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Blues Music: Marketing Nostalgia Using “Race Records” in the 1920s & 1930s

Folklorists like to romanticize blues music as being a pure expression of culture, but recorded blues music was carefully marketed to its intended audience from its very beginning. As early as the 1920s, music aimed at African-Americans was labeled as "race music", and the best way to advertise it was in the pages of African-American...
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Intuitive Navigation (May 28th, 2014): An Interdisciplinary Dance Night of Sight & Sound

While 2011's installment was a psychedelic exploration of meditative states, 2014's INTUITIVE NAVIGATION will by more outwards-focused, featuring four sets of performers that share a love for dance and body movement. Three musical acts will be paired intimately with visual artists to create stage sets and video projections, while dance performances will tie the transitions...
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Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2014 Preview: Films We’re Excited About

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2014 is here, which means another few weeks of impressively-curated film-going madness for everyone in the Puget Sound Region. Below, we’ve once again given you our top selections for the year, grouped by world region. Stay tuned in the weeks to come, as we offer updates throughout the festival’s progression,...Read...
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Dub Thompson – No Time Music Video (Interview w/ Director Vinyl Williams)

Drawing obvious inspiration from timelessness and less obvious inspiration from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot deck, director Vinyl Williams takes Dub Thompson’s “No Time” and turns it into a multi-level philosophical exercise. Williams explores the slippery nature of existence by using both HD and analog techniques, which ebb, flow, and spin within a mad cycle, in...Read...
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Chad VanGaalen Artist Interview (2014): Sci-Fi Visions of Sight & Sound

2014's Shrink Dust is VanGaalen's first album in almost exactly three years. Described by its creator as a "sci-fi folk record", it takes the sound of its predecessor from 2011, Diaper Island, and, through the introduction of a pedal steel guitar, amplifies a certain country element that's been rumbling around in the background for a...
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