MXTS 2011 Wrap up

Posted in Music and other Arts by Joseph on April 20, 2011

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, March 19 2011

“Well, that was interesting.”

Kyle Morton of Typhoon at the conclusion of their semi acoustic set.

That pretty much sums up how we feel too.  HSP Co-Owner Joseph Strickland here with a recap of Music by the Slice 2011, definitely the most unique one we’ve done yet.

This was our 6th year hosting this party and it definitely did not lack for excitement!  From the thrill of seeing Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson share a stage for only the 2nd time ever, to the unexpected delight of completely unplugged sets from Versus, Lost in the Trees, Apex Manor, Fredrik and The Boxer Rebellion among others, there was never a dull moment in the 3 days of this year’s party.

Although our issues getting a sound permit from the city – and subsequent need to unplug at times – were not something we’d ever like to experience again, it did lead to some of the most amazing performances we’ve seen in our 6 years hosting this party.   And thanks to the generosity of our rad sponsors, the thirst of the beer and beverage buying public, cooperation from the weather Gods, the generosity of our friends and staff members who offered up their acoustic instruments, and most importantly  the willingness of the artists to DIG DEEP, throwing away their rehearsed sets to improvise, acoustically on the fly, we were able to raise 10 thousand dollars for our charity: YouthLaunch’s Urban Roots program!!!!

So all in all, we are psyched with how it all turned out and wouldn’t change a thing, except maybe the volume!

Thanks to everyone who had anything to do with making this happen, we love you all!!!

And hey don’t miss these sweet videos:

Ivan & Alyosha “Glorify”:

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down “Bag of Hammers”:

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson “Delicate Cycle”:

Lord Huron: “The Stranger”:

Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz “Big Bang”:

Typhoon “The Honest Truth”:

The Cave Singers “Haller Lake”:

The Twilight Sad “Cold Days from the Birdhouse”:

Great Lake Swimmers “I Could Be Nothing “:

Lost in the Trees “Walk Around the Lake”:

Rural Alberta Advantage:


MXTS 2010 Preview: The Cave Singers

Posted in Music and other Arts by Tara Bouley on February 23, 2010

Allyson, one of our fabulous employees, has this to say about The Cave Singers:

There’s just something about foot stomping, washboard playing and guitar finger-picking that makes me want to wriggle my hips, clap my hands and lose myself like a wild banshee. Enter: The Cave Singers. I fell in love with them when they released their raucous single in 2008, “Dancing on My Grave.” I then discovered their debut album, Invitation Songs, that had been released close on the heals of Pretty Girls Make Graves disbandment in 2007, of which guitarist Derek Fudesco was a member. Pete Quirk, formerly of Hint Hint, lends his unique pinched vocals, along with harmonica and guitar and Marty Lund, of once Cobra High, plays drums.

This talented trio does not reign from deep in the heart of Appalachia, as one might expect from their musical stylings, but instead call Seattle their home. No matter, they will be ALL OURS for a beautiful set of toe tapping, tambourine banging and general spirit lifting.

Welcome Joy, The Cave Singers sophmore album brings all the energy and sincerity that I’ve come to expect from Indie Folk. They are going to light our stage on fire, and I’ll be there, dancing in the ashes.