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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Purse Thursdayz: Hannah

Posted by on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Hannah, 42. 9:32pm. Hazlewood.
  • G. Smith
  • Hannah, 42. 9:32pm. Hazlewood.

I was happy to see Hannah out at my monthly Ballard gig, The Worst. She had had a few glasses of white wine already and the timing for peeking into her purse was perfect. Hannah has been working in the Seattle music scene for years and is working with SIFF this year doing a "Face the Music" series. Currently, she has been running Hothouse Promotions and has her Seek & Destroy radio show Saturday nights on KEXP. She's got a great show with Lord Dying coming up on April 6th at The Sunset, but before she had a fourth and fifth glass of wine I made her dump her shit on the table next to the DJ booth.

What kind of purse is that?
I don't know... It says it's a Crochet Sak. Seriously, S-A-K, sack.

Where did you get it?
Up at the Goodwill on 65th.

Is it your everyday purse?
Yeah, pretty much. In the summer, I tend to switch it up more for outfits. I'm trying to be better about it. This is a great purse to have because you don't have to worry about someone spilling a drink all over it. The crochet makes it ok!

Let's see what is inside!

• Grey hat
• Leather wallet
• American Spirits
• Notebook

This was so sweet, my grandmother bought me a "reporter notebook" and I keep trying to use it. I opened it up for the Soundgarden show but it was too dark. Once again, had to take notes on the iPhone.

• Random show flyer
• Engraved silver pen
• Horses Cut Shop keychain
• Legal document

If you caught me when I didnt have a boyfriend...
  • G. Smith
  • "If you caught me when I didn't have a boyfriend..."

What's that for?!?
Let's just say it's a legal document, ok?

• Eye cream
• Checkbook with therapist notes
• Sunglasses
• Taco Time receipt
• Keys with ZZ Top keychain

Billy Gibbons actually gave me that!! I fucking love it.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Purse Thursdayz - Rachel

Posted by on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Rachel, 31.  Taupe leather purse. 10:03am. Joe Bar.
  • G. Smith
  • Rachel, 31. Taupe leather purse. 10:03am. Joe Bar.

This morning, like many other mornings, I found myself with a cup of coffee and a magical crepe at one of my favorite hideaways, Joe Bar. With two lovely ladies working the counter, I hoped I could persuade them to stop what they were doing and dump out their bags. Rachel, a volunteer for NW Film Forum, was glad to open up even though she feared it might be kind of boring. I didn't care and tried my best not to hold up the line. Sorry, Ms. Behindme, you're gonna have to wait 5-10 minutes for your cup o' drip because I have important shit to do!

What kind of purse is that?
It's Chocolat Blu from Nordstrom? I got it like two or three years ago.

You use it everyday?
Pretty much... unless I'm biking that day.

Do you love it?
Well, I got it because it can fit my laptop and I needed it for travel. It's pretty cool because it can also be converted into a backpack.

Yeah!?
Yeah, but sadly I don't have those straps on me.

Bummer. What's in there?

• Hobo International brown wallet
• Always maxi pad
• 2 blue pens
• Fingerless gloves
• Sunglasses
• Keychain with USB and multiple Honda keys

Do you have more than one car?
Actually, no! I have had so many people break-in to my car that I now have a different key for each every keyhole on it!

• Moleskin day planner
• iPod shuffle
• Jane Criedale lipstick
• Nordstrom perfume sample
• 5 quarters
• Mardi Gras mark
• Toothbrush

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Dirty Girls

Posted by on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Unearthed last week: check out this amateur documentary about teenage riot grrls in Los Angeles, shot in 1996, by then high-school kid Michael Lucid.

It's almost twenty years later, and 'zines are probably dead forever, but the core "dirty girls" message still rings true...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dogs Are Better Than Cats

Posted by on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I'm sorry, they just are.

Purse Thursdayz: Melina

Posted by on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Welcome to Purse Thursdayz! Every week, I'll be looking into the purses, bags, and satchels of some of Seattle's finest women—seeing exactly what they are carrying around all day. Catching purses in their natural environment is very important, so these ladies do not know they are going to be interviewed. Shall we?

