Tonight in Seattle:  

Get hooked on Shrink Dust, see Chad VanGaalen at St. John's tonight (yes, seriously)

What in the fucking shit, you guys. This record. 

In case you missed it all over the internets last week, Pitchfork had an advance-stream of Chad VanGaalen's new release up -- and so here in the imaginary offices, we clamored about, set our guns to stream, and promptly took it for a spin. After having it on repeat for days on end, we were all quite literally splayed out on the floor, trying to soak it all in for the umpteenth time, full to the brim and going back over and over again for more.

Our conclusion is this: Shrink Dust, the first full-length release since 2011's Diaper Island, is nothing short of a freakish masterpiece.

Personally, as a casual VanGaalen fan -- a friend had put a track of his on a mix a few years back, and I loved everything about Diaper Island as a result -- I knew Shrink Dust was going to be good, but I don't think I was fully prepared for exactly how good it was going to be. The sheer imageric power of this album put a whole movie to reels in my mind, setting off a series of sequences I can't (and don't want to) unsee. Threaded throughout these songs are a total and absolute ache, a filtered insanity bridged with utter clarity, some blinding sunshine, and some all-out rock. It's daydreams and nightmares and wakings-up, all at once. Shrink Dust, simply stated, is a force to be reckoned with, regardless of your personal taste leanings or wheelhouse.

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Tennis Pro — Small Basement Encore

Hey, Seattle. Got a minute? We need to talk to you about something. Pull up a seat.

Here's the thing: you do a lot of stuff right. Those are great shoes, and we saw you out at that show last week. You're real cool! You listen to good records. You support small businesses. You like that weird shit that nobody else likes but you, and you've got all those rad posters to prove it. You're doing good work! But we're not sure if you're down with Tennis Pro yet. Are you? Because there's no excuse for you not to be. They've been putting albums out for the better part of a decade, and if you're not totally hooked, you're kinda doing it wrong.

Thankfully for you, this is an easy fix: Small Basement Encore was released last week, and it's a great place to start building out this corner of your wheelhouse. SBE is the very best of Tennis Pro's intelligent, infectious releases to date, and it's available as a digital-only release through iTunes (and cdbaby). It's kind of like your BFF made you an all-Tennis-Pro-hits side A to your new favorite mixtape.

What starts off as an intelligent, hilarious trip through some killer chord choices quickly turns the corner into a veritable symphony of awesomeness. If you don't catch the depth these guys dive to on the first listen, plug in your headphones and give it a second play. Then a third. Soon you'll be hollering "Rock Over Tokyo" in the shower before work, and tapping your pencil in a daydream to the tune of "Caught The Wrong Wave" without even realizing it. Scratch your symphony itch with "Rounding Up The Frightened Pets," find a new smart-kid fuck-you power jam in "We Put The Punk In Punctuation" -- whatever you do, just buy this album today and let it be your gateway drug to the band's catalog.

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "I LOVE this review so much! Just as much as I LOVE Tennis Pro. xoxoxoxoxo "

First bands announced for Capitol Hill Block Party {July 25-26-27}

{Capitol Hill Block Party}

The festival announcements just keep on comin'!

As you may have already heard this morning on KEXP, the first bands for this year's Capitol Hill Block Party are live, and they're looking like a good start to a killer party -- we'll be spending a long weekend in July with the likes of A$AP Rocky, Spoon, Chromeo, Matt and Kim, The War on Drugs, Odesza, Sol, Beat Connection, Star Slinger, Budos Band, Tanlines, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Poolside, Cymbals, Shy Girls and many, many more still to be announced.

We can't wait to hear what local bands will be taking up the rest of the slots, and who KEXP will have live from the Bean Room -- as we get more information, we'll be sure to share it with you! In the meantime, keep an eye out on the official Block Party website for updates. Three-day passes are on sale today at the lowest price ($99.00), the full lineup will be out on the 29th, with schedules and single-day tickets available on June 3rd.

Record Store Day 2014 is here! {this Saturday}

{Record Store Day 2014}

It's time for Christmas in April, you guys! Yup, Record Store Day 2014 is here, and with it, no less than a few thousand RSD-only exclusive releases that you can't get anywhere else, on any other day. To try and help you wade through it all, here's a few helpful links for you to print / sort / map out as you see fit so you can have the best plan of attack possible on Saturday.

First things first: here's the main site for Record Store Day 2014, and here's the link for RSD-only releases and limited editions.

And while this is by no means exhaustive, here's some our favorite certified RSD-participating shops, in no particular order, with addresses, opening times, and any specials we've found advertised so far.

Easy Street
4559 California Ave SW, West Seattle
{website} // 206.938.EASY
They'll be open Saturday at 7am. Keep an eye out for in-store performance announcements here, and check out their blog for RSD recommendations!

Sonic Boom
2209 NW Market St, Ballard
{website} // 206.297.BOOM
Shopping starts at the regular opening bell (10am). Expect raffles, discounts, and even a live performance later in the day (St. Paul & The Broken Bones at 6pm).

Everyday Music
1520 10th Ave E, Capitol Hill
{website} // 206.568.3321
Everyday will be opening an hour early -- 8am -- with performances going strong from noon til 8:30pm, poster and more details here.

Light In The Attic Records
913 NW 50th St, Ballard
{website}
Per a recent blog post, the shop will be expanding their Saturday hours (usually 12-4p) to 9a - 5p on Saturday. LITA also will have tons of other hand-picked goodies available and a hefty 25% discount on non-RSD merch.

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Don't miss: Temples at Neumos {tonight!}

We'll keep this short and sweet: if you know what's good for you, Seattle, you'll get your butt down to Neumos tonight to see Temples. Simply stated, they're mostly modern post-psych, with the slightest hint of fringe-math sensibility -- maybe a few jazz theory classes, perhaps? -- and we mean that as a compliment. RIYL: the most recent Tame Impala record; bands that are tight as shit.

That Kinks cover is killer and all, but really, they'll sound more like this:

Right? Seriously.

Bring your earplugs and get there early!

{8pm / $15 adv / 21+. Drowners open.}

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