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Friday, February 28, 2014

Everyone Makes Mistakes: A Playlist for Mayor Murray

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

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It's been an interesting few weeks for Seattle's new mayor Ed Murray. First he caused quite a stir in the art and music community by firing James Keblas, the beloved director of the Office of Film + Music. Then he looked embarrassingly disorganized when he overturned the disciplinary findings regarding Officer John Marion, the cop who threatened Stranger news editor Dominic Holden, only to take it all back just days later. And then! Just yesterday his office sent out a press release that mourned the death of a man who is still very much alive.

And we're only two months in? Yikes! To quote commenter DOUG., "Is this performance art? Is Andy Kaufman our mayor?"

But don't get discouraged, Mayor Murray! Everyone makes mistakes. In fact, there are some great songs about fucking up, many of which might bring you some comfort during these tough times. Here are a few suggestions!

"Oops!... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears
You see my problem is this/I'm dreaming away/Wishing that heroes, they truly exist/I cry, watching the days/Can't you see I'm a fool in so many ways.

"Everyone Makes Mistakes" by Big Bird
If you make a mistake while counting to ten/Well don't get mad and don't be sad/Just start to count again.

"Girls With Accents by Fences
I'm fucking up, I'm fucking up, I'm fucking up everything.

"If I Could Turn Back Time" by Cher
Too strong to tell you I was sorry/Too proud to tell you I was wrong /I know that I was blind, and ooh/If I could turn back time.

"I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee
You tell me mistakes/Are part of being young/But that don't right/The wrong that's been done.

Now it's your turn! Do you have any other songs to help Mayor Murray get through this rough patch and get his head back in the game? Let's hear it!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pussy Riot at Sochi Winter Olympics, Part II: Attacked With Horse Whips (!!!)

Posted by on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I told you yesterday, how the members of the group landed behind bars for "stealing a woman's purse"? Well, now it's escalated into a beatdown by Russia's Cossack militia. With whips. And neck punches.

WATCH THIS VIDEO, by The Telegraph.UK:

It makes me sick to my stomach. Keep rioting, 'Pussies. "Pussies" or cowards, you are not.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pussy Riot-ing at Sochi Winter Olympics

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

They just keep rioting. And getting arrested. Click the Twitter selfie for more...

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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Mayoral Super-Bowl Playlists

Posted by on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have created Spotify playlists that will reportedly "rev up Seahawks and Broncos fans before Sunday’s big game."

I don't know what game they're talking about—and let's not pretend for a second that some hip interns didn't put these lists together—but I must say that while Denver's has sass, ours has class. And better songs. Except for two of them.

Do enjoy these playlists, and read the Mayors' explanations for their song choices below.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Seahawks Playlist:

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Thrift Shop"
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made local history this week when they took home four Grammys in one night, the most ever won by an act from Seattle. This is just the beginning for these incredible talents and we couldn't be more proud of how they represent our city. We chose ‘Thrift Shop’ because we’re putting some grandpa style on the line in our Super Bowl wager with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

2. Fly Moon Royalty, "Lemonade"
An up and coming act, Fly Moon Royalty’s electro-soul sound is a 'perfectly fitting contradiction' of blues and R&B mixed with electronica and hip hop. This fun, talented duo is represented by Seattle's oldest locally owned and operated hip hop label, Sport'n Life Records and is one of Seattle's Best Local Bands as voted by local arts publication City Arts. Keep your eye out on these two.

3. The Head and The Heart, "Shake"
The Head and the Heart is a great musical offering from Seattle's Sub Pop Records. The band formed through a series of open mic nights at Conor Byrne, a popular local pub for upcoming musicians located in our Ballard neighborhood and now they're being enjoyed throughout the U.S. and beyond. We dedicate this one to CenturyLink Field which has the 12th Man to thank for all the shaking going on there when the Seahawks play at home.

