Sunday, April 30, 2006

Coachella Blog

The local Palm Springs newspaper, the Desert Sun is blogging from Coachella! Tons of great photos and commentary. Really helps you feel like you are there!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Massive Attack Shots

Sherman scoured the internet and came across these photos from the Seattle Massive Attack show April 26th. Enjoy!

Happy weekend everyone!!!

Perfect Pair

Beck and Jamie Lidell will tour together this summer! Yes, together!
Whoa! Locally, you can catch them at Sasquatch, here's the complete gig list for
you! Ideal match if you ask Sherman!!!
05-25 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore Auditorium
05-28 George, WA - The Gorge (Sasquatch!)
05-30 Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
06-14 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
06-15 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
06-19 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
06-20 Austin, TX - The Backyard
06-21 Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Coachella for all!!!

Sherman has to first voice disgust over adding Kanye West (we won't even make his name bold) to the Coachella lineup.
Looks like the event is starting to lose some cache'. There are countless other acts that are worthy of checking out and those of us who can't make it can do it online. Here's the link to the webcast for this weekend's desert madness! Just turn it on, get your Han Soju margaritas ready, put on your flip flops and sunscreen and sit under a heat lamp!!!

Massive Thanks

Massive Attack put on a stellar performance last night at the Paramount! Hope you were lucky enough to be there. Horace Andy was nothing short of brilliant and adorable! Liz Fraser was there!!! Yup, she was. (I guess her partner plays drums on the tour.) Deborah Miller was in fine voice and Daddy G and 3D were perfection. After overcoming a few sound issues, the group blew everyone away. "Angel" was the standout for Sherman. That track was hypnotizing! "Hymn of the Big Wheel" blew me away, as well. Angelo's guitar on "Future Proof" was mindbending. Folks in Coachella are in for a treat this Sunday! Please shoot Sherman an email if you have any photos from last night's show!! Don't forget to pick up the group's Collected disc (spring for the deluxe package!). It's a treat to have all the best in one collection!

Check this download for a great minimalist set from Sami Koivikko!! Super good!

Flunk will be doing an instore on May 4th at the Sonic Boomin Ballard! 6:30 PM with full set at Chop Suey that night!

Here's the link to check out the line up for the Concerts at Marymoor Park this summer. Yawn. Except for Sly & Robbie and Sinead!

Ok, it's the Friday before Cat Power's Monday show and she hasn't cancelled yet! Good sign for ticket holders!!!!

Peace Love Unity Respect

A Celebration of Seattle Music Culture A Community Gathering For and By the Victims of the Capitol Hill Tragedy.
This event will celebrate the creative and varied interests of the victims through music, dance, and art and will facilitate community building and understanding for Seattle's diverse population.
Event Details: Date Time --- Saturday, April 29, 10AM to dusk
Location --- Seattle Center - International Fountain and Mural Amphitheatre
Click here for more info on this event!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

OM gets dirty!

House music lovers have been flocking to OM Records releases for years. The roster of artists at OM is a who's who of the house music world. Kaskade, Marques Wyatt,
Andy Caldwell, Mark Farina, Chuck Love, JT Donaldson
and DJ Sneak just to name a few. Their latest release, Electrolush breaks down some of their own walls. This release is compiled and mixed by DJ Fluid and contains some of the dirtiest minimal and electro tracks you have ever heard. Disc 2 starts with Ame (a long time favorite) and features the latest from Chicken Lips, Fred Everything, Thomas Shumacher and a deep little number from Andy Caldwell. This is not your typical Om folks! This is the likes of which late night parties are made. Late night parties that lead people to do things they would not normally do. It's infectious, dirty, and downright nasty at times. Here's the summer cocktail recipe, one part Electrolush, 2 parts vodka, one part Red Bull and all your friends! You could sell tickets to that one! P.S. Ignore the bad cover art.

Look for James Figurine aka DNTEL aka Jimmy Tamborello to release his next album Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake on July 11th (Plug Research). Guests on the record include Jenny Lewis and Erlend (Sherman loves you) Oye. I have heard a bit of the release and look for to the entire record. Folks in Europe can enjoy it in June.

