Posts tagged: Jon Armstrong

Slumgum/Post lengths

By , April 27, 2011 3:18 pm

 

This past weekend the group Slumgum came to Seattle as part of their album release tour.  Slumgum is a quartet that plays a blend of free and composed elements that give them a really individual sound, sometimes delicate and other times in your face, sometimes long waves of sounds and other times precise rhythms, sometimes loose improvisations and other times intricate composed melodies.  The result is a style that is a lot of things all at once, and a really creative band that works as a team to bring a creative experience to the listener without losing interest or energy.  They’re awesome. 

My old roommate and friend Jon Armstrong, who graciously offered up his residence to all of us in Hardcoretet when we played with Slumgum in L.A. a while back, is the saxophonist in Slumgum, and it was wonderful to get the chance to catch up with him as well as talk to Trevor, Dave, and Rory a little bit about the band.  As it always happens with these kinds of conversations, I end up going Chris Farley on myself (“stupid, STUPID!”) 5 minutes after or the next day thinking of what I should have said or asked and wondering why the heck I said whatever it was I said.  And, of course, there was so much more I wanted to cover, but I guess I also didn’t want to corner them in an hour-long music conversation; another time, I suppose.

That’s it for now.  I’m planning on changing up the blogging a bit here.  Past posts have been fairly long, which has set up kind of a self-imposed pressure to only write if I can write extensively, and those longer posts can often be intimidating reading as well.  I’m hoping that with shorter entries from here on out, I can write more often and with more variety, and you will enjoy the site a little more too.

Stay tuned!

Art

Hardcoretet Tourblog, days 2 and 3

By , October 21, 2009 2:02 pm

Bocci’s Cellar Monday night began as possible tragedy but ended in triumph. We arrived to the gig to find another band set up inside…the gig had been double booked!

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Fearless leader Abouzied was on the case:

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Eventually it was determined that the other band would play a set, and we would follow, so we settled in at the bar:

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During the first set though, Tim thought up the idea of just opening up our set so that in addition to some of our music, the Santa Cruz guys could sit in and we could all play together. The result was fun had by all. Thanks to Barry, Ben, Jake, Stuart, and Melanie for making our night!

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Day 3 found us grabbing a little Continental breakfast courtesy of the Comfort Inn, and hitting the road for L.A. We rolled in around 5:30 and settled in at our friend Jon’s house. We met his lady friend Erin and his roommate Sarah, and at about 6:30 Jon got back from work:

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Jon is my best friend from my time at UW, and it’s a crying shame I haven’t been in touch with him more, but it was incredible to see him again. It was also great to hang out with Erin and all of Jon’s friends, who are all awesome people!

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Unfortunately, guess who forgot their camera at the house after leaving for the gig at Juanita’s last night? FYI, it went really well. The crowd was super supportive and all of the bands killed it.  Jon’s group Slumgum freely moved between slower, more expressive melodies, free jazz, and rhythmic ideas, Chicano Batman was a great rock band that incorporated some Cumbia rhythms with wah guitar and organ, and Hardcoretet closed the night doing our thing.  all in all, a great couple of nights!

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