Waiting for April

In case you haven’t noticed, Off Tempo has taken a two week break from it’s regularly scheduled programming. In this time, shows have been documented, audio has been mastered, secrets have been kept and events have been organized. For example, Hollow Earth Radio’s MAGMA Fest events have been documented when time has been available between an assortment of production duties.

Plans, plans, and more plans!

There will be a newsletter (with a corresponding news post) going out soon with details on what’s been going on. If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter, send a polite or mean message to subscribe[at]offtempo.com. This newsletter is great! Here are some great things people have said about it!

I liked getting this email

– Eric Ostrowski (Noggin / WaMü)

 

tacocat link dun’t work

– TV Coahran (ggnzla RECORDS)

 

Thanks for the shoutout towards the end! I hope you guys keep tearing it up out there! Also let me know if you need any help with anything in AZ! Love your label.

– Christian Filardo (Holy Page / Good Amounts)

 

Please remove us from your email list.

Witch Gardens

 

Love me anyway baby, faults and all!

– Jon Manning (Lost Sound Tapes / Blanket Truth)

 

I felt really good when I saw this.

– Eli Daam (iji / Sandy City / M.O.M.S.)

 

You’ll get news about videos and published works of Off Tempo’s but also get cool news about sounds in and outside of the NW.

April will bring about some great things! It’s spring and the world is beautiful!

We’ll be at the Vera on Saturday for the DIY Holiday Fair

Did you know that Off Tempo puts out records? Did you know that they’re for sale?

This Saturday, December 10th from 11am – 5pm, Off Tempo will be sharing a table with cassette label, Wizards of the Ghost, and Jane Applesauce’s zine distro service (both Seattle based). Off Tempo will be showing videos that were been produced since 2010, documenting bands playing in Seattle’s alternative / DIY spaces. Available (for free) will be the 3rd edition of our very well received and reputable Zine [http://zine.offtempo.com] as well as the 2nd edition in limited availability. Click on the hype-link for more info about how great it is, and how you can help support it (with your money).

This is also a great opportunity to provide any Q’s to be A’d.

If you’re interested in buying our releases, here’s what we have available in our catalogue!

  • OFF002 – Shenandoah Davis ‘We; Camera’ [cassette]
  • OFF003 - Slashed Tires ‘Weather (an extended play)’ [poster/digital]
  • OFF004 – Stebmo, Your Heart Breaks, Team Gina, LAKE, Karl Blau ‘Sensual Seduction’ [7”]
  • OFF005 – Shenandoah Davis ‘Two Cover Songs’ [7”]
  • OFF006 – iji ‘Bird-Man Movement Team’ [7”]
  • OFF009 – French Quarter ‘Desert Wasn’t Welcome’ [12” LP]

The Vera Project, in case you are unsure, is located in the Seattle Center on the corner of Warren Ave N & Republican St.

It’ll be great!

 

Expo ’89 Coverage

What has been happening since 2008 in Seattle is happening again this year. From our great mother of 2011 comes Expo ’89, a small festival hosted by boutique vintage-clothing reseller, Cairo.

The show spaces was shared with the Anne Bonney (a space that sold vintage wares and cool junk) when it was still around and when it went out of business, a clothing shop took it’s place called “Indian Summer.” Since last years Expo and a some alleged rowdiness that occurred during one particular set, I assume Indian Summer wasn’t into the idea this year or wasn’t asked. Last year when I spoke with the owner about Expo, she wasn’t stoked about someone being crow-surfed.

Last year at Expo ’88, Cairo released a compilation called Cold Jungle that showcases a small scope of Seattle musicians. This year they’re releasing another called Costal Sightings, which broadens its inclusion zone a bit but still retains some of the same musicians from the previous comp.

Off Tempo will be recording as much of Expo ’89 as we can this year. The audio will be broadcast on Hollow Earth Radio and available here to download and stream when mastering and whatnot is completed.

Here is the full schedule for Expo ’89 (taking place at 507 East Mercer St)

Thursday December 8th, 6 pm, FREE Robert M. Wolfe presents “Dirt”, & Co. Jewelry trunk show, and screening of “After Dark”
Friday December 9th, 6 pm, $8 music by
Saturday December 10th, 5 pm, $8 music by
Sunday December 11th, early afternoon FREE Mixtape Reading Series & “UMMM…WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” a salon hosted by Jamey Braden.
6 pm, $8 music by

Heavy Flow West Coast Tour

Rebecca Redman (Watercolor Paintings, Angelo Spencer et les Hauts Sommets), Anne Louise, Krista Marquez and Mallory Watje (Remembran, Backpack, Mega Bog, Girl Band) are going on a west coast tour from Santa Barbara in their new band Heavy Flow.Go see them! Listen to them here: http://www.destructochard.org/heavyflow/.

