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Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Gift Idea #1,392,021: Record Label Shirts

Posted by on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

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  • Shirt Artwork by Darin Shuler
I was looking around this weekend for local music related stuff to take back to Detroit for friends/fam. Per usual, I found something I want instead—this "gay rats" tank. Don't Stop Believin' has lots of other neat things too, including this Strong Killings package. A classic SP logo shirt is always a solid bet, and if you want to keep 'em mispronouncing, ggnzla Records has hoodies.

What else? Only 11 shopping days left...

The Fabric of Our Lives

Posted by on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM

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  • K.C. Fennessy

"He makes his own action figures, distills his own bourbon (something Mavis especially appreciates) and has an awesome collection of '90s indie-rock t-shirts." —A.O. Scott describes Patton Oswalt's townie character in Young Adult

***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** *****

I am a t-shirt addict. If there's a cure, please count me out (I could just use more closet space). Most of these shirts involve musicians of some kind—rock, pop, hip-hop, and jazz—but a few promote college radio stations or indie record labels (KFJC, Daptone, Rough Trade, etc.). Beyond the music they represent, I also gravitate towards designs that incorporate art nouveau, art deco, or op art elements. Though I can understand the appeal of a bold graphic, I've never found the stark look particularly appealing (sorry, Black Flag). Herewith, a few of my favorites, and the stories behind them, i.e. where I bought them and/or why.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

K Records Is Having a Holiday Sale

Posted by on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 12:02 PM

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Have you read this week's feature, A Very 99 Percent Holiday, yet? You should. It's great. It tells you where you should (and where you shouldn't) spend your money this holiday season, should you not be interested in supporting the greedy 1% (damn the man!). Within that feature there is also a suggested list of great local records, released by independent labels, sure to please any music fan on your list.

And speaking of independent labels and spending money and such, K Records is having a holiday sale! Says their latest newsletter:

Until January 1 you can utilize a special Holiday Coupon to receive 20% off any purchase at the K Mail Order Dept. All you need to do is enter HOLIDAY1 (all caps, notice) at check-out. Simple. Effective. Fun!

They also have free domestic media mail shipping.

Lake, Tender Forever, and the Hive Dwellers records for everyone!

Friday, December 2, 2011

If Anyone's Just Dying to Buy Me a Gift This Holiday

Posted by on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM

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This big, black tree ball would be a pretty good bet. Or this. Or shoo, while we're at it, anything from this page as well.


What's on your wish list?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Here's a Great Gift for that Yuck Fan on Your List

Posted by on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

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Yuck singer Daniel Blumberg is releasing a book of his drawings (one of which you've seen on the cover of Yuck's self-titled album), and the band is packaging it up all nice with some 45s, a double 12", and a tote bag just in time for the holidays! It's only $40 for the whole package, or you could buy the book separately for $20. Not a bad deal for any Yuck fanboys/girls on your gift list.

Bonus: There will only 1,000 copies of the book printed. It'll be a collector's item! Order here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Wax Off to This Vinyl Pr0n

Posted by on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 11:29 AM

The Flaming Lips and Lightning Bolt captured the retina-rippling vinyl-manufacturing process of their August 2011 split 12" on this Flickr stream. I admit—I slept on this one. But, whoa, these designs are loud and dynamic enough to give me a decent idea what it sounds like.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Happy and Sad Times of C.M. Ruiz

Posted by on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM

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  • John Malta

Though it has existed on the tumblr for months, local artist and designer C.M. Ruiz recently published CMR Journal Volume One, a extremely limited comic zine that reveals an intimate portrait of one month of his life, starting from the day before his 24th birthday this year. In the zine, he illustrated and detailed, very candidly, the events of his life. Ruiz is the quintessential slacker romantic with a good taste in music and women, who has an unbridled flair for cheap thrills and adventure. (Full disclosure: I sublet/cohabited Ruiz's house while he was bumming around New York for two months this summer.)

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The illustrations are both simple, yet detailed, with charming characterizations of himself and his friends, girlfriends, ex-lovers, and bands he rubbed elbows with. He takes you on long walks through the streets of Seattle, into bars, basements, DIY spaces, backyards, and beaches where shows are going and/or friends are converging, to the bank to cash a check, into his living room where he plays video games and naps off a hangover, and all the way to his bed. He expresses joy, boredom, and sadness, but he isn't afraid to admit his shortcomings. It's one of the most genuine autobiographical comics I've ever read. And it's even better in zine format.

