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by Christopher Grant Harris

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Float On” by The Floaters

The Floaters: "Float On"

Which one will you let take you to Love Land? Paul? It’s Paul, isn’t it?

A recent gathering of friends stumbled upon the topic of Karaoke, and one friend said that their go-to Karaoke song was “Float On.” Another friend chimed in, asking clarification of whether it was the song by Modest Mouse or The Floaters.

“‘Float On’ by The Floaters?” I asked.

She then proceeded to introduce me to this song, which I am ashamed I didn’t know about because it was a smash hit the year I was born. In it, each of the four members of The Floaters take turns introducing themselves with the following information:

  1. Their astrological sign (yes, before their name)
  2. Their name
  3. What they like in a woman

Any woman who matches the description is then invited to take the singer’s hand allow him to take her to “Love Land.” Take a listen and be pleasured:

In reality, this savvy song combines a couple of things that were in a massive surge of popularity when it was recorded: Astrology and Video/Phone Dating Profiles. It’s no wonder it became a smash hit. There’s also an extended, 11+ minute version of the song that you’re welcome to look up on your own.

Whatever happened to singing groups like this? Howcome everybody is a solo performer now? Is it the Boy Bands of 1999/2000? They killed it, didn’t they? We need another Wu-Tang is all I’m sayin’…

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Hollywood Factory” by Skating Polly

Walking backwards through the Hollywood factory…

Walking backwards through the Hollywood factory…

Yes, I want more musics like this. Right now I want all my musics like this song from Oklahoma’s own Skating Polly. Look, Nina Gordon and Louise Post (of Veruca Salt fame) like Skating Polly so much that they co-wrote an EP with them. Who am I to argue with Veruca Salt!? This is good musics!

It pleasures me! Let it pleasure you!

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Movie Review: Aladdin (2019)

Movie Review: Aladdin (2019)

Move. Away. From the jams. (Yam jam!)

Aladdin (2019): ★★½

Directed by Guy Ritchie

Y’know what? It’s not bad! It’s actually pretty enjoyable. But let’s get the elephant outta the room right off the top: How is Will Smith’s version of Genie? It’s actually pretty good! More… »

Categories: Movie Reviews, Reviews.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Helpless (Hamildrop)” by The Regrettes

The Regrettes: Helpless

I do I do I do I do I do I do really like this cover…

Can you tell what kind of music kick I’m on right now? Go look back through my last few Wednesday Listening Pleasures and you might notice a pattern. The Regrettes, THICK, Tacocat, (and Phoebe Masteller-Defiance a while back)… I think your boy Chris is jonesing for some good Riot Grrrl pretty bad!

To cure what ails me, here are the Regrettes with “Helpless” for you to partake and enjoy:

Yes, it’s a cover of a Hamilton song! And it sounds COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, which can often be my favorite type of cover. I love it when a band takes a song and completely reworks it in their own style like this. This is part of the “Hamildrops” series where Lin Manuel Miranda et al commissioned covers/reworks of a bunch of Hamilton songs by a bunch of different artists. It was a clever idea that paid off in spades!

I like what I’ve heard of The Regrettes. And they’re all babies; the lead singer is only 18, so hopefully they continue pumping out music for a good long while. At any rate you have now been pleasured.

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

SEVENTY48

SEVENTY48

Owens Beach is pretty at sunset…

A few weeks ago three of my friends did something pretty durned awexome: SEVENTY48.

“What’s SEVENTY48?” you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked. I really am. Good asking! Good for you! SEVENTY48 is an annual sea race that begins in downtown Tacoma and ends in downtown Port Townsend (which are Seventy nautical miles apart), and has a 48-hour time limit. SEVENTY48: get it?

Oh, and there’s a catch: all vessels must be 100% human-powered. No motors or sails of any kind. Only paddles, oars, hands, feet, etc. There are people in canoes and racing shells, stand-up paddleboarders, kayakers, and all sorts of the like. It’s also an “unsupported” race, meaning you can’t have people bring you food/water/supplies during the race. You have to bring with you everything you’re going to need to go Seventy nautical miles. Since the race starts at 7:00 PM, that usually means bringing stuff to camp along the way!