Melina, 28. Pleather bag. 11:20pm. Via Tribunali.
  • Mary Kalhor
  • Melina, 28. Pleather bag. 11:20pm. Via Tribunali.

I interviewed Melina and her purse a while back and I was so completely moved by my time with her purse that it had to be shared with you. Melina is a good friend of my lady and cracks me up whenever I see her. She is currently back in school and working on some new business endeavors that I cannot discuss. She is an avid traveller that loves froyo almost as much as I do. I mean who doesn't love froyo? Onto the purse!

Where did you get the purse?
It's from an H & M in Zurich, Switzerland.
Is this your favorite purse?
It is my everyday, shove all my shit in there, purse.
This is beautiful! What is that? Velvet??
Pleather.
Oh. Okay, well what is in this thing?!

• N Green bus transfer with gum on it
• Feather hair extension thingy
• 20 Francs (20 Francs is like 20 dollars)
• Headphones with gum stuck to the cords
• Earrings, gum coated
• Lip gloss, covered in gum
• $5 in five, single dollar bills
• Set of keys with Prince Harry keychain

Swoon!!
Everything is coated in bubble gum because they are yet to invent gum that doesn't stick to other shit. It's ridiculous!

• Coconut bar wrapper
• Junk
• Paper
• Random coins that cannot be determined due to the amount of gum on each piece

Everything is coated in bubble gum because they are yet to invent gum that doesnt stick to other shit.
  • "Everything is coated in bubble gum because they are yet to invent gum that doesn't stick to other shit. It's ridiculous!"

My change is not really money anymore. It's gum.
It's anything but money. Anything left in there?
[Pulls out a piece of paper.] Oh my god! This is a secret letter. A secret hate letter to my ex-coworker who got fired a while ago. She's a bitch and I never gave it to her. [Pulls out another stack of papers.] This is my dissertation paper.
What's your dissertation about?
Science and shit. It's still a work in progress. [Yet another piece of paper.] This is another secret hate letter I wrote to my ex-coworker that I never gave to her.
Is that everything?
Yup! That looks like all of it.

(I then reach my hand inside the purse to check. The walls are insulated with what feels like old gum. Everything feels like soft rubber white pencil erasers. It's like petting a a dried up whale. My arm is communicating with me to get the hell out of there.)
That's enough of that. Thanks for your time, Melina!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What's In A Name, Gucci Mane?

Posted by on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Gucci Mane announced that his new name would be "GUWOP" yesterday, but immediately had to change it back, 'cause so many of his fans freaked out on Twitter.

Rightfully so? What the fuck is a Guwop? To me, it sounds a bland hamburger+ red sauce+pasta dish, that we had to eat twice a week when I was a kid, because we were poor.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Purse Thursdayz: Sharlese

Posted by on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Welcome to Purse Thursdayz! Every week, I'll be looking into the purses, bags, and satchels of some of Seattle's finest women—seeing exactly what they are carrying around all day. Catching purses in their natural environment is very important, so these ladies do not know they are going to be interviewed. Shall we?

Sharlese Sharlese, 34. Big leather carryall. 10:32pm. Barboza
  • Sharlese Sharlese, 34. Big leather carryall. 10:32pm. Barboza

Sharlese was strutting her sassy self throughout town last night. She left work late, enjoyed a live show with drinks and friends, then devoured a slice of pizza before calling it a night. Homegirl has been working for KEXP for years as an on-air personality, and kills it on her own show, Audioasis. She was having a grand ol' time at the Master Musicians of Bukkake show and wondered why she had such a big bag with her.

Where did you get the purse?
Red Light, about a year ago. No a year and a half. No! Two years ago.
What kind of purse it?
I don't fucking know... a leather one?
It's kinda big for a night out.
I use this bag when I'm in need of a travel-size bag, but one I can take to the club. You never know what will happen!
What brings you to the Master Musicians of Bukkake show?
I just love these guys. It's just so good isn't it?
I liked the openers, MTNS, they were good. Very fucking loud, but good.
Yeah they are cool, but I like these guys better.
Would you consider yourself a master of bukkake?
Most definitely. We all have our own means of marking our territory. Musically speaking, it's basically just decorating things with your friends.
OK, enough jibber jabber, what's in there?
Be warned. I have some problems in here.

