I MADE YOU A COOKBOOK: "HORRIBLE FOOD FOR HORRIBLE PEOPLE"


PHOTOS & SHOW REVIEW: KING TUFF @ NEUMOS, SEATTLE, WA. 10/22/14

Every night of the week, year-round, Seattle provides me with a dilemma: there are too many great entertainment options available to me, and I am just one (semi-) humble person located on the far side of Lake Washington. This embarrassment of cultural riches is nonetheless most welcomed by me, having spent my youth entertained mostly by giant snow drifts and clouds of mosquitos. Last Wednesday, my evening overfloweth, not only with buckets of damned rain but the opportunity to once again enjoy the performance skills and pithy prose of perfectly-peculiar power-pop princes, King Tuff. Say the last half of that last sentence five times fast, then look at this, and I feel your day will be made.


I MADE YOU SOME HALLOWEEN CARDS


PHOTOS & SHOW REVIEW: KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW, AUSMUTEANTS, THUNDERPUSSY @ THE CROCODILE, SEATTLE, WA. 10/11/14

As a highly-experienced concertgoer, I know that each show I attend has a quality of unpredictability: that the chances of the unexpected happening sometime during the night are pretty good, and this, for me, is very good. I don't like to go to shows where it's something slick and overproduced, where each crowd is told they are the very best that ever was tonight and that their sportsball teams are also the best. Sometimes the surprises I get are good, sometimes they are bad, and sometimes are just "huh?"  I'd say that at least two of those categories were fulfilled last Saturday night at The Crocodile in Belltown, and now I will tell you why and also show you photographs of the event that I personally took with a camera device.



MACEFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014, DAY TWO: THE POSIES, THE MALDIVES, GREAT SPIDERS, STAG, BEN UNION,OLE TINDER, KIM VIRANT, & FULL TOILET (!), SEATTLE, WA. 10/4/14

(Thanks once more to the lovely and talented writer/photographer AJ Dent, we have this sparkling coverage of Day Two at Macefield Music Festival! I'm a pretty lucky person to know her. -- Marianne)

Ah, the sweet smell of death and decay. Ballard’s streets were filled with it as I stepped off the bus at NW Market Street and Ballard Ave NW. My friend Mariama and I paused for a moment to breathe in the aroma, caused by fallen leaves scrambling across sidewalks and huddling in the gutters. The sun coated everything with that perfect orange color that’s synonymous with October, and above the passing cars, I could hear alt-country music in the air. The minds behind Seattle's Macefield Music Festival are definitely doing the neighborhood justice by hosting it during this resplendent time of year.


MACEFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014, DAY ONE: THE SONICS, BOSS MARTIANS, DEEP CREEP, & STAR ANNA, SEATTLE, WA. 10/3/14

(Once again, I am happier than a kitten rolling in endless carpets of fluffy catnip to bring you the writing and photography of AJ Dent, who spent last weekend covering the Macefield fest for Popthomology. Thank you so much, AJ, and everyone at Macefield! -- Marianne)

Live music is medicinal, I swear. Even though I had a horrible cold and was way too sober Friday night, I found myself elated as I wandered around Ballard for the Macefield Music Festival. Northwest Market Street and Ballard Ave were lit up with fellow revelers, but the atmosphere felt very mature -- no teens in neon nor angry, shovey crowds here. I did catch wafts of weed and plenty of smiling stumblers, but they added to the contentment all around. It seemed people were actually there to support local bands (gasp!), not just be seen.

As twilight took over the sky, I bolted to the KEXP main stage in Hattie’s Hat’s parking lot to catch the Boss Martians. Since their debut album dropped nearly twenty years ago, they’ve been fueling parties with surf-poppy rock and their badass 'n bubbly stage presence. To the loud delight of the crowd, Sonics bassist Freddie Dennis joined the guys to provide vocals for a cover of Esquerita’s “Rockin’ The Joint,” and the entire scene just made sense. No doubt the Sonics have been inspirational for the Seattle four-piece, so for them to appear together at a PNW showcase, well, it was just awesome. And the perfect appetizer for The Sonics’ full performance.

Boss Martians, Macefield Music Festival 10/3/14




HOLY CRAP! 28 ODD VINTAGE (MOSTLY RELIGIOUS) RECORD COVERS FROM THE THRIFT STORE!

There's so much cultural anthropology in thrift stores, I tell ya whut. If I were an academic sort, I'd be writing my thesis on discarded American ephemera, with special emphasis on musical recordings and the sociological implications of finding great quantities of small-time religious pressings dumped in donation bins all over the country (along with the entire recorded outputs of Mitch Miller, Neil Diamond, and 101 Strings). Instead, I'll post my findings here, save a ton in tuition money, and have lots more fun. Please to enjoy!

WISE UP, EVERYONE! The End-Time Voices are telling you to "Save Yourselves" before it's too late! Also, to invest in plaid before the Rapture. Please note that the sale price of this album is one cent.



MACEFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014: AN INTERVIEW WITH LARRY PARYPA OF THE SONICS!!!

(I am beyond excited and honored to host this outstanding exclusive-to-Popthomology piece from writer/photographer AJ Dent, featuring an interview with Larry Parypa, the founder of the Godfathers of Garage, the Progenitors of Punk, the Sovereigns of Psycho, The Sonics, who will be performing at Seattle's Macefield Music Festival this weekend!!! WOW! Thank you AJ, Larry, and Jen Stippich! -- Marianne)

If only more people’s morals inspired music festivals!


