Posts from March 2018

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).

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:


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

Friday, 16 March 2018

Listen to the Best of Seattle from the Comfort of Texas TONIGHT!

The Opposite of Miami by Northeast?

The Opposite of Miami by Northeast?

Hey, folks, if’n you just so happen to be in Austin, TX for the South by Southwest festival this year, you should head over to The Local Pub & Patio TONIGHT (Friday 3/16) to enjoy some of the best music that Seattle bands have to offer in the “Seattle X Southwest” showcase. Just look at this lineup!

That's Not Bad.

That’s Not Bad.

Especially exciting is the inclusion of close personal friends Electric NoNo, going onstage at 5:45 PM! Here’s a quick reminder of how awexome they are (though if you read this website you prolly already know):

Seattle X Southwest (Faced Book Event)
Friday, March 16th 4:45 PM
@ The Local Pub & Patio
2610 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705-4009 (map)
Free Admission, All-Ages until 7:00

Let’s all feel this Austin/Seattle synergy love!

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: New Warren Dunes!

You Know These Guys

You Know These Guys

Warren Dunes, the supergroup that exists when you mash together the two best Seattle bands in existence right now: Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount and Electric NoNo (though drummer Dom Cortese already played for both groups, so it’s really not that much of a stretch), has released an official single!

You want to listen to it? No, no, no, that shouldn’t be a question. You WANT to listen to it:

There’s also a very nice interview over at Artist Home, so you should read that. It includes the very exciting tidbit that a full Warren Dunes EP album is coming this October!

Categories: Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: Break Free (Lead the Way)

Did y’all know that Nintendo (specifically Naoto Kubo and Nobuyoshi Suzuki) wrote two complete songs with vocals for Super Mario Odyssey? The first one you might have heard, the jazzy “Jump Up, Super Star.” But there’s also this less-well-known song that appears during the climactic final stage of the game (and ending cutscene). This is the English version, with English lyrics by Rob Tunstall and Rob Heiret and vocals by pianist/singer/actress Kate Higgins:

It just so happens that this is in one of my all-time favorite musical genres, the female-vocaled power-pop/rock that emerged from the mid 90s with bands like Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt, The Breeders, and Dressy Bessy. My four-year-old daughter absolutely loves this song, too.

P.S. If you’re fans of Naruto, you might recognize Kate Higgins as the voice of Sakura in the official English dub!

Categories: Music, Video Games, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

“Of the Month” March 2018

Tweeter of the Month:

Mondo Mascots @mondomascots

You know how in America you’ll see big-head mascots walking around in theme parks like Disneyland, right? Well, you know how in Japan they have big-head mascots for almost everything, like individual towns, festivals, businesses, museums, buildings, etc., right? Mondo Mascots catalogs and displays the many hundreds and hundreds of mascots you’ll find walking around Japan, participating in festivals and running marathons, meeting children, and more! It’s all simply delightful.

Movie of the Month:

Thor Ragnarok

Though Wonder Woman was my favorite movie of 2017, Thor Ragnarok was definitely the most fun I had in a theater watching a movie. This movie has so much exciting energy and intensely stunning visuals, and the excruciatingly gut-busting comedy that no other Marvel movie has even come close to (not even the other openly comedic movies like Ant-Man or GOTG). It’s truly a marvel of a Marvel movie (sorry).

Comic Book of the Month:

The Unstoppable Wasp

Starring Nadia Pym, the secret daughter of Avengers founder Hank Pym (who is currently merged with Ultron and 100% evil because comic books). Nadia was raised in the “Red Room” program that produced Black Widow, but in the mad science division of it instead of the superspy program. Instead of being turned into a programmed killer, Nadia developed a forceful, unstoppable (hence the title) scientific curiosity and somehow managed to come out of it all with incredible optimism. In a comic book world of often dour antiheroes, it’s fantastic to see a character who is the complete opposite (but not in a cheesy way). There’s an earnest sincerity to Nadia’s go-get-em attitude that is seriously infectious. This series is as fun and endearing as its protagonist. You can do it!

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Hey, I Know a Some People at ECCC This Year

Some of my friends are exhibiting (or photographing) at Emerald City Comic Con this year! Don’t take my word, for it, though; take the words of their Instagram accounts:

If you see any of these lovely booths (or a tiny Filipina woman taking photographs), be sure to stop and say hi. And buy something cool!

Categories: My Famous Friends.