Michaelangelo Matos

Jake One, hard at work in his home studio.

Rocketship Blowing Up

De La Soul and Gift of Gab producer Jake One is Seattle's biggest hip-hop beatsmith.

Jake One, hard at work in his home studio.
Gary Groth, Eric Reynolds, and Kim Thompson (from left) at Fantagraphics' Lake City Way headquarters.

Saved by the Beagle

A year ago, Seattle's Fantagraphics was on the brink of bankruptcy. Now it's in the black, thanks to good ol' Charlie Brown—and a pair of dogged believers who turned a cranky fanzine into the most widely respected comics publisher in America.

Gary Groth, Eric Reynolds, and Kim Thompson (from left) at Fantagraphics' Lake City Way headquarters.
Maktub, from left: Thaddeus Turner, Davis Martin, Reggie Watts, Daniel Spils, and Kevin Goldman.

Say What You Think

Seattle Weekly plays Jukebox Jury with Maktub.

Maktub, from left: Thaddeus Turner, Davis Martin, Reggie Watts, Daniel Spils, and Kevin Goldman.
From left: James Allen, Ian Bell, and Scott Teske (not pictured: Carol Weber).

Sea.Mine

Seattle Weekly: When did Sea.Mine, your excellent indie-pop band, begin?Scott Teske (bassist): Our earliest incarnation was in February 2004. We were a trio; there's four… Continue reading

From left: James Allen, Ian Bell, and Scott Teske (not pictured: Carol Weber).
Seattle Weekly Music Awards Showcase

Seattle Weekly Music Awards Showcase

No, I did not catch all 50 bands at the third annual Seattle Weekly Music Awards Showcase on Sunday, May 1, at various Pioneer Square… Continue reading

Seattle Weekly Music Awards Showcase
On the rebound: Warner (pictured) and Stamler give old, obscure music new life.

Second chances

Two St. Louis music hounds take reissues into the DIY realm.

On the rebound: Warner (pictured) and Stamler give old, obscure music new life.
John Darnielle obscures Peter Hughes vision.

See America Right

The Mountain Goats make comfort music for desperate hours.

John Darnielle obscures Peter Hughes vision.
See Me, Hear Me

See Me, Hear Me

Historically minded music DVDs for your holiday dollar.

See Me, Hear Me
R. Kelly

Sequels and/or Remakes Find Their Groove

R. KELLY"Happy People"(Jive)The impulse to write off R. Kelly, to reduce his records to mere by-products of a probably irretrievably damaged public image—for good reason,… Continue reading

R. Kelly
Serial Organization

Serial Organization

A Q&A with Seattle techno producer Lusine.

Serial Organization
Dig!'s Taylor (left) and Newcombe.

She Fought the Law

Documentary director spends seven years tailing two bands, getting arrested in the process. It was time well spent.

Dig!'s Taylor (left) and Newcombe.
Showbox

Showbox

I joked to an older friend that the crowd gathered to see the reunited Gang of Four at the Showbox on Friday, May 6, was… Continue reading

Showbox
Heavy Trash

Singles, MP3s, and Choice Cuts

THE FIELDThings Keep Falling Down EP(Kompakt)The isolation and repetition of the ecstatic peak of a song has long been a guiding principle of hip-hop (think… Continue reading

Heavy Trash
Slab Rat

Slab Rat

MANY JOURNALISTS have one burning desire: to write the great American novel and forget all the sophomoric bullshit they're forced by the nature of their… Continue reading

Slab Rat
Relaxing at the Zaina restaurant in Pioneer Square.

Smoked Out

Hookah lounges are Seattle's latest nightlife trend. But how will they fare in the face of the new smoking ban?

Relaxing at the Zaina restaurant in Pioneer Square.
Soft at the Sunset Tavern

Soft at the Sunset Tavern

Let me declare my interests up front: Chris Lorraine contributes to this section, and he and his wife, Shannon, aka the Withholders, are friends of… Continue reading

Soft at the Sunset Tavern
South by Southwest

South by Southwest

The idea I had for covering South by Southwest 2005, in Austin, Texas, was simple: Try to see (and write about) artists I hadn't seen… Continue reading

South by Southwest
Stephen Malkmus at Sonic Boom Records

Stephen Malkmus at Sonic Boom Records

Despite what I heard from many, many locals last year, Seattle doesn't really have what is commonly referred to as "humidity." Sure, it gets hot… Continue reading

Stephen Malkmus at Sonic Boom Records
Mya

Stormy, Tipsy, Mya, M.I.A.

M.I.A."Galang"(Showbiz, U.K.)Let us now praise the electro-bounce diaspora. This one comes from London, where grime garage—the head-on collision of ragga and hip-hop exemplified by Dizzee… Continue reading

Mya
They like the dirt that's on your knees.

Stupid, Pretentious, Addictive

New singles and MP3s.

They like the dirt that's on your knees.