Arts & Entertainment

Candidt “Imaginery Stereo”

K Records - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 12:22am
Oldominion MC Candidt on stage at Neumos, Seattle, WA; “ALL the homies parlay through the day and end the night! ‘Imaginary Stereo’ is about sticking to your dreams and aspirations -Nevermind what they say. Rock wit it!” Candidt makes appearances on two songs from All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] NW hip hop compilation released Nov. […]
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Olympia Library Goes Sub Pop!

K Records - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:58pm
Yesterday the Downtown Olympia branch of the Timberland Regional Library played host to Bruce Pavitt, founder of Sub Pop Records and author of the new book Sub Pop U.S.A. the Subterranean Pop Music Anthology 1890-1988. Mr. Pavitt read from the book and spoke about his fanzine form the ’80s Subterranean Pop that is reprinted in […]
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Jean Nagia’s “Correctional Fluid” at Salon Refu

South Sound Arts - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:17am

Published in the Weekly Volcano, Dec. 18, 2014  "Canned (Sardines)" correctional fluid on canvas by Jean NagiaI don’t know how she does it. Susan Christian, owner of Salon Refu, keeps discovering artists of note. Or maybe they find her. The latest is Jean Nagia, an artist completely new to me. He painted the bright, geometric abstract mural on the side of Salon Refu, and he’s working on a mural for the artesian well park in Olympia. But what he’s showing in his exhibition is something completely different: works on paper and fabric in correctional fluid, aka, whiteout. Yes, that’s right, the stuff we use to use to correct typewriter mistakes back when we used typewriters.
With countless little white dots on either black or blue backgrounds, creates repetitive, sometimes organic and sometimes geometric patterns that in some cases can be seen as based on nature and in some are purely abstract. They are intricate, obviously work-intensive, and often hypnotic.
“Shipped” depicts many fish or eel swimming inside the framing device of an archway.
“Cheers” is a field of meandering ropes of dots, within which can be seen five masks.
“Mystic Truths” presents a monolithic rock-like formation of sparkling white dots on a blue field of watery, loosely brushed paint.
“Channels 3” is a wash of back-and-forth optical illusion.
“Ancient Vision” is a screen print (one of two in the show) of what appears to be the ocean at night.
“Canned (Sardines)” is a humorous title for a painting that looks like a Native American tapestry depicting five vertical icon-like fish stacked side-by-side — tightly packed like sardines in a can. Inside of these fish are many smaller fish linked together like sausages.
“Processed,” one of my favorites, is a two-panel painting with flowing forms in white on a dark blue-violet background. Little fish-like forms are herded together at the juncture of the two canvases with swooping forms that are like hair framing a face.
Frankly, these works are of a type I do not usually care for, but as created by Nagai they are mesmerizing. I particularly like the way he creates an illusion of space and dark-to-light modulations of tone by spacing the dots closer together or farther apart.
The reproduction of one of his works used on the invitation did not look inviting because these paintings don’t work at that small size. The pieces in the gallery are larger and work much better. I think they need to be larger still.
Also happening in the gallery is a large batik project that was just getting underway when I visited. You will be able to see this project in the works. Christian said the batik project was her suggestion of a way for Nagai to make these images much larger. She agrees with me that they need to be larger.Planned for Friday evening, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. is a multi-media happening. Details are sketchy, but it will involve the batik project and gift items, food and drink and live music.     


Salon Refu, Correctional Fluid, Jean Nagai, Tuesday-Saturday, 2- 6 p.m. through Jan. 4, 222 Fourth Ave. W, Olympia.
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Studio News: Structural Improvements

K Records - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:10am
When things slow down here I try to use the time to do big projects in the space. Last month we had a chance to knock out some long-standing ambitions. Our first enterprise was hanging a ceiling mic. We’re all excited to utilize the new high ceilings, but its hard to get a mic up […]
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Charles Edward Cheese Band “Rap Tape”

K Records - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:47am
The Charles Edward Cheese Band are Austin, TX. #1 animal party band. Their new album Rap Tape (Business Deal) is available now at accelerating levels of basement bargaination. View this explanatory dramatization for further details. The Charles Edwards Cheese Band is the brainchild of one Chris Lyons, AKA Gene Defcon, who haunted Olympia for a […]
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Sub Pop U.S.A. at the Olympia Library!

K Records - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:56pm
On Dec. 18 the Olympia Timberland Library is hosting a celebration at their downtown branch (313 8th Ave. SE) of Sub Pop U.S.A. The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology 1980-1988. Author Bruce Pavitt and contributor Calvin Johnson will be in attendance and give a brief talk about the book. Calvin, under his nom de plume Selector […]
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Grayskul “Come On”

K Records - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:35am
“Come on”, a tight world view courtesy of Grayskul, from their album Zenith (Fake Four Inc.). Both Grayskul MCs JFK and Onry Ozzborne appear on the All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] NW hip hop compilation; JFK on “3D Monocle” (with Bishop, Goldini and Smoke), Onry Ozzborne on “Cynic Syndrome” (with Zikki Carr and Candidt): All Your […]
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Mirah, Old Time Relijun, on Tour (1999)!

