Enter the glowing tree house


Some exciting things coming up! Escalator Fest II Oct. 22-23rd, a really amazing Portable Shrines compilation LP coming soon. But first things first…

Thanks to everyone who came out to the first Magic Sound Theatre DJ night and thanks to all the fine folks at the Living Room for helping us put it on. Super good vibes and pleasant atmosphere all around. And to all of ya’ll what missed it, we’re doing it again!

This Wednesday 9/29 at the Living Room on Capitol Hill- Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre psych DJ night. DJ Eye and Garek Druss will heal you with the transformational power of vinyl. Phantasmagorical synesthesia, and audio visual incantations every other Wednesday.

om namo shivaya


Thursday 9/23 at the Vera Project

Deakin (Animal Collective)
Prince Rama
Tiny Light

Doors open 7:30 all-ages

Hair and Space Museum – A Double Rainbow in Curved Air


Last Saturday night, cosmic duo Hair and Space Museum (a.k.a. Emily and David from Midday Veil) gave an all-night performance to a roomful of drone fiends camped out in sleeping bags at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery. Inspired in part by Terry Riley’s legendary All-Night Flights of the late 1960s, the duo’s piece A Double Rainbow in Curved Air consisted of a continuous 12-hour minimalist improvisation paired with a non-repeating stream of kaleidoscopic video projections derived from the Double Rainbow YouTube sensation.

Here are a couple of video excerpts from the evening’s performance.



This Thursday 9/23 Prince Rama return to the Vera Project almost exactly one year after their appearance at last year’s Escalator Fest (we are ahead of the curve as usual), this time with Deakin of Animal Collective. The AC’s Paw Tracks label has also released Prince Rama’s latest album Shadow Temple.

Come down and celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. The show is all ages. Tiny Light will be opening.

Check out a new track by Prince Rama- Lightening Fossil

Deakin being accompanied by Prince Rama

Happening(s) this weekend: Debacle Fest, White Hills, Esoteric Book Conference, Double Rainbow in Curved Air


This weekend of the autumnal equinox is packed with esoteric wonders. Whatever you do, don’t stay at home! Go check out:

Tonight and tomorrow night (9/17-9/18) at the Josephine, Debacle Fest returns with a smorgasboard of experimental, drone, dark, out sounds including Dull Knife, Renee Hell, John Wiese, Yellow Swans’ Pete Swanson, Brain Fruit, Megabats, Thunder Grey Pilgrim, Du Hexen Hase, and Matt Carlson.

Three Quarters by WHITE HILLS from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Saturday 9/18, at the Sunset Tavern: Brooklyn psych-rock gods White Hills touch down in Seattle for the first time to perform with two of Seattle’s most exciting up-and-coming bands, Night Beats and This Blinding Light.

Also Saturday 9/18-Sunday 9/19: the Esoteric Book Conference, hosted by esteemed Ouroboros Press, returns to Seattle Center featuring a huge selection of, well, esoteric, occult, hermetic, magickal, alchemical, and otherwise mysterious books, art, and people.  Performing Saturday night will be Seattle’s psychick tour-de-force Master Musicians of Bukkake with instrumental and chamber arrangements of material from their recent album Totem II.

Bridging the deep dark gap between the days of the Esoteric Book Conference, Emily Pothast and David Golightly of Midday Veil will be performing the all-night deep cosmic drone piece A Double Rainbow in Curved Air as part of the Face Time artist series hosted by the Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University on Capitol Hill. The show starts at 8 pm and lasts until 8 am, but you’re free to show up or leave any time.  Bring a pillow and a blanket.



Wednesday 9/15 at the Living Room on Capitol Hill the first Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre psych DJ night with this weeks guest DJs Emily Pothast, David Golightly and Timm “Mood Organ” Mason of  Midday Veil. Phantasmagorical synesthesia, and audio visual incantations every other Wednesday until they ask us to stop.  Come get down.  Free.



Oh by the way… The 2nd ESCALATOR FEST lineup is complete! Two nights at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery  429 Eastlake Ave. E. Seattle, WA

Friday October 22nd-

Blood Red Dancers, Dahga Bloom, Night Beats, Jeffertitti’s Nile, This Blinding Light

Saturday October 23rd-

Curious Mystery, Moon Duo, Midday Veil, Edibles, Climax Golden Twins

Psych DJs all night in the lounge, phantasmic visual stimulation by Portable Shrines, Dumb Eyes and other local artists. Stay tuned. More info to come…

never forget


Not really sure what took em so long but Detroit MI skronk-lords the Gories have finally broken their 18 (?)year vow to never play again and will hit the Northwest for probably the 1st time ever this weekend. For those who enjoy their soul music with plenty of Metal Machine Music thrown in. At Neumo’s Saturday with Haunted George and Nice Smile(!?):)

Who Brought The Alley Inside?


