Author Archives: Bart Cameron

Attempting to Capture Lightning: Casey Ruff and the Mayors of Ballard

Casey Ruff – Pomp and Circumstance (2014, self-released) You know Casey Ruff before you know him. The honest bartender, the dude who looks the same at 2 AM as 11 AM, who will speak freely, and humorously, at any time.  … Continue reading

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No Longer Local: Virgin of the Birds Ready for the Big Stage with Winter Seeds

Virgin of the Birds – Winter Seeds (2014, Abandoned Love Records/Song, By Toad) We were watching a Ball of Wax show, arms folded and quiet, like proper Seattle concertgoers, and there had been some high level musicianship from someone who … Continue reading

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Marc Laurick’s Thesis on Album-oriented Rock: tourbillons

Marc Laurick – tourbillons (2013, self-released) Marc Laurick is part of the rhythm section for a growing number of Seattle-based musicians– something like a contemporary Leland Sklar of The Section. I can’t think of how many songwriters he’s sat in … Continue reading

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Comets Flame Out: Empathy Loses to Nostalgia in Seattle as We Lose a Landmark and a Big Piece of our Humanity

Transplants to Seattle, at least normal transplants, (people who like conversation with humans and not conversation with mountain trails or, I’ll say it, bored baristas pointing at tip jars) get miserable quick. My wife and I moved to the Capitol … Continue reading

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The Smiths and The Cure to Provide Health Care Coverage: Lino Fernandez Fundraiser November 1 at Sunset Tavern

While one really doesn’t need a reason to celebrate Robert Smith and Morrissey, the sheer insanity of existence in Seattle Washington in 2012 has allowed a perfect cause. Lino Fernandez, a friend to quite a few in this town as … Continue reading

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Brite Lines Enter the Workshop

As Columbia City turns into the Lower East Side of Seattle, (with I guess Tacoma serving as our Brooklyn), the scene at Columbia City Theater gets more and more compelling. That’s where I found Brite Lines singer Zach Gore– enthusiastic … Continue reading

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Big Boy Music: Fort Union Has Made the Album of the Summer for Anyone over 30

Fort Union – self-titled (2012, self-released) I thought I had the wrong album, truthfully. The opening chord pattern played on an atmospheric synth without rhythm or resolution seems like it could go forever. But somehow, it segues into an arpeggiated … Continue reading

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Blues Revival through Seattle: GravelRoad Carrying on Harry Smith’s legacy

On April 6, 2012, two different strands of the newest blues movements will be on display in Seattle. Seattle’s own GravelRoad, promoting their excellent progressive/ acid blues album Psychedelta, will be at the Funhouse, and Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango, whom … Continue reading

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Man, Manifesto, Waitress: Sam Russell at Columbia City Theater

It’s not that I want Seattle to change. But one day I’m listening to a damn good alt bluegrass band called Creeping Time at Conor Byrne when a herky jerky hirsute man jumps onto stage and belts out the beginning … Continue reading

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Iceland Airwaves Part 2: Gimaldin, Megas and Playing for Festivals

Iceland Airwaves is getting big coverage in Seattle this year. Listening in, you may have a few thoughts: 1) damn, that sounds like fun, and 2) isn’t it slightly unfair that hundreds of local bands can’t get coverage, while obscure … Continue reading

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