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by Christopher Grant Harris

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening “Pleasure:” Two New Trevor Peach Albums!

Described as “unhealthily pessimistic,” “morbidly morose,” and “crestfallen in the downtrodden extreme,” Trevor Peach has been writing and performing music since 2004, recording mixtapes for close friends, only recently releasing his entire discography online via Bandcamp.

Well, just a few days ago he surprised us all by releasing not one, but TWO albums!

The first is very punnily-named When In Art, Make Doubt, which Trevor recorded with the Foregone Conclusions backup band. It is 13 brand-new tracks that you can (and should?) listen to the whole thing RIGHTCHEA:

The second album, Wordless Speechless Voiceless, is an anthology of music created between 2014 and 2018, remastered without lyrics. So basically Karaoke versions of FIFTY-TWO FRIKKIN’ Trevor Peach songs so that you can “entertain” your friends by singing to them. In all seriousness, though, it sometimes gets lost in all the overwrought lyrics, but listening to the instrumental versions of Trevor’s songs reminds you that he is actually a rather exceptional guitarist… when he isn’t morosely strumming the same 5 chords in the same rhythm over and over again for three minutes.

There you have it. “Enjoy” these new musics!

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

“Of the Month” April 2018

Comic Book of the Month:

Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force

Aside from having one of the greatest names in the history of entertainment, Strike Team: Code Name: Diamond Force is a thoroughly entertaining pastiche (not parody) of late-70s, early-80s low-budget action “extravaganzas.” Mike Tanner’s script pairs with Łukasz Kowalczuk’s skate-punk b&w art style to create something that is at once exactly as it should be and completely unique. This book was a Kickstarter project, so I’m not sure how to get your hands on it now if you missed out on that other than to find Mike or Łukasz at conventions (maybe Mike can hop into the comments to let us know?).

Instagrammer of the Month:

@dana_dooodles

My pal Dana (who was at one time a recurring villain in Fools Play Improv) started a drawing-a-day project in 2018, and it has consistently been one of my favorite Instagram accounts since then. Some real gems have emerged in that time:

I don't believe in astrology.

I don’t believe in astrology.

Believe in Yourself.

Believe in Yourself – Follow Your Dreams (I want this on a T-shirt SO BAD).

Pokemon I Invented.

Pokemon I Invented.

Website of the Month:

Botnik Studios

Botnik at its core is a predictive text generator. You input a source of text (for example: every single script for Star Trek: The Next Generation), then you start typing and Botnik will give suggestions as to what word you should enter, and what words should come after that (much like your average text message app). I used Botnik combined with a random-number generator to make my H.P. Lovecraft Halloween Posts last year. Well, I’m not the only person using it, and Botnik Studios compiles some of the best of this machine-assisted content generation. And they make me laugh SO HARD. Like these:

Script for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Script for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

They also have a YouTube channel, where they make things that have been scripted by the Botnik generator.

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: E=MC Hawking

e=MC Hawking

e=MC Hawking

You probably heard that renowned science guy Stephen Hawking passed away a couple of weeks ago. Yes, he was incredibly influential, and yes, he helped shed light on just how mind-screamingly WEIRD our universe is. But today I’m paying tribute to his biggest contribution to the world: his body of music as a dope MC.

Here is Stephen Hawking as MC Hawking with “e=MC Hawking”

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: GOL Wanna Do a Tiny Desk Concert!

That's a lotta peoples around such a tiny desk.

That’s a lotta peoples around such a tiny desk.

If’n ye didn’t know, NPR has what they call their “Tiny Desk Concert” series, wherein they invite musicians to come in and perform at a very confined space in their office. Open Mike Eagle did one back in December!

Well, apparently they’re having some sort of contest to get in on that tiny desk action, as evidenced by this official-looking piece of graphic design:

See? Proof of contest!

See? Proof of contest!

My good friends The Gentlemen of Leisure (aka GOL) have entered the contest with their excellent song “Blessed and Highly Favored,” which you can listen to in its entirety!


https://soundcloud.com/leisuregents/blessed-and-highly-favored

They also maked a video of them performing it live:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZZg5VnR0BM

Wouldn’t that be exceptionally exceptional if GOL got to GO on NPR? The answer is yes.

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Monday, 26 March 2018

My Famous Friends: Julia Massey Talks Warren Dunes on the Radio!

Julia Massey (of Warren Dunes and The Five Finger Discount fame) was recently interviewed on the “Locals Only” show on 107.7 the End! They played two Warren Dunes songs and one FFD song. You can listen to the whole thang rightchea!

GOOD JOB LISTENING TO THAT YOU SHOULD FEEEEL SO PROOOOOUD!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Somebody in Oregon Sure Loves Hayao Miyazaki

Just a l'il.

Just a l’il.

Oregon’s department of tourism called “Travel Oregon” came out with a promotional video a couple of weeks ago. It’s animated, and hoo-boy, do the people who made this love themselves some of Hayao Miyazaki’s (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) body of work. It’s pretty spectacular; take a look!

Here are some more stills from the video:

Tha's a big bunny, judge.

Tha’s a big bunny, judge.

Them boats look like drayguns.

Them boats look like drayguns.

That water's purdy.

That water’s purdy.

Fishin' 'n' froggin'.

Fishin’ ‘n’ froggin’.

Here I am talking about an advertisement, and Oregon didn’t even pay me to do it! Way to go, gang. That’s how you do viral content. Anyway, I wanna watch it again. SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Cartoons, Videos.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Electric NoNo at Slim’s Last Chance This Saturday!

Some other folks, too.

Some other folks, too.

This Saturday, March 24th, Mosey on over to Georgetown (SOSODO (South of South of Downtown) and catch a foot-stompin’ good show with our good friends, the brothers Cortese of Electric NoNo, as they put on what the kids these days call “a show” (I’m 40 years old, I have no idea what the kids these days call things).

Here’s an official Electric NoNo video. Partake and enjoy!

Also at the show will be Stereo Creeps (I’ve heard of them, but I’ve never heard them) and Suitcase (neither).

Details:
Stereo Creeps, Suitcase, & Electric Nono (Bandsintown Event)
@ Slim’s Last Chance Chili Shack & Watering Hole (website)
5606 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 (map)
Saturday, March 24th 9:00 PM
$??, 21+

Slim’s Last Chance, by the way, was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (presumably in the “Dives” category). Also, Colin Farrell really liked it there:

SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Restaurants, Videos.