Friday, December 21, 2007
The evening was also filled with armature graham cracker houses, photos in our octopus cut out and even those creepy claymation holiday movies projected onto a wall. Another Highlight of the evening was the white elephant gift exchange. Memorable gifts included a florescent flamingo light bulb, Spiderman 3 poster, a bowling pin, and cow placenta hair treatment.
The evening turned out to be a jolly good time! Start volunteering and you to can join in on the fun!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
This commercial transforms the Band Of Horses song "The Funeral," from an okay melodic guitar song into a full-on mood masterpiece. Just listen to the "ooooo" (yes, I just quoted a whole bunch of "o's") when it comes in: it's perfect, the kind of stuff that life-changing epiphanies are made of. I've watched this You Tube clip quite a few times and still don't feel that I have a full grasp of what this commercial is actually trying to say, but it doesn't matter: the song is all that matters. Spliced into 30 seconds "The Funeral" is the perfect song. Ironically this video just came on the TV while I watch a re-run of "Frasier." It makes me want to pull my copy of "Everything All the Time" off the shelf and upload it onto my Ipod. I'll wait until Frasier is over.
Yesterday The EMP announced the lineup for their annual Sound Off! event which takes place every February. Many great bands have come out of this competition, including recent participants Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, and Sound Off! Legends like Mon Frere, Schoolyard Heroes and Dyme Def.
Typically, there is one really great group that comes out of Sound Off! every year, but I think this crop may have two or three potential future stars.
I really like The Nextdoor Neighbors and their strange minimal conversational indie rock. They sound very Olympia. Check out their Myspace Next Door Neighbors
The 2008 Sound Off! also features two pretty great, old-school influenced hip-hop acts. Scribes is a good friend of The Vera Project – who is working on something great here at Vera in early February. Both of these hip-hop acts were at Vera for an awesome hip-hop show, definitely the best local hip-hop show all year. I do have some criticism for EMP for putting both of the hip-hop acts (and Nextdoor Neighbors are a little hip-hop influenced) so that there can’t be more than one hip-hop group in the finals.
Another group I’m really interested in is New Faces from Port Townsend. I heard about this young group two years back when I met one of their moms at a concert and they were called “Captain Incognito.” They play the kind of angular guitar rock which seemed to be coming out England a few years ago. Here they are back in May, with the full lineup below:
Saturday, February 9: Semifinals #1
The Dead Are Judged
Saturday, February 16: Semifinals #2
The Nextdoor Neighbors
Saturday, February 23: Semifinals #3
Man Down Medic
- Tristan Pelton
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This weekend Vera is hosting a Holiday party of sorts with a four great melodic rock bands who are the next wave of Seattle rock. Three of these groups are EMP Sound Off! Alumni, which is particularly relevant with the lineup being finalized as we speak (I would expect a blog post with contestants soon). While many people know about Lonely Forest lead singer John Van Deusen’s keyboard skills, the hidden weapon of this Anacortes group is drummer Bradyn’s work with the skins. Check him out in this video.
The last time The Lonely Forest played Vera - they celebrated the release of their album “Nuclear Winter,” which is a thoughtful and huge work of music.
This show is going to a fun celebration of all things that Christmas break is about: most notably staying up late and listening to some ripping rock music. Show up early for egg-nog, Christmas cookies, friends and all things that make the season great!
- Tristan Pelton
The moderators of Facebook had put Vera into the category of SPAMMER, because of the boat-loads of friends we were adding. Thus, the mystery was solved. However, you can look forward to (hopefully, if Tristan doesn’t get this deleted too) Vera’s Music Facebook.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The Vera Project opened at its current space on
Prior to finding a home at
The Vera Project hosts about ten shows a month which are almost entirely volunteer run, with just two paid positions per show.- Tristan Pelton