DECEMBER 11 – ISLA VISTA, CA @ KICK-OFF at Biko Garage, 6612 SUENO RD.
DECEMBER 12 – SANTA CRUZ, CA @ TBA
DECEMBER 13 – SANTA ROSA, CA @ North Bay C.A.M.P @ Transient Lounge (400A E. TODD RD)
DECEMBER 14 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Serra Bowl 3301 Junipero Serra Boulevard) with Rainbow Person, Wild Moth, Joyride
DECEMBER 15 – PORTLAND, OR @ Watershed (5040 SE Milwaukie Ave.) with Older Women, Landon Strine
DECEMBER 16 – SEATTLE, WA @ Black Lodge with Sloths, Quiver
DECEMBER 17 – SEATTLE, WA @ Funny Button with Tacocat, Cold Lake, Police Teeth, Don’t Talk to the Cops
DECEMBER 18 – OLYMPIA, WA @ TBA
DECEMBER 19 – REDDING/ARCATA, CA @ TBA
DECEMBER 20 – OAKLAND, CA @ TBA
DECEMBER 21 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ the Pink House (195 Flournoy St.)

What You May Not Have Known

As stated in the about, Off Tempo has been the around for a while. The project took a break around December of 2010 (last year) mostly due to the lack of confidence in the last site and the inability for it to be structured and accommodating proper curation of the presented material.

In that dormant period of almost one year (maybe a type of unfortunate anniversary), there have been a ton of shows recorded. There have been less than a ton of videos shot in that period. Now that things are more situated and seemingly stable with our glorified powerpoint presentation, you can rest assure that there will be gobs of material for you to sift through.

In case you are uncertain about this site and how it’s structured- it’s pretty straight forward but here is a breakdown:

Video documents: Capture live performances occasionally make outright documentaries.

Audio documents: Capture live performances only with audio. These shows are also submitted and aired on Hollow Earth Radio. This is where all of our audio goes to regardless so it’s immediately accessible to be played for the public.

The Weblog (blog): This is a bit different. The blog will not only cover bands in the NW but also bands traveling through that will be in the area. This will be more of a facet that lends the opportunity for there to be interviews, tour announcements, self-promotion, etc. that can’t be categorized as a documentable event. It’s more loose. We also have a tumblrthat’s going to be whackier.

Record Label: Off Tempo also puts out records under the same name of Off Tempo (not the alias of “Off Tempo Records”). The records we’ve released can be found here.

Zine: Currently there is work being done to acquire a grant to continue our zine series- zine.offtempo.com. These are short and positive reviews about bands / musicianswritten by musicians / artists / individuals in the NW and distributed in select areas (listed on the zine’s site). You can also print your own copies and distribute them. Donations area accepted to support this and our other endeavors.

Everything Off Tempo does is free and publicly available. There are advertisements on the site, but it’s mostly internal and unpaid. We operate on a volunteer bases and are accepting of grants and donations (not tax-deductable).

Off Tempo hangs out with Hollow Earth Radio: Kenneth (producer, director, writer, founder) is a deeply involved volunteer at the Seattle based internet radio station. A lot of the live recordings available on this site are built into the programming of the station and played on his program, Late Nights for the Longing. He also produced an episode for HER’s documentary series, The Sea-Port Beat (Episode 6: The Domestic Art of Home Recording).

The Domestic Art of Home Recording

With that:

Read the about page. It’s going to change slightly to make things a little more clear after this post.

Basically, Off Tempo is a Seattle based project documenting underground music in the NW United States. Most of the coverage is of Seattle but it does capture other areas of the NW as well and regional bands come through the area often enough that it still counts. It’s initial intention is to not display culture happening within the underground / subversive music community to show to itself what it’s doing- the intention is to culture, inspire and move those who live in not so fortunate regions of the world, who don’t experience “cool stuff” that The Big City has. Think of all the weird kids who live in conservative small towns that want to experience what’s not immediately accessible to them. What they can be inspired by within our captured moments in time that are available to them.

The NW is a great example of this if you have experienced or understand the dichotomy of culture between Western Washington and Eastern Washington. It’s so stark culturally and geographically. There are other places that have similar dichotomies all over the place.

While exposing underground music culture to those in need, part of the process is documenting what is presently happening in and around the area to expose underrepresented bands / musicians (sometimes under-underrepresented). The spaces that Off Tempo provide documents on are all in alternative / DIY spacesThe Bread Factory was (RIP) a garage, Funny Button is a basement that hosts domestic and international musicians, 20/20 Cycle is a bicycle shop (ran by Alex Kostelnik, a brilliant sound engineer and bike mechanic), Cairo is a boutique clothing shop, New Crompton has been a long-running show house, Helathy Times Fun Club was (RIP) more than what words can describe in what it means for everyone who experienced it… All of these places are beautiful spaces that are operated and attended by individuals who want to have a positive impact on the community. Community that’s not just limited to their local demographic. These spaces are where it starts and this is where it’s been for a while.

It’s important and it’s being captured.