August 4, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 31
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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Joshua Radin mini-interview coming next week; James Blunt announces November concert; kind words to Seattle Gay News from Vienna Teng; seven-disc box set is a gem for Bjork fans
Joshua Radin answers serious (and not so serious questions) next week

In June, I introduced you to an impressive new artist named Joshua Radin, who had just released a stunning debut entitled We Were Here. While in Seattle to open a concert for Mat Kearney at Chop Suey, I kidnapped him for an afternoon walk on Capitol Hill before his scheduled sound check. Since then, he's toured non-stop around the country and his album scored a 4-star review in Rolling Stone magazine. Four stars! He's also been writing music for Zach Braff's forthcoming foreign language film Open Hearts. Radin was back in town last week for a sold out performance with Katie Melua at The Triple Door. Didn't catch the show? No worries. He returns to Seattle on August 13 for a concert at Neumo's, opening for Anna "Breathe (2 am)" Nalick. But before that happens, he's going to make a pit stop in "The Music Lounge" to bring us up to speed on all things Joshua Radin. Get tickets now to see him in person at Neumo's. And get to know Radin's serious (and not so serious side) next week by grabbing a copy of the Seattle Gay News or checking it out online at Does he get personal in this interview? Well, he promises to reveal the kind of underwear hiding behind his jeans. So yeah, it gets a little personal.

James Blunt at Everett Events Center, November 6

You've heard his music. You've seen what he looks like. You watched him on Oprah. But here's what you don't know about James Blunt. We had him first at Seattle Gay News. We were the first Gay publication in the country to print a full interview with him in February of this year. In fact, Blunt could have refused the interview request. But he didn't. Instead, he very nicely phoned in from Amsterdam, where he was to perform just hours later for a sold out crowd. He was funny, polite, naughty and down to earth. I was invited to meet him backstage after his sold out concert at the Paramount Theatre in April and he was a total sweetie. Needless to say, I loves me some James Blunt. And if you loves you some James Blunt too, then let's love him together when he revisits the Seattle area on November 6 at the Everett Events Center. It's not my favorite place to see a show, but fuck it - we're talking about James Blunt. Tickets go on sale August 14.

Vienna Teng dedicates two songs to Seattle Gay News during Chop Suey show

A big thank you to everyone who came out to the Vienna Teng-Duncan Sheik concert last weekend at Chop Suey. During her one-hour set, Teng dedicated a pair of songs to the Seattle Gay News in thanks for sponsoring the show. "City Hall" was the latter of the two songs she dedicated to us, a track she wrote for her new album Dreaming Through the Noise that was written in the aftermath of the San Francisco headlines of 2004 when Mayor Gavin Newsom allowed same-sex couples to marry there. After her performance, Teng signed autographs for several fans that lined up to buy her just-released CD. She definitely drew a good share of Gay men to the concert, some who danced with their partners or close friends inside the intimate club. There weren't as many people at the show as I'd hoped would be, mainly because it went head-to-head with the Capitol Hill Block Party, Seafair Torchlight Parade and a few neighborhood festivals in Seattle. But the crowd that did come out was very attentive and appreciative. Inside her tour bus later, Teng further extended her gratitude to the Seattle Gay News and its readership for their support. She'll likely return to Seattle next spring, if not sooner.

Bjork's multi-disc box set Surrounded is a must-have for diehards

Is there a Bjork fan turning a year older in your near future? Do you know a Bjork diehard who deserves more than a hug for just being there and sticking by your side? Or, are you feeling generous and can think of someone that would go apeshit over a Bjork collector's item? Okay then. Run, don't walk, to the record store or go online and purchase the artist's seven-disc set Surrounded for them. It's the closest thing to Bjork heaven as they'll get, with original and remastered copies of the Icelandic diva's albums Debut, Post, Homogenic, Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medulla and Drawing Restraint 9. The beautiful cranberry-colored box set also comes with 26 music videos in DVD format, found on the flipside of five of the seven discs. You can't go wrong buying this for a Bjork fan because every one of her albums is included in the collection. Even as an early holiday present or a parting gift, or my favorite - a "just because" show of affection, Surrounded is a definite must-have for strong supporters of the alternative music darling and for those curious to hear what she's all about. Surrounded is in stores now.

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