Daydream Dept.: World's Worst Music Ideas ... "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth? ": The likes of Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne, Rick James and...

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“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth?”: The likes of Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne, Rick James and Slash compete against bottles of distilled spirits. Who will get the geography question right, the Oz or the gin? Bands can upload audio of their practices. Listen to thrilling arguments over who is out of tune, and who was supposed to buy the beer. Interactive site allows clickers to edit sexist music videos, replacing babes in high heels and bikinis with images of the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Bambi, etc.

“Tambourine Star”: Not coordinated enough for “Guitar Hero”? This game might be more your speed.

“Survivorband”: Established bands are assigned new vocalists, from a pool that includes Courtney Love, Britney Spears, Scott Weiland and Kid Rock. Can any survive the impending train wrecks?

Back in the real world…

Seattle’s trapeze, shlock-horror and vaudeville outfit Circus Contraption is about as much fun and stimulation as your brain can experience, sans drugs.

This alternative circus features a rip-roaring house band, which plays from its new CD “The Half-Wit’s Descent” at Neumo’s on Saturday (9 p.m., $10); probably won’t be quite as much fun as the full circus show, but it should be an eye-ear treat of a good time, with tubas, trombones, washboards and theatrical vocalists like Sari Breznau, aka Pinky d’Ambrosia.

Kevin “Chameleo” Hinshaw says this CD is different from Circus Contraption’s previous three: “It’s all ‘band’ songs, as opposed to music from an existing show. It includes songs that the band has played quite a bit, as well as several that have barely seen the light of day. It even includes our cover version of ‘Pink Elephants On Parade’ from ‘Dumbo.’ “

The other circus/band members: Armitage Shanks, Bunny Lamonte, Dexter Mantooth, Ernesto Cellini, Shmootzi the Clod. (Real names: David Crellin, Matt Manges, Joseph Vito Albanese, Colin Ernst, Drew Keriakedes.)

Circus Contraption’s next circus, modestly titled “The Show to End All Shows,” gets up and running May 16. As usual with Circus Contraption, it’s a high-concept show. Hinshaw’s description: “Imagine a small, family-owned touring circus surviving from the 1970s/1980s to perform today, trying to preserve the glitzy excess of that period in the face of a show [and a world] that is starting to crumble.”

• Two of Seattle’s best outside-the-mainstream bands, the Maldives and The Crying Shame, are on a splendid bill at the Tractor Tavern on Saturday (9:30 p.m., $8).

The Crying Shame, a mixture of Tom Waits-esque mournful philosophizing and technically astute musicians, plays from its new CD, “In a Field.”

Dylan Rieck, one of the key Crying Shame players, returns to Seattle to play this show.

Arlan Lackie, the Crying Shame singer, explained the situation in an e-mail: “Dylan is in Austin for one more year finishing up his degree, so we don’t know what will happen after that. We played some great shows over Christmas break with him up here, and then he’ll be around for some of the summer dates.

“But we found we were able to adjust our sound with him gone and still give the songs good energy and range. That was a good discovery! Otherwise, things could have fallen apart.”

Which kind of sounds like a Crying Shame song….

• Some of Seattle’s big hip-hop talents are busy this week.

Onry Ozzborn takes a break from Grayskul, gigging with Mis’Fatale for a show at Nectar tonight (9 p.m., $7).

Also tonight, D. Black, Sonny Bonoho and Dyme Def might blow the doors off the Rendezvous/Jewel Box Theater (10:30 p.m., $5).

And Geologic steps away from Blue Scholars to team up with Kiwi at Chop Suey on Tuesday (9 p.m., $14).

• Tight budget? The High Dive is celebrating its third anniversary with a free show on Saturday night (9 p.m.). The Heavy Hearts, Cute Lepers (Steve E. Nix from the Briefs) and a surprise act will be on the bill.

Tom Scanlon: 206-464-3891 or