Album Reviews

City Center: Redeemer [Album Review]

Fred Thomas and Ryan Howard, the duo behind City Center, are set to give us their debut full-length, Redeemer. Their slightly reverb-laden dream pop is sometimes electro-infused, sometimes as lo-fi as the band’s K Records brethren. The album is a reflection on youth from one in the throws of growing up, an attempt to understand… Continue reading City Center: Redeemer [Album Review]


Lake: Within/Without [Video]

Olympia band Lake returns this year with a new album called Giving And Receiving. If you like what you heard from their past few releases, including the phenomenal Let’s Build A Roof from 2009, you’ll dig this one. It has a pleasant mix of upbeat pop songs and chill mellow ones. “Within/Without” finds somewhat of… Continue reading Lake: Within/Without [Video]

Album Reviews

Jeremy Jay: Dream Diary [Album Review]

Jeremy Jay debuted on the scene in 2007 with singles for Airwalker and We Were There. I snagged both of those at the time, and I really enjoyed them. His debut LP, A Place Where We Could Go, too, was impressive. He then released a few more LPs and a few more singles, and that… Continue reading Jeremy Jay: Dream Diary [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Lake: You Are Alone b/w Higher Than Merry [Single Review]

I instantly fell in love with Lake upon first hearing them open for Microphones and Karl Blau at the final show of Anacortes’s cherished Department Of Safety. That I hadn’t heard them before was the shocking item, being they share a hometown with K Records and also release their albums on the label. Lake’s dreamy… Continue reading Lake: You Are Alone b/w Higher Than Merry [Single Review]

Song Reviews

The Hive Dwellers: Get In [mp3]

Throw Calvin Johnson into the mix, and, no matter what situation presents itself, it’ll always be a little awkward. That might come out wrong, but it shouldn’t. He is, in all aspects of the word, cool. When I saw him front The Hive Dwellers at the Anacortes What The Heck? Fest (the above photo was… Continue reading The Hive Dwellers: Get In [mp3]

Live Reviews

Microphones: Anacortes, WA [2010.01.30]

You’re nuts if you pass up a chance to see Microphones perform live. After all, they’re typically billed as Mount Eerie these days. Essentially, they’re the same band and the music they make is, for lack of a better term, eerily similar. For the final performance Department of Safety would ever have, Microphones were the… Continue reading Microphones: Anacortes, WA [2010.01.30]

Live Reviews

LAKE: Anacortes, WA [2010.01.30]

LAKE may only have played about 5 or 6 songs, but over that brief period of time they entranced the audience. Blending a lo-fi garage sound with psychedelic pop, the Olympia band was the first to perform at Department of Safety’s farewell show. With various synths and the clash of male/female vocals, LAKE demonstrated versatility… Continue reading LAKE: Anacortes, WA [2010.01.30]

Album Reviews

Jeremy Jay: Breaking The Ice [7″ Review]

Jeremy Jay is an old soul. His young demeanor, as pictured on the cover of this lovely single, is much more mature than his age. Similarly, the music he makes spans an age much greater than his. The songs, while not necessarily theatrical, have a vivid visual element to them that assists in creating a… Continue reading Jeremy Jay: Breaking The Ice [7″ Review]