoulder-to-lean-on story of healing. It’s not an entirely somber affair, though. The Physics are prolific and are sure to bring it at Capitol Hill Block Party.
A few weeks ago I posted a photo on my Instagram of Colleen Green’s new album and someone commented that I’m always getting Hardly Art records. That’s like someone telling me “you know Meg, you’re having too much candy. Stop being happy all the time with everything you listen to.” Tough cookies – I love this label and they consistently turn out great artists, including Grave Babies. This isn’t your momma’s sludge synth. Deep, bellowing lyrics and heavy-laden distortion looms over a high hat that’s going to knock you over when performed live. This is gonna rattle all the windows near and around the stage.
If lately you’ve been thinking “I’m tired of all this hippity-hop and the dub steps,” you need refreshing dose of punk rock. Go for Blood Drugs, who’ve released a full-length back in April and keep getting inspired by “discordant chords and Rainier beer.” This show will rock, and it may just roll, but it’s going to wake everyone out of their sun-dazed stupor.
Hailing from south of the border (alright, Portland), Summer Cannibals did a set at The Crocodile a while back and became one of my new favorite bands. Jessica Boudreaux not only has the best soap-opera name of all time, she sings perfectly across waves of garage rock guitars and killer drum fills. Their new album Show Us Your Mind is out on New Moss Records now. You’ll see me jumping around front and center wearing their shirt like a total crazed fan.
Get yourself some of this music and your ticket to CHBP. It’s going to be a good one.