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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Childbirth's New Video for "I Only Fucked You as a Joke," Feat. Jimi Hendrix (Statue)

Posted by on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

We've all been there.

Childbirth, the project of local wonder gals Stacy Peck (who made the video), Julia Shapiro, and Bree McKenna*—will be releasing their album IT'S A GIRL! on Help Yourself Records, January 7. Save the (due) date (ha ha ha).

*McKenna is a Stranger contributer and also my friend/band mate, but I would write about her projects even if we didn't know each other because COME ON, Childbirth is hilarious.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Charlotte Church Condemns Music Industry's Treatment of Female Artists

Posted by on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Welsh opera singer turned pop musician Charlotte Church (no, neither do I) recently gave a speech at BBC 6 Music's John Peel Lecture in which she condemned the music industry's entrenched, chronic insistence that female artists present themselves in hyper-sexualized ways—demands, she says, male artists don't have to endure. "The culture of demeaning women in pop music is so ingrained as to become routine, from the way we are dealt with by management and labels, to the way we are presented the public," Church said. She also supports Annie Lennox's call for videos to be rated as movies are.

Later in the talk, Church outlines "the three main roles that women are allowed to fill in modern pop music. Each of them restrictive for both artists and audience. They are mainly portrayed through the medium of the music video, you’ll find them very familiar. I call them One of the Girls’ Girls, the Victim/Torch Singer, and the Unattainable Sexbot."

This scenario—it's been happening for ages in the major-label pop-music realm. But what about in the allegedly more sane, sensible, and respectable independent-label sector? Women who record for indies: Do your companies demand that you adhere to the stereotypes that Church depicts in her speech? Or do they exert more subtle pressure to sexy up your image?

Read Church's entire spiel here (even if she appears to not know what "jettisoning" means).

Tip: JP

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Today Is The Birthday of the Sweetest Georgia Peach: Little Richard

Posted by on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Happy 81st birthday, Mr. Richard Wayne Penniman, AKA Little Richard!! As so many other rock and roll greats have now passed, I'M SO FUCKING GLAD YOU'RE STILL ALIVE! Y'all, I had a couple Little Richard's Specialty label albums/45s when I was a kid; man, I played those records till the grooves were white. He taught me how to holler with a wink AND what to expect from rock and roll. What you did for me, Richard, then AND now, I could never thank you enough!!!

Little Richard was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, and was steeped in Jesus and black gospel, but it was only after he was kicked out of his parents' house in 1948 he began performing secular the devil's music!! He began at the Tick Tock Club and then joined a group, the Buster Brown's Orchestra, as frontman where he "officially" became known as Little Richard. In 1950, after he left Buster Brown's Orchestra, he began performing drag with vaudeville groups, but on meeting Esquerita and frequenting R&B clubs in Atlanta, he went solo. It wasn't long before he was recording R&B for Camden and then Peacock. With those labels he had some local success and a solid band, the Tempo Toppers, but ran into problems with Peacock's label boss, so he split the group. His next group, the Upsetters, he put together in 1954. It was with this group fellow R&B singer, Lloyd Price's, suggested he send a demo to Los Angeles label Specialty. Specialty bought his contract off Peacock, and after a slow start he hit, and I mean HIT, with "Tutti Frutti." It made number 2 on the R&B charts and 17 on Billboard and sold over a million copies! Everything after "Frutti" - he had a solid string of hits, integrated mixed-race audiences, alleged crazed SEX ORGIES, movie appearances, so many insane live shows—BUT, in 1957, all ended with his return to Jesus. It wasn't until 1962 at a show in the UK he returned to his devil music, by then however, he'd lost his momentum and, while still a viable prospect, his raw R&B wasn't the chart topping sound any longer. He didn't stop tho'...eventually he became a rock and roll revivalist, successfully. It was as a revivalist he remained till his retirement this past summer. God damn, what a career, what a man. His hand, or rather his HOLLER, shaped the culture we now live in. "A whop bop-a-lu a whop bam boo!!" indeed.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Pussy Riot From the Past...

Posted by on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Have you ever seen No Alternative Girls? A short 6 minute film made in 1994 by Tamra Davis? LADIES, It's required viewing. Interviews with Kathleen Hanna (in a ski mask!), Kim Gordon, Courtney Love, and members of: Luscious Jackson, Veruca Salt, and the Bangles...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pussy Riot '93: The 20th Anniversary of Three Sex-Drenched Musical Landmarks

Posted by on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM


In the hierarchy of internet content, the 20th-anniversary commemoration ranks somewhere between the deep-thinking oral history (see GQ's treatment of Goodfellas and Freaks and Geeks) and a Buzzfeed slide show of "23 Reasons Why [X] Rules!" Sure, such anniversary-based commemorations land with a certain expedience—and a good risk of superficial nostalgia trumping inspired reflection—but done properly, they can cover the sort of territory typically traversed only by obituarists, with none of the depressing death baggage. (Sometimes I feel guilty about how not-sad I will feel about the passing of my beloved Bob Dylan—because what else is going to make America's best writers sit down and summarize their deepest feelings about Bob Dylan?)

