Debbie and Amy brought their 8 month old son to Ace Hotel — they said Seattle, but we see a Portland blanket — for a stay and he seems pretty happy about it. “As soon as we got to the hotel and placed him on the bed he was already so excited.” Weird! And very, very cute.

Debbie and Amy brought their 8 month old son to Ace Hotel — they said Seattle, but we see a Portland blanket — for a stay and he seems pretty happy about it. “As soon as we got to the hotel and placed him on the bed he was already so excited.” Weird! And very, very cute.


Ace Hotel Seattle, by Alice Ko.

Ace Hotel Seattle, by Alice Ko.


Widowspeak played a set during our live broadcast series with KEXP during CMJ at Ace Hotel New York, and Matt Jay caught them after their show and pre-feast at The John Dory, who graciously supplied these unspeakably good Lobster Rolls and Bloody Marys. They’re now also offering reservations at the Chef’s Table for an unprecedented view into the workings of a very celebrated kitchen. See the menu here and reserve here.

Hear Widowspeak’s set at Ace on KEXP — search for the 7:30am show on 10/20.


Johnne bedazzling our lobby windows for the Ace NYC x KEXP broadcasts.

Johnne bedazzling our lobby windows for the Ace NYC x KEXP broadcasts.


Dum Dum Girls broadcasted a live set from the lobby at Ace New York today and sat down in the John Dory to have lunch and talk about their tour, their show-related rituals and their show tonight at The Mercury Lounge.

Catch the last day of broadcasts tomorrow in our lobby - WATERS, EMA, Cavemen and Atlas Sound play live sets and we’ll go out with a bang with DJ sets from two of our favorite independent record labels, Group Tightener and Domino.

Also, don’t forgot to pick up your very own free copy of Art Chantry’s custom, limited edition, hand-screened poster for the Ace x KEXP broadcasts — they’re in the gallery space along with an archival collection of his iconic posters for Seattle rock bands.

Thanks to the John Dory Oyster Bar for lunch and letting us hang out.




Video by Matt Jay


Brittney Bollay shot people and things at Ace Hotel New York during our live KEXP broadcasts. But everything turned out okay! Probably because she used our magical film.

Brittney Bollay shot people and things at Ace Hotel New York during our live KEXP broadcasts. But everything turned out okay! Probably because she used our magical film.


Art Chantry, a pillar of Seattle music culture and game-changing poster artist, has created a custom poster for Ace New York City’s live KEXP broadcasts — the limited run of 200 hand-screened prints are free to all in the gallery space through tomorrow. Art’s showing a collection of archival posters from Seattle rock bands, up in our gallery through November 11.

Art Chantry, a pillar of Seattle music culture and game-changing poster artist, has created a custom poster for Ace New York City’s live KEXP broadcasts — the limited run of 200 hand-screened prints are free to all in the gallery space through tomorrow. Art’s showing a collection of archival posters from Seattle rock bands, up in our gallery through November 11.


Seattle is where non-conformist music and independent radio took hold, and that spirit has never been more relevant than it is today. We put down roots there with Ace Hotel Seattle, the first Ace ever, and it will always feel like home. The ashen skies, reams of flyer molting from telephone poles and transcendent coffee are indelibly engraved in the narrative tableau of the formative years of DIY culture.
We’re honored to keep the noise alive with our second year of live broadcasts with Seattle’s own KEXP during CMJ. We’re more thrilled than ever to host three days of bands and DJs from independent labels in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York, powered by Toyota’s Free Yr Radio. A stalwart of Seattle’s music history, Art Chantry, presents an archival show of Seattle rock posters, Thanks for the Memories. Art’s poster work for emerging 90’s band influenced several generations of graphic designers and exemplifies the strength and dynamism of Seattle’s music culture.
Art is also creating a poster for the Ace x KEXP broadcasts — screenprinted by DL Screenprinting in Seattle, a print shop specializing in artist print editions and show posters by poster artists like Jermaine Rogers, Emek, Brad Klausen, Justin Hampton, Rob Jones and Gregg Gordon. The limited edition poster will be available exclusively at Ace NYC during the broadcasts.
All sets will be broadcast live over the airwaves in Seattle and everywhere else online and via podcast. Keep an eye out here for real time posts, photos, videos and interviews.

Seattle is where non-conformist music and independent radio took hold, and that spirit has never been more relevant than it is today. We put down roots there with Ace Hotel Seattle, the first Ace ever, and it will always feel like home. The ashen skies, reams of flyer molting from telephone poles and transcendent coffee are indelibly engraved in the narrative tableau of the formative years of DIY culture.

