E*S*C*A*L*A*T*O*R F*E*S*T

2009.09.24

THE TIME IS NOW!

Dance Party Revival 6 – Lumerians from lumerians on Vimeo.

HERE’S THE FULL SCHEDULE-
The Portable Shrines Collective ESCALATOR FEST “Two Nights of Mind-Manifesting Music” in Seattle 9.25.09 at the Lo-Fi Gallery (21+) and 9.26.09 at the Vera Project (all ages). Projections by Portable Shrines and Sun Eye and art by local artists. To the best of our knowledge all times listed are exact so don’t be late and miss out!

Friday, September 25, 2009 8pm-2am @ Lo-Fi Performance Gallery 21+, $15

  • Lumerians12:30- San Francisco space rockers blew our minds last year and we can’t wait for them to do it again.
  • Jackie-O Motherfucker - 11:30-12:15 Highly regarded outsider free folk collective from Portland, known for their experimental take on traditional sounds.
  • Kinski10:30-11:15 Seattle’s premier avant-rock quartet have traveled the world and and can always be counted on to paint heavy sound pictures.
  • Purple Rhinestone Eagle9:45-10:15 Three heavy females who conjure mystic sounds bringing to mind early Hawkwind and Sabbath.
  • Treetarantula9-9:30 Mind-altering scuzz n’ fuzz from Seattle lords of psychedelic doom.
  • Psychedelic dance party all night in the front lounge with DJ Randy Travis, DJ Jermaine and DJ Mamma Casserole

Saturday, September 26, 2009 5pm-12am @ The Vera Project all ages, $15
Non-stop music and projections all day in the front room and mainstage

  • Wooden Shjips – 10:45 Drone you can dance to from San Francisco’s masters of motorik fuzz-beat. These guys seem to play every cool festival on earth and it’s an honor to have them at Escalator. You don’t want to miss this.
  • Eternal Tapestry – 10:00 Soul-shattering psychedelic kraut-blues from Portland always spewing out great records and CD-rs.
  • Prince Rama of Ayodhya – 9:30 Traveling yoga-punks from an ancient realm bring cosmic sounds to the fucked up children.
  • The Slaves – 9:00 A blissful nightmare in slo-mo like an AM radio falling down a bottomless chasm. Can’t wait.
  • Midday Veil – 8:30 Ecstatic soundtracks for beatific visions from Seattle-based star children.
  • Geist & the Sacred Ensemble8:00 Mystery rhythms and shaman songs from this local group whose ritualistic performances keep getting better.
  • Story of Rats – 7:30 Visual and sound artist Garek Druss builds deeply textured walls of amplification for your enjoyment.
  • oKo yOnO – 7:00 Reverberous soundtracks to start your vision quest.
  • Cloaks – 6:30 Portland purveyors of mutated crypto-funk space elevator muzak.
  • Lord Jeff – 6:00 East Coast weirdo folk fuzz with a new album on Ecstatic Peace. Keep the freaks rollin.

And thanks a million to the delicious Post Alley Pizza!!

Extra Dimensional

2009.09.23

by John Gillanders…

“Art is magick because art transforms consciousness”
Alan Moore

The above nugget of cosmic wisdom was culled from the documentary:  The Mindscape of Alan Moore, which was released on DVD stateside in 2008 to little fanfare. When I just checked, there were exactly two holds placed on said movie at the public library, whereas comparatively the Watchmen DVD had nearly a thousand. Which is really too bad, and kind of a reflection on how we want the body of our art and not always the mind. To be honest, I ran out and saw Watchmen on opening weekend back in March and banished Mindscape to the bottom of my ever expanding Netflix cue before just getting around to finally checking it out last month.

If I were to recommend a cogent introduction to so called magickal thought, I’d suggest this to anyone far more than actually reading anything Aleister Crowley’s written (which I’m still yet to get much out of) – which is kind of the aberrant thing with magickal writing. Whereas, people like Austin Osman Spare and Crowley are often seen as the forefathers of western magickal thought, I’ve personally found it far more beneficial to read other’s interpretation of their work rather than hearing it directly from their own mouths. In fact, it was actually attempting to read Crowley that turned me off to all things magick for years.

Read more…

E.Tap’s Cosmic Dream

2009.09.23

The Eternal Tapestry are some pretty cool dudes. They must be cause they just released a 2nd album on Notnotfun (The Invisible Landscape) and more or less simultaneously did another for Three Lobed Recordings (Palace of the Night Skies). And they just got featured in Pitchfork’s Forkcast (which must mean they’re cool dudes, uh right?) But coolest of all THEY ARE PLAYING ESCALATOR FEST THIS SATURDAY 9/26 AT THE VERA PROJECT!! Go HERE for detailed times and info…


The Slaves!

2009.09.21

The Slaves are currently on tour with Cloaks and will be playing ESCALATOR FEST Saturday 9/26 at the Vera Project.

