Vera Johnson, the owner of the Village Green Perennial Nursery, contacted me about having a platform to express her feelings about Friday's show.
Do you regret having Michelle Shocked play? Yes, I regret that after talking with Michelle that I did not take some time to separate myself from the situation and think it through. I did not have enough facts. After the show was cancelled, it dropped off my radar and I went on with my own life. Michelle showed up at my business, during work hours and persuaded me to allow her play here and answer people's questions. Under no circumstances did I intend to imply that I support bigotry or hatred. I apologize deeply to anyone that this has offended.
Do you stand by your decision to have her perform? NO. I think speaking to her would have been enough and should have been enough. But it happened, and I can't change it. It's a hard lesson that I can use to learn from. I understand the frustration that is out there about this situation. I am frustrated too. I can only speak my truth and learn from my misjudgement. That is truly what this is, a misjudgement that I own. From a place of honesty, I seek forgiveness from those who were hurt as I also work through forgiving myself.
Holy Ho-Mo! 'Mo-Wave totaled 33 bands, over three days, plus theater and a visual art show (which you can still see, through May 4th.) My head is still spinning. Here are some photos of the mostly musical highlights at Chop Suey. It was an incredible and inspirational weekend, to say the least...
Highlight #1: Rachel from the Need's drumming. Holy wow.
Highlight #2: This leather bikini pouch thingie, ala Ononos
How has YouTube not put the smackdown on those BARE BOOOOOOBIES at the 3:54 mark?! Not that I *want* them to, but I've been kicked off of YouTube twice, on lesser boob violations. I guess YouTube is less strict, as long as it's straight—no homo? Actor Ray Winstone even puts said bare boobie IN HIS MOUTH at 4:09 mark.
Tonight, in the second installment of TUCK at Chop Suey, you can not only can basque in the glamour-glow of host BenDeLaCreme—alongside Ade, Aleksa Manila, Jackie Hell, Mama Tits, Robbie Turner, and fly girls MicKiki—you also get to dance with New Orleans Booty God, Vockah Redu:
I hear there's an advice booth THAT REALLY WORKS (!), and just like last time (see photos), a chance to get a fabulous makeover by Miss Jackie Hell.
Photo by DJ Clam-Master J
Pretty baby: Jackie Hell makeover magic
Giiirl, what are you waiting for? There's outfits to prepare! Purchase tickets here. $10/ $8 in drag. Arrive before 10:30 and have your name entered in a raffle to win $100 cash. More info here!
Have you been dreaming about a holiday makeover? Maybe you're too shy to go to the Nordstrom counter? Well, Friday is your chance to make ALL these dreams come true... with beauty consultant Jackie Hell.
BenDeLaCreme is hosting a brand new night called TUCK, this Friday, at Chop Suey, which includes a kissing booth with Jinx Monsoon (SWOON!) and makeover station manned operated by Jackie Hell and Aleksa Manila (SHEXY!)
Jackie loves her leeeeep'shitck!
Check the weave, lacquer the lids, and strap on those cha cha heels! Pageant queens, gender-f*ckers, bearded ladies, fish—however you DO drag, however you LOVE drag—come out and FLAUNT IT.
Seduction is an annual party in Fremont sponsored by the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. In addition to all the costumed folks, there was an erotic art showcase, and interactive experiences like ultraviolet body painting, and decorative bondage. I saw a lot of people making out. Also, like any good Halloween party should, there was a costume contest, where Seduction gave away over $3,000 worth of prizes. How d'ya like them apples? Happy "Sexy" Halloween!
...then CLICK HERE to see a picture of Cole and Jared from the Black Lips playing tonsil hockey at Chick-fil-A. I say more musicians should help get the kiss-in protests fired up. WHO SHOULD KISS NEXT?
by Kelly O
on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Stop everything you're doing and listen to this brand new song, "Same Love." I'm not joking. This is BIG. It was written in support of Macklemore and Lewis' partnership with the Music For Marriage Equality campaign and Sub Pop Records. Read more about Music For Marriage, by The Stranger's Dominic Holden HERE. Also find more information, and several excellent video testimonials buy local musicians, at music4marriage.org.
Sub Pop will release the track as a limited run 7" on 7/31, with all proceeds going to benefit the Music for Marriage Equality campaign. The song will also appear on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut LP The Heist which they'll independently release on 10/9.
Read Macklemore's personal official statement after the jump.
Love is love, and please vote YES on Referendum 74.
As anyone who knows me already knows—I am always PRO wet t-shirt contest. Suddenly, though, here's a CO-ED wet t-shirt contest this Friday, July 6th. I mean, I love a man in a wet shirt, but isn't this sort of thing lady-time? Isn't this the only time it's appropriate to type 8-zero-zero-8-5 on your phone and send to your friend who's watching the contest on the other side of the stage?
"Celebrate the holiday season in style with Adé at Re-bar at the Black and White Ball—a holiday party and benefit for Lifelong AIDS Alliance—with DJs Riz and El Toro and performances by Vintage Youth, Adé, and fashions by Artstar, Danial Webster, Jordan Christianson and Lenna Peterson. Come dress up to the nines (in black and white). $10 cover for black & white formal wear, $15 without."
