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Monday, February 24, 2014

Retail Nirvana? Sub Pop Seeks Store Manager for Its New SeaTac Shop

Posted by on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

In a powerful show of strength, Seattle label Sub Pop is opening a retail shop in SeaTac airport in April, and it needs a store manager. Read the ad here and update your résumé. This looks like a golden opportunity for a certain type of Sub Pop superfan. If you want a shot at this position, you'll need these attributes:

Several years of experience running a retail store.
Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog, Pacific Northwest music, the Seattle music community, and the City of
A friendly and enthusiastic disposition with customers and staff, and also the ability to effectively manage
Strong and clear communication skills.
A general understanding of retail Point of Sale systems and the ability to troubleshoot if necessary.
The Sub Pop Retail Store will have unusually long hours, generally 6am - 10pm, and will remain open 365 days a year.

Send your résumé to Mary Wood at maryw@subpop.com. Best of luck to all candidates.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Light in the Attic Extends Shop Hours, Announces Big Sale

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Seattle reissue label Light in the Attic is extending the hours of its in-house retail shop to 12 pm-8 pm Fridays and 12 pm-4 pm Saturdays. To mark the change, LITA is selling everything in stock at 30-percent off on Feb. 22. This includes all of the label catalog and the dozens of titles it distributes, including releases from labels such as Death Waltz, Medical, and Cinevox.

LITA's newest release is Bobby Charles' self-titled 1972 album, a deeply soulful roots-rock opus that fans of the Band and Dr. John will dig.

LITA is located in Ballard at 913 NW 50th St., 98107.

UPDATE: There will be FREE BEER.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Audio of 2 Chainz Laughing: Jump Shot

Posted by on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

In the 2 Chainz interview this week, we talked basketball. The 6'5" 2 Chainz played Division I basketball for Alabama State in 1996-97. He's also a huge NBA fan (Lakers and Hawks, specifically.) I asked him about his game, when he was playing. What happened when he got the ball? There is laughter. Someone in the background even laughs. 2 Chainz has a smooth laugh. He's an incredibly smooth, relaxed man, with an incredibly smooth, silky accent. I absolutely do not doubt that 2 Chainz can still fill it up from way downtown. Below, is an excerpt from the interview.

Audio of 2 Chainz laughing smoothly at how good his jumpshot still is:

In 10th grade, Chainz was the standout sixth man for North Clayton High in College Park, Georgia. They won the Class AA state title. After his senior year, Chainz got some recruiting attention from the University of Memphis, who was looking for a tall, fluid guard to fill Penny Hardaway's shoes. But Alabama State got him.

2 Chainz plays Showbox SoDo tonight.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Master of Realty: The Rock & Roll Realtor

Posted by on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Are you a Beatles fan looking to buy a home? Do you love the Doors and you're selling some property? Are you P!NK and you need a new garage? Alas, I have the realtor for you. He apparently also loves haberdashers, which is a essentially a person who sells buttons and notions.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that there's nothing rock & roll about realty. If you're part of a real estate Ponzi scheme, I reckon that's kind of rock & roll. Vomiting in a swimming pool of a person that you hardly know is a little bit rock & roll. Setting houses on fire? Somewhat rock & roll. But the buying and selling of real estate dressed up as a warrior in leather? That's fucking moronic.

This just came in the mail, have a look for yourself:

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Bear Creek Adds Treehouse Recording Studio, Set to Appear on "Treehouse Masters" Feb. 21st

Posted by on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

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Famed area recording hideaway Bear Creek has added a treehouse recording studio to supplement its already world-class amenities (which include living quarters, and the state-of-the-art recording barn pictured above), and now, design site Inhabitat has posted a gallery of shots of the addition. It's pretty freaking impressive. The treehouse was built on Bear Creek's Woodinville property by the talented hands of Animal Planet’s "Treehouse Masters" TV show. According to the site, Bear Creek—which lists Soundgarden, The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, Eric Clapton, and many more note-worthy acts on its impressive resumé—welcomed CeeLo to the grounds to break the place in. Not. Bad.

