FREE! FREE! FREE!
I knew that would grab your attention. I don’t know about you, but I think free is a great price. When I heard that one of my all-time favorite bands was playing for free at Easy Street Records (http://easystreetonline.com/) I was ecstatic! I was also excited to hear that they had a new album out. And even though the show was free, out of respect, people are kind of expected to buy it. I did not, for a few reasons:
- The line was extremely long.
- I already had access to it online, legitimately I might add.
- I’m broke, hence the excitement over free stuff.
Anyway, the six song show that Helio Sequence (http://www.heliosequence.com/) put on in celebration of their new album Negotiations was amazing. It was meant to be a teaser I’m sure, in order to keep you wanting more. But what good performance doesn’t? I had only listened to the full length a few times via Spin Magazine’s online review, and was indifferent. But after hearing it on stage I was certainly sold. Their music has greatly evolved since I first saw them in 06.
It was the first time I’d ever been to a show before gaining interest of the new release. Usually bands record an album, then tour. Just an fyi, in a recent Q&A I attended lead by Mr. Ian Mackaye, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_MacKaye) the professor of punk, he mentioned that it’s all backwards. Bands should tour, make money from that tour, then spend that money on recording. Makes complete sense to me, more so for new up and coming bands though.
Surprisingly, it was also the first time I’d ever been to or seen a show there considering they’ve been open since 2004 (so many first times!). Historically I’ve done most of my record store shopping and loitering at Sonic Boom in Ballard, who by the way also puts on free shows from time to time. After speaking with the manager of Easy Street, Morgan Chosnyk, I realized this is one reason stores are able to stay open in this day and age of record store obsolescence. Other reasons: cheap used music and cool merch.
Hey, whatever keeps the doors open! I love live music and I love record stores! And admittedly, even though I spend much less money on hard copies, I enjoy what they have to offer; free in-store performances, VERY good, reasonably priced used music, cool band merchandise, listening stations, and classic ambiance. More killer in-store performances to come! Check it! Recommendations: Sera Cahoone and Maldives.