Category Archives: Weird At My School

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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Weird At My School: Grandma’s Roadhouse

This weekend I provided the music for a wedding over in Silverdale, WA (just a few minutes from where guest Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie/The Postal Service grew up; he pointed out the 24-hour Shari’s where he and his friends drank coffee all night as teenagers). The site was an abandoned farm, andRead more...

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Weird at My School: S. Carey

S. Carey is the musical alias of Sean Carey, who also plays drums with Bon Iver. His new album, the haunting All We Grow, is one of my favorite debuts of 2010, reminiscent of touchstones including late-period Talk Talk and minimalist composer Steve Reich. (Don’t just take my word for it -- you can listenRead more...

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