Author Archives: Chris Estey

Scribes Sounding Off: Three Must-Own New Music and Pop Culture Books from Fantagraphics

The best collection of rock and roll comics of late recently premiered at the Emerald City Comic Convention in Seattle this past weekend, but won’t be available en masse from publisher Fantagraphics Books Inc. till May 17. Be sure to pre-order Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff soon though, because it is an electric, howlingly funny, bona-fideRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Obsessions

Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music author Deborah R. Vargas is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She helped host a roundtable at the 2012 EMP Pop Conference for “Feminist and Queer Studies of Race in Sound.” That interactive panel focused on “how the material landscape of theRead more...

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Interview: Artist David Lasky on The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song

Interview by Mairead Case with Christopher Estey: The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song (Abrams ComicsArts) is a hardcover, beautifully-colored, long-form comic art biography about the first superstar family of country music (and inspiration on popular music in general), with an accompanying CD of rare radio sessions. David Lasky is the co-creator and illustrator of Don’tRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Black Friday Book Round up

This is the age of the musician’s biography, even if publishing has been taking the same hard blows as the music business. People certainly aren’t reading any less (even if it’s on a screen in their lap), and due to the unholy depths of music fandom, recent tomes by the leader of The Who, NeilRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Forming And Culminating (Indie-College Rock, Black Metal, ’77 Punk)

1982 had given punks a couple of years to realize that things were going to be rough for awhile. Jocks were starting to collect en masse in the slam pits of the cities, the prevailing trend was for once protest leaders to become prominent businessmen, and the major labels were no longer signing bands likeRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: The Savoy King and the Music That Changed America

The Savoy King and the Music That Changed America Directed by Jeff Kaufman (USA, 2012, 88 minutes) Festival Screenings: Saturday, June 9, 6:00 p.m. at Harvard Exit Sunday, June 10, 3:00 p.m. at Harvard Exit In Baltimore, about a century ago, little Chick Webb busted out running to see his beloved grandmother and fell downRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Welcome to Doe Bay

Welcome to Doe Bay Directed by Nesed Shamah and Dan Thornton (USA, 2011, 97 minutes) Festival Screenings: Sunday, June 3, 9:15 p.m. at the Egyptian Tuesday, June 5, 4:00 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown Doe Bay needs its own brand of Kool Aid drink, and a big mug with the logo from its deer-hunter hatsRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best

Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best Directed by Ryan O’Nan (USA, 2011, 97 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, June 1, 9:30 p.m. at the Harvard Exit Saturday june 2, 4:00 p.m. at Pacific Place There are jokes here about dogs biting penises. There are situations involving punching developmentally disabled children in the face. There’s an encouragement ofRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Paul Williams Still Alive

Paul Williams Still Alive Directed by Stephen Kessler (USA, 2011, 84 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, May 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Saturday, May 26, 1:00 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown “Evergreen” was his biggest selling single ever. He wrote the lyrics for the subversively brilliant super-bomb Ishtar, which Quentin Tarantino loves (but will thereRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: El Gusto: The Good Mood

El Gusto: The Good Mood Directed by Safinez Bousbia (Ireland/Algeria/France/United Arab Emirates, 2011, 88 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, May 25, 1:30 p.m. at Pacific Place Sunday, May 27, 6:30 p.m. at Pacific Place Wednesday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. in Everett Music and cities blend together so intrinsically. “If you were to scrape these walls,” aRead more...

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