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Hardcoretet @ Cafe Racer this Friday

By , September 22, 2010 4:57 pm

This Friday, September 24th, at 9 pm, Hardcoretet will be playing with Friendly Creature and Chemical Clock at Cafe Racer.  This will be the first time we’ve played at Racer, but I’ve gone to the weekly Sunday Racer Sessions several times and seen some other shows there as well, and I enjoy it very much.

Both Friendly Creature and Chemical Clock are bands that are closely connected to the community of creative musicians that center around Cafe Racer (the band we played with at our past show at Cafe Solstice, Dead Zerious, led by Andrew Swanson, is another such band).  Cameron Sharif, the keyboardist in Chemical Clock, is one of the founding members of the Racer Sessions (as well as Aaron, our keyboardist in Hardcoretet), and Brennan Carter, who plays trumpet in Friendly Creature, was one of the organizers of this year’s Improvised Music Project, a festival of events planned by current and former University of Washington students, most of who have also been a part of the Racer Sessions since the beginning.

I know I’ve talked about them on this blog several times before, but this community of musicians is creating some of the most exciting and interesting music in town, and they are also a very tight-knit group.  They collaborate musically in various combinations, come together to check out each other’s shows, or just hang out together.  That’s why although I’m really happy to get a chance to play or talk with them, it’s also somewhat intimidating!  The really silly part about that, though, is that they are all really great people, super friendly, and genuinely interested in getting the whole town involved in what they’re doing.

This is not to say that effort isn’t being made in other circles; David Pierre-Louis, The Teaching and other bands in the Lucid community have expressed a similar goal of building community and sharing sincere music with people.  And that’s just in the improvised music community; my musical peer in the Theoretics, MC Diztortion, has been hosting a forum for hip hop and spoken word called the Cornerstone for a while now, and I’m sure there are other cyphers and hip hop forums throughout the city.  Then there are the indie rock circles, african music circles, brazilian music circles….There could be a whole blog entry on the diverse selection of musical communities in this town (and on why they are so seperated, but that’s for another time).

Right now, I’m just excited to share Hardcoretet’s music with such an innovative and supportive group of musicians, and I know that it will inspire us to play and write better music in the future.

And if you can’t catch the show on Friday, be sure to drop by Racer some Sunday and see what the Sessions are all about!

– Art

Summer Wrap-up

By , September 14, 2010 12:56 pm

Well, Summer is coming to a close, and it’s been a while since I’ve written here, so I thought I would try to bring the season to a conclusion by looking back on what’s been happening.

I’ve been lucky.  Just looking at the photos that were taken over the season bring me back to many great memories that I will always have, whether it was playing music or seeing music, hanging out with friends, being with Brittany, or spending time with family, camping or biking or kite-flying or anything else that I did and I’m sure a lot of you out there did too!

One of the reasons it’s so wonderful to have clearly defined Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter is that it gives you that clear start to another handful of months and a chance to look back on the previous ones, and really think about where you’ve been and where you’re going, mostly in the short-term (I don’t really consider myself a long-term thinker right now).  You can relish the good things that went on and make some changes to things that didn’t go so well.

Sometimes you don’t change much.  In fact, most of the time this process just reiterates what I already know, but that’s fine, and I feel as though that review process is really important for me to keep doing what I need to do to be happy.

So what’s next this Winter?  I hope to devote more energy to three bands:  Hardcoretet, Theoretics, and the Polyrhythmics, and stay close with the people that are important to me and support my endeavors.  I hope to be involved in Seattle music while also being a good friend and person to the folks who are important to me.  I also hope I can continue to enjoy and take advantage of living here in the Northwest, even if the sun isn’t out.

And…I hope to put in more time at home with that piece of metal I put around my neck a couple of times a week  🙂

–Art

Sasquatch/IO Awards

By , June 18, 2010 8:58 am

I’m back with another double post that I’ve been wanting to do for a while, a recount of and some thoughts about Memorial Day Weekend. 

I was very excited for this weekend for several reasons.  There would be great camping with some of my favorite people, a full day’s worth of music that was largely new to me, and then the IO Awards at Benaroya Hall to cap it all off.  First, Sasquatch.

When my sister Emily first suggested a bunch of us buy Saturday Sasquatch tickets, I probably was familiar with 3 or 4 of the bands out of the 12 hours of music that would be happening that day.  Part of the great birthday present my girlfriend Brittany got me was a package of burned cds of almost all the bands playing at Sasquatch when we would be there, a primer of sorts so I knew what to expect, and listening to these just got me more pumped.  As I’ve said here before, I pretty much come from a jazz background, and haven’t listened to very much of anything else, although my horizons have definitely expanded in recent years, and this was an opportunity to open my ears even more.