The Bear Creek episode of the show is scheduled to air on Animal Planet (human's are still animals, guys) Friday, February 21. No word yet on whether a "s'mores and ghost story" package will be offered.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I'll Have a Glasgow of Your Finest: Mogwai Announces Line of Scotch

Posted by on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

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  • The Good Spirits Co.

First up, Glasgow rockers (and Sub Pop team members) Mogwai have announced their own line of scotch (or as the Scots say: "whisky") in partnership with The Good Spirits Co. According to Pitchfork, it's a single cask nine-year-old scotch, and according to the picture, it has a really cool label. It's a Speyside, so I'd expect a relatively smooth—as in not-too-smokey—finish, but at 57.1% alcohol by volume, it'll be a bit hot on the tongue. It'll be available starting January 28th, and THIS JUST IN: I really want to taste it. I need to know if the flavor builds up, then fades away like "Hexon Bogon," or if it blows your hair back like "Glasgow Mega-Snake." It's going for £55 a bottle, which is around $91; I suppose about what you'd expect for a collector's edition. I didn't see the "homie discount" field on the website, but I'm sure one will appear on sale-day.

Otherwise around the Mogworld, the band has released even more spring tour dates (full list after the jump) to support their very cool new album, Rave Tapes, and Seattle is still not one of their stops. If they don't end up playing in our neck of the woods this year, they owe me a bottle of whisky!

In the meantime, enjoy the video for "The Lord Is Out of Control."

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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Answer to the 99 Tunnel Problem: It's Totally Obvious, and Involves the Word "Plex"

Posted by on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM

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So Bertha the digging machine may be permanently stuck. And the SR 99 tunnel project may be scrapped for good. Dominic Holden said he thought it might be time to turn it into a skate park. It’s true, since they’ve already spent 11 quatrillion dollars, they need to make some of it back. I have an idea that may be of some monetary assistance. We have 1,019 feet of existing tunnel that’s what, six stories high? A skate park is good, but let’s flesh this out.

The answer to the tunnel problem is: a funplex with dinner theater. We could call it The Big Hole. Or Bertha’s Place? And charge out the ass for everything, because people will pay. If you feel like skateboarding, rent some knee pads at an extremely high fee.

We’re talking a multi-use, dinner-theater arena. Agatha Christie mystery dinner theater/paint ball/petting maze/smash putt/wave pool/Nerf stadium. With 30 brand new skee-ball machines. It will also be a sports book gambling center, and have nine miles of electronic slot track car racing. They’ll make their money back in no time.

1,000 Foot Mystery Tunnel Theater starts each evening with some light appetizers, such as bacon-wrapped dates, and watered-down vodka sodas. Murder on the Orient Express begins, as do mild skate-park activities. Train sounds are pumped throughout. Actors do scenes. We’re supposed to be on a train. There’s going to be a murder. (Steve Pool will probably guest star.) Butlers mingle and serve crackers with goudas and pimento spread. Everyone is suspicious. You don’t know which butlers are actors and which butlers are butlers. Are there butlers on the Orient Express? If you don’t like the way the butler-actor is serving your crackers, you can pull out your automatic paintball weapon, which you rented for $45 when you came in, and splatter the butler with bright-colored pellets that cause bruises and welts on contact. Then you can dive behind a padded baffle. All butlers wear protective goggling. For a nominal fee, they will engage you in a paintball skirmish. This is a gold mine of money waiting to happen.

Next, the lights go out, there’s a shriek, and when the lights come back on, one of the actors aboard The Scrapped 99 Tunnel Project Orient Express has been murdered. They’re not really murdered, it’s just an actor laying there on the ground with a fake knife sticking out of their chest and fake blood. Then another actor playing the inspector steps forward and announces, “Someone in this tunnel has committed a murder, no one is leaving until we find out who did it.”

Then a maze drops down from the ceiling, and farm animals are piped in through trap doors. So you’re walking around a maze with sheep and goats. (Again, TOTAL GOLD MINE.) The lights go into strobe mode and there’s another shriek and “murder.” This new Nine Inch Nails song comes on the sound system very loudly. You’re in a maze with sheep and chickens and strobe lights, and butlers serving pimento. Just feeling it. You’re jacked up off the Nine Inch Nails, firing off your paintball gun into the air, and at groups of people trying to solve the murder.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

My Favorite Albums of 2013!

