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Saturday, April 1, 2006

House Parties

posted by on April 1 at 10:10 AM

I’m proud of all of the pieces in the paper this week. The news and arts writers at The Stranger did an outstanding job of covering last Saturday’s shootings.

I don’t want to single out any one piece. But there’s one that didn’t make it into the feature package, and I’m afraid it might get overlooked. Paul Constant writes the column “Party Crasher”¯ for us. It’s a weekly snapshot of a house party. We created the column because we felt that Seattle had a lively house party scene, and that we weren’t really covering Seattle’s nightlife if we ignored house parties. There’s nothing “in it”¯ for The Stranger; people don’t advertise their house parties. We cover them because we think they’re interesting and we think people enjoy attending, by proxy, parties that they weren’t actually invited to.

Anyway, if you missed Paul’s tremendously moving piece on last week’s murders—which, as everyone knows, took place at a house party—you can find it by clicking here.

We throw parties to bring strangers together in the hopes that, maybe, by the end of the night we won’t all be strangers. When you think about it, that’s an inspiring act of hope, and that’s why, regardless of some message-board screeching or a few fear-driven editorials and panicky government officials, we’ll continue throwing house parties and, yes, inviting people we don’t know into our homes….

Party crashing has taught me this: Most people genuinely want everyone to have a good time, and it’s too goddamn inexpressibly sad to consider what would happen to Seattle, and to ourselves, if we didn’t greet the next unfamiliar face at the party with a smile.

While we were pulling together last week’s issue Charles Mudede suggested that we float the idea of a night of house parties all over the city. That didn’t make it into the paper, unfortunately. I think it’s a good idea, and if people are into it, we’ll get behind it.

A night of house parties could be a memorial, of a sort, to the people who lived in the blue house on Republican. They frequently opened their home to friends, friends-of-friends, and, yes, to strangers. According to their neighbors, their parties had always been peaceful. (Just as peaceful as the all-ages dance scene.) A night of house parties could also perhaps a fund-raiser for the survivors or some appropriate charity. But mostly it would serve as an affirmation of Seattle’s culture of house parties that Paul Constant so elequently defends in this week’s paper.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Sera Cahoone, Live at Easy Street (West Seattle)

posted by on March 31 at 11:17 AM

We mistakenly listed up-and-coming Seattle singer/songwriter Sera Cahoone’s in-store appearance tonight at Easy Street’s Queen Anne location; it’s actually happening at 8 pm at the West Seattle store (4559 California Ave SW # 200; 206-938-3279). Sorry for the confusion.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Kurt Cobain Collectibles

posted by on March 30 at 11:32 AM

Does the world really need this? Perhaps if proceeds from sales were going towards some sort of musicians’ mental health organization, I could support it, but it still creeps me out.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Seattle Weekly’s New Music Editor

posted by on March 29 at 12:46 PM

The Stranger has learned that one of its own freelancers, Brian J. Barr, will be replacing Michaelangelo Matos as Seattle Weekly’s music editor. Barr recently wrote a strong feature on rising local rockers Band of Horses for The Stranger. Besides freelancing for this paper, he also has contributed to The Believer, Harp, and Arthur. I wish Barr well, and look forward to a long, bitter editorial rivalry with him.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Singing For Samuel L. Jackson?

posted by on March 28 at 1:29 PM

The musicians among you who can’t get enough of the pre-release hype for “Snakes on a Plane” may wish to enter their soundtrack contest.

The Cops “I Can’t Stay Focused”¯ Tour Blog, Installment 4

posted by on March 28 at 12:39 PM

Tuesday, March 21

The Cops are now three days past Austin and the Texas brain haze is starting to clear. After 3 days and 26 hours of driving we arrive in Philadelphia. Tonight we play the Khyber, a Philadelphia rock n’ roll institution. The jukebox is stellar and the staff is kinda’ crusty, but nice. Our buddy Paul Severin, a former Seattleite, joins us early for drinks. Paul works for hot shit radio station WXPN, which is coincidentally spinning the Cops. Paul explains to us that Philly is not a big rock town. We’re feeling it tonight. In spite of a nice review in the weekly paper, posters all over town, and radio airplay, there are only 15 people in the audience. Apparently everyone in the city was across town watching David Berman and the Silver Jews. Khyber soundman Josh, who moonlights in riff mavens Pearls and Brass, was fucking awesome. Josh goes above and beyond and contacts our booking agent to tell us we leave our cymbals behind—a real crisis averted. After the show Paul takes us into his neighborhood, Fishtown, where we drink with locals at a place called Crazy Fish. These folks are good drinkers and welcome us with several shots of whiskey. Ouch.

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