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by Christopher Grant Harris

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Chris Blount Live at SandCave Session VII!

Chris is sorry he's late, but he didn't want to come.

Chris is sorry he’s late, but he didn’t want to come.

I recorded this back towards the end of August at the excellent SandCave Session VII in Seattle. Voila:

If you’d like to hear more Chris Blount, you can pick up his album I Win at Bandcamp. He also guested on the most recent Julia Massey and The Five Finger Discount album.

If you’d like to see more Chris Blount, he’ll be performing with the Gentlemen of Leisure… it looks like their next show is November 24th (the day after Thanksgiving) at the Skylark Café in West Seattle. I’ll likely post more about that show as it grows nearer.

Enjoy!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Hanging Out with Open Mike Eagle… and VIDEO DAAAAAAAAVE!!!!

This guy.

This guy.

Last night I went to see my pal Open Mike Eagle at Barboza in Seattle. I don’t know that I’d ever been to Barboza before. It’s a little bar underneath Neumos. Anyhoo, it was a great show. Mike killed it as always. Here’s the obligatory animated .GIF that I made of the performance:

Animated Eagle 2017.

Animated Eagle 2017.

The place was plenty packed. My pal Travis was even there! And after the show there was a line of like 50 people waiting to get to Mike’s merch table. I had to go on account of a long drive back down to Tacoma on a school night, but Mike was nice enough to give me big ol’ hugs and chat for a minute, and take a selfie:

These guys.

These guys.

I missed him on his last tour (when he became the mayor of Ferndale), so it was good to see him again! He’s a <wypipo voice>real class act and just a swell fellow.</wypipo voice>

But enough about Mike. Something amazing happened to me that got me super hyped. I got to meet none other than the one and only…

VIDEO DAVE!

Check it:

That ain't Photoshopped. That's really Video Dave!!!

That ain’t Photoshopped. That’s really Video Dave!!!

Look how excited I am in that photo to be meeting such a celebrity! You might even say I’m “giddy.” It was so cool to meet him after admiring his work. Scroll back up and look at the animated .GIF of Mike, and look at the projections splashed across him and the background. That’s all Video Dave! Didn’t he do an amazing job!? I think Mike & Prolific & Sammus were way too hard on him before last night:

AAAAAA I’M STILL HYPE ABOUT MEETING HIM!

VIDEO DAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE!!!!!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Celebrities, Concerts/Shows.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Who Gonna Come See Open Mike Eagle With Me Tomorrow!?

I feel ya, Mike.

I feel ya, Mike.

For some reason I’m having trouble finding people who wanna go see an amazing musics show tomorrow (Thursday, October 5th). Errybody so busy! Even my wife is staying home with the wee one this time, so I might be all solo to see Open Mike Eagle at Barboza.

It looks like I’m not the only one having troubles, though. Mike’s tour doesn’t look like it’s going too smoothly, either:

Ah, Video Dave. We all got our troubles. Anyhoo, all y’all who are reading this should come join me if you can:

Details:
Open Mike Eagle & Billy Woods (venue event)
Thursday, October 4th 8:00PM
@ Barboza
925 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122 (map)
$12, 21+

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

“Of the Month” October 2017

Show of the Month:

Comrade Detective

Did you know that in the early/mid-80s in communist Romania, there was a limited-series television show that was part cop procedural and part communist propaganda? It was called Comrade Detective, and it was thought lost to the dust of history… until now! Of course it’s all fake. It was filmed last year on location in Romania with all Romanian actors, and then dubbed into English by Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Nick Offerman. Let me tell you: this is my favorite type of satire, one that is so uncannily accurate that unless you’re in on the joke you almost wouldn’t know it is satire at all (see: Paul Verhoven’s Starship Troopers). Everything is played absolutely, 100% straight, and it is only the occasional scenes that go just a bit too far (such as the bumper segments that open each episode with Channing Tatum talking to an “historian” about the show) that peel back the curtain and let us laugh with the show’s creators rather and simultaneously at the very nature of popularized propaganda itself. Also (unlike Starship Troopers) the Comrade Detective show itself is thoroughly entertaining (though very NSFW) even beyond the satire. Apparently the show was created when Channing Tatum asked the producers to bring him their very worst idea. I think that’s brilliant.

Album of the Month:

Doom Wop by Prom Queen

Two amazing albums came out in September, but alas I can only have one Album of the Month per month. And since Prom Queen’s Doom Wop is more thematically Halloween-ish, it gets the slot in October (sorry, Mike, but don’t worry, your album will definitely get November’s slot). Doom Wop continues Prom Queen’s (A.K.A. Celene Ramada, A.K.A. Leeni) forays into the dark, lush aesthetic of late-50s and 60s pop. Think of The Flamingos’ version of I Only Have Eyes For You and you’ll instantly know the genre of which I speak. The lyrics on this album pretty much all touch on a theme of existential dread, and the music is lovingly crafted to fold into the dreamy 60s sound (though “Manic Panic” slips a bit into late 90s girl-power-pop (think Dressy Bessy)). Everything sounds like what velvet looks and feels like, and even the slightly fuzzy vocals sound like they’re coming out of a vintage amp. It’s all of a type, and if you like this genre (I happen to love it) then this is a wonderful dream of an album. These songs would fit right into a David Lynch movie without batting a fake eyelash.

