Escalator night two- tonight!


What can I say? If you missed the 1st night of Escalator Fest last night you really effed-up. But you still have one chance to redeem yourself.
See you tonight.

Jeffertitti's Nile

Night Beats

Photos by Rena Bussinger

Escalator Fest preview


Here’s an enticing preview of Jeffertitti’s Nile- the 2nd band on Friday night’s Escalator Fest lineup. Creeping up from Topanga Canyon, Jeffertitti bring the late night hypno-vibes and write songs that sound like classics from the future. The show starts early (doors at 8PM first band goes on right at 9:00!)so don’t miss out

See below for the full details.

A User’s Guide to Escalator II


A&R guys take note: since their performances at last year’s inaugural Portable Shrines Escalator Fest, Portland’s Eternal Tapestry signed to Thrill Jockey Records, Brooklyn’s Prince Rama signed to Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label, and Bay Area-based Lumerians signed to Knitting Factory Records.  So if you’re wondering which underground psych acts are on the edge of breaking out this year, you might be well advised to take a gander at our lineup for Escalator II…

Friday, Oct. 22

(Jump to Saturday, Oct. 23)

Kicking off Night 1 of this year’s fest are trance-rock shamans This Blinding Light.  Inspired by magick, alchemy, and finding a surprisingly vast number of ways to use two chords to unite heaven and earth, This Blinding Light have quickly risen to prominence within Seattle’s underground psych scene over the past couple years.  TBL’s ritualistic jams are the perfect way to leave the earth behind, so make sure you get there in time to achieve proper liftoff.

This Blinding Light. Photo by Kelly O for The Stranger

Next up is Topanga, CA’s Jeffertitti’s Nile, whose music has been described as a “hypnotic river of sound” that transports the listener to “timeless dimensions.”  Believe the hype.  As soon as we saw this video for S L E E P T O N I G H T, we knew we had to get these guys to Seattle.

Jeffertitti’s Nile will be a tough act to follow, but if anyone can be confidently trusted with that task, it’s Seattle’s Night Beats.  Coming off a spring and summer of almost nonstop touring that included a performance at Austin Psych Fest as well as a number of other notable bills, plus a scorching 7″ on Chicago’s Trouble in Mind Records, Night Beats will bring it all back home with a set of dirty, drunken old-school psych.  Bring your dancing shoes.

Next up is Fullerton, CA’s Dahga Bloom, who have been touring like crazy on the west coast this fall despite having a van’s worth of gear stolen on Sept. 30th. (For a full list of the gear they’re missing, check their MySpace.)  Dahga Bloom’s debut studio LP fuses a stoney desert sensibility with krautrock rhythms and fragments of long lost carnival jams, perfect for carrying you into the evening’s climax.

Closing out the night will be Seattle’s Blood Red Dancers, who have been described by at least one concertgoer as “like The Doors, except good.”  Now, I like The Doors as much as the next head, but I gotta admit, that’s a pretty apt comparison.  It’s all about the Manzarek-esque organ, maaan, which tempers BRD’s balls-out rock-and-roll and gritty Tom Waitsish vocals with a loungey vibe that makes you feel like maybe you were knocked out in a beer brawl in 1972 and you’re just now coming to.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Saturday night promises a lineup of non-stop massive jams and epic drones, beginning with a “special transcontinental experience” with your friendly neighborhood experimental sound gurus Climax Golden Twins.  Expect the unexpected.

Next up is the first Seattle appearance by Edibles, Portland’s new “kosmische dub” project featuring Dewey Mahood from Eternal Tapestry.  Since issuing two extremely limited cassettes this year on Not Not Fun and Stunned Records, Edibles have built a cult following for their dank, sun-soaked jams.  Be the first on your block to know why!

Third on the evening’s agenda is a set of supreme grooves and glorious climaxes from Seattle’s shapeshifting psychonauts Midday Veil, hand-selected to send you “tumbling endorphin over endorphin into higher consciousness,” as The Stranger’s Dave Segal wrote in a recent review of the video Dumb Eyes directed for MV’s Asymptote II.  Rumor has it that the band will be in possession of advance copies of Eyes All Around, their debut studio full-length on the new Shrines-affiliated Translinguistic Other imprint (which you’ll be hearing a lot more about very soon…)

Are you exhausted yet?  Stay with us, because next up is Moon Duo, the side-project-turned-center-project of Wooden Shjips frontman (and perennial Shrines favorite) Erik “Ripley” Johnson and his partner Sanae Yamada.  Fresh from a year of US and European touring and wielding a widely heralded full-length on Woodsist,  Moon Duo promises to deliver a dronerific set of motorik grooves and synth ecstacy laced with hypnotic guitar washes and spaced out vocals.

