PHOTOS: WIMPS @ THE CENTER FOR WOODEN BOATS, SEATTLE, WA. 7/14/15

Ahoy and avast ye landlubbers! OK, now that we have all the nautical lingo I know out of the way, let's put away our scrimshaw for a moment to enjoy these photos of salty sailors, wimps! Brought to us lucky listeners by Do206 and Goose Island Brewery, Rachel, Matt, and Dave played their little hearts out while we concurrently enjoyed refreshing beer and tasty burgers hot off the grill in the glorious early evening sunshine at the completely charming Center For Wooden Boats.

To my knowledge, no one was forced to walk the plank into Lake Union, the Coast Guard was not alerted, there were no creepy fake pirates with stuffed parrots in attendance, and the Love Boat is making another run, somewhere.

Click on the photos to enlarge and clink on the Flickr set link if you wanna!

wimps, The Center For Wooden Boats, Seattle Flickr set 7/14/15



PHOTOS: SSDD, SPIN CYCLE RECORDS, SEATTLE, WA. 7/15/15

How do you fit a big pile o' punks into a rather compact record store in Capitol Hill? Well, you don't quite, but no matter -- the overflow crowd at Spin Cycle Records there to see SSDD (Steal Shit Do Drugs) spilled out onto the sidewalk and caught the vibe from there. Everyone was in great spirits to help SSDD (Kennedy Carda, vocals; Erika Mayfield, bass; Pete Capponi, drums; Kimberly Morrison, guitar) celebrate the release of "First Comes Money," their debut cassette recording on Help Yourself Records. Buzz is HIGH for SSDD and it's well-deserved -- they are not EFFING AROUND, and you can hear that for yourself on "First Comes Money." Frontman Carda, in the spirit of the iconic Iggy Pop, commits 100%, which is something you don't see/hear all that often and it's something I admire and DIG DIG DIG. This is GOOD, and GOOD FOR YOU, people. Buy this cassette and headbang your cares away. That's what I do. SSDD rules.

The band ran through a tight set under the glow of red lights and rosé, and those of us inside the store nodded and moved as best we could under equally-tight circumstances. Click on the photos to enlarge, and click on the Flickr set link should you be so inclined as well. Thanks SSDD, Spin Cycle, and Help Yourself!

SSDD, Spin Cycle Records, Seattle, WA. 7/15/15 Flickr set link


PHOTOS: WIMPS & THE FAME RIOT @ WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST, SEATTLE, WA. 7/11/15

One of my favorite things about summertime is being able to experience live music outside without getting rained on. Having experienced live music outside in the rain, I can say that it is not my most favorite thing to do, and my camera especially does not care for it. In the spirit of all that is non-moist and melodic, I attended the annual West Seattle Summer Fest for a few hours last Saturday to see old pals wimps and perhaps someday new pals The Fame Riot. It was a successful venture, with only a drop or two of precipitation to threaten my overall well-being, and most excellent music. The Fest was fun, laid-back, family-friendly, yet also had curious items for sale and beer. This is what you want in an outing.

Do you want to know something exciting? The next recording from wimps, "Super Me," is arriving August 7th on Kill Rock Stars! You can buy it with money! Is this not a wonderful world? Thank you, Rachel, Matt, and Dave! Please enjoy pictures of them now! You can click each to make them larger and/or go to the Flickr link to see more!

wimps, West Seattle Summer Fest, Seattle, WA. 7/11/15


28 WEIRD RECORD COVERS FROM WI. & WA. THRIFT STORES!

HOOOO-EEEE, PEOPLE! Here's a MEGAPOST of more oddball album covers from the dense riches found at several thrift stores in Wisconsin and Washington. Dense...and smelly. Really rather smelly. Please to enjoy!

I believe that after the bunny read the children a story, he ate them all.


15 CURIOUS ITEMS FROM WISCONSIN THRIFT AND ANTIQUE STORES!

I do apologize for the lack of posts here recently, but I've been in Wisconsin on our annual summer vacation having entirely a lot of fun eating cheese and such. However, I did fit in a few vintage shopping trips, and as always have found some choice items to share with you. Please to enjoy, you betcha!

