Well, here you have it…. Another fine chronicle in the story of Olympia, WA’s rich musical history.
A long running joke in Olympia is that everything that Portland has done is because of Olympia. To some, watching Portlandia is like watching Olympia jokes that are five years old.
This is in no small part due to the Olympia expat community in Portland. This week’s Spotlight Olympia salutes our wayward comrades to the south and beyond.
Jason Traeger Launches Blog:
Former Olympia resident, funnyman, K Records recording artist and all around amazing guy, Jason Traeger has launched a blog which he calls a “non-stalgia blog.”
The tumblr blog chronicles his exploits around the country as an avid music fan, musician, artist and stand up comic. His stories have always been golden, and here you get a look into the life and mind of a truly unique person.
RVIVR’s Erica Freas Collaborates with Spoonboy on the New Song:
Spoonboy, the former frontman of the Max Levine Ensemble, and Erica Freas, of Olympia’s RVIVR, have released a video for the song “Double Life.”
The song was recorded when the two toured together this past February.
Watch the video for “Perfect World” by the Gossip:
The Gossip was born in the late 90s basement and house show scene of Olympia. Before the band would move to Portland, and find international fame with their blend of post-punk and disco, the band was a dirty, bluesy garage band pounding it out in Olympia’s vibrant punk scene.
Now, they are on Columbia Records, have recorded with Rick Rubin and hang out with Kate Moss. But that has not stripped the band of their original spark and charm that made them Olympia’s “it” band at the end of the last millennium.
The band have recently released a second video for the track “Perfect World,” view it below:
Kathleen Hanna Posts Video in Support of Pussy Riot:
Former Olympia resident, and cultural icon, Kathleen Hanna has posted a video in support of Russia’s Pussy Riot.
If you are not familiar with the story of Pussy Riot, you are missing one of the more truly exciting stories in modern punk rock and feminist culture. The Russian feminist collective have made a name for themselves by performing unauthorized, public performances in Moscow.
On Feb. 21, 2012, as a part of the growing protest movement against Vladimir Putin, Pussy Riot performed a punk rock song in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In the song, the group prayed to the “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin” to “chase Putin out.”On March 3, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two alleged members of Pussy Riot, were arrested by Russian authorities and accused of “hooliganism”, for which they face up to 7 years in prison. On March 16, another woman, Irina Loktina, who had earlier acted as a witness in this case, was similarly arrested and charged. All three are recognized as political prisoners by the Union of Solidarity with Political Prisoners (SPP).Amnesty International named them prisoners of conscience due to “the severity of the response of the Russian authorities”.
Bandcamp Top 15 (as of 4/6/12):
1. (position last week 1, weeks on list 6) Christian Mistress — Possession
2. (4, 6) RVIVR — Dirty Water EP
3. (2, 6) Crumbs — Hallow Tongue
4. (5, 6) Kickball — Everything is a Miracle
5. (6, 4) Dance Archy – Dance Archy
6. (3, 6) Happy Noose — Happy Noose
7. (10, 3) Arrington de Dionyso — Songs of Pyschic Fire Vol. 4
8. (8, 6) Broken Water — Peripheral Star
9. (11, 3) Camp Wisdom — Many Names, Many Voices
10. (12, 3) Briana Marela – Water Ocean Lake
11. (14, 2) Kickball — Huckleberry Eater
12. (13, 6) Generifus — I Don’t Have to Worry
13. (7, 6) Four Minute Mile — Indian Summer
14. (New) Romanteek — Fairies, Death and Other Animals
15. (15, 2) Meowtain — Meowtain EP