Author Archives: Chris Estey

Scribes Sounding Off: Rock And Roll Will Never Forget Chuck Eddy

Seattle didn’t have much beach reading weather this year, but then we don’t have a whole lot of beaches either (OK, I rarely go to the beach, I have no idea, but I do play Neil Young’s On The Beach LP a whole lot, if that counts). Even so, with dusk coming sooner and daysRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Simon Reynolds, Now And Again

Rip It Up and Start Again author Simon Reynolds’ recently had a “greatest hits” anthology of his own, Bring The Noise, which put together a massive collection of his career of exchanges with rock, post-punk, and hip-hop artists, and his adroit reviews for many UK and American publications. Almost ironically, he follows that two-decade chronicleRead more...

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33 1/3 Odyssey: Pretty Hate Machine - A Conversation With Author Daphne Carr

A mopey, diffident teenager named Michael Trent Reznor played Judas in his school’s version of Jesus Christ Superstar. He would become an international rock star but his image was so sinister and sexually provocative that his hometown of Mercer wouldn’t honor him in any overt public way. Reznor’s band Nine Inch Nails was inspired byRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Being & Punk-Blackness

Sheila Heti and Misha Glouberman have co-authored a book -- him talking, her writing it down -- that is the sort of beautiful collaboration of wit, wisdom, and wonder that you might have started a band to express, helped make a film to capture, taken non-college courses to expand your mind to. The Chairs AreRead more...

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Scribes Sounding Off: Synthesizers

The Beastie Boys may have released the first number one hip-hop album on the Billboard charts (License To Ill, 1986), but to most of those reading the KEXP Blog, Beastiemania probably has more to do with a unified field of creative miscegenation. Made up primarily of Michael Diamond (Mike D), Adam “MCA” Yauch, and AdamRead more...

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SIFF Face The Music Review: Winter’s Bone at the Triple Door

On the early evening of Thursday, June 2, 2011, the mists and songwriter spells of the Missouri Ozarks came to the Pacific Northwest for the 2011 chapter of the Seattle International Film Festival. The lifetime musicians who supplied the darkly emotional storytelling and entrancing soundtrack that wove through the dark blue hues of the masterfulRead more...

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SIFF Face The Music Review: Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour

Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour was shown twice during this year’s Seattle International Film Festival as part of the Face The Music series. There were no advance screeners so we weren’t able to do a preview for it, but I caught the second showing at the Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill inRead more...

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SIFF Preview: Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians / Interview with Tennis Pro’s David Drury

A Seattle-based documentary spanning several years in the run of a notorious blackjack card shark Church Team, made up of pastors and members of their flock, that bilked millions out of casinos from Washington to Vegas. Festival Screenings: Saturday, June 11, at 6:00 PM at the Admiral Theatre Sunday, June 12, at 3:30 PM atRead more...

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SIFF “Face the Music” preview: Roadie

Directed by Michael Cuesta, Roadie is a superbly acted and sublimely written character study about a worker on the fringes of the rock and roll scene. This well-researched and seemingly lived-through fiction follows a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult going back home after a tour’s end, where the drama continues as he deals with issuesRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” preview: Killing Bono

Directed by Nick Hamm (Talk Of Angels and BBC’s Off The Hook), Killing Bono depicts the complicated relationship of two brothers in 1970s Ireland as they struggle as bandmates against the rising success of their rivals (and inspiration), who, as history proves, will become one of the largest selling bands in history. Festival Screenings: Thursday,Read more...

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