I’ll be back in the PNW in a couple of weeks, and by some crazy awesome luck, I’ll also be seeing two fantastic bands perform while I’m there: Filthy Friends, and Wimps. When I booked my airfare eight months ago, I hoped that there would be some good shows taking place while I was out that way. There’s always great music happening in Portland and Seattle, but I didn’t expect to see some of my faves. When I found out Filthy Friends (the supergroup headed by Corin Tucker and Peter Buck) was performing in Eugene, I grabbed tickets. We’d planned a day in Eugene anyway to check out the local record shops, so it worked out perfectly. And then I found out Wimps would be opening for them — hooooo, that’s gonna be a good show.
Also, last time we were in Portland, we were supposed to go see Wimps, but then some assholes broke into our house back home and we had to fly out immediately. So this makes up for us not getting to see them last time.
For those readers who don’t know these bands, here are some tunes you can check out.
Wimps – Repeat
Filthy Friends – The Arrival
Wimps – Old Guy
(yeah, this might be me at the show that night)
Filthy Friends – Despierta
Wimps – Couches
It’s almost time for my vacation in the Pacific Northwest, so I’ve been busy creating playlists of all my favorite PNW bands, and deciding what albums off my want list I’d like to look for when I visit all those amazing record shops in Portland and Seattle. I’ve had so much awesome ’90s music in my head that I thought I’d share a few of my favorites for this week’s Friday Five. Now, I could easily just lay down five Sleater-Kinney tracks, because you know they’re my favorite PNW band. But I’ll refrain. For now.
Bangs – S.O.S.
Dear Nora – You Are 26
Lois – The Trouble With Me
Team Dresch – Remember Who You Are
Beat Happening – Godsend
My Pacific Northwest vacation is so close now. I can’t wait to dig into all the record stores out there and come home with loads of vinyl. Until then, I’ve been listening to a lot of my favorite PNW bands, past and present. You all know that I have huge love for Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, and Wimps, so I figured I’d highlight some other bands this week.
Without further ado, here are some PNW bands and tunes I dig.
1. The Gossip – “Don’t (Make Waves)”
2. Beat Happening – “Indian Summer”
3. Heavens to Betsy – “Complicated”
4. Team Dresch – “She’s Amazing”
5. Excuse 17 – “Nervousness Never Fades”