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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM


The first time I saw this poster (designed by Smokey Brights' own James Weston Vermillion), I assumed this guy was getting high on the dope. Think of the children, you degenerates! However, upon closer inspection, it turns out he's merely blowing bubbles with a kitten. Faith in humanity: restored.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM


What's not to like about this poster by Dax Anderson? It's fucking Ringo Starr—with a golden mustache, no less—shooting a death ray out of his mouth, most likely vaporizing every twentysomething dude who ever said, "Yeah, he wasn't such a great drummer." recommended

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tonight: Chop Suey's Twin Dragon Lounge Soft Opening

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Chop Suey is reinventing it's front bar, and invites you to explore it's new Twin Dragon Lounge, tonight from 6-10 pm, featuring a new "black light" style mural by local painter and artist Debbie Faas, who says:

This is a large, duel image painting I made for Chop Suey, using invisible luminescent paints. The possibilities for this medium are limitless.

  • Debbie Faas

You can contact the artist for paintings and mural work at

Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison Street, FREE, 6-10 pm, 21+

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM


This week, we have a clever, classy poster by local designer Tony Yates for Marco Collins's pro– and anti–Valentine's Day celebration, Loves Me/Loves Me Not.

Friday, February 14, 2014

'Mo-Wave 2014 Announced! Right Here!

Posted by on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Zebra Katz
  • Courtesy 'Mo-Wave
  • Don't miss Zebra Katz at 'Mo-Wave 2014!

Welcome to year two of the fantastic 'Mo-Wave queer music and arts festival (do read my interview with 'Mo-Wave founders last year)! The dates are April 12 and 13, circle them now with your best glitter pen.

'MO-WAVE '14 LINEUP (so far):
Christeene (Austin, Tx), Zebra Katz (NYC), Justin Bond (NYC), Carletta Sue Kay (SF), Belles Bent For Leather (all- female Judas Priest tribute by AC/DC tribute Hells Belles), CZARL1NG (Oly—featuring members of the Need, Brokenwater, GrassWidow), Ononos...

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM


The ninth incarnation of Dancing on the Valentine—an annual benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society—pays tribute to the work of Madonna. She's no Duran Duran, but I'm sure a lovely evening will be had by all. Poster by the very talented Chelsea Wirtz (

Monday, February 3, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM


I wouldn't have guessed that Shogo Ota made this creepy collage. He's all over the map stylistically these days, and he's doing some pretty exciting work for Neumos and many others. Check out more at

Get Reincarnated At Ten Hundred's Solo Art Show

Posted by on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Ten Hundred
  • Sean Jewell
  • Ten Hundred
The artist known as Ten Hundred (aka P Smoov, aka Peter Robinson) will be showing his artwork in a solo show at 2312 Gallery in Belltown starting February 7th. Admission is free to see his new work, and on opening night DJ Swervewon will provide musical entertainment and drinks will be available. He invited me over to his studio to talk about his work...

Ten Hundred asks, “Have you seen that Gerhard Richter documentary"?

The one where he’s squeegeeing paintings? Uh, yeah. I'm surprised that someone other than me wants to talk about Gerhard Richter.

“His studio is like a lab, it’s all stark white, all of his interns hate him, they’re fed up because he only uses like cadmium yellow, it has to be that and no other color. He’s so grouchy. In the movie you can just hear the squeegee scraping across the canvas, then the paint splatting on the floor. The visual, and even the audio aspects of that documentary just amaze me. I can watch that and just vibe out. The minimalist aesthetic turns me on, I’m not even a minimalist, but I like that aesthetic. At one point he’s got like a nice painting, that could be done if he left it, it’s nice blues and reds, and he says ‘This painting would have a happy life if I left it just like this’ but then he just keeps adding color until it’s dead and gray. I love that!”

He’s right, he’s not making minimalist works. The paintings he’s making now are post-modern, and abstract gestural, but the figures are so surly that Gerhard Richter could be a character in one of his works. He’d never do that, though, Ten Hundred is familiar with the concept of people writing their own narrative into his artwork from his music. “I rarely will tell anyone the story of the characters in my art. I’d rather people take it in and make their own story. I’ll let them tell me what’s going on, with the exception of a few standard figures that have come up, like the diamond-shaped 'Watcher.' The Watcher sees everything that’s going on through his upper eye, but he’s usually wearing a mask to blend in, so the characters don’t mind that he’s there. He’s just one of them.”

