Celebrating well over a decade of dancefloor love

November 11th, 2013 by devinkelly


RSVP here to the last party ever to take place at ETG

As most of you have likely heard, The Electric Tea Garden will be closing its doors forever later this month. The owners of Seattle’s longest-standing underground venue have decided not to renew their lease, knowing that their time there would be extremely limited if they did. Their now legendary location is being sold, there is a huge apartment building going up across the street, and Seattle’s constant redevelopment plunders on, for better or worse. But supporters know that the legacy of ETG can never be truly lost. More importantly, we know that everyone involved with ETG will undoubtedly bounce back better than ever. Regardless of the outcome, everyone and everything involved will forever hold a special place in the Seattle dance music community’s collective heart. The underground will live forever, baby!

ETG is one of those rare underground music venues that has withstood the test of time without compromising, commodifying or collapsing under its own weight. The space has survived over a decade under several names and managers, hosting all manners of one-offs, weeklies, monthlies, after parties, radio shows and straight-up ragers. Throughout all of this, it managed to maintain an entirely community-driven, DIY and good vibes feel, even as it gradually became more refined, legitimate and on the radar of authorities and mainstream club land.

Initially dubbed the “Artificial Limb Company” (the name of the business occupying the bulk of the building), the space was primarily used for rave after parties, trance and ambient events by classic Seattle promoters like Inertia Labs and Future Trance Foundation. It would just as likely be hosting a happy hardcore after hours from 7am-noon as it would a weekend long, multi-room (yes, multi-room) ambient party. It was on this type of dancefloor that Shameless founder Recess met Seattle’s very own party-rocking MC Antom Bomb (AKA Tippet), who went on to be a key member of Shameless for several years and eventually became ETG’s bar manager. Needless to say, our love for these people runs deep.

Somehow, the space managed to maintain, despite building and business management changing hands. It gradually morphed into Oseao, a combined music venue, online radio station and music licensing service ran by Seattle underground dance music veterans such as Jon Lemmon. Oseao felt more legit and polished than the earlier days, but still displayed a deep love for Seattle’s dance music community. Shameless members Recess, Adlib and Jen Woolfe all played on the radio there, and we were all regular attendees of the earliest after hours events that gradually gave rise to what ETG is today. It was in this time that the current staff managing ETG began to form and the parties started having the ridiculous after hours vibe we all remember so well. Those were the days.

Spaces of that nature can only last so long before they are undone by their own popularity, the inevitable influx of hipsters, flavor of the week partiers, and mainstream clubbers, or the crushing weight of Seattle’s exceedingly anti-nightlife bureaucracy. It is here where ETG really excelled. The owners and management team were savvy enough to realize what was happening. They gradually morphed into a completely legit, on the radar and relatively mainstream after hours destination without compromising any of their community or music values. They coalesced an incredible, driven and passionate staff centered around leaders with big personalities and bigger hearts. They worked with veteran Seattle promoters such as Uniting Souls, De La Crème, Sweatbox, Innerflight, Shameless and others to create solid monthlies, each with their own flavor, feel and crowd. They threw many of their own ridiculously awesome events with a roster of amazing up-and-comers, veterans of the underground and even global superstar performers that is way too long and varied to list in this blog post. They hosted some of the most wild, long-standing after hours imaginable while keeping their sanity and remaining total legit.

But, most impressively, ETG built a solid base of consistent supporters, folks who seemed to be there ALL THE TIME, regardless of the event, crew behind it or day of the week. We know many of those folks will be with us for the very last ETG event, and we hold some that we know won’t be able to make it in our hearts. We ask that each of you reflect on your favorite memories of ETG before attending their two-day “ETG Love” party on November 15th-16th and/or joining Shameless at the very final ETG party on Saturday, November 23rd. Come early and stay with us past the sunrise, because this is gonna be something you’ll never want to forget.

Thank you all for supporting ETG –and Shameless- on such a long and wild ride. Nearly 20 years of love and memories have been created, collected, and shared within the walls of Electric Tea Garden. Please join us as we blow it up like never before and honor this communal legacy together! (Please share and re-post this , as there are so many people to reach who have helped to shape this unforgettable era).