Video Game of the Month:

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment

A gothic castle base. A tormented sort-of-undead antihero. A sickle and cloak. Dark magic. Lots of skeletons. How could this not be my Video Game of the Month in October??? A prequel to Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope, Specter of Torment shows the tragic origins of Specter Knight and how he recruited the Order of No Quarter for the Enchantress. It manages to be completely familiar to anyone who has played the original Shovel Knight game, while simultaneously being a thoroughly inventive and fun platformer. The jump-and-slash conceit of the gameplay is very intuitive, and makes for some refreshing level design. You also gain a new special item after every level (assuming you collected enough red skulls), though Specter’s sickle is so powerful and versatile that I wasn’t able to really discover the full usefulness of each item. I kinda just used the healing one a lot. And since the game is non-linear (you can choose in which order you’ll defeat each level), each level is designed to be able to be beaten without having to use any special item. It’s a very minor quibble in an otherwise excellent game.

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Oh, Hey, Come See Warren Dunes in Ballard Tonight

Yup, they'll be there.

Yup, they’ll be there. SO CAN YOU!

Oh, hey, yeah, sorry I haven’t been doing much bliggity-blog-blogging lately. I have a three-year-old. Keeps me kinda busy. Also I own a Nintendo Switch. Y’know. So I kinda missed a few things in the last couple of weeks, like how there were two Fools Play Improvs last weekend.

But I did wanna jump on here real quick to say that my wife and I will be heading up to Seattle tonight to see Julia, Jared, Dom, and Matt as Warren Dunes plays Conor Byrne Pub! You shouldst join us all up in there!

Oh, also, I guess this is going to be Matt’s last show as the bass player (for quite a while at the very least), because he suddenly got a job on a cruise that’s gonna last at least six months! Surprise!

Details:
Warren Dunes, DangerBird and Niagara Moon (Faced Book Event)
Friday, September 29th at 9:00 PM
@ Conor Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (map)
$8, 21+

Do it for Rey!

Do it for Rey!

Why is there a picture of Rey as the event photo? I DON’T KNOW! 😀 😀 😀

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Most Adorable Feud Ever: Sir Fatrick Poowart vs Thomas Middlebitch

Sir Patrick Stewart is by most accounts an hilarious and delightful person to be around. He was recently involved in quite the spate with his Shakespearean-actor colleague, Thomas Middleditch. I’m not entirely certain what set off the row, but Thomas was the first to fire a (rather unintelligible) shot:

P-Stew thinks he's all that? Well NOT ANYMORE. Line in the sand, DRAWN. @sirpatstew

A post shared by Thomas Middleditch (@tombini) on

It took Sir Patrick about a week to respond (perhaps because he didn’t even notice to begin with), but then it was off to the races:

The insults became more and more sophisticated:

Shots. Fired. SIR. @sirpatstew

A post shared by Thomas Middleditch (@tombini) on

The two soon discovered the joys of Photoshop, and went to town creating scenarios for their heated feud. On Stewart’s part, he painted Thomas as “Middlebitch,” his personal servant:

Car Washer Middlebitch

Car Washer Middlebitch

Personal Chef Middlebitch

Personal Chef Middlebitch

Smells-of-Farts Middlebitch

Smells-of-Farts Middlebitch

Hedge-Trimming Middlebitch

Hedge-Trimming Middlebitch

Wood-Chopping Middlebitch

Wood-Chopping Middlebitch

Middleditch, for his part, painted Sir Patrick as “Sir Fatrick Poowart,” a doddering oldie-olson on the brink of inevitable death:

Not-Long-Now Stewart

Not-Long-Now Stewart

Sir Fatrick

Sir Fatrick

There was also this miscellaneous insult:

Poowart

Poowart

Things seem to have cooled down as of this week, though, which is a minor shame. It’s always a joy when two people with such obvious affection for each other decide to publicly delight each other and us by extension.

Even Lower, Middlebitch.

Even Lower, Middlebitch.

Categories: Celebrities.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Help Open Mike Eagle Out and Buy a Damned Ticket, Wouldya?

The man is a professional, after all.

The man is a professional, after all.

Hey, listen: Open Mike Eagle could use your help. See, he’s trying to put on a independent tour to promote his upcoming album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream (which comes on on Friday—pre-order it RIGHT FRIKKIN’ NOW). It’s… not going so well. Just watch this premiere episode of his new reality show, “Dead Ass:”

But it’s easy to help him out! He’s coming to Seattle in early October, so all y’all gotta do is buy a damned ticket (and as an added “bonus” you’ll see me at the show, ’cause I’m going too).

Details:
Open Mike Eagle with Billy Woods (Faced Book event)
Thursday, October 5 at 8 PM
@ Barboza
925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (map)
21+, $12

Help his Dead Ass out.

Help Mike go from this…

…to THIS.

…to THIS.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.