Archive for September, 2005

news you can use : kexp benefit agenda

Saturday brings another battle of the musical heavy hitters vying for your attention. In one corner, dance rock champions Franz Ferdinand are playing their first of two shows at the Paramount. With their second self-titled album dropping on Tuesday the show is likely to be even more bouncy than usual and chocked full of new future hits.

In the opposite corner, the four-hundred pound gorilla of the annual KEXP John in the Morning At Night benefit show at Neumo’s. With more genres than you can shake a stick at, the mammoth lineup offers an amazing cross-section of the KEXP indie sounds we all know an love. During yesterday afternoon’s concert calendar, Kevin Cole revealed the approximate agenda to let you know just how fashionably late you can be without missing your favorite band’s set.

6:30 Math and Physics Club
7:15 John Vanderslice (solo)
8:15 Athlete
9:15 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
10:30 the National
11:30 M83

Although the KEXP benefit is sold out, the ticketless need not despair: the first three acts will be playing live on the radio for your home listening pleasure.
Most of the previously-linked band websites have plenty of audio and video to keep you busy for hours (and I just linked to tracks from the National and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah earlier this week)but here are a couple standouts for your playlist:

  • watch the video for Franz Ferdinand’s “Do You Want To?” [mov] (via stereogum)
  • “weekends away” by Math and Physics Club [mp3]

that familiar sound

On the bus this morning, early grey gloom crept through the windows. Everyone looked a little bedraggled, even though it hadn’t rained yet. Someone sneezed. The bus driver boomed, “Bless you,” through the microphone, and we all laughed. The skies lightened.

Outside, all afternoon, the skies threatened grey. And on the bus ride home, the streets relented and accepted the fat drops. I love that first patter on the skylights in my kitchen. This feels familiar, right somehow.

Today, the rain came back to town.

ethics scandals : the must-have accessory for fall?

Although our local scandals aren’t quite up to the level of the Tom DeLay indictment that’s taken over the national news, it looks like Mayor Nickels has a hot new ethics violation of his own this campaign season:

Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, filed civil charges against Nickels today for violating the city’s prohibition on the use of public facilities for campaigning. . . . The mayor’s office produced the document, entitled “Mayor Greg Nickels: Three Years of Accomplishments” and sent it to about 3,000 households at a cost to the city of $2,205 [s.times]

The timing of this does seem positioned to make an election-time splash since the Seattle Weekly expressed concerns over this mailing back in April, reporting on a few accomplishments included in the eight-page booklet — “replacing the Viaduct and seawall,” “creating a safer Seattle,” “creating jobs” [#].

I just wonder if any of those 3,000+ recipients read or saved the booklet. Now that it’s a part of Seattle scandal history it might be worth a few bucks on eBay.

more entertainments than you can shake a chainsaw at


Speaking of too many options too little time, Bruce Campbell is going to be at the Neptune tonight at 11:30 pm for a screening of the Evil Dead. Just in time to warn the incoming UW student body against the dangers of weekend trips to creepy cabins in the woods! It’s slightly less expensive than another evening movie, an in addition to enjoying Sam Raimi gory cult-classic horror hit, you’ll have the pleasure of chatting up its star. He might also make fun of you, but that’s part of the experience, right?


  • John Hodgman’s This American LIfe story about becoming Bruce Campbell’s literary agent [#]
  •, “the fan’s official source for evil dead”

(via payforthepiano [lj])

Coffee cream at Poulsbo

One of the professions I’ve been dumped into without asking, is acting as unpaid tech support for various friends and family. In some ways, I kind of feel like one of those old time witch-doctors, a high-tech quack if you will, getting paid in chickens or pints of milk. Last week after setting up the short blonde whirlwind’s (SBW) system she paid me back with dinner at the house, after which we walked down the main street in Poulsbo so she could take me to the Magnolia Cafe for dessert.

The Magnolia Cafe boasts the best desserts in town, and I think I’ll reserve judgement on that until I try all the other desserts, but I will say they make a mean creme brulee. That night’s flavor was coffee creme brulee, and it passed all of my tests for creme brulee, even the ones that don’t mean anything. A careful thwack on the top with the back of a spoon proved that the burnt sugar was very thin. It’s not the thinnest I’ve ever had, but it’s the thinnest I’ve had in this country, for sure. The creme tasted like creme, and not like an omlette. It stirred up like creme, which either proved that they didn’t use gelatine to set it up, or that I couldn’t tell. The coffee flavor permeated the whole dessert in a forceful way, saying “hey, this is a COFFEE creme brulee” — yet, the dessert still managed to taste light, not dense. I wished that the husband had come with me, so that it wouldn’t have taken me all afternoon to set up the system, AND so he could tell me whether the coffee was truly any good. Nevermind. It tasted pretty good to me.

When the waitress came back to find out how we were doing, I looked her straight in the eye and told her that this was a very good creme brulee. The SBW chimed in jokingly, “she came all the way from Bellevue for it”. The waitress said that surely there must be good brulee in Bellevue, and earnestly, I assured her that it was not so. Then she told me about how they also make vanilla and caramel flavored creme brulee, so now every time I plan a trip out to Bainbridge Island, I’m going to have to schedule around which flavor I haven’t had yet.

