A great little lineup featuring our buddy, the legendary Baby Gramps, The Gold Hope Duo out of Kingston, New York, a high-octane folkabilly swing and The Bad Things closing out the night with our trademark arsenal of drinking songs and wounded waltzes. What else you gonna do on a Thursday night Ballard? Start the weekend early.
Show starts at 8:30 with Baby Gramps so get there early!
Years ago, in the late 90s and early oughts, Jimmy the Pickpocket and Mad Wilcox were in a band called A Midnite Choir. Back then, long before bands like Gogol Bordello and Devotchka brought “gypsy punk” to the masses, there were only a small handful of bands in the Pacific Northwest that shared a love of accordions, banjos, drinking and songs about bad behavior. Here in Seattle, the Choir, Circus Contraption and bands like Black Cat Orchestra were representing. Down south in Portland, there was The Dolomites led by eccentric accordionist Stevhen Iancu.
Stevhen would sit on a toilet while playing accordion and would also deep fry food inside a garbage can on stage much to the delight, or sometimes disgust, of the front row. One memory that always sticks out is a bill we shared with them at Satyricon in Portland with Reverend Glasseye. Stevhen also enjoyed breathing fire and when the club cut The Dolomite’s sound and then refused to pay them, Stevhen poured lighter fluid on the bar and proceeded to light the bar on fire, resulting in 2 foot flames and a very surprised bartender, who promptly handed over the cash. Ah, the good ‘ol days!
We know we’ve been teasing this new record for going on two years now but the release day is fast approaching! It’s going into the final mixing and mastering sessions next month and it’s time for us to start planning the artwork.
For this release, since we’re releasing it on vinyl, the artwork is going to be very important. So, we’ve decided to source artwork from our talented fans. We just have a feeling that you all can come up with something that we wouldn’t have even thought of.
We are asking artists who are interested to send us their e-mail addresses. At some point during this next week, we’ll send out a general e-mail to everyone that submitted information on the album title and the basic concept of the record and from there, it’s all you. Submit a sketch and If we like your artwork and/or idea, you’ll be hired for the gig once we negotiate fair compensation. If you’re a fan and an artist, this is your chance to immortalize your work FOREVER on, what we feel, is our finest release to date.
Just got word last night that we will be in fact sharing the stage with none other than the legendary X and the equally legendary Blasters on Friday, December 20th at El Corazon!!
These band’s mixture of roots music and punk rock were a major influence on us as a band and as music fans and this is such an amazing opportunity. Get tickets now’ cause this most definitely will sell out.
Also on Friday, we’ll be selling all our merch, physical CDs and downloads for 50% off. We’re just feeling that Black Friday spirit this year or something. Give your friend some Bad Things that don’t involve antibiotics.
Ten years ago, we had the bright idea to throw a weird-ass Halloween party. At the first Cabaret Macabre, we rolled into Georgetown after a crazy night in Portland, playing at Porky’s in Northeast with Reverend Glasseye. Our old banjo player showed up to the gig drunk and ended up attempting some acrobatics off of a table at Porky’s, which ended with him landing squarely in Glasseye’s drum kit! We always knew how to make a good impression on a national act.
So, it was with crippling hangovers that we started this now decade-old celebration in a raw, warehouse space featuring a fine collection of all our weirdo friends. The first one was ramshackle, but somehow, perfect. It was so good that there are folks that have attended every year and since then, it’s been held at Jules Mae’s in Georgetown, the Rendezvous, ACT Theater and, for the last three years, Columbia City Theater.
Here’s Iva Handfull in 2010 at the Columbia City Theater. She’ll be joining us again this year!
The Bad Things will be taking part in Q Nightclub’s “All Bands On Decks” guest DJ series tomorrow Wednesday, October 16 from 10pm to 12am, spinning the music that made us the strange and eclectic band that we are. There’s no cover and drink specials so come on down and share a drink with us, and maybe a spin on the dancefloor.
We’ll see you at one of these fine events this week. Oh, and if you haven’t gotten your tickets for the 10th Annual Cabaret Macabre on Friday, November 1st, we highly suggest picking up a pair before they’re all gone! Look for a #CabMac post in the next week or so with full details on the show.