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“SEALEBRITY”: PLANES ON PAPER

November 5, 2014

IMG_6010(1)Full name: Jennifer Noel Borst

Age: A lady never tells

Hometown: Yakima, WA

Name of band: Planes on Paper

Style of music: Songwriter stuff, with folk influences, I think…

Top 5 Seattle artists: Mikey and Matty, The Head and the Heart, Cumulus, Big Sur, Brandi Carlile

Favorite book: The BFG

Favorite Seattle drinking hole: Ha in Fremont made an absolutely amazing mango habanero margarita for me once, but only once. It’s my favorite for that single experience.

Best show you have ever seen: Fiona Apple at The Schnitz in Portland. She seemed completely unhinged, but was pitch perfect and beautiful.

If you could play a gig with two other bands, who would they be: Patty Griffin and First Aid Kit

Biggest celebrity crush: The Silver Fox, Anthony Bourdain.

Drink of choice: Barefoot winery Pinot Grigio. Sometimes the cheapest stuff is the best.

Guiltiest tv pleasure: Hoarders. Makes me feel like I really have my shit together.

Last thing you do before sleep: Laundry and Pinterest, in that order

Full name: Navid Eliot

Age: 32

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Name of band: Planes on Paper

Style of music: Whatever we end up writing, I suppose. I think it’s folk music, but folk purists would probably disagree.

Top 5 Seattle artists: Mikey & Matty, The Fraidies, Smokey Brights, Shelby Earl, but GOD DAMN IT, there are SO many more. Seattle is great right now. In fact, Washington is great right now. One of my favorite songwriters on earth (The Holy Broke) happens to be out of Spokane.

Favorite book: I have read “1984” more than any other book, but have a real soft spot for anything Hitchens.

Favorite Seattle drinking hole: I know I’ve ended up at the Duchess Tavern more than anywhere else. It’s really hard to say I actually like anything about that place, but I guess my actions speak for me.

Best show you have ever seen: Bad Religion at RKCNDY in like 1996 was a life-changer.

If you could play a gig with two other bands, who would they be: In a fantasy scenario where we can choose anyone? M. Ward and Simon and Garfunkel. They’d probably want us to open that bill, and I think we’d be OK with that. Afterwards, they’d want to stay up late talking about music, and probably buy us milkshakes or something, and tell me how they are actually big fans of ours too.

Biggest celebrity crush: I dunno, is Alyssa Milano still alive? I think the last time I had a proper celebrity crush, “Who’s The Boss” was still a big part of my life.

Drink of choice: Apple cider vinegar and honey.

Guiltiest tv pleasure: The League. I don’t watch football, or play fantasy football, but I love that show anyway.

Last thing you do before sleep: I take the dog out for a romp in the yard. He’s a restless little dude.

Make sure you catch this duo at The Timbrrr Fest on January 9th 2014, as well as many more upcoming dates throughout the Pacific Northwest. Check out their site and subscribe for all updates HERE

INTERVIEW: Jón Björn Árnason Of OurLives

October 24, 2014

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I’m lucky enough to run across some pretty beautiful music doing what I do, and frankly most of it the general public will never hear. And then some albums come along (very few), and literally paralyze me; I can’t stop listening to them. With that, I give you the album “Den Of Lions” by OurLives. Without exaggeration , I have ridden their musical cloud all the way to the other side of the rainbow and back numerous times in the last couple weeks. And I do mean from beginning to end. It’s bliss every time.

I was smitten and wanted to know more about the band and album, so I hope you enjoy this gem that literally deserves to be heard by everyone. I want nothing more than to see this band grace the largest stages in the world. Yes, I personally feel like, they are that good.

I hope you enjoy this interview, and even more so. Their music. (BUY COLLECTORS VINYL HERE)

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Jón Björn (Bjössi) and I play bass, keys and do some backing vocals in Ourlives.

What is your everday occupation?
I run a welding company with my father. We do a lot of different work, all out of iron (for example: railings, car trailers, etc.). I love my work.

What do you think Iceland brings to your music?
We’ve been asked this question a few times, and to be fair I still don’t know. I sometimes say that Iceland brings out a little bit of edge in our music, but to be honest I don’t know.

