Category Archives: Weird At My School

Weird At My School: Anika

I have a confession to make. Two of them, really. I know, most folks are already trying to find the loopholes in their proposed New Year’s resolutions right about now, but I like to start January with a clean slate. The first thing I want to get off my chest is a project unfulfilled: ForRead more...

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Weird At My School: Christmas Cavalcade

I love Christmas music. If my partner would permit such madness, I’d listen to it all year round, and the original version of ZE Records’ A Christmas Record is in my all-time Top Ten, regardless of the season. However, while walking around downtown Seattle yesterday with a friend who was feeling glum, the sound ofRead more...

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Weird At My School: Medical Records

Seattle is already blessed with several stellar reissue labels, from the globetrotting oddballs at Sublime Frequencies to the groove hounds of Light in the Attic. Now a newcomer has joined their ranks: Medical Records, “purveyors of classic synth, cosmic disco, wave (cold/new), and future music.” Founded by Dr. Troy Wadsworth, a 37 year-old oncologist (henceRead more...

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Weird At My School: Bjørn Terske

The first thing you need to know when discussing Norwegian artist Bjørn Torske is the HTML code for the lowercase “ø” symbol, which is ö or &oslash (I always prefer to use the numbers, as the other format seems like cheating). The second is that his latest album, Kokning, leaves me at a loss forRead more...

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Weird At My School: History of Modern

My friend Wes and I were talking about records as “fetish items” the other day. He’s trying to decide whether or not to try and find a new label for his next album, or self-release (as he did with his last one), or forgo a physical record entirely. I mentioned that I’d learned how toRead more...

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Weird At My School: CTI Records

God help me, I’m on a smooth jazz kick. I blame Diamanda Galas. Okay, it’s not really “smooth jazz.” It’s not like I’ve started listening to Kenny G or Dave Koz or any of those other acts I only seem to hear when I take an early morning cab ride to the airport (which isRead more...

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Weird At My School: Ben Weaver

After 21 years of writing about pop music professionally, I’ve grown pretty tired of comparisons between food and music -- especially any review that compares an album to flavors co-mingling in soup or stew. Don’t get me wrong, I use the word “simmer” in my prose more than most, but this practice just seems lazy.Read more...

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Weird At My School: The Like

Bands change. I accept that. In the ’80s, Bananarama went from being the haystack-haired girls who chummed around with Fun Boy Three and members of the Sex Pistols and the Jam to a bunch of tarted-up disco dollies—but I stayed along for the ride (well, until Siobhan Fahey left...). The Bangles started out as oneRead more...

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Weird At My School: Jon Langford

Jon Langford should write a novel. I understand why he hasn’t. Langford is a busy man. He’s been making music with various incarnations of the Mekons since he was a university student in Leeds, way back in the latter half of the 1970s, to say nothing of his more contemporary work with the Three Johns,Read more...

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Weird At My School: Lab Out Loud

Well, here’s a surprise: A Weird At My School column that’s really about things they teach in school. Lately, I’m spending an inordinate amount of time on the Internet. My new book hit stores a couple weeks ago, and like 99% of artists out there today, the marketing and promotion and publicity sits squarely onRead more...

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