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

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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:

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Charlotte Church Condemns Music Industry's Treatment of Female Artists

Posted by on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Welsh opera singer turned pop musician Charlotte Church (no, neither do I) recently gave a speech at BBC 6 Music's John Peel Lecture in which she condemned the music industry's entrenched, chronic insistence that female artists present themselves in hyper-sexualized ways—demands, she says, male artists don't have to endure. "The culture of demeaning women in pop music is so ingrained as to become routine, from the way we are dealt with by management and labels, to the way we are presented the public," Church said. She also supports Annie Lennox's call for videos to be rated as movies are.

Later in the talk, Church outlines "the three main roles that women are allowed to fill in modern pop music. Each of them restrictive for both artists and audience. They are mainly portrayed through the medium of the music video, you’ll find them very familiar. I call them One of the Girls’ Girls, the Victim/Torch Singer, and the Unattainable Sexbot."

This scenario—it's been happening for ages in the major-label pop-music realm. But what about in the allegedly more sane, sensible, and respectable independent-label sector? Women who record for indies: Do your companies demand that you adhere to the stereotypes that Church depicts in her speech? Or do they exert more subtle pressure to sexy up your image?

Read Church's entire spiel here (even if she appears to not know what "jettisoning" means).

Tip: JP

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Monday, November 25, 2013

"There's a Handful of Ways to Destroy a Musician's Dreams..."

Posted by on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

HA! I get jokes! Check out the cameos by local music peeps like Alexandra from Cumulus, Ryan and Kim from Smokey Brights, Jake from Big Sur, DJ Troy Nelson from KEXP, author/writer Mark Baumgarten, and Columbia City Theater production manager Mark Jones.

Video, produced by Zachary Gore, songwriter for the band Brite Lines, who play the Crocodile on Friday, December 6th with Portland band And And And, and fellow Seattleites &Yet.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney Is a Super-Rich, Sniveling Serpent-Beast

Posted by on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Have you been reading this Boeing stuff in the Seattle Times? Holy shit you need to be paying attention to this. I'm no expert on labor issues, but if I understand correctly, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney is holding the futures of 60,000 of his machinists and workers hostage—the backbone of the company, he seems to be forgetting. McNerney's one of these guys whose big plan is to cut workers' pay and benefits and pensions to shit while reaping multi-million dollar pay and bonuses and pension for himself. Here’s the gist.

Reportedly, under McNerney's leadership, Boeing wants to cancel machinist/worker’s pensions, raise their healthcare costs, and limit their pay raises to 1% every other year, which even the Seattle Times calls "appalling." Meanwhile, as they also point out, McNerney's pension "soared by $6.3 million just in the past year." His compensation in 2012 was $21.1 million, a 15 percent increase over the previous year, and Boeing's profit last year was $3.9 billion.

Oh yeah, and if the local Boeing machinists and workers don't accept these horrible new terms, Boeing is threatening to move construction for the 777X jetliner to South Carolina, where Boeing can find pension-free workers. Of course, that would leave workers out here fucked. That's some slitherous shit.

The workers vote this Wednesday. There's a $10,000 "signing bonus" if they accept the terms, but that’s really nothing in the scheme of what McNerney's doing.

In addition to that Danny Westneat column I already linked to, you should also read this Dominic Gates piece: Machinists Union Leader: Boeing Offer 'A Piece of Crap.'

Hey McNerney, in case you haven’t noticed, the statues of the evil dictators and tyrants have been torn down. Remember Versailles? Yeah, Versailles got stormed. You are a greed-diseased corporate power-monster. You are exactly what is wrong with the world today. You were probably born human, but years and years of money, power, and five-star-cake at the five-star-club have mutated your brain. Now you're an evil, mindless, super-rich, sniveling serpent-beast who doesn’t give a shit about anything but money. In my opinion.

Here's my question: What's this guy's theme song? What songs do you like to dedicate to super-greedy CEO assholes? Here are five I can think of off the top of my head. What am I forgetting?

