Visiting Seattle and curious to know what to do and where to go? The Standard Goods team put together a list of recommendations to help guide you on your sleepless in Seattle adventure. Enjoy!
Owner of Standard Goods.
- Honey Hole, right next door, is great for sandwiches. They have been there for 18 years, and they are a favorite of all the long-time locals. If I’m in the mood for beef, I do the Fast Eddie – the Mama Lil’ Peppers add just enough of a spicy kick. For turkey, I love the Waverider – They have this spicy pesto that is fantastic. Don’t miss the fries with a side of ranch – I add a little hot sauce to the ranch.
- Across the street is the Red Hook Brew Lab – It’s a little corporate, and the food is just a little better than average, but if you like beer, they always have some super interesting concoctions they’re always working on.
- My wife is Korean, and we love Trove, which is Korean Fusion. More for lunch than dinner. Lunch is fine, but it is just a noodle bar, and to me, it’s a little pricy – but their kimchee is very solid. Dinner is really great – the Korean meats with the dipping sauces are all delicious. The spicy cucumber salad is tasty as well.
- Stateside is fantastic for dinner – It’s Vietnamese Fusion. Every time I go, I end up ordering multiple orders of the duck spring rolls – they are not to be missed.
- If you’re a wine lover – try Revolution Wine Bar. It’s a local husband and wife team, they are always there, and they will not steer you wrong.
- Portage Bay is my favorite breakfast spot – everything is sustainably sourced. It’s all about the food, so it isn’t where you want to go for leisurely brunch with drinks, etc. You go to eat. Make a reservation or go very early – the line can be crazy long.
- I spent over $3,500 at Oaxaca one year, and the average ticket is like $60. The Cadillac Margarita is super, and it has a nice, solid, kick to it. I always get the same thing (because I’m old) – chips and guac, ceviche and carne asada tacos. I very much prefer the Queen Anne and Ballard locations though. If you need Mexican in Capitol Hill, I’d recommend Fogon.
- I think Matt’s In Market is a must for lunch. GREAT Bloody Mary’s. All the appetizers are delicious, especially the deviled eggs and the homemade potato chips. The sandwiches are all fantastic. It’s above Pike Place Market, but it isn’t at all touristy. Trust me on this one.
The Great Outdoors:
- Kerry Park in Queen Anne, to me, is the best view in the city. That’s all it is, so, it’s just like here’s a great view, take a couple pics for Instagram and Facebook, and you’re done.
- Discovery Park is a really nice, big park, very close to the city, in Magnolia. I’d recommend taking one of the many trails down to the beach. It’s a great 3-4 hour excursion.
Capitol Hill Shopping:
I like 10th Ave, between Pike and Pine. Elliott Bay Bookstore is the best bookstore in town, both Lost Lake Café and Oddfellows are solid for food and drink, and Totokaelo is amazing, everything in there is over $500, but it’s amazing, even if just to walk through. Further North on Broadway will bring you to thrift stores, record stores, and consignment shops. Melrose Market is like a little mall – Sitka and Spruce is top notch for food, Butter Home has nice little nick-knacks, and Glasswing is a beautifully designed shop, with newer designers.
Deception Pass is a full day of travel (including both ways), but it is one of the most breathtaking views in the Northwest. I love the ferry ride over to Bainbridge… Bainbridge isn’t great – you can certainly get a coffee, lunch and ice cream once you are there, but, for me, it’s more about the ferry ride.
The Argosy cruises are actually very solid – I think it’s like $30, lasts 2 – 3 hours, and you get a really nice tour of the Seattle Lakes, and the neighborhoods surrounding the lakes. They have a few to choose from.
I live in Ballard, so I’m pretty partial to it. The best time for a Ballard excursion, is Sunday for the Farmer’s Market. It’s probably the best Farmer’s Market in Seattle – and we sure do love our Farmer’s Markets. Get there around 1:00, take in the market, take a walk through the Ballard Locks, do some shopping in some great boutiques (Horseshoe, Tides and Pines, Re-sole, Market St Shoes, Prism, etc), and then there are many options for food (Oaxaca Ballard is closed on Sundays though). Hattie Hat’s has the best bar food; Bastille is solid French; The Walrus and the Carpenter; Staple and Fancy (make a reservation); 8 Oz Burger is a mini chain, but they make a great burger; there’s also pizza, sushi, etc., Bitterroot for BBQ.. Gelato… It’s all there within just 5 blocks. I like the Bastille Back Bar for after dinner cocktails, but there are more than enough places to get your cocktail on.
Creative Director of Standard Goods.
Kathreen enjoys painting, shooting with her 35mm film cameras, and traveling to places old and new.
