Kelli Frances Corrado plays Fantagraphics May 10!

Kelli Frances CorradoNow accompanied by live violinist Meagan Angus, Kelli’s string of spring performances begins at 7pm on Saturday, May 10th at Georgetown Records for their 10th Anniversary and Art Attack. A celebration for the album release will be held on June 14th at Kelli’s artist loft community building, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle, with a multimedia installation and projections. This night also serves as a kick-off for her California tour in mid-to-late June through the Bay Area and L.A.

Twitch and Gloam on the AV Club!

Picking a favorite song from Twitch And Gloam: Dark Sounds From The Pacific Northwest is about as easy as choosing a favorite Tales From The Crypt episode. The compilation, which comes out on June 18 via Flat Field Records, is a smorgasbord of post-punk, dark electronic, and/or neo-goth from Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver—and every one of the dozen bands featured brings something sick, bleak, and semi-decayed to the table. But the track “Carve Out Your Tongue” by Seattle’s Grave Babies pokes its head a little higher aboveground.

Read the rest:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/carve-out-your-tongue-carves-a-dark-path-for-grave,98954/

What do these bands have in common?

Stay tuned to find out!

Baby Guns

Baby Guns

Grave Babies

Grave Babies

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

Haunted Horses

Haunted Horses

Koban

Koban

Light House

Light House

Mode Moderne

Mode Moderne

Music For Evenings

Music For Evenings

Nightmare Fortress

Nightmare Fortress

Perpetual Ritual

Perpetual Ritual

Vice Device

Vice Device

//ZOO

//ZOO

Vampire Lezbos Reissue in Stores Today!

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Reissue of 1988 debut by Vampire Lezbos in stores today!

What the critics are saying: “Fast and angry but with more rock’n’roll vibe.” – Razorcake

“…top notch hardcore… “ – Ugly Things magazine

Get on down to your local record store or order online.

Garage-punk road warriors Vampire Lezbos, spawned in the scary reactionary police state city of Spokane, WA in the early 80s, became the most noteworthy punk band from that time and place. This thrashing and howling, yet politically compassionate initial LP made inroads in the rock underground for a band that wore its scarred heart on its sleeve, gaining them comrades and live shows and tours with DOA, Fugazi, and Nirvana (VL actually played at Nirvana’s first show with that band’s new name). It would take the band into the punk world internationally, land the VLs at CBGBs, and find performing for over 3000 people with Circle Jerks and 7 Seconds in New Jersey.

For the full-length “Vampire Lezbos,” everything was captured as hot and ferocious as one of their beloved chaotic club shows. The eponymous release featured a strong collection of tracks written between their birth in 1984 up until the then-new stormer “So What,” freshly laid down for the debut.

Vampire Lezbos had solidified the live line-up by the time of their first album, which featured Dave Whiting (lead vocal and guitar), Jon Swanstrom (vocals/guitar), Spot (bass), and Dave Delong (drums). Whiting says, “Jon and I were the two hold-overs from our first 1985 tour so could be considered ‘the core’ main songwriters on this album, and live band organizers and tour initiators. With the addition of this new solid rhythm section, coupled with two solid guitar players, I think we felt the most musically powerful than we ever had in the past. I’m sure this somehow translated to our live shows.”

On the long-awaited and remastered deluxe reissue of the “Vampire Lezbos” Whiting says, “I think our first record finally gave the people a legitimate and tangible release to own, after a few limited edition DIY cassette releases. It also showed clubs and promoters that we were in fact a ‘serious’ band that had some history and worthy of headlining. After almost four years as a band and three U.S./Canada tours without an official release, people who liked the Lezbos were very excited to finally have our first LP in their hands. We achieved success with this album and it quickly sold out across America and Europe. Fans will be excited to finally have this back out on CD, with the additional bonus material featuring our 1986 singer, Rob Westergard, which has never been officially released.”

Track Listing:
* Featured tracks

1. Plasma*
2. Cop Magnet
3. Monkey*
4. Stop Killing The Seals*
5. So What
6. Reds Use Poison Gas
7. Ogon Warrior
8. It Hurts*
9. Phone Soliciter (sic)
10. What The Fucks
11. Queen Spuma
12. Worm
13. Macho Fag

Bonus tracks:

14. It Hurts
15. Monkey
16. Plasma
17. Macho Fag
18. Worm
19. Mike’s Family
20. Phone Solicitor
21. What The Fucks
22. Disease
23. Gonad Warrior

(Bonus tracks are alternate versions and extras from a DIY cassette release for 1986 national tour.)

Listomania

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I love year end “best of music” lists. Each list title reads with the promise of revelation. Each list ends with the end of a list. It is so amazing. They are so much better than “all-time” lists which age so poorly. This is due to the total lack of appropriate certification and supervision  in the area of “50 Best Albums of All Time” and “100 Best Guitar Players”.  In contrast, End-of-year lists don’t carry the same importance and almost anybody can write one.  The real art is making a list that represents a  super narrow focus usually associated with the demographic of the magazine or website or blog publishing it. And you don’t even need an appropriate disclaimer that reads “this list of the best tracks of 2012 will all be hip hop records because anything else was excluded from the sample data because our readers will SHAKE THEIR HEADS at us for the inclusion of The Lumineers which was already mentioned in People magazine (does People magazine still exist?)”.   Some lists are actually pretty good because they are really lists of music that do not belong on “best of” lists.   They are really just lists of really good things. Not “best of”. So here is my best of “best of” music lists for 2012.

