The News: Seattle Edition

8 02 2009

radiohead-usc-rehearsalReasons to watch the Grammys:

-15 Step w/ a Marching Band 

M.I.A is as due as Snoop Dogg’s homeboys. 

-Radiohead might win… They should 


-I have  never been to Seattle. I spent a week in Vancouver once before a cruise but that’s about the extent of my Pacific Northwest travels. As i do with most things, i happened to stumble over this song this morning. It’s cute, it’s short, it’s to the point. Give it a listen

The Hot Toddies-Seattle

–A list of this years’ winners at the  British Academy Awards. Here

–Wilco’s live concert film, Ashes of American Flags will be released two weeks early to coincide with Record Store Day in an effort to boost the day’s profile and to add to it’s list of exclusive releases. The film was recorded in several different locations including Washington DC! 

–BYT CONCERT COVERAGE FROM 2/3.. photos & reviews

Andrew Bird

Antony & the Johnsons

Passion Pit


–Suresh Joachim has broken his own Guinness world record for nonstop broadcast-television watching, clocking 72 hours in the Swedish capital.

“I feel fine, I drank between 25 and 30 cups of coffee,” Joachim said Sunday.

His previous record was 69 hours, 48 minutes, set in 2005.

Joachim, a Sri Lanka native who lives in Toronto, watched three seasons of the drama series “24” featuring Kiefer Sutherland, said Swedish TV4 spokeswoman Janina Witkowski.

—And to bring the whole world back to a decent level of sadness.. Here’s a song that has been featured at least twice here that just seems to keep coming back up. Perhaps we’re pushing this one  a bit too hard.. There’s just a definite soft spot for bearded, flannel-wearing, singer-songwriters.. 


A Last Note: Monday night is the Pains Of Being Pure at Heart show @ The Cat. You should go.


Blog-o-Vich: Fabakis Takes on the World of Chess

13 12 2008

A doping scandal rocks the chess world!


Let me begin by saying, the Apple Chess game always beats me. I am not skilled at chess nor at math or playing the violin like other people of my particular descent. I do type fast, and I do have a string of people that I upset on a daily basis. So onto the world of Chess!

The third ranked chess player in the world is in the middle of what seems an unlikely news story. A doping scandal has errupted after Ivanchuck, who was competing at the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Germany, refused to take a urine test. The Ukranian team had just lost by to a lower-seeded American team to keep the Ukranian faithful out of medal contention. 


 The German magazine Der Spiegelrecounts the scene:

“(Ivanchuk) stormed out of the room in the conference center, kicked a concrete pillar in the lobby, pounded a countertop in the cafeteria with his fists and then vanished into the coatroom. Throughout this performance, he was followed by a handful of officials.”

Ivanchuk has won several major tournaments including the New York Open 1988, Corus 1996, Linares 1989, 1991, 1995, Foros 2006/7 and the Montreal International 2007. However, he hasn’t been able to lift up the Ukrainian team to a medal since the 2004 Olympiad in Calvia. 

The News

2 10 2008

-American record stores are reportedly ordering mass import copies of AC/DC’sBlack Ice, thus threatening the album’s Wal-Mart exclusivity.

Blitzen Trapper stops by Aquarium Drunkard for an interview.

-Slash has officially announced who he’s supporting in the upcoming presidential election. He was recently quoted as saying,  “I think it’s refreshing to see someone who’s reasonably intelligent come in. I agree with a lot of (Obama’s) stuff.” 

-From the NY Times politics blog, a little bit of info on the debate. 

-Larry Flynt to make a Sarah Palin Porn film. Read more.

-Don’t Vote?

-If you haven’t already, please register to vote… For more information visit Register-vote

-Death Cab For Cutie will reissue their debut album Something about Airplanes on November 25th. Included in the new packaging will be a bonus disc of the band’s first Seattle concert from 1998.

-Are you tired of Most people aren’t but offers an alternative site for book buying.

-Apple threatens to shut down the Itunes Store… Read at the Independent

-Here’s another debate drinking game:

**The Vice Presidential Debate Drinking Game***
by Benn Ray

1. Drink every time Palin drops the “g” from any word ending in “-ing”.

2. Drink every time one of the following words/phrases is used:

“Joe Six-pack”
“small town values”
“Hockey mom”
“Alaska National Guard”
“Bridge to Nowhere”
“shake up Washington”
“status quo”

3. Drink for any mention of Putin. Chug if he is mentioned as part of the phrase, “Putin rears his head.”

4. 2 drinks if Palin calls herself a feminist. One drink if Biden calls himself a feminist (unless he says it after Palin, in that case, drink 3).

5. Every time Roe V. Wade is mentioned, drink.

6. The mention of the name Tina Fey means you drink.

7. If you notice Biden plagiarize, keep it to yourself by taking 3 drinks.

8. Every time Palin explains that family is important to her, your drink becomes important to you. Drink one.

9. If Palin explains her qualifications as Vice President as having “executive experience” from being a Governor or Mayor, drink one.

10. If Palin uses the debate as an opportunity to announce the wedding of unwed teen daughter Bristol to babydaddy Levi, toast them with 2 drinks.

11. Every question Palin successfully avoids, drink one.

12. If Palin says her role as the Gov. of Alaska has given her the experience in dealing with Big Oil needed to address the energy crisis – drink one – and try hard not to spittake it.

13. If Hillary Clinton or Geraldine Ferraro is mentioned, drink.

14. For every newspaper or magazine Palin claims to read, drink one.

15. Every time Palin begins her answer to a question by rephrasing the question, drink.

16. Each time she refers to herself or John McCain as a “Maverick”, drink. In fact, any time Biden says the word “Maverick,” drink just to be safe.

17. Each time Palin says “You can’t blink” make sure  you can drink – one.

18. If Palin is able to correctly define the Bush Doctrine, drink one. If Biden tries to define the Bush Doctrine, drink one.

19. Each time you hear the word Wasilla, drink.

20. If Joe Biden gets scary, mean, puts his foot in his mouth, makes any sort of awkward movement, is too dominant, seems too smart, seems too dismissive… turn off the TV, turn off the lights, and finish your drink in the dark. It’s over.