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Last weekend Michael Reitmulder of the Seattle Times listed Karl Blau's new LP Scream Time (Spiral Valley) as one of "The best Washington albums of 2022 (so far)" (Scream Time is the name of Karl's latest album on the LP format; it's known as Love & Harm to CD and digital download/streaming consumers). After noting Karl Blau's "skipping to Philly," Reitmulder declares he still qualifies as "one of Washington's most creatively restless artists" who recorded Scream Time at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington with a bevy of Northwest pals and visionaries (including members of LAKE).   Karl Blau, Scream Time...

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This week an unsuspecting public has been trounced with multiple remixes of the Hot Chip single "Down", including the melodica-drenched "Dumb It Down" by Selector Dub Narcotic. One of a passel of "Down" remixes, "Dumb It Down" was set astray along with radically diverse takes on the affair by Sworn Virgins and Nyra. Selector Dub Narcotic, Memphis, TN. by Jamie Harmon "Down" is excerpted from the upcoming Hot Chip album Freakout/Release, out August 19. The dance floor knows all, sees all; yet somehow Hot Chip have managed to sneak past all monitors sans hall pass to animate the public address...

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Above photog portrays The Fenestrations (Gina Davidson, Mark Flunder) playing the Quaker Meeting House in Hertford, England, on a bill that also included Calvin Johnson and Catenary Wires. Gina Davidson is featured with an extensive interview in Chickfactor (#19!) fanzine. Yay. It's about time. Worth the wait! Gina "I was a teenage Marine Girl" Davidson! (ceramics and socks) Chickfactor issue 19 is the latest from the iconic fanzine and features interviews with scads of groovy music makers and cultural touchstones. Besides Gina Davidson there is Artsick, Connie Lovatt (Containe, The Pacific Ocean), Dan Bejar (Destroyer), Horsegirl, Magic Roundabout,Melenas, Rachel Aggs...

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[Editor's note: Stasia Aaa, who records and performs as Ghost Bitch, relocated to Melbourne, Australia (AKA "Naarm") earlier this month (her relocation was delayed for two years by the global pandemic). What follows is an update on her activities since leaving downtown Olymp]   by Stasia Aaa I have finally made it to Naarm/Melbourne! Here’s my travelogue… Ghost Bitch played our first gig at Nighthawks [see above photog - Ed.] with Hearts & Rockets, who are a very fun band and wonderful people! They closed their set with a Bikini Kill cover much to my amusement as an Olympia transplant....

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Lime Crush played their first show in a classroom at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna [I was witness! - ed.] in 2014; since then they've only expanded their creeping influence on the minds of Austrian youth. This despite many long hiatus allowing the band members to pursue other artistic endeavors. Veronika Eberhart, Lime Crush singer, drummer, etc. has wandered far and wide following her muse, traveling to Los Angeles, CA., Albania, Brussels, Belgium and to the other side of Vienna for artist-in-residence programs. "I apply for a new project, it often has to do with the nation in which...

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