• 6 pack multi-colored pens
• W-9 tax form
• Skull Candy brown headphones
• Swedish Fish
• Pair of black leather gloves
• Zebra wallet
• USB
• White lighter
• Blue lighter

Two lighters?
Sometimes you need two!! What if I'm digging through this purse and I can't find one?

• $.63 in change
• Lip gloss
• Lotion
• Keys
• Moisture lotion
• Fisherman's Cough Suppressant
• Pile of cough drops

I have some problems in here.
  • "I have some problems in here."

What happened?
This is a major problem I was telling you about. These damn cough drops were open and spilled all over the inside of my bag. At least you're giving me a reason to clean out this damn thing.

• Emergen-C packet
• Altoids container filled with goodies
• Dollar bill
• Garbage
• Crumpled paper
• Bus transfer
• Gold iPod
• Black iPod touch

Two iPods?
A girl can never have enough music. Especially with what I do, I always need music in my life.

Damn.. I actually thought your purse was going to be a lot juicier. Your problems are meh.
I'm sorry. Kinda boring huh? No, but it has been with me through thick and thin. This thing has been through some shit with me, I can tell you that.

Does your purse smoke weed?
Luckily, no. It's just a good friend who holds my pot cookies.

Too bad you don't have any with you now.
Stupid purse.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Purse Thursdayz: Megan

Posted by on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Welcome to Purse Thursdayz! Every week, I'll be looking into the purses, bags, and satchels of some of Seattle's finest women—seeing exactly what they are carrying around all day. Catching purses in their natural environment is very important, so these ladies do not know they are going to be interviewed. Shall we?

Megan is the marketing coordinator at Neumos and loves where she works. She is an early-morning go-getter that fully embraces the music scene. I ran into her at the Mercury for a Nightmare Fortress show and she was as happy as can be. The ferocious lights provided by the band illuminated her bag and I had to know what was inside such a tiny accessory. Her nose ring never butted in to the conversation.

Megan, 22. Small Coach purse. 12:53am. The Mercury.
  • Megan, 22. Small Coach purse. 12:53am. The Mercury.

Where did you get the purse?
I bought it.
What kind of purse it?
It's Coach.
Bootleg?
No. Not at all, it's real Coach.
Open it for me.
There's not much. I took all the shit out of my earlier bag and just brought this little thing.
What's in it?

• White iPhone 5
• Paystub
• Note for Jason L.
Elf the musical ticket

I loved the musical. It was so fucking good, almost as good as the movie.
Really? Jesus.

My purse isnt goth enough for this show.
  • "My purse isn't goth enough for this show."

• Coach tag
• Set of keys attached to a UW Husky lanyard
• Chapstick with ripped off label
• Lip gloss
• Lipstick

So having good lips is important to you?
Well…
What's in this pocket of the purse?
You don't need to know! This is going to be in the Stranger, I cannot tell you that.
Don't worry, it's only the Weekly, nobody reads that.
That's true.

• $80 cash
Oddfellows receipt
• BOA receipt
• Bobby pins
• Coin purse

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Purse Thursdayz: Sarah

Posted by on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Welcome to Purse Thursdayz! Every week, I'll be looking into the purses, bags, and satchels of some of Seattle's finest women—seeing exactly what they are carrying around all day. Catching purses in their natural environment is very important, so these ladies do not know they are going to be interviewed. Shall we?

After a most delicious lunch at Salumi with a good friend, I found myself in Lower Queen Anne and decided to bum rush Sarah's office immediately upon walking past it. Sarah is the Director of Development and Community Relations at SAMA by day and an avid Cam'ron supporter by night. She is co-founder of Cafe Society, an ex-DJ that likes making her own earrings, and is one half of Christmas rap duo Holigang. After she finished a taste test for the new Lays' potato chip, she gladly started to pull things out of her bag.

Sarah, 38. Yellow leather tote, 3:30pm, office building.
  • Sarah, 38. Yellow leather tote. 3:30pm. Office building.

