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by Christopher Grant Harris

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Raps for When It’s Just You and the Abyss

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Open Mike Eagle has announced his new EP: A Special Episode Of Open Mike Eagle. It gets released on February 3rd!

Whanna whet your whappetite? (What is whappening?) Look no further than here, as yesterday Mike released a preview track from the EP, titled “Raps for When It’s Just You and the Abyss.” It’s a dreamy, succulent offering:

Nice nice, eh?

Hey, listen, if you’re like me (and you should be) and you can’t get your fill of Open Mike Eagle, you shouldst really be listening to his podcast as well: Secret Skin. In fact, in the most recent episode (which featured special guest Busdriver—who has a song called “Secret Skin” on one of his albums… hmm… I wonder…) Mike premiered ANOTHER track from the new EP. So go listen to that. Do it. For me. And for Mike.

Categories: Music.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Mates of State at Tractor: Animated!

Mates of State

Mr. Mate & Mrs. State

Carrie & I went out Wednesday night and saw Mates of State live at Tractor Tavern in Seattle! Wha-what!? We went out to a show TOGETHER!? And on a SCHOOL NIGHT!?

Yup. That’s how we roll.

Is that why I am so tired?

Anyhoo, the opening act was a band called Fictionist. They were very good! They were like a guided tour through the best of 1980s music.

fictionists

Real? Or Fiction?

After that was, of course, the two-person power-pop of Mates of State! And as is my habit, I made an animated .GIF outta them!

Animated Mates AND States!

Animated Mates AND States!

It was a very nice show. It was fut to go out on a weekday night with my wife and a good friend. It wasn’t so nice to have to get up and go to work the next morning. Mais, c’est la vie! No regrets.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Stuff like this is why “Conan” is my favorite Late-Night show.

Conan + Archer = Conarcher?

Conan + Archer = Conarcher?

Conan O’Brien has long been my favorite late-night TV host. I watched the very first episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in my college dorm (gawd, I’m OLD). And it’s stuff like this that keeps me coming back:

Glorious.

Categories: TV, Videos.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Need Some Metal?

Are you looking for something to do on a Friday night? This ape has just the thing for you!

LISTEN TO THE APE!

LISTEN TO THE APE!

There’s going to be what promises to be an excellent evening of metal at the 4th Ave Tavern in Olympia, featuring none other than Gunslinger! And a buncha other bands I’ve heard of but I’ve never actually heard their music. So here, listen to some Gunslinger!

I’d like to make it out to this show but honestly it’s rather unlikely. BUT YOU STILL SHOULD!

Gunslinger

GGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Details:
Curse of the North, Mos Generator, Gunslinger, Teepee Creeper (Facebook Event)
Friday, 1/16 9:00 PM
@ The 4th Ave Tavern
210 4th Ave E, Olympia, Washington 98501 (map)
21+ $5

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Two-Weeks Gone

You may have noticed (oh, who am I kidding, nobody reads this) that It took me 14 whole days (or two whole weeks) to post my “Of the Month” choices for January 2015. That’s because after the holidays I decided to give myself a nice, two-week break from doing anything creative.

Don’t get me wrong: I love doing creative things. If I weren’t allowed to to creative things I’d very quickly devolve into a raving, grumpy lunatic.

But sometimes not creating anything is nice as well. Especially after an exceptionally-busy holiday season, where my wife and I each had our own families and each other’s, and plus we had a toddling baby in the mix this time. It’s P.C. (that stands for “Pretty Crazy” – Just ask the Power Rangers).

Also in the first half of January about 136 of my friends and family members have birthdays. And I’m pretty sure there are about 60 more birthdays before the end of the month still, too.

But at any rate I’ll be back to a-bloggin’ now if’n it please me.

Categories: Updates.

“Of the (Half) Month” January 2015

Video Game of the Month:
CapnToad Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
A delightful action/puzzle game with an old-fashioned, block-based layout and controllable camera angles. Starring Captain Toad from the Mario Galaxy Series of games, you work your way through a series of small(ish) tableaus, collecting as much treasure as you can before snagging the star, the goal of the level. Toad can’t jump (his explorer’s backpack is too heavy). About all he can do is run around avoiding enemies and tugging stuff outta the ground (like in Super Mario Bros 2). It’s great, simple fun.

Album of the Month:
HootHootsThe Hoot Hoots: Colorpunch
The Hoot Hoots are a Seattle mainstay. They’ve opened for Julia Massey & The Jesus Rehab and vise-versa countless times. They’re good, fun, colorful rock with a playful, comedic bent. This album is some catchy, catchy schtuff.

Movie of the Month:
CAtWSotm Captain America: The Winter Soldier
A tight, tense, political thriller that somehow takes place in the same universe as Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy. Read my full review here!

Categories: Of the Month.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Catch Some Holiday Cheer!

It’s crunch time: we’re down to the last couple of days before that big Chrissymiss holiday that I hear a bunch about. It’s easy to get all stress-ified this time of year, so it’s always important to seek out some holiday cheer. Here are some suggestions of mine on how to find the cheer this year:

Enjoy Some Holiday Lights

Merry Christmas from Zoolights, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s annual holiday celebration where they dress up the zoo with millions of Christmas lights in all sorts of Christmassy displays! What could be more Christmassy than these:

Christmas Scorpions!

Christmas Scorpions!

The Christmas Spider!

The Christmas Spider!

Well, I can’t say that I’m too familiar with the Christmas Scorpions and Spiders… but I guess they might help put you in the mood? How about we look at some lights that remind us of the savior for whom this holiday is really celebrated:

Our Lord and Savior, Cthulhu!

Our Dread Lord and Savior, Cthulhu!

If that doesn’t put you in the holiday mood of cheer, how about…

Listen to Some Holiday Music

Musician Three Ninjas has put out a little holiday EP! With songs titles like “Joy & Goodwill,” “The Birth of Our Savior (is the Death of my Dream),” and “It’s an Agonizingly Slow Death,” this is sure to coat you liberally in some holiday cheer:

Hmm… maybe depressing country music isn’t your thing this time of year? Well, how about music from world-renowned, highly-honored actor and performer Sir Christopher Lee?

Wow, that’s some really hardcore death metal, isn’t it? Maybe you should download Sir Christopher’s latest song, “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing” here and listen to it over and over again at full volume to blast some holiday cheer into your ear.

No? Let’s try…

Watch Some Made-For-TV Holiday Movies

What could be more heartwarming than some good ol’ made-for-TV movies about the holidays? Luckily for us Twitter user @audipenny has watched them all for you and has reviewed them here. Here’s a sample of what you can enjoy:

A Rake That Was A Manger Too

Named 2009’s “What Is This. No Seriously What” film of the year, a small-town rake drives, yes drives, into town and proves to everyone that rakes that drive cars into towns can also be outside rooms where Jesuses are born, god my head never stops hurting, do you think there is a baby in there

Sound good? No? You should read through the rest of them.

Still not feeling the holiday spirit? Feeling more of a horrorday spirit? Well, there’s always one thing you can do: put the power in your own hands by creating your own holiday cheer from scratch…

Make Some Holiday Snowflakes

Make your own paper snowflakes. Don’t know how? You’re in luck because I wrote a detailed tutorial a few years ago. You can make beautiful snowflakes like this:

The World Devourer

The Snowflake Devourer

If the threat of world annihilation from Galactus, the dreaded World Devourer doesn’t make you feel some holiday cheer, then I don’t know what will.

HAPPY HOLIDAYSES 2014!

Categories: Christmas.