Jon Gooch aka Feed Me debuted in 2008 as the first external artist to be featured on Deadmau5's revered mau5trap label. With his unique brand of hard-hitting, bass-heavy electronica, his first EP for the label in 2010 garnered him international acclaim. The 8-track 'Feed Me's Big Adventure' immediately took Beatport by storm with six of the tracks hitting the top 10.
As the creature behind the production on 'Midnight Run' from Example's third album 'Playing in the Shadows' and 'Bleeding Out' from Korn's latest album he has showed his diverse skills in the studio. Next to his productions for others, his own 4-track 'To The Stars' EP and 'Feed Me's Escape From Electric Mountain' have delved yet further into his inimitable sound, touching upon everything from electro house to dubstep. That being said, Jon is a true artist, drawing and designing all his own artwork and creating a full character within Feed Me.
Feed Me has just set off to embark on his massive North American summer tour, where he takes his colossal live show, a mega 20 foot LED "TEETH" structure, across the country, taking the Feed Me experience to a whole new stratosphere.
Last year in October Feed Me released his debut artist album 'Calamari Tuesday' on his very own brand-new label Sotto Voce. The album shot right up to Number 1 in the US dance charts and secured top spots in many other countries worldwide. As Dancing Astronaut's Michael Sundius put it - "The LP showcases Jon Gooch's considerable production value and masterful genre-blending abilities; the extensive tracklist breathes life into the character of Feed Me, both solidifying and evolving the fiction into something very real and intensely compelling."
Jon also released his brand new EP Feed Me's Psychedelic Journey, which gives some insight into what you can expect to hear during his 26-day US Bus Tour this summer. 2014 is definitely the biggest year yet for Feed Me and Sotto Voce!
"Lady Bits": Female Stand-Up Showcase at Parlor LiveFrom Kristen Wiig and Sarah Silverman to Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy -- female comedians are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve, proving they can be just as funny (and outrageous) as the boys. You can catch the most hilarious female comics around at the "Lady Bits" showcase at Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue. From nationally touring headliners to the funniest new comics on the scene, "Lady Bits" brings you the Northwest's most badass stand-ups for a night of laughs from the female perspective.
Diamond Head is a legendary NWOBHM band from the late 70's who were proclaimed to be the next Led Zeppelin, who went on to be a major influence for Metallica and Megadeth, with Metallica recording 4 Diamond Head songs. "Am I Evil", "Helpless", "The Prince" and "It's Electric". "Am I Evil" became the #1 Metallica fan favorite cover song, along with "Helpless", which ended up at #4.
Now back with a vengeance.
Diamond Head has just released their 7th album, "Diamond Head", and the press has loved it, all 8-10, 9-10, or 10-10.
Diamond Head has always considered themselves the Quintessential British Rock band, a mix of Bad Co and Led Zeppelin, and apparently the critics are agreeing with that interpretation based on their reviews of the new release.
A report from our US Label PR rep from 4/29.
As Beavoir/Free was last year, who ended up at #20, I fully expect Diamond Head to be nominated for Best Rock/Metal Album of the year..
A two hour class to get started, a lifetime to master! Getting a good balanced mix in the DAW environment is one of the most rewarding parts of recording. In this class one of Vera???s experienced Audio Engineers will walk you through the basic setup of a mix and discuss the many ways you can reach your desired goal. Discover how critical listening for the music???s genre, EQ and compression techniques, bussing/aux sends and special effect plugins all combine to create a ???master ready??? mixdown.
Prerequisites: Basics of Live Sound and Live Recording Workshop (Multitrack Recording Workshop recommended)
Class Size: Minimum 2 / Maximum 6 (note: class may be canceled or rescheduled if minimum not reached)
Cost: $30 ($15 for members), which can be paid through the website, via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
Bring the whole family for an hour and half themed walk. We will stop along the way for games, hands-on activities and learning geared toward children (2-12 years old) and their caregivers. Tour groups gather in front of the Graham Visitors Center at 1 pm, January through November. No preregistration necessary.