K Records - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:16am
Look what Arrington found in an old box in the attic – a photog from the Old Time Relijun and Mirah tour in 1999. Pictured here are Mirah (about to leave on her first tour beyond the West Coast) with Old Time Relijun members (L to R) Arrington de Dionyso (guitar, vocal), Aaron Hartman (double […]
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Clothing drive at Museum of Glass

South Sound Arts - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:19am
In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, Kids Design Glass™ creature Sockness Monster and Museum of Glass invite the public to warm up by the Hot Shop fire in exchange for donating items of clothing to keep those less fortunate warm too.
WHAT: Clothing drive at Museum of Glass (new hats, scarves, pairs of gloves and socks suggested). Visitors who donate items at the Museum front desk will receive a 50% discount off their individual admission price (applies to all admission levels). Free parking will also be offered to every visitor in the Museum of Glass underground parking garage and members will receive a double discount on their entire purchase at the Museum Store.
WHERE: Donations should be made at the Museum of Glass front desk. Items collected will be displayed on a Giving tree in the Grand Hall for visitors to see before being donated to Tacoma Rescue Mission the following week.
WHEN: Saturday, December 20, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 21, from 12 to 5 pm.

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Northern Closure

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:59pm

Northern will be closing its doors at the current Legion Way location and reopening in late January or February as part of the Midnight Sun. Stay tuned for more news! And remember, Northern loves you.


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Sub Pop U.S.A. at the Olympia Library!

K Records - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:10pm
On Dec. 18 the Olympia Timberland Library will be hosting a celebration at their downtown branch (313 8th Ave. SE) for Sub Pop U.S.A. The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology 1980-1988. Author Bruce Pavitt and contributor Calvin Johnson will be in attendance and give a brief talk about the book. Calvin, under his nom de plume […]
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Today’s Featured artist

South Sound Arts - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:24am

Becky Frehse Becky Frehse in her studio
Becky Frehse has been a fixture on the Tacoma art scene for as long as I’ve been writing about that scene, and even longer. I first became aware of her in relation with work she did in collaboration with the late Louise Williams, some delicate, sensitive and loving drawings of children, if my fading memory serves me right."Scherzo for Goldfish and Violin 22x12 acrylic on woodOver the years she has created art in so many different styles or themes that I tend to think of her as the Gerhard Richter of Washington. I remember a piece in a group show at Tacoma Art Museum that somewhat like a doll house diorama combined with a box of goodies a la Joseph Cornell. And it seems like she’s been in just about every group show at Tacoma Community College with paintings and assemblages and even once a series of documentary photographs of a man refining salt in Sichuan Province, China. Visits to China have played a large role in her art. So has music, which seems to be the strongest theme in her more recent work."Ellensburg Nocturne" 2014 36x42 oil and acrylic on canvasAbout three years ago she had a show called Reconfigured - a Collaboration in what was called Gallery 301, the space next door to the old Mineral Gallery. This show, a collaboration with sculptor Jane Kelsey-Mapel was filled with sculptures of cowboys and circus performers, and featured a large assemblage by Frehse called "Seeking Center" with flying birds suspended from the ceiling and a strange doll in the center of an equally strange landscape.Most recently I visited her studio during Tacoma’s November artists’ studio tours, and I was deeply impressed with a few large paintings with assemblage or collage elements (whichever label best describes these works may be up to the viewer; I prefer to think of them as paintings with objects embedded or stuck on). These paintings are shimmering, heavily textured and quite beautiful. They make me want to reach in and feel everything with my hands. The paint application is like rich icing on a cake and the connected objects are like encrusted jewels.Music is a strong theme in much of her more recent work, and the work itself is musical in the sense of objects dancing rhythmically across the surface and playing with color harmonics. Frehse says of her recent work, “Work continues with musical ideas; mostly thinking of the composition as a musical score to be ‘read’ in some way. I'm especially engaged in the vigorous reticulation of the painting's surface with lots of modeling paste texture, etc. And then, of course color relationships as the ‘score’ moves from movement to movement. Sometimes I embed or add actual musical instrument parts—especially for installations like Music Box that I did for the Woolworth Windows this year.”She will have three pieces in the TCC show called "Found Photos" in January. 
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Ruby Fray “Barbara”

K Records - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:27am
A tale from the cryptic Emily Beanblossom and her Delphian combo Ruby Fray. “Barbara” is from their splendid Grackle [KLP251] album, recorded at Dub Narcotoc Studio.  
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LAKE “Do You Recall?”

