Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just Because They're Cool GIFs by Florian de Looij

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Florian de Looij first sat down with a copy of Photoshop when he was 12 years old and apparently he never got up. The Netherlands-based designer has been exploring digital animation and illustration ever since, and late last year started sharing his animation experiments on a Tumblr called FLRN GIF. Florian says he’s always been inspired by the likes of M.C. Escher and other artists working with optical illusions, something that has clearly influenced the direction of his design practice. He tries to make a new GIF each day, and you can see tons more in his archives. (via Cross Connect)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Watch WITCHBURN, Ape Machine, Tuco and Blondie & Johndus Beckman Via Free Live Stream Tonight ( Saturday March 28th ) at The Mix in Seattle's Historic Georgetown District





We'd prefer it if all our friends joined us tonight! But if you just can't make it -- simply go to our Live Performance page here on Xanaland to watch the show! It's free, requires no login, and can be accessed on your smart phone. 

Show Teasers:

Witchburn


Johndus Beckman


Ape Machine 


Friday, March 20, 2015

A Sensitve Cat With A Dramatic Flair For Fashion Who Knows Himself Well~ 20 Questions with Singer-Songwriter Travys Starr


In the early 19th Century, Marcel Proust was given a questionnaire called "an album to record thoughts and feelings," also known as a "confession album."  At the time, it was popular among English families to assure that a man or woman was marriage worthy, bona fide if you will!
Written in 1890, it was discovered in 1924, and in 2003 auctioned for over 100,000 euros. 
The TV show The Actors Studio had their own version that the host would ask the actors live in the studio. And Vanity Fair's readers have long enjoyed the magazine's version of The Proust Questionnaire. It's fairly basic but gives you a glimpse into the minds of some of the most famous and respected people in the world. It is so popular that there is now an online version that you can take and compare your answers to everyone from John Waters to Eric Clapton. 

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A 1979 Ford Falcon Converted into a Tank Armored with 900 Free Books!

In celebration of World Book Day which was March 5th- 7UP commissioned Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff to construct one of his famous book tanks. In this case he began with a stripped down 1979 Ford Falcon which he used to build a new roving library on wheels with an exterior framework capable of carrying 900 free books. Lemesoff refers to his militaristic bibliothecas as Weapons of Mass Instruction, and he drives them around the streets of Argentina giving free books to anyone who wants one, as long as they promise to read it. Watch the video above to see it all come together. (via Designboom)
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mike McCready's New Vinyl Label HockeyTalkter Records Rocks The Tractor Tavern! with Grace McKagan, Stereo Embers, Danny Newcomb & The Sugar Makers!



He just might be the happiest bass player in Seattle~ Rick Friel with Annie O'Neill 

Last week I was one of several people that in this busy and exciting music scene got to witness an intimate evening with some of Seattle's legendary musicians at a small offbeat Tavern in Ballard,Washington called the Tractor Tavern. The first band that played was The Pink Slips, fronted by Duff  McKagan's  daughter, Grace. In the last year or so that they've been together, they've played historic venues like Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go and even CBGB. She may be the daughter of a rock star, but  she's proved to be an enthusiastic and daring performer.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ayron Jones Colors Our World With Hope~An Acoustic Evening at Alki Beach's Celtic Swell







Anyone who has lived and followed music in Seattle knows that the rock-blues scene is nothing like what you would experience in, say, Chicago, New Orleans, or even Austin. What can we say, we love that grungy music! Our dark secret, though, is that we wish there were more blues cats around... more Hendrix-influenced guitar geniuses, and dare I say, more "color."