Posts categorized “Pictures”

Friday, 27 February 2015

A Photo of Someone Else’s Flash

At the big musics show last week in Tacoma (the one at New Frontier Lounge), something very suh-weeeet happened. I was taking photos with my phone as is my habit. I did not have my flash on. However, someone else in the audience did. And by sheer happenstance, the two of us took a photo of Trees and Timber at the exact same moment, so that I took a photo using their flash! It looks so neat!

Trees and Timber: a Flashy Band!

Trees and Timber: a Flashy Band!

You know what we can do? We can solve the mystery: whose flash did I steal? Let’s take a look at that photo. The lead singer of Trees and Timber is wearing a baseball cap that casts a very distinctive shadow. Let’s line from the tip of the shadow’s brim down to the tip of the real person’s brim, and then continue that line down from there. Let’s also do the same with the back of his head. Since the shadow looms larger than his actual head, the two lines will likely converge (or get near each other) at some point.

That’s right! It’s time to…

TRIANGULATE!

(And just for good measure, the big shadow head on the right seems to belong to the guy standing directly in front of the drummer. So let’s draw a line across them, too). Here’s what we get:

Jumpin' Jack Flash!

Jumpin’ Jack Flash!

The lines converge on that guy in the lower-left! More specifically, they converge on the flash box of the camera that he is holding in his hands. Hey, waitaminute… I know that guy!

That’s musician, photographer, and all-around awexome guy Gary! I took a photo of him that night too… and it’s a photo of him looking at a photo…

Dutch angle, go!

Dutch angle, go!

WHAT IF GARY IS LOOKING AT THE PHOTO WHOSE FLASH I STOLE!? My head asplode.

Anyhoo, as is my nature I also made a couple of animated .GIFs of the bands that evening. Voila!

A GIF Gift for The Jesus Rehab!

GIF for Jesus Rehab!

A GIF Gift for Fruit Juice!

GIF for Fruit Juice!

I didn’t get a good .GIF of Trees and Timber or The Hoot Hoots, but c’est la vie.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Band In Seattle = Animated Hoot Hoots & Jesus Rehab!

Two Great Bands that Band Great Together

Two Great Bands that Band Great Together

Last Thursday I was invited (thanks, Hoot Hoots!) to go to a live taping of the relatively-unknown TV show called “Band in Seattle.” This show airs Saturday nights on CW11 in the Puget Sound Area, and in each of its 22-minute episodes it showcases one or two local bands. Well, this week they were taping the season-2 episode that would be showcasing two amazing Seattle bands, The Hoot Hoots and The Jesus Rehab!

Understandably it was a pretty badass show with two such amazing, rockin’ groups taking the stage one right after the other. You might have noticed that I do happen to be quite a fan of both bands. And, as is my way, I made some Animated .GIFs of the evening. Take a look!

WHODAT1

Hootie Hoot!

WHODAT2

Dance, Jesus Rehab, Dance!

I’m not sure when the episode is actually gonna air, but you’d best believe I’ll let you know. I was standing right up front for both bands’ sets, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I got a few seconds of screen time here and there! *winku* After all, who wouldn’t want to see this face on TV:

Project: Handsome Runway Man

Project: Handsome Runway Man

Honestly, I wasn’t even aware that “Band in Seattle” was a thing until I was invited to it. But it looks like an excellent way to discover some great local talent. Season 2 just premiered on Saturday night featuring none other than another one of my favorite bands, Leeni’s Prom Queen! The episode isn’t available to watch online yet (that I can find), but you can see Prom Queen’s performance here:

Highly recommended!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures, Videos.

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.

Monday, 10 November 2014

I Made Some Animated GIFs of the Julia Massey Album Release Show!

One note, spelled "A.L.I.T.E."

One note, spelled “A.L.I.T.E.”

Saturday night was the album release party for Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount’s new album A.L.I.T.E. at Conor Byrne Pub up in Ballard. Carrie & I (and a bunch of our friends) went to it.*

There were two opening bands, neither of which I made an animated GIF:

Honey Noble

NOT Rider or Lemon

NOT Rider or Lemon

I must confess I have a hard time remembering the name of this band, because whenever I start to think of a two-letter name that starts with “Honey” my brain automatically tries to fill in the second words as either “Rider” (from James Bond) or “Lemon” (from Big Hero 6). Honey NOBLE had a really cool, 1970s lounge/jazz sound to them. And I really, really loved the inclusion of a clarinet in the ensemble. I’ve only been able to find one song of theirs on the internets, and it isn’t terribly representative of how they sounded on the Conor Byrne stage. I liked it!

Roaming Herds of Buffalo

A Herd of Four.

A Herd of Four.

An interesting group with a mainly relaxed, indie-rock vibe, but with a lead guitarist who plays like he’s in a thrash metal band. You can download their first album for free!

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount

So here they are, the animated GIFs you’ve been waiting for all post long!

Group love.

Group love.

 
Geoff B. Gibbs on Bass!

Geoff B. Gibbs on Bass!

 
Ms. Massey!

Ms. Massey!

The one of Julia is a little blurry (my phone’s camera don’t do so well zoomed in in darkened rooms), but you may notice a wee bit of a belly bump. Yes, she has caught the preggers and is well on her way—baby is due between Chrissymiss and the New Year.

