Posts Tagged ‘Scratchmaster Joe’

Poster Giant Sucks.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Well, it’s true. Poster Giant gets you noticed. The company that has been notorious around Seattle for creating a monopoly on public space through numerous shady tactics is once again in the news. This time for blatantly covering up the art of commissioned work.

Click here to see the recent blog post on the Seattle PI.

For years they’ve also directed their employees to cover up and/or tear down anyone else’s “non Poster Giant” event posters. Soon you’ll be noticed for doing business with them. Scratchmaster Joe has recently taken the lead on holding Poster Giant accountable. He’s organizing a boycott. To start, you can sign the petition below.

Click here to sign the “Boycott Poster Giant Petition”.

There have been numerous times in the past where we’ve been attacked by Poster Giant’s ruthless approach as well. One time we decided to fight back with their own methods.

FLEA MARKET REUNION at The Social Saturday Oct 22nd

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Shameless welcomes the reunion of the infamous DJ collective FLEA MARKET to Electric Tea Garden! Formed in 2004 by Brent Tactic & Verse (aka Josh Roberts), Flea Market was a DJ collective dedicated to blending a multitude of genres ranging from electro, IDM, hip-hop and techno to deep house, glitch, tech-house and ghetto-tech. The idea was not to simply play one genre all night, but to cross-pollinate multiple genres into DJ set and make it the end result sound fun and exciting. Resident DJs Kadeejah Streets, Greg Skidmore, and Scratchmaster Joe joined Flea Market during its 2 ½ year residency at Chapel, where crazy nights of mad tag-teaming DJ sets ensued. Curious? Listen to a recording from a Flea Market party back in 2006:

Five years later, Flea Market reunites for one special night with The Social resident Recess. Expect lots of crazy tag-team sets from the Flea Market DJs all night long! Tactic headlines with what promises to be a fierce set largely focused on the growing moonbahton movement.
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TACTIC = BEN TACTIC + BRENT TACTIC (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
Tactic is a DJ and production team made up of Ben Tactic and Brent Tactic. The pair started working together in 2002 and immediately began to build on the success of their individual music careers. Ben’s background is based in electronic dance music and he cut his teeth playing warehouses, lofts and clubs all over the Midwest. Brent experienced great success in the hip-hop scene and split his time between djing and running an independent hip-hop label.

The two found common creative ground with the burgeoning music scene that ignored genre boundaries. Their focus became the best possible music from a broad cross section of club culture. Their 4 turntable dj sets blur the line between hip-hop, electronic and club music to get everyone’s asses shaking.

Tactic has proven just as productive in the studio as they are in the club. Their remixes and original productions have garnered international attention with plays on NYC’s East Village Radio and London’s prestigious KISS FM and BBC Radio1 as well as getting in rotation in the dj sets of Diplo, Sinden, Tittsworth, Starkey, Jackmaster, Dave Nada, Cosmo Baker and Eli Escobar. To date they have had remixes and original tracks released on labels such as Mad Decent, Dress 2 Sweat (Numbers), Starkey’s label Slit Jockey, Palms Out Sounds, Datura Records and their own label Think 2wice. With Ben now living in PDX running the groundbreaking night Bubblin and Brent residing in KC, this is a rare chance to see them perform together.





RECESS (Shameless)


Electric Tea Garden
1402 E. Pike St.

Scratchmaster Joe’s International Lounge

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009



2009 may go down in part as a year that reintroduced the concept of the listening party to Seattle’s nightlife. Bars and lounges the likes of Grey Gallery, Triple Door’s Musicquarium, and Nijo have increasingly invited DJ collectives such as Made Like A Tree, Sweatbox, and Shameless to set up shop and play sets that, while undeniably uptempo, focus more on the craft of the DJ as selector and record connoisseur. While people still dance, there are those in attendance that don’t just trainspot – they carefully listen and study each track and how they’re mixed into one another, how they’re sequenced, timed, and so forth. You could almost say that it’s the DJ version of chamber music.

Scratchmaster Joe’s International Lounge at Grey Gallery every Sunday night is certainly one of the most adventurous, deliberately indulgent, and consistently entertaining listening parties in Seattle. A notorious staple of the Seattle DJ world for many years, Joe is a world-class turntablist, having competed many times in DMC competitions, and is one half of the amazing bass duo Famous Players with former Seattlite/current New Yorker Sam Kirkland (who helped found Robo.trash back in the day with Kris Moon and others).

Now playing every Sunday at Grey Gallery from 7pm to 11pm, Scratchmaster Joe digs deeeeeeeeeep into his considerable vinyl collection and mixes and scratches at many different speeds everything from dirty breaks and vintage jazz to 60s-era psychedelic and 50s bop in combinations that you’ve never, ever thought of before. A friend who accompanied me to a Scratchmaster session last Sunday never heard him before, and said as we left that Joe never tries to get people to dance – he compels them to just listen.

This Sunday, Scratchmaster Joe’s guest is Garek Druss, a noise artist and has been part of bands such as Dull Knife, Story of Rats, & Heavy Teeth (more on Garek here)

Here’s the event page for this Sunday’s set. Go.

Scratchmaster Joe’s International Lounge
Every Sunday

Grey Gallery
1512 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-3904

No Cover!

Joey, Be Nice

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Shameless is teaming up with Famous Players to celebrate Scratchmaster Joe’s new CD, “Joey, Be Nice” released on Famous Records. This party will take place this Thursday April 16th at a very swank private venue on Capitol Hill (aka Sole Repair!). The event will feature Shameless sound, plus the musical styling of FCS, Specs, Recess, NKO and a very special surprise guest. And if that’s not enough, Joe himself will be recreating the disc live!

To listen to the new disc go to or come pick one up at the party.

Plus there will be some suprise guests making a musical appearance at some point during the night. Check out the picture below for a clue as to who it might be!
Full details on this party can be viewed here at