Just finished listening to the latest in what seems to be a new genre, remixes of old jazz tunes. It's called Re-Bop The Savoy Remixes. I have been growing quite tired of the Verve Remixes and the others that have followed weakly in their footsteps. This is a refreshingly new direction. This compilation takes nearly all (save for one) instrumental classics and gives them a funky modern vibe. Stand out tracks include Eclipse's take on Modern Jazz Quartet, DJ Jazzy Jeff's rework of Duke Jordan's Night in Tunisia and Basement Boys spin on Curtis Fuller. King Britt takes on the only vocal arrangement and that is Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan's impeccable Lover Man. Savoy Jazz provided the classics and the biggest names in hip hop and dance music have provided their expertise. I am digging this record. Take a listen for yourself.
King Britt is hosting Re-Bop parties in the following cities:
May 11 - Philadelphia, PA at The Latest Dish
May 12 - Chicago, IL at Zentra
May 13 - Cleveland, OH at The View
May 14 - Ann Arbor, MI at Necto

Some time ago, Sherman extolled the talents of Antony & the Johnsons. Courtesy of the wonder called You Tube, you can see why. Genius!

Hey Seattle!! Tickets go on sale this Saturday for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the White River Amphitheater! Not a guilty pleasure, simply a pleasure.

On a side's odd not to be attending Coachella this year. I guess I'll just have to watch the DVD this week instead. For those interested, Sunday has sold out due to Ms. Madonna's performance.

That's all for today. Big hug!

Monday, April 24, 2006


FYI-The Editors will be at the Queen Anne Easy Street this Wednesday at 6PM. Come and check out the latest UK export.

Don't forget Massive Attack that same night at the Paramount! Sherman will be there!!!

Psapp Video

Check out Psapp's new video for "Tricycle" ! Can you say adorable??

A dear friend has turned Sherman onto some great new music from I Am Robot & Proud. Shaw-Ham Liem is based in Toronto (lot o' great electronica coming from the north)and creates playful, melodic and sweet sounding music. When I heard the name, I assumed it would be way to cold and techy for me. WRONG! The latest release The Electricity In Your House Wants To Sing (cute title, huh?)touches a bit on pop music and truly has a warmth that is lost on much of today's electronic music. There is a feeling of positivity and hope that radiates from this record. Just look at that cover and tell me you don't smile! Hear some track samples on his MySpace page!

Classic jazz fans should head over here to see a sneak of the new documentary of the life of Anita O'Day. Anita just complete recording on her first new recording in 13 years at the ripe ol' age of 86! Go Anita!!! The album is appropriately titled Indestructible.

Do the internet a favor today and sign this petition.

Friday, April 21, 2006

This One's For The Lady

Big love, hugs and respect to Lady Alma! Had the pleasure of catching the King Britt Experience last night! Is it not enough to have the lovely and amazing King Britt on the decks all night laying down seriously smooth grooves? Add Lady Alma to that mix and it's a recipe for ass shakin', hand wavin' magic!!! A touch disappointed by the low turnout for the show, but those who made it were more than appreciative! Lady Alma was an absolute delight! It was like goin' to church as soon as she took the mic! Such a treat that all who were in attendance won't soon forget! Her final song choice "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" rang true for so many in the crowd! Thanks to the entire King Britt Experience for putting out some sunshine on a dreary Seattle evening. Hold it down!!!

Do yourself a favor and take out some old house music. I don't care what it is, just make sure it's nothing new. Turn up the volume and get your dance on! You can do this alone, with friends, with your dog, in the car or just about anywhere. Just do it and enjoy! Happy weekend to you all!! Remember Sherman loves you!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Voom Voom!

No that's not the sound of Sherman's car, it's a new project featuring three of the hottest folks in electronic music. Peter Kruder (of K & D and Peace Orchestra fame), and Christian Prommer & Roland Appel (Fauna Flash & Truby Trio) have all come together to release Pengpeng on !K7 Records. Voom Voom brings together a breadth of talent that can only result in something off the grid! It is an outstanding record! It's got everything a great house record should have, but with touches only these three can share. It's as if they got together for the simple reason of having a good time and allowing us to share in it. You'll be hearing this record in the clubs and when you do, I dare you to sit still! This is a keeper! A very hot record indeed!

