Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cairo Quickies: Family Edition

Meet Joe, Katie, and baby Lorraine.

This gorgeous family stopped in Cairo after a family afternoon at The Frye. What a treat!

This family was sporting some serious gear: duck hunting hats, hand-knit bonnets, and is that  BabyPendleton I see?

Thanks for coming in!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Cairo will be open 12-7 like normal, then 12-5 pm on
December 24th.  Come by and check out all the new

Just a few ideas .....

Iacoli & McAllister JEWELRY an instant favorite 
new addition, come see the whole line!

NEW MUSIC from flexions, secret colors, m. women,
U.S.F., brilliant colors, naomi punk, and of 
course the new cairo comp, featuring 14 new 

MYSTERY BAGS grab a limited edition 
mystery bag containing an exclusive cairo
designed t-shirt.  GREAT STOCKING 


Vintage BOOTS.  we just got a whole new collection
of vintage shoes and boots

Muchodesign! NEW JEWELRY LINE 

New jewelry by SHANNON PERRY, and a 
re-stock of perennial Cairo fave WORN PATH
out of Portland.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wiretap: On the Phone with Adam Forkner.

First ever phone interview!
Adam Forkner, currently of White Rainbow and Purple & Green, and I chatted on the phone last week about all the important things in life: Paul Allen, and Pauly Shore, and basketball. What else could there possibly be to talk about?
Adam and I spoke before he made his way from Portland to Seattle earlier this month to perform for Cairo's EXPO fest, which was fucking AWESOME. (Props to Marius for "bringing the party" with his strobe light app.)
Thanks to Adam for coming up here, for the last-minute phone interview, and especially for the enormous, rubbery, scented...member... that you brought along from Portland.

This is what the show looked like:

"this song is like a caterpillar"

And this what we said:

What is something that makes you never want to live in seattle?
 Oh god. Where do I start. I don’t know. Starbucks! I’ll just say starbucks. Also, the EMP. Paul Allen--he seems to have really ruined downtown. Alice in Chains. They’re from Tacoma, though, I know. Man, Baby Gap. People in turtlenecks. There are no turtle necks in Portland! Unless they’re from Seattle.

This is your second Cairo festival this year. Do have any expectations are you looking forward to something in particular? 
Yeah you know, I pop in, I pop out. That’s my thing. I’m looking forward to playing in the small room. Its such a special little room. It’s always so nice there, so cozy. You can get crunk and sweaty. Im not going to wear my stupid Columbia red jacket again. Last time I wore it and Ian was wearing the same one. Not again.

What was it like running into Pauly Shore during an interview? (Was that staged?)
No man, that was not staged! A film crew followed us around LA on the Atlas Sound/White Rainbow tour in 2008, and it was our day off. We were in Chinatown, shopping and going to galleries. The film crew wanted to do an interview, and we were just sitting ducks answering music questions. Anyway, the guy filming saw Pauly Shore and was totally starstruck, and got him to come over. I looked it up later on, and there are videos of him heckling people on that same day. He had that same dumb do-rag on. I guess hes doing internet comedy now.

You have done a lot of collaborative projects. What do you like about collaborations versus solo projects? 
With collaborations you get to leave your ego aside. You get to just dedicate yourself to a musical idea without having to have ownership, like, everyone in the collaboration gets to ease off their ego a bit. Solo is all about yourself and your music. When I do solo stuff its almost like a musical diary for me. I’ve been a musician my whole life. 

What instruments do you play?
I played the trumpet from fifth grade to college, but then quickly to drum machines and the synthesizer. 

Do you have a style icon?
A style icon? Oh geez, yeah probably. FUCK! YEAH! George Clinton? FUCK! I don’t know, I don’t have any money, haha. I like hyphy and hip hop fashion, and put it into my very-poor-person/noise-guy clothes. But I’m getting old now, so I just like t-shirts. I love Uniqlo, haha. Man, I went to Uniqlo in Japan and I wore all men’s size large. Makes me feel good.

