The Johnny Cash tribute that was held in Austin, Texas this spring (where Brandi Carlile met Kris Kristofferson and got the idea for her "That Wasn't Me" video!) will be released on August 7th. We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash will be a BluRay or DVD package, with a bonus CD. It features Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Train's Pat Monahan, Old 97's Rhett Miller and Lucinda Williams tackling Cash originals and songs that he made famous.
In Seattle, though, July 1st means businesses can no longer provide their customers with plastic bags. So stock up on reusable bags! I love my little one in a pouch - it's always in my purse, just in case. And now that bags will be at a premium, that's important.
I love the days I get to work and find out about not one, but two, new albums from some of my favorites.
First, new music from The Avett Brothers! The Carpenter will be out September 11th. It's produced by Rick Rubin and we'll have new music from them sometime next month... so I'll post it when we get it!
Then, October 2nd brings new music from Heart and new Van Morrison! Born To Sing: No Plan B is the name of the forthcoming project and among the 10 songs on the disc are "Open the Door (To Your Heart)," "Going Down to Monte Carlo," "Born to Sing," "End of the Rainbow," "Close Enough For Jazz" and "Mystic of the East."
Plus, we already know about new DMB on the way... looks like fall is shaping up to be good for listening!
The Black Keys, along with Dangermouse, have filed lawsuits against both Home Depot and Pizza Hut for using their music without permission. The commercials in question: the Cheesy Bites PIzza commercial features "Gold On The Ceiling" prominently, and a Home Depot spot for power tools uses "Lonely Boy."
Because nothing make me want to eat a pizza while using a table saw like the album El Camino.
Yoko Ono has recorded an album with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. Title YokoKimThurston, it will contain six songs, including a 14-minute single. I thought the single was out already, but it looks like it's not online yet. Proceeds from the single benefit a charity helping with the Japanese tsunami relief effort.
Between the Seattle Storm game tonight, the Rock n Roll Marathon tomorrow and Pride festivities throughout the city all weekend, you better believe driving is going to be tricky. There is almost no phrase I hate more than "pack your patience," so instead I'll just say, "plan ahead."
• 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday: The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Expo at CenturyLink Field Event Center will create traffic in surrounding areas. About 18,000 are expected to attend.
• 7 p.m. Friday: A Seattle Storm game at KeyArena; 6,000 people are expected.
• 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday: The Wildrose Pride 2012 party will close 11th Avenue between East Pike Street and East Union Street.
• 11:59 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday: Closures for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will be on Broad Street from Denny Way to Fifth Avenue North, and Fifth Avenue North from Broad Street to Mercer Street. A full list of closures and other marathon details can be found at seattle.competitor.com. 30,000 people are expected to participate.
• 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday: Capitol Hill Pride Festival will close Broadway East between East John Street and East Denny Way. About 30,000 are expected.
• 7 p.m. Saturday: The Seattle Dyke March will start at Broadway and East Pine Street, head east on Pine to Twelfth Avenue, north on Twelfth to East Mercer Street, west on Mercer Street to Broadway, then south on Broadway to East Pine Street.
• 6 a.m. Sunday: Staging for Seattle Pride Parade and March on Fourth Avenue between Columbia Street and Union Street.
• 11 a.m. Sunday: Seattle Pride Parade and March will go north on Fourth from Union Street to Denny Way, west on Denny to Second Avenue North, then north on Second Avenue into Seattle Center. About 250,000 people are expected.
• 6 a.m.-midnight Sunday: The Cuff Pride Day Celebration will close Thirteenth Avenue between East Pine Street and East Pike Street.
Details just surfaced this morning about the release of a U2 live disc exclusively for fan club members. All tracks are taken from U2's 360 tour, and were voted on by U2 fans. On top of the album, there's a cool book of pictures and notes written by Adam Clayton.
You have a be a fan club member to get it, but you can sign up and be eligible!
For one night only on July 24th, there will be a nationwide screening of The Who: Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?
The film features scenes from the period surround the making of the 1973 album, including never-before-seen (or heard) stories from their first tour and other rock n roll tidbits. Plus, if you see the film in theatres that night, you'll have a special chance to order the DVD boxset at a better price and some freebies. I just think movies like this are better on the big screen with a bunch of like-minded fans!
So, where will this show in and around Seattle? Theatres are listed below:
Auburn: Auburn 17 Theatres
Federal Way: Century Theatres Federal Way 16
Lynnwood: Alderwood 7 Theatres
Olympia: Capital Mall 14
Seattle: Thornton Place with IMAX
I'm admittedly not the biggest U2 fan ever. When playing "Desire" this morning, I found a piece that said when they first played the song on tour, they often followed it immediately with "All Along The Watchtower." I can't find a video (yet) of the two segued together, but here's a cool video of the band boning up on their Jimi.