Another New Year, and new shapes are forming ??? if only we are fortunate enough to notice them! As we spin through this world, we are witness to all manner of combinations unfolding before us ??? familiar arcs and breaking waves alike, upon all of which it is our choice, our chance and our challenge, to possibly ride. Find Me Finding You, the new album from the new organization called the Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, manages to strike new chords while touching familiar keys in the song of life.
From its percolating opening beat, Find Me Finding Youlocates new systems within the sound-universe of Laetitia Sadier. This in itself isn???t a surprise ??? Laetitia has relentlessly followed her music through different dynamics and into a variety of dimensions over the course of four solo albums since 2010 (not to forget her three albums with Monade and the long era of Stereolab) ??? but the nature of the construction here stands distinctly apart from her recent albums. Laetitia was inspired by a mind???s-eye envisaging of geometric forms and their possible permutations. As she sought to replicate the shapes in music, this guided the process of assembly for the album.
Part of the freshness of Find Me Finding You comes from working and playing within the Source Ensemble and exploring new sound combinations via a set of youthful and evolving musical relationships. Laetitia recognized the energy of the tracks in their initial form, and sought to preserve their vitality by not retaking too many performances ??? instead, the rawness in the tracks was retained and refined at the mixing stage, maintaining an edge throughout. When we hear synth lines diving, lifting and drifting, unusual guitar textures, the plucked sound of flat wound bass strings or the bottomless pulsing of bass pedals stepping out of the mix with an exquisite vibrancy, this is the sound of the Source Ensemble.
A key to Laetitia???s music is her use of vocal arrangements. Throughout Finding Me Finding You, the shifting accompaniment creates space to bring this element gloriously forward. Arranged by Laetitia with Joe Watson and Jeff Parker making string charts that were subsequently transposed to vocal parts for several songs, richly arranged choirs of voices provide depth along with the thrilling presence of extra breath in the sound. Laetitia???s community-politic is well-served by the groups of voices lending support to the machining of the song craft, providing additional uplift to her quintessentially for-ward-facing viewpoint ??? as well as massed voices from three different countries sharing space in harmony!
Working in collaboration is Laetita???s traditions, and a key to this album???s view on being free together (it is necessary, prefer-able and right!). The designation of Source Collective implies a new togetherness phase; alongside long-time collaborators Emmanuel Mario and Xavi Munoz, keyboard and flutes parts played by David Thayer (Little Tornados) were essential contributions, as well as further keys, synths and electronics from Phil M FU and several intense guitar sequences from Mason le Long. Chris A Cummings (aka Marker Starling, Laetitia???s favorite composer) graciously wrote ???Deep Background??? for her. The duet with Hot Chip???s Alexis Taylor on ???Love Captive??? (not to mention Rob Mazurek???s distinctive coronet playing!) gives voice to an ideological cornerstone of Find Me Finding You ??? that, should we be responsible enough to endeavor into a world of basic incomes and open relationships, we would make astonishing strides as a society. These sorts of things can only be done in agreement with others.
Expressing great compassion and expectation with startling immediacy, as well as an abiding belief in an underlying unity that permeates and intimately binds all things and beings, Find Me Finding You combines a rigorous process for music-making with a deeply invested mindset, making captivating music that promises many stimulating spins to come!
Creating a good monitor mix is one of the most important skills for a live sound engineer to master. This advanced class will teach you the basic techniques in a low pressure environment. Subjects will include an introduction to Vera???s stage monitors, the basic ???ringing out??? of monitors, EQing, and setting levels. The use of these techniques will allow you to create a clear monitor mix that will help performers be at their best.
Prerequisites: Basics of Live Sound
Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
Cost: $30 ($15 for members), which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
After a person has completed the Mixing for Monitors class they are be eligible to take the Sound Assistant volunteer position and help run monitors at Vera shows.
"Schrampflin Falls": Improv Play Riffs on True Crime TalesSpend a night with the eccentric and lovable residents of "Schrampflin Falls", a fictional small town in Washington. Seattle's Unexpected Productions' Market Theater is transformed into the infamous little burg for this improvised show. When you pay a visit, you'll provide suggestions that bring the scandalous secrets of the town and its residents to life. Each show will feature real crime clippings from small-town newspapers all over the U.S. to inspire the events in Schrampflin Falls.
