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Lee “Scratch” Perry

Lee “Scratch” Perry

It wasn’t too many years ago that reggae music was thought of as a singular genre, with its own distinct set of musical characteristics. Over the past couple of decades, however, a host of new sub-genres have popped up, making reggae increasingly difficult to follow and blurring the lines between it and other forms of […]

Sub Pop 20th Anniversary

Sub Pop 20th Anniversary

I strolled into the Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary festival, the sun beating down blissfully on my face, to the sound of Orbit finishing up their set. Redmond, WA’s Marymoor Amphitheater was awash with eclectic concert goers, relaxed and peacefully marveling the serendipity of such spectacular weather on this particular day. The stages were set […]

Augustana, Maroon 5, Counting Crows

Augustana, Maroon 5, Counting Crows

I am generally not a fan of concerts at large venues, which come off frequently as poor sites at which to enjoy great meaningful music. The sound’s often distorted to be spread over a wide area, the bands are often given set times too short to present a solid musical statement, and the venues are […]

CSS

CSS

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, […]