Tell me about the name “White Rainbow".
Oh, that was many years ago, like 2003. I liked that it made no sense. It negates itself. White is all the colors, and so is a rainbow.  At the time it represented the feeling of everything—the whole spectrum of light. But now I don’t fucking know. Sometimes I go by Dr. Pizza. White Rainbow just seems hella serious. And I'm not a very serious person, even though I take music seriously.

Someone that you would really like to collaborate with?
Dam Funk comes to mind, I would love to learn what he knows about synthesized funk. Dane Funk is an ambassador to the R&B funk path of synth. Much respect to that guy.

What three people would you invite to dinner?
Haha. Dinner? Like, eating and talking? Oh shit. Fuck. Dinner party! Those are fun! George Clinton. Because he would just be funny. Oh, and Larry David and JB Smooth. I feel like that would be a wonderful dinner. Lots of laughs. 

Looking for a little Christmas gift for yourself? Saunter on over to our blog to listen to Adam's special mixtape JUST FOR CAIRO! AHH!

STILL not enough?? Click here!

Happy Holidays Everyone!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Get your copy of COASTAL SIGHTINGS now


Digital Download HERE

Through our United States Post office HERE

In person at these places: CAIRO (duh), WALL OF SOUND records, SONIC BOOM records in Ballard, and EVERYDAY records on Capitol Hill

Monday, December 12, 2011

Silkscreen Workshop Tuesday, December 13, 7 p.m.

We've added an extra silkscreen workshop this month for all your holiday gift-making needs. $45 gets you this great workshop, teaching you the basics of silkscreening shirts and posters + 1 month's worth of 7 day a week access to our studio to create your very own goodies. Stop by or email alchemy.of.time (at) gmail.com to reserve a spot!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Northern Exposure: Tiny Vipers

Jesy Fortino, aka Tiny Vipers, IS PLAYING AT CAIRO THIS WEEKEND FOR EXPO 89!!

In celebration of such fortunes, I asked Jesy to come in for a small interview and photo shoot with me before her performance.

As luck would have it, we had a class together at Seattle Central in 2010, a discovery which led to a conversation bemoaning the quality of coffee at SCCC's The Buzz and discuss the explosion of pseudo-corporate eateries surrounding the school. "Panera? That place smells like toddlers."

Jesy is currently in school for hydrology, with the hopes of some day working at the Cedar River Watershed. Academia has put her music career on a temporary hiatus, however, which is why it's even greater than she is playing EXPO 89 on SUNDAY NIGHT!

Here are some photos we took...

...and here are the rest!

The interview:

You’re not originally from Seattle, how does the PNW manifest itself in your music?

I’ve been in the Northwest since I was about ten, and I go on a lot of hikes… but I’m not really sure how to answer that because I can’t remove myself from it, you know? I get asked that a lot and I never know what to say.

Where is your favorite place to hike?

Taylor Mountain, Tiger Mountain, and the Cedar River Watershed. I’m going to school for hydrology, so hopefully I can work there someday.

What is inspiring you the most right now?

I guess all the books I have been reading are really inspiring. I’m reading “We Have Never Been Modern” by Bruno Latour right now. It has been inspiring me to think about things in a new way.

Do you have a style icon?

Let me think. I never thought about that. I like really functional clothing… I wear hiking boots every day… but I’m not sure where I got that from. Probably the Pacific Northwest actually—you have to dress for the weather. I grew up in the mountains so you always had to do that, I guess I still do. I guess you could say the NW affected my style more than my music.

What is your fantasy band line-up [to play with]?

I would feel like a dingus playing with really good musicians! I guess Townes Van Zandt just because I would want to hang out with him afterwards. The Durutti Column, except I would feel like such an asshole for playing a show with them. But that would be so cool!

Do you have a favorite Sub Pop label mate?

I’m so out of touch right now, but really I like the Fleet Foxes. Robin Pecknold is a good friend, or was, before he moved.

Your style of music is very intimate, what kind of venue do you prefer to play?

Big venues are the most uncomfortable—anything with a huge stage and crazy sound system and, you know, lighting and fog, is just bad. The best are galleries and small places especially when its just me or one other person. My first-ever tour was with Minus the Bear and The Helio Sequence—every night we played huge venues full of assholes that just hated me. It was very disheartening.

