Author Archive | Andrew Boe

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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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The Cult live in Seattle

Show Date: March 25, 2008

I have always thought that the first few records by The Cult were great. Their 1984 debut Dreamtime is perhaps the best, with its powerful songs and personal lyrical content. Singer Ian Astbury is part Native American and the record is filled with themes related to the struggles and plight of the race. Dreamtime also […]

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Pride

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Midway through the recording of Pride, Matthew Houck, the man behind Phosphorescent, decided to migrate from Athens, Georgia to Brooklyn, New York. The change of scene proved to be advantageous; Houck instantly picked up where he left off and finished the album with renewed inspiration. This is Phosphorescent’s third full-length release, following 2005's Aw Come […]

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The Duke Spirit, Live at Neumos

Show Date: March 7, 2008

As part of KEXP's Spring fundraising event, The Duke Spirit paid us a visit here in Seattle, all the way from London (and part way through a US tour). The show was a fundraiser for the station and also celebrated DJ John Richards' birthday. Experiencing The Duke Spirit perform, one is instantly reminded of glorious […]

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