Luke Mandala – Eugene, OR
(Desert Trax, Booka Shade Music, Addictech Records)
The Bad Pioneer – Portland, OR

Plus Shameless residents:
Joe Bellingham – live/DJ
Gato Negro

Saturday, 11/23
The Social at the Electric Tea Garden
10pm-very, very late! / 21+
Free before 11pm

Pics, music and merch from our outrageous label launch party!

November 1st, 2013 by devinkelly

Smash TV!


As most of you know, Shameless has started our very own record label, Shameless Audio, which premiered with an OUTRAGEOUS launch party at Seattle’s Electric Tea Garden on September 28th. We managed to throw a packed-to-the-gills blowout party from 9pm to 6am, despite it being a stacked Decibel Festival weekend with dozens of other events going on throughout the city. Our old friends and dancefloor heroes Smash TV played what could only be described as a completely ridiculous, totally face melting six hour set, with many attendees staying from start to finish. Those who showed up early got grab bags filled with all sorts of swag. Those there at the peak of the night got to hear Smash TV premier their remix of Shameless member Joe Bellingham’s “Our Reflection Blues,” the first release on the new label. Those there at the end got to order themselves a drink and stumble off into the sunrise sporting a new pair of Shameless sunglasses. It was an affair to be remembered.

For pics from the night, please visit Dave Matthew’s Flickr page page or Andi Dean’s pics on the Electric Tea Garden Facebook page.

To check out the release, please visit our Shameless Audio Soundcloud page.

To pre-order the release or pick up some of your very own Shameless swag, please visit our new Bandcamp site.

Thanks for ten years of love and support for our crew! Here’s to ten more for the label!

Shameless Audio Record Label Launch Party!

August 30th, 2013 by devinkelly

Shameless Audio for Web

The cat’s outta the bag!!! Shameless is celebrating the launch of our new record label, Shameless Audio, with an insane all night party featuring an extended DJ set from Berlin’s Smash TV and a LIVE set from our very own Joe Bellingham. Digital copies will be available of our first release, Joe Bellingham’s “Our Reflection Blues,” featuring remixes from Smash TV and Ghosts On Tape, along with new Shameless merchandise!

For the last ten years, Shameless has offered Seattle a near constant stream of forward-thinking electronic music, dancefloor debauchery and party-rocking good times. Whether through our recent “Flash” weekly at Q, our annual “My Bloody Valentine is Shameless,” the long running “Shameless Social” monthly at the Electric Tea Garden or our numerous collaborations, renegades and one-offs, Shameless has become synonymous with Seattle’s underground dance music community.

We felt making the jump to running a record label was long overdue, and showcasing original production from our own crew member and remix duties from some of our talented friends only made sense. Anyone who has seen Smash TV’s previous performances for Shameless know this is a party not to be missed. Come early, stay LATE, and join us in celebrating the first of what we hope will be a slew of new releases!


Smash TV (DJ) *6 Hour Set!* – (Get Physical, Mobilee, Bpitch – Berlin)

The name Smash TV rings bells internationally. Like a phoenix off the ashtray, Holger Zilske and Kai Preussner are back to bond their knowhow and skills, always burning the candle at both ends… Founder Holger Zilske is known for his numerous Smash TV-releases on bpitchcontrol: his albums “electrified” and “bits for breakfast”, singles like “yellow asteroids” “air/earth” and “locomotive breath” plus co-writing and co-production for Ellen Allien including the albums “stadtkind”, “berlinette” and “thrills”. Playhouse, Diynamic and Leena have been recent stations on Holgers path, always displaying a distinct blend of complex arrangements, gargantuan bass lines and sweat fueled percussion. Furthermore he’s got collaborations with Miss Kittin, Raz Ohara, Daso, Richard Davis, Dave dk and remixes for the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Kiki, Miss Kittin, Adam Freeland, Toktok and Marco Resmann up his sleeve. Kai Preussner has been silently involved in Smash TV productions since 2001 and collaborated with Holger Zilske on his highly rated soloalbum “Holz” on Playhouse. now he steps into the spotlight as the new member of Smash TV. Kai is also known as Citycobra and has just released an EP. with Axel Boman and Dave DK on Moodmusic and got another one on Playhouse coming up. For Holger and Kai, music is not just about the dancefloor, it’s a way of life and a means of communication on a deep emotional level. This becomes apparent on their latest releases on Get-Physical, Leena and Soulfooled as well as their live- & dj-sets, which achieved them the reputation of being the “last men standing”.