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Check Out Snoop Lion Dogg's New Vaporizer!

Posted by on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Grenco Science™ is proud to announce a creative partnership with entertainment legend, Snoop Dogg.

The first collection released with Snoop Dogg is titled the “Double G” series, and features three unique Snoop designed products, including: the Snoop Dogg | G Pen Herbal Vaporizer™, the conveniently pocket-sized microG, and an all-new sleek offering, The Slim.

Available now, the Snoop Dogg | G Pen Herbal Vaporizer™ features the Herbal Tank, a revolutionary tanking system specifically designed for use with dried herbs.

"Dried herbs." Aaaaah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha HAAAAAAAAAAA!

Happy Birthday, Barsuk!: Talking About the Past, Present, and Future with Seattle's Nicest Record Label

Posted by on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

JOSH ROSENFELD Genuinely nice.
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That "nice guys finish last" cliché is such bullshit, and Barusk Records prove it. For 15 years, the Seattle-based record label has worked hard to be an artist-friendly label, and they've been able to survive and adapt in an ever-changing, often-tumultuous environment without sacrificing their ultimate goal of putting out good music made by good people. That's no small feat! To celebrate their 15th anniversary, the label has gathered together bands and musicians from both the present and the past for a four-night party, featuring performances from Nada Surf, the Long Winters, Jesse Sykes, Rocky Votolato, Say Hi, and more. (See the full schedule at barsuk.com/xv.)

I spoke with label cofounder Josh Rosenfeld about Barsuk's past and future, because even though they already have 15 years in the bag, they don't have any plans to stop anytime soon.

Looking over the last 15 years worth of artists you've worked with, obviously you have the big successes that everyone's familiar with, but Barsuk has this underappreciated side. Bands like the Prom, they came and they went, but they were so fucking great. Do you have any favorite bands like that? Either ones that broke up before they got too big, or ones you really wish had sold more records?

I do indeed. And some of them are playing on these anniversary shows, coincidentally. I was very, very excited when the Prom confirmed because I feel the same way that you do about them. Similarly, Sunset Valley—I love Sunset Valley. They were around for a while, but they just never developed a big fan base for a variety of reasons. The records that they put out—in fact, most of them are not on Barsuk—are so good. I'm really excited that they're playing. I think their album Ice Pond remains one of the best things that we've ever released.

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Barsuk's four-night celebration starts tonight with Nada Surf, Mates of State, the Prom, and SPECIAL GUESTS OOOH I WONDER WHO IT IS!?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Update on Ian Hill's Quest to Buy the Comet Tavern

Posted by on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Seattle musician Ian Hill (of RebelMart) and his wife Allison are making progress of sorts in their quest to purchase the Comet Tavern, which has been shuttered since Oct. 5. "We now know that Lost Lake is one of the other prospective buyers," Hill says. "Word on the street is that they want to acquire the space and expand Lost Lake essentially doing away with The Comet anyways. When I spoke to Stacy [Krantz], she said the building owner [Charlie Chao] wants to keep The Comet what it is. They said they don't want 'another Bellevue yuppie bar.' If Lost Lake buys it, so long.

"[Comet Tavern owner] Brian Balodis emailed me back offering to sell us the rights to The Comet," Hill continues. "So we have a leg up as we are in negotiations for the naming rights. We will be sitting down with Stacy in the next few days with our group. We have all the confidence in the world that our business plan is unmatched. We have years upon years in the restaurant/bar industry and music industry and want to keep the Comet what it was."

Lost Lake co-owner Jason Lajeunesse says, "We've made it no further than general enquiries. We share a landlord, and it's important to us and the neighborhood that the right tenant goes in next door to us. As of now, Lost Lake has made no offers on the space."
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sonic Boom’s Melrose Vinyl Market's Last Day of Business Is Oct. 27

Posted by on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

From Sonic Boom Records owner Jason Hughes:

It’s official. Sonic Boom Records signed a sublease agreement with Glasswing this morning for the remainder of the lease at our Melrose Market location (1525 Melrose Ave). We will be liquidating as much vinyl as we can in the next couple of weeks. Our 11 Vendors will be doing the same. Sale pricing from 10-50% off has already begun and silk screened show posters are on sale for $10/piece.