Ultimately, the value of such commemorations comes down to one's level of interest in the work being celebrated, and for me, 2013 has brought the 20th anniversaries of three endlessly commemorable works, each made by a female artist determined to say something new and profound about the oldest story in the book: the life-bestowing, life-enhancing, and occasionally life-ruining entanglements of dicks and pussies.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Macklemore's Best Quote Ever: "I found that I wasn't gay when I started using my penis."

Posted by on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Last night, on late night teevee, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis showed up on Chelsea Lately and discussed penises and the Broadway musical CATS.
No, really. Click the screen grab to watch the vid:


H/t to Josh Bis!

Monday, August 5, 2013

You Guys, Khia Is Coming! (Yeah, THAT Khia! Singer of the One of the Best Dirty Songs in the History of Songs, "My Neck, My Back")!

Posted by on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I'm pretty sure I've seen more drag queens perform this song, than anyone else?!? Still: WHATTA CLASSIC. To jog your memory, I also posted the full lyrics, after the jump! Really, really, really NSFW lyrics!

Khia plays Seattle this Saturday, August 10th, with DJs Mathematix, Dewey Decimal, and also Bomb Ass Pussy (PDX). Get tickets HERE.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

The Sweet, Sweet, Cock of Nigel Pepper!

Posted by on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I remember when Nigel Pepper Cock was a thing, however, at the time I didn't pay much attention to 'em. They were a cheeky, novelty, '90s sounding hardcore band, and they were funny, being from the Bay Area there seems to be no escape from the Lookout sense of humor, but it just didn't play well to me;
until now!

I'd forgotten about this silliness till I saw the EP picture sleeve linked on some (ahem) "funny stuff/time suck" blog. Their EP, from 2001, surely had the best sleeve art of the year, dig it, but BEWARE this LINK is hella NSFW!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

3 New Planets Have Been Found, Yoko Ono Unavailable for Comment, We Have Herbie Hancock

Posted by on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Today, Thursday, two items surface. One, is that three “super-Earths” or exoplanets have been found orbiting within the habitable zone of a star called Gliese 667C. The star is about one-third the mass of our Sun, and the three planets are larger than Earth, but smaller than Uranus or Neptune. It’s rather decent news for those seeking signs of extraterrestrial life. According to PhysicsWorld people, 80% of the stars in the Milky Way are similar. Who got lightspeed? Let’s get there before Starbucks and Walmart. In honor of these discovered super-Earths, we have Herbie Hancock’s 1974 Thrust. Listen and become liquificational with horns, cockpit synths, and primordial organelles. Herbie, the SkyKing, he who hath divided the long division long ago.

Let us find a small, warm pond on one of the super-Earths. Or areas of deep-sea, near hydrothermal vents, and become single-celled Archaea. Or let us not give a fucking fuck at all and become cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. Let us trap nasty breakbeats within thin layers of sediment and sticky filaments, and grow upward in our photosynthesis.

The second truth of today is that 80 year-old Yoko Ono will be putting out a new album called Take Me to the Land of Hell on September 17th with her bandmates from Cibo Matto and Cornelius. The album features tUnEyArDs, ?uestlove, and Wilco's Nels Cline. The album’s opener “Moonbeams" begins with birds, and Yoko proclaiming, “Moonbeams melting into my bloodstream. Inventor is still protecting us (I think), covering our pain. Now I hear ice cracking slowly in my brain.” Moments later drums enter, and she screams for 60 seconds. Hell yeah, Yoko. Get that.

Yoko was unavailable for comment because she’s already on one of the super-Earth exoplanets of Gliese 667C. She’s set up a swampside barbecue pit and a deck with western exposure. She’s got an ice-chest full of tofu, a sit down Donkey Kong machine, and everything June Jordan and Charles Baudelaire ever put out. She forgot her lawn-chairs though, with the cup holders. So next one up, bring Yoko her lawn-chairs.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Will Danny Brown Get Another On Stage Blowjob @ Sasquatch?!?

Posted by on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

What in THE F*CK! I was just looking for a newish Danny Brown music nugget, to say something about how all the acts I'm most excited to see at Sasquatch this weekend (Danny Brown + Nacho Picasso + Earl Sweatshirt + P.O.S + Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Brothers From Another) were all rap... And then I was even gonna say something about the new article out, just today in
XXL Magazine: "The New New: 15 Seattle Rappers You Should Know"

But can I talk about either of these? NO! NOT ANYMORE! I just watched a video of Danny Brown getting a freaking BLOW JOB, knob-bob, and/or a "STAGE DOME" at a show in Minneapolis.

