Amsterdam’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 14 April 2010

Attention all hipsters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters are setting up shop in the land where cafes rein king: Amsterdam. Adding to its Portland, Seattle, and New York locations, this all-too-trendy coffee boutique is due to open its European doors on 1 May.

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Pill Wonder

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 6 March 2010

Seattle’s Pill Wonder seem like the second coming of Elfpower to me. They’ve got the same fuzzed-out, ecstatic vibe, complete with jingle jangly sparkle and too-high-on-vibes-to-see-straight giddiness. Their orchestration and production is decidedly more lo-fi, but the overall anti-depressant effect is similar. Not sure how I’ll feel about these guys when the summer rays have […]

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Skelator

Andy Reader Find

By Andy in New Music on Monday 11 January 2010

I hadn’t heard of Skelator until the name was excitedly murmured amongst metal-heads in Seattle a couple of weeks ago. I’m new in town, so was dutifully checking out the local metal scene, and the Galway Arms was rammed with leather and spikes. There was a decidedly medieval theme, and I spotted at least one real sword.

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Justine Ashbee

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Monday 14 December 2009

Seattle-based artist Justine Ashbee makes undulating, amorphous drawings by hand using paint pens to delineate the topography of imaginary forms and textures.

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Chris Jordan’s carcass photography

Nicklaus Andersen Reader Find

By Nicklaus Andersen in New Trends on Tuesday 3 November 2009

Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan’s new work features astounding images of the carcasses and stomach contents of albatross chicks from a remote strip of land in the Northern Pacific ocean, 2000 miles from the nearest continent. The chicks are fed human waste by their parents, who mistake the garbage for food. Jordan notes his subject matter is reproduced as discovered, in the interest of accurate representation.

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Tiny Vipers

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 19 September 2009

As autumn creeps in, the temperatures drop, and the days get shorter, I’m finding myself listening to more morose and introspective music. Tiny Vipers, a one-woman band from Seattle, has been doing it for me lately with her luminous, bittersweet folk.

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Sketchbooking

Tin Salamunic Reader Find

By Tin Salamunic in New Trends on Friday 17 July 2009

I still remember when I was introduced to Conceptart as a student and started devoting countless hours to the sketchbook threads, desperately trying to measure up to the most prestigious drawers around the world. I felt like I was part of an isolated underground club in which battles were fought on paper, using your drawing skills and creativity as a weapon. As the popularity of the site grew, so did my love and dedication to sketchbooks. [illustration above by Guy Parkhomenko]

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I Want You magazine new edition

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in New Events on Wednesday 15 July 2009

I Want You is a cool limited print edition, quarterly art magazine published and designed by the Dumb Eyes design studio in Seattle, Washington, Published in a beautiful, full-color, large format and expanded online, each page of the print edition consists of an image from a series of the featured artist’s work and a url that leads you to their profile on the I Want You website. [Illustration by Izzie Klingels]

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Dumb Eyes

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Design on Saturday 15 November 2008

Seattle-based design studio, Dumb Eyes, have some awesome t-shirt designs, logos and typography up on their website, all of which showcases their minimalist, brightly colored, and tightly patterned aesthetic.

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The black and white world of Tyson Roberts

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Thursday 10 July 2008

I recenly came across the illustration work of Seattle student, Tyson Roberts. It’s very cool line drawings with a distinct sense of expression and an inherent sense of vulnerability. I asked him a few questions about his inspirations: ‘The places I draw are locations around me. Sometimes I draw outdoors looking at the subject and other times I will draw from a photo or memory. I enjoy the raw results of ink on paper. Drawing in black and white is quite honest and exposes ones abilities and creativity completely. I usually work to silence and the sounds living around me. Other times, I throw on some headphones and listen to music. At the moment, I’m really digging stuff by architects and architectual drawings and, more specifically, the work of Frank Loyd Wright and Frank Gehry. I also love the creative of Gregory Euclide and Armsrock. As far as bands go, right now I am into Yeasayer, The Dodo’s, El-P, and Damian Marley’.

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Arthur and Yu

Brendan Canning - Broken Social Scene Reader Find

By Brendan Canning - Broken Social Scene in New Music on Thursday 24 January 2008

These very sweet folks from Seattle supported Broken Social Scene on our last American dates of the Spirit IF tour. Although they haven’t quite hit their stride as a live outfit, the tunes from songwriter Grant Olsen have some very lovely moments that fall somewhere between Velvet Underground and The Everly Brothers. I think Arthur […]

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