It’s that time of year in the Pacific Northwest!
Talbot Tagora - “Ephemeral Summer” (from 2009’s Lessons In The Woods Or A City)
This band and album remain my favorite things on the Hardly art label. And there are tons of things to love about Hardly Art.
Oregon Promises “Way Superior” Gay Marriage Bill Than Lame, Boring Washington State
February 1st, 2012
PORTLAND - In an impromptu press conference Wednesday night following the Washington state Senate’s passing of a marriage equality bill, Oregon governor John Kitzhaber praised his home state of Washington for “doing the right thing when American needed it”, however he followed his compliment with a challenge to the malaise-ridden, lame-o Washington state.
"You call that a marriage equality bill, Washington [state]? You think your gay citizens eating those tender little piroshkis in Pike Place Market on the weekends is going to make you look better than Oregon? Well, these blue jeans have other things coming down the ‘Pike’, if you will."
Kitzhaber proposed a new bill for the House called “Oregon Citizens Super Equalified.” The bill would allow same-sex and transgender couples to marry as heterosexual couples do. However, OCSE would additionally allow a new family provision called “super marriages.”
A “super marriage” would allow any two married couples to marry their marriages.
"If marriage is, in the words of [weirdo Washington state] Senator Ed Murray, what defines American families", continued Kitzhaber, "then we should conversely allow families to be defined as other families, too."
Portland mayor Sam Adams, joining Kitzhaber at the press conference, provided more details for the OCSE bill. “Not only do we want Oregonians to marry whomever they want, we want their marriages to have that same freedom. And most importantly, we will make those Blaah-shingtonians up north jealous as hell of Oregon. And this is what matters most to this great state.”
However, opponents to the bill had weighed in immediately with e-mails sent to the local press at the conference. “I don’t think this bill will accomplish its goal nor enrich the lives of anybody in Oregon,” said Kitzhaber’s 2010 gubernatorial opponent and former NBA player Chris Dudley. “So-called ‘super’ marriages are only going to make that gaping waste of space between us and British Columbia laugh at us.”
To everyone’s surprise, Oregon anti-gay activist Lon Mabon provided some bipartisan support for the proposed OCSE bill. “Just the idea of two people who love each other but have different parts is immoral enough. And these super-marriages will not be tolerated by our proud anti-lesbionic citizens. But if anything can make those crappy Windows-makin’, digital-smut-peddlin’, flabby-vegan-doughnut-eatin’, latté-enema-havin’, not-havin’-booze-at-strip-clubs-goin’ sickos of the state of Washington state, I will cross lines and stand by my fellow blue-jean wearing MAN!”
An Orca pod in Elliot Bay this morning!!
The interactive map on this page should help for starters:
Seattle is quite hilly. The community is very outdoorsy overall, and there are plenty of bikers in the city. Everyone is aware of them. But every biker in Seattle will tell you that the city’s geography is often the biggest problem because of all the hills. I overhear people talk about alternate paths and approaches to routes daily like it’s a science.
I don’t ride a bike myself, but I would find a Seattle biker’s online forum and ask your question there. You should get a good variety of responses.
Because I will be moving to Seattle, and I definitely will be taking my bikes with me.
What’s the bike scene like over there? I’ve never been over to the west coast, or really anything west of the east coast. I’ll be in Seattle in September for a week, so I’ll be able to really scope out the land, and everything else.
But I want to know what me and my bikes will be getting into in Seattle. I can’t wait.
Two women chilling at Carkeek Park Beach watching the sunset. They brought chairs, they’re sitting between the two biggest pieces of driftwood, and they’re checkin’ their cells. They know what they’re doin’
Osama Bin Laden could have remained hidden for another ten years if only he’d hunkered down at the Totem Lake Mall.
Popular Shapes - "Symmetrical Girl" from 2003’s Bikini Style.
Seattle’s Popular Shapes came and went in a flash, when the band’s vocalist/guitarist left for San Francisco. Bikini Style was a barely 20+ minute 9 track explosion of pop-no-wave — recorded, mixed, and mastered by Kurt Bloch — that rivaled bands everywhere (Futureheads and Ex-Models included) for that No New York/early XTC/Talking Heads pop spaz sound of the late 70s. This album has a strong Fugazi odor all over as well. This seemed like a band that got bored really easily, and were ready to try brand new things before they released anything. They’re missed.
"Symmetrical Girl" would be their ‘hit’ of this album if there was a chance.
Noxagt - “Mek It Burn” with footage of Seattle snow in Carkeek Park.
"Mek It Burn" from 2003’s Turning It Down Since 2001 is a perfect intro to the three-piece, which makes it clear it likes all manner of things brutal — being it Birthday Party, Flipper, Melvins, The Dirty Three, etc. all while being only a violist, a bassist, and drummer. Noxagt makes just as easy a tense urban soundtrack as it does a cold retreat away from humanity.
Seattle got one of its unusual bouts of snow two days ago. The day after was even colder, but with clear skies. As I live walking distance from one of the many forested parks in the city, and was working from home, I decided to venture into the park with my camera using its video features for the first time.
This is the result. Please enjoy!
omg, U-District Barbie! (Almost Live TV show)
Joel McHale gives Christmas gift advice on Almost Live!, a Seattle comedy show that ran in the 90s. I wonder if this will go over with tumblr peeps… or is it too much local color?
Check out his hair!
Arab On Radar “My Mind Is A Muffler (live at Graceland @ Seattle, 2002)”…
In light of the news that the band is now back as an acting unit, this will have to do until or if they return to Seattle. Eric ends up in the crowd at least a couple of times here.
Sir Mix-A-Lot pre-Mack Daddy 1991 Press Kit. PacNW women, his crib, sampling, guns, fishing, racism, Rick Rubin, etc.
Hat tip to Eric Grandy for the “Mix-A-Lot is owed massive royalties from MTV Cribs" comment. So so on-the-money.
Hat tip to The Stranger's Lineout & Larry Mizzell, Jr. for posting this.