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Audioasis CD Review: Young Sportsmen – If You Want It

by Gary Miller If Death To Palaces, the 2007 full-length by Seattle powerpoppers Young Sportsmen, was a gas guzzling muscle car, then their newest release, titled If You Want It, is a high-end European sportster. While both can get your heart pumping, the latter is equally likely to impress you with its detail and handling.Read more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: Final thoughts

photo by Ben Haley by Gary Miller After a relatively short run, this will be the last in the Rock n’ Roll Pest Control series. Due to some family issues, my wife and I are relocating to North Carolina, and it’s difficult to be a Northwest reporter when you’re more than 3000 miles away. So,Read more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: Big, sweaty arena rock

By Gary Miller I first discovered SHIM in the fall of 2006, when they shared a bill with local faves the Young Sportsmen. I instantly dug their old school rock and roll approach. That was only furthered by their actual performance at that show, which was replete with smoke machines and strobe lights. It seemedRead more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: It’s not that far, people

Enjoy a West Seattle sunset (& a kitty) with Throwback Suburbiaphoto by Whiteteeth by Gary Miller One of the funny things I’ve experienced since moving to Seattle four years ago is that local residents have a low tolerance level for travel. Having lived in Atlanta prior to moving, I was used to having to driveRead more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: Because they’re good

by Gary Miller Although I’m not sure how my editors feel about it, I don’t always feel the need for my posts here to be related to any particular current event — a show, a festival, an album release, etc. So, this is one of those posts that serves simply to help make people moreRead more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: On the lighter side

photo from MySpace by Gary Miller Powerpop as a genre has always been pretty amorphous. Sure, there are the staple bands of the genre. But, over the years there has been a tendency for those who write about it to include a pretty wide variety of bands, influences and sounds. Thus, with no pause IRead more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: Melody meets glitter

The Greatest Hits (photo by Julie Boolie) by Gary Miller In last week’s post I mentioned that Central Services, Friday Mile and Brides of Obscurity are in what I think of as an affinity group of organic pop bands. As is likely true in every music community across the country, there are a number ofRead more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: A night of organic pop

Brides of Obscurity By Gary Miller Maybe it’s a post-holiday stupor or something, but I struggled to figure out what to write about this week. But, after parsing through a dozen different kitschy themes and oddball angles, I decided to simply focus on a particular show that is happening on Friday, January 4, at theRead more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: Predicting the future

Paul Lynde Fan Club (source) I must admit this week’s blog post deadline completely snuck up on me. Likely due to the xmas holiday, this past week flew by. With only a week or so left in 2007, it seems that this entire year has flown. In fact, this entire decade is speeding past meRead more…

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Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: Best of 2007

Sgt. Major, Seattle Powerpop Blog Anniversary, Sunset 6/29/07photo by Chris Force I recently submitted my votes on Three Imaginary Girl’s Best of 2007 Reader’s Poll and I’ll use my ballot there as the starting point for my thoughts on: Albums of the Year. 1. (tie) The Tripwires – Makes You Look Around 1. (tie) YoungRead more…

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