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Friday, June 7, 2013

Wall of Sound Gets an Extension to Dwell in Its Current Space

Posted by on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Wall of Sound—one of Seattle's best music-retail establishments, if the towering stack of receipts in my closet is any indication—has received an extension of its deadline to move out of the current location at 315 E Pine St. in the Melrose Building, which is renovating later this year, driving out several small retailers. As reported in this week's What's Crappening column, WOS originally had until the end of July to find new digs. Now the shop has till the end of August to do so. Sigh of relief...

Here's the pertinent blurb:

One of Seattle's—nay, the country's—best record stores, Wall of Sound, needs to move before July is over, as it occupies space in the Melrose Building that's being repurposed (GRRRR). WOS owners Jeffery Taylor and Michael Ohlenroth hope to remain on Capitol Hill, but will consider other neighborhoods. If you see any available spaces in the 700-to-900-square-feet range that look indie-music-shop-friendly, let 'em know at wosound@qwestoffice.net.

Wall of Sound's equally crucial co-tenant, Spine & Crown book store, is going out of business in late July.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Jack White is a Good Dude

Posted by on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Jack White just saved Detroit's Masonic Temple, by paying their back taxes to the tune of $142,000. Read more about it here. If you've ever been inside the Masonic, you know what *excellent* news this is. I mean, just look at it.

Friday, May 31, 2013

"CHECK OUT" "dropnya"

Posted by on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

I guess this is one way to "advertise" yourself. Plop a big-ass handwritten sign down in front of Nordstrom. I helped this little old lady get on the bus about
27 seconds after I took this photo. I'm sure she was probably racing home to to google "dropnya."

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  • KELLY O

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Headline of the Day: "Grumpy Cat Has An Agent and a Movie Deal..."

Posted by on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Ok, maybe Headline of Yesterday, but still... Grumpy Cat's agent is none other former Seattle musician and original Capitol Hillbilly BEN LASHES!

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE on the Wall Street Journal.

When he told his client that she was heading to Hollywood, she looked bored. "She hates movies," says Mr. Lashes of his client, Grumpy Cat, a cat with a mouth puckered into a frown whose viral photos have ricocheted around the Internet.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

King Crimson Guitartist, Robert Fripp, Quits Music Now Hangs Out With Lawyers

Posted by on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

“I couldn’t concentrate on music, so I made the choice to give up my career as a musician in the front line to deal with the business.”

Apparently, this all stems from a recent altercation with music giant the Universal Group, who recently bought up a series of independent labels that own parts of his back catalog. Fripp believes this action has led to the release of unauthorized releases under his name.

Shitty labels issuing "unauthorized" releases has been happening since the beginning of the industry, it sucks, but if you don't own your the rights to your jams you gotta hire a better lawyer, Mr. Fripp. And then there is the "Kanye" problem...

He cites other examples of his music being used without his consent, notably in the Kanye West single "Power," which freely sampled the King Crimson classic "21st Century Schizoid Man." The video scored one million plays on YouTube before Fripp was reportedly consulted.

Oof. The Kanye biz seems like something that shoulda been sorted prior to having to litigate, it's not 1985 and Kanye Inc. should be sussed. I could only imagine the hell that would be unleashed if Kanye's jams were to be exploited. Perhaps the biz now looks at Fripp as having no contemporary relevance, like most musicians, and figured he could be rolled; same shit, different day then. I feel bad for Fripp, I do, but this gaming and gambling by the music biz ain't new and has been documented and debated enough I hesitated to even write this post. I'd hope after a life time as a musician on a major label he would have avoided exploitation, or at least to the point of not having to QUIT making music to control his music.

If you wanna read the full text from the The Financial Times, have some.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Mountain Dew Removes, (Sort of) Apologizes for Offensive Commercial

Posted by on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Mountain Dew has removed the offensive commercial, which featured and was developed by Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator, but they don't offer up much more than an "Oops, sorry!" in response to the backlash:


On their website they also note that Tyler, the Creator has removed the commercial from his channels. Tyler doesn't agree that the ad needed to be pulled, though. In an interview with Billboard.com he says:

What was the initial idea for the Mountain Dew ads?

Tyler, the Creator: It was just a goat who liked Mountain Dew. He wanted more. The waitress lady got hurt. He got pulled over by the cops, and the lady points out the goat [in the line-up], who obviously attacked her because of the Mountain Dew. And that's it.

I guess people are claiming that it's racist, which... you know, that wasn't even portrayed in that commercial, there's no type of hate being portrayed in that work of art at all — which I'm confused by. But this older black dude, Dr. Boyce Watkins, I guess he found it racist because I was portraying stereotypes, which is ridiculous because, one, all of those dudes [in the line-up] are my friends. Two, they're all basically in their own clothes. It was originally supposed to be just two dudes, but Garrett from Trash Talk came with his friend and other people had showed up, so I just put all of them in that line-up, if you really wanna know the truth. Three, no [commenters] saw that commercial and said, this is racist. Everyone either said, “Wow, this is ridiculous, it's a goat talking,” or they said, “Wow, this is the dumbest, why would they even make this?” So for [Watkins] to nitpick and notice that, clearly shows his state of mind is on some other sh— that I can't comprehend, for him to actually sit there and for him to notice that it's all blacks [in the lineup]. That wasn't my intention.