From the SEVENTY48 website:

Simply, SEVENTY48 is the spawn of Race to Alaska. The idea for the R2AK was born in a beer tent at a boat festival. SEVENTY48 was conceived after a beer at R2AK. Rules are simple: no motors, no support, and no wind. That’s right. HUMAN POWER ONLY. Pedal, paddle, or row. We don’t care. It’s up to you. (And this is a boat race. Leave your 10 speed-towing-a-canoe idea at home.)

My friends each took out a single kayak from NC Kayaks. That’s probably because NC Kayaks is owned by two of the three friends who participated in the race. Look how pretty and sparkly:

ooooh pretty

Oooooh pretty…

These aren’t your regular kayaks. They’re what’s known as touring kayaks: kayaks designed for fast, straight operation on lakes and oceans, not for dodging rocks in white-water river rapids.

From the NC Kayaks website:

A touring kayak is a type of sea kayak that is designed with long distance travel in mind. Our kayaks are fast, light, hard tracking, durable, look good, and have enough storage you can really go somewhere.

My family and I went out to support our friends: we headed down to the Foss marina on Friday evening (the race started at 7:00 PM) to see them off.

There they go!

There they go!

Then on Sunday we drove up to Port Townsend to cheer them on as they came ashore at the finish.

Here they come!

Here they come!

One very cool detail is that the SEVENTY48 organizers provide each boat with a GPS tracker, and setup a nifty tracking website where you can track the progress of each of the teams.

Look at 'em go!

Look at ’em go!

It’s quite a feat of endurance as well as logistical planning to not only be able to row for Seventy nautical miles but to figure out what you’ll need to pack for the voyage, and how to pack everything you’ll need into the hull of a kayak (NC Kayaks happen to be pretty roomy, which helps).

The winner this year complete the race in under 11 hours. Last year my friends completed the race in just over 45 hours, and finished in last place of all the teams who actually finished the race (there were a bunch of teams that had to drop out for various reasons). This year they vastly improved their times and completed it in under 41 hours… and still came in last of all the teams who actually finished the race (a bunch of teams dropped out again this year)!

It’s such a momentous feat that all of my friends got tattoos to commemorate it, with their completion times. They’re going to add a new line for every year they participate!

SEVENTY48 Tattoos

Oooooo tattooooo…

Yay for friends doing awexome things! Be sure to check out the SEVENTY48 website to learn more. My friends also wrote some blog posts about the event over on the NC Kayaks website, so be sure to read those as well for a more on-the-spot perspective. Maybe someday you’ll do something as awexome as SEVENTY48? I mean, probably not, but who knows?

Categories: Featured Posts, Life, My Famous Friends, Tacoma.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Your Mom” by THICK

Thick: "Your Mom"

Have a f—ing baby!

I’m having flashbacks to Olympia in the early 1990s here. I also always appreciate an animated music video. Partake and be pleased:

Also, less than a minute thirty? Hell yeah. Now that’s a song.

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Hologram” by Tacocat

Tacocat: Hologram

Power may be a hologram, but this song is fer realz…

Late last week I heard a song on the radio as I was driving home from the train station and I thought to myself, “Damn, this is frikkin’ catchy!” I asked Google (hands-free, of course) to identify the song, and it said it was “Hologram” by Seattle natives Tacocat.

I looked the song up on the YouTubes and listened to it a few times, and it grew on me more and more with each listen. This is one of the most perfectly-crafted new power-pop songs I’ve heard in years. Take a listen:

Man, this song hits all of my buttons. I love the subtle harmonies that come in during the chorus & bridge. It doesn’t hurt that this is an exemplary entry into my one of my all-time favorite musical genres. I would love to be able to hear this live.

Speaking of which…

Tacocat’s new album, This Mess is a Place (from which “Hologram” comes) was just released, and they’re having an album-release party this Saturday, June 8th, at the Showbox in Seattle!

Details:
Tacocat Record Release Show (Faced Book Event)
With Nightrain and Beverly Crusher
Saturday, June 8th 9:00 PM
@ The Showbox
1426 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 (map)
$17, 21+ (tickets)

Tacos or Cats? You decide!

Tacos or Cats? You decide!

I would love to go to this show but I’m old, tired, and can’t quite justify the time and expense. Therefore you should go in my place!

P.S. Isn’t that “visualizer” hilarious?

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Seattle, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.