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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Boating with Clyde: "Thank You for Being a Friend"

Posted by on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM

For those who don't know, Clyde Petersen of Your Heart Breaks has a show called Boating With Clyde, and it's pretty charming. Clyde takes friends, musicians, and other interesting folks out on a rowboat where they play songs and shoot the shit among the waves and lily pads.

Episode 3 was just posted, featuring musical guest DaveEnd (there's also a puppet show!).

Spoiler alert: DaveEnd ends the show with a cover of The Little Mermaid's "Part Of Your World."

Speaking of Your Heart Breaks, their new album, Harsh Tokes and Bong Jokes, will be released June 19th.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Obama Slow Jams the News (Like a Piece of Wood) With Jimmy Fallon and the Roots

Posted by on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Still, I'd like to see Romney do anything half this risky. Wait, no I wouldn't—his jokes are the worst!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Swervedriver on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Posted by on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

British shoegaze-rock deities Swervedriver performed two songs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night: the surging 1991 single “Son of Mustang Ford” and the new “Deep Wound” (no relation to J Mascis and Lou Barlow’s old band). You can view the footage at

Swervedriver are touring the US again, with a Seattle date at Neumos April 4. Look for a feature on the group in tomorrow’s Stranger.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lucero Needs to Guest Star on an Episode of Justified

Posted by on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Timothy Olyphant (Hubba hubba).
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  • Timothy Olyphant (Hubba hubba).
I can't be the only person in the world who'd want to watch Ben Nichols and Raylan Givens (AKA Timothy Olyphant) make out I mean hang out, right? Hubba hubba!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Did Anyone See the Shins on SNL?

Posted by on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

If you're like me, you don't even know who most of the SNL cast are anymore, let alone watch the show on any kind of regular basis. But this last week, at least the Shins got to play a couple of songs off their upcoming Port of Morrow and we can just watch those clips real quick without having to suffer through the sketches. First up is the album's lead single "Simple Song," then watch "It's Only Life" below the jump, and then get back to work!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Watch Listen, Whitey! Author Pat Thomas on Art Zone

Posted by on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

The media blitz continues for Pat Thomas. Below, Art Zone’s Nancy Guppy interviews Thomas, the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power, 1965-1975, an excellent survey of how one specific strain of radical politics and music commingled and influenced each other over a turbulent decade.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dear MTV: Now That You're Backing the It Gets Better Project, Can You Please Stop Giving VMAs and Airtime to Artists Who Use Gay Slurs?

Posted by on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Dear MTV,

This afternoon you posted the trailer for the upcoming It Gets Better special. Good work! The show looks really powerful and I'm sure it will only further all the truly amazing work the It Gets Better project has done since its 2010 inception.

But with this new It Gets Better show, I think it's necessary that you take your anti-bullying stance a step further. It's time to closely examine the artists you promote and reward. It's time to stop sending mixed messages.

Last summer Tyler the Creator won "Best New Artist" at the Video Music Awards. He's charismatic, sure, and a talented rapper. But he's also constantly using gay slurs. In the track "Yonkers," he says: "I'll crash that fucking airplane that that faggot nigga B.o.B is in/and stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus." In "Goblin," he says: "But they do not have the mindset, that is same as him/I'm not weird, you're just a faggot, shame on him."

How can we ask and expect this generation of teenagers to stop using gay slurs and stop bullying their gay peers when you're rewarding a man who uses the word “faggot” as a derogatory term over and over and over again? He's standing there on stage, being applauded, being celebrated for songs that feature the same hateful words that are being used to bully kids to death.

In his defense, Tyler the Creator says he's not homophobic. Good for him. But he does admit that he uses the words "faggot" and "gay" as a way to hurt people:

I just think 'faggot' hits and hurts people. It hits. And 'gay' just means you’re stupid. I don't know, we don’t think about it, we're just kids. We don’t think about that shit. But I don't hate gay people. I don't want anyone to think I’m homophobic.