4. Brandi Carlile, "Raise Hell"
You may have gotten a peek at Brandi Carlile's talent while she performed the National Anthem prior to this year's playoff game between the Seahawks and Saints, but there are few things more satisfying than watching her tear the roof off of a small local club. Her voice is huge and channels Patsy Cline, her stage energy is raucous and channels Johnny Cash. We're dedicating this track to Richard Sherman, the best corner in the league right now!

5. Allen Stone, "Celebrate Tonight"
Allen Stone is a great vocalist and socially conscious songwriter from eastern Washington with an endlessly enjoyable sound. We plan on doing a lot of celebrating Sunday night.

6. Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Posse on Broadway"
Sir Mix-a-Lot's classic homage to Seattle, more specifically his homage to the Central District and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. The song and accompanying video were major influences in the work we see from Macklemore today.

7. Kithkin, "Fallen Giants"
2011 graduates of the Experience Music Project's “Sound Off! Battle of the Teenage Bands,” Kithkin feature “mountainous percussion with the kind of epic presence that’s usually only found during the closing titles of Peter Jackson films,” and have a fiercely loyal local following. We'll have to dedicate this one to Peyton Manning.

8. The Flavr Blue, "Hideaway"
A synth-pop trio collaboration between Hollis Wong-Wear, who sang the hook on Macklemore's "White Walls" and produced his "Thrift Shop" video, and Seattle hip-hop scene stalwarts Parker Joe and Lace Cadence. They were just listed as Artists to Watch in 2014 in the Google Play store.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

ACLU and Insane Clown Posse Host a Press Conference Today Regarding FBI Gang Designation

Posted by on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Or better headline, via Buzzfeed: "Insane Clown Posse Filed A Lawsuit With The FBI To Defend Their Fans"

DETROIT—The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse are hosting a press conference today, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. EST, to announce action on behalf of Juggalos—fans of Insane Clown Posse—in light of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s erroneous designation of the Juggalos as a “hybrid” criminal gang. Previously, members of ICP had filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in an attempt to find out what justification, if any, federal law enforcement authorities had for this designation.

WHAT:
Press conference announcing action on behalf of the Insane Clown Posse and their fan base, known as Juggalos.

WHO:
Michael J. Steinberg, legal director for the ACLU of Michigan
Saura J. Sahu, ACLU cooperating attorney with the firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, P.L.C.
Howard Hertz, attorney with the firm Hertz Schram, P.C.
Brandon Bradley, a Juggalo who has been repeatedly harassed by police
Joseph Bruce (aka Violent J) and Joseph Utsler (aka Shaggy 2 Dope), members of Insane Clown Posse

WHERE:
ACLU of Michigan Headquarters
2966 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Stay tuned for updates. I'm getting "Detroit" on the phone right now....

UPDATE: Buzzfeed has the photos. Seriously, JUST LOOK AT THE PHOTOS!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

female:pressure Comp Benefits Imprisoned Pussy Riot Members

Posted by on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 9:25 AM

female:pressure—an international coalition of women electronic musicians, digital artists, DJs, producers, composers, label owners, and promoters—has put together a 17-track compilation to benefit the Voice Project, a support fund for the imprisoned Russian punk-rock group Pussy Riot. Featuring songs by AGF, Gudrun Gut, and Portland's SciFiSol, Pussy Riot Freedom Compilation offers a bracing survey of adventurous, hard-to-classify electronic music by female producers from around the globe.

The album sells for 7 euros and the money goes to help incarcerated PR members Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina and their young children. Go here for more info.

