Posts categorized “My Famous Friends”

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, 29 May 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Eat Your Feelings” by Open Mike Eagle & Method Man(!!)

Open Mike Eagle & Method Man: Eat Your Feelings

There’s a party in my tummy; so yummy, so yummy…

Holy crap, gang, I thought it was a big deal when Mike did a song with MF Doom, now here he’s dropped a track collaborating with none other than Method Man. That’s nutz (yes, with a “z”), man!

The video for “Eat Your Feelings” takes the idea of “conspicuous consumption” to another whole level as Mike and Method Man literally consume their valuables. It’s very funny:

I must say I am loving this series of collabs from The New Negroes. I especially appreciate how they’re all around that two-to-three-minute sweet spot; that’s my favorite song length.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Woke as Me” by Open Mike Eagle and Phonte

Open Mike Eagle & Phonte: "Woke as Me"

Who more woke…?

Yes, another WLS featuring Open Mike Eagle. You know what, friends? If you have a TV show and release a new music video every week, there’s a good chance I’ll feature you as well. Here Mike verbally spars with Phonte about whom is the more “woke” of the two:

I particularly love the “Wokken Fighters” video game that’s featured throughout the video:

Wokken Fighters: Fight!

Wokken Fighters: Fight!

Wokken Fighters: Open Mike Eagle vs Phonte!

OME & Phonte get in on the game…

And especially how at the end of the video the video game characters get in on the real-world action and start beating Mike up (though they do seem to be aiming directly for his crotch, which is a bit disturbing).

Wokken Fighter vs Open Mike Eagle!

School Him!

Wokken Fighters defeat Open Mike Eagle!

School Him/Her/They/Z/Ze!

At any rate, you have now been pleasured.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Video Games, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Police Myself” by Open Mike Eagle & MF Doom

Is Oh-Em-Eee Em-Eff-Doomed by the Tiny Cop in his head…?

Is Oh-Em-Eee Em-Eff-Doomed by the Tiny Cop in his head…?

Back again with yet another new song and amazing video from his Comedy Central show The New Negroes is your friend and mine, Open Mike Eagle. “Police Myself” is a rather biting song about the necessity of self-censorship in the face of racial bias with a denouement that made me say, “Ouch” aloud. It also has some hilarious visuals with Mike as a tiny cop speeding around town in a tiny cop car with an enormous (to him) blunt.

It’s interesting how this song fits thematically with the previous New Negroes music video release, “Unfiltered” (that I featured a couple of weeks ago, so go listen to that as well if you haven’t). It’s also great seeing Mike swinging for the fences with some of the biggest and best names in hip-hop! Em-effing MF Doom!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Unfiltered” by Open Mike Eagle & Danny Brown

Open Mike Eagle & Danny Brown: Unfiltered

Danny got filtered through Mikes mouf…

Hey, howcome Mike Eagle is the Wednesday Listening Pleasure two weeks in a row? Well, son, it’s because he just keeps on a-puttin’ out musics!

This time it’s the debut clip from his upcoming (premieres this Friday, April 19th!) Comedy Central series, The New Negroes, in which the expressive Danny Brown lives inside of the repressed Mike Eagle and spouts the things Mike only wishes he could say. It’s very funny. You can take a look/listen here!

Short and hilarious. Good work, fellas!

Be sure to watch The New Negroes when it premieres on Comedy Central this Friday!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Every Single Thing” by Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle: Every Single Thing

What’s in your box of meaning…?

Open Mike Eagle recently released a new video for the song “Every Single Thing” off of his EP What Happens When I Try to Relax (another EP!). In it, a man played by Tracy Kernell gathers and burns a “box of meaning” over another stunning, clever, angry, and beautifully lyrical Open Mike Eagle song.

Seriously, how can Mike keep on putting out music that’s so good?

Don’t forget that Mike’s Comedy Central Show, The New Negroes, premieres on April 19th! Also he has a webseries currently running called Live from WZRD. Also he’s pretty much completely awexome.

Open Mike Eagle Burns Shovel Knight

Not Shovel Knight. NOT SHOVEL KNIGHT! IT SHOULD’VE BEEN ME!!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Warren Dunes Animated

The band, not the state park…

The band, not the state park…

On Saturday I went to the Seattle to go to the album release show for Warren Dunes. As is my fashion, I made some animated .gifs of the festivities:

o yes

o yes

Warren Dunes Animated GIF

Has Sonics Guy seen any photos from this event…?

I also snagged the album! It turns out it’s only a 6-song EP, not a full-length album. What’s the deal with my friends only putting out EPs recently? See Exhibits A, B, C, and now D (this EP that I’m talking about now).

Anyway, it’s pretty great to get these songs in my own grubby mitts after what seems like such a long time. Strangely, it looks like they haven’t actually released this album anywhere online yet(!?). I got it directly from Julia Massey’s hands. But here’s what it looks like:

Welcome to zombo.com. I mean Warren Dunes.

Welcome to zombo.com. I mean Warren Dunes.

Hopefully you’ll be able to listen to it soon, too!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows, Music, My Famous Friends, Seattle.