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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Meanwhile, In Juneau, Alaska

Posted by on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Darwin-Air. Nightmare Before Christmas Shit.
  • Darwin-Air. Nightmare Before Christmas Shit.
Mad Rad: To Sitka-Juneau for raves. Alaskan Flight 69 from SEA through Ketchikan. Wait a second, this isn't Austin.

Those traveling with Darwin may pre-board all planes. 25 minutes into the first flight someone went into one of the bathrooms and tried to smoke. (Not one of us.) He was busted. What’s the technique there, for smoking in the bathroom of a plane? - Light the cigarette, inhale/exhale/drop cigarette into bowl, and flush? The guy couldn't last half an hour. $2000 fine. Get the gum, dude.

St. Patrick’s day Sitka forced Jager into our mouths. Drums in the “vagina room.” Sitka to Juneau: took longer to de-ice the plane than it did to fly there. Everything is crisper in Alaska. Elk, emu, wild boar, and herds of moose are all over the place. Things are bear proofed. Alaskan Amber tastes better Alaska. So does a salmon omelet. Radjaw went on boat. It was sunny. He fell off a rock or something into the water.

The Alaskan Hotel in Juneau is haunted. It used to be a brothel they say. Much action has occurred there. You can hear footsteps. The radiator heating system creaks words and haunted whispers like, “GET OUT NOW.” And “MAKE ME A SANDWICH BEFORE YOU GET OUT.” Murders and suicides have happened there they say. It’s on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The rave was a womb. KXLL Excellent Radio hosted/produced (great peoples, those involved with KXLL). Many kids with lights and Alaskan rave moves. Juneau people letting it out. FileJerks' Astronomar (Juneau’s Favorite Son) spun and fuzz-battered loving ears. After the show, Buffalo Madonna beer-jousted locals that climbed up the outside of the hotel to get in to the room to party. Beer-jousting: charging arm out/beer first ramming your opponent. ‘To Party.’

Mendenhall Ice Cave. Not Gyllenhaal.
  • Mendenhall Ice Cave. Not Gyllenhaal.

The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my life. Receding monstrosity. We hiked into some ice caves. I didn’t know shades of blue like that existed.

Taku Wind: A strong, east-northeast wind that rips across the Juneau channel and pricks through your skin. Sometimes attains hurricane force at the mouth of the Taku River, after which it is named. It barrels down the sides of multiple mountains and funnels into town. Frigid. Chills your ass to the bone.

Juneau is a place all bands should play. Bright, frozen, sharp, burrowed friendly. You will leave like me, wanting to go back and possibly wondering, what actually is an emu? Special big thanks to Jenna and Amanda at Solitaire Promotion. (More pics after this here jump.)

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Elk just all over the place.
  • Elk just all over the place.

El Buffles
  • Inua Blevins
  • El Buffles

P makes his own Ice Caves
  • Inua Blevins
  • P makes his own Ice Caves

Throwing it out there
  • Throwing it out there

Steeze
  • Steeze

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Large raven pervade Juneau. They squawk louder than VW Bugs can honk.
  • Large raven pervade Juneau. They squawk louder than VW Bugs can honk.

Friday afternoon. This guy pulled his truck up, got out, sat on the back, and smoked like he was King George VIII. Then he drove off. There was an air of domination about him.
  • Friday afternoon. This guy pulled his truck up, got out, sat on the back, and smoked like he was King George VIII. Then he drove off. There was an air of domination about him.

Alaskan Hotel. Be nice to the ghosts, they were there before you were.
  • Alaskan Hotel. Be nice to the ghosts, they were there before you were.

Touching his gold - big no no.
  • Touching his gold - big no no.

Radjaw on KXLL Radio singing Barry White.
  • Radjaw on KXLL Radio singing Barry White.

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Celestial Routing. Hope to see you soon, Juneau.
  • Celestial Routing. Hope to see you soon, Juneau.

 

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Josh Bis 1
Some gorgeous photos in this set! The glacier and shows look amazing.
Posted by Josh Bis http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Author.html?oid=3815563 on March 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Trent Moorman 2
Singed in my eyes, that blue. Can't stop thinking about it.
Posted by Trent Moorman on March 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM · Report this
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I love that rave is alive and well in Alaska. I need to hit one before I fall into a funk. Mad Rad, play a rave around here. I'd like to sharpen my beer combat skills.
Posted by Ms White on March 23, 2011 at 12:40 AM · Report this
andyatKXLL 4
Trent -- Thanks so much for this awesome travelogue! Great to haveyou guys up here -- come back soon.
Posted by andyatKXLL on March 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM · Report this
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thank you for writing about our not so sleepy little alaskan town. isn't it the best?
Posted by cassandrasquibb on March 24, 2011 at 9:08 AM · Report this
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Mad Rad fucking rules. It's great to see that they just like the simple things in life. I bet those shows were crazy good
Posted by PurtyMountain on March 25, 2011 at 5:19 PM · Report this

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