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.
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.
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.
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.
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(!?):)
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.
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
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…
And now the latest installment of John Gillanders’s continuingExtra 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…
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.