He says it right there—it hits. It hurts. And because he's a kid, according to him, he shouldn't have to take responsibility for that. That's absolute bullshit. MTV, if you really want to make an impact with your support of the It Gets Better Project and the anti-bullying movement in America, it's also time to stop giving awards to those people who look to hurt others. Otherwise, despite your sincere efforts, you're going to remain part of the problem.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Obligatory Lana Del Rey Post

Posted by on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I don't really have an that much of an opinion on Lana del Rey, other than that the below video is pretty funny, and that this NYTimes piece, which is more about the arc of stardom in the internet age than it is about Lana Del Rey, is a good read:

It's already difficult to remember Lana Del Rey, but let’s try. She was a meme of 2011, a singer who emerged seemingly fully formed from the ether who was in short order revealed to be, get this, a singer who was not always fully formed. That moll with the dangerous tastes in men and pastimes and the puffed-out lips and hair? That songwriter who used words like “velvet” and “exotic” in the tiki-lounge way of overemphasizing noir culture? Yep, it was a pose, cut from existing, densely patterned cloth. Just like all the other poses. And all the other cloths.

Read the whole thing here.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Did You Hear Bomb the Music Industry on The Office Last Night?

Posted by on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 12:01 PM

About halfway through last night's episode of The Office, while people are swimming around in a pool, you can barely hear about a minute's worth of a vocal-less version of "Can't Complain" from Bomb the Music Industry's latest album Vacation.


Check it out at (if you just want to hear BTMI!, skip ahead to 14:24). You can read more about BTMI and Vacation in this interview I did with singer Jeff Rosenstock last year.

I hope The Office uses "(Shut Up) the Punx!!!" next. I think Dwight would have some killer skanking moves.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Susan Hutchison and Slats in the Early '80s

Posted by on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Just look at the scorn on Susan's face when she talks about punk. No wonder she turned out to be a fucking Republican. From the television story:

Reporter: "Most punks here are straight on on the weekdays, and punk out on the weekends. But these are the full-timers, who are here on this weeknight to see Napalm Beach."

Reporter: "This is not a fight. This is slam dancing. The number of injuries is surprisingly minuscule."

Punker: "My mom had the first rock festival in the world."

Punker: "I didn't wanna live and stuff like that."

This Youtube channel has a ton of footage from the Seattle punk and rock scenes in the early '80s, back when Seattle was actually dangerous. Green River, Gruntruck, and Malfunkshun are all in there. See VHS-converted footage of Silly Killers after the cut, with late Seattle legend Slats as a young man!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Roots Musically Dissed Michele Bachmann Last Night

Posted by on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and house band The Roots played her an intro song that has the Internet going nuts today.

This was Bachmann's introduction:

If you didn't catch it, this was the song they played:

Of course, this has already provoked some appalled responses from the right wing's peanut gallery. Predictably, their main talking point is the whole "well if this happened to one of your leaders..." argument, but the additional fact that Bachmann is the only female candidate for the Republican 2012 ticket adds the question of misogynistic intent to the discussion.

Since you Line Out readers are a pretty sharp bunch, the below poll will stand as the final word on this matter:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sanford & Son: "The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection"

Posted by on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

I had an iguana in the 9th grade that I kept in an old department store glass display case with sticks, rocks, and lights. On a school night at 2am, the iguana somehow wedged its claw in an upper corner of the cage between two pieces of glass. It was hanging by its arm and seemed to be uncomfortable. I pressed on one side of the glass to free the iguana, causing my thumb to go through the glass. The glass cut my thumb into the bone, severing some major blood tubes that sent the red stuff shooting all over the place.

I was alone in the house and dizzily walked myself two miles to a hospital. I didn't have insurance, but I feigned confusion about forms and payments while holding a sopping bloody washcloth in my hand. My thumb was stitched up and I was sent on my way two hours later.

It was obvious that I wasn't going to school the next day, so I stayed up the rest of the night watching TV. There was a Sanford & Son marathon happening, and the episode The Blind Mellow Jelly Collection (a.k.a.) The Chameleon had just started. It will be forever etched in my brain.