The  mysterious Max Clotfelter creator of the popular Alligator Milk brand funnybook will be sharing his post-end times visions this month at Wall of Sound.  Stop by for the opening on Friday September 10th.  Rumor has it there will be close to a hundred new works by Clotfelter and I hear these charming little nightmares are priced to sell so don’t miss out.  Also check out the quite awesome Profanity Hill indie comix distro for more work by Max and tons of other cool shit new and old. Who knew you could still get brand new copies of Jim Blanchard’s eye-melting underground classic Retina Damage? Dig up on it.

Barn Owl has a few things brewing…


Their release Ancestral Star is hitting the shelves 11/02/10 and right now there is an MP3 and a video to check out for the “Light from the Mesa” single.

“Light from the Mesa” mp3

Barn Owl – Light from the Mesa from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Also there’s a tour planned for the fall…

Oct 29  Berkeley, CA    The Berkeley Art Museum
Nov 16  Boston, MA      PA’s Lounge w/High Aura’d, MV & EE, The Body
Nov 17  Providence, RI  AS220 w/High Aura’d, Arcing, The Bod
Nov 18  Brooklyn, NY    Issue Project Room w/High Aura’d, Tom Carter
Nov 19  Philadelphia, PA        Highwire Gallery w/High Aura’d, Steve Gunn, Meg Baird
Nov 20  Cincinnatti, OH Art Damage Lodge w/High Aura’d, Pete Fosco
Nov 21  Chicago, IL     The Hideout w/High Aura’d, David Daniell, Scott Tuma

the room is alive


Starting 9/15 and continuing every other Wednesday night at 9pm Portable Shrines will be hosting a night of phantasmagoric sights and sounds at the Living Room on Capitol Hill (where the Anne Bonny used to be) revolving guest DJs, light shows and out of body experiences guaranteed or your money back. Well actually it’s free…



Little Gold (NYC)~Tiny Light~Dull Knife (as a trio)

Little Gold is Christian De Roeck (formerly of Woods/Meneguar), Brian Markham (Ancient Sky, ex- Ear Venom & Dull Knife) and Pat Broderick (Ancient Sky, ex- Majority Rule!)


Little Gold – “Bird’s Eye” – Le Loft Rooftop from DUKE STREET on Vimeo

Extra Dimensional


And now the latest installment of John Gillanders’s continuing Extra Dimensional. Recently Mr. Gillanders was  featured on the weird and irreverent Paratopia, a podcast which takes a controversial look at high strangeness and the paranormal. Check it out here.

When I found her she was huddled on a bed in the basement bedroom, laughing and crying simultaneously – it was quite a peculiar spectacle. They hadn’t held anything back with her, and I should have seen it coming. She was addicted to order, which is why she made such a formidable counterpart. There are holes missing from my brain, she helped fill in the gaps while my mind constantly drifted skyward. We made perfect sense in that quintessential odd couple kind of way. But letting go in the manner necessary to enjoy a hallucinogenic frenzy was probably beyond her current capabilities. I should have known this. If you resist the wave, it beats you into the rocks, and they’d been beating her for a while now. She was sick to her stomach, and one of those people that has problems letting go enough to vomit, so it tormented her internally. But there was more going on. There’d been a level of communiqué afoot. As she stared in the basement mirror something from within forced her to contemplate her self perception, and acknowledge her own distorted self image.  Read more…

Hawkwind tribute album due out September 27


Excellent new compilation “In Search of Hawkwind” coming out September 27 by UK label Critical Mass featuring an excellent lineup including Seattle rock giants Kinski and Mudhoney and CO-based Portable Shrines veterans Moon Duo, as well as great international acts like Acid Mothers Temple, White Hills,  Bardo Pond, and more. Keep an eye out! White Hills play Seattle at the Sunset Tavern on Saturday, September 18; Moon Duo return to Seattle for Escalator Fest 2010 on October 22-23.

Photos from Escalator Fest 2009


Just got a batch of excellent photos from Andrea Brunson, who documented Escalator Fest 2009 at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery and the Vera Project. Escalator Fest returns in 2010 on October 22 and 23 at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery in Seattle, WA.

Lumerians @ the Lo-Fi
Lumerians @ the Lo-Fi

Treetarantula @ the Lo-Fi
Treetarantula @ the Lo-Fi

Lots more photos after the jump.

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