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The first time I heard CSS, I was driving across Seattle’s Lake Washington on a hot summer day, trying to stay cool in my ghetto fabulous seafoam green Honda Accord, blasting local independent radio station, KEXP, on full. The subdued sass of “Alala” buzzed through my aging speakers and my ears perked up, like a […]

Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party

My first day at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party was an utter disaster from the get-go. I stepped through the entrance and was immediately bombarded with a dense mass of spectators milling about haphazardly, and I wasn’t able to find a single pocket to escape from the humid swell of people the entire day. I’ll […]

Zach Hill

Zach Hill

Zach Hill deserves to have a genre named after him. His spastic brand of drumming makes an indelible mark on every project he is a part of. And boy does he love being a part of projects. In the past 7 years, in addition to his work with original duo Hella, Mr. Hill has been […]

The Tracey Fragments

The Tracey Fragments

Here’s a movie with pieces that somehow fit but also don’t. There’s a part of me that isn’t sure if maybe this is director Bruce McDonald’s goal, given that The Tracey Fragments cites something broken in the titles. But then again, there’s a part of me that thinks perhaps these aren’t quite the fragments that […]

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

Since the release of 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005, American comedies have never been the same. This is in large part due to writer/director/producer Judd Apatow’s ability to flawlessly blend together drama and comedy. While Apatow did not write or direct Pineapple Express, his fingerprints are all over it. One of the only major differences between […]

Mandi Perkins

Mandi Perkins

In his parody “Canadian Idiot,” Weird Al Yankovic had this to say about America’s neighbors to the North: “Maple syrup and snow’s what they export.” Twenty bucks says he was putting humor before fact there, but even if he wasn’t there’s a new Canadian export worth taking notice of. Mandi Perkins, a transplant from Toronto, […]

Prince Fatty – Survival of the Fattest

Prince Fatty – Survival of the Fattest

Prince Fatty is a one-off reggae project birthed from geeky music industry admiration of the genre, specifically British producer Mike Pelanconi. In his “Prince Fatty” alter ego Pelanconi assembled an all star cast of players to channel their roots and virtuosity. It’s a dubious beginning, one that threatens to devolve into side project studio wankery, […]

Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield

My initial memories of Ms. Hatfield were of her turn as rebellious lunch lady Emma on The Adventures of Pete and Pete, still perhaps the best show to watch if you (still) believe (alternative) rock and roll can save the world. It featured appearances by Michael Stipe, Marshall Crenshaw, and Iggy Pop, in addition to […]

Norma Jean

Norma Jean

Oh, yes, the great and mighty Norma Jean are back. For a band that at times has been accused of copycatting, they’ve reached a level of revered-ness in the hardcore scene that resembles another band of occasional plagiarizers: Led Zeppelin. Yes, we’re talking all-time greats here, and it might be argued that over the albums […]

Elsiane – Hybrid

Elsiane – Hybrid

Does Canada even have summer? As a child in Texas, I used to imagine our rough-hewn Northern neighbor full of thick, ice-shagged pines, teeming with wolves and their natural prey: fur trappers. Nearly two decades later, I stand ready to enter my last boyish, Jack London-esque fantasies about Canada. Along comes Montreal-based Elsiane and a […]