Have you had any shitty jobs?

Um, I worked at McDonalds? And I worked at Skipper’s for years and years. I've pretty much had every shitty job there is.

What is something you are never without?

Like, when I go walking and stuff? I guess there is nothing in particular. I leave my phone at home and it causes problems sometimes. When we go hiking we always bring fire flints.

Tell me about your tattoo (at the base of your throat).

I got it when I was a teenager. The guy I was dating at the time was a tattoo guy. It’s a microscope. I kind of regret it. All my tattoos are bad… they are from high school. Look at this terrible one [shows me her upper arm]… it says “facism” instead of “fascism”. I tried to cover it up with stick and poke. I just walked around my house all day poking my arm with an inked needle, and it barely did anything.


Listen to some Tiny Vipers tunes here.

Still haven't had your fill? Never fear! Jesy and Liz Harris (Grouper) are releasing a record on Kranky that will be out in 2012, under the moniker "Mirroring".

See you all this weekend at EXPO 89!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

DAY 1 Expo 89, the art of Robert Wolfe, & Co. Jewelry, and films by local artists

THURSDAY, December 8th

6 pm - 9pm opening reception for DIRT, new artwork by Robert Wolfe. Also during this time will be a trunk show for &. Co jewelry.

9 pm- 10pm AFTER DARK, a series of short films by: Emily Denton, Matt Lawson, Robert M. Wolfe, Christopher Ando, Robin Stein, Sean Pecknold, Jamey Braden, Shannon Perry, Carlos Lopez, Christian Palmer, and Frank Correa.


BIO for Robert Wolfe written by Ruby Jay "When we are patient and take the time to listen, life opens up around us like a season in bloom. Some men are able to leave home and create a new world somewhere far away, while others never forget where they come from. “Dirt” is one of those little things you pass over or see at a glance, but the meaning is quite monumental. With a hesitance to make bold statements, it is the feeling I get when I think of what I saw in “Dirt” that sticks in the deep part of my mind to this day. Many objects will come and go out of one’s life. That is certain. Some are more important than others, sure, but the cycles of their tiny impact is undeniable. A marbled rock similar in weight to an apple is worth almost nothing, but it’s something and it’s significant. Many have passed away without ever knowing this and to me that is a great shame. “Dirt”, teach us to care. Remind us to remember, and please, “Dirt”, forgive us for our footprint."

- Ruby Jay "2011"

& Co. Jewelry

Very Special trunk show with one of our favorite and longest running designer, Meghann S0mmer and & Co. Jewelry. Come grab some gifts!

After Dark, a series of short films by local artists

Deborah's Interview by Shannon Perry, Jamey Braden & Carlos Lopez.

NIGHTVISIONS, by Christian Palmer, starring Margot Smith & Nate Quiroga

HAUNTED HORSES video for "Wands", directed by Emily Denton

NIGHT COWS, by Robin Stein

FIELD FLAIL, Margaret Jones

THE BANQUET, by Robert Wolfe

CATASTROPHE, by Frank Correa & Jesuit the Cat

NIGHTLIGHT, by Christopher Ando

Monday, December 5, 2011

COASTAL SIGHTINGS the second Cairo compilation, available at EXPO 89 december 8-11th

2010's The Cold Jungle landed on more than a couple year end favorite lists, including top billing by Seattle Time's Andrew Matson....more on that HERE.

2011's compilation will be released December 8th in conjunction with EXPO 89. Coastal Sightings is again a reflection of this year's excellent EXPO line-up, and boasts new tracks by Stickers, King Dude, White Rainbow, Flexions, a special collaboration between U.S.F., Witch Gardens, and buds, AND many many more. See below for complete track listing. Head to the Temple of Cairo site to hear the tracks from U & King Dude

Coastal Sightings will be available as CD/CASS & digital download. As in years past, we will be offering special prices on the compilation during the festival, so don't forget to pick up your copy as you walk in (or out)!

See you on the Thursday!