James Chance & The Contortions announce: The Flesh Is Weak

James Chance & The Contortions announce: The Flesh Is Weak

It’s been awhile (*YEARS*) but No-Wave lunatic James Chance is back with a new album: The Flesh Is Weak.
Check out the details on Tiny Mix Tapes: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/james-chance-contortions-announce-their-first-album-decades-flesh-weak-and-live-dates

 James Chance & The Contortions announce their first album in decades, The Flesh Is Weak

C’mon, we all know no-wave is a dead scene, right? The clubs have been condemned, the saxophone reeds have long gone dry, and the drugs just aren’t as good anymore, man. Is there nothing left? If an amplifier fries and there’s no one around to hear it, does it still make noise music?

But hold it right there, punk! The illustrious James Chance & The Contortions are back with The Flesh Is Weak, their first studio album in decades, and they’re going to show these indie-rocking millennials how to make real non-music!

I know what you’re thinking, “Another post-punk reunion? Grandad will be thrilled.” But don’t worry, the press release notes the album is “no nostalgia trip,” despite the fact that the band’s reformation and the album itself was apparently the result of their efforts to curate a 35th anniversary reissue of the band’s seminal 1979 debut album Buy, which they released in 2014, but instead “cutting edge modern funk.”

The new album will be out November 11 on True Groove Records, the label founded by the Contortions’ very own Tomás Doncker, who also produced the record with James Dellatacoma. So it seems like that classic no-wave integrity is firmly in tact.

In addition to a slew of new material — including lead single “Melt Yourself Down,” which you can listen to now — the album features two covers: Gil Scott-Heron’s “Home Is Where the Hatred Is” and Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.” You can find the full tracklist below.

Of course, a James Chance revival wouldn’t be true to the no-wave spirit without some live dates, which is why The Contortions are playing just a handful of gigs around North America this fall, including an album release show at the Bowery Electric in New York City. Tickets for that show are available here, and you check out the other live dates below.

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James Chance & The Contortions tour dates:

11.10.2016 – New York City, NY – Bowery Electric
11.12.2016 – Austin, TX – Beer Land
12.10.2016 – Toronto, ON – The Rivoli

The Flesh Is Weak track listing:

01. Melt Yourself Down
02. The Flesh Is Weak
03. Home Is Where the Hatred Is
04. The Splurge
05. Disciplinary Action
06. That’s Life
07. I (Who Have Nothing)
08. Snap It Back, Strip It Down

13th Annual Cabaret Macabre~

13th Annual Cabaret Macabre~

In 2004, The Bad Things hosted the first Cabaret Macabre in a Georgetown warehouse space called Jem Studios. Held on Halloween, it was a night of strange costumery, drunken debauchery, sideshow splendor and junkyard sounds. The lineup included an early performance by Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling, some stomach-churning suspension piercing by PURE, music from Reverend Glasseye, Dark Carny, Baby Gramps and, of course, The Bad Things, who were pulling double duty as bartenders, door staff, stage techs and security!

Here we are twelve years later and most of those organizations are now defunct. Georgetown is quickly turning into a hipster mecca and the local cabaret scene has grown into a nationally recognized phenomenon. Luckily, two veterans from that faraway night are still with us, the legendary Baby Gramps and, of course, The Bad Things.

Over the past decade, The Bad Things have hosted Cabaret Macabre in a variety of venues and neighborhoods and have featured acts from around the world. This year, Cabaret Macabre returns to Columbia City on Halloween for one night of music and cabaret performance.

As always, Halloween pageantry is highly encouraged! We’ll be announcing more details on the party as they emerge but we can guarantee a night you won’t soon forget with a bevvy of your favorite macabre miscreants.

Musical Performance by:
The Bad Things
Chervona (Portland, OR)
Baby Gramps
and Intuitive Compass (Applegate, OR).

Burlesque performance by Lady TaTas and Doña Dei Cuori from Sinner Saint Burlesque

Bellydance performance by Miss J9 Fierce and Carouselle Tribal Belly Dance

MC Sailor St. Claire

Monday, October 31st, 2016
The 13th Annual Cabaret Macabre
featuring The Bad Things, Chervona, Baby Gramps and more!
Columbia City Theater – 4916 Rainier Avenue South.
$20 advanced/$25 day of show

Doors at 7pm. Music starts at 8pm.