Saturday at the Gorge did not disappoint.  Artists like Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Miike Snow, Broken Social Scene, Vampire Weekend, the National, and Brother Ali all were top notch, and obviously seeing all of them at the Gorge in beautiful weather was an amazing experience (camping was incredible too, but I’ll stick to the music here).  From noon to midnight, I can’t remember a single act that I was honestly disappointed with, and they all had their own style and sound, not to mention incredible amounts of stage energy.  I was really impressed with all the bands’ ability to put on an awesome show and really get into it, often with little or no pageantry or flash.  Everyone seriously rocked their sets, but there was nothing lost in the execution of the music, and these are things I think I could think about more often when I play.

Monday night was the first ever Inside Out Awards.  All in all, it was an immensely impressive event that Lucid’s David Pierre-Louis pulled off, and it was fun, at least for a small part of the night, for Brittany and I to feel a little fancy walking around the Benaroya Hall lobby.  Hardcoretet didn’t win, but there was even some fun in that; after hanging out and joking around with our friends in Gravity, who beat us out for the mixed-genre album award, a tongue-in-cheek feud was born, and I hope it goes for a while.  You win this round, Gravity, but next time!

Most importantly, I hope that this first time around for the Inside Out Awards was an experience that can both be improved on as an event as well as a catalyst for increased musical activity in Seattle.  It definitely gave a snapshot of the incredible musical diversity here, and if listeners continue to seek out new venues, new bands, new artists, and new music, the scene will benefit.  I think it’s important to recognize that one of the possible negative side effects of emphasizing any particular community, whether it’s jazz, rock, sculpture, poetry, or anything else, is that the circle tightens, and even though the bonds inside that community get stronger, it begins to isolate itself.  That being said, the Inside Out Awards event was a fun celebration of what we have going on here in Seattle, and I for one was energized to look ahead to the future!

So that was Memorial Day Weekend.  Stay tuned for another post soon about the Polyrhythmics, the band I’m in that recently took an Oregon mini-tour of our own, and come celebrate Solstice this Saturday the 19th at 7:30 at Cafe Solstice(!) with Dead Zerious featuring Andrew Swanson, IO award winner and subject of this week’s Better Know a Badass on www.hardcoretetmusic.com.

Art

IO Awards/Return to Oregon

By , May 10, 2010 8:42 am

Hardcoretet has received news that our album “Experiments in Vibe” is nominated for Best Mixed Genre Album in the Inside Out Awards!

Presented by Lucid Jazz Lounge, and taking place for the very first time on Monday, May 31st at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall, The I/O Jazz Awards show will consist of honoring musicians for achievement in Seattle’s jazz community, and we are honored to be considered for an award. You can see all of the nominees and place your votes here.  We could not have been able to throw our hat in the ring without your support, so thank you for all of the positive reactions to the album!

Speaking of positive reactions, Hardcoretet was also able to head down once more to Oregon several weeks ago.  Our first stop was in Portland where we met up with Arick Gouwerok, a bass player and friend of mine and Tarik’s from the UW days.  Arick collaborated with me on my Senior recital, and I have missed his playing ever since he moved to Beaverton after graduation, so needless to say it was a joyous occasion to hang out with his wife Janie and him for a day.  We played that night at the White Eagle Saloon with Trio Subtonic, a really talented Portland-based band (check them out here).  Unfortunately, the mood was not ideal; the city seemed to take the Trailblazers’ NBA playoff loss pretty hard that night, but we did what we could to bring some energy.  Regardless, it was great to try a new venue, and Trio Subtonic had some awesome tunes, as well as a collection of Radiohead arrangements they were working on for an upcoming show (very cool), and they seemed to dig our sound too.  We’re excited to host them May 22nd here in Seattle at the Seamonster Lounge.

From there, it was down to Eugene to spend the day exploring the University of Oregon and the night performing at the Jazz Station, where we played on our CD release tour.  Several people who had seen us then returned to check out the show, so it was fun to reconnect and talk to them about the last couple of months, as well as see what they thought about new material, which went over well.  A guitarist playing a rock show across the street even came over to listen from outside!

All in all, it was good to tighten up our music for these shows, and the trip gave us time to talk about music, our sound, and what’s next for the band.  Roll through the Seamonster on May 22nd to see both Hardcoretet and Trio Subtonic and hear for yourself what we’ve been working on!

Hardcoretet CD Release

By , November 1, 2009 7:56 pm

What a ride it’s been for the last month or so…

After sweating and working hard for our tour, we had a couple of days to great ready to present our hard work to Seattle at the official CD release at Tula’s as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. 