Places To Eat:
Frankie & Jo’s
I am not vegan but I love ice cream! If you want to try a new place to satisfy your cold sweets craving stop by here! They have both unique and classic flavors that you wouldn’t realize is vegan if you just thought they were a typical ice cream shop.
Salt & Straw
They are an amazing company from Portland and they are right across the street from us! So many flavors to try.
Americana is a great spot for seasonal and fresh brunch options. By far my favorite spot for French Toast. I also love everything else on the menu, specially the chicken fried steak.
Another popular spot is Oddfellows. You have to go in early or you will wait 45 min if you go between 10-11 am during the weekend. The atmosphere is loud but creative. It is across from a Everyday Music Vinyl shop and next to Elliot Bay book store.
I love Portage Bay but their menu doesn’t really change much (I still go there but not as often because I have eaten everything on the menu at least twice). They use locally sourced and fresh ingredients. Food is super fresh and great place to go at least once if you are visiting Seattle. My favorite is their corned beef hash!
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya – I have tried maybe a dozen ramen spots in the Seattle area and this is my favorite! I love ordering their potato croquette as an appetizer.
Danbo Ramen – Yummy chain from Vancouver BC. I love their broth! If you like spicy ramen, they have the option that is amazing. There will be a wait if you go during typical dinner hours.
Tentenyu – I also love their broth here! They have yummy small rice bowl options too! They are a chain from Tokyo.
For a something quick but freshly made, go to TZAR (Russian Dumplings). For more of a dinner experience, go to Din Tai Fung (Taiwanese Dumplings) in University Village (nice shopping area). If there’s just two of you and 21+, the wait isn’t too bad because they have a bar area.
I love Cactus. They have great happy hour/margarita options. They don’t own a freezer because they do a good job keeping their system sustainable. I love their fish tacos, and Crispy Chicken dish. They have super yummy homemade churros you need to try!
DO NOT GO to the front building Crab Pot. Go Inside for the indoor Crab Pot Restaurant… There will be a long line of about 30-40 min wait but it is worth it. I recommend the Seafood Market option that you can share with however many people and get the King Crab legs.
Marrakesh– I love going here 2-3 times a year, usually for a birthday occasion. They have a 5 course meal that will leave you feeling perfectly stuffed. The ambiance is amazing. You will feel like you are in Morocco. They also have occasional live belly dancing!
24 Hour Restaurant
Sometimes you might be super hungry after hours from going out. If you are craving medium rare filet mignon at 2 am go to 13 Coins.
Momiji – If you love sushi, please go to Momiji. I don’t have a favorite on their menu because everything is my favorite there! I love ordering their green tea tiramisu for dessert.
La Isla – If you love plantains, they have plantain everything here. If you want something zesty, savory, hearty flavors go here. You will have a food coma, so advice not going on a run after dinner.
Heartwood Provisions— exquisite cocktails, located in the heart of downtown Seattle.
Canon—if you are a whisky connoisseur, go here!
Marketing Communications Manager at Standard Goods.
Maya enjoys drawing, cooking and watching documentaries.
Places To Eat:
Café Pettiroso is a favorite. They have great brunch and a really good happy hour. I suggest the tofu scramble.
I love Café Presse for breakfast/brunch as well. It’s like an escape to Paris in Seattle. Great Croque Monsieur and fries.
The London Plane is a really amazing restaurant in Pioneer Square, really nice ambiance and stunning interior décor.
Manao Thai is a super delicious little Thai sit down or take out place.
Victrola has the best coffee.
I really like Ivar’s Clam Central Station on the pier. I always order either the fried clams or the red clam chowder.
DeLaurenti Food & Wine shop in Pike Place market. Imported Italian groceries, food and wine
Black Bottle in Belltown for delicious small plates and great drinks.
Le Labo Perfume, just recently opened here in Seattle. One of my favorite fragrance companies.
Prism in Ballard. Really cute little shop with gifts/clothing etc.
E Smith Mercantile. Clothing shop with a back cocktail bar.
Freemont Vintage Mall. Definitely worth checking out. Huge antique and vintage selection.
On 15th avenue there is a nice little strip of shops and restaurants.
Station 7 is beautiful store.
Seattle Public Library is definitely the coolest library.
Olympic Sculpture Park.
Back-stock Assistant at Standard Goods.
Quentin is a high school student that likes to build things. He has aspirations of becoming an under-water welder.