Seems that everything out of Iceland is very ethereal and beautiful. I’m not sure I’ve heard anything dirty or raw. Why do you think this is?
First off, thank you for this description of Icelandic music, but I can assure you that are a number of bands that I would describe as dirty or raw in Iceland. There are a lot of bands in Iceland, even though there are only 320,000 people that live here.

But again, I appreciate the gesture from you in regards to our music.

I was pleasantly surprised it was in English? Why that decision?
When we were growing up we listened mostly to music in English, and when we started doing songs our music sounded better to us in English. We have also always aimed for the stars, and the stars can relate to English better than Icelandic.

The album is incredibly gorgeous, but the song “Out Of Place”, kinda got me emotional. What’s the story behind that song?

Thank you very much. “Out of Place” is a special song for me too, and it’s also one of the most effortless songs we’ve done so far. The idea of the words came when Leifur was singing “figure it out” in a demo of the song, (we normally sing jibberish in the first demo, but in the middle of one of the verses he said these words) and I kind off took the words and started from there. The chorus started the song for me. For me it’s a rather tentative love song with a obvious twist to it.

Spartan Records of Seattle put this album ‘Den of Lions’ out. How did this come about?
John Frazier from Spartan Records heard our music four years ago, when he was visiting Iceland, and we have been working together ever since then. He has been a huge influence on us and we feel very proud to be part of Spartan Records.

Have you spent anytime in Seattle? if so, what do you like about it?/If not, what do you know about it?
I’ve never been to Seattle, but I’m 100% coming over at some point. We are destined to play some shows in Seattle as I’ve listened to music from Seattle all my life, and now I’m on a Seattle based label.
What I know about Seattle has mostly to do with music, as obviously all the legendary great grunge bands are from Seattle, but also a lot of bands that I’ve listened to over the years, bands like Foo Fighters, These Arms Are Snakes, Blood Brothers, Band of Horses, to name a few.
But my personal favorite Seattle band is Sunny Day Real Estate, they were a huge influence on me many years ago. “Diary” was huge for me when I was young.

Touring ….what’s the plan?
We are recording new songs so that is where our head is at right now. We want to finish a new album worth off material as soon as we can, as song writing is going well right now, so that is the plan right now. But I can tell you that in November we are playing some shows in Iceland, so if you are visiting for the Iceland Airwaves festival, come and say hello to us.

In 3 words, how do you describe this album?
Ambitious, hopeful, pessimistic

Thank you!

INTERVIEW: LP AT NEUMOS 9/18/14

September 16, 2014

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LP is one of the best singer songwriters in the music scene today; her voice captivates, and her energy is electric. She will be taking the stage at Neumos on Thursday night (Odessa opens), and I was able to ask her some questions about music, fashion and Vicci Martinez. Do not miss this show!

You’re well on your way to stardom, and you said you never wanted to conform. Being with a major, isn’t that difficult?

It can be. But whenever you are in a collaborative situation wether it be a song, an album or the marketing of an album there are compromises and concessions you have to make. That’s just what happens when you mix business and art in my opinion. If you put it out on your own then you don’t which is awesome but it hasn’t been my path.

Speaking of conforming … would you have ever performed on a show like American Idol to catapult your career?

No but I don’t think that is necessarily conforming. I think people are very brave to do it.

Artists always mention growth. What is growth to you?

Growth is forcing yourself to keep going through difficult times (ie: failure and even success) mentally and emotionally as an artist. To tap into what you are feeling and express it through the truest filter of your mind and get to a new place for you even if it’s not new to someone else.

How do you differentiate when writing …what song you want and what your going to pitch to another artist?

When I’m writing sometimes I’m with the other artist which is always clearly defined. When I’m not I sometimes will be there because we’re writing for someone else. But when I just start writing and it’s coming out a certain way I usually know. There’s a familiarity like an old friend or something that resonates with my soul. Or it’s just too high for anyone else to sing . Lol

Speaking of which … I was a huge fan of The Hills (gaydar alert). How was it writing for Heidi Montag? Do you research the person you write for? or just write off the cuff?

I didn’t write those songs with her in mind. I had written a bunch of songs with a producer she was working with and when she heard them she loved them and just kept wanting more of them and hiring me as a vocal producer on them so it was totally cool with me. She’s a very nice person as well.