Tracklisting
01. AGF (DE/FI) - Ice Breaker (Pussy Riot Solid Version) 4:26
02. Ipek Ipekcioglu feat. Asia Karajan (TR/CY/DE) - Atonal Resistance 5:42
03. Gudrun Gut (DE) - Mach Mich Gut 3:39
04. SciFiSol (US) - Nikki 2:33
05. Olivia Louvel (UK/FR) - Doll Divider 2:57
06. Caro C (UK) - V To The Dub (original wake up mix) 3:01
07. Skr3amy (FR) - Keeping You There 5:24
08. Anna Bolena (IT/DE) & Lady Maru (IT) - Rivolta 4:32
09. chra (AT) - where is Nadeshda Tolokonnikova? 3:08
10. Sonae (DE) - entmutigt sillageintemporel 2:38
11. Alice Rose (DE) - Letting Go 4:52
12. Jennifer Touch (DE) - Fashion 5:23
13. A BAD MAN (UK) - Small Caverns And Bright Machines 6:46
14. Viy (IT/UK) - Cries And Blisters 6:38
15. Xyramat (DE) - Open the doors for all pussy riots 4:49
16. Vera Bremerton (IT/UK) - New Day 5:25
17. Electric Indigo (AT) - Waiting 12:13

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nine Inch Nails: No Photo No Trent!

Posted by on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

So NIN, aka Nine Inch Nails, played Seattle last weekend. KT Wright, who often shoots excellent live shots for Lineout was there. She got some great images. But for some reason, I cannot share them. NIN's management team requested that they pre-approve all photos. At first, they wouldn't approve a single image of Trent Reznor. Nope, just his band. But Reznor *is* Nine Inch Nails. He's the one with all the hero-worshippers.

Finally management approved this one, below. I guess that's Trent. Hard to say. All this makes me wonder: WHAT IS TRENT REZNOR HIDING? Also, I'm guessing there's a million and one cell phone photos out there. That's what happens. Ain't no stopping it.

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Some Local Gay Satanists Really Don't Like Mars Hill Church

Posted by on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Forget Twitter, I think some guy who works at Pony (with a really big fat gay cock!) wants to tell you something with these posters, Mark Driscoll...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Signing Up for Health Care Doesn’t Have to Suck: Come to Our Party!

Posted by on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

So there are big banner ads everywhere (check up top, there!) that say “Go Health Yourself,” and we’ve already written about this big event—which is tomorrow!—on Line Out and officially Suggested it. But just why is everyone so damn excited about something that looks like a health-care fair? I called up the spokesman from SEIU, who’s co-sponsoring the event, to find out.

Hi! Um, why are we doing this “Go Health Yourself” thing again?
Jackson Holtz, SEIU: What happened is the Affordable Care Act passed—that’s Obamacare—and everybody should be really psyched about it. But there’s a concerted effort among the right wing and big corporations to do everything they can to make it seem like the Affordable Care Act is something horrible. [Editor’s note: For example, see this creepy Uncle-Sam-all-up-in-your-vagina ad.]

So you guys decided to throw Obamacare a big ol’ party. Sweet! But what exactly is it?
Well first, there’s great music—it’s Hey Marseilles, and that’s awesome, and then there’s the Emerald City Soul Club. So I’m excited! Also, you’ll be able to find out what resources are available to help you sign up for quality affordable health care.

Tell me more. What am I gonna find, health-care-wise, if I show up to Chop Suey tomorrow night? Other than sexy people dancing and playing music, which is very health-inducing.
What people will find at the event is that signing up [for health insurance] is easy. It takes a little bit of time and a little bit of homework, but we’re gonna have people there to help everyone prepare for what they need to know and to show them what kind of coverage is available for their income. For some people, there’s free health care available. For others it’s low-cost. Obamacare is accessible, it’s affordable, and it’s the right thing to do.

