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The Drainage | November 27, 2014

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New Music: MAIA – 29 (Sacred Phrases)

November 14, 2014 |

With 29, Nite Jewel‘s Ramona Gonzalez leaves behind the world of romantic, melodramatic ’80s electropop, to explore the cosmos.

In a culture that seems to be moving in every direction all at once, it can be difficult to know … Read More

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber Collection

November 13, 2014 |

Just in time for the rainy Northwest weather, Converse has released the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star’s made out of rubber. Winter shoes indeed, a thin layer of rubber with the inside being french terry cloth, which will feel very … Read More

Locust – After The Rain (Editions Mego)

November 13, 2014 |

On After The Rain, Mark Van Hoen and Louis Sherman employ a stripped down arsenal of analog electronics, to tell a different kind of story.

      It is often said that history is written by the winners. … Read More

Julian Casablancas and the Voidz Crystal Ballroom Portland

November 12, 2014 |

Let’s make one thing clear about Julian Casablancas. The man is not responsible for maintaining the purity of punk and it’s political manifestos. Much has been said about whether Julian’s solo projects, more recently with studio musician group the Voidz has been purely contrived to illicit practically any kind of blip possible on music’s radar instead of standing up to the arguable heights he led with The Strokes. Read More

NWFF: Puget Soundtrack – Cabana Presents Microcosmos

November 9, 2014 |

Music Movies are one of my favorite series put on by the Northwest Film Forum, and this month they’re serving up another phenomenal pairing: kaleidoscopic-Cabana and the incredible documentary Microcosmos. Live music from local artists over a cool, artfully crafted film about the bug universe?! I’m … Read More

New Music: Listen to Teen Daze Remix I Am Snow Angel’s “Falling In Love”

November 7, 2014 |

It’s starting to get colder outside. The days are getting shorter. The Winter may seem dismal – dark and dreary, but it is also a season of lights, of family and friendship. We are warm and bright together, against the … Read More

Cosby Release Synthy-Sweet Single “Heartracer”

November 5, 2014 |

Who better to create cohesive, synth-poppy sounds than tightknit siblings? After years of playing separately, brothers Chris (keys, vocals) and Chip Cosby (guitar, vocals) are now combining their shared musical skills. As Cosby, they collaborate with drummer Mike Levinson to … Read More

October Roundup Spotify Playlist! (over 4 hours)

November 4, 2014 |

October is the heart of autumn, when things get going full tilt. October contains both the Autumnal Equinox, as well as that festival of lights, blood, and gourds, Halloween. It is a month that starts off gentle and crisp, leaves … Read More

Life Is Beautiful 2014 : MSMR

November 1, 2014 |

I had a decision to make during Life Is Beautiful. Should I check out The Roots? Or MSMR? Since this post is about MSMR you can tell who I chose to see. I figured as much as I can say … Read More

The Great Escape Release Self-Titled LP

October 31, 2014 |

Recorded music that still sounds raw? I’m in. Don’t get me wrong, I love polished, perfectly layered, autotuned-up tracks as much as the next person. But we all know the disappointment when a highly edited band just doesn’t deliver live. … Read More

Life Is Beautiful 2014 : Skrillex

October 30, 2014 |

The very last act I checked out at 2014’s Life Is Beautiful was Skrillex at the Ambassador Stage. Right across from the craft beer garden. Unfortunately… I had quite of bit to drink by then, and I didn’t realize it until I went back and saw the undecipherable tweet and Instagram post I did while seeing Skrillex. Who the fuck is @skilled? Got me. Read More

Life Is Beautiful 2014 : The Orwells

October 30, 2014 |

What the fuck did I just witness? Holy shit. Chicago’s The Orwells had an early 2:15 start time. Blazing hot sun beating down on the small crowd. I kept thinking to myself, “they really deserve a bigger crowd”. As the … Read More