Closing out the weekend’s festivities are local faves The Curious Mystery, who “blend Sixties-style psychedelia with American country-blues and garage experimentalism” to gorgeous, dreamy ends to help you come down easy.  If you listen closely, you might hear some fresh new tracks from We Creeling, The Mystery’s upcoming follow-up to 2009’s Rotting Slowly on K Records.

On top of the bands, there will be DJs in the lounge both nights (DJs Mamma Casserole and Papa Yod, DJ Mood Organ, Darwin Rodriguez, Clarita Hinojosa, Jermaine Blair and Garek Druss), plus phantasmagoric projections from Portable Shrines, Dumb Eyes, Darlene Nordyke, Ellie DiCola and David Golightly.  What more could you possibly want in a party?!  Advance passes to Escalator are a recession-friendly $18 (cover will be $12 each night at the door). Get yours now via

See y’all this weekend!



melt your mind at cairo


Another year another Expo. That’s what they call it anyhow. Looks like a great big slew of cool n’ inneresting bands crammed into two tiny spaces on Capitol Hill for your enjoyment. This weekend…

Friday (Cairo and Indian Summer)
6 pm – Megabats (Cairo)
6:45 pm – Secret Colors (Cairo)
7:30 pm – Stephanie (Cairo)
8:15 pm – Tiny Light (Cairo)
9:00 pm – USF (Cairo)
9:30 pm – Love Tan (Indian Summer)
10:00 pm – Flexions (Cairo)
10:30 pm – Films (Indian Summer)

Saturday, October 16th (Cairo and Indian Summer)

5:00 pm – M. Women @ Cairo
5:45 pm – King Dude @ Cairo
6:30 pm – Witch Gardens @ Cairo
7:15 pm – ASSS (portland) @ Cairo
8:00 pm – Broken Water (olympia) @ Cairo
8:30 pm – Le Sang Song @ Indian Summer (corner of summit and mercer)
9:00 pm – Soft Metals (portland) @ Cairo
9:30 pm – Charles Leo Gebhardt IV @ Indian Summer
10:00 pm – Wet Paint

Plan Ahead


ESCALATOR FEST II is mere days away, do you have your passes?

For a limited time only two-day passes are only $18 ($12 per day at the door, son).

October 22-23: A visionary musical journey -10 amazing bands over two nights, phantasmagoric art and projections to catalyze your consciousness and Seattle’s best psych DJs spinning records all night in the lounge.  See HERE for more info OK?

Tonight: Oregon Painting Society


Oregon Painting Society - Basement Freek

Portland-based multimedia art collective Oregon Painting Society are putting on an all-night happening tonight at the Hedreen Gallery, marking the final installment in Face Time, the series of artist sleepovers hosted by the gallery.  (Remember Hair and Space Museum’s all night performance last month?  Same series.)

We have no idea what they have planned, but we trust that it will be highly worth your time. Drop in any time between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Categories : Art  Events



This Thursday night marks the first intersection of the eternal DODECATHEDRAL with terrestrial space time.

At the Josephine, this Thursday Oct. 7, twelve local musician/improvisers (including members of Midday Veil, Tiny Light, Diminished Men, Dull Knife, Geist and the Sacred Ensemble, Stella Haze, and the Melbatones) will form a 12-sided, zodiacally-inspired human cathedral to the Supreme Deity of Sound.

Rounding out the bill will be the sonically adventurous OABL (M. Geddes Gengras of Robedoor/Pocahaunted + Caitlin Mitchell from LA) and Tristan Dahn (on tour from PA). (Check out the first recording from OABL here.)

Show starts at 9 p.m.

OABL - Tristan Dahn

the room is in you


Freaky record party Wednesday 10/6 at the Living Room with DJ Eye, Mamma Casserole and Papa Yod sharing some treasures from their vinyl vaults. Phantasmagorical synesthesia, and audio visual incantations every 1st & 3rd Wednesday. If you haven’t checked it out yet you oughtta.



October 22-23 at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery

For more info go here