I bet Geoff can tell you which song his GIF was made during just by how he’s playing his instrument and which instrument he’s playing. SPEAKING of “which instrument,” Geoff used no fewer than FOUR different instruments during the course of the show, including the debut of his brand-new, hand-built, custom bass:

Photo credit: J. Howard Boyd

Photo credit: J. Howard Boyd

In all it was an excellenté show, but a bitt bitterr sweeett in that it was Geoff’s final official show as a member of the FFD.

*It was also a very unusual show in that Conor Byrne was at capacity. Sold out. So many people love JM+FFD that they packed the bar so much that they couldn’t physically let anyone else inside. Unfortunately a good handful of my friends were counted in that bunch, and they couldn’t get in until some other people left, so that was a wee bit on the lame side. But the place was packed with other people I knew. And I also ran into a woman I hadn’t seen since we were both sixteen!

But next time, Julia, choose a larger venue for your album release party! Conor Byrne is awesome, but it is pretty tiny.

Also even though this was an album release party, it doesn’t look like the album is available anywhere online yet, but I’ll be sure to let y’all know as soon as it is UPDATE! The Album Has Been Released! You can git it here:
http://juliamassey.bandcamp.com/album/a-l-i-t-e
DOOO EEEEET!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Harris Family Halloween Costumes 2014

I know, I know, I’m not supposed to post baby stuff on this website (I’m supposed to post it on THIS website instead), but you’ll have to indulge me this weekend because:

  1. It’s Avery’s First Birthday today!
  2. Carrie & I each made a costume for her by hand for Halloween, and we’re proud of our work!

So here were our Halloween Costumes for 2014!

Avery’s Costume #1:
My Neighbor Li’l Totoro!

The Tiniest Totoro!

The Tiniest Totoro!

Yes! I cut and sewed a tiny Totoro costume! It even has a zipper running up the back to the top of the hood. I’d never sewed anything with a zipper before! We took her to Zoo Boo in this costume and it was completely adorbs. If you don’t know who Totoro is, (A) Shame on you! And (B) look it up. Trust me, it’s great.

Avery’s Costume #2:
Wee Cacklin’ Witch!

A li'l witch and her (grumpy) cat!

A li’l witch and her (grumpy) cat!

Carrie made the tutu, and I embroidered the pumpkin on the black onesie (using a very fancy Brother XV8500D Embroidery Machine at my work), and Carrie made the embellishments on the witch hat. Collaboration at it’s finest!

We decided quite a while ago that it would be pretty durned cute to dress Avery up as a witch for Halloween. One of the main reasons is because she has such an excellent witch’s cackle! Just listen:

See? Perfect for a wee cacklin’ witch!

My Costume:
A working version of “Atari Combat”

Old-School 2600-Style

Old-School 2600-Style

It has always been a dream of mine to make a working video game for my costume, and this year I finally figured it out. I made a working version of the classic game “Combat” for the Atari 2600! It’s pretty sweet. Here it is in action:

Carrie is not big on dressing up in costumes, but we did get her to put on a matching witch hat (and she was wearing a black dress), so that counts, right?

My Witchy Women

My Witchy Women

And just for funsies, here’s the punkin I carved this year:

Wait... that's not a punkin at all, BUT A HIDEOUS ROBOT! The horror!

Wait… that’s not a punkin at all, BUT A HIDEOUS ROBOT! The horror!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Can’t wait for next year.

Categories: Holiday, Pictures, Robots.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Holiday House: Halloween 2014

SPOOKTACULAR!

SPOOKTACULAR! This is a really big photo; click it to embiggen!

The Holiday House is all decked out for Halloween! Here are a couple of animated .GIFs of it for your enjoyment!

Spooky from across the street…
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Spooky up close!
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See you next holiday!

Categories: Holiday, Pictures.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Fools Play Returns to Olympia THIS SATURDAY with Fools Play Trick or Treat!

We're back, baby! We're back, baby! Fools Play Trick or Treat in Olympia!

We’re back, baby!

THAT’S RIGHT! This Saturday, October 25th (the Saturday before Halloween), Fools Play Improv is returning to Downtown Olympia for a special show: Fools Play Trick or Treat! There’ll be costumes (including a costume contest for the audience with fabulous prizes), hilarious improvised sketch comedy scenes, and something I don’t want to ruin the surprise but it rhymes with “bandy.”

This is probably one of my all-time favorite Fools Play formats, so I’m pleased as punch that I get to be there and perform it for all y’all lovely people!

Not only is the audience encouraged to come in costume, but the Fools all costume it up as well. Here we are last year:

Foolish costumes.

Foolish costumes.

(That’s me on the far right as one of those Sesame Street “Yip-Yip” Aliens.)

This show is happening literally right around the corner from our last venue in Downtown Olympia, so there’s no excuse about not being able to find it. So I would love to see as many of my friends in the audience as possible!

Details:
Fools Play Improv Presents: Fools Play Trick or Treat!
Saturday, October 25th 8:00 PM
@ Husband and Wife Espresso
207 Washington St NE, Olympia, WA (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

See yee theere!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Holiday, Pictures.