by Sean Jewell:: Let’s be clear, every work of art, every piece of music performed, is a non-violent protest. Art –unbeknownst to some– is a communication, a response to observations of conditions; a physical formulation of hypotheses shared from one generation to the next. In this way it’s exactly like science. And what better way […]

  In advance of Bradford Loomis‘ forthcoming album Bravery And The Bell (March 2017) AST is proud to present this standalone single. Loomis tells us: “This was written to commemorate the the 100 year anniversary of the Everett Washington Massacre. This songs is sung from the perspective of Sheriff Donald McRae a dubious man whom many blame […]

by Sean Jewell :: American Standard Time interviews Justin Townes Earle. We chopped wood about World Champion Cubby Bears, weird, old America, shitty songwriting, smokin joints with Guy Clark, and good songwriting, too. Justin Townes Earle is on tour now, and plays the Tractor Tavern in Seattle on Monday. More on that here. AST: First […]

By ML Ray :: Any serious fan of bebop jazz – and its many offshoots – has most, if not all, of these classic albums: Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus The Modern Jazz Quartet – Fontessa   John Coltrane – A Love Supreme Thelonious Monk – Monk Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder Jimmy Smith – The Sermon! Oliver Nelson  – The Blues And The Abstract […]

By Alexa Peters :: This burnin’ new track from Seattle’s homegrown Country Lips, “Grizzly Bear Billboard,” finds the spot where pristine pop-country meets its ugly, outlaw step-sister. While clean honky-tonk piano, atmospheric pedal steel, and electric guitar shimmer in the back, Trevor Pendras’ voice has the ramshackle charm of Neil Young, pushing forward with breathy crescendo […]

by Sean Jewell :: The 20th Anniversary Capitol Hill Block Party takes place in Seattle this weekend. One of our favorite neighborhoods, which has seen the boon and bane of the speedy growth of our fair city, puts on the festival every year to feature up and coming local acts right next to internationally known performers. […]


BY AARON SEMER:: When Fred Cole spits out the lyric “Goddamn, I hate the blues!” you feel it in your bones. Fred and Toody, and Dead Moon sing the blues — the Columbia River Delta Blues. It’s not pretty. It’s the cry of the hard scrabble Northwest. Down there on the Washington/Oregon border where the river meets the […]

AST is excited to premier a track from Western Centuries, the country combination of songwriters Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton, and Jim Miller. It’s always a pleasure to hear new music from these guys individually, so we were over the moon to hear that they’d teamed up for a riff on Cahalen’s last project, Country Hammer. In […]