For those unfamiliar with the story, Edith Macefield was the Ballard resident who refused to sell her 1900s-era farmhouse to developers -- even for a cool million. While the construction manager’s story goes that she simply thought it was too much work to move, her house has become a symbol for sticking it to the man and refusing to sell out. Her tiny home -- now surrounded by the Ballard Blocks -- was even a source of inspiration for the movie Up.


In honor of this smart, stubborn woman, in 2013 the discontinued Reverb Music Festival was reborn as the Macefield Music Festival. To me, that’s an even better legacy than any Pixar flick. I can’t think of a more fitting namesake for a celebration scattered across Ballard, especially one with such a strong local focus.


This year’s fest takes place October 3rd and 4th, and includes a comedy showcase, rock ‘n roll market, and over seventy freaking bands! Yowza. I don’t know what Edith’s musical tastes were, but I bet she could've found plenty of new favorite artists within that bounty. While there are simply too many groovy groups to give proper shout-outs to, I’ve gotta go ahead and say that Goodbye Heart, Bad Things, RA Scion, and Deep Creep are high on my recommendations list. And, gloriously, Friday night will feature the matchless, can’t-miss Sonics.
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PHOTOS & SHOW REVIEW: THE INTELLIGENCE, THE GODS THEMSELVES, BALI GIRLS @ LOFI PERFORMANCE GALLERY, SEATTLE, WA. 9/27/14

Early fall is a great time of year for concerts in the Seattle area: a cooling of summer temps means clubs are no longer loud saunas, and it's not yet raining so much that people want to hibernate at home instead of going out. With that in mind, we see a rush of shows coming though, and last Saturday night had a TON of entertainment options. What did I choose? WELL DUH, of COURSE I would be at any show by Seattle/L.A.-based band The Intelligence (even in a sauna or in the pouring rain, although I would actively complain about that at the same time), and with two very solid opening acts on the bill, my evening was set.

(poster by CMRTYZ)

MY FAVORITE 26 SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK HAIRSTYLES FROM 1971!

One of the items I am most excited to find on my thrift store raids are old high school yearbooks. Why, you ask, why would you be interested in something so personal to the (ex) owner? WELL, one big reason is HAIR. Yes, HAIR. Hair of the Distant Past is AWESOME. A couple of days ago, I was lucky enough to score a PRIME artifact of teen style, a Seattle high school yearbook from 1970-71. (I have chosen to keep the names of both the school and all these hair owners private, protecting the innocent, a la Jack Webb.)

The early '70s are particularly...interesting when looking at hairstyles. It's like the doors were thrown wide open for a few years and it was "anything goes" time, yet when given this freedom, many people either went WILD or tried to go wild but only went halfway wild, to peculiar effect. You see shapes on heads that seem more like crazy fungi than human hair, but when these kids got it right, they RULED. Actually, when they got it wrong they ruled HARDER. Please to enjoy!

THE BLOND BOYS

Endless summer, bros.


I MADE YOU A CHILDREN'S BOOK NOT FOR CHILDREN: "JUNE THE A**HOLE" (NSFW)


BIZARRE BACK PAGES ADS FROM BETTER HOMES & GARDENS, '70-'71!

As a kid growing up in the '60s and '70s, I read everything that came into my house. I mean every last little thing, from cereal boxes to tins of creamed corn to the daily newspaper to whatever magazines my parents subscribed to. One of those magazines was the venerable Better Homes & Gardens, of course slanted towards the homemaker. Besides reading recipes for Lime Jello Marshmallow Surprise and learning how to set the table for Thanksgiving, there were these tiny little ads at the back of the issue that often got my attention. I recently picked up a couple of old issues of BH & G when I was back in Wisconsin, and thought I'd share some of my old confusion and delight with you. Please to enjoy!

This ad ran for years. I was always stunned that there were TWO NAKED PEOPLE in Better Homes & Gardens. I think if I ever saw one for sale now I'd have to buy it, but then would never hang it up.



19 MORE ODDBALL ITEMS FROM WISCONSIN AND WASHINGTON THRIFT STORES!

I have been asked more than once -- perhaps maybe even up to three times possibly -- the question, "How do you find such funny/weird/unusual/terrifying things at the thrift stores you go to?" I always answer, "Honey/Baby/Sweetie/Your Honor, they find me." Please to enjoy this lot of losers!

Decomposing Dora will haunt us both, forever.


BUMBERSHOOTING 2014 WRAP UP & LINK PARTY!: BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL, SEATTLE, WA. AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

Everybody does a preview post for festivals, but I like to do a post-view post as well, after my eyes have recovered from editing a prillion photos and I've had some time to reflect on the three days of the giant annual Seattle music and arts festival, Bumbershoot. I look forward to the fest every year for both the familiar and the novel, and every year has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for me as both a photographer and a gen pop attendee. So, let's set the Way Back Machine for two weeks ago, shall we? I've made a little list, because People Like Lists, you know.

MARIANNE'S BUMBERSHOOT 2014 LIST OF NOTABLE MISCELLANEOUS THINGS

1. The Weather. Thank you, Weather, for not being too rainy on Saturday at all, and then being just about perfect on Sunday and Monday. Super-helpful of you, Bro Nature, and I was really grateful I didn't have to put my clunky Camera Rain Condom on my gear.

























BUMBERSHOOTING 2014, DAY THREE: REAL ESTATE, NADA SURF, BOMBA ESTERÉO, TWIN SHADOW, & MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND, BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL, SEATTLE, WA. 9/1/14

Well, kiddies, this is it: the final day of my 2014 coverage from Seattle's great urban arts and music festival, Bumbershoot! Labor Day brought us sunny skies and sweet warm temps -- a perfect end to the long weekend of spectacular performances, international foodstuffs, and me yakking it up in the press room with some of my favorite foto folks. Let's see who I saw, shall we?