What happens if you skip this whole process—you just say fuck it, I’m not getting insurance? You could pay a fine, right?
You could potentially pay a tax penalty—if you don’t enroll by next March 31, you can face a $95 fine or 1 percent of your income, whichever is higher, when you file your 2014 taxes. But what really sucks is that you don’t have health care. We’re here to counter the argument that the other side is saying—that this thing sucks. We’re saying no, it doesn’t suck. In Washington State, we’re in the top three in enrollment. We have a functioning health plan website, we’re a progressive community, this is what we do. Signing up for health care doesn’t suck! Talk to people, find out how much it sucks to break your arm and have to deal with the emergency room and then deal with follow-up care and physical therapy. Or talk to your friends who get MS in their 20s. Or who just have a really bad flu. Or go skiing and break their leg. You don’t think it can happen, but in reality that happens. It probably happens to more people than you know. The Affordable Care Act is what we, as a nation, have decided is the best way to take care of each other—having health care is an important part of being part of just being a healthy community. [Editor's note: As is dancing, music, sweating a lot, and sexy people. Right?]

Hey, the details! They're right here if you missed the other thousand links!
WTF? Go Health Yourself, the Obamacare Party!
W[here]TF? Chop Suey!
W[hen]TF? Tomorrow night, starting at 8 p.m. (doors at 7)!
How TF much does it cost? $7! Get tickets here!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pere Ubu's "Life Stinks" Sums Up This Election

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Last night’s election results sure are depressing. Mayor McGinn lost to the anti-biking Irishman, socialist City Council candidate Kshama Sawant came close to winning, but failed to usurp status-quo-loving incumbent Richard Conlin, the campaign-financing-reform initiative lost, and a majority of shitheads voted to keep GMO labeling off food packaging (may their colons forever remain clogged). Well, at least SeaTac gained the $15 minimum wage.

In the wake of these political downers, left-wingers need some catharsis. That’s why I suggest you put Pere Ubu’s “Life Stinks” (from their essential 1978 LP The Modern Dance) on repeat and grind and grimace your way out of this funk.

Monday, August 19, 2013

This Thursday at Pony: A Party to Benefit the Russian LGBT Network

Posted by on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM

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"Proceeds will go to the Russian LGBT Network," says Pony organizer Marcus Wilson. "We're asking a suggested $5-10 donation at the door and we will also be donating a portion of the REYKA Icelandic vodka drinks ordered that night."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mayor McGinn's Campaign Playlist

Posted by on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Mayor Mike McGinn has sent us his "Campaign Playlist." He says, "I've been putting this together for a few months as I think of songs. Volunteers suggested some as well." Thanks, Mike! I'm especially liking that live Curtis Mayfield. So very smooth.

Spotify link if you like - HERE.

Have you voted? Vote!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Important Poll: Mayoral Candidates at Block Party

Posted by on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Bruce Harrell, Ed Murray, Mike McGinn, Peter Steinbrueck
  • The Stranger
  • Bruce Harrell, Ed Murray, Mike McGinn, Peter Steinbrueck
Four front-running mayoral candidates will be appearing on the Block Party mainstage this weekend, sponsored by get-out-the-voters the Washington Bus. It starts with tonight's 7:35 p.m. appearance by Mayor Mike McGinn, who I will be drunkenly heckling from way in the back. ("Bike Nazi!!!") Then on Saturday, at 5:50 p.m., Peter Steinbrueck will be mainstagin', followed by Ed Murray at 7:20 p.m., and finishing with Bruce Harrell at 3:35 on Sunday afternoon. When I looked at my Block Party assignments this year, only my second CHBP ever and the first since I switched to writing news coverage, I noticed that half of my bands were actually these fuckin' politicians who I'm obviously going to Block Party to get away from. DAMN YOU, DEMOCRACY!

It's assumed that they'll get up, maybe make a cheesy joke about music or dancing, then talk about why you should vote for them. Considering how some candidates treat young voters, I hope no one says, "Whooooo looooves piiiiiizaaa?!?!? Yay!!! Let's hear some Miley Cyrus!" (The Stranger has endorsed Mayor Mike McGinn, in case that tells you anything about his taste in music, which it does not. This does, however.)

I've been asking around to see what they're going to do up there, and I have discovered nothing. So! I issue this Legally Binding Line Out Poll, so we, the voters, can tell them what we want from a politician at a music festival. Because, you know, DEMOCRACY!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Detroit Files for Bankruptcy Today: It's [Still] So Cold in The 'D

Posted by on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Aw, my former hometown. BANKRUPT. It's cold. Soooooo cold.