Madison Park Beach
There are a lot of cool places to go in Seattle. I personally love some of the beaches close to my house. Madison park beach is a nice beach if you have little kids, there are ice cream trucks in the summer and a lot of cool shops all around
There are so many tiny beaches all along lake Washington, just walk along-side the lake and you are bound to cross a small beach that most of the time there is no one there. I go to these when I need to clear my head or get away from the big beeches if there are too many people.
Taking a walk in the arboretum is amazing. I personally love being outdoors and there are so many paths to explore there.
If you are willing to take a longer trip I recommend the north cascades, they are absolutely amazing. Even for a casual day hike they can still make for an amazing trip.
Junior Buyer at Standard Goods.
Chloe is currently a business-management major at Seattle University, and originally from Portland, Oregon.
Café Presse is one of my favorites for Croque Monsieur.
The Seattle Art Museum
One of my favorite places to go. A stop at Storyville Coffee for a latte after makes for a perfect rainy afternoon.
A walk to Volunteer Park and a look inside the conservatory is always a fun time. If you’re feeling up to it, a stair climb up the water tower makes for a good view.
Love Foolish is a rising Seattle-based rapper, producer and talented graphic artist by way of El Paso, Texas. Foolish (Jason Dixon) was raised in the state of Washington from the age of 9, he draws his sounds from underground dubstep clubs he promotes for in Orlando, Florida.
His lyrics, however, provide a well thought out sequence of stories and events in which he's experienced throughout life as a self-proclaimed 'Picasso-rapper'.
He has been accompanied by local talent and platinum engineer, Milo Eubank, to produce a sweet remedy of classical melodies; from a background of playing viola, clarinet and piano. Foolish has found a unique style between hip hop's new trap and r&b bounce, and Seattle's deeper grunge sounds. "Accept all of what makes you and your foolish sides. It's the only time we can see what we're made of."- Love Foolish
He will be performing during Art Walk March 8, 2018 at Standard Goods during “padajuan” solo art show featuring Juan Marquez.
How would you describe your style as a musician?
Its hard to pinpoint since I've worked with music production in so many different genres. I guess I have sort of a grunge vibe i picked up from living in WA for so long, but my mother's Tunisian roots, got me to add the percussion drums through that. I am from TX originally, so 808 drums and heavy bass are my sanctuary when producing for my projects.
Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you play any covers?
No, covers, I tend to think that's similar to tracing. Don't get me wrong, some people, like Birdie, or plenty idol singers you've heard can kill them. It’s just a personal opinion that having original content is very important in this industry, so I like to draw my influences rather than butchera good song. I have a song called "Money Chase", I performed it twice and each rime it gets the crowd going. If you haven't heard it, it'll be on the upcoming project "No Sleep OVRZ".
Describe your music making process?
A lot of revisiting old projects to see my comparison to today's work. Then i listen to my favorite 80's/90's songs; which can range between Tupac and Biggie, to Genuine, Al Green, Billy Joel and Sade.
After that, it’s about focusing on the song as a whole, "what did I just listen to that caught my ear the most?" is a very common question. I produce and write simultaneously, so getting my sounds down is HUGE.
Who are some of your biggest musical icons or influences?
As of lately, Amir Obe, Drake, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar; but Producers like Timbaland, Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams are always timeless and versatile producers to me. But if you know me well, you know J Cole is my favorite artist out.
Where have you performed? What are your favorite Seattle venues? Do you have any upcoming shows besides at Standard Goods for Art Walk?
I've performed at Hempfest 2017 for Caviar Gold, the Crocodile, the Vera Project, Studio 7, Fred's Wildlife Refuge and a few tour stops in California and Florida. But I think my favorite show so far was at Neumos, the energy and love was real. I do like to finish my projects and give a full experience, so until we finish the album, I'm keeping thee booking to a minimum, I just couldn't say no to an Art Walk. I do keep people posted via Instagram
Where can we access to your music online?
First, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your brand!
Hello! My name is Chad and I own and operate Seas and Peas, a Seattle-based greeting card company. Seas and Peas was established in 2009 by myself and my partner Claudio. We create original and funny greeting cards, birthday cards, pop culture-inspired cards, and button and magnet sets. All of our cards are printed on 100% recycled cardstock and all of our products are proudly made in the USA. Our work has been featured online on Buzzfeed, HuffPost, Jezebel, DesignTAXI, and HelloGiggles and in the print publication Rue Morgue. Select designs can be found at Urban Outfitters and Paper Source locations worldwide.
We are excited to have Juan Marquez as our Standard Goods Featured artist for the month of March. His colorful illustrations will be hanging in shop all month long. You can also shop his merch - Flow Wolf pins in store and online at Standard Goods.
Keep scrolling to learn how Juan got started in the pin business, his process as an artist and some random fun questions. Hope to see y'all at art walk next Thursday March 8th for "padajuan" solo show. As always there will be complemetary drinks and live music.
Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where did you grow up?
Im 24 and I'm from Mexico. I've lived in Washington my whole life. I grew up in Redmond, but I came to Seattle as soon as I possibly could and have been living here for the past few years.
What do you find to be the hardest part about the work you do?
There's not one specific thing, I really do enjoy every aspect of the work I do. I just struggle with procrastination like crazy.
Other artists that influence your work?
Keith Haring, Pharrell & Nacho Eterno
What compelled you to start designing pins? Any other merchandise that you would like to create, but haven’t gotten around to it yet?
A friend of mine made some pins and that inspired me to make some of my own. I also wanted to give life to designs that maybe wouldn't work on a tee or as a painting. I really never stop having ideas for new mediums to work with, pillows and car fresheners are in the works.
What were some of the challenges you faced when launching flowwolf?
Finding reliable connections for product manufacturers. Ive been burned in the past with pin makers or screen printers, but in general its been a pretty smooth process.
Growing up what was your favorite cartoon?
Somehow this was the toughest question for me, it's hard to decide. I'm gonna go with Recess though, it was very relatable at the time.
Describe who your character bub® is? What inspired you to create it?
There was no inspiration or creative process for him haha. He just kinda happened, and I'm glad he did.
What do you love most about what you do, that has nothing to do with design?
The like minded people and relationships i've built from doing art and running the brand has to be the best part of it all.
If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
It would've been tight to see Amy Winehouse live, so I guess around 2006 so I could go do that. Kind of a boring answer, but that's all thats coming to me right now.
What will you be showing at your solo show “padajuan” at Standard Goods for Capitol Hill Art Walk?
I'll be showing mainly acrylic canvas pieces that i've been making for the past couple years. There's a few wooden pieces that work with mirrors as well.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Nope :-) thanks for everything!
Join Standard Goods during Capitol Hill Art Walk February 8, 2018 for "Cranes in the Sky." Featuring artist and designer Brittani Anglin. She captures the beauty and complexities of gentle romance through folding cranes out of recycled magazine paper. Come see her beautiful paper cranes hanging in the shop, as well as Katie George's macrame wall hangings. Also ATLEE will be performing at 8:30! We talked life and art with Brittani in this interview. For more information check out the event page.
Can you tell us a little about your creative path and what brings you to where you are today?
Before I left MN in 2015, I got into watercolor art. I would stay up most nights painting lucid fairy women and smoking weed. At 23 my imagination and my visions of different worlds was so strong I knew art was the only outlet. Eventually when I got to the west all my friends continued telling me I should share my art, but I don't remember having a strong belief that I could do anything with any of the art I made. Not until 2016. That entire year I met some of the most creative souls. A few wonderful collaborations brought me to meet people who just liked what I did and encouraged me to express myself, cause it was 'me'. Eventually I stopped caring about taking myself so seriously. And now I make these beautiful pieces of art work that make a lot of people feel lovely inside.
What are your earliest memories connected to art? Have you always felt like art was a part of you?
My earliest memory..my teacher told my mom how great I was at drawing and painting in school. I remember specifically giving that lady a "yeah right, are you serious" look. It was little kid art! Typical Sun, Mom and me picture. Lol. I felt artsy and loved dressing in nice clothes. I sang and had a pile of Lion King coloring books. But art was not something I ever worried about too much. I think everyone knew it was a part of me before I did.
Where and when do you feel the most inspired?
There are two very opposite places I feel inspired.
- In the middle of the city where everything is active.
- In the middle of nowhere inside a cozy space.
The first one is great for people watching. I really want to feel the buzz and movement in the air.
The other is great for sinking into my myself. Allowing myself to hear my every thought and listen without judgement. I like reading the clouds. They have a conscious wave of thought. Feeling what is being said without words is a powerful tool for my creativity and connectedness to our planet.
Your paper cranes are so beautiful. Where did the idea come from to create them?
Thank You! While I was traveling the west coast, I wanted to thank all the friends and family members who let me stay with them or helped me.
I didn't have a lot of money but I had a tone of crystals, trinkets and jewel pieces I was collecting for half a decade. I got the idea from simply doing what I always do when I have nowhere else to place my hands.. Paper Cranes! I had eventually come to the idea that making the cranes and taking my most precious collectibles and give them to the people I loved, this was my gift to them. It was my way of saying "Thank you for being a beautiful person to me at my most vulnerable of times."
If you could go back and give yourself at 13-years old advice, what would it be?
Be kind to your family! Go to art school. Take a digital arts class, please! Travel abroad to Sydney.
