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by Christopher Grant Harris

24 April 2014

My New Nephew is Stone Cold!

Born yesterday 4/23/14 in the wee hours of the morning, here is my brand-new, stone-cold nephew Austin!

Yes, another "A" name kiddo in the family!

Yes, another “A” name kiddo in the family!

So now my wee beb Avery has TWO cousins within spittin’ distance of her age. This should be fun.

Is it just me, or does Austin look pretty much exactly how his brother looked in his birth photo?

Categories: Life.

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23 April 2014

2 Chances to See Some Metal Guns Get Slung: Gunslinger in Olympia This Weekend!

Gunslinger: Slinging some nerdy metal guns.

Gunslinger: Slinging some nerdy metal guns.

Olympia Artswalk is this weekend, and there’s some nerdy Heavy Metal opportunities for YOU! That’s right, Oly’s own Gunslinger is playing shows on both Friday and Saturday night!

I wrote about Gunslinger back in January, and will again quote their own description of themselves, because it’s a pretty durned awexome description:

We are Gunslinger. A particularly lethal combination of beer, science fiction and METAL!

I’d love to be able to see these shows, but with the wee beb who knows if I’ll be able to? But that shouldn’t stop you!

Gunslinger Show #1: Olympia Artswalk!

Gunslinger Show #1: Olympia Artswalk!

Details:
Gunslinger @ Artswalk 2014 (Facebook event)
Friday, April 25th at 8:00 PM
@ Capital City Guitars
108 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
Free (I assume; it doesn’t say anywhere)

Gunglinger Show #2: McCoy's Tavern!

Gunglinger Show #2: McCoy’s Tavern!

Details:
Heavy Metal Art @ McCoy’s (Facebook Event)
Saturday, April 26th at 9:30 PM
@ McCoy’s Tavern
418 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98501(map)
21+ $3

Will I see you there? Well, that depends on if I can make it to one of the shows or not! We’ll see!

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

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22 April 2014

Batman Beyond is Back… Kinda

Good Ol' Terry 'n' Bruce.

Good Ol’ Terry ‘n’ Bruce.

As sort of a follow-up to last week’s post (“The Bruce Timm Batman is Back… Kinda”), here is another video that was just released in celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary.

This time it’s revisiting the Batman Beyond universe, and it is directed by acclaimed comic bookist Darwyn Cooke! Take a look-see:

This one isn’t quite as successful I think as Bruce Timm’s short, but mostly because of the much-shorter running time. The story feels compressed and rushed; edits are too fast and the pacing is kinda jumbled. It’s almost more like it’s a trailer than an actual short.

That said, it’s a clever (if un-resolved) little short, and the pan at the end is pretty epic. Can you name them all?

Categories: Cartoons, Comics, Videos.

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21 April 2014

Dark Comedy Morning Show: New from Open Mike Eagle

Tragicomedy.

Tragicomedy.

My pal Open Mike Eagle is gearing up to release a new album! Yusss! Hoo-Ray! It is to be called Dark Comedy, and it is most likely to be extremexly awexxxome if what I’ve heard from him lately is any indication.

He has just released a preview track from Dark Comedy, the aptly-titled “Dark Comedy Morning Show.” You can stream it here! DO IT! NOW!

Is goot, yah? Yah.

The Dark Comedy album is already available for pre-order here on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dark-comedy/id856415907

The album doesn’t drop until June 10th, but if you really can’t wait that long you don’t have to! All you have to do is be in the Los Angeles area on May 1st and you can go see The Mike Eagle Show live at The Mint! Yes, that’s right, The Mike Eagle Show is returning, and this time it’s a “Dark Comedy Live Listening Party.” Mike is going to be performing songs from Dark Comedy, many of them live for the first time!

Mike has his own show. This is Mike's show. And you're invited!

Mike has his own show. This is Mike’s show. And you’re invited!

