Archive for the ‘Olympia Music’ Category

So here’s something super relevant to the Olympia music scene. The Northern, Olympia’s only all ages music venue has reopened in a new location! It was rumored the Olympia All Ages Project went belly up and had to close it doors due to costs last year, but not so. According to volunteer Kelsey Smith of Timberland Regional Library fame, the building was sold to another proprietor who decided to do something else with the space-leaving the project homeless. And although we all enjoyed moshing amongst the stacks and getting slam-danced into the magazine racks at the Olympia branch of said library, I think its safe to say that the music scene suffered without its all ages space.

Northern’s  first show at its new location (414 1/2 Legion Way) was the 28th of April with subsequent shows during Arts Walk Weekend. Grand opening events are still in full swing. Check it out:

Tonight, May 3rd @8PM-$5:

Hungry Cloud Darkening: Dreamy pop from Anacortes
Baby Island: Eli and Ashley from LAKE’s rockn’roll side project
Motorbikes: Funky pop from Anacortes
Memory Boys: ’90′s pop rock from Portland, with A & E of LAKE

May 4th @8PM-$5:

Justin Stang (of Science!)
Kendl Winter
Moth Rider
Andras Jones

May 6th @ 3PM-FREE!

A work party! Hurray! The Northern really needs volunteers to come out and help them complete their new space.  SO show up early! Your hard work will be rewarded at 3 pm with a free Sunday matinee, and this is cool: Sam McPheeters (author and lead singer of Rise Against, Men’s Recovery Project, and Wrangler Brutes) will be doing a reading of his new book, “The Loom of Ruin”. The book was published just last month and is a satire about the angriest man in the world. Interesting. Also performing will be Craig Extine and the Exiles, Olympia’s own Punk/country/acoustic/western hymn/etc.

-Karli

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The people at Volcano are great! Anthony Neff used to DM their Dungeons and Dragons games back in the day. You think I’m kidding, ask em about it. Google some of these bands and go see em! Or not, do what you feel like, but it is free, and people will think you’re cool if you go.

Andrew

There’s nothing like a good all-ages hardcore punk show! Don’t believe me?

Well it’s time to make a believer out of you.

Sunday Februrary 19th there will be a Free All-Ages Hardcore Punk Show. If you’re not down to party on a sunday night, well..then you’re just not down to party. Luckily this show starts relatively early with doors opening at 6:30pm. So even the responsible ones among you will be able to attend.

The show line-up is as follows (All genres are punk):

From what I’ve heard of these bands; this show should be standard punk. So grab your leather jacket with the studs, pre-game with a 40 in hand, and get ready to throw your body weight against complete strangers. On Sunday the 19th, it’s on.

(Print it out and pass it around)

Though this is a free show, I highly suggest bringing donations to help support both the local and touring bands. I don’t know the house rules for the venue, but I would assume that they are something along the lines of “enjoy the music, respect the house, and don’t be a dick”.

Need help getting to the venue? How about a little help from THE INTERNET.

Personally, I plan on attending this show and writing some post-show jibber-jabber. So, there’s always that to look forward to. Once again, if you have any opinions or information about these bands or this show; then don’t hesitate to tell us in a comment.

~Darion

To quote Darion Conwell: “enjoy the music, respect the house, and don’t be a dick.” Fun story there, almost got kicked out of this house for being a dick. Not really my fault, I got that they wanted me to be pushing people, I didn’t choose to continue getting pushed by other people, per-say.

Anyways, I’ve already talked about white wards in a past post so I won’t re-engage ranting, but I am quite a fan. You can download their 7″ here. Likewise if you’re into death metal or  hardcore thrash death, Bone Sickness is just fucking dandy to see live. I’ve never seen the other two bands, so out of laziness I’m not going to write anything, but fuck it go anyways. I command you, all twenty-six people who may ever read this.

Andrew

This coming Friday at 9pm, the Oly Music Awards is putting on a  pre-show to help showcase some good local bands. If you’re interested in local music, then this isn’t an event you want to miss. At some point after the pre-show, there will be an award ceremony to honor local bands. See more info at OlyMusicAwards.com

Line-up is as follows:

From what I’ve listened to of “Fight for Change” and “Elbow Coulee”, I would very much enjoy seeing them live. As for “Jabi Shriki”, well… he’s not exactly my genre. I had trouble finding information about the band “Point Process” online, but if I find out about the genre or find a sample of their work then I will go back and post it here. In the meantime if you know something about Point Process or any of these other bands, then please tell us.

(Print it out and share it around)

^ Look at all of those sponsors! I’m hoping to make it to this event, however if I don’t then perhaps one of our other writers would be willing to write a little blurb about it.

