Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mosh Pit Etiquette

The pit is a crazy, chaotic, wild, and fun place to be. It usually exists without enforcement-- there may be security guys around, but they're not wardens or anything like that-- so the mosh pit is always sort of self-regulating... which is to say, it is regulated by you, the mosher, and the people in there with you. Most of this is basic common sense, but if people applied that common sense more often, I wouldn't have to put things like this online... so...

Thanks to Greg Yount for the title card! Check out The Greg Yount Show at youtube.com/user/yountson/videos

Friday, June 27, 2014




Wild, alien cat creatures from Planet Hairless Ball-Nut, Marmits descended upon Seattle's Sunset Tavern to feed us all some inexplicably deranged, progressive, multi-textured sounds. We (the Negative Hole "we;" the ubik. "we" played with them last time they came through. Either way, I feel a little self conscious following this band) joined them, along with Cerebral Cortez and The Fabulous Downey Brothers, to blast away at the Sunset on a night were the wind and rain knocked out all the power in Ballard... everything up to one building south of us. Success!
Marmits Facebook page

Friday, June 13, 2014

Disparaging the Now

"Dude, music sucks now!" Cue eyeroll. Not only is there more amazing music in heaven and earth, Horatio, than is dreamt of in your philosophy... exactly which "then" are you holding "now" up to? The common rants that the pop hits of today don't live up to the legendary music of (insert decade here) aren't just cliche, but completely invalid: the pop hits of yesteryear are just as bad as today's, and today's great music-- the stuff that isn't on the radio-- is as good as (or better than) what the Baby Boomers claim is the be-all end-all of music.

And I have proof...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


The Lo-Fi



Gems is the rare electronica group that plays all of their music live-- an intricate 4-piece of two synthesists and two drummers... so we've just broken the seal on electronic music for the show. Gems is danceable, with strong grooves and the energy of live players performing, but their compositions are elegant, clever, and have an amazing command of mood and texture.

Rock club-goers might not make it to many of these kinds of shows, but you should go out of your way to check out Gems.

Gems official site