I strongly considered buying this and giving it to a sworn enemy or myself. Gobble, gobble, one of us!


PHOTOS & SHOW REVIEW: THE PINIELLAS, THE TWO TENS, TURBULENT HEARTS, & THE HEELS @ THE FUNHOUSE, SEATTLE, WA 6/18/15 BY AJ DENT!

(Ed. note: I'm on vacation in Wisconsin now, so I have the fierce-fab writer and photographer AJ Dent sitting in today -- always an honor to host her work here! I send her a thousand thanks!)

Was the week of June 14th-20th extra difficult, or what? At first I thought it was just in my head,, but the news was full of utter awfulness. Social media feeds of my friends and colleagues were bleak as well, making my heart go out to them so frequently I thought it wouldn’t be able to find its way back.

By the time Thursday the 18th came around, I felt nigh on guilty for my plans to hit a show that night. How dare I try to have a good time with all the abysmal BS flying about?

Well, I soon remembered that places like the Funhouse exist for such times as these. For a few hours, my head was rattled by rock and roll rather than the world’s political, racial, and gender inequalities. It felt fantastic.




MISS TWELVE'S PHOTOS OF RURAL CENTRAL WISCONSIN

Hello from our annual family visit to Wisconsin! It's a lovely June here, and we are chillin' in the wooded wonderland with my mom right now. For this post, I am sharing some pretty and peaceful photographs from daughter Miss Twelve that she took during a drive through the country. Click on the photos to enlarge (spot the deer and wild turkeys!) and as always, please to enjoy.




I MADE YOU A CHILDREN'S BOOK NOT FOR CHILDREN: "THE THREE BILLY GOAT A**HOLES" (NSFW)

(Click on the pictures to enlarge if you need to, you old pottymouths.)


26 MORE WEIRD RECORD COVERS & KNICK-KNACKS FROM GOODWILL AND VALUE VILLAGE!

HEY, GUYS! GUYS! There's a brand-new Goodwill only a couple of miles from my house! Do you think the staff there will get to know the oddball mom with the goofy hair who pulls out her iPhone to take photos of weird dusty crap??? OH, I THINK SO! Let's continue with my rapidly-accelerating ascent into elder-quirkiness with these discarded albums and home decor items, shall we?

Here's the real beauty of this item: if I walked into a bathroom with this horror staring back at me, there would be no problem with me not hanging up the towel, for I would back out slowly and never use the bathroom nor the towel in the first place.


PHOTOS: WIMPS @ RUDY'S BARBERSHOP OPENING PARTY, WEST SEATTLE, WA. 5/8/15

Could YOU possibly resist, on a most pleasant spring evening in the Pacific Northwest, the opportunity to receive FREE food and beer, a FREE tattoo, a FREE bowl haircut, and FREE music from one of the niftiest local punk bands in town? Well, I could NOT resist whatsoever and launched myself across several bridges to attend the opening party for the new West Seattle location of Rudy's Barbershop, the coolest place around to get your locks chopped. OK, full disclosure, I did not get a bowl cut nor a tattoo and only drank a bottled water, but I sure was pleased to enjoy my pals wimps, who treated the crowd to a feisty and fun set featuring favorites old and new. I brought my camera device and made digital images for viewing. Click on the photos to enlarge and click on the Flickr link to see more! Thanks Rudy's, DJ King Midas, DJ Nick Fenton, Tasty Vibes, Big Al's, Blue Geisha, and wimps!


THE CURIOUS PHENOMENON OF YOUR FASHION SENSE STUCK IN TIME, OR, BLUE EYESHADOW 4 LIFE

I don't really know where or how one develops a sense of personal fashion exactly, but we all do, to differing degrees. Our immediate environment, of course, is first and foremost -- family, friends, neighbors, peers -- and there's the larger generational cultural influence that flows through the media to us. Why do I think mid-century mod fashion is still the best? Because that was my first and strongest influence. Do I still go out to dinner in a Mondrian-pattern paper dress and white go-go boots? Sadly, no. It's not because I don't think it's fab gear, boss, and groovy. It's that I am more or less subconsciously compelled to wear what is currently in fashion to fit in with the people around me. The punk person inside me rebels at any notion of conformity, but the truth is that I mostly do conform to social norms because my brain tells me that is safe. When you look like most of the rest of your group, you are more likely to be accepted, and people are more likely to treat you well, or at least not pick on you. Have I ever stepped outside the norm? OH YES. But outside of some crazy hair colors and dubious clothing choices, more or less I look like everyone, and no one, and blend in.