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Ruiz's concert posters, album art, band tees, and CMRTYZ label/clothing company can be found all around the world (look no further than Obey Clothing, Rough Trade in London or high-end fashion stores in Singapore and Osaka), but in town you're likely to see his posters around Funhouse, Rendezvous, and DIY spaces like Black Lodge and Cairo. (He's also been recipient of Poster of the Week more times than you'd think.)

Volume One only makes it to the end of May, but if you're dying to know how the rest of his summer turned out, work your way backward on his blog.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My T-Shirt Shows Everything Pt. II

Posted by on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM

I haven’t been on Line Out much this month, and consequently I missed my opportunity to comment on Dave’s post regarding treasured band t-shirts. My excuse is that I spent the bulk of September touring Australia and New Zealand, where free wifi is apparently harder to find than a chlamydia-free koala. But I already blogged about one of my favorite pieces of merch—my not-safe-for-work Tit Pig shirt—and I left the Southern Hemisphere with a new frontrunner for best band t-shirt in my wardrobe. The new item comes courtesy of Canberra hardcore kingpins Four Dead, who combine Converge’s amalgam of noisy hardcore and warped metal with American Nightmare’s raging four-chord attack. Singer Jon Christopher wasn’t kidding when he turned to me with a smile before taking stage and said it was time to go and ruin everyone’s evening; there was a lot of spit, sweat, and near-disasters with flailing bodies and music equipment during their set. If Jon and his band are on a mission to aggravate the squares, their t-shirt is sure to do the trick. What it lacks in my Tit Pig shirt’s overt sexual gratuity and fashion-aesthetic repulsiveness, it makes up for in sheer blasphemy. The probably-NSFW pic after the jump…

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Let's Talk About How Great Flatstock Is

Posted by on Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I always end up being broke by the time Bumbershoot is over—it isn't the $5 cups of watery lemonade, the $4 ears of corn, or $500 beers (since I don't drink beer)—the blame falls completely and totally on Flatstock, the American Poster Institute's annual art and poster show. Last year, it was Jay Ryan's Pigeon prints that did me in (so worth it). The year before that I went a little overboard at the Tiny Media Empire booth. This year doesn't look good for my savings account either. Even though this year's Flatstock feels smaller than it has been in the past, there's still a lot of really great stuff to be had, and (thankfully) most of it is really affordable.

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All the prints at the Crosshair booth (pictured right) are gorgeous, though a little more pricey than most other vendors. I especially love the "415 N Kedzie" art print and this poster made for a series of Jeff Tweedy living room shows (how cool would it be to see Jeff Tweedy in a fucking living room?)

Last year I bought a set of great postcards of little critters in various toy modes of transportation. I love them! But this year, GigArt.com has larger prints of all three—they're $20 a piece or $50 for the set. THEY ARE SO GREAT. I'm fighting the urge to get the larger set, too.

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And here's a poster of a 10-legged bear making friends with and/or preparing to eat a rabbit by Nate Duval. Love! I also adore Jason Munn's geometric and simple designs, which are really weirdly hypnotizing.

Some talented local folks are also representing at Flatstock: Row Boat Press, Frida Clements, Broken Press, Nat Damm (who has a rad Jesus Lizard poster for sale), and Powerslide Design (a must for vinyl-loving Northwesterners).

And are you broke? These little hand-drawn cards are stuck up all around the room and free for the taking:

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(One bummer about this year's Flatstock: There is no Bird Machine/Jay Ryan booth this year. Sad!)

Flatstock is open until 8 pm tonight and starts again at 11 am tomorrow morning. GO SPEND MONEY.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Torso Awesome: Your Most Treasured Band Shirts

Posted by on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:31 AM

If you’re seriously into music, you’ve probably accumulated a closetful of band shirts and other logo-laden paraphernalia. I certainly have. Of all the shirts in my wardrobe, about 10 really stand out. For this very important post, though, I’ve narrowed my most covetable garments to three. These are so great that even rad Ts with a hideous image from Aphex Twin’s Come to Daddy video and one for Miles DavisComplete On the Corner Sessions box set didn’t make the cut. (The best one is after the jump.)

What are your favorite band shirts that you own? Pics, or you're lying.

Glows in the dark, motherfucker.
  • Glows in the dark, motherfucker.

