June 28th: The Best Release From A Seattle Group Since Nirvana’s “In Utero”

Say what? But…but Fleet Foxes!! What about Death Cab?? Alright, maybe Modest Mouse’s ’97 release The Lonesome Crowded West. I will still put money down right now that says nothing will be able to beat Shabazz Palaces’  Sub Pop debut. Black Up is going to be something to be cherished by a Seattle music community desperate to make major waves nationally. We are at a point where Seattle groups are consistently reaching a national audience but not in such a way that makes the local community eager to share and revel in this success. Take acts such as Death Cab, Minus the Bear, and especially newcomers The Head and the Heart. These are groups that tour nationwide and have found a varying extent of mainstream and independent success, yet they do not play very many local shows and the Stranger-reading indie crowd dismisses them as “not that good” or “horrible”.  In preparation for a landmark release that could make a mark nationwide while earning local praise and adoration, I will be reviewing the first two Shabazz Palaces EP’s in the coming days, in an attempt to explain how and why the group matters. 

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I am a student at the University of Washington, majoring in Percussion Performance and Music Education. View all posts by ctrimis

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