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Hidden Number live at the Sunset Tavern, 4pm, Sunday July 19th, $6, 21+

In Events, Hidden Number, News, Shout Outs on July 8, 2009 at 1:15 am
Hidden Number live at Sunset Tavern, 4pm Sunday July 19th, 2009

Hidden Number live at Sunset Tavern, 4pm Sunday July 19th, 2009

The title sez it all.  Yet, dare I also mention that we’re  opening for My Bones and Organs and The Keeper?!  I dare.  Note the very excellent time on Sunday, which will give everyone plenty of time to get home so that they write that important report due Monday.  Please include charts and graphs.  How else will you stay competitive in this economic climate?  We are staying competitive by throwing in some Misfits songs in our set.

Dare I also direct you to a top notch video of our Tom Petty cover of “Don’t Come Around Here No More” posted by Chris?  Double dared.

We at Hidden Number hope your Independence Day (or plain vanilla Saturday) was a festive occasion.  A few of us spent time on the very boat from whence came Manos de Plata’s  brand new album, and watched the Seattle fireworks bobbing upon the waters of Lake Union.  We stood in the very chamber in the belly of the Sea Devil, and I double dog dare say that the reverb was palpable.  I hope you appreciate that the next time you listen.



John Tesh

In Events, Hidden Number, News, Random on May 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm

So yeah, last night’s show ended up being dedicated to John Tesh.  Who saw that coming?   I didn’t catch it, but Jake told us later at hash brown town that in the middle of Human Error, Joe screamed “Teeeeeeeeeeeeeesh!” a la Wrath of Khan.

We talked to Datura Blues about some future shows, so good things.   PLUS, you just can’t go wrong with Malachi running your sound.  He’s like an audio talisman.  PLUS, we got Super Fan bringing the party.  Everybody wins.  And then Mark totally shows up with photos from the Josephine show and a VHS of our last gig with My Bones and Organs.   Let’s see if we’re not too shy to post any of it.

So yeah, not much else to talk about this time… Any ideas on future blog posts from us?  Anything you want to discuss.  The internet is your oyster.



Hidden Number live at Rendezvous, Friday May 29, 2009, 10pm, $5, 21+

In Events, Hidden Number, News on May 17, 2009 at 1:02 am
Hidden Number live at Rendezvous, Friday May 29, 2009, 10pm, $5

Hidden Number live at Rendezvous, Friday May 29, 2009, 10pm, $5

We are having our monthly attendance gathering of individuals to determine the approved minimum suitable levels of ROCK MUSIC THAT WILL OBLITERATE YOUR SOUL, after having some delicious tempura artichoke hearts (my favorite, and yours). This is again one of the few chances for HN fans to come early to a show, consume tempura artichoke hearts, and then experience an evening of music appropriate to a consistent aesthetic, yo.

You should check out Datura Blues and Black Science on their websites in preparation.

Update: (apologies to those on the newsletter; usually we tell you first) We are playing an updated version of Friends for Ever. Update x 2: Dean’s gonna record Black Science in a couple weeks in Magnets Large & Small.

In other news, Joe’s gonna procreate, we still have a poll open, and we recorded some tracks for Friends for ever, fang to death, human error, and will be recording You Are Transparent next.



POST-grunge podcast

In Hidden Number, News, Shout Outs on May 10, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I just wanted to get the word out about our buddy Brooker’s podcast for his regular POST-grunge compilation of local Seattle music. In his words:

Listen on your computer or I-pod to 10 songs from POST-grunge II, a compilation of modern rock bands from the Pacific Northwest, released in 2008. This podcast features songs by: Bacchus, Greenriver Thrillers, Hollywood Lightweights, The Keeper, Warning: Danger!, X’s For I’s, Hidden Number, Manos De Plata, Lozen, & Hearseburner.

POST-grunge Podcast:

Whatya think?



We’re sick

In Hidden Number, News, Reviews, Shout Outs on March 7, 2009 at 3:33 am

It happened.  We got sick.  And by sick, I mean siiiiiiiiiick.  So siiiiiiiick that (Sic) Things did a review of our last album, Burn Alive.

What do you think?  Do you agree with their assessment of our heaviness?




Hidden Number Live Thurs March 5, at the Jewel Box Theater (Rendezvous), 10pm, 21+

In Events, Hidden Number, News on March 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Hidden Number live at the Jewel Box Theater (Rendezvous), March 5th, 2009, 10pm, $5, 21+
It’s been a while, but the tempura artichoke hearts just keep calling us back to the Jewel Box Theater.  That, and we get to chill with our buds

Smooth Sailing
My Bones and Organs

 We’ll be playing a slightly more honed version of our new song, Midnight Beachboy.  Josh wrote it, so he can stay in our band.

