Eventually, it was time to go to the Crocodile for the (second to the) last Carissa's Wierd show ever. I met Kate & Carole there and we heard a little of the Six Parts Seven, I ate macaroni and cheese, and then we listened to the band. It was a really good last show, and the circumstances made their usually sad songs seem a little sadder. I hope their new projects are as good as Carissa's Wierd, but I don't know if that's possible.
After the show (which was early, all ages), we went to Luscious for more musical amazement. So, Luscious is a third story loft in Pioneer Square and when we get there it's not yet very full of people sitting on the wood floor and some are selling beer from a plastic tub. We look around and stake out some floor real estate to wait for the bands. First are the Mools, from Japan. The lead singer/guitarist takes off his shoes before playing and does lots of screaming and bouncing around and singing in Japanese and not really speaking English at all. He tries, directing us to buy their merch and I think that pretty much everyone is charmed.
After they play a small Japanese woman, Nikaidoh Kazumi, takes the stage with her guitar. She starts playing and making strangeish animal noises and for ten seconds we start to wonder what the hell is going on. But the ten seconds pass and her voice is beautiful like some fantastic instrument. She, too, says a few phrases in English and we are in love with her.
Xiu Xiu is next with his laptop-harmonium but without the miniature guitar (which has been replaced with a standard electric guitar with flair all over the strap). By "Xiu Xiu" I mean "Jamie Stewart". I don't know what to think of Xiu Xiu. It is definitely a spectacle, and seems really honest and intense.
Then we have "Mount Eerie" which is theoretically different from "The Microphones" and consists of Phil Elvrum and the Mools with special guest Nikaidoh Kazumi. Phil Elvrum is playing the steel drum and is occasionally bouncing around like crazy. Somehow he communicates with the rest of the band. He stops for a bathroom break and takes questions from the audience. By the end, his socks are removed and he's playing the guitar and leading us in a sing-along. It was all very magical. By "it" I mean "Phil Elvrum".
While you may be saddened to have missed this show, you will have another chance -- mark your calendars: the Mount Eerie tour ends on November 29 at Luscious for the last ever Slender Means Society production.