100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 36: Jim Basnight

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, get ready for our sixth annual year-end daily local music showcase, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’ll be showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about. For the fourth year in a row, the showcase is once again presented by Verity Credit Union.

Make sure you are checking the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter on a daily basis to stay on top of all the bands featured and be sure to follow Verity and NW_Music_Scene on there. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the spotlight yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s featured act is Jim Basnight.

About the band: 

Earlier this year we reviewed Not Changing from long-time northwest rocker Jim Basnight and the album found its way onto our playlist and it still hasn’t left.  

Here’s some of what we had to say in our review from February:

Jim Basnight is a Northwest perennial, best known for his new wavy combo the Moberlys, but also a figure in such outfits as the Meyce, the Rockinghams, and as a solo act. He’s ventured away from the Northwest, having lived in NYC and LA, but, like a homing pigeon, he invariably returns to our neck of the woods. He’s currently sequestered in Indianola (that would be in Kitsap County), and has just released his first album in seven years, Not Changing.

Unsurprisingly, there’s plenty of Basnight’s trademark power pop, but the album’s also something of a musical buffet. The opening track, “Code to Live By,” is a laid-back, contemplative toe tapper; don’t look at the calendar, and the more uptempo “Never Get Lost” might make you think you’re back in the early 1980s (the Raspberries come to mind). “Second Street” sinks the hook in deep from the very beginning, in a portrait about the slightly seedier side of the boulevard.

You can also detect some classic influences (at least these ears can). “Big Bang” has some of the bawling, drawling blues of the Rolling Stones (there’s also a Jagger-esque touch to the vocals in “Best Love in the World”). Pay attention to the lyrics of “Avenue of the Star”; it has the same nonsensical wordplay of Paul McCartney’s Ram era. And speaking of wordplay, I can’t help it — the title of “Making Love for a Living” makes me think of nothing so much as pursuing a career as a porn star. Check out the rest of the review HERE.

Have a listen to one of the tracks below and we’re sure you’ll be grooving on it too!

Catch Jim Basnight live at one of these upcoming gigs :

Wednesday October 30th at Denny Park in Seattle WA at Noon (solo)
Thursday November 7th at HUB Gig Harbor in Gig Harbor WA at 5:30PM (solo)
Saturday November 16th at Lake Stevens (WA) Buzz Inn at 9PM

For more live dates, check Basnight’s schedule HERE.


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Submissions for 100 Bands in 100 Days are still open to any Pacific Northwest band interested in submitting. If you would like to submit for a chance to be featured in this segment, consult this link for more information on how you can do so.

A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner. 

As an added bonus this year, House Of Cannabis will be playing the featured bands in each of their three Washington locations.

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