Last night, I dropped in to New World Records to see a live show at 6pm by Olympia musician Calvin Johnson. I'm used to seeing him sauntering up the serpentine Jefferson Avenue in downtown Olympia, so it was surreal to see him walk in off Elmwood Avenue here in Buffalo.
Calvin's a central figure in the legendary Olympia music scene. He is the founder of K Records, whose slogan is "exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1982."
The K Records website provides a short, inspiring manifesto-history that is worth reading. Here's a quote: "We are not in the entertainment biz. K is a library card for the culturally deadpan... hometaping is a required course. Johnny Appleseed had the right idea: homegrown tastes best, decentralize the means and distribution of your sustenance, cultivate strains outside the petridish of corporate culture. Decentralize your tastebuds." Read the full text at:
The other famous Olympia music label shares a similar philosophy. I don't know if they have a manifesto, or even a slogan. But their name is Kill Rock Stars.
My film Go with the Flow explores the Oly music scene with interviews of Calvin and others, plus performance footage. You can check out a short excerpt at www.pagetfilms.com/gowiththeflow.html