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Friday, September 25, 2015

Balloons, Wigs & Bananas~ These Are A Few of Our Favorite Things by Vanessa McKeown


For the last few weeks, photographer and art director Vanessa McKeown has been sharing colorful, quirky interpretations of everyday objects on Instagram. McKeown imagines balloons as various fruits and vegetables and oranges are peeled to reveal unexpected objects. Clever visuals all around. You can also follow her onTumblr.

Johndus Beckman & Darci Carlson Unplugged at Seattle's Blu Grouse!

Great acoustic music and home style cooked food in a quaint small restaurant~bar in Seattle's historic Georgetown, what more could you ask for on a fall night in Seattle!? 

Darci Carlson~

Johndus Beckman~

Link to the show details, HERE!

Monday, July 27, 2015

West Seattle Welcomes School of Rock! Sign Up Your Kid for Lessons & Receive a Gibson SG Free From Shine Music Project! Better Hurry - We're Only Giving Away One!

With his rosy cheeks and Jim Morrison moves, a teenage boy takes the stage at Seattle's Vera Project. They've been practicing for a few months, and this location of School of Rock has been open less than a year, and already they are on the upswing with full classes for their children's music program, "Little Wing," and have completed their first live show, playing Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' in its entirety. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Darci Carlson Answers 20 Questions ~ Seattle Grunge Scene's Only Approved Country Singer Opens Her Heart

When I first met Darci, she was singing with a fun all-female band called The Dolly Rottens. It was a hot summer day, much like today, and I was in awe of her rare beauty accompanied by a huge, giving smile. As I watched her talk to people around the venue - Slim's Last Chance - I saw that she had a hug for everyone, and seemed to be a genuinely happy person with lots of light, love, and energy emerging from within. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

30 Nights In Seattle: A Video Series by Xana La Fuente

If there's a live music show, and I can get there - I will be there. If there's action on the street, I will film that. I'm dedicating 30 nights to filming whatever I can, and at the end of the 30 days I'll put it all together. Participation and suggestions welcome!

Celebrate Independence Weekend Artistically: Camp in the Air: New Suspended Treehouse Tents and Hammocks Designed by Tentsile

Since we last mentioned Tensile tents around this time last year, the company has unveiled several new models of their fantastic suspended tent systems. There’s a small hammock for three that can be layered into a multi-tiered treehouse, a 2-layer tree tent, and a massive communal tent system designed to hold 6 people high in the air. Tentsile was invented by designers Alex Shirley-Smith and Kirk Kirchev in 2012 and have since taken the camping world by storm, opening their own factory and picking up an ISPO design award. You can see plenty more here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Missionary Position, Ayron Jones, Amanda Hardy, The Experience Gospel Choir, Jen Ayers & Featuring The Stripped Screwed Burlesque! All Part of The Seattle Sound at The Triple Door! Saturday May 16th

This musical showcase features the Blue Velvet Band, led by music director Andrew Cloutier on drums, Scott Harris on bass, RL Heyer on guitar, and Justin Kausal-Hayes on guitar. Special guest music performances by The Experience Gospel Choir, Bernadette Bascom, The Missionary Position, Amanda Hardy, Ayron Jones, Jen Ayers, Wanz and many more.

The Seattle Sound is a live music, dance revue and narrative celebration of the people and places that have made our town a significant spot in the culture of music worldwide. This historic journey begins with a Native American percussion/native tongue vocal piece and brings us through many aspects of the music of Seattle, including jazz, R&B, soul, rock and roll, grunge, post-grunge, and modern-day hip hop. 

This live music revue will be accompanied by the dance showcase of Stripped Screw Burlesque. The five-piece dance troupe features Violet Tendencies, Seraphina Fiero, Kutie LaBootie, Lady Drew Blood and Stella D’Letto. These are the ladies that have brought you Disney After Dark, The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever, Undressed to Kill and many more wonderful productions throughout the years.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Audacity of Grunge - 25 Years After, There's Still Something In Seattle's Water Baptizing Boys Into Men of Golden Words ~ Whose Music Is Keeping The City's Heart Beating Now? And Why Do They Call Jefferson Angell "The Bee Charmer?" An Open Letter to Rolling Stone Magazine

Photo by Ernie Sapiro 

The year was 1988. The location - Kent Skate King, Kent, Washington. It was a promising, warm August night and the energy was high as three local bands were about to take the stage. Hundreds of kids packed the room in their Guns N' Roses t-shirts and torn jeans. With flowing blonde hair and big sunglasses was Mother Love Bone front man Andrew Wood, a.k.a. The Love Child. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell played with a severity even then that stood out. As many would say over the years, this would be the show that sparked the interest for many a young man in attendance to pick up an instrument and begin screaming life. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just Because They're Cool GIFs by Florian de Looij

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. 

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."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bleed Together with Jar of Flies & Amanda Hardy~ Live at Hwy.99 Blues Club~Thursday January 29th

As a Rock & Roll Refuge of Seattle and 30 year veteran of the scene, I can tell you that both Bleed Together featuring Kathy Moore and Jar of Flies  have my official stamp of approval when it comes to covering Alice in Chains and Soundgarden-they do have it down to a fine art. Worded perfectly in Hwy.99 Blues Club's fabulous webpage-check out more HERE  and buy your tickets now!