For The Ears Podcast #004 – The State of the Seattle Music Scene
Curated by Portland-based music journalist Robert Ham, For the Ears is a weekly podcast featuring interviews with musicians and music obsessives. A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a round table discussion on the current state of the Seattle music scene with Robert and a diverse group of local journalists and promoters including Dave Segal of The Stranger, Mark Baumgarten of City Arts, Nik Christofferson of Seattle Rock Guy and Chris Burlingame of Three Imaginary Girls and Another Rainy Saturday. (I was the token musician in the bunch.)
We discussed, among other things, the effect of technology on patterns of music consumption, the effect of Seattle’s scene-stifling liquor laws on all-ages music, the “cultural necrophilia” surrounding the 20th anniversary of Nevermind and the lure of Portland. Oh, and remember when that guy from The Head and the Heart tried to strangle a sound guy? We talked about that, too. But the conversation wasn’t all negative. As I have remarked often on this blog, the best stuff in Seattle is always creeping under the radar anyway. Under every dead log, there is always something very much alive—an axiom that I just made up but seems extra true here in the Pacific Northwest.
The For the Ears podcast is FREE and always a fascinating way to spend an hour. Download For The Ears #004 on iTunes now.