Keeping with a car theme. Here's a video guilty pleasure for y'all.

Head over to Imogen Heap's MySpace page to hear a b-side from the "Goodnight and Go" single! You'll also find US tour dates for May!!!

Check out the first official video from Boards of Canada!!!

Art fans may want to check out the new online gallery available on the Saatchi Gallery website! INSANE!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Welcome Back Heavies

Brand New Heavies have just announced two "reunion" shows! May 2nd at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and May 4th at the Roxy in LA!

You've got plans Thursday!!!

Is everyone digging Sherman's new "street" look?? Saw the jacket in the latest issue of Dwell Magazine and had to have it! Check out iSweats for info!

Ok, if you live in Seattle, there is no other place to be on Thursday night than Nectar Lounge in Fremont! The King Britt Experience is in town! The King along with live band and vocals in addition to a 4 hour DJ set! INSANE! He is the man so do not miss this one. I know it's a school night, but you'll have the weekend to recover my friends! All hail the KING!!! See you on the dancefloor!!!

Word is that the new club Sugar (located on Pike St.) will launch on April 28th with a special appearance from DJ Lady D! It's been awhile since we've had the opportunity to get our dance on with the lady of the "house"! It will be great to welcome her back!!!!

If you haven't made your weekly trek to the record store this week, then by all means add the new release from Dudley Perkins to your list! Expressions is the sophomore release from this incredible vocal talent. This is real deal funk & soul! Check out his MySpace page to sample some tracks! He'll be in LA tomorrow night with Madlib and almost the entire Stones Throw crew performing at the Conga Room! Dudley is also responsible for the latest Stones Throw Podcast! Check it out!

You can also add the latest from DJ Olive to your list. Sherman just can't get enough of the music that Agriculture Records is putting out and the latest release is no exception. This album is culled from two live shows done in 2005! This man is the master. Pure dubtronic bliss! Check out the latest Podcast on Rhythm Incursions. Olive at his finest! Folks in San Francisco can check him out tomorrow at Club Mighty! Fans of Agriculture Records can check out their new radio show at Samurai.FM. Natural Sphere and DJ Olive provide the first show.

Professional and novice DJ's alike have a new site and a couple storefronts to check out. Take a look at Turntable Lab! Very cool stuff!

Here's a great site to help you waste some time! See you later!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

B's Trip to Miami

Hey gang! We all know that Sherman has been a touch remiss on posts lately. Busy little guy. Hence the reason we are late with our Winter Music Conference report. Sherm had a dear friend (thanks B) who went down for her first time (that sounded dirty, didn't it?). Here is her report, unedited for your pleasure. This comes from someone who feels music like no one else we know! Someone we actually met ON the dancefloor. Enjoy!!!

Overall, my first experience in Miami/South Beach, FL was good. I had been hesitant in the past to go to the WMC because it has gotten so big and I'm sure the spirit in which this was first conceptualized is gone due to it's size, but really, you gotta go at least once to say you've done it.

Being a newbie to this conference I wanted to be smart about the trip and the first decision I made which worked out well was taking a red-eye out Thurs. 3/23 and flew into Ft. Lauderdale (about 30-40 min. No. of Miami). A cheaper flight bought a month in advance. I semi-slept most of the way, I had the whole day before I left to organize, last minute shop and pack. Joy, Shaun (my travelling partners) and I arrived around 9:30ish on Fri. morning to blue skies, but it wasn't as warm as I had hoped. The hi 60's to low 70's was to follow us for the entire conference. Meanwhile, the day before we arrived and two days after we left the temp. was back up into the 80's!

Fri., 3/24 lo 56 hi 76
After meeting my brother, who lives in So. Miami, to get keys to his place, the three of us showered. Trying to look cute we finally made it to South Beach about 3pm. Shaun did some leg work before we left and got us guest listed at the Beach Plaza Hotel for Movim Recordings/Basic NYC afternoon parties. It didn't seem like much of a deal when they made us buy a two drink minimum before going out back into the garden to listen to music. It being our first day and being super excited we payed, drank and then proceeded to hear a little from Hipp-E, Halo, JT Donaldson, Sleepy & Boo. I didn't really care what I was hearing, I was outside wearing a tank top and listening to some house and dancing.

