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A thank you for Thank You

February 21, 2006 was the release date of The Lashes' Get It on Columbia Records.  Their major label release was the culmination of much effort, not only musically but as a self-promotion machine.  From the songs "Death by Mixtape" to "It's Your Party" (sly dedications to to music journalists Andrew Bonazelli and Kathleen Wilson, respectively) […]

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With Me

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Local outfit Siberian has earned a lot of press and praise for such a young band whose first full length doesn’t officially release until the end of October. The five-piece apparently charmed the right names in Seattle’s scene, for they’ve captured the ears of KEXP, found themselves a home on Sonic Boom Recordings, recorded with […]

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Quixoticism

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Quixoticism might not be the most exotically new-sounding album you’ve ever heard, but it's quite a satisfying treat from a Seattle jack-of-all-bands. Ron Lewis, beyond Ghost Stories, finds himself in the Joggers (sometimes), Grand Archives, and the Fruit Bats, along with being a purveyor of cheesy comestibles. Ghost Stories is more or less a one […]

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Hey Celestial!

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An imaginary friend of mine recently described Seattle band Siberian's six-song EP Hey Celestial! as her "latest crush." This statement created an inquisitive eyebrow, a tilt of the head, and possibly an itch on the back of my neck. A crush? That's a pretty strong statement, and a word I haven't heard associated with someone […]

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Heather Duby

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It's been a few years since we last heard from Heather Duby. Her last two records, Post to Wire and Come Across the River, firmly established her as a leader in the "Seattle solo artist" sect of independent music, and the level of quality on those records made the anticipatory wait for a third record […]

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Curse of the Tuatara

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Members of San Diego's The Jade Shader cull elements of their varied musical backgrounds to create an energetic and emotive debut EP, Curse of the Tuatara. The anguished, guitar-driven flavor of lead singer Terrin Durfey's former band Boilermaker is evident, as is the pop-tinged poignancy of guitarist Chris Prescott's band No Knife. Prescott is also […]

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AstroPOP! for December 2005

Your monthly imaginary horoscope told in album reviews! December 2005 AstroPOP! is brought to you with musical reviews by Chris Estey. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) "The boss man says there is no work this winter, so go on home now and check back in the spring," Rocky Votolato observes within the bleak "The […]

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Misadventures in Radiology

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Elliott Smith fans take note: while nobody could ever replace Elliott, Andrew Morgan will surely bend your Smith-missing ears in a positive direction. As Morgan’s friend and mentor, Elliott obviously had his influence, but Morgan takes Smith’s sweet melancholy and adds the cinematic effect of orch-pop to create an album that’s emotional, improvisational, and ambitious. […]

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Top 50 Northwest Releases of 2004: the Imaginary Readers' Poll Results

{50-41} * {40-31} * {30-21} * {20-11} * {10-1} #10 IQU — Sun Q (Sonic Boom Recordings) {official website} * {buy it}  #9 The Turn Ons — East (Childstar) {official website} * {buy it} * {tig review}  #8 Luke Temple — Luke Temple (Mill Pond Records) {official website} * {buy it} * {tig review}   […]

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