From what I remember, Fred comes across a bunch of old 78s in a closet. The episode begins with Fred dancing in the living room to "Shake That Thing," which is actually a track by Maxwell Street Market busker Papa Charlie Jackson. Lamont suggests donating the records to a library as a tax write off. After donating the records, Fred learns that they're rather valuable and decides that he wants them back so he can collect the cash. He recruits the help of his friend Bubba, who pretends that he's Blind Mellow Jelly's relative and that he wants the records returned. From which comes Bubba's classic repeated line, "I want my daddy's records."

You'll have to watch the episode to see the laugh-tastic ending.

In the immortal words of Redd Foxx, "You gotta wash your ass."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Frequent Sublimities: Alan & Richard Bishop on Vice TV

Posted by on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Ian Svenonius interviews former Sun City Girls members Richard (now living in Portland) and Alan Bishop (still living in Seattle) on Vice TV’s Soft Focus. As expected, the segment is very funny, loose, cynical, and meta. Somebody should give the Bishops their own talk show. Watch it here. (I tried to embed the thing several times, but something went wrong. Sorry. Watch this great SCG video to make up for it.)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Reggie Watts Covers the Most-Popular Thin Lizzy Song

Posted by on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Ex-Seattle musician/comedian Reggie Watts puts a respectfully irreverent, shambolic spin on Thin Lizzy’s 1976 hit “The Boys Are Back in Town” to welcome back Conan O’Brien from wherever the talk-show host was gone. Never realized this before, but Watts bears a resemblance to Thin Lizzy mainman Phil Lynott. If they ever make a film about Phil, Watts should be a contender to play him.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Maroon 5 vs. Fox News DEATH MATCH

Posted by on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM


I know, I know, Pink Eyes says that Fox News's Greg Gutfeld is a good guy and all, but JESUS, will you look at his face?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wade in the Water: Seattle Music on PBS

Posted by on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Disclosure: I work part-time at KCTS 9.

  • Photo by Jim Bennett
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

On Friday, October 14th, PBS Arts Fall Festival began with a broadcast of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore from Minneapolis. Tonight, at 9 Pacific Standard Time, the nine-part series continues with Cameron Crowe’s documentary, Pearl Jam 20, followed by Ward Serrill’s mini-documentary, Something in the Water.

Click here for Grant Brissey’s post on Pearl Jam 20.

Produced by KCTS 9 for PAFF, Serrill’s film offers a snapshot of the current Seattle music scene, and includes artists (the Head and the Heart, Shabazz Palaces, Macklemore), DJs (KEXP’s John Richards, Kevin Cole, and Cheryl Waters), and label representatives (Sub Pop’s Megan Jasper and Jonathan Poneman).

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Monday, October 10, 2011

PBS Makes Documentary About Seattle Music Scene

Posted by on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM

On October 21st, PBS will air a new documentary about Seattle's music scene titled Seattle Music... something in the water? The short highlights KEXP and DJ John Richards, along with local record label Sub Pop. It also features Seattle artists such as Pickwick, Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Tripwires, Shabazz Palaces, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and The Head and the Heart. It will air as part of the PBS program American Masters.

I sort of wonder if John Richards will talk about his controversial paycheck. I know I need to let it go, but every time they do a pledge drive I can't help but think of it. Maybe it's just that I wish my monthly take-home was $7,500. Or maybe I have too much Occupy Wall Street on the brain.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Commercial! Dubstep Now Pushing Breakfast Cereal on the Teevee

Posted by on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 9:51 AM

In Britain, advertising companies now feel like the time is right for dubstep to help sell products like Weetabix Chocolate Spoonsize cereal. (Have any Americans who watch television—I don’t; not boasting, just sayin'—noticed this happening here?) As TV spots go, this one’s not bad, and that girl and those teddy bears bust some tight moves. But somewhere in the United Kingdom, El-B and Kode9 are weeping.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Posted by on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Okay, this is a couple days old, but it's just a gem. I would add a Nelson "Ha-ha!" but I think that shit is copyrighted or something. In other news, there's now a job opening for a music person at CNN.

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Fallon vs. Macy

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