Joe Bellingham (Live) – Shameless

Bellingham joined Shameless Productions in 2009 and quickly established himself as a live act preforming his original Dub, Techno & Ambient live sets. With his trusty field recorder at his side, no personal moment is safe from sample. You might find him recording city buses on the streets of Seattle or at his residency at the Electric Tea Garden for the monthly party The Shameless Social. Either way, he would love to get together sometime to record cat meows, laughter and the channel 4 news.

With support from Shameless residents Recess, Adlib and Gato Negro


Deepchild: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjfdZOXsrNI
J.Phlip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqFAeeGouYY

Saturday, 09/28
The Social at ETG
9pm-6am / 21+
$12 presale at

Shameless Social – ETG Love!

August 4th, 2013 by devinkelly

Shameless is proud to present another awesome edition of the Social! This month, we are celebrating the four years of love we’ve had with the Electric Tea Garden (and Oseao before it) by booking some of the folks behind the other fantastic monthlies hosted there. As you all know, our connections to ETG and the crews throwing events there are deep. We were one of the first serious monthlies there when it was still Oseao, and one of the only ones to keep going after it officially became ETG. We have collaborated with the folks from Uniting Souls, Sweatbox, Innerflight and Proper on numerous occasions, and we love the stuffing out of everyone in ETG’s fun, competent and dedicated staff. We want to return the love they’ve all given us by hosting a special edition of the Social honoring all of them. We hope you come out and support!


Derrick Deepvibez (uniting souls/mindshift)
Ctrl_Alt_Dlt (Sweatbox, SpaceRock, From 0-1)
Xan & Karl (De La Crème / Flammable / Proper)
Manos (Innerflight Music)
Sho’Nuff (Electric Tea Garden)
Gato Negro (Shameless)

Derrick Deepvibes (uniting souls/mindshift)

Ctrl_Alt_Dlt (Sweatbox, SpaceRock, From 0-1)

Ctrl_Alt_Dlt is a Seattle based DJ originally from suburban Detroit. He went to his first rave party in ’99 and was strongly influenced by the sounds coming out of the city. He started DJing in 2001 and naturally gravitated towards the Midwest’s dark, stark style of techno. Today, Ctrl_Alt_Dlt rides the fine line between techno and house, playing sets consisting of cerebral, psychedelic tracks that wring maximal power from minimal elements. In addition to a long standing residency at Seattle’s Electric Tea Garden, he’s also a founding member of Sweatbox, a strictly techno-based productions crew who’ve spearheaded numerous weekly, monthly, and one-off parties over the last 5 years, bringing the likes of Mark Henning, Derek Plaslaiko, Mikael Stavöstrand, Camea, and Dan Bell, to name but a small fraction. His production game is still in it’s infancy but he’s got early releases out on From 0-1, Peloton Muisque, Innerflight, and Mindshift Records, with more action on the horizon. He is also a contributing writer for Plasmodium and The Stranger.

Xan Lucero (De La Crème / Flammable / Proper)

Almost 20 years in the dj booth doesn’t lie, and neither does the dance floor … which is where Xan Lucero has spent the last 2 decades playing House and Techno Music. He has spent the better part of the last 15 years travelling America exploring its dj booths and dance floors playing a global brand of Underground Dance Music ; both on solo adventures as well as with his partner, Atom Bryce as The Control Freeks . Together with Atom and on his own , he has held residencies all around America , made parties, had raves, run record stores, started disco’s, helped with various record labels and has generally lived his life playing music for people that want to hear it .

Xan has recently relocated back to Seattle and is enjoying a packed schedule of holding down resident duties for legendary West Coast House Music institution Flammable ,and has been picked up by the NW staple brand , De La Creme , as well as hosting his own monthly and weekly parties , and continues to guest and tour around America.