A veritable aphrodisiac in some circles.
  • A veritable aphrodisiac in some circles.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Champagne Champagne X Starfucker To Release Split 7"

Posted by on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM

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On green wax. You can pre-order that thing over here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Neon Indian Designed a Synth, Is Cooler Than You

Posted by on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Apparently, for those willing to plop down the extra dough (or "Yankee Dollars" as they're known in Neon Indian/Alan Palomo's home nation of Texas), deluxe editions of his forthcoming Era Extraña will come packaged with a miniature synthesizer that renowned gear-head/vintage-synth expert/theremin whiz Palomo helped design:

"We teamed up with our brethren homies in Austin, Bleep Labs, to proudly bring you the PAL 198X. It's a triple triangle-wave oscillator noisemaking device with interchangeable controls for maximal sonic contortion. You can attach knobs, light-reactive photocells, and a variety of other devices for semi-modular capabilities. It can interact with a variety of objects around your house whether electronic in nature or not. It can even interact with your pet. It does not make the same sound twice. Basically, I want you to hack this fucking thing."

You can listen to some sounds from the "PAL 198x" below. As for Palomo, I'd like to remind you that he's only twenty-three, and already the coolest dude on the planet.

PAL198X by Dr. Bleep

UPDATE: Let's jam on his new single, "Polish Girl," which debuted today on NPR. Groovy:


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Coming Soon: Rock Star Rummage Sale

Posted by on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

SPORTS: Come buy their balls!
  • Angel Ceballos
  • SPORTS: Come buy their balls!
Sure the Capitol Hill Block Party will have some killer music, but you'll want to be sure to bring some extra cash because there will also be a Rock Star Rummage Sale!

The Rock Star Rummage Sale will go from doors to dusk Friday-Sunday during the Capitol Hill Block Party, and some of the bands are getting real whacky with what they're selling. Some examples:

The Wheelies will be selling portraits drawn just for you, Metal Chocolates will be selling performances at a party of the purchaser's choice, Constant Lovers are making letterpressed coasters and postcards, as well as dresses, Hausu will be offering up mixed tapes, Land of Pines plan on selling homemade jam, Sports will have their very own tennis balls, Spurm's got soda (hopefully not full of uh, nevermind), and Yarn Owl will be selling a GIANT YARN BALL.

There will also be the usual onslaught of t-shirts, CDs, and vinyl, and there's sure to be some surprises (during the SXSW Send Off rummage sale, bands sold things like beard hairs and kisses—ew and sweet!).

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Positive Vibe Ration?: Marley’s Mellow Mood Beverages

Posted by on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 11:53 AM

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Because Bob Marley’s music catalog doesn’t generate enough revenue (cough), the people running his estate have decided to extend the legendary reggae artist’s brand into the beverage industry.

The Marley’s Mellow Mood line consists of four flavors of drink (or “dietary supplement,” if you will): citrus, berry, black tea, and green tea. The Stranger recently received a box containing 12 oz. cans of the first two and 16 oz. bottles of the latter two. I grabbed the black tea. The subhead says it includes “peach raspberry passion fruit.” If so, these elements are very subtly integrated into the liquid. The beverage tastes neither like black tea nor like any of the aforementioned fruity flavors; it’s not unpleasant, nor is it memorable. I didn’t want to spit it out, but I sure as heck didn’t want to rush out for a six pack, either. (I also didn't get the urge to listen to Mr. Marley' s entire canon.)

MMM’s big selling point is that it’s the opposite of the energy drinks glutting the market. Rather, as the name implies, Marley’s Mellow Mood promises to reduce stress and relieve tension—it’s all about “ALL NATURAL RELAXATION,” bredren—as opposed to that nasty synthetic relaxation.

Now, these may be the goals of many people, but for journalists working under onerous deadline conditions, they’re antithetical to our MO. While it’s true we in the media experience quite a bit of stress and tension, we need these things to kick our adrenaline into gear so we can be creative and meet deadlines. Relaxation is a luxury we can’t afford, as the welts on my back from my editor’s whip amply prove. These decaffeinated dietary supplements lack the all-important ingredient to enable us to get the motherfucking job done: caffeine (duh).

On the plus side, MMM forgoes high fructose corn syrup for pure cane sugar. Also appearing: Valerian root extract, lemon balm extract, chamomile flower extract, melatonin, and other things geared to lower your eyelids and loosen your muscles. Oh, great. Now I need to pound some of that Arizona iced tea (aka “Segal’s crack cocaine”) if I want to get my shit turned in (relatively) on time, Jah damn it.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blue Scholars x Stussy Seattle Today 5-7pm

Posted by on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM

I be in The Town all day.
  • I be in The Town all day.

