Month: January 2013

Stevens Passages: Full Family Snowboarding

Stevens Passages: Full Family Snowboarding

New Year’s Day, 2013 launched ski season here in the crooked little shack. The scene: Stevens Pass. Allow me to introduce the players. The Daddy: Expert snowboarder. Enjoys the backside and the terrain park, and has different gear for each. Officially exempted from all household responsibilities on Sundays between late November and early April. The…

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GOJIRA! GOJIRA DA YO! (at Studio Seven)

GOJIRA! GOJIRA DA YO! (at Studio Seven)

After (not) seeing Devin Townsend at Studio Seven, I knew that I couldn’t just listen to Gojira; I had to see the stage. I unloaded camera and coat on long-suffering spouse who camped against a pillar. It had been a long time since I worked my way through a crowd like that, so I was…

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The Atlas Moth and Devin Townsend at Seattle’s Studio Seven

The Atlas Moth and Devin Townsend at Seattle’s Studio Seven

It seems like I’m always most interested in the opening bands. I flew to L.A. to see Amorphis open for Nightwish, I saw Epica because Insomnium was opening, and I bought tickets to see Lamb of God last summer because Gojira was on the bill. Then Randy Blythe spent the summer in Prague. I followed…

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Pollyblog: Maybe I Need a Book Group

Pollyblog: Maybe I Need a Book Group

I tried starting a book group in grad school. Because we were all broke grad students, we decided not to require everyone to buy and read the same book each month. Instead, everyone brought one thing they read and liked, pitched it to the group, and loaned it to the person who was most interested.…

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Getting Giddy at Seattle Opera’s Cinderella

Getting Giddy at Seattle Opera’s Cinderella

Age ain’t nothing but a number, and even numbers appear to be relative. My awareness of this concept is never as acute as when I’m writing about music. Last fall I interviewed Icelandic wunderkind Ásgeir Trausti on the day he opened a show at Neumos. Had he not been performing that day, Ásgeir Trausti would…

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A Second Serving – Interviews in Iceland

A Second Serving – Interviews in Iceland

Far more interesting than my usual navel-gazing posts are the conversations I had with Icelandic musicians who are among the most intelligent, interesting, and entertaining people I have ever met. I left every interview with a better understanding of not only their music, but of music in general. Back in December, I posted a list…

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Bringing Reykjavik! Home

Bringing Reykjavik! Home

Not the city, the band. They were one of the best surprises of my Airwaves. I took a break from metal night at Amsterdam to cross the street to Gamli Gaukurinn to check out Reykjavík! on the strength of their video “Hellbound Heart,” which documents the flight from Reykjavík to the band’s home town Ísafjörður.…

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Discovering the Dark in Sigur Rós’ Valtari Videos

Discovering the Dark in Sigur Rós’ Valtari Videos

. . . . . . . . . . . When I saw Sigur Rós at Airwaves this year, I was surprised by some of the dark imagery that came to mind. I have always thought of Sigur Rós as very positive music. They are named “Victory Rose” after the singer’s baby sister; even…

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Pollyblog: Iceland on My Mind

Pollyblog: Iceland on My Mind

Pollyblog: 1. When you don’t want to say too much, but 140 characters just won’t cover it. 2. Good ideas that haven’t got their legs yet. You know how when you buy a new car, you suddenly see that kind of car everywhere? Or you discover a new band, and suddenly it seems like everyone else…

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