How is your personality reflected in your work?
I want to preserve the most delicate parts of myself. The cranes and the flowers both being as gentle as they are speak to a nature I consider "Who I AM." I'm living here temporarily. I create art to reflect a piece of time that is colorful, beautiful, whimsical.
Seattle has so many talented designers and artists like yourself. How does your community here inspire your work?
It's my beautiful friends. They are helping me to grow into a great person! Seattle has an incredible environment that allows so many people to be themselves and enjoy all kinds of people with different backgrounds. I certainly believe the cranes are a reflection on community & individuality.
How does intuition play a role in your process?
It's my life! I must have a feeling about anything in order to form an opinion. Operating from an intuitive process allows me, I believe it allows me to stay open minded about a great many topics and interactions. I like that about me. I enjoy the "Go with the flow" process. And my art flows as much as I do. The cranes themselves are cool because they are mathematical and calculated. And I think that kind of stands for my own fixation on a belief, topic or thought. But then the greater piece, the bigger picture, and my over all connection to this place is that of warmth, congeniality and openness. I can see that in this project. When I started this project, it came to me that I am still honoring a future of people who I will never meet but am connected to. I get to create this amazing project and feel good doing so because it is 100% compostable and recyclable.
What music have you been listening to lately?
Lately I've been into artist Natalia Lafourcde. I love listening to her music because it makes me feel like I am staring in my own movie.
Name 5 things that would make up your perfect day?
AM yoga class.
Chai Tea Latte.
Having the entire day off to watch the sunset from the West side of Seattle.
Dressing up like a fairy.
Sprinkling Glitter on everyone I meet at an underground night club dance party.
Describe what you will be showing during art walk at Standard Goods? And what do you hope to convey to the viewer with your work?
The theme is Cranes in The Sky. If anyone can imagine endless strands with cranes and flowers, that's the art for the month.
Beauty & Romance are what I want people to see and feel when they look at my art. It's my first time having half a room full of cranes, I imagine it'll be nothing short of magical.
I also want other people to have their own ideas, feelings and opinions about my art too!
Anything else you would like to add?
I am incredible grateful that the store is hosting me this month. I've wanted to create this project for nearly a year! This is a great step to making larger installations in the future. Thank you, Thank you!
This will be our second time at Standard Goods hosting a macrame artist. It's always nice to have a different medium hanging on the walls of the shop. For the month of February we hosting two artists for "Cranes in The Sky" exhibit. Meet one of the featured artists, Katie George. She is a macrame fiber artist originally from Loudoun County, Virginia and has been living in Seattle for three months. With a background in film and sculpture, she taught herself the art of macrame two years ago. She likes to experiment with various textures and materials in each of her pieces and encourages viewers to touch the materials to better understand the construction and the way they move. Her work often takes organic forms and she lets the material itself guide the shape and look of the finished piece. The pieces are intended to emulate a contrasting sense of intricacy and softness alongside unruly and intimidating resilience.
Can you tell us a little about your creative path and what brings you to where you are today?
In college, I focused my studies on video production but when I added on a studio art minor, that's where I really found a passion for sculpture and other 3D arts. For several years my side hobby was keeping a food blog with a great emphasis on the styling and photography of the food. In the past few years, however, with a resurgence in macramé as a craft, art and home decoration, I taught myself the basic knots and haven't looked back since.
What are your earliest memories connected to design and art? Have you always felt like art was a part of you?
Thanks to my parents, I was a very crafty kid. My dad is an excellent woodworker and my mom studied art so I was constantly encouraged to be creative. I remember always building dollhouses out of cardboard boxes, knitting scarves, or sewing something or another. Through the years I continued taking creative classes and at one point had aspirations of being a production designer. I've always felt as though I have a good sense of aesthetic when it comes to a 3D space so creating something to fit into that space, like macramé, came naturally.
Where and when do you feel the most inspired?
I feel most inspired after taking a long walk whether it's in the city or a hike somewhere. Since my work has a lot to do with making a variety of shapes and textures, it's often these changes of scenery that help me to think of how I can bring the elements of macramé together in a new way. Most of my pieces are also constructed on branches that I find myself so I often let the shape, feel, and context of that branch create the intended feel for the final piece.
How long have you been doing macramé? How was it introduced to you?
I have been making macramé works for about 2 years. I taught myself using only a book and Google after starting to see it more often on my Instagram feed. While my first pieces were just for practice and to hang in my own home, I soon had several friends asking for commissioned works. I was really lucky that they all had minimal criteria and trusted me to make them something they liked so it was all good practice.
What is your personal style? And how is it reflected in your designs?