Where did you get the purse?
My mom got it at a fake market in Shanghai. She decided it wasn't good for carrying her laptop and had too many pockets. She gave it to me in November after she kept losing things inside of it. It happens.
What kind of purse is it?
By looking at the imprinted tree logo on the inside I can tell that it is 100% Mulberry knock-off.
Is this your everyday go to purse?
I use it everyday, but mainly just for work. This thing is way too big to take out at night.
It looks pretty big for a night out on the town.
It has huge pockets!! I think I mainly use it for work because I can use it for grocery shopping after. Don't nobody want to be paying for paper bags these days.
Can we take a look inside?
Sure!

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• Loaf of Country Buttermilk bread
• Trader Joe's peanut butter
• Keys
• Mom's car keys
• Red Louis Vuitton wallet

Is that real Louis?
No! It's also a knock-off. Another gift from Shanghai given to me as a part of an employee incentive. Oh shit, I can hear my friends now, "I always knew you were bootleg, Sarah. This just confirms it!"

• Two iPhone wall chargers
• Three tampons

Are those Mardi Gras tampons? The packaging is so festively colored.
It's funny you say that! They come in this sleek black box and are all pinks and purples. My boyfriend always makes fun of me saying these are my clubbin' tampons.

Are those Mardi Gras tampons?
  • "Are those Mardi Gras tampons?"

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The Only 2013 Grammys Synopsis You Need!

Posted by on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

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By the time the actual Grammys rolled around, I felt a little partied out from all the weird stuff happening that weekend (also, the Odd Future crew had been making a rowdy party music video in a room on our hotel floor until really late). The whole thing starts early, and it felt sillly getting sequined-up in the early afternoon.

The Grammys are held in the Staples Center, which feels like any sporting event stadium, except it's crawling with people in black-tie dress code standing next to corporate hamburger spots and nacho stands. But those places are closed and no actual food is available during the (REALLY, REALLY LONG) show and apparently people passing out is not all that uncommon. When I sat down in my plastic stadium chair, it crossed my mind that the invention of the clutch purse is a cruel joke... you can barely fit a phone in them! Worthless!

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Important notes from the 2013 Grammys:

*Taylor Swift opened up the show with an elaborate all-white nightmare production of "We Are Never Getting Back Together," complete with dancing clowns. Meanwhile, her ex John Mayer was dressed like a game-show host in the audience with his new girlfriend Katy Perry.

*Katy Perry consoled those who didn't take home the best new artist award by saying, "Don't feel bad if you didn't win. I never won this and I have my own eyelash line. Take that, Bon Iver."

*There were 20 performances this year—a record number. I was kind of bummed the speeches didn't run longer though, I kind of like babblers.

*Boring tribute medleys happened every five minutes.

* Jack White brought both his female and male band for two songs and completely slayed. His losing album of the year to Mumford and Sons made me so angry that I started yelling at the guy next me like a crazy sports dude, "ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? THIS IS TOTAL FUCKING BULLSHIT!" (But seriously, Mumford?! Clean out your ears, Academy.)

*During commercial breaks, everyone on stage kept commenting on what a great job the host LL Cool J was doing in this really paternal way, as if he were a small child we were supposed to be cheering on during a play.

*There were zero obligatory cheers when Chris Brown's nomination was listed off.

*The best new artist award went to the band Fun. who ruin spin class for me several times a month.

*Goyte won album of the year, and still looks like Gary from Partman Parthorse.

*The Black Keys (perhaps most famous in Seattle for their alleged TP-ing of Stranger writer Derek Erdman's house) partnered up for a performance with Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

*Justin Bieber was rumored to have been conspicuously absent because he felt sad about not being nominated.

*Between the new dress code that basically only targets women from dressing too slutty, and Chris Brown being honored with performance spots last year, I'm hoping the 2014 Grammys don't include another surprise anti-feminist diss.

*All in all, every performance was a lot like watching the film Con Air... so much crazy action that you almost start get bored when the 15th climax point rolls around. It's the musical equivalent to an amazing motorcycle chase after a plane crash.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Black Flag at the Safeway

Posted by on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Family Manwich
  • Derek Erdman
  • Family Manwich

Everything Went Black Bean Burgers
Loose Nuts (Assorted)
In My Head (of Lettuce)
"Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie (My Change)"
"Life of Pain (Bread)"

What else you got, Line Out?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Thing for Which I Am Thankful

Posted by on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Somehow I got to this point in my life without ever paying attention to the Clean. This is dumb, but it also means I now get to submerge myself in the music of the Clean. Here is a song I can't stop playing.


