Stephen Steinbrink at the Guest House in Olympia, WA
Name: Tristan Jemsek Band: Dogbreth Duties: Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Photo: Ben Balusek (Tristan/left & me/right) Saying that your friend
The office received a really important letter today. (see above)
Every so often something like a message of profound inspiration comes into these ears and it’s a great reminder of what’s completely positive and out of control in our world. Letters are the best, and most of the time when Off Tempo gets a message, it’s an order for something we’ve published. Usually there isn’t a personality attached or any indication of why someone ordered works that Off Tempo has released. There’s nothing wrong with that, and no one is obliged to attach love letters to everything. (but it is greatly appreciated)
This one was particularly heartwarming with the final line, “You make me want to do more with my label! Have a rad day!”
Please, Ryan Birkner, do more with your label, and anything your heart desires.
Off Tempo has been a thing since 2007, and there is no way to truly know how it’s influenced others, but these are great little reminders of how all of the music documenting, publishing, and digital ephemera that we produce can be a positive force in the world.
The last release by Off Tempo was the Birds Carried Your Song Through the Night EP, released in May 2012. The last video document was put up in November 2012, and the question that has been brought up on occasion is, “what’s going on with Off Tempo?”
We’ve been on a break. It’s been a long one, but there has been a different undisclosed project taken on since November. However, this whole documentation project hasn’t stopped. There’s been planning, development, and still, recording happening in the meantime. The planning is about how to best present the troves of live recordings to the world, still for free. There really is a lot of it, and a some weird stuff from 2007/08 that still hasn’t come out yet. Like, the Adrian Orange recording from the Tri-Cities in September 2007, sometime before Adrian started performing his AOK material, during the Adrian Orange & Her Band era. There is so much stuff. Most of it is audio.
Anyway, rest assure that things are still happening but it’s been in a long planning process, specifically a with new website that will serve as a concise archive, and hopefully a good resource for bands that people mostly forgot about, shows that were low in attendance and magical, and hearing people unknowingly speak into a microphone. Pure gold.
The plan is to have things finished in the fall. Off Tempo will also be resuming publishing works in some capacity but further details are to be revealed in due time. Ordering records and other wares from us will help these future works. (hint hint obviously plug plug)
We are super legit now.
i dont want my words to be taken out of context
i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized
i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction
i dont want to live in a world where…
Heatwarmer music vid for “Rejoice”
Erin Birgy lives in Seattle, Washington and performs as lead guitarist and singer in Mega Bog. Last summer She Shreds sat down in a restroom with Birgy after a Portland show (the acoustics were better) to talk about guitar heroes, music origins, and moms and grandmas.
SS: Are there any guitarist you admired when you first started learning guitar? Someone you looked up to?
EB: I was so into Nirvana. I was just so deeply into Nirvana. I just wanted to be Kurt Cobain. I feel like I still want to be Kurt Cobain.
I’m way into this floral print that looks like it was ripped off of hotel curtains and woven straight into a designer jacket. Of this look, Ian says he’s going for:
“90’s drab mixed with 70’s puke swag”
Ian is lead singer of new Seattle-about-to-break-out-band Health Problems. Fashion alone they got this one in the bag.