Karl Kamakahi ( (De La Crème / Proper)

Manos (Innerflight Music)

An integral part of the Innerflight record label and music collective, dj Manos exemplifies a fresh and funky groove that pulses with prismatic energy to stimulate the mind, open the heart, and move the body. Known for dosing Seattle dance floors with everything from acid-laden techno and house to reverie-inducing experimental and starryeyed electronica, his musical adventures traverse divergent sonic terrains but nearly always venture into psychedelic territory. At once sensuous and sentient, bizarre and macabre, his motley assortment of muses include the mid 90s Minneapolis rave scene, industrial, punk, and hip-hop albums of the late 80s/early 90s, classical music, and The Beatles. Presently, this penchant for dissent and the transgressive has aligned with his bohemian spirit, awakening an enigmatic yet unmistakable artistic sensibility that resonates on multiple levels with dancers and heads alike. Whether rocking an all-night underground party at the break of dawn or sharing the bill with such diverse megawatt talents as: The Flashbulb, Juan Atkins, Pezzner, Proem, dj Three, Noah Pred, Phil Western, Freaky Chakra, or Luke Solomon, Manos consistently funks up the dance floor, shaking the booties and expanding the minds of the vibrant Northwest underground of which he is a passionate and deeply rooted element.

Sho Nuff (Electric Tea Garden)

Gato Negro (Shameless)

Gato Negro is really, really awesome. No, like, for real. Don’t miss him!


Doors open at 10pm / 21+ / Party goes late!

Electric Tea Garden
1402 E Pike St

Deepchild: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjfdZOXsrNI
J.Phlip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqFAeeGouYY

Shameless – Keeping it weird since 2003.


April 12th, 2013 by joebellingham

April 12th, FLASH is proud to present…

Hotflush, Berlin/NYC



with special guest
Care Package / Stop Biting


$10 advance tickets are available at: http://bit.ly/1182CPo

Doors at 9pm / 21+
@ Q Nighclub : 1426 Broadway, Seattle

Sepalcure’s combination of love for bass and 90s house acapellas is the culmination of a cathartic two week collaboration between Machinedrum and Praveen. Their mix of tribal dub, house and two step beats works equally well for both late nights in the club and rainy, introspective nights at home. Detroit techno chords cut through wooden beats, neon synths and dubbed out atmospherics.


March 22nd, 2013 by joebellingham



FLASH EVERY FRIDAY @ Q Nighclub : 1426 Broadway, Seattle

Shameless X Anniversary Video

March 22nd, 2013 by joebellingham

Proof that this amazingly awesome party went down. Big thanks to all our supporters over the last 10 years. Here’s to the next 10!

Ten Years in the Making

February 25th, 2013 by recess




MBVWeb Check out the whole collection of photos from the evening here:
Photos of the Main Event!

Photos of the After Party 

Beats, Booze, Bacon and The Breakfast Club!

December 27th, 2012 by devinkelly


This is Shameless HQ writing to remind all you Seattle freaks of where you should be spending your New Year’s Day. Whether you rest all of New Year’s Eve, get way too wasted before midnight and pass out in a gutter, party with Innerflight ’til the breaka-breaka dawn or are STILL UP from last weekend’s Shameless “Social” monthly, you would do yourself a favor by stumbling on over to the Electric Tea Garden, getting yourself an ice cold beverage, writing/speaking run-on sentences, and listening to some hot as hell dance music at about 6am until the wee hours of the afternoon on New Year’s Day. That’s right, we’re presenting another edition of our now infamous Breakfast Club party, featuring food, booze and two areas of music insanity from 6am-4pm.

For those of you were there last year, this should be a no-brainer. For those of you who weren’t, you’ll just have to come see if all the rumors are true. Will there be more phenomenal sets by some of Seattle’s favorite dance music legends? Definitely! Will there be incredibly awesome performance art? You betcha!… although this time it will be by Gaydolf and the Golden Showers, as Tons of F***ing Sequins are now signed to a major label and way out of our league… Will a man strangely resembling Zach Galifinakis blow us all away with his unique and only slightly creepy brand of awesomeness? Hopefully! Will Principal Vernon show up? Probably not. Will there be a metric shit-ton of bacon? Probably yes. Will there be at least some bacon? MOST DEFINITELY! Will there be booze-a-plenty? YES! It will be flowing like Manna from heaven (or, at least, from ETG’s exceptionally competent and tolerant bar staff)!!! Will Adlib be playing another exceptionally rad closing set? No… alas, he can’t make it, as he will be on a plane to Hawaii… but that means you guys all just have to get twice as stupid for him!