My sense of style comes out the most in my furnishings and decoration. I really like mid-century modern furnishings as well as neutral color palettes with pops of color here and there. My personal style is also one of comfort so I strive to make my home feel very cozy with lots of blankets, pillows, soft things and personal touches, like my extensive cookbook collection. I have found that my wall hangings fit this aesthetic well and look quite nice next to a small gallery wall.
What is your process like? Do you sketch out your designs and patterns before starting a new piece?
My creative process is not at all planned. I often find that with macramé, the string or material can have a mind of its own and it rarely turns out looking like the image in my head. Because of that I've started letting the piece itself inspire me as I go based on the shapes it makes. I'll certainly have colors and materials in mind beforehand but I often have no idea about the shape or the types of knots I'm going to work with until it's suddenly happening. Because of this fluid process, I frequently find myself hating every piece about halfway through but by the end it always seems to come together quite nicely.
Favorite movie you've watched recently?
The Shape of Water, hands down! Guillermo del Toro's cinematography is always genius and beautiful. In fact many of the pieces I'm showing for Capital Hill Art Walk were made right after seeing this movie.
Name 5 things that would make up your perfect day?
A delicious latte with toast and jam for breakfast, a leisurely run, working on some macramé while listening to reggae, a nap on the couch with the sun on me and a cool breeze coming through the windows, and a bit of time spent with each of my loved ones and pets.
What are your hopes and ambitions for your brand?I really hope to not only have the opportunity to keep attending art shows and craft shows, but I would like the chance to continue challenging myself with big custom pieces, and potentially get into the realm of teaching workshops.
Anything else you would like to add?
People often feel nervous about touching the pieces I make, but that is what I encourage most strongly. I intentionally source out extremely soft cotton string and Australian Merino wool because I intend for them to be touched. The pieces, though they may look delicate, are so intricately woven that they are very strong. Touching them allows the fringe to move and shift which creates a totally new look or allows the viewer to better understand how it is constructed.
Atlee, Mamma Saysby Maya Koplowitz
Join us next week for Art Walk at Standard Goods. We will be hosting ATLEE as our musical guest. She will be performing live Thursday, February 8th at 8:30 pm. Read on to learn more about her.
ATLEE is a Seattle-based artist, singer, and songwriter, influenced by greats such as Lauryn Hill, Etta James and Alanis Morissette. Her sound is unique to the Seattle music scene, combining the lyrical intricacies of New-Age Folk with the soul and rhythm of Nu-Jazz and Classic R&B. ATLEE's s tag-line, “circle in a world of squares,” describes her love of the unconventional and her passion to empower others to color outside the lines. Learn a bit about what inspires her eclectic style, newest EP Mamma Says and her creative process as an artist in our interview below!
What is your creative background—what sparked your interest in making music?
How would you describe your style as a musician?
What is your Debut Single "Mamma Says" about? The lyric video is beautifully done. Can you tell us your process when creating a new song?
What themes are influencing your current work/projects?
I think my music, like most, deals with a lot of universal human themes like love, loss, failure, and fear. However, I do feel a lot of my most recent work deals with my own personal experiences in returning back to my authentic self and owning my power, as an individual, but more specifically, as a woman.
Most of my recent songs came out of me learning how to own my sexuality and fluidity as a paradoxical being. My music has to do with breaking free from life's many constraints and definitions that don't allow us to truly own and celebrate all the many opposing shades and shapes that make us who we are, while also acknowledging that all of them might change tomorrow.
If you could pick any musician to collaborate with who would you choose?
Alanis Morissette. Writing with her would be life-changing.
Thank you for joining us for February art walk and performing! Any other shows/events relating to your music coming up? We would love to share.
Tomorrow night is our 2 Year Anniversary Party, Wednesday, January 17th, 7 pm - 11 pm. We would like to give a big THANK YOU to all the loyal customers who continue to support locally owned businesses, our vendors, designers, local makers, artists and musicians over the past couple years. At our anniversary party, we will have two local Seattle bands perform.
First band playing at our party is the group, Biblioteka. Catch them play around 9 pm! Around 10 pm, The Landmarks will be blessing us with their presence and performing for us for the first time! Event has no cover but requires all attendees to RSVP/Register to come.
The Landmarks (also known as the Landies in some circles) are a five-piece indie psyche-pop band originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Comprised of soulful lyrics, screaming guitar, swirling hypnotic synths, funk-steeped bass lines and often frantically dancey drum beats.
As a whole they are a dynamic driving force who pride themselves in their ability to meander, stack, and dissect genres, keeping an audience on their toes never knowing what to expect next.
