LEAK WEEK: Dragging an Ox through Water, "Among the Rock," They're Gonna Send Me to the Dead Mumford Pencil Box Factory (Stankhouse Records)


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Hey kids! It turns out that we've got a few tracks lying around our email inboxes that are brand-spankin'-new, so we're going to make a whole week out of leaking them for your benefit. Read on... Brian Mumford's solo project, Dragging an Ox through Water, is always changing. He began, about a decade ago, by banging on a chunky old acoustic guitar. Soon there were suitcases of keyboards, effects ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Floater: Ride the Funk (San Diego)


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The band got into San Diego in the wee hours of the morning and I took off for a walk through Presidio Park. I navigated the sleeping homeless scattered around the grass and all the while saw the historical Presidio looming high over the land. It's preserved from the mid 1700's when Spanish missionaries and soldiers built it to help gently persuade the indigenous people to become serfs to the Spanish ...   More
 
Thursday, May 20, 2010 Floater

Tu Fawning Sticks it to The Man, Starts Own Label


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Whether they're great or not, artsy slow-core bands don't get too many big (or often small) record companies beating down their doors to sign them up these days. So Tu Fawning—the local supergroup that includes 31Knots Joe Haege and chanteuse Corrina Repp—is turning its back on the fat-cat music moguls and taking control of its own artistic destiny by launching a new artist-owned and operated ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Crapshoot! (Vol. 2, Issue 1)


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Hi, Casey Jarman—WW's music editor and resident comics/videogames nerd—here. I've decided to re-launch my short-lived old column, "Casey Jarman's Crapshoot Starring Casey Jarman." I've lost a couple of the unnecessary "Casey Jarmans" in the title, to seem a bit less arrogant. I also won't be starting this re-launched version with a reference to Genesis (the band or the bible). Instead, ...   More
 
Friday, July 2, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Irrelevant Interviews: Tiny Vipers


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Captivating and hypnotic, Seattle's Tiny Vipers (aka Jesy Fortino) is a stolen walk through a haunted forest. That sun-bleached record found in your grandparent's attic that, once revived, sings to daydreams and heartache long forgotten. Tiny Vipers is the memory of a memory, and Fortino casts a spell with her voice that silences a room. I caught up with Jesy after some failed attempts involving ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Kat Gardiner

Crapshoot! (Vol. 2, Issue 3)


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It's my weekly column! Crapshoot! Your life just got so much worse! Discussed this week: Heron (the band), Video game maps, war comics, and (only briefly, I swear) the iPhone 4. MUSIC! I'm obsessed by this song. I want to curl up and live in this song. It was on a Nuggets compilation somewhere that wound up playing in the office, probably six months ago. I keep coming back to it. The disc, Heron's ...   More
 
Friday, July 16, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Artichoke Music Gets Saved!


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Local folk-community cornerstone Artichoke Music survives! Early in April the shop announced its untimely closing with this grim missive: The time has come for us to close Artichoke Music, as we know it, and to regroup or redesign the model. Thanks to Kate and Steve, we have been blessed with an incredible place to come together as a community. Unfortunately, this space is not sustainable from a ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Ben Bateman

Floater: I Don't Think My Whispering to Them Helped (Portland, Chico, San Francisco)


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Portland to Chico We headed out of Portland on Thursday night so we could knock a good chunk out of our long drive, planning to nap in the van somewhere after the pass into California. It was cold on the mountains and we stopped to get beers and turkey sandwiches to help with sleep, but ended up just being full and cold instead. So by Friday morning we were not in the best of moods as a group and ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Floater

LIVE REVIEW: James Taylor & Carole King; Troubadour Reunion Tour, May 7 at the Rose Garden


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James Taylor's voice is like water: smooth, clear, easy to mistake for flavorless until those momentary thirsty epiphanies where you sit upright and say "Mmmm! Water's gooood!" Similarly, while I greatly enjoyed—and was indeed moved by—Friday night's collaborative show by Taylor and his longtime cohort Carole King, I'm left with very little to remark on in telling you exactly why (though ...   More
 
Monday, May 10, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

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