We guess at some point we should stop writing and share the details. Well, for those of you still around, here they are!

The Breakfast Club – New Year’s Day Party!

Cyanwave vs Sone (From 0-1)
Nordic Soul (Decibel)
Eva (Mastermind)
Wesley Holmes (Flammable)
Deepvibez vs Jeromy Nail (Uniting Souls)
J-SUN (Innerflight Music)
Sh6rl6s6 (KEXP, No Sleep)
DJ D’Nelski (Hush Hush)
Erin O’Connor vs Riff Raff (Soft Wall, Bottom Forty)
Recess (Shameless, Q)
Joe Bellingham (Shameless)
Withrock (Shameless)

6am-4pm, 21+
Electric Tea Garden
Seatlle, Washingsocks!
immediately proceeding: Innerflight Toasted NYE (GO TO THIS PARTY, TOO!!!)

Gunnar Lockwood Talks Sandwiches

December 21st, 2012 by joebellingham

Sandwiches are delicious. I love any and all sandwiches. Except when they are disgusting. Watch Gunnar Lockwood indulge in disgusting sandwiches in this video.

Please consume sandwiches responsibly.

Also, please listen to the audio in this video with bass-capable equipment. Otherwise it’s just a bunch of scraping sounds.

Thank you.


I recently sat down with Gunnar thru the internet and talked more about his music.
> How’s life in Bangkok? What’s the music scene like out there? Any cool clubs worth mentioning?
Life in Bangkok is hot, dirty, noisy, and wonderful. I love being in a big city, even though there are times when it’s not so pleasant. It’s too hot to do things very quickly, so I guess it doesn’t have the “New York Minute” feel, but it does have it’s own manic aspects, like motorcycles that drive on crowded sidewalks, trains stuffed with people, and occasional large political protests funded by an exiled multi-millionaire. Those things are kind of annoying in the moment, but looking back on them is always either entertaining or an interesting source of perspective. If I can get fresh coconut juice, watermelon, mangosteen, and tiny bananas, I’m pretty happy. Also, my best and closest friend, Mix Architekt lives there, so it’s like I live near my brother.

I don’t consider myself an authority on Thai music or the Thai music scene, but I do have my own limited perspective.

Thailand is a major tourist destination, so there’s an unfortunate emphasis on commercial electro house for drunk international tourists with no taste. In my neighborhood, nearly every Friday and Saturday there’s a very loud live band that plays psychedelic freakout music with tons of solos and no riffs. It’s kind of good, but I don’t really know who else it appeals to.

> What’s your favorite sandwich? Do you like them cold or hot?

My favorite sandwich is probably the 2nd Place Medal Sandwich. It’s about eating your failures and making peace with them. Also, it has wheels and Sriracha sauce to cheer you up.
Or did you mean sandwiches for actual ingestion? If so, my favorite sandwich comes from a restaurant called Native Foods. It’s called a “Chicken Run Ranch Burger” and its temperature is on the warm side. Hillside Quickie has some serious contenders too.

> Talk to me about this music video you made for the track “Abrader” on KRecordings. It was very well made. Do you have any experience acting in or making short films?

Thank you. The concept just arrived while I was waking up and in a state of semi-consciousness. I wake up from a lot of my dreams laughing.

I don’t have experience as an actor, but I have studied film making a bit and I’m a graphic designer by trade. My girlfriend and I shot the video in our Bangkok apartment using her camera. I bought nearly all the sandwich ingredients and other props from Daiso.

> What’s your fascination with disgusting sandwiches? Are you trying to ruin sandwiches for everyone?

When you ask me to make a video, this is pretty much what’s going to happen. I want people to enjoy their lives, so I’d never try to ruin something as important as sandwiches. In a way, the idea worked because I didn’t know what the video should be. What visuals belong with this sound? Nothing really, so let’s try to show people something they’ve never seen before.

> What other activities are you into besides music? I seem to remember you took photographs?

Bass quilting in my treble hammock.
Feral cat seduction.

> Tell the names of definitive artists that made you want to start producing music?