Darn it.

Happy happy, joy joy

As my first summer in Seattle is winding to a close, there are a few things that I’m sad about (only two more days of Water Taxi, get onboard while you can, people) and things I’m very happy about. Oh, let me count the ways:

  • There are no crazy college football fans outside my abode here [osu]
  • Fall’s seasonal beers [eb]
  • Sweater weather [ushs]
  • The start of theater season [theatermania]
  • Indoor concerts [nws]
  • The end of cruising season outside my apartment [upcoming]

Care to add to the happy list?

thursday: a tickets game

pic, via brooklynvegan [#]

What is it about Autumn? There are too many good shows and not nearly enough tickets, money, or time to take it all in. Tonight is a prime example, with Brooklyn’s newest indie-rock heroes Clap Your Hands Say Yeah playing at the Crocodile. Sure, they’re opening for the National, but since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s self-titled self-released debut is pretty much the best album of the summer, it’s hard to think of them as anything but the main attraction. Of course, tickets for this show are sold out. So if you were smart or lucky enough to have tickets, try not to gloat too much. Some people are just missing the planning-ahead gene. Both are playing as part of the (also sold out) mega-spectacular lineup for Saturday’s Morning at Night Show [kexp].

But, as mentioned this is a time of an embarrassment of riches. Across town, Four Tet headlines at Neumo’s (with Jamie lidell). Because I’m among the ticketless for the Crocodile show, I’m really tempted to check this show out. If asked to make a soundtrack of “how the world should sound all the time”, my list would be extremely heavy on servings of Four Tet. While I have no idea what to expect from the live show, curiousity about seeing to see how this gorgeously layered glitchy music that comes out of a laptop sounding like well-managed organic chaos translates to the real world is bordering on overwhelming. Does anyone have first-hand accounts?

If you’re not into leaving the house to hear music, the internet is your friend:

  • Stream a bunch of Four Tet songs [domino record co]
  • Listen to Jamie lidell on “when I come back around” [bbc] or watch a mind-boggling video of Jamie lidell mixing himself onstage [QT, Real]
  • Download some Clap Your Hands Say Yeah:”Over and Over Again (Lost & Found)” [mp3]
    and “Upon this Tidal Wave of Young Blood” [mp3]
  • The National’s “Wasp Nest” [mp3]

harvey danger follow-up report

Harvey Danger, by Ryan Schierling

This summer [mb], Harvey Danger announced that they’d be making their new album, Little By Little available DRM- and monetarily-free on the web. Earlier this week, the direct download link joined bittorrent links went live [harveydanger]. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check them out, now is definitely good time time for a risk-free listening party.

If you like what you hear, the band encourages you to buy an old fashioned physical copy of the album (which includes a bonus disc) or just contribute directly through an online tip jar. For those who like their rock and roll live and in person, Harvey Danger is playing a CD release show at the Crocodile on the 15th of October. And for the fans of audio-based explanations, Jeff Lin talked about their unconventional distribution model on Tuesday’s edition of the Works [kuow]

Undergarments on display

Not too long ago, the Art Institute of Seattle hosted a reception for its cancer-awareness fundraiser, Bras for the Cause. The students, staff, and faculty at the Art Institute decorated a whole bunch of bras to promote breast cancer awareness and encourage people to take part in Sunday’s Walk for Hope. [#]
In case you need a last bit of inspiration, the bras will be on display Friday, September 30th, at the Hotel Monaco downtown from 5-7 p.m.

I’ve never been inside the Hotel Monaco, but there’s something that makes me giggle irreverently about the thought of decorated underthings on display at the hotel that provides guests with free goldfish in their rooms so that they don’t get lonely.

Bye Bye Torrefazione Italia


Walking to work this morning after a long weekend, I was surprised to see that the Torrefazione Italia on Olive Way between 6th and 7th is closed.

If I’d been reading Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly, I would have known that Starbucks, which purchased TI in 2003, was closing all 17 TI cafes because they “felt the brand would perform better as a co-brand in grocery stores and other foodservice operations” (“Starbucks Shifting Torrefazione Italia To Co-Brand“). Heck, if I’d been paying attention I would have noticed that the PI ran an article about the impending closing of all four Seattle locations in June (“Starbucks to shutter Torrefazione cafes“) and that one of our Chicago correspondants reported on the TI closings in his city in July (Fuzzy Gerdes, “Arrivederci“).

I used to go to the Olive Way locations on a fairly regular basis. (I’ve even got a mostly stamped coffee card in my wallet — Damn! Only three punches away from a free cup.) I wasn’t a big fan of TI and their bland, “upscale” Italian decor, but for a chain they made a decent cup of coffee, especially compared to Starbucks. Scuttlebutt on the eGullet forum is that some/all (?) of the Seattle TI’s are going to be reopened as Italian-style caffes by the son of the original owner of TI, Emanuele Bizarri. A sign on the former Olive Way TI promises the advent of a new “Caffe Senso Unico” in the near future.

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