Word on these skreets is that Geo and Sabzi will be having a Cinemetropolis listening party/signing situation at the Stussy Seattle store (next to Goods), where they will also be releasing the exclusive Blue Scholars x Stussy tshirt. I am a hoarder of local hiphop merch so I am all over this. (Previously, Stussy did a shirt with Jake One to commemorate his "Town Biz" mixtape.I'm digging the local scene synergy, guys.) The shirt's neighborhood shouts relate directly to the borough-checkin' going on on the Scholars' "Slick Watts":

Monday, June 6, 2011

Eddie Vedder Signed Ukulele Auction

Posted by on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM

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Would you like to buy a ukulele signed by Eddie Vedder? With proceeds going toward the Ferry County Rail-Trail Project, and coinciding with National Trails Day, which is tomorrow? Well, YOU CAN:

Ferry County Rail Trail Partners have announced the auction of a ukulele signed by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam to coincide with National Trails Day: June 4th. All proceeds from the auction will go to Ferry County Rail Trail Partners and will support the planning and development of the County’s 25-mile rail trail project.

A hand written note from Eddie Vedder accompanies the auction: “To whom it may concern, This note goes along with the four string Kamaka ukulele that I’m hereby donating for a good cause with regards to Ferry County”. Vedder also states that the ukulele was used during the recording of his new critically acclaimed solo record Ukulele Songs. The note finishes with “I hope it finds a good home and is able to help keep the country country.”

Read more HERE. And find the Ebay auction HERE.

Friday, May 13, 2011

On My Way to Work this Morning...

Posted by on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 8:09 AM

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...I passed by this 70s high-back dining chair (black vinyl w/swivel base; note attached) sitting on the corner of 14th and Olive. It did have a slightly weathered condition to it, but with a little vinyl cleaner and some elbow grease it could be a great addition to the home of a lucky Fleet "Fuxes" fan, or anyone just needing a chair. I am pretty sure it is still sitting there.

UPDATE: (On my way home) Yeah. It is totally still sitting there. It is now 4:21pm.

UPDATE 5:00pm: Some more pics of the yet to be claimed chair.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sprinkle Some Dat Cheez On It: Ggnzla Cheese

Posted by on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM

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Intrepid D.I.Y. snake oil merchant T.V. Coahran, who runs the Ggnzla label, home to the zaniest medley of Seattle rock talent, first started bottling beverage compilations (a bottled signature drink with a unique download code on the label) last year and selling them at parties when the beer was getting low. Now it seems he has another interesting flavor on the table: Ggnzla Cheese.


Don't worry, FDA-watchdogs. It's not some tainted bathtub cheese, but rather a bottled Parmesan cheese blend (perhaps some GORGONZOLA?!), which goes great on pizza, spaghetti, and other foods made with tomato sauce, and doesn't require refrigeration. It even comes with a scratch and sniff download code on the label, according to Coahran. I obviously haven't been carrying enough cheese on my person at all times.

Speaking of cheese and Ggnzla, the label will be releasing a dual release of the first two albums by French synth-punks Cheveu later this year (it's being mastered as we speak).

In the meantime, you can pick up your own Ggnzla Cheese at Funhouse this Friday, for the premiere of the Ggnzla VHS/DVD video compilation, which will feature live performances by Grave Babies, Butts, and SPURM, and hosted by Sam Fantasy. The $12 cover option lets you take one of the videos home for your own personal enjoyment/porn collection (after all, SPURM and Butts are all over that business). It's $7 if you don't give a damn. Here's what you should expect:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Own This Guitar Signed By R.E.M.

Posted by on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Signed by Peter Buck, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills while recording new release Collapse Into Now at Blackbird Studio in Nashville.
  • Signed by Peter Buck, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills while recording new release 'Collapse Into Now' at Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

I know y'all were having hee-haw time bagging on R.E.M. songs last week, but did you know those fellas are pretty nice, charitable guys? There's an Ebay auction going on right now, that they started, along with tour manager Bob Whittaker, where 100% of proceeds from the sale of the autographed guitar benefits the Ferry County Rail Trail.

click to enlarge! moose on the loose!
  • click to enlarge! moose on the loose!
What's a "rail trail"? Well, it's a real nice bicycle and pedestrian trail that can be used by people and/or wildlife (see photo). And Whittaker, President of the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, says, "There's nothing more punk than riding your sissy bike and giving gas prices the finger."

You can bid on the guitar RIGHT HERE. Hurry, auction ends Apri 10th!

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