If there were an iTunes app that automatically applied that scratchy, single-string guitar line over every song in my library, I would use it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

So You Wanna Date a Juggalo?

Posted by on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Someone's putting all the juggalo personal ads from OKCupid into a handy-dandy Tumblr site. Hoo, it's a crazy read, if you dare. Sample ad:

"The most private thing I’m willing to admit:

I miscarried a child when I was 18. I then proceeded to beat the girls head into the asphalt that my ex-fiance had cheated on me with, whom stressed me out, thus making me miscarry. Wow…

And I’m dating a female. Lol"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Today's Thought of the Day: Gardening With Jewel

Posted by on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

"It's like a garden: Whatever you water the most will do the best. At some point, you decide whether you'll water your career or your relationship more." —Jewel

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wimps: "Things Could Be Worse"

Posted by on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Someone scribbled, in the white space of a poster advertising the upcoming
Thee Oh Sees/Sic Alps/Wimps "miss my mom, dad, sis, brother." What would inspire a person to write such a sad and personal note on a rock poster? Was it simply seeing the word "WIMP" that made the person feel weak and/or vulnerable? Did the scribbler want others to know about his/her pain... or was it a drunken moment of self-realization? We will probably never know. I do want to tell the scribbler to listen to Wimps. Sometimes music is the best medicine.

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  • Matt Nyce



Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, and Wimps play this upcoming Sunday, Oct 7, 7 pm, @ Neptune Theater, All Ages and $15. Read preview here.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bumbershoot Learning Fun Time: The Older Folks!

Posted by on Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

(But only slightly older.) Stuff I have been witnessing on/around the older-than-teens folks: Band T-shirts. Ponytails on guys. Sunscreen. Hydrating. Shorts and sandals. Regular-size backpacks. Hilarious sock tans. Complicated jewelry on the ladies. Trail mix.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Official List of Dogs in Order of Importance #2

Posted by on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Great Pyrenees
Doberman
Chihuahua
Pomeranian
Beagle
Irish Setter
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Australian Shepherd
Belgian Malinois
Clumber Spaniel
American Staffordshire Terrier
Redbone Coonhound
Pharaoh Hound
Scottish Deerhound
Shetland Sheepdog
Weimaraner
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Saint Bernard
Plott
Tippi
Newfoundland
Collie
Pekingese
Swedish Vallhund
Portuguese Water Dog
Australian Cattle Dog
Bedlington Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
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English Springer Spaniel
Basenji
Leonberger
Shiba Inu
Curly-Coated Retriever
Porter Norem Morris
Otterhound
Manchester Terrier
Schipperke
Vizsla
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Midnight Haiku

Posted by on Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 8:30 AM

It’s exhausting, having such a high fever and such elaborate shoes, and all this information about overdraft protection, but you have to be persistent if you want to be a fabulous success. Perhaps the shoes ensure you are fabulous, but how would you measure your persistence without all the informational pamphlets glued to your body with sweat?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Is "Highway to the Danger Zone" a Serious Song?

Posted by on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Jen Graves remembers a time when "Highway to the Danger Zone" was a serious song*. I do not remember this time, but I do remember back when Tom Cruise was a person, so it sounds like I just missed it. I took a re-listen and WHOA is this one seriously pumped-up Kenny Loggins testosteroney n' cheese fest! I didn't realize that: a) the airplane is a female who is "spreadin' out her wings tonight"; b) Kenny has affected a special accent just for this song; or that c) Kenny Loggins was born in Everett, WA??

The last one-and-a-half minutes of this three-and-a-half minute long song are just Kenny howling (in his special 80's Danger Zone accent) "hiiiiighwaaay to the daaaaangah zoooooooooooaaane." That is such a long time to repeat a chorus! Does this song pump you up? Are you serious about this song? Because let me tell you, "you'll never say hello to you until you get it on the red line overload."

*"It did seem really serious at the time. I thought it was serious. But I also thought I would have satin sheets when I grew up." - JG

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