"How d'fuck they spost to keep peace?"

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Norwegian Black Metaller Varg Vikernes Goes Back to Jail Today

Posted by on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Well, the church-burning, bandmate-stabbing former guitarist of Mayhem didn't last long out in the free world, now did he? Released in 2009, after spending 21 years in jail, he was arrested again today in France.

Via Metro UK:

A neo-Nazi musician with links to mass murder Anders Breivik was arrested this morning over fears he was planning ‘a major terrorist act’ in France.

The black metal singer, a convicted murderer, was found to have an arsenal of at least four Carabine .22 long rifles, as well as various explosives.

Read more on the BBC, and Euronews.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Zimmerman Verdict? I Wish Ted Nugent Would Shut His F*cking Fool Mouth

Posted by on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Well, right on cue, Ted Nugent makes me (once again) embarrassed and ashamed to hail from Michigan. Shut your mouth, dude. It just gets worse and worse and worse. Nugent, today, on conservative website Rare:

"And so it was for a few weeks until the race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route."

Uh, I think YOU'RE the racist gansta wannabe, Ted?

Nugent plays the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, on September JULY 19th and 20th. Protest, anyone?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Purse Thursdayz: Margaret

Posted by on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

During my most recent travels, I was fortunate enough to run into my ol' gal pal, Margaret at a local pub. You may know her as the Iron Lady, the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and only woman to have held that office. To me, she was Margie aka Large n' In-Charge Marge. She was a brilliant woman who thought outside the box and was known for her uncompromising politics and leadership style. She loved Wes Anderson films, playing dominoes, and a good rugby match. Most of our time together was spent photocopying images to make punk-rock style music posters. Sadly, her time came to an end on Monday, suffering from a stroke at the young age of 87. I was lucky enough to look inside her purse before it was too late. Rest in power, sweet Maggie.

Margaret, 87. Leather bag. 10:20am. Zeitgeist Pub, London.
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  • Margaret, 87. Leather bag. 10:20am. Zeitgeist Pub, London.

What kind of bag is that?
Oh heavens.. I haven't the slightest idea. It is darling isn't it, darling?

Yes. Fabulous! How long have you had it?
I've had it since 1983. I bought it as a gift for myself after being re-elected for the third time. I don't normally treasure such spoils, but what was a lady to do?

Do you think a purse is important in fashion?
I highly believe a woman has certain powers that a man cannot resist. My handbag is something I can always have in my hands to remind everyone who we are and what we stand for. Being powerful is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

Can we take a look inside?
Well, sure, my dear!

• Pearl earrings
•¬†Green tea bags
• Black tea bags
• Eary Grey tea bags
•¬†Chamomile tea bags
• Mr. Tea bags

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Rick Ross and the Rape Lyric: "Reebok Gives Rapper The Boot"

Posted by on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Well, it's official, via Reebok to TMZ:

"While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse."

I wonder, if he actually tried to apologize—could Reebok have kept his endorsement?

UPDATE: Statement from UltraViolet, one of the protest organizers, after the jump...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Tell Reebok to #DropRickRoss

Posted by on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM


Looks like this issue got even more heated yesterday, with a protest in NYC
at the Reebok flagship store.

Just minutes after Rick Ross tweeted an awkward non-apology to people who had “misinterpreted” his rap about drugging and raping a woman, more than 100 UltraViolet and NOW NYC members crashed Reebok’s flagship store in New York City to demand the company drop Rick Ross. Survivors of rape, athletes, moms, and concerned women all lugged boxes containing 72,000 petitions to the store for delivery. Reebok barred the women from entering, but two representatives met them at the door and promised to deliver the petitions to CEO Uli Becker.

72,000 petitions! They get it done, in New York City, don't they? Read the entire press release after the jump.

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