OH MY GOD HOCKEY STARTS THIS WEEKEND AHHHHHHH! Is anyone else TOTALLY EXCITED???
I'm going to spend all day Saturday watching every game possible, and to help me get through the week (it's only TUESDAY!?), I've put together a hockey playlist via Spotify. So far it includes hits from the Zambonis, Two Man Advantage, Pansy Division, Stompin' Tom Connors, Hanson Brothers, and more. There's a song called "Fuck Gary Bettman," too, to help get your agression out.
And there are SO MANY MORE. Leave your favorite hockey songs in the comments and I'll add more to the list over the next day or two.
Are you shitting me?! Highline has made all of my dreams come true!! ALL YOU CAN EAT SPAGHETTI and $5 off regional beer pitchers PLUS a showing of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers!! Dude, you can't beat it!! Gorgeasarus Rex Fest comes at you this Sunday, the 6th starting at 7pm. Put your wizard staff skills into action!
Are you throwing a PUBLIC New Year's Eve party at a bar/club/art space/restaurant/whatever? Tell us about it!
We're compiling a list of all the NYE happenings around town and we want to be sure to include EVERYTHING.
We'll need to know the place, start time, ticket/cover price (incude a ticket link, if you have it!), band/DJ line-up (if applicable), and any other notable party details. Fancy dinner menu? Champagne toast? Raffle? Dress code? VIP? Balloon drop? Party favors? Go-go dancers? Reservations required? Tell us everything!
E-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll make sure it gets included. The deadline is 5 pm THIS THURSDAY, December 13th.
Then, be sure to pick up the December 26th issue of the paper to see the big list o' parties, so you can plan your attack on how to ring in 2013.
(Q) Did you know that from noon until 5 p.m. today, 200 or more same-sex couples will get married at Seattle City Hall? Artists Jennifer Zeyl and Celeste Cooning are going to turn the place into a festive wedding-worthy scene, and couples will marry in quick, official ceremonies. So what's a newlywed couple, and their family and friends, to do afterward? Hit the Big Gay Wedding Reception at Q, of course! Starting at 6 p.m., the event is hosted by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, and it will raise money for other states to fight for marriage equality. There'll be photographers, wedding cake, flowers, and DJ Riz making everybody dance. Expect love, laughter, and probably a drag queen or two.
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.
It's the transition from playdates to nights out, but it's still leaving home on your bicycle. It's having convictions and something to say, maybe for the first time. It's credos like "Having a party every day/Teenage rock 'n' roll USA," but also "You're not gonna make it/Unless you really, really want to/Good enough isn't good enough." It's living like you've always got star power, invincible and changing colors. It's realizing that not everything an adult says is gospel, and it's feeling so young in a suburb that's barely any older than you. It's holding hands and fluttering hearts. It's bursting through the surface and hurling yourself into the sky. It's noisy, clumsy, staggering, and very difficult to control. It's thumbing your nose at anyone who tries to explain that this will pass, that it's only a mess of reckless abandon, energy, and hormones. It's never aspiring to be a cool older hipster with jaded anhedonia, and it's a steadfast belief that you'll (gulp) never sell out. It's shouting. It's always shouting. It's gonna be awesome. It's Math the Band. With local groups Corner Kick, Pitschouse, and Everybody Weekend. Hollow Earth Radio, 8 pm.
Devon Manier: Focused on young talent coming out of the hood. "It was a demographic that wasn't being represented."
With the fog around us, we entered a dark street (or was it an alley?) somewhere on Capitol Hill. I was with a friend. We were looking for FUCC, a pirate radio station that had moved to this location from Belltown. This was the time before internet radio, a time when the airwaves still captured our political and cultural imaginations. Keith, the friend walking with me, was young but already balding. He wore a brown sports jacket and white shoes. In his hands were jazz records he wanted to play on the air. We finally found the place and knocked on the door. It was opened by a handsome, almost tall, and very relaxed black man—he was the DJ that night. We entered the room. It was small and had a couple of chairs, a couple of record crates, and a table that supported the radio equipment. This was FUCC.
The DJ was DeVon Manier. I had never met him before in my life, but Keith had nothing but nice things to say about him—his great taste in music, his connections, his intelligent way of thinking about life and Seattle. That night, Manier played mostly soul records, a few old skool hiphop records (at that time, 3 Feet High and Rising and Straight out the Jungle were already old skool, already in the distant past, and hiphop's dark, underground moment was right around the corner). I had one request for Manier, Loose Ends' "Hangin' on a String," which he located in his crate, removed from its sleeve, placed on the turntable, and played on the airwaves.
In 2002, Manier started, with the help of some friends (particularly Fleeta Partee and BeanOne), a record label called Sportn' Life Records. But before getting into that, let's take a quick pass through Manier's past. He was born in Los Angeles, was raised in the Seattle area, and developed an interest in the city's music and club culture in the late 1980s. He was not indifferent to the then-growing grunge world; indeed, he was close to the heart of it. "In that time, I really liked Mother Love Bone, and also Green Apple Quick Step were some of my best friends. I go back to Tacoma with those guys," he explained during a recent conversation. "Some of the guys from Green Apple are still my good friends to this day." But Manier's real roots are in the black indie funk bands of the 1990s. "Imij and Action Buddy, that's what I was really into. You know—it was really exciting hearing that music. There was a whole wave of black funk bands that Action Buddy was spearheading." If Action Buddy or Imij received the recognition they deserved, they would be something like TV on the Radio.