For the evenings activities we started out at Blue.
Venue: BLUE
Talent: MARK FARINA (Great Lakes Audio/OM),DJ HEATHER (Blackcherry/OM),KEN (Alphabet Music/ecb), ,RAOUL BELMANS (SwirlPeople/Aroma),LAWNCHAIR GENERALS (LCG Music),Jason Hodges (OM),Olivier Desmet (Amenti),Miles Maeda (World Evolution),Justin Long (.dotbleep),John Howard(OM).

The line up included Mark Farina, Heather and Lawnchair Generals. Blue was a hole in the wall, it was mad packed by 8pm and not a lot of room to dance. We decided to leave. With my brother meeting us I wanted room to talk and be able to mingle. When Stephen called to say he was outside waiting for us, was I surprised when strolling up behind me comes my boyfriend Chris who surprised me in Miami! Needless to say I was quite happy and grinning from ear to ear for the rest of the night.

After Blue, we decided to go to SoBe Live. I wasn't familiar with any of the lineup, but once again Shaun got us on the list. Here's who was there Talent: EDDIE RICHARDS:: Wiggle, Fabric UK (Miami Exclusive!!!),HIPP-E:: Soma, NRK, Nightshift,TIM BAKER:: Ovum, Novamute, Real Estate, Elephanthaus,TOM HOCH:: ,PHILIP G:: FAB Afterhours, Nightshift,SEQUENCE:: Don't Sleep Worldwide, Urban Audio.
I think we heard two different people play, but I wasn't feelin' it, but at the
same time didn't care too much because my man was there, my brother was out with
us. I was just happy. We ended up going home around 2am.

Sat. 3/25, Lo 56 Hi 76
We went back to the Beach Plaza Hotel. No 2 drink min. this time! The door guy recognized us! Due to crazy, mad expensive drink prices we bought our own liquor, hid it in our bags with Red Bull and OJ and made our own cocktails on the DL back behind the bushes. Todays lineup was real good.
Talent: Mark Farina,DJ Heather,Pete Moss,Luke McKeehan,DJ Mood,Gavin Froome,Jay Tripwire,Jon Delerious,Sleepy & Boo,Gavin Froome

Heather's set was bangin'!! Cutie Patootie DJ Mood played really well as did Farina and Gavin Froome. This was one of my best days! Sunny in the afternoon. Got my drink on and danced solid from 3pm-7pm.

That night we went to The Pawn Shop.
Talent: Norman Jay MBE (Good Times, London/ UK),Miguel Migs (Naked Music, Salted, SanFrancisco),DJ Harvey(Ministry of Sound, Map of Africa, UK/LA),Dixon (Innercity Visions, Sonar Kollektiv, Berlin),Ame (Innercity Visions, Berlin)Lisa Shaw (Naked Music, NYC),Fred Everything(20:20, Om),Andy Caldwell (Naked Music, Uno),JT Donadson (Om),Alex from Tokyo (Tokyo Black Star),

Chris graciously payed for all of us to get in. We waited in line too long. Andy Caldwell and his cute ass played well. I wasn't impressed with Miguel Migs that night, but Lisa Shaw sounded angelic as always. Fred Everything closed out the night in the big room. This club was in downtown Miami and it was one of those super-clubs, catering to the masses. That says it all.

Sun. 3/26, lo 52 hi 71
Slept in late. Went to the beach to soak up some sun. It was windy and we
didn't stay long. Tonight was a big night for me, Ben Watt at Prive!
Talent: Ben Watt (Buzzin' Fly, UK),Ame (Sonar Kollektiv, Berlin),Charles Webster (Miso, UK),Justin Martin (Buzzin' Fly),Claude VonStroke (Dirty Bird)

This venue is a posh night club. We waited in line for close to an hour, same bouncer/door guy as from the night before at The Pawn Shop. I tried to jog his memory, I think he remembered us...After pissing and moaning about waiting for sooooo long, all was forgotten the minute I stepped into Prive! Justin Martin started off the night and you were instantly in the right mood when you heard the music! Ben Watt kept it going as always and AME finished off the night. (Side note, I saw one of the Williams sisters and Paris Hilton's ass, both by the bathroom! HA!)