Post beej (or is it rape?!), wrote Danny Brown, to Kendrick Lamar, on Twitter: "I didn't miss one bar bruh bruh." See for yourself.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

You Wanna Party With Porn Star Ron Jeremy This Weekend?

Posted by on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Ron Jeremy will be in Seattle appearing in two, count 'em TWO different locations to promote his new spiced rum called Ron de Jeremy. First, tomorrow April 26th, Linda's Tavern will host R.J. who will also play DJ, spinning his "favorite party jams," starting at 8 o'clock. Linda's also promises a footlong hot dog called the "Hedgehog Dog" and something else called a "Dark and Horny."

Then, on Saturday the 27th, Jeremy will launch his rum (did I just type that?) at Wine World, from 4-7 pm, selling and signing bottles of his new booze.

Both are free. Will you go?

  • The Linda's Flyer (L), and the 'Ron de Jeremy' label

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"An Incomplete and Disorderly Catalog of Prince's Dirty Songs"

Posted by on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

EDS NOTE: Says Slogger and Lineout-er, Violet DaGrinder, "I wrote a guide to Prince's dirty songs for a friend of mine, in honor of his tour, where he won't be probably playing any of them. I thought the Prince fan(s) at The Stranger might appreciate it."

  • Album Cover for "Prince" released October 19th, 1979

Cream—wherein Prince jacks off in front of a mirror

Insatiable—wherein Prince cajoles you into making a sex tape, which he will definitely edit into something tasteful

Electric Chair—wherein Prince tells you that what he has planned for you is technically punishable by death, in a sexy way

I Wanna Melt With U—wherein Prince worries that he may have just statutory-raped you, because that's kiiiiind of a lot of blood, but as long you're cool with it, chorus verse bridge

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

I Can't Stop Touching My Crotch: Rihanna at the Key Arena

Posted by on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

  • Mat Hayward |

DANG, it's been a while since I've gone in for an arena-style show. What a weird vortex of radio-lovin' ultra-loungers and perpetual bachelorette parties. The endless corral of hormones and style was nearly too much to bear.

We infiltrated the mega-plex just in time to hear A$AP Rocky's hit about problems with fucking called "Fuckin' Problems." Everyone went crazy for that one, duh! After Rocky's set ended, the lights went on and the sound of Macklemore (and other contemporary hits) piped through the speakers almost as loud as the opening act. I watched, slack jawed, as a security dude sang and pantomimed every line of "Thrift Shop" without a hint of irony or self-consciousness. He resembled a chubby Eminem, he probably should have been listed on the bill as well.

After waiting like what seemed forever for Rihanna, we took an risky outdoor respite. She made a bunch of teenagers wait forever in Chicago, we knew we could be in the same boat. Outside we met a friendly man named Curtis, he told us that Madonna made him wait as well. He also mentioned that he loves his job at Teatro ZinZanni. "Eight hours there feels like one hour, it's awesome," he enthused. That's the mark of an ideal job!

Once we got back in, we had to move seats twice because no one knew how to sit in assigned seating. The crowd of today's youth made the rules free-form and post-apocalyptic. I mean, who is even going to enforce a seating chart? The Macklemore dancer?

Finally, Rhanna decided that our wait could come to an end. She was ready to begin.

Rihanna is a Very Beautiful and Fashion-Forward Young Woman™—no one could accuse her otherwise. Which also pairs well with the fact that every single song she has is about sex. Every dance move she does is about sex. And every costume she wears is about sex. And every backup dancer is made of sex. But not that flushed-in-the-face, happy, oh man I love sex sort of sex... it was more... robotic. "I am sexy. I am grabbing my crotch. Now I'm shaking my hips. Fuck you." SO MUCH CROTCH GRABBING.

  • Mat Hayward |

Here's the thing, I'm a lady—I'm a sex-positive, lady-positive kind of lady—and I want to support other ladies doing their ultra-successful thing, but there was just something so disconnected about it. I didn't feel empowered, I felt kind of... sad for her. All of that sex and just a Chris Brown turd to go home to.

