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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Emily Nokes Is the New Music Editor at The Stranger

Posted by on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Hey, everyone! There's a new sheriff in town, and her name is Emily Nokes. Here's the back of her head:

Deal with it.
  • Deal with it.

She's previously written for The Stranger about how to go on tour without killing your bandmates, about her obsession with weird rock bios (like Dave Mustaine's!), and about Sasquatch this year. Emily has a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Seattle, so expect the music section to get a little more graphic. Before working for The Stranger, Emily was a designer/illustrator at Wexley School for Girls and then was the art director at Icanhascheezburger, where she learned how to be a big scary boss and spell things wrong.

She's also the singer in some band. Her email is here. Let the shit-talking begin!


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derek_erdman 1
Posted by derek_erdman on July 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM · Report this
s.maxim 2
That's AWESOME!!!! Congrats, Emily! This is gonna be rad
Posted by s.maxim on July 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Great, more super lame hipster douchebag. Way to think outside the box.
Posted by of course on July 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
Posted by RachelB on July 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
fastasleep 5
Oh good - I was afraid had just clicked through to a picture of Grant in a cat suit.
Posted by fastasleep on July 18, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
We can haz Emily! = HOOOORAY!
Posted by Kelly O on July 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
geoff teardrop 7
Posted by geoff teardrop on July 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
derek_erdman 8
Wait, she's a hipster? FUCK THIS THEN.
Posted by derek_erdman on July 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
Poor dear, only three fingers. No wonder she only plays tambo.
Posted by paulus on July 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Fnarf 10
Always excited to hear more voices of People of Color at The Stranger.
Posted by Fnarf on July 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Posted by laceyswain on July 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Someone in a band is the new music editor. Not cool!
Posted by conflict of interest on July 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM · Report this
Baconcat 13
@10: She's a white girl, reviews written by a white girl
She's a white girl, reviews written by a white girl.
Posted by Baconcat on July 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 14
Congrats from Port Sanilac!
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus on July 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM · Report this
s.maxim 15
@9 poor guy, can only count to 3
Posted by s.maxim on July 18, 2012 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 16
Always eager to hear race complaints from white people.
Posted by Matt from Denver on July 18, 2012 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 17
But can she take brutally honest photographs of shopping carts?
Posted by Gern Blanston on July 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM · Report this
derek_erdman 18
What's wrong with being racy?
Posted by derek_erdman on July 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM · Report this
Hernandez 19
@3 It only took 3 comments to get there! Is that a new record?

I for one fear change, and am thus very pleased that you didn't stray from the two-block radius to find Grant's replacment (much the same way I felt when the dearly departed Mr. Brissey took over from Eric Grandy). A little consistency can be a good thing.
Posted by Hernandez on July 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM · Report this
Welcome, new editor/tacocatter/cheezburgerhazzer.

@10, cheer up, maybe she'll turn out to be openly lesbian. The Stranger hasn't had one of those on writing staff in decades. Not since the era of Riz, the last time the paper paid a black person from the U.S. to write a column not meant to be about only music. Here he magnificently is being beautiful about Seattle, in a 2-minute video posted up the other day.
Posted by gloomy gus on July 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM · Report this
I like that you posted her whole bio, as if anything above "also she's in that band that we kind of like" was the lynchpin in her getting the job. I'm not saying she's unqualified by any means, but just be a little more honest.
Posted by Not really complainin' on July 18, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
icouldliveinhope 22
This was a good decision!
Posted by icouldliveinhope on July 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM · Report this
David Schmader 23
21: If we like someone's band we give 'em a Stranger Suggest or nominate 'em for a Genius Award, not a staff position.
Posted by David Schmader on July 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
@3 I was focused on thinking outside the bun.
Posted by Christopher Frizzelle on July 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM · Report this
tallchris 25
Rad, congrats Emily!
Posted by tallchris on July 18, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
EricD 26
Did you ask who her favorite member of the Wu Tang was during the interview? It reveals a great deal about a person, IMO.
Posted by EricD on July 18, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
yos-wa 27
@26 - that is a multi faceted question though. best flow? best lyrics? best production skills? best on stage persona? best off stage persona?
Posted by yos-wa on July 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Report this
yos-wa 28
also, i am interested to see how this develops and am glad for emily.
Posted by yos-wa on July 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this
EricD 29
@27 - I break it down into three groups:

Rza, ODB, Method Man, Ghostface, Raekwon - If you say any of these, you're fine. They all have some strong points and music is subjective.