After three years together amidst frequent line-up changes, they were able to complete two eps working with such names as Gordon Raphael and Steve Albini. In the summer of 2016 after two successful tours of the East coast, Jack, Laja, and EJ decided to move to Seattle in an effort to further expand their audience as well as to cement their commitment to their craft. They soon met Keith and Tylee, drummer and bassist of local hip hop group All Star Opera and were quickly performing once again.
In October 2017 they pre-released their new song ”Halloween Sex” as a holiday promotional teaser for their next EP. They will be finishing the EP with Dylan Wall at House of Justice and plan to have it released in the spring of 2018. (biography via: bit.ly/2Dag9eM).
Photography by: @twodrsdwn (IG)
Here is our recent interview with them:
Hello Jack, can you please tell me about who each of of your band members are and what do you and each of them contribute to The Landmarks?
Laja, vocals & guitar; Jack plays guitar; EJ, Keyboards; Keith plays Bass; Tylee plays Drums.
Photography by: @twodrsdwn (IG)
I really like your band's name, who came up with it and what's the meaning behind it?
Thanks! Jack came up with the name when he was feeling nostalgic. It's more of a Landmarks in time type of thing rather than physical landmarks.
Are all members from Seattle-if you are a transplant, where are you from and why did you move to Seattle?
Keith and Tylee are from Seattle. Laja, Jack and EJ moved here from Michigan because they wanted a change and heard how great Seattle was as a city and as a hub for great music.
- If you could choose to spend a day with anyone in the world while on tour, who would it be?
- Name two of your favorite bands that came from Seattle?
Mommy Long Legs and MONSTERWATCH
- How did your group come together?
Jack and Laja formed the band in Michigan, Jack & EJ met at work and he joined the band a year in. We met Keith and Tylee through the missed connections page on Craigslist.
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- How has coming together as a band influenced each of you positively outside of music?
Being with these guys reminds me to have fun in everything you do, work hard but have fun while doing so.
- What's your favorite restaurant to eat at after band practice?
We're big fans of Chipotle.
If you could pick a non profit organization with a cause in the world, to play for and organize a benefit for, who and why?
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We love animals, especially dogs.
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- Thank you for playing for Standard Goods Anniversary Party, Is there any other shows or events relating to your band coming up? We would love to share?
Thank you for having us! We'll be in the studio this weekend to finish recording an EP. We're releasing it in April, the announcement for the release show will be coming soon! Photography by: @twodrsdwn (IG)
Four Multi-Cultural Musicians in Seattle, Band Together: BIBLIOTEKA, of Musicby Kathreen Absuelo
Biblioteka means "Library" in Russia/Ukraine, which is where the band's lead is ethnically from. We love that each of their band members come from different backgrounds. They express a sense of universal unity that shares a positive impact to our society today; "Our band consists of multi-cultural members and we decided to have a band that captured that aspect. We are also literate AF." -Biblioteka.
We know that your band just formed recently, how did this happen? Were you all friends or just acquaintances before this?
Back in the summer of 2017, Biblioteka was formed emerging from a previous project that disbanded. We became somewhat of a band fam and wanted to continue our musical connection with a new project with Mary Robins (Mierichka) leading the band. Jacque was Hector's (Hexx) friend/hairstylist and during a much-needed haircut, was informed that an opening was needed for a keys player. Naturally, she joined our close-knit band.
Can you each tell us a little bit about yourselves?
Mierichka - When I'm not making music, I take photos for Showbox and other venues, and work at a hotel for my day job. My other interests include puppies, and taking long walks on the beach.
Hexx - During the day I help students with paying for school @ a local college and by night you can find me playing pinball, spinning records, or secretly performing at open mics as a sad boy singer songwriter.
Jacque - When Im not cutting heads at Rudy's or mashing buttons on boards, I like cuddling with Floofs(animals)
Chris - I'm an accountant/auditor, which involves crunching numbers and telling people what they did wrong. I spend my free time trying to become not bad at instruments and looking for the perfect dog that I can't own yet
How long has each of you been playing and creating music? Any other hidden talents?
Hexx - Like 13 years now. I have an endless supply of bad dad jokes.
Mierichka - I've been playing music since I was a kid, but I didn't really take it seriously until I was fifteen or sixteen. I used to do Irish dancing......but let's not talk about that
Jacque - Started playing flute when I was 9. I can roll a mean blunt.
Chris - 12 years? I can make any pizza a personal pizza.
Are each of you Seattle locals, if so for how long now? If not, where did you grow up? Seattle has changed a lot in just recent years. To some, it hasn't given a positive impact with the sudden rise of the tech industry, specially for some in the arts community. I am curious, as an artist/musician, what are the positive and negative views you have adapting in a changing Seattle?