What has fascinated me since I was a kid was the phenomenon of women getting "stuck in time" in their fashion choices, hair, and makeup. You see it as well with men, but it's not so striking since men's fashion is not as varied and vivid. I bet you know exactly what I am talking about, because it's not uncommon to see women, middle-aged or older, who have steadfastly refused to change anything about their looks for a decade or two or more. Typically, they settle on makeup and clothing that were popular when they were in their late teens or twenties, as they transition from child to adult and face the judgment of attractiveness/worth that the world places upon them. But as time whizzes by, it seems that what they see in the mirror isn't what we see. Is it a difficulty in accepting aging? Is it a fear of change? Is it "if it ain't broke, don't fix it?" Or is it the most steadfast sense of personal style ever?

I think the first time I was aware of the "stuck" phenomenon was seeing a friend of my mother's in the mid-'70s who still was rocking the major beehive. I mean, the whole ratted-up, lacquered, Marge Simpson deal. And then, a decade later when giant poodle perms were the thing, you looked at the ladies with the '70s Dorothy Hamill bowl cut or long-straight-parted-in-the-middle hair like they were living at the granola factory. The tiny grandma wearing football-player-sized shoulder pads in her silk blazer in 2004 still may have thought she was power-suiting. And we must give a nod to the classic fashion-stick of all time, the swath of light blue eyeshadow from eyelashes to eyebrow, mandatory in the '70s, which now looks shocking on the Walmart clerk, does it not?

21 MORE WEIRD RECORD COVERS AND KNICK-KNACKS FROM THE VALUE VILLAGE THRIFT STORE!

I'm kind of a collector of stuff, but I gotta tell ya...when I go on my thrift store runs and see the monumental amounts of one-cherished crapola that people have dumped from their homes, it makes me want to return to my home, clear it all out, and live a streamlined, non-cluttered life. HA! Like that will happen! Anyway, look at this bunch of crapola and please to enjoy!

I am sincerely not at all sure what this is. A turkey? A penguin? A bear? Why does it have breasts? HELP.


A FAN'S GUIDE TO TALKING TO MUSICIANS AT SHOWS!

Over my many years, my intense love of music has led me out of the house to attend live concerts by my favorite artists -- hundreds, thousands of shows? I've utterly lost count. Anyway, it wasn't until I was 17 years old that a friend put the idea in my head that I could actually meet and talk to musicians. I had honestly never considered before that this was possible for an everyday person like myself. You can do that?? WOW! Being able to speak to artists is cool, because they are generally interesting people and I crave interesting experiences. You also might crave interesting experiences, so I have put together a little guide in how to talk to musicians at their shows. Please to enjoy!

1. BEFORE THE SHOW

Truthfully, this is not a good time to talk to most musicians. Most of them are really only thinking about THE SHOW coming up, even if they are veterans and have done hundreds or trillions of gigs. Artists get nervous like anyone else, even if they are on 3' tall platform boots and spitting fire onstage. They will often be getting their calming/sociable drink or smoke on, and this process should not be interrupted lest nerves lead to vomiting on the front row. Also, do not interrupt a musician if he or she is cramming down the free food provided backstage as it probably is terrible and getting interrupted by a stranger while eating your free terrible food is doubly irritating.

But if you have nothing of any import to impart, feel free to go ahead and politely tell him or her that you are a big fan, love their work, saw them in 'Nam, or just say HI and shake hands and ask for an autograph or selfie if you wish. Just remember that they will remember absolutely nothing of this meeting, not even 30 minutes later when you try to get your niece's butt signed.