Highway 99 Blues Club and Restaurant: Live Jams in a Juke Joint SettingHoused in a 1909 brick building on the Seattle waterfront, Highway 99 Blues Club and Restaurant is inspired by the juke joints of the American South and the neighborhood blues clubs of Chicago. Dubbing themselves "the West Coast Home of the Blues," the venue fully embraces the culture and music. On stage, you'll see regional and national touring artists cranking out everything from zydeco to honky-tonk to roots and Americana. Meanwhile, the venue itself is studded with "old timey" touches like a 34-foot bar made from antique doors and blue velvet benches collected from an old Masonic Temple. The walls are covered with photos snapped by some of the country's best blues photographers. And to round out the juke joint experience, the kitchen pumps out Southern-style comfort food -- think jambalaya and chicken gumbo -- while the bar whips up cocktails named for blues legends like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
Cutting a path of his own through the landscape of contemporary culture, Jidenna???s rise to acclaim is a story familiar to some??? belonging and not belonging, navigating the world by reading between the lines, and learning to harness the power of being comfortable with crossroads. To any child of the African diaspora, Jidenna???s story feels like an echo of their own journey, but it is a tale that anyone can identify with: making meaning out of the uniqueness of your own experiences.
With an origin story that spans continents and coasts, Jidenna???s man about town swagger and global appeal balances the debonair edge of James Bond with the consciousness of Muhammad Ali. Jidenna moves with poise and purpose on stage and off, delivering personal narratives and commentary on the world???s state of affairs. A natural born leader, he embodies the role of a chief??? the African version of a don.
Jidenna spent his formative years in Nigeria and emigrated to the United States with his mother to be greeted only by culture shock at every turn. Humble beginnings Stateside gave way to personal triumph as Jidenna earned his way into Stanford University, where he connected with like-minded, free-spirited souls and created Fear & Fancy, a social club comprising of entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and artists.
Crafting a sound all his own, Jidenna???s music effortlessly collides genres and eras, uniting bright EDM and highlife on one song and bouncing trap beats under smooth Nat King Cole vocals on another. His versatility as an artist is grounded in the diversity of his background, the breadth of his influences, and the exacting approach that he???s honed over time; connecting the dots between the sounds of Black culture past and present.
San Cisco's storm came in much like a front approaching the port in their home town of Fremantle; swift and eerily beautiful. Initially whipped up in the wake of high school graduation, the foursome of Jordi, Josh, Scarlett, and Nick soon found themselves unwittingly defining hipster culture with the video for their breakout hit "Awkward."
Fast forward to 2015 where San Cisco enlisted the help of producer and long-term collaborator Steven Schram to deliver their sophomore album Gracetown which debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts. The album showcased a new sound for the band -- more worldly approach to life; exploring the tyranny of love, displacement, homesickness, heartache and heartbreak, via disco, funk, soul and hip hop undertones.
Extensive touring to eager audiences around the world took up the majority of 2015 and early 2016, playing festivals at home and headline tours from Maitland to Mexico. The remainder of the year was some down time and pulling together new song ideas, earwormy hooks and catchy choruses.
Now it's time to unleash the third sophomore album, The Water onto the world. A taste of the album was served up with single "SloMo" and a bonus B Side (aptly named "B Side") hitting the airwaves late last year. With more hits to come, The Water is as diverse in its sound as it is in subject matters.
The Water will be available to purchase globally in late April 2017 from iTunes.
Can Can's "Junk Yard": The Best in Male BurlesqueGirls, boys and bachelorettes are all invited to enjoy the absolute best in burly burlesque when the city's sexiest guys return to the Can Can for the latest edition of its famed all-male revue, "Junk Yard". The retro speakeasy at the historic Pike Place Market provides the perfect venue for this decidedly adult, drool-worthy display of masculine pulchritude, starring some of its most seasoned striptease entertainers and hosted by Seattle favorite Jonny Boy. A full dinner and craft cocktail menu adds to the festive atmosphere as well.