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Sep.
30th

Finally! A video game I can really relate to

Rock Band? Played out! Guitar Hero? Chyuh! Sooooo yesterday. I’m trying to get my hands on this hot, new video game that all the kids are playing: Rock Journalist Hero.


You can play as play in Lester Bangs or as a condescending Pitchfork critic as you "transmogrify inarticulate responses from lithe idiot savants into passably meaningful comments" and "challenge yourself to write more than 70 by-the-numbers profiles and reviews, including: The fatuous British band that thinks it’s the new U2!"


Hilarious! But, sadly, not a real game. It’s a spoof dreamed up by Vanity

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Sep.
25th

Superstar grunge photog Charles Peterson takes on breakdancing

Photographer Charles Peterson made a name for himself as he documented the Northwest’s burgeoning grunge scene. That iconic shot with Kurt Cobain looking like he’s spinning on his head while playing a solo? He shot it. The funny one with Kurt sprawled awkwardly over Dave Grohl’s drum kit? Yup, him too.


And what musical subject could be as visually dynamic as the most mosh-tastic, stage divinest scene of the ’90s. Why, breakdancing, that’s what. And I just learned about Peterson’s new coffee table tome about b-boys and b-girls, called “Cypher.” Find details here.

Sep.
25th

Supersuckers reveal new album details

Whenever I run into guitarist Ron Heathman at the Parkway or his own (coffee) watering hole, Satellite Coffee, I bug him about when the new Supersuckers album will see the light of day. And now I can leave him alone since the latest ‘Suckers e-newsletter revealed all:



Supersuckers have confirmed the long awaited, long overdue release of their brand new full-length album, “Get It Together” for November 25, 2008. This will be the tenth recording released by the band’s self-owned label, Mid Fi Recordings. The November release date also coincides with the band’s

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Sep.
25th

Blix Street Records’ Bill Straw on Eva Cassidy’s life, legacy and new album

Fame eluded talented Washington, D.C. area singer-songwriter Eva Cassidy when she was alive. Cassidy died of melanoma in 1996, but with the help of Gig Harbor’s Blix Street Records her music lived on. And by 2001 she’d become a cult figure in the U.S. and Great Britain.


Blix Street recently issued another posthumous Cassidy release, called "Somewhere." So I caught up with label chief Bill Straw to talk about her powerful voice, how the new album came together and the odds of Cassidy’s life making it to the big screen.


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Sep.
24th

Indie Band Survival Guide

Just got off the phone with Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, who wrote “The Indie Band Survival Guide” ($14.95, St. Martin’s Griffin). And I thought a few of you South Sound rockers would want to check out their site for a few ideas on building a fan base. Their site covers tons of related topics, from how to sell your music through CD Baby to using “podsafe” music collectives to get heard.

Sep.
24th

Critic’s iPod (featuring C.S.S., TV on the Radio and more Beck)

Here are a few cuts I’m obsessed with this week.


"Alala" C.S.S.


I’ve had this Brazilian dance-rock outfit’s sophomore album "Donkey" loaded onto my iPod for weeks. But I didn’t get my hands on the band’s Sub Pop debut "Cansei de Ser Sexy" until I went to catch C.S.S. at Neumo’s last week. And this track now narrowly beats out "Let’s Reggae All Night" as my favorite C.S.S. cut.


"Halfway Home" TV on the Radio


The lead track from TVOTR’s new "Dear Science" disc is one of the

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Sep.
23rd

Crystal Method Halloween tour stop

I checked out Pollstar the other day and noticed a bunch of electronic musicians and DJs listed for Halloween at Seattle’s WaMu Theater: Moby, DJ Icey, Paul Van Dyk, etc. Hey! Must be USC Events’ annual Freak Night rave!


The event is also part of the Crystal Method’s just announced national tour, too. Here’s a snippet from a related press release that just arrived in my inbox:


THE CRYSTAL METHOD–the electronic duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland–have been hard at work crafting their fourth studio album. Details of the still-untitled

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