2. DURING THE SHOW

I shouldn't have to tell you that this is by far the WORST time to talk to a musician. But it is inevitable at any show that some fan will feel that this is the BEST time to talk to a musician, particularly if there is a quiet musical passage occurring and said fan is wasted. Please understand: no musician wants you to try to have a conversation with them while onstage. Ever. THEY ARE BUSY. This is not the time to tell Johnny Americana that one of his songs really helped you get through your barium enema last week.

Keep in mind as well that most musicians are wearing in-ear monitors or earplugs and CANNOT HEAR YOU. When you feel the need to shout, "WE LOVE YOU, MAN!" the musician will generally look confused or alarmed, because what they heard might have been, "SHE GLOVED A VAN!" Do not confuse the musician. Do not startle the musician. No no.

3. AFTER THE SHOW

This is another iffy time to talk to musicians, as they are transitioning from performance mode back into regular mode, and will be reviewing their show in their minds and scoping out backstage for attractive people. They also will probably be very sweaty. Some musicians just want to grab the last of the free beer backstage, get it loaded in the van and get the hell out of Dodge; some, after toweling off, might be relaxed and ready to hang out and chat. Etiquette note: if the musician is sitting at the merch table after the show, do feel free to chat a little if the line isn't too long, but be sure to BUY SOMETHING. Chatting at merch without buying is gauche, so buy a badge or something, tightwad.

That's pretty much it. You can always hope (if you live in a major music city) that you might run into your favorite musician buying kitty litter at the supermarket (known as The Danzig Encounter™), and you will have this natural conversation over clumping vs. non-clumping litter that leads to a mutual and long-lasting connection between two creative souls, but for most of us, meeting a musician will be limited to the above parameters. So go forth with the information you now have and get your personal groove on to the next level of fandom, which, if all goes well, will last around 3.2 seconds.

Me and Kurt Vile, before the show, 2011.


PHOTOS & REVIEW: THE SONICS & SUPER SPECIAL FRIENDS @ EASY STREET RECORDS, SEATTLE, WA. 4/18/15 -- A RECORD STORE DAY BENEFIT FOR KEXP!

Well, I'm just calling it: April 2015 is OFFICIAL SONICS MONTH on Popthomology, as it should be everywhere! With the release of their SMOKING, BURNING HOT new album "This Is The Sonics," and equally-incendiary performances here in Seattle, my mind is officially blown, and my heart filled with the truest, most-euphoric musical joy. I didn't really think I could be any happier after their insanely-great show at the Moore, but then -- THEN!!! -- it was announced Friday that The Sonics and "really very very special guests...trust us, people" would be performing the next night at Easy Street Records to benefit the KEXP New Home Fund. OOOOOOOHHH, I said to myself or maybe even said it aloud, who knows, OOOOOOOOOHH!!! Only a very limited amount of tickets would be sold, and they were pricy. Of course, I'm already a fan and funder of KEXP, a radio station that gives back to the community and the world every day, and their new site at Seattle Center is going to be a real jewel for our city, so, great cause. Could I do it??? Would I do it???

I HAD TO DO IT!!! COME ON!!!



PHOTOS & SHOW REVIEW: THE SONICS, MUDHONEY, & THE INTELLIGENCE @ THE MOORE THEATER, SEATTLE, WA. 4/2/15

Ah, Springtime, the season of renewal and reawakening! Delicate new green grass appears through the muddy ground, tulips and daffodils and cherry blossoms pop into colorful life...and PUNKS return to rule the earth! Therefore, it could not be a better time for Tacoma, Washington's greatest export, The Sonics -- the best damn garage band in the world -- to return to victorious form. The band have just released an astonishingly-awesome album entitled "This Is The Sonics," their first new music in 48 years. Yes, that's F-O-R-T-Y - E-I-G-H-T, friends, and it is just as dynamic and powerful and fun as their original bash-'em-out records of the mid-'60s. How?? How is this possible? Are The Sonics magical warlocks who have discovered the eternal remote-control opener to the Golden Garage Door? Was it even possible that they could replicate this Sonic Tsunami live?? Well, I am here to answer these burning questions, having attended The Sonics' tour-opening show featuring Mudhoney and The Intelligence at Seattle's historic Moore Theater last Thursday night. READ ON!