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The vibe there was definitely different than what I’m used to, in that there is more of an expectation that the audience sits and listens to the music somewhat intently.  To be honest, I feel more comfortable in a looser atmosphere, where I can talk to friends and family casually during the show, even step away to give a hug or high five or two.  I’m also usually more comfortable inviting people to those shows, because it feels like a more social thing to do than sitting down and keeping the conversations to a minimum. 

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I was a little nervous as to what it was going to be like, but I was blown away by the support and how much everyone present enjoyed the show.  Unless you all were being nice, it sounded like people liked the music, the show, and the energy behind what we were doing, which is honestly the music that I feel is closest to what I really want to play. 

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The sound of Hardcoretet is really personal to me because it incorporates elements of everything I’m into:  the jazz I listened to growing up, the funk, hip hop, and electronic music I got into later, and elements of pop and rock that I’m just starting to appreciate now.  Knowing that, combined with the reception we received at the sold-out Tula’s, made me feel incredibly humbled and happy to have a great group of people around me to hear me put something out there basically saying “this music is me” and to have them dig it.  I talk about the importance of supportive listeners all the time, but I do that because it’s really important to remember.

Photos courtesy of Daniel Sheehan, www.eyeshotjazz.com

Hardcoretet Tourblog, day 5 and Conclusion

By , October 24, 2009 5:02 pm

So after Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo we headed home to Jon’s house.  Jon had already left for the East coast, because Slumglum was playing over there to participate in a program where they may become music ambassadors to another part of the world!  Very cool.  Anyway, we had already said our goodbyes, but Erin left us one more note on the fridge:  “Help yourself to treats.”  She had made us Rice Krispy Treats!  WITH CINNAMON!  With full stomachs we went to bed and headed out the next day for San Martin, home to the Persing family, relatives of resident bad mofo and superfan Dave Persing.  We entered to find Ellie and Margaret working on Trader Joe’s pizza dough to make FOUR pizzas for us.  Oh yeah, and they had already made a salad and two cookie sheets of cookies!

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They needed a bit of help with the pizza dough, but luckily we had a pizza parlor veteran in the band, Tim Carey!  Look for video clips of the impromptu show “Cooking with Carey” on the Hardcoretet website.  After dinner, it was time for a movie and then bedtime.  The band got the trundle beds (I got the Transformers sheets):

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Thank you so much to the Persing family and especially Ellie and Margaret for being such incredible hosts!

 

It was time for our final stop, Eugene.  Through a slight miscalculation, we found ourselves in a time crunch:  If everything went perfectly and we maintained our speed, we’d get there right before we were supposed to start!  And if that wasn’t enough, it started pouring down rain!

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And if THAT wasn’t enough, our driver’s side windshield wiper broke!  It was chaos!  After all this though, Tarik was able to navigate by leaning over to the passenger side and driving that way for about 3 hours before the rain stopped and things had calmed down a bit.  Ask him for a dramatic retelling on Wednesday at the CD release.  Finally we made it the Jazz Station in Eugene.  It started slow, but by the end of the night we had made some more fans and friends and felt great about the performance!

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From there, we packed up, fixed the wiper, and drove through the night to get home sweet home.

I hope these entries convey the sheer enjoyment of the last week.  More than anything, I feel thankful for all of the kindness we encountered as a band, both from strangers and friends.  I began this tour with a completely musical goal:  I wanted to do what made me happy (playing our music) in front of new people in the hopes that it would make them happy, and I think this was accomplished.  What I didn’t expect was the realization that we, as a band, are the luckiest people in the world to have such genuinely good human beings in our lives, and I hope I never forget it.  Sappy and corny, I know, but whatever…

See you Wednesday at Tulas for the Homecoming/CD Release Party!

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Hardcoretet Tourblog, Day 4

By , October 22, 2009 9:09 pm

With one more full day in L.A., and a set time of 11:30 pm, the band had some time to bum around the city a bit.  First things first:  TACO TRUCK!

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Jon showed us to his personal favorite, which was, of course, amazing, and even more so because of where we went to eat them:

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This was a ridge about 5 minutes away from Jon’s house, and the view was breathtaking.  From there, we were led by tour guide and old friend Sarah Nelson!

