It is the annual American tradition of Sportsball Sunday on February 1st. My local team, the Seattle Seahawks, are up against the Evil Empire of the National Football League, the New England Patriots. Tom Brady is Darth Vader and Bill Belichick is the Emperor. Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, and the rest of the Hawks will be up for the task.
I have assembled a list of my favorite Seattle/PacNorthwest artists as way to keep my head in Seattle and rooting for my Hawks.
1. “Hunger Strike” – Pearl Jam featuring Sleater-Kinney
Leading off with two Pacific Northwest mainstays, Pearl Jam breaks out the Temple of the Dog and lets Corrin sing a fantastic version of the Chris Cornell verses. I seriously prefer this version over the original, unlike most of the menz commentors on YouTube.
2. “No Cities To Love” – Sleater-Kinney
Title track off of the fantastic new album. I really am just listening to it all the time to prepare for the concert in two weeks!
The first video, which is the official video, is just really cool celebrities listening and jamming along. Ellen Page is adorable, y’all.
3. “Queens” – THEESatisfaction
A great hip hop duo from Seattle, they are dropping a new album this year. I am excited.
4. “The Ave” – Blue Scholars
This song pretty much made my year in 2007. Blue Scholars are some of the best hip hop Seattle has ever produced (sorry, Wacklemore). I used to live by the Ave so this song really has some significant meaning to me. It is also a testament to the historical record, and it’s sad to see how much the Ave has been changed and developed even since 2007.
5. “Precious Blood” – The Gits
I am a latecomer to the Gits love. My friend Katie introduced me a few months back. They’re pretty great, and Mia Zapata’s story is definitely one of tragedy.
6. “Wrong Way/One Way” – RVIVR
A great newish punk band from Olympia. I found out about them thanks to my great friend from Australia, Stephanie.
7. “Seven” – Sunny Day Real Estate
Definitely an all-time favorite here. I feel that Sunny Day Real Estate encapsulates the weather and emotions of living in Seattle the best out of any band. The loneliness and the awesomeness of living in Seattle comes through their music. Bonus points for being so old that Jon Stewart was hosting a show on MTV (back when MTV still showed music).
8. “The Glow Part 2” – The Microphones
The Microphones, much like my beloved Mountain Goats, are basically one guy, Phil Elvrum. His music is such an important snapshot of the early 2000s in the Northwest. I had the chance to see him in 2001 and it was pretty awesome.
9. “Heart Cooks Brain” – Modest Mouse
Off of my favorite MM record, The Lonesome Crowded West, this song rocks. I love early Modest Mouse. They are so weird.
10. “About A Girl” – Nirvana
I couldn’t make a list without Kurt, Krist, and Dave, could I? To be fair, though, Dave isn’t on this track. I still love this song. Probably in my top 5 favorite Nirvana songs.
Go Hawks! Let’s repeat! Sorry for your Sportsball interruption.