This event is 21+ with ID!

Jill Tracy~ Upcoming shows Oct 27, 28, 29

Jill Tracy has some great shows coming up in the San Francisco area:

In the Footsteps of Spirits—10/27 JILL TRACY returns to the Presido Officers Club

Summoning Sonic Spirits…

After last year’s sold-out show “In Footsteps of Spirits: Legends of the Presidio Ghosts,” I’m excited for you to accompany me back inside the historical Presidio Officers Club Ballroom Thursday, Oct 27, 6pm for our acclaimed Musical Seance!  (scroll below to read more about this revered project with violinst Paul Mercer.)

I had the pleasure last autumn of exploring, researching, and composing within abandoned buildings in The Presidio— and being inspired by your true first-hand accounts and spirit sightings. (Make sure to follow me on Instagram as I post some of these gorgeous and eerie Presidio photos from their private archives. Above: Letterman Hospital, early 20th century.)

I will share some of my most chilling discoveries and music, plus The Musical Seance will manifest brand new compositions right before your eyes (and ears)— via beloved objects YOU bring to the show, and the stories they reveal. You create the music! Here’s more…



“Every object holds a story…and a hidden score”….

From the press release:

Since debuting The Musical Séance on Halloween 2007, Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer have become widely known for their astonishing duets on piano and violin, where music is channeled instantaneously from cherished treasures brought in by the audience.

You are asked to bring a small object of special significance, such as a photo, talisman, jewelry, toy, token. This is a very crucial part of manifesting the music. Every object holds its story, its spirit. Energy, resonance, impressions from anyone who has ever held the object, to the experiences and emotions passed through it.

“These compositions are delicate and glorious living things— they materialize, they transport, and in the same second they vanish,” explains Jill Tracy of The Musical Séance. “They embody the fragile essence of Time. No two shows are ever alike, we have no control, that is the rare beauty of it. It’s all up to the audience to drive the show. We create the portal— but it’s the collective summoning, the synergy of the room that makes it so moving and powerful.”

(Above—Preparing the altar at The Musical Seance, New Orleans 2015)

Often, the objects themselves are just as compelling as the music they inspire. Everything from cremated cats, dentures, haunted paintings, 16th century swords, antlers, locks of hair, and x-rays have been presented at the seance. The excitement is–you never know what to expect. And every show is completely different.

Listen to recordings from an actual Musical Seance session in rural Stone Mountain, GA.

 Thursday, October 27, 2016 The Musical Seance will take place inside one of the most beautiful (and supposedly haunted) spots in the country— the historic 1776 San Francisco Presidio Officers Club. Jill Tracy will also be performing music she composed during months exploring the abandoned Presidio buildings and researching first-hand spirit activity.  Tickets are available NOW! ONE NIGHT ONLY!

THE MUSICAL SEANCE: 2 full length concerts at The Lost Church Oct 28 & 29

Don’t miss a magical two-night run at San Francisco’s beautiful listening room The Lost Church on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. 8pm.

These will be such rare, intimate settings that the entire audience will be involved in manifesting the music. Honoring the beautiful souls who have passed on, and the echoes that remain…These will be longer shows with The Musical Seance and full concert. EARLY CURTAIN (8pm) so you can still make all the great late-night Bay Area Halloween events!

Each Musical Seance is completely different. Feel free to come to both nights! Seating is EXTREMELY LIMITED, so please get your tickets NOW!

V. Vale of RE/Search publications hailed a Jill Tracy/Paul Mercer Séance as “Sheer magic! Perfection. Improvised… If you’re lucky enough to be there, you realize you’ve just had a hint of something extra-mortal, uber-human, transcendent – maybe the concentrated ghosts of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater or the Commedia Dell’arte of the past are swirling around the room . . . and you think that THIS is the new avant-garde: live, un-censored, living theater.”