About the venue: I’m a big fan of Le Voyeur Cafe. Though I’m not a vegan or vegetarian, I still enjoy stopping by for a tasty sandwich when I’m out and about. The cafe also doubles as a venue for all kinds of music (except metal…not to say that they exclude metal, I’ve just never seen it there). Expect a slightly intimate show because the venue space is kind of small. Most of the shows I’ve seen at Le Voyeur have been rap, hip-hop, or electronica, so this should be a treat.

P.S. If you’re looking for something to do the day after this event, why not check out the Free Radio Olympia Valentine’s All You Can Eat Event.

~Darion

Another show at The Swamp House. This one is coming up quick!  If you’re looking for something to do friday night, why not stop by and show your support for these fine bands?

Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be able to make it to this show (friday 13th I’ll be out searching for Templar Gold), but if you attend; please comment and give your opinions about the show. I do not know much about these bands, however I’ve listened to what they have available online and I can comfortably say that I like what I hear.

The line-up is as follows:

(print it out and pass it around)

General rules: Smoking outside or in the Teepee, BYOB, be responsible, don’t be a dick, park on the street. The show IS free, however donations are encouraged. Help support these local bands!

Additional info:

  • Here’s a link to the facebook event page: WOWZERS
  • Here’s a map/ directions to the venue: LOCATION
  • Doors open at 8:30.

Perhaps this isn’t your scene?

How about checking out “Mas Sol Collective Presents:Body of Art “ at The Aqua House. It promises to be night oh much art and Thalo for only a $5  *suggested* donation. Body art provided by Olympia’s very talented Ariana Throne and a team of make up, henna and hair artists.

The line up is as follows:

8pm- Crockett King
9pm- Special Guest
9:30- Thalo
10:30- Thalo and Pheno
12am- DJ G33
1am- Thalo and Pheno round 2

Once again, I know virtually nothing about these artists/ DJs.  I trust the Mas Sol Collective crowd, though. They put on a good show. However, If you have sampled their beats in the past then shoot us a comment and help fill our knowledge gap.

Link to facebook event: BWOP!

Sadly, these two shows are occurring at the same time, so you might need to make a decision between the two. Worst case scenario, you can see the show at The Swamp House and catch the last couple artists at The Aqua House.

UPDATE:

Sorry, I seem to have read the details wrong about the Mas Sol Collective show. I mentioned earlier that it was at the Midnight Sun, it is in fact at The Aqua House. The details above have been changed to reflect this.

~Darion

Looks like there’s a promising house show on January 20th. Personally I am a fan of the Swamp House in Olympia. If you’ve never been, then I suggest you do…and what better opportunity than this?

The line-up is as follows:

  • MEOWTAIN (indie rock)
  • The Bat (trans-dimensional nightmare funk)
  • Greek Life 8 (experimental improvisations and journeys into the mind)
  • Sensitive Bearded Guys. Formerly known as The New Wave Discount Party Band (stone cold hits interspersed with dissonance).

I have been looking forward to seeing Meowtain after listening to their EP a few weeks ago (here is a link to one of their songs). As for the other bands, sadly I do not know anything about them; and cannot find them online. If you have insight into these bands, please post a comment and share your knowledge with us. Otherwise, you can read my post-show jibber-jabber which will be posted at a later date.

(Click the flyer to see the full sized image. Then print it out and pass it around!)

The venue is somewhat small, but the music carries through the house and outside where you have the opportunity to hang out with interesting people, and still keep an ear on the music. A cover-charge has not been announced, so it’s safe to say that this is a completely free show. The Swamp House allows smoking and drinking, however drinking should be responsible, and smoking should be contained to the porch ares and awesome Teepee that is provided. As far as I know, the general rules are: Don’t be an asshole, and enjoy the music.

You can show a little love for this local show on facebook by attending, or whoring out the event page: SOCIAL NETWORKING LINK!

For copy and paste purposes, the address is: 1407  Wheeler Ave SE, Olympia Wa 98501

Any other information can be found on the flyer above.

Hope to see you there,

~Darion

 

UPDATE:

This show was cancelled due to bad weather and a power outage. THUS, I will not be writing any post-show jibber-jabber. Sorry for the disappointment.

Half-way through December we bring you another post about something! Here’s four bands from Olympia you should probably at least see live, if not listen to in your spare time. Trust me. I have a blog/spare time.

If you enjoy punk, metal, indie, hardcore, some combination of them all, or music from your own town, go ahead and listen. It’s all from Olympia, WA, hence the post´s title. It’s clever, work with me.

Christan Mistress

Get their shit here. I’d write a longer description, but just listen to the damn songs, its great. If you like metal.

