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Music Spotlight: Sales

  Maybe it was the long winter here in the Northwest, or maybe it just is...  The Orlando based indie rock group, Sales, have really kept our attention.  If we had to describe this 3 piece in a few words it would be: Simple, Chill and Interesting.   When listening to them you might find yourself day dreaming more than usual...  You will know what we mean.  If you are looking for something to fill your quiet time, be sure to check these tracks out: "Getting it on", "Ivy" or "Thurs 6-25"...  Enjoy! Listen Now    

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Artist Spotlight: Porches

  Have you heard of the NY band Porches?   If not, check them out. Just saw them live at the Analog Theatre in Portland and was very impressed. They have a very clean live sound, and their new album “Pool” is leaps and bounds above the first. The sound is really quite unique. I find it very hard to describe... However, if I had to, I would say 90’s synth meets modern indie with a touch of autotune…  A few of my personal favorites are Be Apart, Braid, Hour and of course Car. I dare you to watch this video and not laugh: Car Video .  If you grew up in the day’s of B.U.M. Equipment and Doctor Martins, this will feel surprisingly comfortable…....

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Company Spotlight: Prisma Guitars

  This year at NAMM we were fortunate enough to meet guitar builder, Nick Pourfard from San Francisco, CA. I have been playing guitar for a long time and consider myself a gear nerd, but had never heard of his product. His company Prisma builds premium guitars out of recycled skateboard decks! Many people think that skateboards are made from plywood… The truth is they are manufactured from exotic woods like hard rock maple. This is the perfect specie for a premium guitar. Nick draws the inspiration and direction for each piece, from the colors that begin to come through during the reclaiming process. Once the patterns and colors show their character, he decides which route to take from there....

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The Northwest Makes You a Better Musician

Ok maybe not better but definitely more productive. One thing all of us here in the Northwest know is that when the sun is out you better enjoy it. The summers are like Christmas morning for 2-3 months straight. Everyone becomes full of contagious energy, because we can finally enjoy outside without wearing a jacket! Everywhere you go is lush and green due to the winter rainfall, which adds an amazing backdrop to any activity. It’s awesome. However, the other 9 months of the year can also be great when it comes to writing music. Rain, overcast skies and general lack of sunlight make you more introspective. In, addition to the natural act or process of looking into oneself, you simply...

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Cheap vs. Expensive Gear? When to Spend the Money…?

Spending money on a lifestyle or hobby is an easy purchase because it makes you feel good. However, the amount you spend is up to you, and expensive gear is not necessary at first for two reasons: Cheap gear can get you pretty far You may not know yourself as an artist yet. Musicians go through life cycles when it comes to their art. Any interest typically starts out as a simple goal or desire to emulate something you have always wanted to do or become. For me it was Nirvana in the late 90’s. Being from Seattle, I found their story to be elusive, and the music was dirty, rebellious and iconic. My interest in Nirvana made me want...

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