12. Capping Day – Seattle Art Museum
Vanderpool: [This was] for the opening of the EMP’s “Women Who rock” exhibit and the ACT theater’s play These Streets, written by Greta Harley and Stranger “genius award” winner Sarah Rudinoff, loosely based on their experiences as women-folk in Seattle’s male-dominated “Grunge” heyday. Capping Day won the EMI Records/Snickers Candy Bar prize as the “best unsigned band in America” circa 1989 (they got hosed by EMI with a cash payment instead of the recording contract they were promised), they slayed the few who stuck around to see their reunion when the recorded dance music spun by KEXP DJ’s started down the hall, and I’m not just saying that because I’m married to their guitar player Laura Weller. Really, Ann and Nancy Wilson would do well to cover some of their songs.
11. Grant Lee Phillips – The Triple Door
10. Industry People / The Jilly Rizzo / Green Pajamas – Slim’s Last Chance Saloon
9. Black Pussy – West Seattle Street Fair
Vanderpool: It’s true, I like Black Pussy. Alright, so it’s not a “club”, but this band from Portland had the 70’s sludge-fest thing DOWN, replete with huge stacks of Portland-made vintage Sunn amplifiers and coiled “pig tail” guitar cords, and blew away what crowd didn’t go down to Georgetown with 50,000 of their closest friends for Sub Pop Records 25th anniversary show, which they lied about and told
8. Oblivians – Neumos
7. Obits – Neumos
6. Mono Men – Green Frog Tavern (Bellingham)
Beatnik: I remember having ear plugs lodged into my ears (scraping my brain) and still having my skull rattled. Bellingham’s angrier, 1990s version of the Sonics roared through 90 minutes of no-bullsh*t rock ‘n roll in the confines of a tiny tavern on the edge of downtown. Just a few months later they would be playing a stadium in Brazil as part of the Porão do Rock Brasília 2013.
5. Girl Trouble – Chop Suey
Vanderpool: Tacoma’s longest-running band (they’ve been avoiding fame since 1984) celebrated the 20th anniversary of their Hit It Or Quit It album in one of their best shows since they opened for The Sonics in the Paramount Theater on Halloween 3 years ago…naturally they had collectibles (4 different buttons, one from each band member that you had to get from the band member), candy thrown from the stage, and a dynamite opening act in the form of longtime Seattle garage-rockers The Fall Outs.
4. Hank III – Showbox at the Market
3. The Cult – Showbox SoDo
2. Mudhoney – Full Tilt Ice Cream
Vanderpool: The legendary Seattle band joins The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia as the only rockers with an ice cream flavor named after them and put on a LONG (much longer than they played at Easy Street Records or On Top of the f***ing Space Needle) show reminiscent of Seattle’s Olden Daze at The Ditto Tavern or The Vogue. I like ‘em small, as they say in their new not-so-much hit song.
1. The Sonics – Showbox at the Market
Beatnik: (Sigh) hot damn, man. That band can’t do wrong.