Details:
The Mike Eagle Show pt. II: The Dark Comedy Live Listening Party (Facebook event)
Thursday, May 1st 9:00 PM
@ The Mint L.A.
6010 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (map)
ALL AGES! $8.00 – $16.00

Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle

Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle

I won’t be able to be there (’cause it’s in L.A.), BUT MAYBE YOU CAN BE!?

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.

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16 April 2014

I Don’t Know Who Amy Bockelman Is, but I’ll Be There Anyway!

Bockelfest #4! Rawr!

Bockelfest #4! Rawr!

Apparently there is a woman named Amy Bockelman. I only know three things about her:

  1. She’s from Germany.
  2. She has fantastic taste in musics
  3. She is friends with many fantastic musicians

She also apparently has her own mini music fest: Bockelfest. I gather from inference that it is really just a fancy birthday party, but nonetheless she manages to gather some awexome bands in an awexome venue and have a rockin’ (and public-invited) good time.

This year (Bockelfest 4) the shindig is at the lovely Sunset Tavern in lovely Ballard, and includes these lovely musics:

Details:
Bockelfest 4 (Facebook event)
Friday, April 18th 9:00PM
@ Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA (map)
21+ $8 (tickets)

The Five Finger Discount on one foot each!

The Five Finger Discount on one foot each!

Since two of these bands are two of our very-favorite bands in existence right now (and I gather that the other one is some sort of ad hoc band created just for this event), you’d best believe that Carrie & I will be there! Perhaps we will even meet and befriend this Amy Bockelman person. SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

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15 April 2014

Three Ninjas: Authentic County

Musician Three Ninjas has always been a bit of a dichotomy. He generally makes two types of music: self-deprecating (and often very funny) hip-hop musics, and old-school, “my truck broke, my woman left me, my dog died, all I can do now is drink” country musics. His hip-hop musics have been very well represented in his recordings, but except for a few one-offs he hasn’t actually released much of his country musics…

UNTIL NOW!

Threeni has now released a full-length album of nothing but authentic, old-school, wish-I-were-dead country musics, deliciously titled Alcohol & Isolation.

Three Ninjas: Alcohol & Isolation

Album Artwork by Jen McCreight!

With song titles such as “Your Mother Doesn’t Love You,” “Feeling Sad & Getting Drunk,” and “I’m Hanging Myself Tonight,” it might be tempting to dismiss this album as parodying or poking fun at country music. But quite the opposite; this is raw, soul-searing and angrily defeated music. This is white man’s blues, as only real country music can be. This is the opposite of ironic.

This is some good stuff.

Threeni and his good pal Joshua Stephens are going on a west-coast tour to celebrate. The tour kicks off this Wednesday 4/16/14 in Olympia at everyone’s favorite hole-in-the wall, Le Voyeur.

Details:
Joshua Stephens + Three Ninjas Tour Kick Off (Facebook event)
Wednesday, April 16th at 8:30 PM
@ Le Voyeur:
404 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA (map)_
21+ FREE!

Then they return on April 29th for a triumphant return show (and official CD Release Party) at The Skylark Cafe in West Seattle.

Details:
Alcohol & Isolation CD Release Party (Facebook event)
Tuesday, April 29th at 8:00 PM
@ The Skylark Cafe:
3803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA (map)
21+ $6

I’m not going to be able to go to the kick off, but I will try my darnedest to catch the return. SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.

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14 April 2014

The Bruce Timm Batman is Back… Kinda

He is old-timey vengeance... he is the old-timey night...

He is old-timey vengeance… he is the old-timey night…

Bruce Timm, the man who was the impetus for the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series and much of the rest of the DC Animated Universe, has returned to the Dark Knight for his 75th Anniversary, directing a brand-new animated short: Batman: Strange Days.

Rather than taking place in the B:TAS universe, Timm has taken the Caped Crusader back to his roots, imagining him in a pulp serial from 1939 (the year Batman debuted in Detective Comics) going up against Dr. Hugo Strange and Solomony Grundy (at least I’m pretty sure that’s Grundy) to rescue a blonde bombshell. It’s good fun, and really makes me miss B:TAS.

Categories: Cartoons, Videos.

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