Gza - While Liquid Swords was a decent album, I wouldn't put him in the same category as the above. I'd be skeptical about anyone who says that Gza is their favorite member, but politely keep my opinion to myself.

Inspectah Deck, Mastah Killah, U-God - You're just acting like a contrarian pretentious asshole. I haven't heard anything from these fine folks that wasn't done better by group #1.
Posted by EricD on July 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Grrr 30
Congrats! I hope you feed us a lot of addictive ear candy during the editorial run.
Posted by Grrr on July 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM · Report this
Conflict of Interest Time! Now you can read all about her little BFF club with more reviews of shitty bands and shitty artwork by Derek 'Im trying too hard' Erdman.

Posted by LAME OUT on July 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
@15 a thumb is a thumb.
Posted by paulus on July 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM · Report this
biju 33
Welcome Emily.
Posted by biju on July 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 34
Love it, I think this is a SWASS-ed out move. To be fair I am a BFF hipster douchebag that traffics in conflicts of interest; Emily, please make it rain champagne and hunnits on the haters, the closedminded and the swaggerless. I too want to know who my new editor's favorite Wu MC is.
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on July 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
yos-wa 35
@29 - you're pretty much spot on. however, i gotta give it to gza for his lyrics. and i think method man really shines when he shines, but it's few and far between. plus, only one decent solo record? c'mon.

best flow - ghostface (raekwon is a close second, just a personal preference on this one)
lyrics - gza
most entertaining - odb
and you gotta love the rza because his production and he assembled the wu.
Posted by yos-wa on July 18, 2012 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Sean Jewell 36
@29 @35, I thought it was interesting in RZAs book how he mentioned that with a little bit of fame, everyone except for Inspectah, U God, Mastah, and GZA stopped making appearances when Wu needed them most. It was then their ability shone as they became the backbone of the band, the worker killah bees, if you will. I think maybe a bit pretentious to dig that deep as well. All solid points. (for the record, I'm a GhostFace Killah)
Posted by Sean Jewell http:// on July 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM · Report this
derek_erdman 37
Liquid Swords = the best solo LP for sure.
Posted by derek_erdman on July 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
J. Burns 38
ODB. Ghostface for a close second.
Posted by J. Burns on July 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
Our new editor's name, according to the online WU-TANG NAME GENERATOR is:

Vulgar Prophet


Posted by Kelly O on July 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 40
Welcome to our dysfunctional abode, Emily!
Posted by Dominic Holden on July 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM · Report this
yos-wa 41
@37 - no way. TICAL.
Posted by yos-wa on July 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this
yos-wa 42
@37 & @41 - oops. i meant to say TICAL 2000: JUDGEMENT DAY.
Posted by yos-wa on July 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Josh Bis 43
Posted by Josh Bis on July 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Emily Nokes 44

- Vulgar Prophet
Posted by Emily Nokes on July 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this
You are all trippin, OB4CL is clearly the best solo Wu jawn. Starks all the way as far as members go.

Oh yea, CONGRATS :)
Posted by Mike Ramos on July 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM · Report this
seandr 46
Congrats and good luck, Emily.

Not a single mention by anyone of Grant, huh? I guess I'll be the first to say that I'll miss him, especially his sense of humor and the fact that he was one of the few writers over there who didn't take himself too seriously. Name This Band was always fun.
Posted by seandr on July 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM · Report this
Paul Constant 47
Ghostface 4eva! (Except for when I'm in a RZA mood.)

And hooray for and welcome to Emily.
Posted by Paul Constant http:// on July 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM · Report this
seandr 48
Oops, nevermind, just found the announcement of Grant's departure way back in June. Guess I've been out of the loop.
Posted by seandr on July 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM · Report this
Megan Seling 49
Emily, can I please have a weekly column about pop punk and candy?
Posted by Megan Seling on July 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 50
But will she keep us updated about the goings on in Green Lake?
Posted by heywhatsit!? on July 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM · Report this
Trent Moorman 51
Congratulations, Emily V. Prophet. Lookin forward to it.

