THE U.SUAL.S.A. IS OUT
"It was written the day Darren Wilson got off without being charged for Michael Brown's murder," says RebelMart's Scott M.X. Turner. "We're part of the crowd that's standing up, speaking out on police violence."
TORTOPALOOZA 2014 12/6 ROUND-UP
Another fine December celebration -- cream-of-the-West-Seattle-scene bands, scandalous behavior, and early holiday cheer. RebelMart played its last 2014 show as part of a fine bill that featured The Brian Marshall Band, Sweet Jesus and David Cinnamon's new ensemble. Below of pix taken by our good pal Greg Poppe.
ONLY REMAINING REBELMART SHOW OF 2014 ANNOUNCED
Ending a six-month live hiatus, RebelMart will perform at West Seattle's legendary Tortopalooza 2014 on Saturday, December 6. The Benbow Room is the venue for this year's Tortopalooza. Other acts announced are the Brian Marshall Band and Sweet Jesus, with more to be added in the weeks ahead.
BENBOW ROOM GRAND OPENING 6/20
What a night it was -- the big explosive grand opening of the Benbow Room -- big loud and rock'n'roll. And that's just the room. RebelMart tested the tensile strength of the stage as we normally do. We were glad to share that now-determined-to-be-solid stage with In Cahoots, Gunn And The Damage Done and Dyslexic 33. And yes, folks took pix. Thanks to Grady Tyree, Rani Weatherbee, Greg Poppe, Kurt Einar Armbruster and Robert Kuhar.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26
On June 26, RebelMart returns to the Nectar Lounge in Fremont to headline an explosive four-band bill. Join us and our pals Poverty Bay, Sundog and the Naked Gypsies for an all-out summer's here! bash.
The Nectar is the scene of some of RebelMart's greatest shows. It's also one of the best places to spend an early summer evening.
SHOWS, MAY AND JULY
Two new bookings added to the slate.
On May 16, RebelMart will make its Slim's Last Chance Saloon debut. Also on the bill at this Seattle hotspot are Marieke & The Go Get 'Em Boys and the Randy Hicks Band.
On July 6, the band returns to the High Dive in Fremont, the scene of some of RebelMart's most infamous gigs. We'll be playing with Alki Jones, and The Rainy Day Devils. The perfect way to end this year's July 4th weekend.
Head to our Shows page for more details.
FAN FOTOS NECTAR 3/19
It was a slugfest -- full of Irish rebel songs, bruised bones and group-sings deluxe. Thanks to Contributions from Oris Slind, Robert Kuhar, Kurt Armbruster, Kurt Armbrust (SERIOUSLY, they're two different people!) and Lalo Martinez for the stunning pix.
Filmed by Brian Marshall at the Nectar Lounge on March 19th, the new RebelMart video for "Epicenter Our Town" is out.
SLAB ALL-AGES SHOW FEB 1 FAN PIX
A great night at the SLAB stage at the Seattle Drum School in Georgetown on February 1. Yo Zomby brought the noise, and Full Life Crisis opened the night. Big thanks to TBASA, Yo Zomby and Libby Molamphy for the pix.
THE MIX JANUARY 18 FANS PIX
A great gig at The Mix in Georgetown. Openers Johny Las Vegas (from Olympia) and Good Men And Thorough brought the noise. We debuted our four-man lineup -- Patrick, Dave, Ian and Scott. Here's the photo evidence that it was a night to behold. Pix by Stephanie Passantino and RAT.
MARCH 19 AT THE NECTAR LOUNGE
RebelMart has announced a return to the Nectar Lounge in Fremont. We'll be joined on the bill by In Cahoots, Poverty Bay and the Dunnhill Players. Tickets are $5 and available online or from members of the band directly.
HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA FANS' PIX
We had a blast at the RebelMart Holiday Extravaganza on December 18th at the Nectar Lounge in Fremont, Seattle. Poverty Bay, Pyramid Lake and Variations joined us on the bill. A good turnout saw how RebelMart treats Christmas tunes -- with equal parts loving respect and harsh rejoinder. Ian sang Weird Al's "The Night Santa Went Crazy," Scott sang "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," Dave did a sleigh-bells solo, and the entire band joined in for a reggae version of the soul classic "Santa Claus Was A Black Man." Akim & Teddy's 1973 classic was a last-minute addition to the set list, all for the tender ears of Fox News' Megan Kelly. Here're some of the pix sent to us from the show. Big thanks to Ashley Marie, Brian Marshall, Oris Slind and Greg Poppe for these.
JINNEMAN PIX FROM 11/15 AT THE MIX
West Seattle photographer John Jinneman was at our mid-November gig at The Mix. Shooting nearly 900 photos, John's sent the best to us. Feast your eyes on these. More to come, too.
REBELMART RELEASES MANDELA TRIBUTE
On December 5th, when the news broke, RebelMart recorded "Mandiba," a free-streaming tribute to Nelson Mandela. It's available for listening by clicking on the graphic.
This weekend was the fifth edition of Tortapalooza, the annual showcase of West Seattle talent on the occasion of local legend Joe Tortorice's birthday. We headlined a bill that included the Brian Marshall Band, The Bend and Hobosexual. Shadowland was the host venue. Pix by Rheanna Hoover and Sarah Noll.
NEW ALBUM IN OUR HOMETOWN STORE
Black River Rising is now available in our hometown record store. Stop by Easy Street Records at the West Seattle Junction to pick up your copy of our brand new album. If they're out, ask your friendly ESR clerk to order more. Thanks, Easy Street!
