Posted By DJ shangri-HA on 12/22/2012 at 04:05AM
At first the numbers didn't mean anything but then I thought about how I subconsciously ranked them anyway so then I ranked them more and here they are now outrageously ranked:
- THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE (Sub Pop Records) Duh, everyone's favorite, but two words: SASS & CLASS. (avant-hop/neo-rap)
- wimps - Demo Super fun, catchy punk jams from members of Butts, Meth Teeth, the Intelligence. Can't wait to hear the full-length next month! (PUNK)
- Tiny Knives - Static A raw and unyielding punk rock force from a couple of Portland-based riot ladies. (PUNK)
- Black Hat - Spectral Disorder EP (Debacle Records) Drifting into space, getting lost there for a minute. (industrial noise/ambient)
- Evening Meetings - Forgotten In Seconds 7" Ex-members of the A-Frames making ramshackle noisy punk, appeasing fans of the Fall and other good taste havers.(PUNK)
- Criminal Code- Hollowed 7" (Deranged Records) This Tacoma band is totally representing my gritty 'lil birth city. Their Midwestern sound churns and sprawls in a powerful punk miasma. (PUNK)
- Erik Blood - Touch Screens An erotic storm of danceable beats and bedroom-gaze seduction. (shoegaze/electronic)
- Big Eyes - Back From the Moon 7" (Grave Mistake Records) New York transplants Big Eyes are a welcome addition to Seattle's punk scene, and create uber-catchy power poppy punk anthems. (PUNK)
- Special Explosion - EP Eastside teens giving everyone Insta Peter Pan Syndrome with clean tones and irresistably big choruses. (indie rock)
- Silicon Girls - Rana I believe I have described this band as "artastically post-everything" before. This is the sound of youth explored-- at the beach, or beached, but always with carefree abandon. (math/indie rock/surf)
- Chastity Belt - Dude Having recently relocated from Walla Walla, Washington, Chastity Belt's songs are humorous ("you look like a barbie doll/you look like Steven Seagal") SASSY, and fun! (garage rock)
- La Luz - Damp Face EP This new all-girl band fronted by HER DJ/ex-Curious Mystery member Shana Cleveland is rippling with easy charm, the red lipstick on the seal of a kiss-off. (garage pop)
- King Tears Bat Trip - King Tears Bat Trip 7" Mind meld. Mind melt. Mind rush. Mind crush. Mind squee. (freak jazz/outsider trance)
- Posse - Posse Posse create garage songs that are sincere, thoughtful and honest. And they're also damn good! (garage/indie rock)
- Kithkin - Takers and Leavers EP I have an affinity for music that sounds like this (see: Wild Beasts, Vampire Weekend) because I was seventeen once. But also this EP is a jungle of drums and pervasively catchy rhythms and hooks that are not to be ignored. (jungle pop)
Posted By Domenica on 12/22/2012 at 01:43AM
This last year I have had the pleasure of hosting both The Inland Buoy radio program and The Buoy and The Bellow. Through these programs, I have discovered a lot of new music, but this year I mostly focused on older music, given my current musical obsessions are classic disco and electrofunk. So the following list isn't definitive, as I know there is a lot I haven't heard that I would probably have loved if I heard it.
- Belbury Poly - The Belbury Tales and in general all the Ghost Box/hauntological stuff, I can't get enough of it.
- Demdike Stare - Elemental Part 1 & 2
- Julia Holter - Ekstasis
- Actress - R.I.P
- Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
- Mykki Blanco - "Wavvy"
- Anticipating Scott Walker's Bish Bosch. I still haven't heard it.
- Terrence Dixon - "Dark City of Hope (Main Mix)"
- Todd Terje remixes in general, especially his remix of "Love is the Drug"
- Kuedo - Severant
- Games - "Strawberry Skies". Not a new song, but I couldn't stop listening to it and the Gatekeeper remix this year. I am a bit behind the times.
- Marielle Jakobsons - Glass Canyon
- Stuff I haven't heard everything by but I enjoyed immensely: Andy Stott, SpaceGhostPurrp, Burial, Flying Lotus, X-TG, Richard Youngs' new album, Swans.
- Lee Hazlewood - The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes and Backsides
- Om - Advaitic Songs
- Black to Comm - Earth
- Dull Knife - Dull Knife on the lovely Debacle Records.
- Motion Sickness of Time Travel everything.
- The Conrad Schnitzler CON anthology show I did with Gen Ken Montgomery
- Marrying DJ Dusty Mantle to the sounds of our favorite post-punk band.
Posted By DJ Garrett on 12/12/2012 at 10:41PM
Top Ten Best Musical Experiences of 2012
1. Flying ‘outsider’ pop artist Jan Terri to Seattle to play a show. Watch here (Start at 10:30 to see her youtube hit, “Losin’ You”)
2. Shaking Lana Del Rey’s hand backstage at Easy Street Records. Never washing my hand.
3. Seeing newish feral heartthrob band Health Problems perform at the Black Lodge: Watch here
4. Lori Goldston & Karl Blau soothing souls at my wedding.
5. Doing that dance where you plug your nose and jump into a pool while listening to Shana Cleveland’s new surf band La Luz at Cafe Racer.
