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by Christopher Grant Harris

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Go See Fools Play in Olympia This Saturday… For Me!

'Cause I ain't gonna be able to be there!

‘Cause I ain’t gonna be able to be there!

It seems like Fools Play was just in Olympia a couple of weeks ago (because it WAS), but it’s back this Saturday the 12th! So you’ll need to go see it… for me, because I won’t be there.

*GASP!*

It’s true; I will be camping this weekend (in all the hazy glory right now) and will be unable to attend. But that just means that now’s your chance to finally see this show without my ugly mug messin’ up the view fer ya!

Details:
Fools Play in Olympia
Saturday, August 12th 8:30PM
@ The Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia 98501 (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

I will see you there! NOPE!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Conspire to See the Gentlemen of Leisure Tomorrow (Thursday) Night!

GOL.LIFE

The Harper Conspiracy headlines the show.

I know Thursday is a school night ‘n’ all, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to see a fantastic live performance by the Gentelmen of Leisure!

Details:
The Harper Conspiracy, Gentlemen of Leisure, Whitney Mongé (Faced Book Event)
Thursday, August 10th, 9:00 PM
@ The Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle 98107 (map)
21+, $8.00

And guess what: despite the fact that it is a school night, Carrie & I plan on being in the audience! Wut-wut?

C’est vrai! But the only reason we can pull that off is because we have Friday off from work. Otherwise we might just be too old to go gallivanting around town listening to those crazy kids and their jungle music. Where are my ear plugs and my walker?

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Newscaster Cam Pebbleman’s Broadcast is Derailed by Mike Eagle’s Search for “95 Radios”

Cam Pebbleman has the best mustache in broadcasting.

Cam Pebbleman has the best mustache in broadcasting.

Professional newscaster Cam Pebbleman’s recent report on an Internet Outage in Los Angeles got derailed by an inattentive field reporter and a cameraman who irresponsibly handed his camera to a young boy. Watch it here:

“95 Radios (feat Has-Lo)” is the a beautiful new track from Open Mike Eagle‘s not-yet-released new concept(!!) album, “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream,” out September 15th. You can (and definitely should) pre-order the album on Bandcamp.

Now go back and listen to the song again. It’s one of Mike’s most lovely songs, dripping in wistful, sunset-tinged nostalgia. Anchored by a Has-Lo verse in the first half and Mike’s own complexly-rhymed verse in the second half, this is an amazing preview of things to come.

I can’t wait.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

“Of the Month” August 2017

Video Game of the Month:

Mighty Gunvolt Burst

A while back, two of the people who were the driving forces behind the Mega Man and Mega Man X franchises created their own video games: Mighty No. 9 and Azure Striker Gunvolt respectively. The first one had… problems. The second one was pretty good. Well, now they’ve been combined in an 8/16-bit game that truly does feel like you’re playing a brand new Mega Man game. The main difference is that you don’t gain specific weapons by defeating bosses; instead you gain weapon configuration options by finding hidden modules throughout the stages. These let you craft your own weapons: trajectory, speed, # of on-screen bullets, etc., etc., etc. ad infinitum. Seriously, the sheer number of configurations you can do is insane. The only problem is that the menu system UI is not user-friendly, and since there is no instruction manual it is pretty difficult to figure out how to navigate it. But the game itself is a lot of fun, especially to me since I do so heart the original Mega Man series of games.

Show of the Month:

Castlevania

Lemme ask you a quesion: Do you like the writing of Warren Ellis? If you do, then this show is for you, because it was written by him and is full of the kinds of touches that he loves to include in his works. This “series” is really just a feature-length pilot episode inexplicably broken up into four parts. I don’t know why they bothered to do that. It serves to introduce us to (most of) the main characters based on the video game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (my favorite of all the Castlevania games). It is surprisingly well-done for a video game adaptation, and the inclusion of a corrupted church as the real villain of the piece is an inspired (and very Ellis) choice. The characterization of Trevor Belmont as a disgruntled former hero who is now basically an alcoholic is great. There are a couple of great, well-choreographed action scenes that let you see just how much of a badass Trevor actually is, and towards the end of the series when he rallies townfolks and shows them just how you defeat demons is a great moment where you really see, holy shit, this guy is something. I do wish the show took place in more than one location; the Castlevania III game has sprawling, varied settings, from swamps to forests to caverns and clock towers. You get some hints of that in this pilot, but I do hope the actual series coming later expands the setting to include all of the crazy, wacky things that you can find in a Castlevania game.

