Posts Tagged ‘Experimental’

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.

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Here’s a local show flyer I ran into. I know close to nothing about the bands in attendance, other than it appears to be a good mixture of genres including: Experimental/ Electronica, Pop-Punk, Metal, and Indie Rock/ Folk. Five bands for five dollars. Sounds like a good deal if you ask me.

Here’s a demo from Drive Thru Junkies:

Baaaaaaahhh! Bobby! Get Away from my Propane!

Along with the flyer, I also present to you the facebook event page so you can “Attend” and look cool for your friends: SHAZAM!

BUT, if you’re serious about attending (excuse me if I’m a little jaded. I’ve had bad experiences with shows promoted on facebook) then all you really is to google map the directions and check out the venue. Oh, what’s this? A link to the venue information? I think so: VENUE-TASTIC!

Don’t forget your five bucks…

~Darion

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.

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Its finally time! June 10th is here in five days and lets all in the Northwest get ready for a weekend long orgy of musical greatness. As repeatedly whored via this site, Mas Sol begins this Friday at Fort Matlock at five pm! Likewise starting Friday is the 17th Experimental Music Festival in Olympia!

The 17th Olympia Experimental Music Festival

Sponsored by KAOS 89.3 FM, The Olympia Experimental Music Festival can safely be called a fixture in the Olympia arts and music community, this festival celebrates a DIY art ethic within the Northwests traditional radically left music and arts communities. With a mixture of “high profile experimental/avant” and the relatively unknown artists, The Experimental Music Festival is truly a unique feature of Olympia Washington. The first two days of the festival (June 10th and 11th) will feature back to back acts at The Northern, leading up to the massive experiment “Drone for Peace” held at the legislative rotunda (416th 14th ave SW), followed by all musical artists who incorporate visual projection at The Northern.  For more information contact the festivals facebook page, or the Festival Director: Nathan Markiewicz at lalungs@msn.com. Below is a listing of the line up for The Experimental Music Festival:

Friday June 10th

Paintings for Animals (Olympia, WA)

Big Tom the Lithuanian (Olympia, WA)

LA Lungs (Tacoma, WA)

Marlo Eggplant (Portland, OR)

Echos of Infiniti (Olympia, WA)

Four-Dimensional Nightmare (Olympia, WA)

Eurostache (San Francisco, CA)

Saturday June 11tt

 Wood Paneling (Olympia, WA)

Squim (Portland, OR)

Violet (Olympia, WA)

The Dead Air Fresheners (I-5 Corridor)

Night Jar (Olympia, WA)

Pavonine (Austin, TX)

Megabats (Seattle, WA)

Sunday June 12th, 1pm @ The Legislative Rotunda (416 14th Ave SW)

Drone for Peace in the Key of F: Performed in a variety of U.S. cities, Drone for Peace is a sonic ritual performed by local artists, exploring the key of F, aligning to the Heart Chakra. Here performed in the rotunda of the Capitol’s Legislative Building, it manifests as a small ensemble of string players and vocalists, and invites all willing and interested participants from the Olympia community to collaborate and contribute to global healing.

Sunday June 12th:

A/V night featuring artists who incorporate visual projections with live sound creation:

Devon Damonte (Olympia, WA)

Eric Ostrowski (Seattle, WA)

Mangled Bohemians (Portland, OR)

Forrest Friends (Seattle, WA)

Derek M. Johnson (Olympia, WA)

Cathartech (Seattle, WA)

And of course, at the same time if you feel up to driving to Fort Matlock for the Poor Mans Burning Man, it promises to be the first of a hopefully great and long lasting tradition as The Experimental Music Festival.

Andrew Taylor