Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: Ariel Pink with Jack Name at Neumos 2/10/15

Where do you draw the line between the man Ariel Rosenberg and Ariel Pink, the rock icon and sex god character he’s brewed up to give to all of us over the last 15 years? That’s not a rhetorical question – honestly, I couldn’t tell you. I don’t think there’s a good answer. But thenRead more…

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Song of the Day: Viet Cong – Silhouettes

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today‚Äôs song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Silhouettes” by Calgary post-punk groupRead more…

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Sasquatch! 2015 Launch Party with Ty Segall, TacocaT, & The Young Evils at Neptune Theatre 2/2/2015

Every year, Seattle gets a small taste of Sasquatch! Music Festival at home four months before the festival takes place. Sasquatch! Launch Party is a great event every single year, both with or without context. As the rain beats down on the dreariest months of the Seattle year, we all dream of Memorial Day weekend,Read more…

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Album Review: Unlikely Friends – Solid Gold Cowboys

Unlikely Friends is a band that really is described by anything but the band’s name choice. Honestly, I’m a bit surprised the band hasn’t existed up until this point. A collaboration between D. Crane of BOAT and Charles Bert of Math and Physics Club with the help of Chris Mac on drums seems like aRead more…

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Album Review: Big Noble – First Light

Twelve years ago, a New York band called Interpol released a song called “NYC“. The third track on the band’s debut LP Turn on the Bright Lights and the song that makes reference of the album’s title within, it’s the first of many emotional high points on the record. But more importantly, it’s a distinctRead more…

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Live Review: Bass Drum of Death with Chastity Belt and Bad Motivators at Tractor Tavern 1/28/15

A mosh pit of all smiles is a beautiful and wonderful thing. Real mosh pits are great to start with. Not fake circle pits where following the leader dominates any true form of atomic self expression, but a real “I drank a little too much and don’t mind being throw around by the couple peopleRead more…

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Live Review: RL Grime with Lunice at Neptune Theater 1/22/15

The problem with cool stuff is there’s always a process by which it becomes uncool. A handful of true artists perfect a craft and then an uncanny number of hackneyed copycats sample bits and pieces out of context and bastardize the whole thing to no end. This is maybe no better exemplified than with modernRead more…

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Live Review: Death Cab for Cutie with Say Hi at The Crocodile 1/20/15

Death Cab for Cutie is a band that embodies change. From the light-hearted melancholy of “Photobooth” to the heavy-handed post-marital blows of “Cath…”, Death Cab have shown us hundreds of ways in which circumstances shift and we find ourselves to be different people when the light changes. We might discover newfound strength through the painsRead more…

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Album Review: John Carpenter – Lost Themes

This week, Sacred Bones invites a second filmmaker into their musical midst. Much like his label predecessor David Lynch, John Carpenter has influenced numerous generations across every genre with both his films and his music. Afrika Bambaataa sampled the Assault on Precinct 13 soundtrack on “Bambaataa’s Theme”. Chromatics paid homage on tracks like “Tick ofRead more…

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Album Review: Viet Cong – Viet Cong

When’s the last time you listened to a record and thought to yourself, “Wow, that’s a sound you don’t hear every day”. Calgary based post-punk quartet Viet Cong (featuring members of now-defunct Calgary act Women) drop their self-titled first LP this week on Jagjaguwar, and it’s one of those records. I’m not saying that theyRead more…

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