Mon. 3/27, lo 53 hi 75
Today my honey leaves for home. I was sad. We went and had brunch and then bid
him farewell. Again we go to the lukewarm beach. Tonight is the OM Party at Mansion.
Venue: Mansion
Talent: Mark Farina,DJ Sneak,Colette & Heather,Greenskeepers (LIVE),Marques Wyatt,Groove Junkies,Samantha James (LIVE),Rithma (LIVE),Andy Caldwell,Groove Junkies, Johnny Fiasco,John Howard,Colossus (DJ Set),JT Donaldson,Chuck Love,Fred Everything,J Boogie,DJ Fluid,+ Very Special Guests TBA

I came in as Lisa Shaw was finishing up her set. Next were Colette and Heather tag-teaming. Colette I can definitely do without, but of course my girl Heather threw down once again! Next was Farina, his set was really good, I feel like I hadn't heard him play like that in a long ass time. DJ Sneak blew my ass away!! Loved it! And Marques Wyatt closed out the night with a deep, dark set.

So, this is it for me and my mini crew. We finished off the night going to the beach just before the sun came up. Needed to catch a plane in a few hours. I had fun! I figured out few WMC tricks for the weekend. I'll be back next year!

Big love to B for the report. If you're lookin' for her, search the dancefloor this week. She'll be shakin' at Matthew Dear & King Britt!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Poor Rosie

Just got word that Rosie Thomas and her band had ALL of their equipment stolen in Philly last night! Really? Who could do that to such a sweet woman? Let's hope they can recover it!

Where you been Sherm???

Hey everyone! I's been like FOREVER since Sherman had an update. Well, let's see where we can start. Flipping through Sherman's datebook, we last left you as he boarded a plane to Austin, TX. Yes, visiting Austin a week after the mayhem that was SXSW. Went down there for a birthday celebration (never been there as an adult and wanted to check it out). What a mess!!! I always have good luck while travelling, but the luck ran out on this one. There was the occasional highlight, but overall it was a bust. Let's talk about the good times first. Had the tremendous pleasure of seeing the Go-Go's (yes, those Go-Go's) at Stubb's BBQ. They are touring in celebration of the 25th (how old am ?) anniversary of Beauty and the Beat!!! They actually performed the album in it's entirety! Starting things off with "Our Lips Are Sealed", the girls were in fine form! They all looked and sounded fantastic! Belinda still has it! Only she can do that certain dance, you know the one. The hips start moving, the arms cross and she spins around like nobody's business. Great to see a crowd of folks reliving their youth and exposing their kids to the band! All that and 6 different kinds of meat! What a night!

The next evening was spent at Threadgill's. An Austin legend! The original location is where Janis Joplin got her start. Personally, we were headed there for their "world famous chicken fried steak"! Got there and grabbed dinner and some cocktails (Texas Tea) and saw the band of the evening setting up. Always up for live music, we hung out and enjoyed a night of Buck Owens and Cindy Walker tunes courtesy of Jason Roberts and Elizabeth McQueen, member's of the Grammy award winning band, Asleep at the Wheel. Talk about great music! We could not believe how great they were! All this and gravy too! Had some drinks and learned why Buck and Cindy will be dearly missed! Here's a sample of some menu items from the night.

SPINACH & ARTICHOKE DIP served with chips 4.25
Served over French Fries 6.25
served over french fries
WARNING: SPICY! 4 large chicken strips dipped in our wing sauce and served with bleu cheese dressing and celery. 6.45
served over french fries 6.25
Flour tortillas stuffed with chicken, mixed cheeses, black beans, and diced green chilies. Served with our roasted corn salsa. Add sour cream .50 6.95
Flour tortillas stuffed with mixed cheeses, diced green chilies, fresh spinach, mushrooms, and black beans. Served with our roasted corn salsa. Add sour cream .50 6.45

Is it any wonder I got food poisoning that night?????????????