So the hits were played (there's no denying her music is catchy-as-fuck—I still have "Rude Boy" stuck in my head), the crowd was fun to watch, and the spectacle was mind-blowing to take in. I couldn't stop thinking about how much everything must have cost. And how seamless it had been when one of the backup dancers' bra tops came unclasped and she slipped on and off the stage without missing a beat. I seriously think that I may have been the only person in the 456,666,666 person crowd that noticed it. Other noticements:

- A girl behind us was asleep. Another girl was in tears.
- Rihanna's guitarist looked like Chris Angel with a Monster Energy tattoo on his bicep.
- Even Rihanna has a Skrillex haircut.
- I knew upside-down crosses and pentagrams were popular right now, but WHOA.
- You could actually feel heat from the on-stage fire bursts. It's hot! It was baffling that anyone's hair or costumes didn't start melting.
- The guy in front of us took a phone pic of two Rihanna tickets and posted it to InstaBook. The seat next to him remained empty the whole time.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Do You Like Miguel

Posted by on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

(WaMu Theater) Alicia Keys is beautiful, talented, and, to my ears, boring as hell. But opener Miguel is beautiful, talented, and a veritable one-man thrill ride. Where Frank Ocean comes off cold and brainy, Miguel is pure heat. His voice can easily go anywhere it wants, so the man saves his energy for sex, which he celebrates with every cell in his being (especially those in his brain). The instructional "Use Me" will leave a wet spot under any listener with a pulse, while "Do You (Like Drugs)" seems like a question until the chorus, when Miguel drops "I'm gonna..." in front of the title. Swoon.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sexy Pope Gossip Playlist

Posted by on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM

When faced with POPE GOSSIP THIS HOT last night, there was nothing left to do but make a Spotify playlist. It's an hour long, but there must be so many more songs that would be perfect for the Sexy Pope Gossip Playlist! Anything missing?

"Journalist David Gibson, who wrote the latest biography on Pope Benedict, said the Pope's resignation was likely due to numerous factors, mainly revolving around the internal problems of the Vatican, of which sexual shenanigans were likely one."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Black Lodge Tonight: Black Hills, Dust Moth, Slow Bird

Posted by on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Black Hills, Dust Moth, and Slow Bird play tonight at Black Lodge. All Ages. $8. Someone said there might be balloons. Set times are: Slow Bird at 9:00, Dust Moth at 9:45, and Black Hills at 10:30. I spoke with Black Hills and Slow Bird about scratch-n-sniffs. The hard questions. Black Hills includes members of Minus the Bear, the Lonely Forest, and the Quiet Ones. Solid, sunned in songs. Allman Brothers-ish in a good way. Slow Bird posts and hoists post shoegaze indie-ness into the night sky.

Dust Moth is members of Eighteen Individual Eyes, These Arms Are Snakes, Shift, Undertow, and Sparkmarker. This is Dust Moth’s first show. The Dust Moth launches. Oil-fang sprung from insect haunches. Really excited to see and hear this band, as the teasers they’ve put up have not quenched enough.

(Slow Bird) What has Slow Bird been up to? What is your never-ending fight against?

Jennae Quisenberry: Slow Bird lately has been working on expanding our twitter impact while we await for our album to be hopefully released sometime this Spring. There may be balloons at the show tonight. Our song/sound-writing process is essentially a chronicle of our never-ending fight against a demonic bird that perpetually attempts to destroy our band. Little does he know all he needs to do is stub any toe on Matt's left foot.

If your music were a scratch n sniff scent, what would it be?

Laphroig. 18 year. Single malt peated whiskey from Islay. The most richly flavored scotch in the World. We're an acquired scent.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: The NSFW Video

Posted by on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

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.

Also... Nick Cave is back? I like this song! Yah?

Video after the jump...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Prince or Sting: Who Would You Rather?

Posted by on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 5:47 PM

A heated discussion has left the Stranger offices almost literally torn in half. Some say Prince is still the pinnacle of all that is bangable, while others are convinced that Sting is where it's at. What do YOU think? Here are some pros and cons to study before participating in this important Friday night poll.

Cons: Will never shut up about his hours-long sexcapades, therefore is probably bluffing. Oh, and the song "Desert Rose."
Pros: Google image search "Sting Dune."
He love you long time. -Dave Segal

Cons: Jehovah's Witnesses are not known for their prowess. Does he still insist on using that symbol?
Pros: Google image search "Prince butt."
He's like 3 feet tall. -Mike Nipper

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Posted by on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

I swear to GOD, I think residents Explorateur and Veins' sike/prog/weirdo/rock night, {{{¡DISTORTIONS!}}}, are destined to take over the Emerald Shitty and turn our grey, dank reality into some type of technicolor dream full of sunlight, flowers and smiles. Seriously. They seem to be playing every other night, and thusly are ownin' it like they BONIN' it. It's quite awesome, actually. That said, it is no surprise tonight's {{{¡DISTORTIONS!}}}, at Lo-Fi, is LOADED!

Right, so, in addition to Explorateur and Veins spinning, tonight's Lo-Fi edition features a LIVE music set from space-rock cadets, Tokyoidaho. But...that ain't all!! Tonight's special guest DJ is THEE Don McGreevy, who himself has a Monday night residency at West Seattle's West 5, as well as manning the drum thrones for Earth, Yada Yada Blues Band, and Master Musicians Of Bukkake. ALSO: tonight is acting as a CELEBRATION of THEE Don McGreevy's 40th birthday! Happy birfday and welcome to the club, Mac!

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