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.
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.
by Dave Segal
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 Davis’ Complete 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.
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.
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!).
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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.
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":
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.”
...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.
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:
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!
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!
Yesterday, I escaped all the St. Patrick's Day insanity downtown for a bit to go scope out a house show in NE Austin at a crusty studio/venue called Baby Blue Studios. I only managed to catch one band, Creamers, but the night's roster was pretty impressive, and included notorious Monterrey punks Ratas Del Vaticano as well as at least one underground band from China.
There was a cool experimental video installation featuring a bunch of TVs showing different loops that I guess was called "Pangbianr."
I nabbed a comp with the same name featuring "b-sides, live recordings, deep cuts, and unreleased tracks" from ten Chinese underground bands working in genres like no wave, punk, post punk, krautrock, and shoegaze. Needless to say, I can't wait to pop this fucker into my home stereo.
Memoir-writing (and not-even-dead-or-dying) guitarist-icon Slash is selling bunches and bunches of his stuff at Julien's—an auction house in Beverly Hills on March 26th. I thought I understood why Michael Jackson did it. But Slash? Why now? Partial proceeds go to the LAYN (Los Angeles Youth Network), and the complete press release is after the jump. Also of note: people who show up dressed as Slash, get a free, absolutely free, auction catalog—so people who already own top hats, look alive!
It's practically like your mom and dad getting a divorce. Or something.
I'm going to be the Scrooge and go ahead and say it: This break-up was strategically planned for monetary gain.
For years, the first three White Stripes LPs they recorded for Sympathy For the Record Industry have been out of print, with original copies selling for hundreds of dollars (let's not even begin to talk about the first handmade, hand painted 7" single they did for their buddies' label). This past November, just in time for Christmas, Jack White's Third Man Records remastered and reissued the first three White Stripes albums: The White Stripes, De Stijl, and White Blood Cells. Of course, those sold well, considering most White Stripes fans since 2003 have largely been the common denominator music fan-types (The Black Keys, for instance, owe much of their broader success to the White Stripes). The reissues are still in print, but for how long? Jack White has complete control over how many records get pressed, and for all we know, they could go out of print tomorrow. But will they? Probably not. This is his chance to maximize the sales on these records, to profit from the exposure his band has received with the news of the break up. I'm not at all surprised it happened. Speculation has always been a thing for this band. Whether or not they are married or related, or if they really don't like any other colors besides red and white. So I'm going to speculate that they broke up for financial gain. After all, they haven't made a good record in years and they weren't about to make an artistic comeback. Profit off what's good.
Dylan's Candy Bar in New York is selling a limited-edition Prince chocolate bar for $5. I did not buy this candy bar, I was actually quite turned off by the idea of eating anything "Prince" flavored. Also: It was $5. For a plain ol' Belgium milk chocolate bar (which is hilarious because Prince is vegan).
What a missed opportunity. There are so many ways they could've flavored this thing! They could've made it vegan, for one, so Prince could actually eat his own fucking candy bar. Now I have a very important question for all Prince fans:
What should a Prince-flavored candy bar taste like?
This package is bananas—a whole damn tree's worth of the things! First, you get the complete series of I Want You magazine (2010), a bleeding-edge art magazine published and designed by the mad geniuses of Dumb Eyes design studio. This donation includes the first four issues of I Want You, two limited-edition posters by Devon Varmega and Brian Standeford, and a 7-inch record featuring exclusive tracks by Shabazz Palaces and Stellar OM Source. Next, local poster artist extraordinaire Nat Damm gives you signed and numbered silk-screened concert posters featuring the likes of MGMT, Jesus Lizard, the Shins, Jello Biafra and the Melvins, and others. Moreover, you will receive all of Seattle indie label Barsuk's 2011 releases in advance of their street dates. Another local record company, Sub Pop (heard of 'em?), is going to lay all of its 2010 vinyl releases on you, including LPs by No Age, the Vaselines, David Cross, and Beach House.
All those posters? And records? And it's not even at $200 yet? Fucking amazing deal.
The auction closes at 5 pm tonight! Get in on this while you still have time. It's for the kids.
Stop giving shitty presents! Hit up this Saturday's annual DIY Holiday Fair at the Vera Project and get some awesome stuff for yourself, your friends, your parents—whoever likes neat things! The Vera Project's gallery and showroom will be stuffed with goods from local record labels, crafters, artists, zinemakers and more—you can get all your shopping done in one place.
Plus! Vera's silkscreening studio will be open and you can print a pretty Vera logo on any fabric you choose for just $5 a pop. Bring your own t-shirts, tote bags, hoodies, etc., and get crazy. (Blank t-shirts will also be available for purchase.)
Doors open at 11 am Saturday morning and it closes up at 5 pm. Admission is free.