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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Moe and Neumos Throw Themselves a Birthday Bash

Posted by on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:25 PM


Before Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood became crowded with fedora jerks and and fusion noodle condo hybrids, there was a magical venue called Moe's Mo'Roc'N Cafe, out in the middle of nowhere. The year was 1994—a good time for music, and an especially good time for music in Seattle. Indie bands were playing, and people actually wanted to hear them; national and global acts were touring and actually wanted to stop in Seattle.

There was a high demand for music, and Moe's had perfect timing, opening a venue in a non-downtown neighborhood that hosted the thriving local acts, but also prided themselves in pulling off inconceivably big shows with megastars. Yes, Neil Young played there with Pearl Jam. Portishead, the Flaming Lips, Radiohead, the list goes on and on. There was nothing like it—a medium-sized venue determined to offer the sound, lights, and hospitality of a stadium several times its size, in a neighborhood where nothing was happening yet. The staff loved to be there, the bands loved to be there, so you loved to be there, too.

Moe's reign lasted only four short years (27 in human rock-star years), but its legacy lives on not only in its later reincarnation of Neumos, but in that tight-knit music community that has helped shape this city's music scene for the last two decades.

In anticipation of the Moe's 20/Neumos 10 Anniversary, I talked to a few folks who owned, worked at, played, hung out at, lived in, and/or appreciated Moe's during its heyday. Read it and weep, current hill dweller.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Photography Show: "Seattle DIY" by Victoria Holt

Posted by on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Do you do the BLITZ: The Capitol Hill Art Walk? If the answer is yes, I suggest you go check out Victoria Holt tomorrow at Cupcake Royale (Thurs Jan. 9th from 5-8 pm.) The photographs were part of her 2012 BFA photography thesis "Seattle DIY: Live Music."

Here are three of the images included in the show. I think I may know a couple of the ladies in the first shot? (WINK!)

From the Basement, 2011
  • Victoria Holt
  • From the Basement, 2011

Healthy Times Fun Club, 2011
  • Victoria Holt
  • Healthy Times Fun Club, 2011

MTNS, 2011
  • Victoria Holt
  • MTNS, 2011

Cupcake Royale is located at 1111 East Pike Street

Friday, December 20, 2013

Elpee's Beat Shop Closed For Now, Slated to Return January 2nd

Posted by on Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Heads up, gluttonous consumers of vinyl! It appears Elpee's Beat Shop—the pop-up vinyl-by-the-pound record store located in the Creature ad agency storefront at 1517 12th Ave.—has enjoyed a more successful opening week than anticipated.

The short-run concept was scheduled to operate through mid-January, but has run low on wax, according to a store representative, as well as its signature novelty butcher shoppe packaging. Specifically, they had run out of their premium "Choice Cuts" product, she said, but Elpee's should be restocked with the tastiest of selections by January 2nd.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fight Like a Girl: A Benefit For Ramona Barnes

Posted by on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

You may know Ramona Barnes as a fashion designer. Or maybe she made you laugh, while she was waitressing at the 5 Point or Lost Lake. In any case, she's a Seattle gem of a lady. She's helping her sister fight a mean battle with leukemia.
Here is the invite on Facebook.

Ramona's sister, Melissa, was diagnosed with leukemia in April. She has been undergoing chemotherapy ever since and will now be having a bone marrow transplant on December 6th. Ramona will be going to Florida for two months to act as Melissa's 24/7 caretaker during her recovery. To offset the cost of being out of work during this time, Ramona will need a little help from her friends!

There's a raffle/auction tonight, starting at 9 pm at The Unicorn/Narwahl. Neat items include: Paintings from Crystal Barbre and Shawn Diaz; two photos by me, Kelly O: a handmade brass bottle opener from Iacoli & McAllister; jewelry from Elizabeth Patterson Jewelry; Showbox and Crocodile tickets; gift cards and swag from Lucky Vintage, Big Mario's, 5 Point, Lost Lake, Elysian and Pony; clothing and accessories from Ramona Barnes and Prairie Underground; tattoo gift certificates to Under the Needle.

There's also a show tonite! With Josh Hartvigson, Jackie Hell, DJ Jess Wamre, comedy by Victoria Liss, and live music by Underworld Scum and Bad Motivators.

