Author Archive | Andrew Boe

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Cosmonautical

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Cosmonautical, the fifth full-length release from Seattle band the Transmissionary Six, was recorded by another Seattle musician, Graig Markel, and together they've created a sound that is both warm and sprawling. A predominant alt-country sound pervades the record, though it's a murky lounge type of alt-country, very different to what most would identify with the […]

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Starshine on the Devilwoods

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Although The Preons have been a part of the Seattle music scene since the early days of this very website, the band waited until 2008 to release their first full-length album, Starshine on the Devilwoods. The long waiting period for the release is understandable when you take into consideration some of the challenges the band […]

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Cavalier

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Tom Brosseau isn't going to win any awards for silky smooth vocals or full band bravado. Brosseau's latest effort, Cavilier, features his sparse instrumentation paired with his signature weathered 1950's folk singer voice. The fragility and intermittent cracking and breaking put the release in a sub-genre with Woody Guthrie and Will Oldham. Mixed and produced […]

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Not For Us Two

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The sophomore album from Northampton, MA group Lo Fine has taken six years to complete, but this time around there is a stable band effort to the recording. On the previous release, 2001's Nine, Lo Fine was essentially the songwriter Kevin O'Rourke. The Boston Globe has described this group as being "committed to the notion […]

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Slow Light

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In 2001, England's Airport Girl released their debut album, Honey, I'm an Artist, which was a fairly upbeat record, full of jangling guitars. They've finally unleashed their sophomore LP, Slow Light, a collection of downbeat, melancholy songs that is at once more mature, a memorable recording that requires repeated listening. Slow Light is bursting with […]

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Seattle artist Christopher Stewart: Escape Control Return Home

Christopher Stewart is a Seattle artist who released a nine-song CD called Escape Control Return Home last year under his own label, Shitbird Records. The album is sparse, singer-songwriter disc with acoustic and electric guitars for accompaniment. His bio describes his songwriting as, "something like a Neil Young collaboration with The Eels, only produced by […]

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Band alert: A Beautiful Noise

A Beautiful Noise are a contemporary shoegaze group from San Diego, CA. They live up to their name — and they're fantastic. Last year they released their debut, a six-song E.P. called Electric Soul that recalls the greatness of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, My Bloody Valentine, and the Cocteau Twins. They've […]

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Longplay 2

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In 2003, Pacific UV released their first self-titled CD, an album mainly inspired by the shoegazing genre that was mistakenly referred to in early promotional copies as Longplay One. Founding members Clay Jordan and Howard Hudson then parted ways after a tour and the release of an EP. Several years later, Jordan migrated to Portland, […]

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