Thanks once again go to Adam Svenson for the interviewing. Take it away Adam-

The Slaves exist at a juncture of the past and the future. This Portland two-piece
conjure up a cough syrup collusion between sweet crooning AM radio vocals and hazy
keyboards and slow time signatures. There is a beauty and darkness in their sound
that reflects their love of 50′s pop and modern noise and Goth musical moves, and a
record of theirs would not be out of place in the 4AD catalogue or placed during
the end credits of a harrowing foreign film. Sit back and let your mind wash down
the twilight river pouring forth from the Slaves.

Who are The Slaves and where do you come from?

The Slaves are Birch Cooper and Barbara Kinzle and we’re both from the Northwest.
I (Birch) grew up in Alaska, until I moved to the “greater Portland area” (AKA
Forest Grove) where Barbara and I went to high school together. After that Barbara
went to Portland and I went to Olympia. I’ve lived in Portland now for about 2
years.

You used to be an improv / noise band before morphing into a more structured
format…is there still a element of improvisation when you record and play live?

Improvisation is an important part of our music. We do have structures to our
songs, but they are really reliant on the energy of the moment, which is the main
thing that I like about improvisation.

Was the progression from a free-form approach to song-based pretty natural?

Yeah, ever since “The Slaves” really came into being, we’ve mixed the two, and
that’s what has come most naturally to us. We really started structuring our music
when we had the idea to try and blend “drone” and “noise” with “50′s rock/pop”.

Do the songs come out of improvisations or is the structure there before recording
them?

Well, we don’t really think of recordings as the ultimate way for a song to exist,
we think of them as being equal to a live song. Our songs come out of
improvisation, and then we develop structures from that, but the songs tend to keep
on changing after we record them.

If someone described your sound using the words “Twin Peaks” and “4AD”, would you
walk away, shaking your head with disgust?

We definitely consider David Lynch an influence. Juliee Cruise and Angelo
Badalamenti, too. I think that this answer is going to bleed into the next
question.

How about “cough syrup” and “Suicide (the band)”?

We love Suicide and we love This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins. I’m not crazy about
the Suicide comparison, though, if only because I feel like the commonalities
between our music are the result of us deciding to mix certain elements that are
also mixed in Suicide, rather than trying to follow in Suicides footsteps. I do
think that it’s pretty honest to say that we are aware of those bands, though, and
we have been affected by them.
Song to the Siren was kind of a gateway for us. We first heard it in “Lost Highway”
and were blown away, enough so that we decided to cover it, and i think that the
song has had a lasting impact on our band. Also, Alan Vegas collaboration with
Pansonic and Bruce Springsteens cover of “Dream Baby Dream” are important ones.
I think a lot of our sound comes from Barbara’s child hood love of new age music,
in combination with all the other stuff. 50′s rock, surf rock (especially Beach
Boys), free noise, composed noise, goth, industrial music, drone music, black
metal, contemporary pop/hip hop, amazing pop, 90′s rap, Neil Young “Trans”.
After getting really into noise music, I got really into pop music. I was very
interested in extreme music, and I think that The Slaves have always strove for
the extreme qualities of pop music. The helplessness and the power…
Actually, I like the “cough syrup” comparison the best. When we play I often try
to imagine that we are moving incredibly fast and incredibly slow at the same time,
in kind of a frozen moment of speed. I’ve never actually tripped on cough syrup
though….

You have a self-released CD out…any new releases coming out soon?

We are just completing our new release called “Grey Angel”! We’re putting it out
ourselves on tape and CDR. We’re really excited about it.. it’s definitely the
best sounding recordings that I’ve ever done.

Would you consider your music psychedelic?

What a question! I think that all music is psychedelic on a basic level. But I
would say that we try to hone in on the deep dark parts of human experience, and
for me that is a very psychedelic space.

burning mirrors

2009.09.17

Luminaries of the Frisco psych scene known by earth dwellers as the LUMERIANS just sent us a new unreleased track called Burning Mirrors. Check it out HERE. It will burn your MIND! (in a good way). They’re playing one week from now at ESCALATOR Fest -Friday 9/25 at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery! Check out the site it is newly updated…

With the Fest coming up fast I just wanted to take the opportunity to give a holler out to all the friends and cool folks who have lent us a hand in a million different ways and come out to the shows, making the happenings happen. It’s always a pleasant soo-prize. Hope to see you all next weekend, it’s going to be AMAZING, an event not to be missed… (also thanks to the unimpeachable Arthur Blog for the plug last week)

ripley intrvw

2009.09.14

Midday Veil’s Emily Pothast interviews Ripley Johnson from Wooden Shjips (playing Escalator Fest 9/26!)

