Michaelangelo Matos

CLOUDDEAD

Surprisingly Good Electronica

VARIOUS ARTISTSOffshore Presents Troubled Water Mixed by Clever(Offshore/ Single Cell)The last genre where any nondiehard looks for decent records these days is drum and bass,… Continue reading

CLOUDDEAD
Talkdemonic

Talkdemonic

Seattle Weekly: You started Talkdemonic by yourself, right?Kevin O'Connor (programmer/drummer): Yeah, in spring 2003. I bought a Yamaha R7000—it's kind of like an [Akai] MPC3000… Continue reading

Talkdemonic
Teenage Fanclub at Neumo's

Teenage Fanclub at Neumo’s

Often, power-pop fans are hilarious. Only a confirmed Pollyanna or an extremely sloppy thinker would have imagined Teenage Fanclub taking over college radio, much less… Continue reading

Teenage Fanclub at Neumo's
Her Space Holiday

Ten Decibels

A mix-CD-cum-guide to the second annual Decibel Festival.

Her Space Holiday
The Absinthe Underground

The Absinthe Underground

A century ago, absinthe was banned in the U.S. and France. Now it's the hippest drink in Seattle—if you can find it.

The Absinthe Underground
What's The Catch?

The Catch

Seattle Weekly: Given how visible your pop-rock band, the Catch, has become locally since it began four-and-a-half years ago, it's sort of surprising that Get… Continue reading

What's The Catch?
The Elected

The Elected

Seattle Weekly: You recorded a lot of your new album, Sun, Sun, Sun [Sub Pop], on the road. What are the advantages of motel-room acoustics… Continue reading

The Elected
Money v. Art: Kevin Friberg at the doomed Shoe.

The last shoe drops

Does the demise of Pioneer Square's last remaining independent artists' building signal the end of Seattle's arts community as we know it?

Money v. Art: Kevin Friberg at the doomed Shoe.
Atari rules! Virtual killing the old-fashioned—and more imaginative—way.

The low-tech equalizer

The Hi-Score Arcade hosts a post-teenage Atari riot.

Atari rules! Virtual killing the old-fashioned—and more imaginative—way.
Must create: Artist-musician-actor Basquiat.

The major and the minor

Surveying the sounds of summer.

Must create: Artist-musician-actor Basquiat.
Pryor on fire: Nine times the comic genius in a box set.

The medicine box

A massive Richard Pryor reissue brings the pain.

Pryor on fire: Nine times the comic genius in a box set.
Give this man a hot dog!

The missing years

John Prine rebounds from cancer with a triumphant collection of country duets.

Give this man a hot dog!
Left to right: Kurt Dahle, Neko Case, John Collins, Carl Newman, Blaine Thurier, and Todd Fancey (missing: Dan Bejar).

The New Pornographers

Seattle Weekly: Your new album, Twin Cinema (Matador), sounds rawer and more garagey than the first two New Pornographers albums, 2000's Mass Romantic and 2003's… Continue reading

Left to right: Kurt Dahle, Neko Case, John Collins, Carl Newman, Blaine Thurier, and Todd Fancey (missing: Dan Bejar).
The Californian Ramblers

The Old, Normal America

A pair of pre-war compilations highlight American pop at its most forward-looking.

The Californian Ramblers
The Other Side of Motown

The Other Side of Motown

VARIOUS ARTISTSHeaven Must Have Sent You: The Holland/Dozier/Holland Story(Hip-O)Motown's primary architects besides Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson were staff writer/producers Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian… Continue reading

The Other Side of Motown
Ebouaney as Lumumba.

The patriot

Light briefly shines on a dark continent.

Ebouaney as Lumumba.
Sick & right: Julio (left) and Starla.

The pleasure principle

Seattle's best rock band floats like butterflies and stings like Sick Bees.

Sick & right: Julio (left) and Starla.
The Professional

The Professional

Exploring pre-genius Ray Charles.

The Professional
Gordon Raphael and his very psychedelic backdrop.

The Sixth Stroke

Gordon Raphael left Seattle to get famous. Now he isas the Strokes' producer.

Gordon Raphael and his very psychedelic backdrop.
The Supersuckers, from left: Rontrose Heathman, Eddie Spaghetti, and Mike Musburger.

The Songs Don’t All Sound the Same

Seattle Weekly plays Jukebox Jury with the Supersuckers.

The Supersuckers, from left: Rontrose Heathman, Eddie Spaghetti, and Mike Musburger.