Only Mierichka and Jacque are the unicorns from Seattle having spent their whole lives here, 22 and 25 years respectively. Chris and Hector have both lived here for about 5 years now, Chris coming from Las Vegas and Hector coming from Austin. The two came to study at Seattle University.
We've seen the arts take an initial punch to the gut when it comes to affordable housing and local businesses. Most of us have had to move about 5 times in the last 2 years, one of those homes being a DIY artist house that held art walks (its now a condo building). I have seen my local music shop become another glasses shop, I mean how many glasses shops do we need on the hill? My friends and the art community around me Have had to put art/music on the back burner to work their day jobs to afford housing here... it's getting better but it's not where it was.
If there's any positive I guess that festivals like Upstream! Music festival has emerged allowing independent artists to have a voice and also that it's forced the community to band together a bit more and come up with more creative solutions.
Any other shows or events coming up you'd like us to share on here?
We are recording our first EP this month and expect to release it around April with a West Coast tour to follow.
We are excited to be collaborating with another amazing female artist/dancer to do a music video for the single off the new record and cant wait to share this with you.
Jan 25 we will be opening for Familiars at Chop Suey ♥♥♥
Stay tuned for more shows and exciting news.
Photo by Travis Trout
+ Live Music by Biblioteka 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bellingham artist Camila Frey-Booth's pixelated acrylic "Energy Paintings" imagine femme energetic force as dark and brooding yet vivid, complex and important. The work is intended to emanate positivity and confidence to those who feel isolated, meanwhile acknowledge strength in a time that feels politically foreboding and exhausting. Learn more about her process and creative background
- 1.) My sketchbook. I often find myself dreaming up an idea and need to jot it down immediately. I’ll be in such a haste because I’ll worry that the idea will float away and I’ll never imagine it again. I once spent an entire year in my sketchbook never touching a paint brush. It wasn’t until the beginning of last year that I started seriously painting.
- 2.) My 5-year-old flat faced kitty named Winnie. There is nothing that exists in the world that is softer than her white belly fur. She is fiercely independent and won’t eat a treat unless it’s butter.
- 3.) At least 8 hours of sleep every night. My brain needs time to rest.
What do you want people to experience when they view your work?
Stop by the shop Thursday evening and hear music from her band Pablo's Legs too!
Oh wow, I remember I was about 4 or 5, the first thing I ever colored in was this small cat drawing in a coloring book I had. That was also the same time I learned how to write my name (which is not an easy name to spell for a 5 year old.) I started being attracted to art at a really young age. I loved it. I mainly started with coloring books and then in elementary school I became super interested in making my own artwork. I was also a big fan of writing fictional stories and reading. I read a lot. Once I learned how to read I never stopped.
My childhood was a lot of moving around, at risk of being homeless. It was hard for me to attend school regularly and I wasn't very good at math so I always felt inferior in school settings where highly academic classes were rewarded more than artistic ones. Making artwork freed my mind of what was going on at home and made me feel confident in a school setting which really helped me work hard to finish school and continue my education after high school.
Describe your drawing style in a few words?
Whimsical, quirky, abstract.
Do you have anything you are looking forward to in 2018? What were yo
passionate about this past year?
I currently attend Cornish College of the arts but I am doing a study abroad program through Cornish to attend an art school in Florence, Italy. I'm leaving January 2018 and it is honestly a dream come true. I have always wanted to study and live in Italy. I could not be more happy about it! This past year I was really passionate about keeping up with my filmmaking and I will continue that next year and beyond.
Where did you grow up?
First part of my childhood I grew up on Maui, then I moved to Orcas Island and lived there until I graduated high school and then I moved to Seattle!
Ooo. Mint chocolate chip.
People on the street (da ba de da day). My life experiences, past, current and future. My partner Gianni. All my friends and family. Struggling. It's all beautiful and it's all part of the inspiration.
Do you have a mantra you live by?
"I'm just an egg floating in the ocean."
If your life was a movie what would the title be and who would you like to play you?
Oh man. Why is that a hard question! I feel like it would be a documentary and I would film my real life. OR it would be an animated cartoon. As for the title, maybe "The Celestine Prophecy"...
Can you tell us a little about what you will be sharing during your Solo Show at Standard Goods Art walk?
I will be sharing a mix of drawings, paintings, and film work I have done over the past year. Also I will be selling handmade earrings and possibly posters and postcards.
Anything else you'd like to share? :)
I'm excited! Come to the show on December 14th! My band Pablo's Legs is playing. It will be a fun and probably weird time you won't want to miss.