The Seattle Times has the story. The short version: the former chief financial officer at Pearl Jam's management company has been charged with stealing $380,000 from the band for personal vacations, spa visits, and fun things like that.
In a survey done by Tufts University and Corporate Knights ("The Company for Clean Capitalism"), Seattle has tied for the #1 Greenest City along with San Francisco and Portland. Researchers looked at the programs and policies in place to promote sustainability.
I'd be surprised if Seattle wasn't #1 on this list! I've never lived anywhere that promoted more recycling, shared transportation and sustainable living practices. Gotta love it!
Here's the full list (scores to the right, out of 38):
It's no surprise that The Beatles are #1 on this list... I don't think any can argue against that. But what about the rest of the list? Do you think Gibson got this right, or do you think they are missing someone?
1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Creedence Clearwater Revival
4. The Smiths
5. The Who
6. The Eagles
7. The Kinks
9. The Guess Who
10. The Dave Clark Five
I gotta say - I'm surprised to see The Smiths on this list. Oasis is the only "modern" band, but they take so much from bands they listened to in their formative years that it makes sense. A bit surprised to not find Zeppelin on the list, but I can't think of who else should be there (Elvis, but he's not a band...) What about you?
Well, this is awesome. According to Consequence of Sound, there's a Fleetwood Mac tribute album in the works. The collection will feature MGMT, Best Coast, The New Pornographers and 12 more artists paying tribute. There isn't a title for the album yet, but the release is set for September 14th. This, after this morning's news of a full Fleetwood Mac tour in 2013!
01. Entrance Band – Green Manalishi
02. Crystal Ark – Tusk
03. Best Coast – Rhiannon
04. The New Pornographes – Think About Me
05. MGMT – Future Games
06. Marianne Faithful – Angel
07. Antony Hegarty – Landslide
08. Ranaldo and Mascis – Albatross
09. Trixie Whitley – Before the Beginning
10. Washed Out – Straight Back
11. Super Wolf – Storms
12. The Kills – Dreams
13. Gardens and Villa – Gypsy
14. Billy Gibbons – Oh Well
15. Lykke Li – Silver Springs
He's been in The Feed yesterday and this morning... all steps to Seger's big comeback... but will it be this year?
After being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last night, there's news this morning that Bob Seger has about 70 songs he's sifting through for his next album. Yes, 7-0. Talk about prolific! He says some are recorded and some still need to be worked on, but if he really wanted to, he could have an album out this fall.
There's still hope that 2012 will be the year of Bob Seger.
This afternoon, join thousands of fellow Seattleites in Pioneer Square and rally to Bring Back Our Sonics! I know I'm a new Seattle resident, but I've always liked the Sonics... and never the Thunder. My bitterness lies in my midwestern roots, though - why did OKC get an NBA team but my hometown of St. Louis could never get it together?
So, Seattle, it's time to reclaim what's ours. Let's get out there!
Do you ever get hung up on TV shows (or movies, or books, etc.) that you know are terrible, but you can't look away? You just have to know what happens next?
I sat down last night to check out HBO's Girls on demand... I'd heard very mixed things, but wanted to check it out for myself. Have you been watching?
Four episodes later, I took to Twitter to express my rage about this terrible show. And then I watched another episode. Tonight, I plan to watch the rest of the shows available on demand. What is wrong with me? Other than that I clearly need a hobby or a book to read... Maybe it just helps to confirm how glad I am to not be in my early 20s anymore.
Girls is a trainwreck, but I can't look away. Now I'm far enough in that I want to see how it ends. I'm afraid the only way to solve this is to pull the plug on HBO or my TV altogether...
Adele has spoiled me on the spelling of "rumor" thanks to her song "Rumour Has It." I think I will always use the British spelling.
But I digress.
Rumblings through town and from the Seattle Met sound like Bravo's Top Chef may call Seattle home for its 10th season this fall! Rumour has it, the production team has leased a building in Redmond... and while nothing's been confirmed, nothing's been denied either.
Might we see Tom and Padma dining around town this year? Or contestants running in and out of the markets? Or at Pike Market? There are so many possibilities!
Looks like the newest addition to Seattle's skyline will be open for business in time for the July 4th holiday. Each gondola will have heating and cooling units, so it was be used all year long!Will you be first in line?
Since composting works best in warmer temperatures, now's a good time to start your family's composting efforts. With the kids out of school, this is something they can begin to learn and understand, and it will help your gardens look great for years to come!
Gather all grass clippings and green yard waste but be sure to mix with the "brown" materials like leaves and shredded paper to add carbon. You will need both, but if you only add grass clippings your pile will compact and start to stink.
Do not compost meats or pet droppings. Stick with food scraps and yard waste only.