The Watcher sees everything that’s going on through his upper eye
  • "The Watcher sees everything that’s going on through his upper eye"
Your characters always look like they’re up to something important, I say. “Yeah, I don’t know what they’re doing in there, but they’re serious,” he says, laughing.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Jethro Tull Breathtaking Artwork For Sale

Posted by on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Anna Minard found this gem at a thrift store and DIDN'T BUY IT.

Salvation a la mode.
  • Salvation a la mode.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM


I'm a sucker for the retro-modern style of Shed Labs, a three-person design studio in Greenville, South Carolina. In this week's poster, it's the little textural details, like the trees/cigarettes, that really get me. See more at

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM


It's not too late to catch the tail end of the big Moe's 20/Neumos 10 anniversary celebration, which draws to a close on Thursday. Fittingly, the gorgeous screen-printed poster was made by two guys who helped define the look of the modern rock poster, Ed Fotheringham and Jeff Kleinsmith.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM


You can always depend on Cairo for a lovely poster. This one by local designer Drew Donaghy (, for Cairo's sixth annual music and art expo, is one of the best yet. Find more info on EXPO 91 at

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Photography Show: "Seattle DIY" by Victoria Holt

Posted by on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Do you do the BLITZ: The Capitol Hill Art Walk? If the answer is yes, I suggest you go check out Victoria Holt tomorrow at Cupcake Royale (Thurs Jan. 9th from 5-8 pm.) The photographs were part of her 2012 BFA photography thesis "Seattle DIY: Live Music."

Here are three of the images included in the show. I think I may know a couple of the ladies in the first shot? (WINK!)

From the Basement, 2011
  • Victoria Holt
  • From the Basement, 2011

Healthy Times Fun Club, 2011
  • Victoria Holt
  • Healthy Times Fun Club, 2011

MTNS, 2011
  • Victoria Holt
  • MTNS, 2011

Cupcake Royale is located at 1111 East Pike Street

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Spartan Poster of the Week Contender

Posted by on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

  • K.C. Fennessy
  • The corner of Dexter and Denny on a Monday night

Aaron Huffman may have something else in mind, but I wanted to nominate the design above as Poster of the Week (especially since last week's lovely PotW wasn't show-related). In this case, I couldn't make out the text the first time I walked past this poster, but it caused me to do a double take, at which point, I was able to decipher the Wooden Shjips text. Most posters don't cause me to look twice, so I consider that a plus. I also like the way the beardos in the drawing look like they sprang from an illustrated version of a Greek text, like Homer's Odyssey (or a preliminary panel from Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's 300*).

* Seen the trailer for the sequel yet? Eva Green aside, it looks like a steaming pile of...CGI.

Wooden Shjips play The Crocodile on Jan 17 with Kinski and Black Whales.

Monday, December 30, 2013

My Favorite Albums of 2013!

Posted by on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Mount Kimbie
  • Warp Records
  • Mount Kimbie

2013 was a year. And like many years, it produced a wealth of music just begging to be numerically quantified and subjectively ranked by thousands of machine-brained keyboard jockeys. On the real though, I do value any chance to look back on—and give a little extra shine to—some of my favorite releases, and so long as you don't take this sort of list-making too seriously, it can also be a good chance to catch up on some stuff you may have missed the first go-round. Also, c'mon guys, you know you like lists! Here you go:


1. Mount Kimbie
, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
An album with warm textures that has the power to grab hold of your every earthly emotion when the timing is right—King Krule plays a beautiful role in this. It was the most pleasing front-to-back album I heard this year.

2. Earl Sweatshirt, Doris
Doris lived up to the massive amount of hype that surrounded it, and Sweatshirt proved that he was in fact the massively talented penman he'd lead us to believe before his disappearance. Moreover, he narrates his strange journey through the fucked-up world of pop culture and fractured family life so intelligently, and with such emotional maturity on this release, it's down right inspirational.

3. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Somehow I was only a passing VW fan before 2013, but MVOTC proved that I simply wasn't listening hard enough. Ezra Koenig has the voice of an angel, and the lyrical talent of a very smart, naughty little angel. The production is flawless, and the songs take turns most radio-level bands don't have the imagination to dream up.

4. Tera Melos, X'ed Out
Mathy, elastic, delicate, harsh: X'ed Out is all of these things. They are a wild tornado of noise forced through a star-shaped Play Dough dispenser. Endlessly entertaining, and non-toxic.

5. Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork
Historically one of my favorite (if not my most favorite) bands came back from a tumultuous, drummer-swapping period (during which forever badass frontguy Josh Homme actually died for a sec on the operating table) with a creepy, brooding album that roped in all of their best qualities. Nasty riffs and fits of energy, balanced with accessible melodies, and clever songwriting. Very few missteps on this one.

6. King Krule, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
The same age as Earl Sweatshirt, and just as witty, London's Archy Marshall used the Bandcamp/Soundcloud buzz found in 2012, and burst onto the international scene with the release of 6FBTM. His endearing—and often intense—oddball croak, and cool-as-ice jazz guitar cut right to your core. Marshall is an amazing songwriter with huge things in his future.

7. Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels
After the creative peaks and critical acclaim each of the artist's solo works and paired touring brought last year, this album-length collab could have come off sounding forced—if these guys (El-P & Killer Mike) didn't rap so extremely motherfucking hard. The two vets flex all over El-P's perpetually filthy production, raising the bar with each punch line, and coming away with some excessively potent material.

8. Botany, Lava Diviner (Truestory)
Some would yell blasphemy at a direct comparison to Flying Lotus' 2012 masterpiece Until the Quiet Comes, but Botany's debut is in the same ballpark. It may not be quite as clean as FlyLo's joint, but it's highly innovative, and will take you places.

9. Thundercat, Apocalypse
Bass master, and Flying Lotus partner-in-crime, Thundercat blended new techniques with retro flavor, and came away with a prime cut of genre-bending alien-funk.

10. Porter Ray, Blk Gld
A captivating new voice on the Seattle rap scene, Porter Ray is slick, sensitive and street hardened at the same time. The guy has bars for days and days. Blk Gld was the young prince's finest of the three quality releases this year.

—The Next 10—

11. Kanye West, Yeezus

12. Akimbo, Live to Crush

13. Chastity Belt, No Regerts

14. Cock & Swan, Secret Angles

15. Mac Miller, Watching Movies with the Sound Off

16. Still Corners, Strange Pleasures

17. Russian Circles, Memorial

18. Key Nyata, The Shadowed Diamond

19. Nacho Picasso, High & Mighty

20. Great Falls, Accidents Grotesque

—Honorable Mention—

Danny Brown, Old

Chelsea Wolfe, Pain Is Beauty

Washed Out, Paracosm

Miniature Airlines, And Everything Collapsed

Sax G, Tu Me Manques

James Blake, Overgrown

Grayskul, Zenith

Don't Talk to the Cops!, Champions of Breakfast

Burial, Truant / Rough Sleeper EP

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM


Is every poster designer in Seattle hibernating for the winter? (If so, I envy you all.) Breaking with tradition, this week's poster isn't for a show, but it is by one of my favorite local designers, Mike Klay at Powerslide Design Co. By the way, if you're into snowy things (personally, I prefer warm sand between my toes, but I digress), you can buy this lovely two-color metallic silver print right now at

Friday, December 20, 2013

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 4:08 PM


There are two good posters for this show out on the streets this week, but 'tis the season, so Ariel and Corey Smith's understated Christmas tree design wins.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 2:10 PM


Shogo Ota's Tireman Studio has so many great posters on the streets right now that I had to share another one with you this week. Also, check out his poster for Rose Windows at

Monday, December 9, 2013

Poster of the Week

Posted by on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM


The holidays and I have declared a truce this year, for my son's sake. (But I swear, once he discovers there's no Santa Claus, I'm coming for you, Xmas.) This psychedelic Santa by Shogo Ota ( is pretty much the best Santa ever.

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