I have 15,000 words ready for you on how Ska informs Speed Metal, and vice versa. In the end, it becomes more of an ode to Steinbeck's 'Tortilla Flat' though. Is that cool?
Posted by Trent Moorman on July 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM · Report this
Yay Emily! Maybe I'll start reading the music section now. :)
Posted by riah on July 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM · Report this
Congratulations, Emily!
Posted by Sarah Galvin on July 18, 2012 at 6:22 PM · Report this
Sweeney Agonistes 54
Posted by Sweeney Agonistes on July 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM · Report this
Awesome. Now is she friends with a local psych band that supplies her with drugs for ad space? Oh, wait, she's in a band! Awesome!
Posted by Conceptual Art and Psych Folk is Propaganda-Mystification on July 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM · Report this
LEE. 56
I'm excited for the new and boring ways trolls will find ways to complain about whoever is the editor here. maybe if The Stranger knew who you were, they could at least consider an application from you for the job.

and #29 is spot fucking on.
Posted by LEE. on July 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM · Report this
corey j brewer 57
I think this is fantastic news, Congratulations Emily! And as much as I don't wanna contribute to the hijacking of this thread: If you really wanna put U-God in the bottom rung of Wu-tang MC's you need to stop smoking dust and do the knowledge. I refer you to 9-Milli Bros, Black Jesus and Its Yourz. (But my favorite WU-solo lps is Liquid Swords).
Posted by corey j brewer on July 19, 2012 at 7:10 AM · Report this
GlamB0t 58
Congrats Emily!
Posted by GlamB0t on July 19, 2012 at 9:08 AM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 59

never forget…

ghost is the wally champ forever, odb is the holy ghost.
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on July 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Report this
EricD 60
@35 - What really made me put Method Man in the top group was his live performance. I've only seen one Wu Tang show(and it was post-ODB), but Method Man was really controlling the crowd better than anyone else I've ever seen. Also, How High was a great movie.

@57 - I'm not trying to diss any of the people I put in the bottom group. They're all very talented individuals, but I haven't really heard much that made them stand out above the others. When someone picks U-God or Deck over Ghostface or Rza, I am inclined to think they're just trying to impress me with obscure knowledge.
Posted by EricD on July 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
biffp 61
I'm not a fan of reverse-racism claims, but let her write and run this for a few weeks at least before writing her off as a white girl hipster. Line out has been a wasteland for months now. Handing someone an old record they haven't heard before and having them write a review is hardly groundbreaking.
Posted by biffp on July 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
chiming in on the wu conversation: i'd be lying if i said i didn't have method man's autograph on a ten dollar bill, from 1997. and, of course, congrats to the new music editor.
Posted by keith on July 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM · Report this
First of all, congratulations. Good work and all of that. I've met you and you are not a pretentious asshole and deserve this position. I like how people are pissed that they hired someone from within that already worked with/for them, when it sounds like a logical move.

As for the WU-TANG conversation, saying that Liquid Swords is just a "decent" album is fucking ridiculous. ODB is great for what he was, but how could you say that GZA doesn't deserve to be in the same category as a rapper. Tical was definitely not the best solo effort by far and I would actually be skeptical of someone that claimed that, being that it's the most accessible, but definitely the most interesting. (Anyone remember Method Man's Limp Bizkit cameo?) It's been a long debate about Cuban Linx vs Liquid Swords for which was the best and the answer always comes down to preference. Liquid Swords is one of the best rap albums of all time, period. And if you haven't heard Pro-Tools, then you don't know what you're talking about regarding GZA. Even the other members will tell you that.

That being said, I'm even further pleased by the way that this staff is shaping up after reading @37

Again, congratulations on your position and welcome to hearing regularly about how you don't deserve it, by people that will continue to read this site and this magazine forever, regardless.
Posted by Dead C on July 20, 2012 at 1:43 AM · Report this
^definitely "not" the most interesting
Posted by Dead C on July 20, 2012 at 1:48 AM · Report this
Young, smart, hardworking women=the new frontier

Big Baby Jesus
Posted by ameliamaris on July 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Hallelujah. Fo realz.
Posted by Hannah Levin on July 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this

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