K Records - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:03am
The super cool and groovy video for “Do You Recall?” off the LAKE album The World Is Real [KLP246]. What does it all mean? Bustin’ my melon wide open! Scrap iron heaps in my dreams. These LAKE folks freak me out big time. The World Is Real [KLP246] is available now from the K Mail […]
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The Shivas “Manimal”

K Records - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:03am
Live at Thumbwheel in Portland, OR, July, 2013,  it’s the Shivas, documented by Portland Media Works. The Shivas album You Know What to Do [KLP252] is out now on K.  
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Kendl Winter “The Sky Is Green” Tin Roof Session

K Records - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:57am
The Tin Roof Sessions are recorded on Sunday afternoons in New Paltz, NY. “The Sky Is Green” is excerpted from Kendl Winter‘s autumn, 2013 session. The song also appears on the Kendl Winter album It Can Be Done! [KLP248], available now from the K Mail Order Dept. Tin Roof Sessions are loosely associated with the […]
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Fountainsun, Arrington de Dionyso and Hammer of Hathor

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 12/13/2014 - 4:00pm

Fountainsun (Daniel Higgs and Fumie Ishii)

Arrington de Dionyso (returning from his endless tour!)

Hammer of Hathor


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Smoke M2D6 at the Northwest Takeover Show (Pt. 2)

K Records - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 2:09pm
Above photog (a still from the All Your Friend’s Friends documentary) is of Thee XNTRX, producers of the NW kip hop compilation All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255]. Left to right it’s Smoke M2D6 and Eprhyme. If you follow the world of K at all you are aware of Eprhyme‘s prowess as an MC but may […]
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Kellë McLaughlin at Fulcrum

South Sound Arts - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:16am

Published in the Weekly Volcano, Dec. 11, 2014
"Stag and Moon," wood lock print by Kellë McLaughlinIf you haven’t seen Kellë McLaughlin’s art, which I had not until this week, you really should. Her “Bestial Mirrors” at Fulcrum Gallery is a skillfully presented mythology or bestiary of imaginative and fierce imagery. In bold wood block prints and even bolder ceramic sculptures, McLaughlin creates hybrid creatures with animal heads and human bodies.
Her ceramic busts include a wolf, a tropical fish, and a snow monkey in dark, brownish-bronze or black ceramics with gold highlights, each with a naked woman’s torso. The wolf with its wide open mouth and sharp, gold-tipped teeth is frightening. The monkey is almost comical and somewhat sad with red hair framing a face that looks like one of the apes from “Planet of the Apes.”
In the back gallery there is a wall of crows, which is a most beautiful installation. The birds sold individually and completely sold out at the opening. I’m happy for the artist, but it is a shame that the installation had to be broken up as it works so marvelously as a single work of art. They are like taxidermy crows not mounted on boards but breaking through the stark white wall. They really should be seen as a group while that is still possible.
Along with the ceramics in the front gallery is a suite of nine wood block prints of similar mythological animal-woman creatures in heraldic designs. These remind me of both coats of arms and illustrations for Grimm-like fairy tales. All but two of these feature circular formats framed by various objects, creatures and other decorative elements. One of the few without the circular motif, “Rooster & Magnolia (Closure),” has instead radiating black and white rays like the rays of sun on Japanese flags.
Tigress & Snail” is the only one not in black and white. It is in a purple so deep that you have to look closely to see that it is not black. Displaying a touch of humor, it is a tiger with a woman’s body bathing in a stream while smoking a cigarette. Also displaying a touch of humor is “Crow & Beetle (Murder of Crows),” which includes an Escher-like flock of crows.
The artists writes: “There is a relationship between animal and humankind that is overt and undeniable. We share innate qualities and characteristics that reveal both the civil and savage nature within beast and man. My work accentuates this relationship not only in its base form but also on an intimate and personal perspective. Each piece reflects an individuals’ introspective persona that is then displayed in the public eye. Every person creates a bond with a particular beast, whether consciously or not, that is perceived to represent our own persona. We glorify ourselves through the eyes of that animal within, using it to justify our deeds and desires, both condemning and exalting it when we feel the necessity. What I strive to do is bring forth an awareness of the light that we shed on the beast within ourselves, our daemon, and why.”
These prints and sculptures are skillfully executed and will give you a lot to think about and relate to — perhaps even in ways you would rather not.
Bestial Mirrors, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and by appointment, Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, 253.250.0520]
Photo: “Stag & Moon, (Moonlight)” limited 1st edition cherry woodcut print, by Kellë McLaughlin
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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 027

K Records - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:42pm
The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is also available from Stitcher and iTunes.   The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is an on-going audio exploration of all things K. On this episode we celebrates the new documentary film All Your Friend’s Friends, by Olympia film maker Red Williams of Newspin Films. It’s the story of making the NW hip […]
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