I am in awe of the writing and of course the singing of SIA. Thoughts?

I think she is amazing and has found the perfect balance as far as being a writer and an artist in her own right . I think she’s done it unlike anyone yet. It’s inspiring.

Now that your in the spotlight and not just writing, does it fuck with your head that people like your for LP and not for Laura?

Not at all . My name is LP and I don’t really like being called Laura as it does not feel like my name anymore. I didn’t know that would happen but it did. I might even change my name to LP as a first name legally.

Your style is fucking tits-bingo! Who are your style icons?

Thanks! Well I love the Beatles early 60’s style, Mick Jagger, Serge Gainsbourg , Brian Ferry, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix.

Favorite piece of clothing?

I’d have to say my Carol Cristian Poell boots and Saint Laurent blazer.

What is your idea of quintessential beauty in a woman?

Just natural grace. Inner beauty of course and the outer don’t hurt either. ;)

You homies with Vicci Martinez (Tacoma), you wrote a song for her?

I met her once at Sayers Club in LA after I sang. She was super cool and nice.

Any favorite Seattle spots?

Well u know I only really hung out at the W last time cuz we had a gig and a photo shoot and that was it! But I do love that W dammit!!

Debut album Forever For Now out now. BUY TIX HERE

Upcoming LP tour dates are as follows:

09/18 Seattle, WA Neumos

09/19 Vancouver, Canada Fortune Sound Club

09/20 Portland, OR Alhambra Theatre

09/21 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

09/23 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room

09/24 San Diego, CA Casbah

09/26 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre

NEW OBSESSION: MEGAFORTRESS. ALBUM OUT 11/4

September 10, 2014

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Believer, the debut full-length from Megafortress, is not a meditation on faith or devotion. It is a search, constantly twisting into darkness, where the identities of every object and intentions of every figure are unclear. The tracks seem to follow a sole searcher, a lost person, for whom faith is not a source of light amidst the obscurity but a delusion that only makes the ambiguities more terrifying.

Megafortress is the solo work of Brooklyn artist Bill Gillim. In 2012, Software released his debut s/t EP, a collection of gorgeous vocal meditations and ambient soundscapes. Believer boasts a bolder, naked vocal approach, telling a hauntingly intimate story. The ten songs give shape to a world that on the surface seems sweet and welcoming, but, in time, slowly unravels into a place of disorder, sickness, and disappearance. That ambiguity is written into the album at all levels.

Aurally, the record is at once lush and spare. Layered synthesizers and saxophone, occasional bass, sampled bells and natural sounds, tweaked voices, and Gillim’s warm, unaffected vocals create a honeyed sonic backdrop. However each track adheres to a kind of patient minimalism of its own logic. The songs persistently resist climax, instead corkscrewing or turning into the unexpected: minor and discordant notes, interrupted thoughts, always toward an eerie stillness.

That balance of melody and discord, hope and haunting, is reiterated in the overall arc of the record, which takes us over a route of happier melody into darker, more anxious, more echoing and spacious zones, until we are left, lying on our backs, hearing ourselves breathe. All the while, the story we are being told in words is revealed to be one of self-deception, devious and obscure figures, and wishful thinking.

NEW OBSESSION: ME AND THE CITY

September 3, 2014

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Me and the City is quickly becoming a musical force to be reckoned with. From its inception as the one-man project of singer-songwriter David Matus, this up-and-coming band has expanded their scope and palette through the addition of talented veteran musicians. Combining elements of folk, pop, and indie rock, their energetic live show has ignited venues across Southern California, creating a passionate fan-base with infectious enthusiasm. Me and the City just finished their debut album “The Wild Ones” with multi-platinum producer Warren Huart, songs that are sure to satisfy longtime fans while creating more buzz than ever.