REBELMART ON THE RADIO
RebelMart on the Radio! Black River Radio in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood will be playing cuts from our new album Black River Rising tonight at 7pm (west coast time). Listen on the FM dial at 101.9, or by streaming at http://blackriverradio.org/ and hear DJ Xtian S'later spin the platters that matter.
If you miss tonight's broadcast, the shows are archived at the Black River Radio page.
Yes, the confluence of Black River Radio and Black River Rising is undeniable.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS COVERS
BLACK RIVER RISING
The Daily News' Michael O'Keeffe writes about RebelMart's new album in the November 3, 2013 edition of the top-selling New York tabloid. O'Keeffe suggests "Scoundrel Man" sounds like a Joe Strummer song had Joe been a baseball fan, and that "Reality Upgrade" might be at home on the soundtrack to the movie Shaft. High praise indeed. Go here for the piece and scroll down.
FROM THE SEATTLE WEEKLY
Gwendolyn Elliot, writing in the Seattle Weekly, had this to say before this week's High Dive show:
"Rebelmart is the 'rock, folk, reggae, Irish, country, and punk' music of Scott Turner and Ian Hill—the latter of whom, with a team of investors, recently put in a bid to purchase the troubled Comet Tavern. Rebelmart’s genre-fused rock is a good metaphor for the bar, which over the years has been a second home to everyone from poets, actors, and political organizers to punks and grunge rockers. This show is NOT happening at the Comet, but across town at the High Dive, a venerable venue with its own story to tell. If you love the Comet, however, you should head out to this show—and support this band—because all proceeds will go to the nonprofit New Beginnings, which provides advocacy and shelter to victims of domestic violence. Ian Hill—geez, what a nice dude."
NEW BEGINNINGS BENEFIT AT HIGH DIVE
Here are a couple of pix, courtesy of Leslie Soto and Greg Poppe, from last night's gig at the High Dive in support of New Beginnings, an agency that provides assistance to victims of domestic abuse. It was a fine evening, fitting of the Emma Goldman's defiant insistence that rebellion not be the province of dullards: "If I can't dance I don't want to be in your revolution."
REBELMART TO PLAY BENEFIT
FOR NON-PROFIT FIGHTING
FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS
RebelMart will headline a benefit for New Beginnings, which provides shelter, advocacy and support for battered women and their children, and attempts to change attitudes and social institutions that foster and perpetuate violence. The event, which also features Poverty Bay and Darin Jones and Caleb Fischer, takes place Wednesday, October 23 at The High Dive in Fremont, Seattle.
8:00, FREE, 21+.
The High Dive: 513 N 36th St Seattle, WA 98103, (206) 632-0212, club website
NEW WEBSITE PAGE: ON-LINE BOOKLET
The digital booklet for RebelMart's new Black River Rising album is now available on the band's website. It's included in album's iTunes download, but for purchasers buying the album on other internet stores and as a CD in local record stores and at shows, it's been unavailable until now. The pages can be clicked and saved or just glimpsed. Head to our Booklet page for all of Black River Rising's lyrics, photos and credits
ALBUM RELEASE AT THE STARLITE
On Tuesday, October 22 RebelMart celebrated the release of Black River Rising at the weekly Starlite singer/songwriter night at West Seattle's Shadowland bar. The band met at the weekly event, hosted by Patrick Smail, and hit the stage for a three-song set with stripped-down drums and amps.
"The Greatest Machine," "The What Comes Next" and "Epicenter Our Town" filled out the set -- the same number of songs each performer gets each week at the Starlite. Jesse Herynckx, who sang on the album version of "The What Comes Next," joined in for the song's live rendering. Thanks to Bob Kuhar, David Cinnamon and Gregg Poppe for the photos.
NEW WEBSITE PAGE: POSTERS
Gone -- mostly -- are the days of wheatpasting. Now, bands do it in the web-ether. Here're a lot the posters we've designed, and a few others have, over the last few years. Head to the Posters page for all of the full-color fun.
BLACK RIVER RISING
RebelMart's new album, Black River Rising, has be released in all major on-line stores. Recorded in the summer of '13 at Cobra Studios in Seattle, BRR features eight songs encompassing rock, punk, reggae, dub, soul and country.
Produced by Scott M.X. Turner and engineered by Brian Marshall, the new album takes on issues of the day with intensity and tenderness.
The album kicks off with "The Greatest Machine," a punk call-to-arms. "The Prophet Conquistador" is a driving reggae track about hubris and insanity. "Epicenter Our Town," is a rocker dating back to the 1989 Bay Area earthquake. "Reality Updgrade" is a soul funk poem about baseball legend Curt Flood, who sacrificed his career to fight for workers rights in the U.S. Another baseball legend, maverick owner Bill Veeck, is the subject of the punk rock tribute "Scoundrel Man." The deeply personal "Jimmy Of The Rockaways" celebrates our friend Jimmy MacDowell, who fought for everyone around him but could never keep his own life together. "The Dub Conquistador" goes further up the sonic river. The album closes out with "The What Comes Next," a country ballad for these times.
Joining RebelMart on Black River Rising are West Seattle musical luminaries Patrick Smail (The Bend), Jesse Herinckx (The Brian Marshall Band) and Brian Marshall himself.
Staff: Bitters (drums, backing vocals), Scott M.X. (guitars, keyboards, lead vocals), Wise Man (bass, backing vocals)