cassette culture

2009.03.29
art by Brian Lightbody in Mixtape: the Art of Cassette Culture

art by Brian Lightbody in Mixtape: the Art of Cassette Culture

The past few years have seen a resurgence of that antiquated and beloved media format, the cassette tape. This return to cassette is in part due to the zeitgeist of nostalgia that runs rampant in our culture and recycles hip about every 20 years or so. Many folks have been picking up on this return: designboom has a nice article about the art and culture of the cassette, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth edited Mix Tape: the Art of Cassette Culture in 2005. The November 08 Wire magazine contained a few articles about cassettes, notably about the mystique of Les Rallizes Dénudés cassettes and another on Black Metal’s cassette rituals. While preparing this post Portable Shrines synchronously stumbled into Flying Squirrel Pizza in Seattle, a pizza joint that loves mix tapes. So much in fact that they have created “The Flying Squirrel Pizza Mix Tape Challenge”…plus their pizza rocks.

The time is again now for those lovely little objects.

Also, in this resurgence something more is brewing, bands such as Wooden Shjips, Eternal Tapestry, and Du Hexen Hase are utilizing the cassette as a means of putting out new music. Labels are doing the same…Amateur Depression out of Florida is putting out some great stuff (Menthols and Nerve City among others). Anaheim based Burger Records is releasing kick ass albums on vinyl, cd and cassette tape and Best Kept Secret is an all tape label based out of Italy. I personally love having new releases in the format, there is something to the nostalgia…being able to pop a tape of something you have never heard before in your car stereo and just go…

So, having noticed this trend for a while I presented a couple of questions to some of these folks, asking what their reason were for using this format versus compact discs and if they thought this format will stick around as long as vinyl will… Read more…

mythical beast

2009.03.26

Awakened by a frightening pounding in the night, this mysterious submission was found nailed to the door of P.S. H.Q.

I couldn’t reccomend this one highly enough. The limited ed. LP just came out on Notnotfun or get the CD from Language of Stone

heavy happenings

2009.03.22

Above: Darwin of Treetarantula churns out another sweet poster

This week in Seattle: Wednesday March 25th @the Comet an international meeting of the mind-melters: Samsara Blues Experiment (heavy vibes from Germany), Nudity (Olympian space lords), Treetarantula (Seattle free rock freeks) and Backward Masks (slop-edelic void cruisers)

Then on Saturday…

Thanks to Emily Pothast for the poster

Thanks to Emily Pothast for the poster

Another Portable Shrines evening of visual-sounds at the Josephine in Ballard. Check out three of Seattle’s most intriguing new bands:  Midday Veil (celestial hierophany), This Blinding Light (white light spacemen), the Gribbles (mysterious soundtracks by former members of the Invisible Eyes, Levitations and Hart & the Hurricane).   Phantasmagoric liquid light installation by Portable Shrines.

josephine pictures

2009.03.21
kurt vile @ the josephine 3.12.09

kurt vile @ the josephine 3.12.09

the dutchess and the duke and donnie @ the josephine 3.12.09

the dutchess and the duke and donnie @ the josephine 3.12.09


Not pictured: the fabulous and dreamy Meg Baird of Espers

rags

2009.03.19

Rags was a San Francisco street fashion magazine active 1970-1971…thanks go to collective member Mari for sending this gem our way…

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to get her together

2009.03.12

2.26.09 Portable Shrines held a little freak out at the Blue Moon Tavern with Nice Smile, To Get Her Together (from portland,or) and Backward Masks…I was able to grab a couple of shots of the fabulously lo fi psych duo To Get Her Together…

seattle brothers and sisters…

2009.03.10

portable shrines highly recommends that you check out the josephine…thursday…march 12…

kurt vile
meg baird
the dutchess and the duke

2-D Soundwaves at Some Space Gallery

2009.03.04

These two Northwest artist/musicians seem to express the inherent visual and multi-dimensional aspects of music and sound in two dimensional works on paper and canvas. Or maybe its just me. Stop by Some Space on thursday for the opening and ceremonial beer tasting.
625 Ist Ave at Cherry St Seattle, WA 98104

Garek Druss- Guitar Amp and Stack of Wood, 2008, Watercolor, Graphite and Pen, 71 x 52\"

Garek Druss- Guitar Amp and Stack of Wood, 2008, Watercolor, Graphite and Pen, 71 x 52\


Cable Griffith- Orange Jungle, Redux, 2008, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72\"

Cable Griffith- Orange Jungle, Redux, 2008, Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 72\

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