“SEALEBRITY”- DUKE EVERS

August 20, 2014

Duke Evers

Full name: Joshua Starkel/ Kyle Veazey

Age: 24/30

Hometown: Spokane, Washington / Edmond, Oklahoma

Name of band: Duke Evers

Style of music: Indie Rock

Influences: Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin

Top 5 Seattle artists: Country Lips, My Goodness, The Crypts, The Hollers, Motopony

Favorite book: Tigerheart, Peter David / Memory of Light, Robert Jordan

Favorite Seattle drinking hole: Marios / The Lookout

Best show you have ever seen: Robert Plant

If you could play a gig with two other bands, who would they be: Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age

Biggest celebrity crush: Eva Mendes / Karen O

Drink of choice: Shirley Temple / Whiskey

Guiltiest tv pleasure: Kitchen Nightmares / Ellen

Last thing you do before sleep: Sing / read a book while listening to Mouse on the Keys

NEW OBSESSION: SPIRAL SHADES ALBUM “HYPNOSIS SESSIONS” OUT AUGUST 5th, 2014.

July 22, 2014

 

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Tell me about this obvious yet brilliant ode to the old guard of bands like Sabbath. After recording it, was it exactly what you wanted?
Khushal : Our goal was to recreate the sound of the 70’s and Sabbath were the biggest influence, but we tried to bring something to the table with our own unique style of playing and songwriting. And yes in the end we achieved what we wanted; in fact it turned out to be better once we started getting positive feedback from the fans.
Filip : When we first started out we originally wanted to make a progressive doom album inspired by 70s music. But later we decided that we will try and stick to the basics and make a true genuine heavy/ hard rock music as our tribute to the 70’s era.
And do you know if the band is going to take on the same essence with the next album? I mean, when you were done with “Hypnosis Sessions”, does your mind automatically move onto the next project?
Khushal : Definitely for our next album we are going to take on the same essence but the overall sound will be more refined. It’s been a gradual learning process every time you record a new song. We both are huge fans of progressive music, and you might see some progressive elements mixed with heavy- doom music in our next album.
Filip : With the next album we want to make it tighter and take it up a notch. I want to try and add small progressive elements to the new stuff. I want every song to sound unique in its own way, and avoid having the same sound for every song.
Is it true that you (Filip), have never met your “band mate”, and this was all done via virtual collaboration?
Filip : Yes that’s correct, we have never meet and everything was done over the internet. We both had a common goal in what we wanted to create, so it was quite easy to start working together. It took a while figuring out all the right programs to use and how we could share the material between each other.
Khushal : Yes that’s true we have never met because of various reasons. The entire Hypnosis Sessions album was recorded over the internet. It’s cool how technology has made this possible.
And since Khushal is in India, will you ever take this on the road? Or is that task to daunting?
Filip : This is something we will take step by step and just see how it develops. Maybe one day we will meet and create music together in the same room.
Khushal : I would love to take this on the road but there’s lots of issues both financially and planning wise. We both stay miles away from each other. The problem is that we have to be together to form a complete band and might also need some kind of sponsorship to back us on this front. It’s just the passion for music that got us to make this album, we had absolutely zero budget and we recorded the entire album with limited resources in our own small home studio.

Seems that you are kind of setting a precedent for other artists to have the open mindedness to create music if even by virtual means? Do you recommend this process?
Khushal : I would highly recommend this process as long as you have patience. Patience is the key if you wish to record virtually because there’s lots of back and forth but apart from that you also need to have a special bond with your fellow band mate.
Filip : I can highly recommend this process, however I can also say we have been very lucky. We both wanted to create good music and worked towards it slowly.
Can you kind of explain the process of how the songs were made? I mean in a nutshell, given the distance.
Filip : I usually create bunch of riff jam songs as I call them, and then I send them over to Khushal for him to see if its something he can work with. Once Khushal has a good vocal melody line and some short lyrics, we start working on the structure of the song.
Khushal : Exactly what Filip mentioned.
Seattle crowds would eat your music up. Ever been here, and what do you know about it?
Khushal : Well we have never visited America and what we know is that there have been so many great legendary musicians from Seattle and we hope we can visit there once in our life time at least. But we hope that through this interview we reach out to people in Seattle and get their support.
Filip : That’s really cool to hear. I have never really been to the states, so I don’t know how its like over there.
What’s next for Spiral Shades?
Khushal : Once our Hypnosis Sessions album is released and the promotion is over we will soon start writing songs for our next album. We’ll also have some surprises for our fans in between so stay tuned guys.
Filip : We are both really looking forward to the release of our album in August. (Pre-order Here)

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