Gun Outfit

Its pretty. Kind of sounds like if Gibby Haynes had formed Modest Mouse with Caroline Keith and every so often they played a punk song. For the sake of clarity, Caroline Keith is actually the singer/songwriter for Gun Outfit, Gibby Haynes is the singer for the Butthole Surfers, whose voice I just likened to Dylan Sharp, the other singer/songwriter for Gun Outfit…anyway, check out their lastfm page. GO!

(This is also a good song)

Tartarus

OK- So the recording quality isn’t amazing, but these guys are disturbingly talented live. I mean really, all of them can fucking shred. I recommend you look em up here and be sure to catch ´em live when you can, finally got myself there in October and it was epic. So really, go so, see them, enjoy.

Go Get The Scissors

These guys had a following in Olympia once upon a time when I was about thirteen. Regardless they’re still great, but as far as I know pretty have much stopped existing. Guess when suddenly the whole scene was either hardcore or christian post-punk there just wasn’t room for ´em. Either way I enjoy it, and thus my taste is inflicted onto you.

Go Get The Scissors – I Walk the Line

Go Get The Scissors – Rise Up Below The Belt

White Wards

Their lastfm, there are some better qualities mp3s there. White Wards is great, if you like hardcore. If you don’t, move somewhere else. Just kidding, I love you. But really.

White Wards – Fucking a Dead Body

White Wards – Bad Decisions

Andrew

Recently at Le Voyeur in Olympia, Washington I had the pleasure of viewing Admiral St. Grey as the artist I Feel Awesome. This outlandish Brooklyn based artist comes with a sound that I guess could be called music. According to what some really high kids told me, it’s called “futuristic progressive minimalist.” I would definitely describe it as better than being stabbed, but that’s still debatable.

Ms. Grey’s music transcends both genre boundaries, and for that matter logic and reason, all with some proudly with unsolicited gusto. The first EP by I FEEL AWESOME comes with some minimalist drums similar to a an African beat, with a techno backdrop reminiscent of being in a refinery, then lovingly wrapped together with vocals sounding oddly similar to the musical styling of  Tsim Fuckis (look it up).

Grey also recently released an EP with her band, Glass Lamborghini, the bands music making about as much sense as their name does. All I can really say about that album is the best song, titled “Make It Sparkle” (linked here), is comprised of a generic synthy beat, with once again minimalist drums. Accompanying Ms. Grey at Le Voyeur were three other “experimental” artists, entitled: Chains Isabella, Cult of Zir, and finally SQURM. I use experimental in these terms the same way mustard gas started as an “experiment.” To be honest a child with a chemistry set would have been more interesting than this dribble. I even walked out of SQURM’s set when the music dropped and there was literally eight straight seconds of him just screaming (I wore a watch).

I must say the one saving grace of this boondoggled catastrophe you could maybe call music was the venue. Le Voyeur has a visually magnificent show room, not to mention a very pleasant restaurant/bar area. The staff are awesome and the foods not half bad, I recommend the fries. All this greatness is accompanied by an excellent bar tender and an extensive list of fine imported beers from around the world.

So in conclusion Le Voyeur in  Olympia Washington gets an A rating for Awesome bar/venue. Grey and her experimental posse get a F for Fuck you, and your wasting of my time.

Neff

Bringing you the first year of what will hopefully become an annual free music and arts festival in Tacoma!

This Saturday is the first day of the Fall Free for All, a wonderfully lovely music and arts festival held in the theater district in Tacoma. More than 75 acts will be featured including music, arts, poetry, acting, stuff for little children and drunks alike!  Free wristbands allow for free entry to literally everything in existence at the festival, patrons are encouraged to apply for the wrist band early here. The full line up offers a far more extensive list of all the greatness, wonder,  and heavenly divine genius of art that is available, however some of the most notable artists playing at the Music at the Rialto Venue include:

Saturday:
10:30 – Ukulele Ohana
11:30 – Eternal Fair
12:00 – Kris Orlowski
12:45 – The Local Strangers
1:30 – Port St. Willow
3:15 – Northwest Sacred Harp Singers
5:30 – The Tacoma Round, with Noah Gundersen, Kris Doty, and Port St. Willow
7:45 – Paul Rucker
8:30 – Portland Cello Project, with Drew Grow and Horse Feathers
10:30 – Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives

Sunday:
12:00 – CityHall
12:30 – Hurtbird
1:15 – Pearly Gate Music
2:00 – Sons of Warren Oates
2:45 – Kelli Schaefer
4:15 – Laura Gibson
5:00 – Portland Cello Project, with Kelli Schaefer and Kevin Sur (of Indian Valley Line)
7:00 – Concours d’Elegance

So go! And remember to sign up for your free wristband, so you can into the free music festival, and of course check out their facebook.

Enjoy,

Andrew