We’re honored to keep the noise alive with our second year of live broadcasts with Seattle’s own KEXP during CMJ. We’re more thrilled than ever to host three days of bands and DJs from independent labels in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York, powered by Toyota’s Free Yr Radio. A stalwart of Seattle’s music history, Art Chantry, presents an archival show of Seattle rock posters, Thanks for the Memories. Art’s poster work for emerging 90’s band influenced several generations of graphic designers and exemplifies the strength and dynamism of Seattle’s music culture.

Art is also creating a poster for the Ace x KEXP broadcasts — screenprinted by DL Screenprinting in Seattle, a print shop specializing in artist print editions and show posters by poster artists like Jermaine Rogers, Emek, Brad Klausen, Justin Hampton, Rob Jones and Gregg Gordon. The limited edition poster will be available exclusively at Ace NYC during the broadcasts.

All sets will be broadcast live over the airwaves in Seattle and everywhere else online and via podcast. Keep an eye out here for real time posts, photos, videos and interviews.


INTERVIEW : MIMI PARKER OF LOW

Low is a band in its own genre — a three piece that includes a married couple, Mimi Parker and husband Alan Sparhawk — with a dedicated following and the ability to snare new devotees with nary one or two measures of their haunting, impossibly attentive sound. As they embark on an international tour with their new album, C’mon, drummer and vocalist Mimi took time to talk about their nearly 20 years of playing together, and what goes into creating the meditative, connective energy in their music — not to mention making lunch, dressing like a corpse and sharing airspace with a Scandinavian hardcore band.

To celebrate their tour, we’re giving away tickets to this evening’s show at Neumos in Seattle, and Saturday’s show in Portland at Aladdin Theater. Enter here and we’ll let you know by this afternoon if you’ve won.
 

So, I have been a huge fan of Low since I was a teenager and am still spreading the gospel. 

Wow, thanks a lot.

And I remember the first time I actually saw you live, I’d already been listening to you for four or five years and it was such a different experience watching you and Alan sing together on stage — pretty amazing. I was with a friend that had never heard you before and when we left she asked, Are they married? They way they sing just makes them sound like they know each other better than anyone. What it’s like singing with Alan and making music together?

Yeah, I think, you know, there’s something to that kind of intimate relationship of a marriage. I guess I don’t sing with a lot of other people, but when I have, it almost feels like I’m doing something wrong, you know what I mean? Like I’m cheating on Alan in a weird way. So, it just adds weight to that relationship of — I guess it is what it is. You know, we have such a connection. I’m not thinking that [while performing], but I’ve been curious whether anything comes across at all, because it seems like we’ve been doing this a long time and there might be something that maybe somebody could hear.

Part of it is that with that kind of harmony, I think you have to pay so much attention to someone and it’s similar as a listener, as a fan, because the music is so quiet and that makes you kind of, like, turn yourself down and listen.

Yeah.

And, you know, it kind of demands a special audience and a special space. I remember reading about a show you had a really long time ago at South by Southwest, and there was a Scandinavian hardcore band booked at the same time one floor below you in the same building.

Right, that was our first South by Southwest experience. 

And it kind of overpowered your performance.

Yeah, it definitely drowned us out. 

So, do you tend to try to find spaces that are really quiet?

I don’t know. I think when we first started, we didn’t know the spaces we were playing and that just happened to be just really ridiculous and, you know, we didn’t know that that was going to happen. And we were young and probably didn’t think to check into those things. Now, we’ve been doing it long enough that a lot of the promoters just kind of automatically put us in really nice spaces. You know, we still play the occasional festival, and we still do kind of run into that situation every once in a while, where we’ll hear, like, beats pounding from another stage and we just laugh about it at this stage, because it’s kind of humorous and, you know — what can you do about it? It doesn’t do any good to complain or stop — you know, stop, throw your instruments down and walk off stage. But, we’ve been really lucky. We’ve been able to play in a lot of amazing spaces, a lot of cathedrals over in Europe and actually a few over here.

So, I mean, it’s not that we are super precious about our sets. It is great when that happens, but if it doesn’t, we can barrel through it and we might just change the set a little bit and do more of, like, a festival type set, where we tend to stay away from the really quiet songs, because you can’t really have that delicate dynamic going on — it kind of gets lost.

But, yeah, we’ve been pretty lucky so far.

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