As the frontman for San Francisco’s venerable Wooden Shjips and a co-organizer of the annual Frisco Freakout festival, the unassuming Ripley Johnson is a leading figure in one of the most exciting psych scenes in the U.S. Emily from Midday Veil caught up with Ripley as the Shjips were returning to the states from their most recent European tour and asked him a few questions via email about music, inspiration, and scene building.

How did you guys get your start musically? What made you decide to come together as Wooden Shjips?

We were all friends already. Nash and I were part of an earlier Shjips lineup. That broke up and we recruited Dusty and Omar, who were each looking for a project.

Reviews of rock bands always seem to include checklists of other artists that have had an influence on the band’s sound. One thing I appreciate about you guys is that while there are the obvious rock influences, there are also elements of trance and minimalism and other things that cut across the usual genres. What bands and artists would you say have had the biggest influence on Wooden Shjips? How about the most unexpected influence?

Probably someone like Arthur Doyle. I was deep into a free jazz phase whenthe Shjips idea was hatched. I don’t think it necessarily comes through in the music, but the freedom and creativity and seriousness of that music was and is a big influence on me. Others would be Sonny Sharrock, Masayuki Takayanagi, Joe McPhee, Noah Howard, Sun Ra, Rashied Ali (RIP), etc… Beyond jazz, some of the big influences were Trad Gras och Stenar, Ash Ra Tempel, Les Rallizes Denudes, Link Wray, The Seeds, Stooges, VU, and on and on.

Wow, that’s quite a list. Who is making music currently that you dig?
We’re going on tour in November…got any good road jams to suggest for us?

Let’s look at the pile. Sun Araw, Cave, Teenage Panzerkorps, Tinariwen, Kurt Vile. The new Blues Control. The Mirrors and Chrissy Zebby Tembo LP reissues have been on the turntable a lot. I always bring some Neil Young on the road.

Speaking of touring, you guys have spent a lot of time on the road this year in the U.S. and Europe. Has the experience of touring informed what you’re doing musically? Coming across new outside influences, perhaps?

I’m not sure yet. We’ll see what we write after being home for a while. It certainly energizes and inspires us, meeting lots of people, learning new things. But most of the time is spent moving, so perhaps that will have the biggest influence.

The kids get down to the sound of the Shjips

The kids get down to the sound of the Shjips

Last year David [Golightly, my bandmate] and I saw you guys at Terrastock, as well as the first annual Frisco Freakout, which you co-organized. One thing that appeals to me about these kinds of festivals is the sense of camaraderie they seem to foster among musicians and fans. I read the interview from the SF Weekly last year where you talk about the isolation ofthe information age, and your goal of bringing people together and
tightening up the local scene through the Freakout. Portable Shrines was formed for this same reason, and it’s what inspired me to get involved. I was wondering if you think there’s a connection between this
community-building impulse and the tendency to play and enjoy psych music. You are now in the position where other organizers, promoters and scene-builders look up to what you’ve accomplished in that arena as well.
How does this role fit into your practice of making music? And how do you find time to sleep?!

That’s kind of you to say. I see it as fairly separate from my role as a musician. I’m not a natural organizer but I’ve been inspired by others who make things happen out of nothing. I’m not sure there’s any connection to psych music, though there is the rich history of happenings, street theater, concerts in parks, all of the Diggers activities. I’m certainly inspired by all of that. Maybe there is a connection!

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us. We’re looking forward to getting our minds blown once again in September!

Thanks. Look forward to seeing you at the fest.

ESCALATOR!

2009.09.10


Two nights of mind-manifesting art, music and happenings.

Escalator Fest September 25-26 For advance tickets and info go HERE.

Psychrockdanceparty 9/9/9

2009.09.08


This wed. 9/9/09 @the Moe Bar (next to Neumo’s)1425 10th Ave Seattle

Crazy record party w/ DJ Mamma Casserole, DJ Darjeeling and DJ Eye. Funky Fuzz and international klassiks new and old. Sound paintings for your ear-holes. We’ll be sampling cuts from some of the upcoming Escalator Fest folks so be sure and join us to spread the good word.
Also I just wanted take the opportunity to say THANKS to all the fine folks who’ve been coming out to all the P.S. events and making all this mess a success of sorts. For the record we’re still just doing this for the love so it’s always a big inspiration when somebody comes up to us to say “hey, right the fuck on” or words to that effect. We may be a little weird but we’re not so bad. Stop by and say HI…

bitchin rocknroll weekend

2009.09.03

Sat. 9/5  9pm  at the Funhouse 206 5th ave.  Davila 666 (from Puerto Rico!), Mannequin Men (from Chicago), Idle Times,  Backward Masks(last show EVER?)

Then Sunday 9/6 7pm at the Georgetown Morgue(all ages) Davila 666, Mannequin Men, Coconut Coolouts, Sandy City

ALSO* portableshrines DJing at the Moe Bar this wed. 9/9/09!!