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We headed to Santa Monica beach, experiencing L.A. traffic both ways, but it was worth it:

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Thanks for everything, Sarah!  That night we hit Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo (North Hollywood, duh):

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The venue was kind of classy, with hip booths and seats and a stylish kind of vibe.  Which was why we were somewhat surprised by the opening duo, Naked and Shameless:

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Both guys were very cool and supportive, though, not to mention hilarious.  After them was a singer-songwriter, Asia Whiteacre, who sounded great, with well-written pop songs and a clear voice that still had a lot of character.  This, however, made us a bit of a wierd fit.  We decided to just do our thing and let the chips fall where they may, which was a lot easier to do with the support of friends and family that were in town!

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Thank you so much to my brother and sister, Charlie Patnoe, and my old friend Matt Hovland!

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We said our goodbyes to L.A. this morning, and I was somewhat sad to leave, but I know we’ll be back soon!

Hardcoretet Tourblog, days 2 and 3

By , October 21, 2009 2:02 pm

Bocci’s Cellar Monday night began as possible tragedy but ended in triumph. We arrived to the gig to find another band set up inside…the gig had been double booked!

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Fearless leader Abouzied was on the case:

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Eventually it was determined that the other band would play a set, and we would follow, so we settled in at the bar:

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During the first set though, Tim thought up the idea of just opening up our set so that in addition to some of our music, the Santa Cruz guys could sit in and we could all play together. The result was fun had by all. Thanks to Barry, Ben, Jake, Stuart, and Melanie for making our night!

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Day 3 found us grabbing a little Continental breakfast courtesy of the Comfort Inn, and hitting the road for L.A. We rolled in around 5:30 and settled in at our friend Jon’s house. We met his lady friend Erin and his roommate Sarah, and at about 6:30 Jon got back from work:

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Jon is my best friend from my time at UW, and it’s a crying shame I haven’t been in touch with him more, but it was incredible to see him again. It was also great to hang out with Erin and all of Jon’s friends, who are all awesome people!

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Unfortunately, guess who forgot their camera at the house after leaving for the gig at Juanita’s last night? FYI, it went really well. The crowd was super supportive and all of the bands killed it.  Jon’s group Slumgum freely moved between slower, more expressive melodies, free jazz, and rhythmic ideas, Chicano Batman was a great rock band that incorporated some Cumbia rhythms with wah guitar and organ, and Hardcoretet closed the night doing our thing.  all in all, a great couple of nights!

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Hardcoretet tour, day 1

By , October 19, 2009 2:39 pm

Hardcoretet took off early yesterday morning for our West coast mini-tour, San Francisco bound! The minivan was a bit of a tight squeeze:

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but we made it work! Most of the guys had gigs the night before, so I had planned on taking driving duties the first leg of the trip, which basically was this:

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and this:

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and this:

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There were some moments in the drive with great scenic views, although my photos don’t really do them justice, so I’ll post those elsewhere.
14 hours later, we were in San Francisco! We had a bit of time to hang out with our awesome and gracious host Ashley and her friends in the Mission District, then headed home to hit some hardwood floor and go to bed:

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The next morning, Aaron hooked us up with an amazing breakfast joint, also in the Mission District, called St. Francis:

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Really loved the public graffiti art in that area as well; Seattle could use more of this:

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From there it was off to Santa Cruz for our first gig, tonight at Bocci’s Cellar:

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I’ll let you know how it went!

Hardcoretet

By , August 17, 2009 12:12 pm

This past weekend Hardcoretet had a great rehearsal after a small break after recording, and began talking about putting a tour together.  Just the idea of touring stirs up all sorts of anxiety:  Where can we play this music?  How much will it cost?  Will anybody show up?

This is interesting because I’ve been reading a lot about the death of jazz lately, and also heard a lot about musicians brainstorming how they can make money/get people to come to shows/sell records.  Then I re-read this interview with Tim Berne on the blog for the band the Bad Plus:  http://thebadplus.typepad.com/dothemath/2009/06/interview-with-tim-berne-part-one.html

Here is a guy that plays saxophone music that is decidedly avant-garde, and is definitely not going to be booked for any weddings or restaurant gigs any time soon, and he is working his butt off playing and touring and putting cds together because he believes in his music, and there are people around the world who do too, even if it is a smaller group than the one that’s got Top 40 on their radio.

I’m biased; I have a day job, and have the luxury of not trying to pay rent and bills off of music alone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be successful playing the music you want to play if you work hard at it like Berne and so many other fringe musicians have.  I’m also in NO WAY comparing myself to these musicians; they have a motivation and work ethic that I have yet to find in myself!  I guess all I’m really trying to say is that I hope I can get to the point where I care more about who comes to hear me than how many come to hear me.  Props to all my awesome friends and family that support the shows, I’m extremely lucky to have them.

If we get this tour together and play for one guy in San Francisco that likes our stuff, I hope I can feel like I accomplished something

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