Thursday, April 22, 2010

We're not alone in our sentiments about Poster Giant...

Fences (one of the best bands in Seattle) apparently suffered the same fate as we did last week. Poster Giant - are you listening?! When you fuck with the scene, the scene fucks with you.

The Stranger's Dominic Holden's writes about this story on Line Out as well!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Do you know-o our friend Rolo???

I love music. I'd like to think that everyone else does too. Life itself has a beat; around the 22nd day of gestation, the human fetal heartbeat starts and an individual's own personal metronome begins it's lifelong and rhythmic pacing. When I am DJ'ing I often love to imagine that if I can connect well enough with the dancers on the floor before me, I may be lucky enough to beat match someone's heart to the music I'm playing. (It's totally possible - it's a game I play with myself with the heart rate monitor on the elliptical at the gym and the dance tracks on my MP3 player).

Speaking of heartbeats and music, I just finished listening to Rolo Tamasi's latest track, Automata. This song is the source of my heartbeat analogies today. There is something about this ethereal and grounded track that makes me think that if I could somehow go inside, Innerspace-style, and cruise around listening in on all of the sounds of my body, my blood moving, my organs working, my breath circulating it might sound something like this track. But maybe I'm wrong. The name of this track refers to self-operating machines, which sounds decidedly non-organic. Am I incorrect? Does this track sound mechanical? Is it devoid of the life-sounds I was imaging? Or am I just a romantic living in a digital world? Whatever the findings I really love this track, as just like some of his other compositions, such as Puget Sound and Fuckabees Dub. Check his stuff out. We love it around here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Say What! This Thursday! Truckasauras spotlight!

SAY WHAT! This Thursday at Chop Suey!



Fueled by an inhuman amount of Maker’s Mark and whatever kind of beer they can get their hands on, a bunch of self-proclaimed gear nerds have accumulated more firepower than Donald Trump. Armed with an arsenal of vintage Roland drum machines and synths, all sequenced by a modded first-gen Gameboy, Truckasauras create analog electro loops that skitter over starkly minimal drums; a sound (is it techno? is it hip-hop?) that straddles the chasm between goofiness and sincerity, and does so with aplomb. Citing influences ranging from Aphex Twin to 2 Live Crew, it’s next to impossible to pigeonhole the group into any one genre.

The Truck’s debut album, Tea Parties, Guns and Valor boasts 9 original tracks, a cover of the theme from “Airwolf,” and an array of remixes by some of the Northwest’s biggest names in electronic music: Copy, DJ Collage, and Jerry Abstract all try a hand at reworking the group’s signature sound.

The true Truck experience, however, is through their live sets. Fishing vests, trucker hats emblazoned with bald eagles, and American flags-as-capes are the fashion de rigueur for this crew, who stand in front of a projected VHS mashup of monster truck rallies, helicopter explosions, and homoerotic WWF matches. A pseudo-patriotic A/V extravaganza punctuated by megaphone squeals and synchronized (if unintentionally) head-bobbing, the foursome weave in and out of each other’s way, tweaking knobs over here, pushing buttons over there, all the while making the crowd go nuts with their quirky mix of white-trash sensibility and all-out musical mastery.

Thursday, March 18th : SAY WHAT?!
WHAT A DEAL!!! = $7 before 10pm / $10 after 10pm
Tickets available at Chop Suey Box Office (M-F 12pm-6pm)



:: BLONDZIE : DJ SET :: Seattle

:: Live visuals by LOOPTID :: Seattle

:: Photos by LAST NIGHT BLUE : PHOTOGRAPHER :: Seattle


Doors open at 9pm / 18+/ Bar w/ ID
Chop Suey
1325 E. Madison St: Seattle, WA

300 Essential Drum Breaks!!

For all of you producers out there, here comes All The Breaks: 300 Essential Drum Breaks! Turntable Lab is selling a CD of 300 of the most essential and rarest drum breaks of all time remastered from the original records and ready for sampling and chopping.