Ok, last highlight of the trip was seeing Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins at the Parish Room. The doors were at 9 PM, so to assure space (it was sold out), we got there around 10 PM and sat through some painful opening bands. The evening just kept getting later and later. Sherman began to wonder if this was the norm in Austin. It wasn't. The crowd grew restless as 11:30 rolled around with no sign of Ms. Lewis (though a Watson Twin had been spotted by the merch table). It was a school night and folks were anxious for the show to start. After countless sound checks and endless guitar tuning, they took the stage just after midnight. The sound was full and rich and dead on! That girl can sing! Performing material from their debut release and peppering it with a couple new tracks, they sounded spectacular. At times, it felt as if Lewis was channeling Dusty Springfield. Looking foward to more music from them and soon!!! P.S. The Parish Room is a great tiny venue!!!

Ok, so those were the highlights. The rest of the Austin trip was a disaster. We lost power at our hotel and they had to relocate us (that was the city's fault). The hotel that lost power had the rudest staff on earth and we no help at all. The new hotel was great, but our credit card was double charged (subsequently fixed). The people of Austin were foul. They all had attitude because of just getting over SXSW. They didn't want to see or speak to another tourist. Mean, mean people. The city received record rainfall while we were there, as well. INSANE! I will spare you the details of the food poisoning night, but that was a special kind of nightmare. Overall, there is no need to go back to Austin. Yes, the mexican food was good, but I can get that in California. Sorry to all who find that town so wonderful. I just couldn't figure out why.

After Austin, Sherman took some r & r in the Palm Springs area. Much needed rest and sunshine! You should see his tanlines!!! Upon arrival home from California, Sherman had to pack up his gadgets and get ready to move. Not too far away mind you, but out of the city. Instead of viewing the Space Needle everyday, it's now Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains! Still settling in the new digs, but close to having it feel like home!

Thanks to all of Sherm's readers for their patience during this hectic month! You all rock and Sherman loves you!

Oh, one more thing! Had the great pleasure of seeing Sia at the Crocodile last week. She is astounding, charming, wonderful, amazing, mesmerizing and downright talented beyond words! Hearing her sing "Breathe Me" live was nothing short of magic! Sounds like she'll be back with Zero 7 sometime this summer!!!

Ok all! Sherman is glad to be back and will get back on the blogging track! Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

RIP June Pointer

Back soon........

Here's a quick Bumbershoot press release!

Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, AFI, Hawthorne Heights and Yellowcard are among the first acts confirmed for the 2006 edition of Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, can reveal. The event will be held Sept. 2-4 throughout the Seattle Center and will also feature performances by Atmosphere, Feist, Shooter Jennings, the English Beat, Deerhoof, Mates Of State and Metric.

This year, Bumbershoot will run from Saturday through Monday, in contrast to prior editions that kicked off on a Friday. "This enabled us to take the resources from Friday and put them into the rest of the festival, and we were able to buy some different acts we hadn't been able to book before," Bumbershoot artistic director Michele Scoleri tells

As usual, Bumbershoot will also boast a wide array of non-musical activities, including a Flat Track Derby Invitational at KeyArena, the Flatstock poster art fair, two comedy stages (up from a single stage last year), readings from authors such as Greil Marcus and Mary Gaitskill and the 1 Reel Film Festival, to be curated for the first time by the Seattle International Film Festival.

"We're committed to the arts on the whole," Scoleri says of Bumbershoo's varied offerings. "Also, our festival takes place on an extremely unique campus. Other festivals can be out in the middle of a field or a racetrack. The campus of Seattle Center is such a unique place thanks to all of the fantastic venues. Those spaces allow us to keep our commitment to the arts and present them in a way that's unique and exciting."

Tickets go on sale July 15 via Bumbershoot and Ticketmaster. "A Bumbershoot day pass gets you access to 20 music and arts venues a day, and usually costs about half the price of an average concert ticket," Scoleri says.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Sherman hasn't forgotten you!

Hey all!!! Sherman is back from a week of travels, but is now in the process of moving! He will return shortly!