The closure should come as no surprise. Sonic Boom has been looking for a permanent tenant since closing our Capitol Hill store back in August 2011. Our entire focus will now be on our Ballard location which has been open since 2001. Glasswing will make an excellent addition to the neighborhood and to the Melrose Market overall. We wish them the best of luck in their new space.

This is sad news for vinyl lovers. MVM offered a lot of variety and quality music at fairly reasonable prices. I've found many gems there over the last two years. Let's hope something similar can surface somewhere else on Capitol Hill; that space on Broadway near John next to the Subway is currently vacant. Hint, hint.

Friday, October 11, 2013

After Being Dumped by the Majors, the Lonely Forest Write Their Own Happy Ending

Posted by on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

THE LONELY FOREST (From left) Braydn Krueger, John Van Deusen, Tony Ruland, and Eric Sturgeon.
  • THE LONELY FOREST (From left) Braydn Krueger, John Van Deusen, Tony Ruland, and Eric Sturgeon.

Last September, the Lonely Forest got fired.

"I have the termination letter framed," the band's guitarist, Tony Ruland, says with a laugh. His bandmates—singer/guitarist John Van Deusen, bassist Eric Sturgeon, and drummer Braydn Krueger—chuckle along with him. "I printed it out and framed it. I just thought it was so funny. It starts 'Dear Gentleman,' and at the end it says, 'Sincerely yours, Atlantic Records.'"

The band can laugh about it now, but that letter—the letter officially informing them that they'd been canned by Atlantic Records—was a bittersweet ending to a tedious, draining process. By the time that letter arrived, it was more a relief than a disappointment.

It wasn't the ending anyone saw coming more than three years ago, when the Lonely Forest excitedly announced that they were the first band to sign to Trans-Records, the new Atlantic subsidiary started by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla. At the time, as the band continued to sell out venues in Seattle and gain more critical acclaim, signing to Trans- and possibly joining the Atlantic family felt like the most logical step.

Their contract with Trans- had an upstream option, meaning if they sold a certain amount of "units," they would automatically be signed to the major label. But that never happened. After the Lonely Forest released Arrows in 2011, "a Russian billionaire" bought Atlantic, and in the shake-up of new ownership, Trans- was dropped from Atlantic's roster, making it Walla's own independent label, and the Lonely Forest's contract became void. They were label-less.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kurt Cobain's Childhood Home for $500,000... Or Eminem's for $1?

Posted by on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Which is a better deal? Seriously. Look at both homes: COBAIN. And then EMINEM. East 1st Street or just south of Eight Mile? Grunge or Hip Hop? Neighbors, or no neighbors (with just lots overgrown grass, for several blocks?)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Bank Robber in a Misfits T-Shirt

Posted by on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Earlier today I was minding my business at work when an email about Texas musician Richard Haskins tumbled into my inbox. Haskins had a band called the Wee Beasties and has worked with Greg Ginn from Black Flag as well as the interesting polka group Brave Combo. Haskins has a new solo project that you're welcome to listen to right here.

I wasn't familiar with Haskins and after a quick net-search, I discovered that he was arrested last year for attempting to rob a bank by placing a note in a pneumatic tube of a Wells Fargo drive-thru while wearing a Misfits t-shirt.

Good thing he never got the money though, because sometimes they include exploding ink packs and then the money would be covered with dye, dye my darling.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Billy Corgan's Passion For... Wrestling?

Posted by on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Looks like Billy Corgan is really into indie wrestling these days. It also looks like if you touched him, his skin would feel like a porcelain baby butt.

Anyway:

Like the writer of a television series, Corgan must build a world and people it with villains (a.k.a. "heels"), good guys ("babyfaces"), and those riding the line in between. He must create character arcs, plan for future turns in the plot, even shifts in a wrestler's basic nature, while staying flexible enough to respond to audience reaction. It's the wrestlers, of course, who must conduct the violent pantomime, but it all flows from the booker's vision.

"I sit in almost every meeting," Corgan tells me. "I tweak the matches to make sure the wrestlers understand the emotional import of what I want told in the ring."

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