(Photos of Jill Tracy and Paul Mercer by Libby Bulloff, Patrick McCracken)

DJ Panix Underworld Ball playlist~

DJ Panix Underworld Ball playlist~

White Magic: The Light
Jingo: Fever
Black Angels: Soul Kitchen
The Bad Things: The Breaking
AFI: Miseria Cantare (The Beginning)
The Doors: Ships w/ Sails
Wartorn: Blood Thirsty System
Jello Biafra & the New Orleans Raunch & Soul All Stars: Judy in Disguise
Ghost (BC): Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
Success: Revolution/Schmevolution
The Builders and The Butchers: Desert on Fire
Screaming Headless Torsos: Brooce Swayne
Professor Elemental: I’m British
Twisted Sister: We’re Not Gonna Take It
Suburban Mutilation: Daddy Was a Nazi
Curtis Eller’s American Circus: Old Time Religion
Minutemen: If Reagan Played Disco
Aerosmith: Dream On
Ruby Throat: Salto Angel

Tonight: Curtis Eller – Seattle WA

Tonight: Curtis Eller – Seattle WA

The Naked Sessions presents:
Curtis Eller in The Screening Room
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse
8564 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Saturday, October 8, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse presents Curtis Eller’s American Circus in the twelfth installment of The Naked Sessions acoustic concert series. Each one features a great band braiding songs together with stories about the music.

Join us for a special evening when Curtlis Eller’s American Circus takes the stage to perform a stripped down set. Doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Seated general admission; full table service. $10.

Naked City Brewery is a passionate supporter of arts and culture. Oftentimes its hand-crafted beers are inspired by a song, film, or person. Every beer tells a story, and each one ferments in its own time.

The Screening Room is Naked City’s seventy-person dining movie theater, featuring a New American comfort food menu with vegetarian and gluten-free options alongside award-winning craft beers, wines, and ciders.

The group’s latest phonographic recording, “How to Make It in Hollywood”, is a compact collection of glittery show tunes, sentimental tear-jerkers and rock & roll rave-ups whose lyrics are populated with two-bit prize fighters, Hollywood has-beens, lapsed gospel singers and forgotten pop stars. Eller relentlessly tours the US and Europe with an expanding and contracting cast of misfits. 2015 saw the band embark on an ambitious and successful, 40 date tour of the UK, Ireland and Hungary.

Tempest & Johnstone vs Morbid Anatomy

I stopped in at the Addison Gallery to check out the new show by Morbid Anatomy, and I was able to catch a lovely, intimate performance by Tempest and Nathaniel Johnstone.

I snapped a few candids for you to enjoy:

You can catch Tempest and Nathaniel (with the full band) on Oct 16th:

Oct 16th~ The Underworld Ball

Oct 16th~ The Underworld Ball, Seattle WA

The Underworld Ball – 6:30-11pm
Hale’s Brewery Palladium Theater
A rocking evening to celebrate the conclusion of Waking Persephone with live music, performances, vending, and much more! Dress up, chill out, and have a great time! Our event is all ages!

2016 Musical Guests:
S. J. Tucker
The Ghosts Project
The Nathaniel Johnstone Band
(and tunes spun by DJ Pan!x)

Advanced General Admission
$15 per ticket, $25 per pair in advance (by October 13th). $20 per person at the door if space allows.

Voltaire & The Peculiar Pretzelmen Sept 23 – Seattle WA

Voltaire & The Peculiar Pretzelmen Sept 23 – Seattle WA

This year’s featured concert at Steamposium is a night of music provided by Volataire and The Peculiar Pretzelmen:


Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.

An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”.
Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.

Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 15 years.  He’s released 11 full length CDs.

Website: www.voltaire.net

Facebook: Voltaire Fanpage

Youtube:  Voltaire Musicpage

Twitter: @aureliovoltaire

Instagram: @aureliovoltaire

Contact:  voltaire@voltaire.net


Preforming Friday nite with Aurelio Voltaire!  
Date: 23rd Sept 2016 – Friday nite
Tickets: 25.00 usd.
Site: Tickets (it is an add on, second page. Upgrade links will be emailed at a later date.)


Black blooded sneaky so and so’s in pin stripe suits careening wildly through the shadows and gutters of neglected culture, the Peculiar Pretzelmen strum, slam, stomp, smack, smash, and scream the old and abandoned incantations raising the specters of all the spirits we left for dead. Pounding drums speaking in tongues, restlessly reinventing roadmaps until the riddles are all undone.

Fun links to explore

Photographer – ErinStonePhotography

Eliza Rickman – upcoming shows

Eliza Rickman – upcoming shows

Upcoming Dates