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by Christopher Grant Harris

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “What We Have Is You” From Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

What We Have Is You

Wishes come from you and not a random shooting star…

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is a rather good new cartoon on Netflix, about a tween girl trying to find her family of underground dwellers in a post-apocalyptic surface world full of giant, sentient animals.

This scene is from a flashback to before all the craziness began, showing Kipo and her father (voiced by Sterling K. Brown!!) enjoying some domestic tranquility and a charming, lovely family song. Partake and be pleasured:

You can watch Kipo et al. on Netflix now, and you really should. I’ll write a full-length review of it soon. Honest!

Categories: Cartoons, Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Warren Dunes Returns to Tacoma This Thursday!

Warren Dunes at McMenamins Elks Temple

I was trying to come up with some clever portmanteau, but “Spanish Ballroom at McMenamins Elks Temple” has absolutely no “W” or “D” in it whatsoever!

Rejoice, Tacomen and Tacowomen, for Julia Massey is bringing Warren Dunes back to T-town this very week!

They’re coming to the gorgeous Spanish Ballroom inside the new-ish McMenamins Elks Temple in downtown on Thursday night. Yes, it’s a school night, but it’s an ALL-AGES show and it starts at 7:00, so you can bring the kids! You should bring the kids!

Warren Dunes is sharing the stage with Chris King and the Gutterballs, as well as Tacoma band Modern Daze (of whom I confess I have not heard before). Julia also just announced that the extremely excellent local Tacoma rapper Chris Blount will be joining them for a song during their set!

Chris Blount

Chris Blount and his blunt T-shirt.

The Fam and I and some fun kids are making the trek downtown to see this show.

Warren Dunes w/ Chris King & The Gutterballs, Modern Daze (Event Webpage)
@ The Spanish Ballroom
in McMenamins Elks Temple
565 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402 (map)
Thursday, February 6th, 7:00 PM
All-Ages, Only $5 (free for hotel guests)

We shall see ye there!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Tacoma.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Ghetto Spaceship” by The Black Tones

Ghetto Spaceship by The Black Tones

Don’t you worry, baby(s)…

Didn’t I just do a Black Tones song as my Wednesday Listening Pleasure at the beginning of this month? Oh, yeah, I did. Shut up: they’re good and I really enjoy their music. Plus they’ve released their first-ever official music video! It’s for “Ghetto Spaceship” and features a dramatized version of a time when the Walker Twins’ mother was pregnant with them. Since they’re in utero, they’re of course naked. The Walker Twins do seem to enjoy to be naked. Here’s Cedric on the cover of their album Cobain & Cornbread for example:

The Black Tones: Cobain & Cornbread

Who want some cheese?

Anyhoo, “Ghetto Spaceship” is from Cobain & Cornbread. Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been nakedly pleasured.

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants: Birdhouse In Your Soul

“Though I respect that a lot, I’d be fired if that were my job…”

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the release of They Might Be Giants’s seminal album Flood. Their first major-label album, but still two albums away from creating a full backing band, Flood is still the band’s best-known and (arguably) most-lauded creation.

So popular was/is Flood that for many people it was a gateway drug of sorts; it served as the entryway to the rabbit hole of TMBG’s 22 studio albums plus uncounted singles/EPs, live albums, demo tapes, collections, samplers, and solo projects. Though some people never really explore TMBG beyond Flood (these people are derisively called “Flooders” by some), the songs from Flood still remain as iconic as any song in the band’s lexicon.

Here, therefore, is the official music video for Flood‘s lead single, “Birdhouse In Your Soul.” It is full of TMBG’s penchant for creepy imagery, bizarre-yet-highly-coordinated dance moves, and of course some William Allen White. Partake and be pleasured as if it were 1990 again:

You have now been pleasured.

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Movie Review: Frozen II (2019)

Movie Review: Frozen II: Into the Unknown

Into the unknown…

Frozen II (2019): ★★★½

Directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee

Frozen II is a good movie. Is it as good as the first Frozen (which is also a good movie)? I’m actually not entirely certain. But it is at least as good. Spoilers abound!

More… »

Categories: Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Bear Named Sue” by Vanna Oh

Vanna Oh! Bear Named Sue

“I put him in my pocket, saved him for another time…”

Vanna Oh is a local Pacific Northwest musician whom I’m deeply ashamed to admit I had never heard of until this week. I heard of them thanks to Eva & Cedric Walker (of The Black Tones) and their new music video show called Video Bebop on The Seattle Channel! Thanks, Walker Twins!

So anyway, Vanna Oh simply shreds and I absolutely adore this song and the resultant video, which does great things with primary colors and also with film speed. Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been pleasured!

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Mama! There’s a Spider In My Room!” by The Black Tones

The Black Tones: Mama! There's a Spider In My Room!

“I’m just trynna go to bed…”

For this first Wednesday Listening Pleasure of 2020, I go back to late Summer of 2019 when local Seattleites The Black Tones appearead live on KEXP. Singer Eva Walker and her brother, drummer Cedric, have created one of the best local bands in existence right now.

Eva’s booming voice filters through Stevie Nicks by way of Joan Jett, with rounded, sliding notes that end in a delicious, warbling vibrato that has hints of Billie Holiday bubbling under the surface. “Mama! There’s a Spider In My Room!” is my favorite track from The Black Tones’s album, Cobain & Cornbread. Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been pleasured for the first time in 2020!

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.