Legendary, longtime (and a little shy) K Records recording artist Karl Blau appeared with his latest band, Lovers Without Borders, at The Business in Anacortes, Karl’s hometown, as part of the shop’s 35th anniversary celebration. In addition to Karl, LWB includes Jessica Bonin on drums, and Alex Parrish on guitar. LWB just released their first 7 inch and will play a few select gigs around the Pacific Northwest. Karl will also appear solo at the Crocodile in Seattle on May 21st. I’ll be there.
My next band encounter will be those Seattle favorites, The Cave Singers (who must live their entire lives on the road, seeing little of their home caves, naturally), this Saturday, 4 May, at the Showbox Market.
Today marks 35 years of the little record shop that could, The Business, in Anacortes, Washington. This is a picture of their little retro building. It might appear to be small and quietly glowing, but it’s history and impact on Indy music in the Pacific Northwest is huge and noisy. This evening there will be a discussion and presentation on the history of The Business, and on the local record label KNW-YR-OWN. I’m reliably informed two bands will also play tonight: Ever Ending Kicks and Lovers Without Borders. Rumor has it there will also be a special guest appearing, but I can’t pry the identity of this mysterious guest out of Nick Rennis and Evie Opp. Man, what do you have to do to get insider treatment in the music business?
It’s official. Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie, The Microphones) will be playing an in-store show at The Business in Anacortes on Wednesday evening, 10 April. I’ve just received permission to photograph and write up the event. Phil has been and remains an influential force in Indie music. Most of his tours take him outiside of the Pacific Northwest. One of his most recent tours was in Japan. So a chance to hear him in his home town, in one of the coolest record shops in Washington State is spinning my little brain into overdrive. Naturally, you will see it all here, in my humble blog. Music is good. Live music is gooder.