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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

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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

First of all, thanks to the folks at Least Pretentious Music Blog Ever for letting me contribute to the fun with articles and music-talk.  I just moved back to Olympia after a long hiatus and I am anxious to participate in anything musical that could be going on around here.

I spend a lot of time searching out and listening to new music that I would like to share with people to spark interest and discussion.  Stuff that may not technically be new but is new to me counts in my book, so if I talk about something that has been out for a while, well, don’t get all up my ass about it, okay?

I tend to find something I like and crack out on it for a couple of weeks until I find something else that gets my attention and then the cycle continues, so I should always have albums I’m all about for any given period of time.

So what do I love right now?

Okay, so we are deep in the throes of another northwest winter and won’t be seeing much sunshine for a few months, and for me that means it’s time to find some great winter, crappy-weather melodic music that I always crave come January.  Luckily, I have found just the thing.  The Lower 48, Minnesota transplants to Portland, recently self-released their debut album Where All Maps End.  I have been cracking-out for the last couple weeks and still going strong.  It evokes that timeless feeling I get when I listen to past winter favorites where it can just play on repeat for days and I never get tired of it.  It’s definitely a folky sound, and done really beautifully with some gorgeous instrumental interludes, a couple of super catchy tracks such as “The End” and “Come Awake” always demand that I sing along and do a little dance, and on the whole displays a versatility that keeps it interesting.  All of the songs are really good actually.  They are original enough so that I don’t feel like I’m just listening to recycled garbage.  Beautiful, melodic, atmospheric, intimate, innocent, and just plain good fucking shit.  Have a listen to “The End” and if you don’t find yourself wanting to hear it over and over again, well then, that’s fine, this is just a suggestion, y’all can do what you want.  But if ya like it you should definitely get the album and support these guys, I think they are gonna do good things in the future.

-Leah

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

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

We realize you’re probably still recovering from Mas Sol. Makes sense, only natural after all. Still, take a second away from your week long hangover of torrenting seasons of tv shows to ask yourself-

Do you like feeling good? Do you ever wish you had a chance to see The Ramones in their prime? Fear not, the universe has given you a second chance.

For only forming in 2009, Grandmas Boyfriend has skyrocketed onto the scene. After playing about two million house shows and bars in the Bay Area during 2009, Grandmas Boyfriend said fuck it to the states, and went on to tour Japan in the summer of 2010. Upon their return the band recruited their second guitarist Ralph (one word, like Madonna) and went on to release their first promo in May of 2011. So don’t miss your chance to see them at The Know in Portland on 6/26 and at Le Voyuer in Olympia on 6/27!

So if you’ve ever liked the sound of The Exploding Hearts, The Ramones, The Queers, or basically happiness,  now is your chance to show it. See you at The Voyeur on the 27th.

Jelly (Demo) 

Pull (Demo)

Also, Mas Sol pictures are currently being facebook stalked out of everybody who took them, they will then be all in one place on the blog shortly, as soon as we update it/get them all in once place.

Andrew Taylor

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