Read the full interview here. He's either a complete idiot who's oblivious to (or in denial of) the world that exists outside his bubble, or (as some have argued) he's knows exactly what he's doing and he's just very good at not ever breaking away from a very intentional and controversial persona. (I'm convinced it's the former.)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Save Seattle Drum School

Posted by on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Voice your support for the Seattle Drum School by contacting the Department of Planning and Development at 684-8600. Seattle Drum School also recommends you e-mail Councilman Nick Licata at Nick.Licata@seattle.gov.

Kristy and Steve Smith
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  • Kristy and Steve Smith
Since 1986, Seattle Drum School has been a beacon of percussion and musical instruction for people of all ages and skill sets. The North Seattle and Georgetown locations are absolute assets to our city. Combined, they have roughly 600 students, 40 teachers, and four administrators. They offer bass, guitar, piano, voice, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, DJ, mandolin, and ukulele lessons, as well as rock-band classes, a Scottish drum corps class, and audio-engineering instruction. During the summer, Seattle Drum School offers camps, and they host all-ages shows and clinics with big-name hitters at their venues the Slab (Georgetown), and the L.A.B. (North Seattle, standing for Little Auditorium in the Back). But all is not rosy right now for the school—the city is threatening their existence. After 25 years of fire inspections with no problems, the Department of Planning and Development has decided to change Seattle Drum School's risk classification to that of a public school. It would force them to install sprinklers, have a seismic assessment and retrofit, and make various other alterations—the cost could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, effectively putting them out of business.

DEAR MAYOR MCGINN: Seattle Drum School should be flourishing, not on the verge of being shut down. Mr. Mayor, we cannot let places like Seattle Drum School perish. It's a great, positive place for kids, employing good people. We need music. We need music teachers. We need music taught. Our city and its government should be helping places like this, not threatening them.

Seattle Drum School founder Steve Smith spoke.

What's the latest on the retrofit/sprinkler issue?

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with an assistant Seattle attorney who handles land-use issues. She was very kind and said she was going to contact her client at the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to see if there was a way to bring us into compliance without resorting to a lawsuit. So far, I haven't heard back.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Grave Babies Member Reviews the Egg Rollie

Posted by on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

After e-chatting with Keith Whiteman from Grave Babies today, I realized that most of our conversation sounded like a scripted advertisement for a fantastic new kitchen device. Here's an excerpt, somewhat edited:

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  • Jannie Mercado

Keith: I'm dying for pho. I know you had some yesterday. You want round two today?

Me: Nah. I had a giant egg sandwich this morning.

Keith: Haha, three eggs?

Me: I think just one. But the English muffin was rather bready.

Keith: Man. That Rollie we used yesterday was so gross. Egg on a stick dog.

Me: WHAT IS ROLLIE?

Keith: It's a breakthrough in egg cooking technology! www.getrollie.com This is a Rollie:

Me: Somebody is going to try to have sex with that egg device!

Keith: Man. It gets pretty hot. I don't know if you want that. And steamy! They'd definitely get some burns.

Me: They can cover it up with foil or something. I can't believe that thing exists! I kind of want an egg tube. Where did you try it?

Keith: They got one here at work. It didn't work as good as the commercial, but just crack an egg into it, stick a hot dog in it and it comes out cooked. The hot dog was kind of lukewarm, but if you nuked it for 30 seconds before you popped it in it would be great. The eggs tasted decent, like microwaved eggs. The idea and propulsion was a bit hard to handle.

Me: Can i quote you on that?

Keith: Oh, sure!

Pictures of the cutting edge technology in action after the jump!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Record Store Day @ Everyday Music: A Correction

Posted by on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

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If you find yourself at the Capitol Hill retailer Everyday Music tomorrow morning for the holy occasion known as Record Store Day (4/20/13), you will encounter on the turntables DJ El Toro (Stranger freelancer and KEXP personality Kurt B. Reighley, spinning at 10 am) and DJ Veins (Stranger writer… uh, me, spinning old and new records you probably haven't heard before at 11 am). One thing, though: The flier for the event erroneously lists my affiliation as KEXP. Note: I am not opposed to holding down a slot at KEXP, if KEXP wants me to fill in or anything. Just putting that out there.

Also on the bill at EM are several spiffy local bands, including Tomten, Scriptures, Mystery Ship, King Dude, Steradian, and Pitschouse. Plus: Wheedle's Groove/Family Affair member Robbie Hill, in person and radiating charisma.

More RSD info here. Gird your wallets.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Record Store Day 2013: Here's Where You'll Find What

Posted by on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

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Record Store Day is this Saturday! Are you ready? Is your bank account ready?

Because there are so many special Record Store Day releases, I'm not going to post them here—the whole list can be found at recordstoreday.com. What I will tell you, though, is everything happening around the city! There are a lot of free in-stores to catch and a lot of sales, so hopefully this will help you map out your day. And if you have something to add to this list, leave a comment! I'll update the post as necessary, so we have all the info we need to have the best Record Store Day ever.

