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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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Weird At My School: Circuit 7

Vinyl records have definite drawbacks. They get scratched. They skip and pop. And they weigh a ton. Take it from a record collector: mention you’re getting ready to move and might need help, and watch as all your friends stare off into the middle distance and mumble something about how busy they’ll be the nextRead more...

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Weird At My School: The Truth About Matorralman

“I listen to mediocre music so you don’t have to.” That was my snappy comeback when someone asked what I do for a living recently. A bit snarky, I admit, but pretty spot-on. Between my work as a DJ and my so-called career as a writer, I spend the bulk of my time trying toRead more...

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Weird At My School: 135 Grand Street

A couple weeks ago, during a brief visit to New York, my friend Scott and I were introduced to sax maniac James Chance (aka James Black) at a show. Despite having built much of his initial infamy on brawling with audience members, the leader of the influential combo the Contortions turned out to be surprisinglyRead more...

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Weird At My School: Music To Suffer By

Once upon a time, in the dark days before YouTube made international stars of William Hung and Wing, it took a very special kind of bad singer to reach a wide audience. Despite lacking even a fundamental grasp of such basics as pitch and rhythm, notorious soprano and socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (“the first ladyRead more...

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Weird At My School: Christian Marclay: Festival

I am racing out the door to catch a plane at JFK, so I must keep this brief: This week/end I was lucky enough to spend a couple days in New York City. I came out to interview the legendary funk-soul guitarist Dennis Coffey, but I made time for lots of other culture, too: TheRead more...

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Weird At My School: The Scene Is NEU!

I could be a total poseur and pretend I’ve been a NEU! fan since my teens, but the truth is that until Astralwerks reissued their first three albums in 2001, I’d never listened to their music first-hand. But plenty of artists I admire -- Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Primal Scream, Iggy Pop -- cite them asRead more...

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Weird At My School: Cassettes from My Ex

I feel sorry for kids today. A playlist or a click-and-drag “mix” CD is no substitute for the thought- and labor-intensive glory of a bona fide mixtape. Two-and-a-half years since my first mixtape-related post, I still cling to the customized cassettes of my adolescence and early adulthood more fervently than most family heirlooms. Yesterday, inRead more...

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Weird At My School: Free Jane Siberry

I’m not entirely sure what it was that started my musing on Canadian musicians over the weekend. Perhaps the announcement of the short list of nominees for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize (which includes KEXP faves Caribou and Broken Social Scene, Owen Pallett, and seven others)? Maybe it was Skylaire Alfvegren’s excellent article “Grokking Rush”Read more...

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