Comic Book of the Month:

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

A comic book about an absurdly intelligent little girl, Lunella Lafayette (in recent issues it was discovered that she is actually the single smartest human being currently in existence), who gets bonded to an enormous, pea-brained dinosaur. Most of the fun of the book comes from playing off Lunella’s immense frustrations with the fact that because she’s just a kid she doesn’t have any of the resources or freedoms to take advantage of her huge intellect. She’s often railing at the sheer stupidity and lack of understanding that surrounds her, from her well-meaning-but-clueless parents to the idiocy of the superhero community that she gradually becomes a part of (she develops crime-fighting gadgets and eventually the superpower of being able to swap minds with Devil Dinosaur). It’s a great read, Lunella is a fascinating character, and the art does a great job of expressing the emotions going on in this preternaturally gifted girl.

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Oh, Hey, There’s One of Them “Fools Play” Things in Olympia Tomorrow

Yeah, one of them things.

Oh, oops, heh-heh. I kinda forgot to make any posts on this here website for basically the entire month of January. Whoops! But here we go:

I’ll be performing at the Fools Play Improv show that’s happening tomorrow (Saturday, July 29th) in Olympia, Washington. You should be there, too! But to watch, not to perform. Unless you who is reading this is also one of the other Fools who will be performing. Then you should perform. With me. Ahem.

Details:
Fools Play in July: Olympia Edition
Saturday, July 29th 8:30 PM
@ The Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-ages, Only $5!

SEE YEEE THEEEERE!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Monday, 3 July 2017

“Of the Month” July 2017

Album of the Month:

Steven Universe: Soundtrack (Vol. 1)

It’s SOOOO GOOOOD. I already wrote a post about it, so go read that.

Show of the Month:

GLOW

A (very) fictionalized account of the origins of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) TV show and promotion from the 1980s. This is a raunchy, hard-R comedy about a struggling actress (played by Community’s Allison Brie), whom nobody likes, trying to find her place in this group of crazy and hilarious women. Standout performance by Marc Maron as the show’s director: a sleazy, insensitive man with a heart of more sleaze. It’s very funny and the 80s aesthetics are spot-on. There’s some great tension between wondering if this whole GLOW thing is empowering for the women involved or exploitative. Full disclosure: I’ve only watched the first 2 (of 10) episodes so far, so maybe the series sucks after that? But somehow I doubt it.

Organization of the Month:

Metropolitan Development Council of Tacoma (MDC)

In their own words:

MDC is a vital community resource for Tacoma and Pierce County. Founded in 1964 as a non-profit Community Action Agency. For most of our more than 50 year history, MDC has responded to community needs by providing services that address the needs of low-income families. We have introduced national model programs such as “Housing First,” “Healthcare for the Homeless,” “College Bound,” and the “Educational Opportunity Center,” which, in turn, have improved lives and given hope to thousands of residents. Known by many names in the early years (e.g. Tacoma Pierce County Opportunity and Development, Inc.), our legal name is Metropolitan Development Council. We are currently doing business as MDC.

These are good people doing real good for the people who need it. Donate today to help out.

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Warren Dunes Plays Musics with the Hoot Hoots & the Echolarks This Saturday

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First things first, isn’t that an awexome poster? I just lorve it.

So this Saturday (July 1st) there’s gonna be a pretty durned great show happening up at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle. Apparently a couple of members of the band The Hoot Hoots have birthdays about now-ish, so they’re calling this a “Birthday Show” for The Hoot Hoots. They’re a great, high-energy, funny band with matching costumes and light-up glasses. Always a goot time! Then there are the Echolarks, and I’m afraid I haven’t actually seen them live before so I can’t comment on them, but their recorded music has an exceptionally high polish and professionalism, and is quite catchy. And finally there’s Warren Dunes, the supergroup mashup of the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo. This is Warren Dunes’s first public show (their previous one was invite-only)!

In order of appearance on the poster, here are some sample songs from each of the bands involved in this show so you can sample the goodness:

The Hoot Hoots:

The Echolarks

Warren Dunes

So, yeah, should be a grand ol’ time!

Details:
The Hoot Hoots (Birthday Show!), The Echolarks, Warren Dunes (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, July 1st 9:00 PM
@ The Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (map)
21+ $10 Advance (tickets), $12 Day of Show

LET’S SO BRING IT! ON DOWN. (source)

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.