ASUW Arts and Entertainment set up a successful UW On Campus Fan Activation event today in Red Square for artist Mondo Cozmo. The event was a banner signing for their new single, “Shine”. The banner read: “Everything Will Be Alright If You #LETITGOMC” and had space for passersby to write what they wanted to let go. By the end of the signing, the banner was full of a variety of responses, from “Harambe”, “chem” and “Nickleback” to more serious things, like “fear”, “stress”, and “doubt”. During the event, people commented that writing down what they wanted to let go was “therapeutic” for them. Finding the banner seemed to be good timing for many students currently feeling the stress of midterms and the nearing end of the quarter. Several people posted to twitter with the hashtag #Letitgomc and took photos with their contributions to the banner.
“Shine” has been gaining praise and popularity since its release in September. Republic Records posted an artist spotlight on Mondo Cozmo on September 16th, 2016. The article included praise for “Shine” and said, “Mondo Cozmo challenges everything we know about music and genres, while creating music that everyone can enjoy.”
You can find more info on Mondo Cozmo on their website.
Part of the reason why I chose to move to Seattle was the music scene (sorry Mom and Dad, the libraries and museums are pretty nice, too!). The city is a haven for hip-hop, grunge, indie-rock, and basically everything else. Nothing makes me happier than really getting into a new artist, only to find out they’re from Seattle. So much good stuff is goin’ on in the Puget Sound Region that I just had to put a playlist together showcasing it.
Not all of the artists are from Seattle; Modest Mouse is from Issaquah, and the little-known band Beach Vacation hails from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. I’ll admit, I cheated a little: bands like Manatee Commune, Death Cab for Cutie, and ODESZA are from Bellingham, but I figured that they rep Washington enough to make the cut.
The playlist features songs from throughout the history of the Seattle scene (How was I supposed to leave out Jimi Hendrix or Sir Mix-A-Lot?). Some bands consist of former Huskies (Beat Connection, Blue Scholars,Hey Marseilles, etc) who even have some songs about the U-District. Since I’m continually adding new songs to the playlist, feel free to follow it on Spotify.
Looking back on my first year in the Emerald City, I’m super grateful to live in a place with so much musical history and such a vibrant scene. I hope that you are, too. Enjoy.
As I meandered down to Belltown on Monday night to see Wild Nothing at The Crocodile, my groggy self was beginning to wonder if I had made a good call. Looking like a total dork in my Nocturne-era Wild Nothing t-shirt, there I was, hungry, tired, and putting off a whole lot of homework to be there. It was already past 9, the opener, Whitney, hadn’t come on yet, and I had a 9:30 the next day. I stood for a good 30 minutes, alone, having a pity party for one, until I did what you are probably telling me to do now: I decided to suck it up because ROCK AND ROLL AIN’T FOR QUITTERS!!!
As soon as the music started flowing, though, I really stopped giving a damn about my 9:30.
Whitney opened with upbeat, folksy tunes that were definite toe-tappers. Songs ranged from a Bob Dylan cover to anthems with catchy horn riffs a la San Fermin. After they left the stage, the venue really started to get packed with trendy thirtysomethings, many of whom looked like Amazon employees or something smart like that (I swear to God, the guy standing behind me looked JUST LIKE Jeff Bezos. I swear!!). The Monday night show was a sellout, and I could sense early on that Seattle was anxious for some good ol’ dream-rock action.
Here’s the part where I have to tell you that I don’t have any good pictures. I’m sorry. I really tried. But what’s a girl to do when the under-21 section is, like, 5 shoulders wide and a 6’3” lumberjack-type with a beanie sitting on top of a pile of frizzy hair stands in front of her? Take really shitty snapchats that you don’t want to see here, that’s for sure. I’m sad about this too, friends. Wild Nothing is one of my favorite bands ever. But it’s all about the EXPERIENCE, remember?
Jack Tatum, the man behind the project, swiftly walked on with his band, and the small yet crowded venue howled. After the first song of the set ended, someone yelled out “Hey, whatcha drinkin’?”, to which Tatum playfully answered “Why, Rainier!”, posing with can in hand. The crowd erupted in laughter (maybe aggressively so?) at the venue-appropriate beverage, setting the tone for the rest of the night as one of camaraderie, foolishness, and all-around good vibes. Throughout the impressively long set, Tatum played off of the crowd’s energy and heckling as he got progressively more tipsy and progressively more comfortable jamming out (I was especially impressed with this, since they had already played a live session at KEXP earlier that day. I’ve seen a lot of artists in the past who are a little tuckered out playing twice in a row). After a few songs, the band decided to continue the set with whatever songs they wanted. At the end of “Lady Blue”, Tatum insisted on playing his favorite “shred” at the end of the song again, because it wasn’t quite right the first time. Unsurprisingly, the crowd went wild, myself included.
The energy of the crowd and band made this show. It felt intimate and casual, and Tatum was noticeably comfortable goofing around while also delivering a long set with all the hits, new and old. I found myself laughing at the onstage antics more than at any other show I had been to. After the band left the stage, it only took a couple minutes for them to come back on for the encore. The quality of the music was equally phenomenal. The synth and guitar lines the artist is known for shone through in all the right places. The live renditions of a few of my all-time favorite songs, “Only Heather” and “Summer Holiday”, were truly life-changing, if I do say so myself. I rode home in the Uber regretfully looking at the clock, regretfully looking at the red stain on my t-shirt from the wrist stamp, but most of all, regretfully realizing that the show was over (that was really sappy but really true, okay??).
At one point during the show, Tatum slightly-slurred something along the lines of “If this show had a Yelp review, I’d rate it 15 stars on a scale of 1 to 10.” I’d have to agree.
Valentine’s Day is probably one of the year’s most polarizing holidays. Some of us embrace it and look forward to it, while some of us try to pretend it doesn’t exist and eat ice cream with our friends because we don’t have dates. Some of us just don’t really care at all. But no matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day (or don’t), that shouldn’t stop you from listening to some great tunes.
I’ve been putting together a playlist over the last few months that’s full of songs that remind me of the soundtrack to some indie love-story movie. Some of them are upbeat, some of them are sad. Some of them don’t really seem to relate to love at all, but they’ll give you a nice dance break. Artists range from The Velvet Underground and John Mayer to Blackbird Blackbird and Youth Lagoon.
To be honest, this playlist is a bit of a mismatch of the moods that make up the different stages of a love story. So you can skip all the sad breakup songs and only listen to the happy ones, or vice versa. Or listen to all of the tracks, because they’re all good. Anyways, happy V-Day, Huskies.