So, this is pretty cool…


Selections From The Visual Chinatown of Davidope from Dumb Eyes on Vimeo.

Take some time out of your busy schedule to gaze into the void. (((WATCH FULL SCREEN OR DON’T BOTHER))) -via I Want You

Also while were at it, this is a nice jam circa late 90’s by Octal aka Jeff from Magnog-



Tonight our regularly scheduled Portable Shrines DJ party at The Living Room has been commandeered by zodiacal forces in celebration of the birthdays of no less than five Aries-Taurus cuspers in our ranks.

As fiery as they are earthy, Arietaurs are creative doers. They have passion AND pragmatism. They dream big AND they make things happen.

Party starts at 9 pm.  DJs One Eye, Wonderbeard, and Veins, plus the lovely Ellie Dicola and Clarita Hinojosa will be kicking out the cosmic jams for your enjoyment.

!!! RECORD STORE DAY 2011 !!!


Record Store Day 2011 is only a few hours away, and this year’s RSD is shaping up to be the best one yet,  since it marks the official release date of our Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. I.

Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. I

As you probably already know, PSMST vol. I is the first ever Portable Shrines Collective compilation, a limited-edition gatefold masterpiece featuring 2 LPs packed with music and artwork by 18 of the headiest bands out there, released by the new Shrines-affiliated label Translinguistic Other and distributed by the awesome folks at Light in the Attic Records.  If you didn’t score a copy at our release party at the Lo-Fi, tomorrow is your chance to support your local record store and snap one up before they’re gone forever.

Portable Shrines compilations

Simon Henneman – Black Magic and Moustache


Thanks to everyone who came out to an awesome show last night at the Funhouse!

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of the smoky, mysterious soundtracks of Diminished Men, you might want to check out the release party tonight for Simon Henneman’s solo record Black Magic and Moustache, available now via Hisham Mayet’s Assophon imprint.  Originally released as a limited-run CD in 2006, Black Magic and Moustache is a glimpse into the jazz-infused compositional prowess of Diminished Men bassist and multi-instrumentalist Simon Henneman.  Dave Segal just gave the record a glowing review in The Stranger.

The LP release party features performances by Wah Wah Exit Wound, Bad Luck, Contraband Country Band and Simon’s duo with drummer Gregg Keplinger (plus a special appearance by Simon’s son Satchel Henneman.)  All of the bands will be playing two “cover songs” from Simon’s record in addition to their own sets. At the Josephine, 608 NW 65th.  Facebook event here.

Simon Henneman




Hey folks this Friday before their show at the Funhouse summertime drone rockers Moon Duo will be playing a set live on KEXP at 4PM. Listen at 90.3 FM in Seattle & worldwide at KEXP.ORG. And dig the new vid for Mazes below.

Moon Duo – Mazes (Official Video) from City Slang on Vimeo.

Also bringing you the sonic nectar your ears require for health and vigor will be Young Prisms (from SF), Diminished Men (hear them on the new Portable Shrines comp LP!) and Airport (Jayson Kochan of Midday Veil).

Young Prisms – These Daze from EyeBodega on Vimeo.



Ruthann Friedman and Fort King


Thanks to everyone who came out to our record release show at the Lo-Fi last night! Photos and videos on the way…

Meanwhile there’s lots more live music to experience this week. Psychedelic songstress Ruthann Friedman is playing a matinee show at the Comet this afternoon at 4!

Ruthann’s album Constant Companion (1969) is a folk gem and she wrote “Windy,” The Association’s 1967 #1 hit. Van Dyke Parks and John Mueller (The Mumlers) produced her as yet unreleased new album, and Drag City just put out a 7″. Ruthann is featured in Lauren Dukoff’s book, Family, with Devendra Banhart and others she has influenced in the LA folk scene.

She will also be playing tomorrow night (Monday, April 4) at the Rendezvous with fellow Los Angeles folkies Fort King, who are touring behind a current Townes Van Zandt tribute CD with J. Tillman and a debut album on Autumn Ferment Records (Scotland/UK).

Rounding out the bill at the Rendezvous will be a screening of Seattle artist Stefan Gruber‘s animated work “Both Worlds.” Facebook invite here.

Ruthann Friedman/Fort King

Prince Rama/Eternal Tapestry


Yes, this Saturday… (see below)

Prince Rama, in from Brooklyn for a recording session with mystic audio guru Scott Colburn have always thrilled us. You don’t wanna miss this ‘un…

…And Eternal Tapestry whose new album on Thrill Jockey is getting rave reviews. Deservedly so, it’s their best to date refining their sound to a hazy perfection.
See below for all the details….