Author Archives: Chris Estey

SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Bad Brains: A Band in DC

Bad Brains: A Band in DC Directed by Mandy Stein, Benjamen Logan (USA 2012, 104 minutes) Festival Screenings: Sunday, May 20, 9:00 p.m. at Pacific Place Wednesday, May 23, 9:00 p.m. at Harvard Exit I remember getting the ROIR tape of the Bad Brains’ first album in the mail for review in my fanzine inRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Under African Skies

Under African Skies Directed by Joe Berlinger (USA/South Africa 2012, 101 minutes) Festival Screenings: Sunday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Tuesday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown At the core of this documentary about the recording of the Graceland album by Paul Simon and whole batches of cherished South African musicalRead more...

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Seattle International Film Festival 2012: Face The Music series with Bad Brains, Paul Simon, Pacific NW Hiphop and Doe Bay

The Seattle International Film Festival’s Face The Music series is eagerly anticipated by music fans every year, and for extra flavor this season’s line-up has been curated by music maven/legendary DJ Marco Collins. SIFF runs from May 17 to June 10, and the movies are screened at theaters all over the city, from Pacific PlaceRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Culture, Counter Culture, Chaos Culture in America

As Octavia Butler, Seattle-based author and national treasure (and heroine to Ishmael Butler) once said in response to a question about terrorism in the future, she was more afraid of our negligence. Outlandishly benefiting the rich (such as tax cuts before and after 9/11), a lack of innovation in the sciences (giving up on thingsRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: More Than Human (Pop When The World Falls Apart)

As I write this review of an anthology made up of papers given at a previous Pop Conference, the 2012 assembly of the EMP-sponsored legion of academics, working class scholars, performance artists and poets, dancers, and street-level scribes are meeting in New York for Sounds Of The City (the topical theme this year). There isRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Soul Kitchen Edition (Doors, Louvin Bros., Mike Doughty)

A garage band with grand sonic ambitions from Venice, California, The Doors -- Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger -- is the toast of Greil Marcus’s latest book, The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years. It’s a brisk sweep through the history of the strangely endlessly influential yet condemned byRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Eugene Robinson Brings It to Seattle... and Best Music Books of 2011

The next Scribes Sounding Off event sponsored by Infinite Productions will be held at The Comet in Seattle, where author/musician Eugene Robinson of Oxbow and David Yow of Scratch Acid/Jesus Lizard will do a Q&A, some spoken word, and more. It takes place on Saturday, December 17, from 6 - 8 p.m. at 922 E.Read more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: 33 Days - An 80s Road Diary

This December brings to Seattle two exciting live events tied to authors of books fully formed in the underground rock experience; both involve musicians from the deep post-punk and hardcore American scenes -- and revolve around the risks that frequent dreams attempting to be made real. For two Saturdays in a row, December 10 andRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Everything Is An Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson

Editor Kevin Avery begins his superb collection of Paul Nelson’s writings with both a beautifully poignant introduction by Nick Tosches, and his own teenage letter to Rolling Stone (April 30, 1981 issue), in which he praises Nelson for being a really great writer and a really great friend. The friend to who he was inRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: YEAH! Keep On Pushing! Flying Saucers! Talk - Action = 0! Rockabilly!

Fans of books and popular music and books about popular music rejoice! This autumn has brought a hardy cornucopia swirling internally with thickly-compiled treasures of criticism, history, comics, discographies, and lunatic yet lucid theories about what we talk about when we talk about rocking. I have personally never been as excited about a season suchRead more...

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