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24 years ago to the day! Here's #3 of the local music 'zine I published in 1987. Feel free to forward this around to others interested in the 1980s Seattle music scene.
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Time to reminisce about 1987. I've posted two issues of YEAH! Magazine on my site.
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Contributing elements of "bad gigs": Audiences of 4. Being drunk, hungover, sick, puking. The final gig of a band breaking up. Skinheads. Scotland. ("You used to get extra money for playing in Scotland because it was so dangerous.") Shotgun weddings. Rain and electric shock.

(I have played in bands that suffered from most of the above problems, except for the skinheads, shotgun weddings, and Scotland.)
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The funny thing about Peter Murphy bitching about their final show is that in 1992 they released the recording of it titled "Rest In Peace" so he had no problem whatsoever making money off of it.

Great live album, btw.
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Found at the thrift store tonight: a new condition CD of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (1999 rerelease with mono, stereo, and bonus tracks). It, of course, contains one of the greatest songs of all time.

"But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it"
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I have never seen Big Love, so I don't have that problem.
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This song just came up on a Spotify playlist I was enjoying. It's a sunny day in Seattle and everyone should get up and wiggle their butt to a little Stevie.
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Crossposting from FB -- sorry if you see this twice.

If you liked that version of "Tubthumping" that TMBG did a few weeks ago, here is where you can get a copy of it for free via iTunes.
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I love that they are still doing what they do.
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Just got back from the EELS show. It was excellent. The show was almost entirely the hopeful and upbeat material, not the beautiful but heartbreaking songs that E is also known for.

This is one of the songs he did play.

"...How a careful man tries
To dodge the bullets
While a happy man takes a walk
And maybe it's time to live"
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So I was putting together a playlist of my favorite Posies songs, and was going to post one here. It turns out the songs I like best are not the most popular ones -- I sure couldn't find most of them on YouTube! But I did find one.

"You're so far gone a distant planet is picking up your goodbyes on TV."
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I wasn't looking for more Xanadu stuff, but I heard this in Taco del Mar today. I hadn't heard this version! Very cool.
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No, they really styled Hyde after the entire decade. :)
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I don't mean to keep posting Metafilter links, but lately I keep finding stuff I want to link to. This was a thread about the saddest movie scenes, but the link is directly to a long comment about crying at movies that is worth a read.

An excerpt:
‎"'Jack, I swear,' Ennis says, smoothing out the shirt that's wrapped around Jack's shirt in the closet in his trailer, and you sob, audibly, and go completely salt-blind as the tears come, knowing that the guy next to you is crying over someone else, someone who came before you and who you'll never be, and that's how things are, being grown up in a complex, impossible world."
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An epic MeFi post about the amazing concert film Stop Making Sense. Not just clips from the movie, but links to influences, interviews, reviews, and more.

I actually wasn't a fan of the band until I saw the movie (and only because it was on a double-bill at the Neptune with a movie I wanted to see). It converted me. It wasn't long until I was at the Egyptian every weekend to see it again and dance in the aisles.
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A lovely story about being neighborly.
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Cross-posting to http://solotoro.blogspot.com and I look forward to the day when G+ either succeeds, fails, or finds a niche so that I don't have to do that anymore.

Today I spent the morning filling out forms for a federal background investigation. Then I spent the afternoon in meetings. Until 7pm. Not the sort of day to make you glad to be leaving work so late, though I've had worse. Then I get outside and I have a flat.

It's difficult to describe how that made me feel. I've been sick for over a month, nothing serious but constant low-grade unpleasantness. I'm tired. It's been a long, long day. Work has been extra demanding, extra draining, extra futile it seems sometimes, and here I have a flat, and thanks to my friend buying me a full-size tire for a half-size spare, I have nothing to replace it with. I have already turned down two dinner invitations tonight because I want nothing more than to go to bed, and now this. Ugh.

And then two guys, Ousmane and Ibrahim, offer to help me out. Before moving here if that had happened (and let's face it, in the U.S. it wouldn't have) - I'd have said no. I'd have felt weird...less of a man I suppose*...accepting help for such a thing. I should be able to change my own tire. Heck, I help OTHER people when they need their tire changed.

That's not still the case, and I don't know if that's more because I live here or because I wear a suit to work now, but now if someone offers to help my response is more along the lines of, "Hell yeah, that sounds GREAT!" So I said yes.

But the real turning point in the evening was when I made a conscious effort to enjoy what was happening. One of the great things about this country, something that sets it way apart from the U.S. and even apart from the rest of West Africa, is the "on est ensemble" culture. These guys were helping, not because I seemed helpless, not because they expected a return on it, but because hey, we're all people with problems, and if I can help you out I will and if someone else can help me out in turn, they will. So rather than just doing the typical American thing of either chasing them off (see previous two paragraphs) or just accepting their help and maybe throwing them a few cents, I decided to buy the guys a beer and sit with them. Sure, I was tired and just wanted to be home, but the culture here is all about recognizing other people and I've been losing sight of how important that is too often lately.

So a night that started with an inconvenient flat tire ended with two new buddies, Ousmane and Ibrahim; I know where they live, I know where they come from, I know about their kids, I know about their dreams. They know about my work, they know about my love life, they know about my history.

What a good night.

*I also only thought "gender roles" were a consideration when casting a play, but that's a post for another time, I suppose.
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You may know me from Nathan Hale HS, The Evergreen State College, various Seattle music things, The Rocket Magazine, Backlash (also a magazine), Slumberland BBS, figure skating, Metafilter, Flickr, etc.
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I've been the sysop of a Citadel-type BBS (Slumberland) for more than 20 years now. I finished an MA in 2010. I have won a few spelling bees. Exciting, huh?
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