Radar Hair & Records (2724 First Ave S, radarhairandrecords.com): All records are 20% off!

Everyday Music (1520 10th Ave, everydaymusic.com): Opening early at 8 am! With live music, guest DJs, and more starting at 9 am. Here's the schedule:

9 am: Meet and greet with Robbie hill of the Family Affair and Wheedle's Groove
11 am: DJ Veins (our own Dave Segal!)
12 pm: DJ Mr. Smith
1 pm: Pitschouse
2 pm: King Dude
4 pm: Mystery Ship
5 pm: Scriptures
6 pm: Tomten
7 pm: Steradian

Sonic Boom Records (2209 NW Market St, sonicboomrecords.com): Sonic Boom Records will be opening at 10 am with live music from Angel Olsen (3 pm) and Maps & Atlases (4 pm). And! You can receive a discount at many other Ballard businesses when you show them your Sonic Boom Record Store Day receipt, including 10% off your purchases at Velouria, Clover Toys, Annie's Art & Frame, and Monster Art & Clothing, $4.20 cocktails at Bastille, $2 ice cream at Cupcake Royale, and much more. See the full list of participating business at Sonic Boom's website.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Another Reason to Like Lady Gaga

Posted by on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Frankly I'm not sure I could pick a Lady Gaga song out of a mixtape. That's not by design as much as it is pure happenstance. Or maybe it's kind of by design. Still, most of what I hear about her indicates that she's a person of integrity. Example 4,637: She turned down $1 million to perform at a Republican party party during pre-election times in Tampa Bay. Sure, it's not much of a surprise, as she's an outspoken proponent of gay rights, and for her to perform for the GOP would basically make her a total hypocrite. But still, a million fuckin' dollars. I'd have to work for like 40 more years to make that much, which really sucks because I'm already 47.

Via this place

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Courtney Love Is Selling Fake Cigarettes

Posted by on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

That is all.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This Round-up of CDs You See in Every Used Bin Is Pretty Accurate

Posted by on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Another CD cover I never want to see again for the rest of my life.
  • Another CD cover I never want to see again for the rest of my life.

Buzz Feed’s run-down of CDs you see cluttering up used bins everywhere resonates with annoying truth. It made me flash back to my stint as a part-time record-store employee in 2003-2004, during which I'd roll my eyes as yet more copies of the same damn titles would arrive on a nearly daily basis. But the 38 albums in writer Matthew Perpetua's list are far from comprehensive. He left out these ubiquitous discarded discs (which are just a fraction of the deluge):

The Cranberries- Bury the Hatchet
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Björk- Homogenic
Beck- Sea Change
Santana- Supernatural
Moby- almost every title, but especially Play and 18
Nine Inch Nails- The Downward Spiral

Even all-time consensus classics like Miles DavisKind of Blue, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme appear with some regularity in used bins. Really, anything that was massively popular at some point inevitably seems to end up in the compact-disc cemetery. Anybody have a Celexa?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Amanda Palmer's TED Talk: "The Art Of Asking"

Posted by on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

"Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer:
Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan."

Are you swayed? Does this change your mind, if you ever cared, about Palmer's Kickstarter-funded tour?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

50 Cent All Up in NASCAR

Posted by on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Last time we caught up with 50 Cent, he was making mad scrilla macking the ladies on QVC. Today's sighting found Cent at the Daytona 500, trying to mack on FOX's Erin Andrews, who deftly evades his attempt at a kiss on the lips, immediately saying "I gotta go talk to Danica Patrick. Good to see you," and then, as she's backing away and holding the mic like it's a 10-foot-pole, "What are you doing here?" before making a run for it. But it's too late! Cent's lady-seeking sites are set, and, uninvited, he joins the search for Patrick, holding onto the small of Andrews's back as she desperately tries to act like she's not attempting to evade him. Unfortunately, the report is cut short prior any discussion with the intended interviewee, possibly because Cent was on lock and there was no shaking him.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Does Seattle Have Juggalo Friendly Record Stores?

Posted by on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 4:18 PM

A publicist with Psychopathic Records has just asked me this important question. I don't shop for records nearly enough. WHAT SAY YOU, LINEOUT?

Is there a particular record store in Seattle that could be considered "Juggalo friendly?" A place where Juggalos regularly buy their merch or at least isn't adverse to hanging an ICP poster on the wall? I'm trying to identify indie record stores that are down with the clown. Having been away from the Pacific Northwest since the '90s (I moved to Detroit in '99), I don't even know what Seattle music stores are even around anymore. Got any tips?


Mad Clown Love,

Jason, Psychopathic Records

Seattle 'Fam, where you shoppin'?
  • Kelly O
  • Seattle 'Fam, where you shoppin'?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Does Your Band Want to Open for UUVVWWZ at The Sunset?

Posted by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

If your band is interested in opening up for UUVVWWZ on February, 12th at
The Sunset, contact the club's booker, Greg Garcia at:

booking (at) sunsettavern (dot) com

Bonus if you fully cake yourself in mud. Free Ballard!

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