Wednesday, May 16, 2007

If You Play This Record Backwards You Won't Hear A Message From Satan



Confession #7

"Cameron and I entered a talent contest at his elementary school when we were in the 1st grade. We played the Pink Panther theme song and our version of the Magnum P.I. theme song. Somehow, we lost to a baton twirling cheerleader who dropped the batons every time she threw them into the air. Clearly, I'm still bitter about the loss." -- Gabe Archer from The Pale Pacific [SideCho Records]


You might remember Bellingham, WA artists The Pale (now The Pale Pacific due to a legal battle over their former moniker), from their single "Gravity Gets Things Done" that tore up West Coast radio a few years back. You might also know them from their Split Picture Disc with Copeland that was released some time ago on SideCho Records. Either way, they're a really talented group and they have been hibernating for the past year. I caught up with lead vocalist Gabe Archer last week and found out that not only will they be back on the local Washington scene this summer . . . they're writing and starting recording plans for a new release slated for fall. Until then, you can keep yourself occupied by checking out some of Gabe's solo work and some tracks he collaborated on with Finder. If you need a refresher course, here's a little music treat for you courtesy of The Pale Pacific.

MP3 - "Gravity Gets Things Done" - The Pale Pacific

The Burden Brothers (who evolved from The Toadies) are playing a secret show in Chicago on May 21st. You have to be 21+ to attend but if you're in the area and you want to go, email Kirtland Records and include your mailing address and they'll hook you up. Email: tami@kirtlandrecords.com

MYTH: Punk, metal, and rock always have a bad influence on kids.

TRUTH: You don't always have to hear Satan when you play your records backwards ;)

The Vans Warped Tour is one of the most influential channels in which both music and information are passed to teens and they're proving this year that music can actually have a positive influence. Warped has teamed up with Music Saves Lives to show their appreciation for kiddos who donate blood by rewarding them with backstage passes to see their favorite artists during the tour. I'd say that's a pretty good use of their platform! Click here for a list of blood drive locations.

As I said back in April, I dig Nerdkween and plan to hit her next show in Atlanta at The Drunken Unicorn on May 24th. She's supporting Strezo for their CD release. If you aren't familiar with them, here's a track:

MP3: "Under Rotting Wood" - Strezo
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