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February 2013

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We have teamed up with creative agency The Pancake Epidemic and are stoked to host their Coffee Outpost in the agency’s well-curated and inspired headquarters surrounded by Miracle Mile in L.A.

This Friday’s “Coffee Grinder” event marks our first Friday at the Outpost, and will feature one of our own pulling shots to kick off an alliance with TPE and renowned artist Samuel Bayer (the man behind Nirvana’s iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit video among other great work.) He is also known for his unique hand-processed treatments to photographs and film stills–he’s the man behind the lens and lab in the Cold Brew piece above. (Sam’s Portland-born assistant reportedly smuggled bottles of Cold Brew to photo shoots for years.) This opening also marks the unveiling of a cool collaboration with artist Wes Lang, who will create work for the front panel of the Outpost espresso bar.

Each Friday morning, The Pancake Epidemic invites artists, gallerists, boutique owners, designers, and the rest of L.A.’s finest over for coffee and breakfast and a meeting of the minds, in a space primed for espresso-fueled dialogue.

We’re also kicking off Samuel’s enormous, large-format, black and white solo photography show at the Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills opening this weekend. There is a preview on Saturday, March 2 and the show opens to the public on Sunday, March 3.

Chris Mueller’s arresting photos of Stumptown employees and compelling slice-of-life glimpses into cafe and roastery life are something to write home about. They are now live at Mueller’s Stumptown tumblr.

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A regular at the Division cafe for years before relocating to New York and back again with a newborn in tow, Mueller set out on this mission as a personal project to “document the current state of Stumptown and the individuals that make it what it is.” (We later commissioned him to shoot our cafes for our website.) His portraits, in particular, really astonished us with their depth, and with what American photographer Robert Adams describes as the rare skill of a great photographer to capture “a tension so exact that it is peace.” (more…)

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If you spotted Spencer Moody, languidly ambling the hills surrounding his new home in Mount Washington, CA, you might not recognize him as the thrashing frontman of Seattle’s much-revered punk/garage band The Murder City Devils.

The band has re-formed more or less since their break up, put out a 7” a year ago, and has plans to release a new record “at some point in the future,” but these days, Moody says, he’s been playing a lot of music by himself, and is most likely to be sun-soaked at the beach or walking about in the hills with his wife, eating Mexican food, and looking forward to roasting coffee again.

We caught up with Moody to get a sense of how he’s acclimating to the sun. (more…)

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In honor of Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday, a time for indulging, loving, and confession, we bring you “Love Hurts,” a rumbling, garage rock, protopunk safari from one of our own, barista/DJ/musician Deja Sparks. Catch her DJing at the Aalto or playing with White Glove (with fellow Stumptown Family member Tim Wenzel) at Langano Lounge (self-dubbed “Home of the Famous Pickle Shot”) on March 29th.