If you can't be there tonight—here's a donation link where you can contribute a dollar or three, at any time. Anything and everything helps.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Transformative Night at the Northwest Film Forum in Tribute to Lou Reed

Posted by on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

My favorite Reed release
  • K.C. Fennessy
  • My favorite Reed release (CD by way of RCA Records)
If you had any interest in the life and career of the late Lou Reed, then you're sure to have a favorite song, video, or other form of artistic expression. In which case, the Northwest Film Forum could use your help in putting together a tribute that reflects the diversity of his work.

To contribute, all you have to do is suggest a clip that includes or references the musician in some way. The sky's the limit, but it can't be longer than 10 minutes (don't forget to include the URL).

Offhand, I can think of a few, like the slow-motion sequence in Trainspotting in which Renton (a scary-thin Ewan McGregor) has a bad trip to the tune of "Perfect Day." Sure, the irony is obvious, but director Danny Boyle syncs the action to the song so perfectly, you'd think Lou designed it for that very purpose. Then there's his infamous Honda Scooter ad.* Or his loopy appearance in Get Crazy.

* Not that it represents Lou at his peak, but it's an interesting take on his image, i.e. Honda's interpretation of the "wild side" indicates a pretty surface-level understanding of the lyrics.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Hunters and Collectors: The Big Dig Record Show Pops Off Nov. 9 at Vermillion

Posted by on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The Big Dig Record Show is happening again Sat. Nov. 9 at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar. Early entry at 1 pm ($10), of course, gets you first crack at the bounty of quality vinyl that 20 record dealers from the Northwest and beyond will be peddling (psych, prog, funk, punk, jazz, hiphop, soul, metal, and more). Regular entry ($3) starts at 3 pm and things end at 8 pm. There'll be a full bar, but the event is all ages and family friendly (except for the poor hygiene of some diggers). DJs will be spinning vinyl all day, too, including the DUG crew, Explorateur, and Veins (that's me; I'll probably play the track below and several others).

Information here.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Headline of the Day: "Man Stabbed Outside Bar Goes Back For Another Drink"

Posted by on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

From the Seattle Police Blotter:

The man told police he was at a bar near Broadway and Pike Street around 1 am this morning when he got into an argument with another patron, and the two men headed out of the bar to sort out their differences.

After a brief brawl with the other man, the victim walked away from the fight when his side began to hurt. The victim then realized he had blood running down his back from a two-and-a-half inch wound, but decided to go back into the bar and have two more shots of liquor.

Broadway and Pike, eh? Well, he wasn't at The Comet...

Friday, September 27, 2013

Exactly What IS "Hot Country" and Why All the Requests?!?

Posted by on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I guess country was hotter in the 80s, now its just young
  • Nipsh
  • I guess country was hotter in the '80s, now its just "young" and/or "alt."

The track list includes Ricky Skaggs AND Merle Haggard...does that make it hot AND requestable? I can't remember any Ricky Skaggs hoedown from any era I'd ever consider requesting. Whatever, you still gotta love that generic '80s airbrush sleeve art; the guitar appears to be FLYING through the atmosphere fast enough to leave contrails!! This was on sale at the CapHill ValVil BTW.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Been Looking All Over Capitol Hill for Cat in the Hat Hats?

Posted by on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

This is Nicodemus, he's got you covered.*


* Free gloves with purchase.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Peck Fest at Hard L

Posted by on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

  • Peck Drawing by Lisa Orth

I've been meaning to check out the feminist/queer art gallery space Hard L on Capitol Hill for a while now, and Peck Fest this Sunday sounds like the perfect excuse to pay the spot a visit. Local artist/drummer Stacy Peck will be the centerpiece of Peck Fest, where there will be screenings of music videos she's made for local bands (including Stickers, MTNS, Chastity Belt, and So Pitted), displays of drawings she's done, and a performance of her current most famous band Pony Time. Not a lot of people have enough material to dedicate towards their own festival, but that doesn't seem to be the case here, not to mention the fact that KEXP blog notes that Peck "seems to have graduated from household name to local icon."