In other news, we hung out with Brooker (from POST-grunge) last night to celebrate his birthday party, and it’s pretty shocking how large our community of bands, friends, and fans is growing.  It’s clear that we need to put together some more compilations, because it’s getting confusing how many side projects we’re all involved in.  Is there any kind of compilation you want to see?




New Year / New approach

In Hidden Number, News on January 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I just wanted to sort of write down an update on our outlook for the year to come.  This is sort of stream of conciousness, no holds barred kind of thing.  I’ll try to keep it more readable than Courtney Love’s blog posts.

In 2008, we played the most shows ever.  Some would argue that we should ride that wave and play more shows in 2009.  They would lose the argument.  We discussed this long into the night, but came up with the realization that we’ve hit the limit in Seattle.  Venues don’t like the average band to play more than twice/month in the same city, and we just tend to play in the same city.  And it’s hard for the core fans to come see us every time when we play more.  We also want to work hard on our craft.  Especially write more songs.  You can’t write more songs when you spend a great deal of time preparing for a gig, and we don’t want people to have to listen to the same songs every time.  So, one thing we’ll do to balance this out is to try to meet up with everyone in a wider range of venues.  Maybe we’ll get more exposure that way.  We keep playing at bigger places, so that’s looking good.  And we’re going to increase the range of places we play.  We play regularly at the Funhouse, the High Dive, the Skylark, and so on, but we’ll expand. We’re playing in Portland regularly now.  We also are always looking for other places in driving distance.  And we’ve been tossing around the idea of a West Coast tour–oh wait, the economy canceled that.  Congress, the President, and the Financial Industrial Complex spoke with us, and we all agreed that it was best if they just bailed themselves out with the money we were going to use for the tour.  We came to that agreement, because it was best for everyone involved.

Anyway, now that we’re playing the Seattle circuit regularly, we can focus on the quality of the gigs even more.  We don’t want you to be bored.  We’re trying out the concept of doing something new and different at every single show, so that we don’t get bored either.  If we write a song every month or two, it makes things easier.  Plus, stick a cover or two in there, and you can see how things can’t go wrong.  Covers are a fickle mistress, though.  They’re easy to learn, but they’re hard to execute on.  But wrap them up in a snuggly cocoon of Hidden Number gooey goodness, and I think they’ll be smooth enough.  And we’re always looking for new bands to play with.  But you just can’t go wrong with any band on the POST-grunge compilations.  They all kick ass. 

Hidden Number practice

Hidden Number practice

We’re half-way done with an album, but like I say give us another 6 months and we should pretty much have it wrapped up in a little silky bow.  Dean’s got this wild idea of issuing vinyl singles.  There are new songs like Human Error, Friendz 4 Evar!!!1, Fang to Deth, and  U R Transparent.  We’ve been working on electronic versions of songs, too, and let me say, to quote Josh, they’re like HOT FUDGGGGE.  Are you thinking b-side as much as I am?  b-side, meaning the brown side, as in the side that contains ALL THE FUDGE!!!1.  (Again, I quote Josh)  We’re glad Josh brought the magic of FUUUUUDGE. 

What else?  We’re embracing all that is digital, except for the Moog and theramin.  But we’re communicating across the toobs.  We’re collaborating on the webz while we toil at our dayjobs, with email titles such as “band practice agenda” and “set list discussion topic argument”.  And you can’t go wrong with secret online group accounts, where we post all our lyrics and such ilk, while managing a shared calendar of events.  And then there’s the transferring of practice recordings onto USB for day job consumption and recreational analysis.

And the newletters keep broadcasting to the masses.  In this age of RSS, a newsletter is pointless, and yet we must not quit.  Perhaps it’s our way of aiming a pink beam of information directly and personally to you.  So we’ll continue to use the newsletter as our primary method of breaking the latest and greatest news.  Let us know if you want to sign up.  You’ll be cooking Joe’s latest recipe months before anyone else on your block.

It’s a comforting thought that this post, as will all blog posts, eventually make it to the new century’s digital Library of Alexandria, also known as the Internet Archive to be saved for all time.  As information is cached exponentially, how will important works stay findable?  How will the signal pierce the noise?  Or equally important, how will the specific data that correlates to an inquery be fished from the overwhelming ocean of mostly pointless digressions?  At some point in time a source is important, then unimportant, and then important again, as human experience slowly and inevitably nudges the human zeitgeist.  The popular form of internet has only been around for around 20 years. Two hundred  years from now, will this or Courtney Love’s blog be relevent?  Or, like the Library of Alexandria, will all records of human knowledge, including this post, be destroyed by a clash of civilizations? 

Anyway, 2009 is going to kick ass.  What do you think we should do this year?