XLR8R.com

http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2012/12/xlr8rs-best-2012-releases-part-one

http://www.xlr8r.com/features/2012/12/xlr8rs-best-2012-top-downloads-part-two

The best thing is that at the end of part two there  IS A LINK TO DOWNLOAD ALL 100 SONGS AS A ZIP FILE.  So awesome!

File under: Electro Indie

 

i-D Online

http://i-donline.com/2012/12/the-best-tracks-of-2012/

You can stream 52 of their list of top tracks on Soundcloud.

File under: Urban Indie

 

Souciant

http://souciant.com/2012/12/olivers-top-10-for-2012/

Culture and politics magazine. You can’t listen to their top ten but they have a Soundcloud player imbedded with some really cool stuff including a hour long retrospective mix of Killing Joke tunes you can stream or download.

File under: Post punk

 

National Public Radio

http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/11/30/166230944/npr-musics-100-favorite-songs-of-2012

NPR’s cool factor is rising with this list and functioning links to Youtube for each of the songs.  I hope those scandal plagued NPR interns were not part of this.

File under: Family of 5 shares one ipod

 

Pitchfork

http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/9015-the-top-100-tracks-of-2012/

If you really need to know how Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” faired (#29) then Pitchfork’s version of what is top might be for you.

File under: I prefer Spotify over record stores

 

FACT

http://www.factmag.com/2012/12/13/top-100-tracks-of-2012/

UK online music magazine with a well currated list of great music I have never heard. I will spend some significant time exploring this list.

File under: Avant garde

 

The Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club

https://flatfieldrecords.com/eblamc-podcast/

Let’s not forget that I am one of 11 members of The Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club and our annual retrospective podcast is a must. These are our 18 recommended listens in a 74 minute podcast.

File under: China in a bull shop

 

 

 

Post-Fauxpocalypse Future Shock

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Huh. We’re all still here. Go figure.

I guess as a society we better quit fantasizing and actually address the issues the world is facing… There was a brief time in the early 1970’s that looked like the pressing concerms of the day might have enough weight on the popular consciousness to affect some change. Then everybody got disillusioned. Curtis Mayfield nailed it here.

Win a copy of SpokAnarchy! on DVD!

“A kaleidoscopic look at an under-recognized under-ground scene that deserves to be seen, moshed and celebrated.” – Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith Group

About the film:

SpokAnarchy! is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the manic highs and desperate lows in the emergence of the punk rock scene in culturally barren 1980s of Spokane, Washington.

This coming-of-age story becomes a coming-of-middle-age story as the scene’s survivors take an unflinching look at their past, and how their lives were shaped by those years of music and mayhem. Aggressive and experimental music, art, and rebellion was the glue that brought them together, and 30 years on still resonates.

For some the results were devastating. Some went on to bigger and better things. But all carry with them the independent and creative DIY spirit that made SpokAnarchy! live up to its name.

The film that launched a thousand record labels (well, ok, this one) can be yours for free! Music News.com is having a contest to win one of three copies. You have until Jan 15, 2013 – oddly enough the same day as the new Vampire Lezbos reissue hits the streets. Also, check out the soundtrack. Good luck!

Click the link below and enter to win:

http://www.music-news.com/showcompetition.asp?H=Win-1-of-3-SpokAnarchy%21-DVDs&nCompetitionID=2835

Our online shop is now open! Free Shipping!

Check it out and buy some records. Support independent musicians! Buy their music!

AND free shipping through the rest of the year!

We have our first releases in stock, and more coming soon.

Stay tuned- in the future we will have all sorts of other great stuff like tshirts, stickers, etc.

Paul Weller Gets Folked Up


You don’t become Paul Weller without a heightened sense of cool.  On a planet of billions he stands alone as the Modfather.  On a planet on billions it is hard to know who to listen to, particularly when it comes to new art.  This week as Paul quietly shares news about his new collaboration with Kate Rusby, aka “the first lady of young folkies”,  I found it interesting to note the other young artists that I had never heard of until Paul shed his light on them.

Amy Winehouse – She had not yet released her album Frank (which came out in 2003) and Paul Weller had already mentioned her in an interview as one of the artists he was excited about.  One of her hangouts apparently was the Jazz Cafe in Camden.  I bought tickets to see her at the Jazz Cafe based on his recommendation. I am not even sure what year it was anymore but she had surely not turned 20 yet.   It doesn’t surprise me now, but it did surprise me then, that she did not show up for the  gig.  Her first album came out sometime after this  disappointing trip to Camden.  Paul’s advice turned out to be a a stunner.  Paul and Amy later ended up collaborating and turned in some great performances to coincide with Amy’s release of “Back To Black”.

Adele – In December of 2008, Paul collaborated with another up-and-comer named Adele. She had already hit the charts with  with “Chasing Pavements” but she was not the household that she was to become.  She was however about to pass through the Paul Weller pillars. It seemed an odd collaboration to me at the time.  In retrospect, not so much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x0HoIFnyXA

Kate Rusby – Kate’s new album is titled 20. This fits right in between Adele’s albums 19 and 21 and is sequentially connected to Weller’s 2008 album 22 Dreams.? I don’t know much about Kate Rusby just as I didn’t know anything about Amy “the jazz singer”  or Adele “the Amy wannabee” at the time.  I will be interested to see what happens as this folkie passes through the pillars.