I’d rather not name names because I’d feel terrible if those people Googled themselves and found this interview, heard my music, hated it, and then cursed me silently under their breaths for associating myself with them. If you ask me privately, I’ll tell you.

So I’ll just say punk, especially from DC and San Diego, noise, especially from Japan, metal from the US, (French) Canada and Japan, electronic music from England, and techno and house from The US, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain.

A record label from San Diego called Vinyl Communications had a big influence on me. The music and people were always inspiring and stimulating, and I got to use a studio for the first time thanks to Bob. He also let me join his band as their live bass player when I was 16. Tit Wrench was one of my favorite bands, and the members all happened to be brilliant and kind people who indirectly forced me to keep up with them.

> How did you have access to these people’s music? What turned you on to them?

I learned about most of them through friends. We also had some great record shops in San Diego called Lou’s Records, Off the Record, and Elevator, where a guy named Mark curated and fed us incredible techno. The Ché Café in San Diego was also really important for me and for a lot of other people there. It was and probably still is the best place for underage shows.

Somewhat stupidly, I discovered a good percentage of my favorite music by just buying it based on cool cover art. There does often seem to be a connection. Or conversely, the appeal of white labels sometimes overtook me and then rewarded me handsomely.

> You grew up in San Diego? Did you spend a lot of time there? What city provided you the most musically?

I spent about 24 years there, so quantitatively and qualitatively San Diego has to come in first place. But I did go to LA (and north of LA) for a lot for raves and such, so that was important too. KR, Shameless, Pleasure Boat / Bonkers, and Decibel Festival have all given me buckets of wonderful music events, so Seattle has a huge place in my heart. The first event I played in Seattle was a “Show and Tell” put on by DJ Verse at The Living Room. Seattle has a reputation for being inhabited by cold people but if you’re into techno, the stereotype is revealed to be bullshit.

> What kinda gear are you working with in the studio these days? Excited about the new Ableton?

5U modular analog synth, analog mixer with built-in A to D, some hybrid analog/digital synths, monitors, and computer. Yeah, I think Live 9 will be good but I’ll probably find things to complain about. It helps to remember that the first sampler I used was an Ensoniq EPS 16+ that I borrowed from a monk.

> Tell me about your live setup for the Shameless party?
Laptop, two Novation Launchpads, and an Allen & Heath Xone DB4 mixer.

I’m playing “live” and DJ’ing at the same time.

I basically have two “decks” in Ableton.
Each deck is up to 8 channels of clips.
Each set of clips in a deck are controlled by a Launchpad.
Each deck sub-mix is fed to a channel on the DB4.
Within Ableton I’m playing “live” using song parts (drums, synths, noises, etc.), and on the DJ mixer, I’m mixing whole songs into each other, kind of like a DJ — mixing mixes.
Sometimes I’m using all 8 (Ableton) channels for a song and other times it’s just one. The DB4 gives me access to really good effects, plus I use it as a MIDI controller for effects that are sitting in Ableton. I also have low pass and high pass filters plus a looper on each DB4 channel, so filtering and phrasing can be done on each song, which helps to mix things together that might not otherwise make sense. That’s important when you’re only mixing your own music and your own music is kind of all over the place. There are tons of possibilities.

> Talk to me about the future. What projects are you working on? What’s on the horizon?

The future for me looks like it’s in Japan starting next year.

I’m also working on an EP. It’s got a little under-the-radar attention right now, so I’m encouraged and really grateful for that. I have tons of unfinished tracks, so I’m always trying to wrap them up. It’s difficult because I usually don’t have time to finish them in a day or two. It’s more like months and even years, mostly due to my job. When I come back to the tracks, I instantly have more ideas and spinoffs, so it’s very difficult to say “okay, this is final”. That’s good for live sets though, because I have tons of stems to play around with.

I want to play out more and release more music. I want to see people happy and freaking out, sweaty, sexually excited, and maybe a little confused.

Thanks for the interview Joe, and thanks for being a big part of what makes Seattle techno a reality.

You can catch Gunnar Lockwood Saturday December 22nd at the Electric Tea Garden for the monthly party “The Social.” Also Joel Pryde will be preforming along with your favorite Shameless residents.