(from Turntable Lab's review) "An impressive selection of timeless breaks including multiple versions of "Get Out My Life Woman," and "Sing A Simple Song," staples like "It's A New Day" and "Ashley's Roachclip" and over 290 more rare and classic breaks. All The Breaks has done the hard part for you and trimmed these songs down to just the essential parts where you can chop and sample the kicks, snares, high hats, cymbals, and fills with ease. Whether you are making hip-hop or r&b or grime, All The Breaks is an excellent resource for finding the right drums for your tracks."

I'm sold.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Roll The Dice mixed by Jen Woolfe (Shameless-SF)

Shameless SF’s delightful diva of the decks Jen Woolfe has a brand spankin’ new mix that should provide a perfect soundtrack to this Spring’s awakening for us all! Roll The Dice is chock-full of fierce and funky electro breaks, deep-seeded tech-house, and anthemic tracks that are just achin’ for the dancefloor (try not getting “Big Butt Girls” stuck in your head for days after listening to this mix!).

Roll The Dice – mixed by Jen Woolfe (Shameless-SF)

Jen Woolfe performs next on Saturday, April 24th 2010 at 10pm in San Francisco at The John Brody Salon (2338 Market St. in the Castro), who is hosting an art exhibit with featured photographers Zoe Nauman & Libi Kunst. Photos, art, wine, and eclectic beats from Jen!

Stranger story about our Say What! signage

Word’s getting around about what Poster Giant did to our Say What! signage – read Eric Grandy’s story about it HERE on The Stranger’s Line Out blog…

Shameless or Shameful??? #1

From the wilds of China comes this very interesting video - a young Chinese boy channeling his inner Whitney Houston. This is also a great opportunity for us to kick off asking the Shameless crew's own eternally asked question, "Is it Shameless or Shameful?" via the world wide web!!! Like choosing your own adventure the decision is ultimately up to you. Have no fear, this question seems to come up all the time so there will be plenty more of these in the future.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Poster Giant sucks

Show And Tell @ Living Room

Show And Tell, a new live electronic music biweekly for aspiring and veteran producers, turntablists, and other related music performers, debuted at The Living Room in Seattle last Wednesday. The inaugural edition featured amazing sets from two of Seattle’s finest producers: The Naturebot (of Bonkers and Pleasure Boat Records fame) and The Googly (Bremerton’s finest), along with DJ Verse playing in between sets.

The night is designed for electronic music producers, performers, and turntablists to premiere and/or tryout new projects and live sets in a comfortable, listening party-like setting. Both The Naturebot and The Googly premiered outstanding sets for the Living Room audience, with the occasion also being The Googly’s very first live PA performance ever!

Check out these recordings from the night!

The Googly - Live at Show And Tell (Living Room, Wednesday, April 7, 2010)>

The Naturebot – Live at Show And Tell (Living Room, Wednesday, April 7, 2010)

The next Show And Tell @ Living Room is on Wednesday, April 21 at 9pm, featuring sets from Scratchmaster Joe, who is debuting new turntable “battle” sets as he prepares for national DMC competition this spring!

Follow Show And Tell on Twitter for upcoming events and to submit your name if you would like to perform at Show And Tell in the near future!

(photos courtesy of Amanda Manitach)

Friday, April 9, 2010

I go out late at night...

*(The main event takes place @ Neumos @ 9pm.)
Once the lights come up at Neumos it's time to head over to the Monkey Loft (SoDo) for an intimate afterparty gathering brought to you by your friends at Uniting Souls & Shameless. We'll make sure the afterparty address is available at Neumos so you don't miss out.

Come prepared to shake your tail feathers all the way until 6am!!

Uniting Souls & Shameless Present:

The Official Dirtybird Afterparty

w/ DJs
Ramiro (Uniting Souls)

Deepvibez (Uniting Souls)

Levi Clark (Shameless)

Rolo Tamasi (Shameless)


1-6am - 21+

And as always, if you can't be nice, STAY HOME!