AUDIO LANDSCAPES: FULL MOON RADIO’S JESSIE JACKSON

Full Moon Radio is the kind of local band that makes others jealous – remarkably driven, hard working, and beyond all else talented. Full Moon Radio also work in a decidedly community oriented manner, not only releasing their own music, but releasing and distributing records by other Olympia area bands on their Rock Therapy Records….

The Cult of Public Access Television – Your Daily Hour With Me

For well over six years, and over two-thousand consecutive episodes without a break, Olympia, Washington’s public access television world has been dominated – if not by sheer constancy alone – by Your Daily Hour With Me (YDHWM). YDHWM has been taped, edited, and broadcast daily without holidays, breaks or hiatus for the last six years….

Concert Review: Iggy Pop – Keller Auditorium, Portland

If you are not convinced that that the 1981 Target Video “Iggy Pop San Francisco 1981” is one of the greatest live captures of unbridled rock and roll energy I will fight you. The concert features Pop blasting through old favorites, and some new material, backed by part of one of the biggest and most…

The Mouse that Set Loose the Lion

THE MOUSE THAT SET LOOSE THE LION CIRCA 1979 Think of the time before “indie” was part of our English lexicon. A time before Sonic Youth took to the mainstream, even a time before the Replacements and Husker Du hit. 1979 seems to have been a lifetime ago, and for many people who are not…

Interview: Mastodon

When you look up Mastodon, you will find that it is an extinct species of elephants that lived 12,000 years ago. They were a particularly American beast, mammoth in size flexing behind muscle. Of course, this Mastodon is not what I am writing about. If you search for Mastodon (Band), you will find a very…

Interview: Ian Mackaye

The Evens are the sort of band that in many circles needs no introduction. The band, consisting of former Fugazi and Minor Threat member – and owner of the venerable indie mainstay Dischord Records – Ian Mackaye, and Amy Farina of the Warmers, has been creating music together for the past decade. Their latest album,…

Interview: Shonen Knife

There was a time before J-pop and K-pop were common genres to be discussed by indie music magazines, tapped in music critics, or even by the hipster elite. In the early 1980s as punk was becoming new wave, an all female punk/pop group out of Osaka, Japan emerged drawing critical praise and the championing of…

Interview: Deathfix

  Deathfix is a supergroup. Although people haven’t been batting around that term with Deathfix, it is wildly appropriate. The group consists of Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Rich Morel (producer of everything from Depeche Mode to the Killers), Devin Ocampos (Faraquet, Medications) and Mark Cisneros (Medications, Chain & The Gang). Despite the band’s collective background they…

Interview: Al Larsen – Some Velvet Sidewalk

Over the last few years I have credited many things as changing my life, even in other articles about music. From the first time I heard the Pixies, Sonic Youth, and the Velvet Underground; to seeing the works of Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, and Jackson Polluck; to my life long relationship with film: media has…

Review: Milk Music — Cruise Your Illusion

In short order Milk Music, now a quartet, have caught a train of hype and praise that has taken the Olympia band to festivals in Europe and North America. With just one EP and a live cassette to its name, expectations are high for its debut full length – although early hype surrounding the album…

Review: Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa — Open the Crown

Open the Crown Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa K Records Open the Crown is the latest album by Arrinton de Dionyso’s post Old Time Relijun band, Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa. The album, like the artist, is a polarizing vehicle that stirs immediate debate. Founded in the mid 90s, Old Time Relijun pushed…

Review: Gun Outfit – Hard Coming Down

Hard Coming Down Gun Outfit PPM Gun Outfit quietly existed in Olympia, Wash. as a band less flashy in riffs and energy than its contemporaries that have reached a similar level in their lives as bands. Where Broken Water broke into a larger conscious with its intricate swells of noise popularized by groups like Sonic…