Kitten LaRue (co-creator of club night TRAINWRECK!) and drag superstars BenDeLaCreme and Lou Henry Hoover (The Cherdonna and Lou Show) join forces with DJ Mathamatix of LICK fame to bring you the weirdest, bangin'-est, most tucked away cornucopia of showbiz dance-party realness ever to hit a train car/Chinese restaurant on Thanksgiving Eve!
Here's the rundown (and why you'll never want to leave):
AMBIANCE: A collection of antique train cars with nooks and crannies for getting into trouble. Get twisted with a new friend in our now-infamous "parlor game Parlor"!
AZZ EVERYWHERE: We've got a BRAND NEW SOUND SYSTEM and DJ Mathamatix will be bringin' the jams to make you sweat! Gotta work up an appetite for all of tomorrow's trimmin's!
ASSERTIVE DRINKS: We'll be serving up $4 "Whoops Juice" (don't *DARE* ask what's in it!) at the bar AND have wandering drink service to fuel you through the night!
SNACKS: No one wants to cook tonight—lounge in a cozy booths and select from a full Chinese menu!
ENTERTAINMENT: Kitten LaRue, BenDeLaCreme, and Lou Henry Hoover will be assaulting your eyeballs with dragtastic acts throughout the evening!
PRIZES for the swankiest skankster in the joint! Forget Pilgrims and Indians—think "cocktail hour in the dumpster"... Or "Watusi till you puke".... Or "yacht party in a kiddie pool filled with Miracle Whip."
Which is fantastic to think about while I listen to this disgusting, pissing cold rain I'm hearing right now. So far, I definitely know that I'm going to go to the beach, and that I'm going to eat some shit, and that I'm going to a castle to see Purity Ring and a shitload of art. Flying Lotus, Zola Jesus and Dan Deacon are playing somewhere. There's a Maybach Music show at the Fillmore. (No Gunplay, no deal tho.)
I feel like I'm honor-bound to see this too:
World premiere of the short film Kurt (an abstract portrayal of the late Kurt Cobain), with a live version of the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video choreographed by Ryan Heffington, and a live performance by Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) at the Gusman Center
(Is this the first Nirvana reference on Line Out this week?)
Did you two both take violin lessons together? How do you feel about always playing the same instrument? A: I attended Shaine's violin's lessons when I was in my mother's uterus. S: Ok no, let's say it like this. I'm older than Annie and she always came to my lessons, but we never took lessons together. But Annie was always better at violin. She's a better musician in general. A: When I was growing up I always wanted to do whatever Shaine was doing, so I asked my mom for a violin when I was five, and she bought me a pretend, cardboard violin. When she realized I was actually serious about it, she allowed me to actually start taking lessons. Now I think kind of the reverse is happening, where I'm the cool sister now and Shaine is copying me. S: Annie as always had an interest in music outside the violin. She's always been great at music. I could barely play violin. Shaine, Boat Party is a little newer than Chastity Belt, how long have you guys been a band? S: We started practicing, I think, in March or February last year, but for a while Chris would play the drums and then play a loop pedal for guitar. Then Julia, from Chastity Belt, moved to Seattle and started playing with us. So we've actually been playing show's since July, with her.
Tell me about these whispered rumors I've heard about you guys playing some songs in the genre of "Riot Spice?" S: Yeah, so I love the Spice Girls and its because that was actually the first concert I took Annie to when she was 9. It was past the prime of Spice Girls, Geri had already left the band. And I also love Riot Grrl. And Chris came up with a riot girl-ish riff/chord progression, and we were just inspired. Mallory, our singer, is also really into riot grrl. That collaboration is where the spice riot song came from, because she wouldn't stop singing "Rebel Girl" on the day that Chris came up with the riot grrl themed song. I made her watch Spice World with me and we just took it from there.
Lansing, Michigan, band the Plurals play bright and unassuming Midwestern punk with a hint of slackery '90s indie rock. The band members say they're "heralding the era of post-fun," but I'd say they are just plain fun rock 'n' roll. On their 2011 LP on Good Time Gang Recordings (high five!), The Plurals Today, the Plurals Tomorrow: A Futurospective, the three-piece get rowdy, straddling Hüsker Dü and power-pop inspiration with rollicking, meaty bass and "la la la la ooh-ahh" boy/girl vocals. Rounding out the otherwise local bill are FF (who call to mind Northwestern flannel-wearing bands like Broken Water), pop-punk mainstays Tacocat, and G.O.A.T., a new band unrelated to the defunct and similarly all-caps jazz-rock group. Hollow Earth Radio, 8 pm.
Michael Falcone created this lovely photo/video slideshow of pure joy from the Ira Glass vs. Dan Savage DJ night—conceived and thrown by TROUBLE—at the Showbox back in September (also known as one of the BEST TIMES EVER)! Warning: this video contains Carly Rae Jepsen and that one song WILL be stuck in your head until Thanksgiving.
Get into more TROUBLE! The next party is happening November 9th @ Q with NYC DJ Eric Duncan.
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!