Doors at 6pm, Pony Time play at 8pm, suggested donation of $5.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wall of Sound to Reopen Sept. 5

Posted by on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Capitol Hill music retailer Wall of Sound will reopen Thurs. Sept. 5 at 11 am in its new location: 1205 E. Pike St. #1C on the southeast corner of 12th and Pike. Wall of Sound has been supplying music obsessives with non-mainstream vinyl, CDs, and cassettes for 23 years, surviving against great odds in a treacherous economic environment for brick-and-mortar record stores. Long may owners Jeffery Taylor and Michael Ohlenroth continue to feed our music addiction.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Free Box Outside Wall of Sound Right Now

Posted by on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM


Who doesn't love a free box? Wall of Sound is Capitol Hill's finest boutique record shop and they are having a garage sale with the most amazingly campy free box. Going to an expensive destination wedding you don't wanna buy a real present for? Are you attending an acquaintances birthday party and don't know what to get them? Perhaps one of these fine selections will do the trick:




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Message From 12th and John

Posted by on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM


If you insist.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Porchlight Zack Playing Records at Moe Bar Tomorrow!

Posted by on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

You know how every time you walk into Porchlight Coffee & Records they're always playing the best music? And then you're like Oh man, I just came here to get a latte, and I'm already late for work, but now I want to hear the rest of this side play so fuck it, I'll get a donut, too, and just hang out for 10 more minutes? Well that's probably because Porchlight's owner Zack Bolotin is behind the counter. Not only does he pull a nice espresso, but he also has a knack for knowing what the good people need to hear, and he'll be lugging his record collection down the street to play records at Moe Bar tomorrow night from 8 pm-midnight. Cool!

He says he's got everything from the Temptations to New Edition to Jawbreaker lined up and it's totally free to show up and hang out. Unless you want to drink; drinks cost dollars.

Really, though, all this is an excuse to post Zack's great poster of an old man with funny hands:


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Are Cats the New Dogs?

Posted by on Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM


This is happening right now, in front of Value Village. Get over there for a chin scratch or belly rub! That 84-degree kitty doesn't give a single F!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Week I Found TWO Copies of a 45 I Didn't Know Existed

Posted by on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

  • Nipsh

A few weeks ago I happened to see a picture of an American 45 issue for King Crimson's "In The Court Of The Crimson King." WHAT?!?

I had NO IDEA this 45 existed. King Crimson ain't exactly a singles band, so why would they have any 45s? On album, the song clocks in at over nine minutes—SIX minutes too long for a single side! Considering it WAS 1969 it DOES make sense that KC's label, Atlantic, would take a stab a pulling a 45 off the LP—it was standard practice to issue 45s off an album. BUT the single's play time is limited, so the song was split into "Pt. 1," the 'A' side, and then "Pt. 2" as the 'B.' NOT IDEAL. Still, knowing it existed made me curious; 45 mixes through the early '70s were ONLY issued with a mono mix, so it might be way different sounding versus the LP.

I thought ONE DAY I'LL FIND A COPY, maybe... and then BOOM one week later I find two copies within three days. HUH?! Yeah, and both copies were found in person and on the Hill!! One at Melrose Vinyl Market the other at Everyday Music. No going online to find THIS record!!

Synchronicity shit like this make me wanna think I am capable of having some kinda hokey superstitions?! HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO ANYONE ELSE? I know this is DEEP record nerd weirdness, but I've never had such quick alignment in the record nerd universe or whatever... AM I ALONE? I bet I am. I hope I am.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's Really Hard to Get Anything Done When THIS is Happening Outside

Posted by on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I was just minding my own business on Pine, when suddenly this wiggly little friend comes rolling across the sidewalk! Puppies don't even know what they're doing! It's like putting Jell-O on a leash. Jell-O that would rather sit in the middle of the sidewalk looking precious than actually go for a walk.


Her name is Murdoc, and she's a French Bulldog.


Friday, May 17, 2013

In Case Your Oughties Rock Band Bookshelf is Lacking

Posted by on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

For you rabid fans, there is a copy of the Dorkness Darkness Permission To Rock bio currently on sale at the Capitol Hill Value Village.

Seriously? Seriously.
  • Nipsh
  • Seriously? Seriously.

If I'd written this y'all know it woulda been titled Permission To Rock? Permission... DENIED! Heh. Yeah. Also: They're still an active band? Who knew.

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