Monthly Archives: June 2007

Nothing to say…

I’m not much in the mood for talking right now. I’ll throw this out there as something to keep you busy in the interim.

Take a look at this video of an interview with QOTSA from The Henry Rollins show:

Clicky here for video

They’ll be appearing on the show this Friday to perform a song, but the show already has posted the above interview (along with the video of the performance of second song, Battery Acid) both of which will appear online only.

July, hurry the hell up.

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Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

I just got this from a friend in Portland, and thought I’d share it with you all.

You can preview the upcoming Spoon record “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” via a very hopscotchy little jukebox player that Merge Records has created:

Clicky here to listen.

I’m having fun with this one so far…is it just the cover photo and the mention of ‘ragga’ that are putting later-era Clash/solo Strummer into my brain? (Of course, when *aren’t* those in my brain?)

Enjoy….

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A little too quiet

[Currently listening to: Era Vulgaris – Queens of the Stone Age]

So, I’ve been kinda quiet lately, I know. I’d apologize, but frankly, I don’t feel too badly about it.

After attending an astoundingly fun show last night (The Cops and Tall Birds – any way that you guys can play every night for….well, forever?), I’m finally starting to feel like I’m back in a good place, and am taking life as it comes.

Work’s been busy, I’ve been heading to 3-4 shows a week (at least), the Seattle International Film Festival is ongoing, I’m hitting the road in July and beginning to pull together the details, my jaw is still adjusting to being -4 wisdom teeth and all that it entails, and I’m enjoying just being able to be out of the house and into the world once again.

To those of you I’ve not seen yet, I do truly apologize. Whether you’re thousands of miles away or just across town, do know that I want to catch up with you all, whether by e-mail, phone, text, or hopefully, in person. I’m doing my best, but there’s a hell of a lot of you, and I adore each and everyone of you, especially the part of how beautiful and patient you are.

One note: it looks like I’ll be sticking around Seattle for the 4th of July and am contemplating another Tiki Beach Party — anyone interested? Drop me a note or a comment, let me know.

A few recommendations from me for this week:

1.) If you’re in Seattle: Check out the remaining Noise for the Needy shows this weekend, which have been fantastic. Thee Emergency are playing tonight at the Comet, and Common Market plays tomorrow at Neumo’s; both guarantee you plenty of noisy fun, and plenty of beer. Also, you’ll be giving money to a good cause, which, it has been recently discovered, activates pleasure responses in cells in the brain similar to that achieved during sex. I kid you not.

2.) If you’re in the UK or near select US film fests: Go see Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten. Just go. NOW. You’ll kick yourself later if you don’t. Or hell, maybe you enjoying kicking yourself, in which case, have at it. US folks, be patient; it will be released here later this fall. I’ve seen it twice now, and am still processing it, so can’t really articulate what it means to me quite yet.

3.) If you’re anywhere, and alive and kicking next Tuesday, June 12: Get thee to your favorite local independent record store and grab Bayani by the Blue Scholars, righteous MassLine Media guys extraordinaire, and Era Vulgaris by the sweet boys in Queens of the Stone Age, who have given me the soundtrack for all of my summertime Tilt-A-Whirling needs. Both are intricate, authentic, and creative records, and I can’t recommend them highly enough — there just aren’t adequate words to do so.

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Seattle City Hall, 5pm, Tonight — Be There!

Okay folks, I’m really not kidding. I want to see your sweet asses at City Hall tonight. I MEAN it.

You’ve got a voice. Use it.

On May 31, City Councilmember’s Clark and Drago issued a press release and briefing paper outlining a series of proposals in response to the Mayor’s proposed nightlife regulations. The press release is available at http://seattlenma.org/downloads/clark_release and the briefing paper at http://seattlenma.org/downloads/clark_brief

The two councilmembers are proposing a series of actions that if, taken together, would be for more egregious than what the mayor originally proposed. These actions include:

* Embracing the mayor’s proposal of creating a new nightlife license which would be used to close down clubs at the discretion of the city.
* Significantly increases fines for noise violations from $500 up to $6000.
* Amends the current nuisance ordinance so the city could more easily close down clubs.
* Requests the mayor to consider even more regulations on nightlife establishments.

If this entire package were to be adopted, Seattle would have some of the most stringent nightlife regulations in the country. It appears that Councilmember Clark is intent on seeking approval of all elements of the package! This would have a devastating impact our music industry!!

Your voice needs to be heard now and loud.

First, email the City Councilmembers now. And then attend the June 4th (TONIGHT!!!) public hearing on this package. It begins at 5:30. Get there early to sign up! This hearing is in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall located at 600 – 4th Ave downtown.

Below are the emails to the councilmembers:

Nick.licata@seattle.gov 684-8803
Sally.clark@seattle.gov 684-8802 **
Richard.conlin@seattle.gov 684-8805
David.della@seattle.gov 684-8806**
Jan.drago@seattle.gov 684-8801
Jean.godden@seattle.gov 684-8807**
Richard.mciver@seattle.gov 684-8800
Tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov 684-8808**
Peter.steinbrueck@seattle.gov 684-8804**

** indicates these members are up for reelection this year. Peter Steinbrueck is not seeking reelection and this will be an open seat.

seattlenma.org

Thank you.

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