The process of normal human childbirth is categorized in three stages of labor: the shortening and dilation of the cervix, descent and birth of the infant, and birth of the placenta. Except when a shakuhachi flute is played. Then all the shit just flies out at the same time like it's on a log flume ride.
Music to be Born By is a 70-minute soundscape created to sonically aid in the birth of Mickey Hart’s son, Taro. Taro’s heartbeat was recorded in utero and played back during his birth. Then several of Hart’s friends asked if they could use the recording for their own babies’ births. Then Hart decided to release the recording to the public. Taro's heartbeat, is overdubbed with bass harmonics, drums, and shakuhachi flute.
As soon as a shakuhachi flute gets played, the baby flies out, like it's running down the side of a mountain.
Here now is the sound of Mickey Hart's unborn son's heartbeat, and instruments.
Um, hey, the clock's ticking. The hour is almost upon us. Do you know how much New Orleans bounce is gonna be at this year's Gay Pride? There is gonna be azz everywhere, and I don't want all of us standing around, mouths agape. What we need, as barely-dancing Seattleites, is PRACTICE. Practice, practice, and more practice. I recently got to talk to New Orleans heartthrob Vockah Redu. I asked him how much size mattered, in the booty dept, and he reassured me, "Size doesn't matter. Practice makes perfect. To move your rump up and down, round an' round, is about creativity and motions of your body".
Well, that's kind of reassuring. I wish there was some sort of class... Oh wait: THERE IS. Vockah Redu & the Cru are teaching a dance and workout class next Thursday, June 16th, from 6-7 pm, at FRED Wildlife Center (see flyer).
Maybe there is hope for us. Redu also performs at the Trouble Bouncy Ball Pre-Pride Party, next Saturday the 18th, at FRED Wildlife Refuge (advance tickets available at Rudy’s Barbershops), and then again at the always fun-as-hell Wild Rose beer garden stage, during Pride proper, on Saturday the 24th, performing alongside Big Freedia. Oh, Big Freedia! This is going to be dancin'-est, funnest Seattle Gay Pride, in the history of Seattle Gay Pride. Mark my words.
Tomorrow night, you will experience a part of Sebadoh that you have been pining for. That part that reveals itself to you. Drawing exclusively from Harmacy and Bakesale, there are many moments where you feel like you've been transported to that head space you were in fifteen years ago, the place that you had a hard time letting out your feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings, before you grew some balls and decided to cry at the theater with your girlfriend, and in the bed next to her as you struggled to get it back up.
Sebadoh didn't play "Willing To Wait." I wouldn't have left if they did. But don't worry, dudes. They will still play some rippers (Jason Lowenstein is playing bass, after all... this ain't no Gaffney/Barlow circle jerk). Get ready for the beauty of the ride.
Sebadoh plays Neumos on Saturday, February 12. Open up your heart and let them in.
FREE FREE AMANDA KNOX PAINTING: Here is a painting that is for free. To win this 18"x24" painting and have it sent to your home (Anytown, USA), simply leave a really, really good haiku in the comments section. My roommates Ruben & Lacey will pick the one that they like most and that will be the winner. (Tip: they like ZZ Top, dogs, and pizza). They're not getting home from Texas until 9pm tonight, so you have all day to do this. It seems that most of the evidence given against lil' Manders Knox was provided by a drug-dealing homeless man, so there's a really good chance she'll be chompin' crispy burritos at the West Seattle Taco Time in no time.
Amanda Knox celebrated Christmas playing guitar and eating turkey .
JEEZ LOUISE, THIS TOWN IS DEPRESSING. The weather in this city is the p-i-t-s! I don't think I've ever been so depressed in my life. Everybody told me to take vitamin D and luckily I found a bottle of supplements for teenaged girls in the medicine cabinet. Then I found myself watching the worst possible TV that I could find streaming on NetFlix. This mostly meant Man Vs. Food, American Pickers and unauthorized biographies, the best being a wonderfully boring documentary about a house that George Harrison once slept in. Eventually I settled on the very worst thing to ever come through television, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. As our own Alithea O'Dell put it, "At that point you are scraping the bottom of the barrel of life."
The secret life of this pregnant television teen involves eating a chicken wing.
Hunx and His Punx are releasing their first-ever proper full length studio album (after a million-gazillion singles) on Hardly Art Records! In stores March 29th! It's called Too Young to Be In Love! It was produced by Ivan Julian, formerly of Richard Hell & the Voidoids! I heard a sneak preview! It's a beauty! An A+++! It's about heartbreak! Sex! Love! YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE!
Well, unless you DON'T like rock n' roll. And you don't believe in love. And you HATE amazing all-girl backup bands... and boys who sing like girls... and girls who rock like boys...
The male bowerbirds are also musicians, though more like a human DJ than a composer. Excellent mimics, they reproduce various sounds from the surrounding environment and weave them into a seductive aural tapestry. The more accurate the mimicry and complex the birdsong, the more likely they are to lure in a mate.
The male bowerbird, however, is more known as an architect than a DJ. It builds bowers and decorates them with shiny things and even fresh flowers. The more fancy the bower, the more it catches the eye of a female.