Posts from January 2014

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount at Bob’s Java Jive

Coffee Pot Rock

Coffee Pot Rock

Last Saturday night I ventured down into the Nalley Valley to attend the music show Teapot Pop Extravaganza (though there is some controversy about calling it a “teapot” vs a “coffee pot” vs a “kettle”) featuring Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount!

I'm a Great Big Teapot...

I’m a Great Big Teapot… or Coffee Pot… Or Kettle…
Bob’s Java Jive, Tacoma. Photo by NoJuan

Have you never been to Bob’s? You haven’t!? But it’s “World Famous” (self-proclaimed). It’s a bit of a dive bar, actually, though it has been ever-so-slightly fixed up in the last few years. There is no longer gross carpet on every single surface of the interior. The actual coffee pot is pretty small, and just contains the bar; most of the seating and the stage is in the building attached to the back of the pot.

Bob's Wold Famous Java Jive

Bob’s Wold Famous Java Jive

The show was opened by Vigilante Santos from Seattle, who had an excellent pianist. Then JM+FFD took the stage to much acclaim. It was very gratifying to see how many people got in that building and really responded positively to their musics.

And because I’m me, I of course made (with Google’s help) an animated .GIF of the band rockin’ out inside that Coffee Pot! This is one of my favorites, showcasing some nice fretwork by Geoff B. Gibbs (on bass), and I was actually at a good angle to get Dom “The Nizzle” Cortese (on drums) in the image, instead of having him be hid behind the other band members:

Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount: Jiving in a Java Pot!

Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount: Jiving in a Java Pot!

Tacoma natives Trees & Timber took the stage next, but we had a wee beb at our house with a babysitter, so we only stayed for a couple of their songs. It’s too bad Red Jacket Mine didn’t play earlier in the night so we could hear them. We saw them many moons ago at a kids’ show at Freemont Abbey (where they also shared the stage with JM+FFD).

This was the only show on JM+FFD’s events calendar in January, so I hope you caught it. Their next one isn’t scheduled until the end of February! But likely some show(s) will pop up between now and then so you don’t go into too much withdrawal.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Mike Is Sorry: Open Mike Eagle’s “Apologies” Official Video

Short & Sweet.

Short & Sweet.

Open Mike Eagle has just released a new video for his song “Apologies.” It’s a short and sweet little song (not even two minutes long) and a cool, rotating-head video. Watch it!

“Apologies” is from the compilation album Dorner vs Tookie by the Hellfyre Club record label/collective. The Hellfyre Club is made up of some of the best rappers in existence right now, including Mike, Busdriver, VerBS, Nocando, and many more. It’s a pretty fantastic album:

It’s okay, Mike; we forgive you!

Categories: Music, Videos.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

See Julia Massey in a Teapot: Live at Bob’s “World Famous” Java Jive!

Julia Massey in: Teapot Pop Extravaganza

Julia Massey in: Teapot Pop Extravaganza

Julia Massey & The Five-Finger Discount return to Tacoma this weekend! Saturday the 11th they’re going to be playing at Bob’s Java Jive down in the Nalley Valley. It’s the building shaped teapot (or coffee pot or kettle, depending on your perspective) that rests in the middle of the industrial district. It’s also a bar:

I'm a Great Big Teapot...

Bob’s Java Jive, Tacoma. Photo by NoJuan Creative Commons License

It is pretty famous, I guess, though I can’t speak to its worldwide fame. For one, there aren’t all that many teapot-shaped or coffee-pot-shaped or kettle-shaped buildings left in the states. Roadside America has an excellent curation of them. Bob’s Java Jive was also featured in the films I Love You To Death (where two characters hire a hitman in it) and Say Anything (I don’t remember how it’s featured in that movie).

But it’s probably most famous for being only about 2 miles from my house! So you best believe we’ve found a babysitter and are gonna head down there this Saturday night to hear some sweet, sweet, JM+FFD musics. SO CAN YOU!

Teapot Pop Extravaganza with Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount; Red Jacket Mine; Trees and Timber; Vigilante Santos (Facebook event)
Saturday, January 11th @ 8:00 PM
Bob’s Java Jive
2102 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA
21+ $5 Suggested Cover

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Tacoma.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Next Generation of Fools

2013 was a pretty major year for Fools Play Improv: Our 20th Anniversary, moving to a new venue at Olympia Family Theater, getting two new Fools, and of course one fact that stands out pretty strongly: THREE of the Fools had wee babies in 2013!

Fools Play Improv: The Next Generation!

Pictured: Hilary the Navy Fool with her baby boy Remy, Chris the Purple Fool with his baby girl Avery, and Jamie the Ginger Fool with his baby boy Emmett.

We got all three of them together in one room for the first time shortly before the holidays. Avery turned out to be quite the flirt! First she held hands with Emmett:

I wanna hold your hand!

I wanna hold your hand!

Then she tried to make out with Remy!

Come over here, baby!

Come over here, baby!

Could these wee bebs become Fools someday? Well, Nathan the Orange Fool’s eldest daughter is already almost of the age where she might consider joining up (she could be the Tangerine Fool—how cute would that be?). And in 15 or 16 years, these three might take up our reigns as well.

It’s crazy to think that just a year ago none of us had babies and we hadn’t even met the Teal Fool and the Crimson Fools. But it’s nice to know that we’re grooming the next generation of Fools.

Now what the heck is gonna happen in Fools Play’s 21st year!? Let’s find out!

Categories: Fools Play, Life, Pictures.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

“Of the Month” January 2014

Video Game of the Month:
1401videogame The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
A sequel to the incredibly-highly-regarded A Link to the Past, this Link Between Worlds ups the technology with a fully 3D environment (confined usually to the standard 2D overhead view of the classic Zelda games) and silky smooth graphics and sound. It’s a pretty standard Zelda story about the seven sages, with some nice twists including a recurring art theme and the ability that Link gains early to turn into animated, 2D wall art. Seriously! I haven’t yet beaten it, but it is a lot of fun.

Book of the Month:
1401book The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure by Jack Handey
Jack Handey is perhaps best known as the creator of the “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey” series of interstitials that aired on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s. This novel is my favorite kind of humor. It is completely surreal, cartoony, and every single paragraph has a joke in it. Such as:

When you have a real treasure map in your hand, all sorts of thoughts go through your head. The first is, Don’t lose the map. The second is, Hey, what happened to the map? The third is, Oh, yeah, I gave it to Don. The fourth is, Hey, where’d Don go? The fifth is, Oh, there he is.

Basically, imagine that all of the “Deep Thoughts” were thought by one person. Now put him into an “adventure” in a jungle. This book isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you love weirdly stylized and unrealistic things like Cabin Boy and Pushing Daisies, then you’re probably going to love this book with all parts of your body.

Tabletop Game of the Month:
1401tabletop Castle Panic
A cooperative board game! Everyone collaborates to defend a castle in the center of the board from hordes of monsters that encroach from the surrounding forest. It seems complicated at first, but at its core is surprisingly simple to learn, and there are enough variants to the happenings that it stays consistently fresh. It’s also unsurprisingly satisfying to work together towards a common victory rather than competing for the win.

It was also featured in one of the early episodes of Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop webseries:

Categories: Of the Month, Videos.