Category Archives: Weird At My School

Weird At My School: The Dirtbombs’ Party Store

For many musicians, covering other artists’ material comes at a peril. There is the risk of exposing one’s own weaknesses as a songwriter, or dragging a well-known tune so far from its stylistic roots that the results yield an amusing but short-lived novelty. (Personally, I’d just as soon listen to the Gourds play originals, butRead more…

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Weird At My School: Wanda Jackson

Well this is embarrassing: A 73 year-old woman has got me feeling all hot and bothered. No, I haven’t embarked on a May-December romance; I’ll leave those kind of sordid exploits to Hugh Hefner. I’m referring to the flush of excitement that’s come over me since I heard The Party Ain’t Over, the new albumRead more…

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Weird At My School: ESG

When I was a young man, it infuriated me when reviews of a band I liked made passing reference to other artists I’d never heard or heard of — and wasn’t likely to any time soon, being stuck out in the boondocks. Every time a writer mentioned Scott Walker in connection to the oeuvre ofRead more…

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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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