Brooke A McKinney - F*cking Vote

We at KEXP want to again remind you to vote in this November’s election. We’re keeping it pretty simple this time – no celebrities or rock stars telling you how they vote, no high-minded rhetoric – just F*cking Vote. A little crass? A little vulgar? Yeah, maybe, but some of what’s going on in our city, our state, and our country is pretty vulgar too.
Please, remember to vote or mail in your ballot on or before Tuesday, November 6th. F*cking Vote.



Sub Pop Records Retail Store Lands at Sea-Tac Airport #SubPop


Ask out-of-towners what Seattle is best known for, and you’ll get the usual laundry list — rain, great coffee, iconic tech companies.

But a lot of people also mention music, and that’s not surprising, given a history that includes Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, among others.

Maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem bizarre that Seattle’s best-known indie label, Sub Pop Records, is opening a brick and mortar store Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

“We became internationally renowned in the very late ’80s and early ’90s as a mecca for music,” said Kate Becker, director of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music. “Lots of people drink coffee. I bet even more people connect with music.”

The new store, located in the main terminal near the entrance to Concourse C, kicks off at 9:45 a.m. Thursday with a performance by Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen, a singer-songwriter. (You need a plane ticket to go; the store is on the other side of security lines.)

Sub Pop popularized grunge music in the ’90s and has more recently signed neo-folkies such as The Head and the Heart.

“Sub Pop is classic Seattle,” Becker said. “They find great bands, and they’ve diversified their musical portfolio.”

Music has already been a big part of the Port of Seattle’s marketing strategy for Sea-Tac. Working with the Office of Film + Music and the Seattle Music Commission, the port has featured live music, artists reading public service announcements and photographs of Seattle jazz musicians as part of its efforts to brand the airport with local flavor through its Experience The City of Music project.

“Our travelers like a local flavor,” said Deanna Zachrisson, Sea-Tac’s manager of dining and retail management. “We know that from the research that we conduct. Folks that live here have … a sense of familiarity with local concepts, but they also have local pride when folks come to visit Seattle.”

Local flavor doesn’t always guarantee success. In February, Portland powerhouse Powell’s Books was forced to close two of three locations at Portland International Airport, after it failed to agree on a lease renewal.

Sub Pop signed an 18-month lease, Zachrisson said, explaining that the store is part of a move by Sea-Tac to emphasize the concept of the airport as a “gateway to the city.” The arrival of Sub Pop and Metsker Maps of Seattle, which opens next month, are part of an initiative to attract local businesses that typically wouldn’t think to have a shop in the airport.

Last year, Sub Pop opened a temporary “pop-up” store in Georgetown to celebrate its 25th anniversary and previously had two stores in the 1990s, but this is the label’s first permanent residence in years.

Sub Pop designed the store, believed to be the first of its kind, with travelers in mind, said Sub Pop vice president Megan Jasper. It will be open 365 days a year, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bins will feature vinyl records, T-shirts and a listening station for weary travelers to relax with Sub Pop bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Death Cab for Cutie, as well music by non-Seattle artists.

Recording on a Mac with Apogee MiC and JAM in GarageBand #Apogee

Apple’s Mac OS lets you to connect two Apogee USB audio interfaces to separate USB ports on your Mac. “Aggregation” is a great way to access more channels of input or output for your recordings. With the microphone in ONE and JAM’s guitar input, you can record vocals and guitar sumultaneously in GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools or any Core Audio compatible application. You can also monitor and mix your music through ONE’s studio quality output.

Apple – Logic Pro X – Music production. Cranked up to X.


Released as successor to Logic Pro 9 on July 16, 2013, Logic Pro X (10.0.0) included a new, single-window customizable interface, with a design in line with Final Cut Pro X, as well as new features. New tools in this release are “Drummer”, a virtual session player that automatically plays along with your song in a wide variety of drumming styles and techniques, and “Flex Pitch”, a Flex Time equivalent for pitch editing in audio recordings. Redesigned keyboards and synths were included, together with new stomp boxes, bass amp and drum kit designers, and a chord arpeggiator. A completely rebuilt sound and loop library was introduced, along with a new Patch architecture. Also, Logic Pro X improves track organization, score editing, and exporting (now compatible with MusicXML format), and brings compatibility with MIDI plug-ins. Coinciding with the release of Logic Pro X was the release of a companion iPad app called Logic Remote, which allows wireless control of Logic Pro X, including “Touch Instruments” for playing and recording software instruments as well as tools for navigating, making basic edits and mixing. Since this release, Logic Pro runs in 64-bit mode only and consequently no longer works with 32-bit plug-ins.

Check out the link below for more info on Logic Pro X:


In-Home Recording Sound Isolation Booth

If you are a recording artist and live in a condo or apartment this may be your solution to a in-home, sound isolation recording booth!

VocalBooth.com, Inc manufactures state-of-the-art portable vocal booths and sound isolation enclosures for the professional and home recording studio, as well as for the audiology, scientific testing and industrial sound dampening industries worldwide.


Brooke A McKinney