Posts from February 2013

Sunday, 17 February 2013

New Article: Album Review: Five Letters From Far Away

Five Letters… 12 Songs

I’m going to review an album! It’s been, what, eight years since I’ve done a full-length article album review? What’s taken so long to do another? Well, kids, papa’s been busy. If you notice, I’ve gone from doing dozens of articles a year to sometimes just a couple (though I managed to squeeze 7 into 2011. Is there a 7/11 joke in there somewhere?). [Read the Full Article]

Categories: Featured Posts, Music Reviews.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Work Turtle: The Cutest Thing on the Internets?

I saw this today and I almost –for reals– started crying because it is so cute:

I hope so!

I hope so!


Speaking of cute, I now have to go pick up a seven-year-old and watch Kiki’s Delivery Service with her.

Categories: Cartoons, Pictures.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

New Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount Video: Outro

I like this a lot. It’s pretty much adorable, and surprisingly emotional:

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount – OUTRO OFFICIAL VIDEO from Julia Massey on Vimeo.

Categories: Videos.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

“Of the Month” February 2013

Link of the Month:
Bandcamp Fan Pages
Bandcamp is already the best place for musicians to sell their music online. Now they have done something that is so unbelievably cool that it makes it the best place for you to buy music online as well. Now when you setup a Bandcamp Fan Page and then purchase any music on the site, that song/album gets added to the collection on your page. Not only that, but you get added to the pages of artists and albums that you’ve purchased as a supporter! You can follow your friends’ collections, and look at people who have similar collections to find new music that you might also like. It’s a fascinating philosophy that actually incentivises people to pay for music so they can show it off as part of their collection and be shown off as a supporter. You can read more on the Bandcamp Blog. And you can find me and my collection here:

Album of the Month:
The Glass Notes: As the Building Crumbles
The Glass Notes is the latest band to be fronted by Seattle music mainstay Robb Benson (of Dear John Letters, Dept. of Energy, and Nevada Bachelors). And this one rocks. The Glass Notes is a foursome that creates very earnest, fun, straight-ahead rock music. It’s catchy as hell and features things like vocal harmonies and actual, honest-to-god guitar solos. There’s something endearingly old-fashioned but at the same time refreshingly original about the sound. I dig it. So can you!

Streaming Radio of the Month:
Jet City Stream
This is a streaming radio station that plays only local music. From Bellingham down to Olympia and back up the other side of the Puget Sound. But they don’t just play current music; they play the whole recorded history of the area, and any and all genres, from The Sonics to Blue Scholars to Neko Case. It’s run by a former bigwig of “The End” and a former bigwig of “The Mountain.” Their website is slick and professional and easily-navigable, and their stream is robust and clean. It’s fun to hear all these songs that you know and realize just how much great music came out of the area, much more than just the grunge years (though they also of course are featured). And also to hear people I know pop up on the stream periodically! I highly encourage all of my musical friends to head to the station (it’s run out of the old Rainier Beer building in Seattle) and submit your musics! Dominate this stream! Also, here’s a news story about it by KOMO news, featuring The Glass Notes!

Categories: Of the Month.