6. Playing the best gig of my life in a ‘Blacklight Bar’ in Salem, Oregon with my band WaMu to 4 people (two friends, and two guys later introduced as Death Metal Dave and his buddy David).
7. Watching Kenneth Piekarski of Slashed Tires play experimental lounge pop / ‘smooth grunge’ at the upscale Triple Door Musiquarium bar on Halloween night.
8. Father & son Eric Ostrowski / Ian Ostrowski putting out equally good & vastly different solo albums on the same day.
9. Krudas Cubensi (Cuban queer feminist hip-hop) turning Hollow Earth Radio into a huge dance party.
10. Setting up one of the raddest punk shows ever in the banquet room of the Moon Temple Chinese Food restaurant in Wallingford.
Favorite NW Cassette Releases
1. The Webs / Creakies
“Stay Holy” Split Cassette, self-released – “doom pop cool surf donut garage duh webs seattle the webs Seattle”
2. King Tears Bat Trip – S/T – Hanged Man Recordings – 4 drummers, tenor sax, guitar. “The folksy melodies seem as much like Haitian Vodou music as they do an Albert Ayler spirit song.”
3. La Luz – Damp Face EP, self-released – new “surf pop” band led by Shana Cleveland of the Curious Mystery.
4. Iboga S/T – Hanged Man Recordings – Kinda like Earth on the wrong speed.
5. Stefan Tcherepnin & Christopher DeLaurenti , Bleed the Capacitors: Heavy Analog Electronics Vols. 2 and 3 – Refined noise.
6. Ragana – All’s Lost – Olympia Black Metal
7. Nod & the Hob Goblins – S/T / Lost Sound Tapes – Goblin Doo Wop
8. Rat Riot! – Barbie Apocalypse – MASA Records – Bellingham teen punk.
9. Tiny Knives – Static / Stankhouse Records – Portland post-punk / riot grrrl
10. Black Hat – spectral disorder EP / self-released – Industrial improvised drone dance.
Posted By DJ Garrett on 03/28/2012 at 03:22AM
Friends - our fifth annual Magma Festival is coming to a close THIS WEEKEND. ARE YOU READY FOR THE ERUPTION?Prepare yourself: This Friday kicks off an explosive weekend with the music of WHITE COWARD coming straight to your face. This explosive little band is gonna rip the place apart. Dogs and cats, living together. It will be anarchy.
Here's how Kenneth of Off Tempo describes White Coward:"This show was packed. It was crazy how many people were there and how posi-mosh everyone was. It’s the most smiles I’ve seen in a mosh pit in a while. Troy (bassist / singer, also in Stickers) is singing whatever it is that he’s singing. I can’t understand much of it but I think a couple songs are about eating that 13 egg omelet at Beth’s Café on Aurora. I haven’t eaten that particular endtrée yet but when I can get my hands on whatever recorded material White Coward puts out in the future, I’ll look for the songs that are reviewing the experience of that meal.
I remember on the trip back home, the van I was busy with talking about how great White Coward was and how great the show was overall. How much shredding and kind shoving occurred."
Pair that with legendary Roger Nusic. I know very little about this guy, other than that he's a one man band playing violin/guitar over electronic beats singing about burning money (see his album titled: "Burn or Save?" with him in piles of dollar bills). Somewhere on the internet I read that his first show was opening for Nirvana at Satyricon.
It's sure to be a thriller - I mean, check out this video!???
Here's the first verse off one of my favorite of his songs: Alternative Punky Day
Also on the bill: FAN TAS TIC Seattle pop punk band THE WEBS who have A ONE SONG DEMO here: duh webs
We also recently did an instudio w/ the band which you can download and listen to as a podcast here
Also, completely unpredictable Gio Ricci has a new band Space Cadet 5. He's one of our dj's here at the station but no one has seen him in months. He is an international man of mystery.
This all goes down THIS FRIDAY at Hollow Earth Radio! Get there at like 8:30. We start prompt.
Posted By Moondog on 03/08/2012 at 03:22AM
Red Velvet. Rainbow Glitter. Rad Queers.
This Friday, March 9th! Magma Festival and Golden Daggers Vaudeville present a very Special Queer Variety Show!
Dave End (San Francisco) - With an accordion, a golden throat, and expertly-applied eyeshadow, Dave End may just change your life. She is equal parts Wizened Sage and Baudy Comic. Her one-person shows are glimpses into a glitter-dust universe. In one sentence: Dave End dazzles.
Clyde Peterson (SEA) - Clyde is an artwork powerhouse. Playing shows as Your Heart Breaks, presenting rad and raunchy experimental films, and generally hauling ass on everything from silk-screening to punk-quilting. This dude does it all. For Golden Daggers, he'll be screening shorts from his new and riotous queer animation series: Fanning the Flames of Faggot Lust.
Theo Hilton (SEA) - Theo has set hearts and minds on fire as part of the musical projects Defiance, Ohio and Nana Grizol. His songs are handhewn vignettes of punk ethics and cross-country friendships. He's a lyrical painter; a poet-wordsculptor.
At the Grand Illusion Cinema!
Doors at 9 pm
Show at 9:30 pm