Sept 30, 2005
Volume 33
Issue 39

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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
You're probably wanting to know about our Franz Ferdinand giveaway, eh? Well, I won't keep you waiting. Here's what we got. The Seattle Gay News' "Franz Ferdinand Central" and Manray Video Bar, along with 107.7 FM (The End) have teamed up to offer six Franz Ferdinand fans a really, really far out time. Four of these winners will receive tickets to Franz Ferdinand's second of two shows, on October 2 at the Paramount Theatre. In other words, we have two pairs of tickets to give away. The other two winners won't get to see Franz Ferdinand at the Paramount Theatre. Instead, we're spoiling them royally by giving them passes to see the three-time Grammy nominees and Mercury Music Prize recipients in an intimate performance at an undisclosed location. How cool is that?! You get to see Franz Ferdinand in a private setting with a select group of folks. The place to win all of this good stuff is Manray during "Alternative Tuesdays" on September 27. Start time is 9:30ish. There is no cover charge. At "Alternative Tuesdays", you can watch a variety of music videos by your favorite alternative pop and rock artists, like Coldplay, Tegan and Sara, Jimmy Eat World, Travis, The Strokes, Scissor Sisters, Foo Fighters and Gorillaz. And of course, because it's Franz Ferdinand night, we'll be playing several videos of theirs as well. This is all part of the SGN's "Franz Ferdinand Central".

Franz Ferdinand's new album You Could Have It So Much Better is deliciously good

When you're on top of the world, the hardest thing to do is keep your balance and not fall off. Scottish quartet Franz Ferdinand manages to do just that on their second outing You Could Have It So Much Better, hitting record stores on October 4. As part of "Franz Ferdinand Central", the SGN is giving you early buzz on the new record. I got an advance copy of it this week and I'm telling you, it's pretty damn good. It's more diverse than the band's debut, which the SGN chose as "Album/CD of the Year of 2004". The first released single "You're the Reason I'm Leaving" is a fast-paced number that'll make you do cartwheels in no time flat. The same can be said for "Evil and a Heathen", "The Fallen" and the title track. So make sure to have your jogging suits ready when you buy the CD because you'll have new music to exercise along to.

This album sounds edgier to me. While my gut says the first record is slightly better, I can seriously see myself warming up to this one in the following days and weeks. You Could Have It So Much Better was recorded in lead singer/guitarist's Alex Kapranos' new digs in the Scottish countryside. The track "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" is the black sheep of the 13-track CD, with undertones of The Beatles and a waltzy backdrop. I enjoyed the twang and bounce of "Well That Was Easy" and I lost five pounds already from dancing to the disco-laced "Outsiders". This will be a great tune to turn up the volume to during a Halloween party. It has that funky, all-out good times feel. Bottom line about Franz Ferdinand's new album: you'll love it if you're a fan of their previous work. But if you haven't picked up the unit's self-titled debut, I recommend picking that up first to become familiar with their energetic, electro-rock sound.

Win an Easy Street Records gift certificate by answering this question...

Answer the question below and send in your answer via email or postal mail to win a $20 gift certificate good for merchandise at any Easy Street Records store. Our gift certificate giveaway continues for the next five weeks.

Music Trivia Question, Week #1 Q: Franz Ferdinand was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2004. What was one of the awards they were up for?

Email your answer to or mail it to: Seattle Gay News, Attn: Music Trivia Answer, 1605 12th Ave., Seattle, WA, 98122. Include an email address and/or evening phone number. No drop-offs or phone calls. Entries for this week's music trivia contest must be received by Thursday, September 29 at 5:00 pm. We will draw one winner from all correct entries at 6:00 pm that same evening. The winner will be notified by email or phone. One entry per person please.

Last week's answer: Randy Schlager is Neighbours' DJ on Saturday nights.

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