Avoid all pesticides and/or herbicide treated material.
If you add weeds to your pile make sure your pile is good and hot. It should be steaming hot, not just warm otherwise it may not kill the seeds.
Turn your pile as often as you can. Each time you turn it will speed up the process.
Keep your compost damp but not wet. As you add material to your pile make sure that each layer is moist as it is added. During the summer your pile will dry out and the composting process will slow down.
Got too much material to compost? Make a second or third pile. Stop adding material to a pile that is underway and start a new pile. This will insure you get a chance to use the compost this season.
Add compost to your garden a few weeks before you plant. Let the compost have a chance to work into the soil. Try to mix it in and let it sit before you plant.
Bugs, worms and most bugs are ok. No need to go crazy trying to keep bugs out of your compost.
Since the compost process works best at temperature between 120 and 150 degrees composting in the warmer months is easier to do, if this is your first attempt at composting best to try in the summer.
This is a reminder to me as much as it is to you. Get Dad something for Sunday! And dads, give us a hint. Sometimes you can be hard to shop for. Like, if you think this t-shirt is as cool as I do, spread the word.
I'm heading to Vegas next month, but don't think I'll be stopping in. I'll be sweaty enough in Vegas in July without the meat sweats.
On the strip in Vegas, this burger joint serves all the American standards... but in the least healthy way possible. Fries cooked in "pure lard." Order a "bypass" and you'll get a burger. Yep... a single bypass is one patty, a quadruple bypass is four patties... and also what you might need after eating at the Heart Attack Grill.
The "best" part? If you're over 350 lbs., you eat FREE. Yay! (Note: heavy sarcasm.)
I guess it was only a matter of time before someone started fighting the farm-to-table movement. It's only American to be as obstinent as possible about health. And according to reports, at least 2 people have collapsed while eating there.
Would you try the Heart Attack Grill just to say you'd been there?
No spoilers in case you haven't seen the show yet... but holy cow. Not sure why, but I'm hung up on the scene pictured above. Why is Don the only one not centered in a window pane? Is there a juxtaposition between that scene and the finalshot of Roger Sterling?
I don't know how I'm going to last without Mad Men in my life for the next year or so. My Sunday nights are suddenly so free!
Sara Watkins is celebrating a birthday today, and that seems like reason enough to post her new video for the song "Take Up Your Spade." The album, Sun Midnight Sun, came out a few weeks ago and it's great! If you like thissong, I recommend the album.
If you're looking to get out of the house tonight, The Neptune is hosting a benefit for the families and surviving victim of the Cafe Racer shootings last week. All proceeds will go directly to the families, and there will also be a scholarship set up in the victims' names.
Live music celebrating the lives of those Seattle lost last week... this all ages event starts at 8pm, $15. Come join in and help our neighbors.
I started thinking about the song "Englishman In New York" by Sting this afternoon. I think I heard a Police song on The Mountain and my mind wandered. ...Nothing Like The Sun was on all the time when I was a kid. I realize now that Sting was probably one of the few musicians my parents agreed on!
Anyway, that whole album is still a favorite, but there's something about "Englishman In New York" that I love the most. So that's what I'm listening to this afternoon. What are you listening to? What song brings you back to being a kid?
If you haven't tried the new Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco, I bet your child has, or neighbor, or coworker. In just 10 weeks, Taco Bell has sold over 100 million of those tacos, making it the best product launch in their history.
To put 100 million tacos in perspective, it took McDonald's 18 years to sell 100 million hamburgers. There are more people on the planet now, sure, but that's quite a difference. Is it any wonder America has an obesity problem?
Of course, a once-in-a-lifetime event happens in the sky tonight and it will probably be too cloudy for us to see it. However, there are plenty of sites that will stream Venus' path in front of the sun, so you can watch in the comfort of your own home. Plus, you save on having to find a welder's mask to look at the sun!
Today's (already) record rainfall may not have you thinking about washing your car, but when you do, I have some tips to make the process more earth-friendly.
-If you're washing yourself at home, use natural cleansers. The run-off puts less of a strain on the sewage system.
-Use vinegar on the chrome as a polish. (It's amazing how many uses vinegar has around the house!)
-Trying to get that bumper sticker off? Again, vinegar is the answer! Soak a cloth in vinegar and hold it against the sticker for a few minutes. The sticker should peel right off, and you can use vinegar to rub off the sticky residue.
-If you decide to go with a professional, car washes have filters that collect chemicals so they don't get into waterways. There are car washes that are more eco-friendly than others, however.
Joining the roster of tech companies who call Seattle home (for at least a branch or office, if not HQ) is Twitter, who announced this afternoon they are opening an engineering office near Pike Market. The Seattle office is the 5th for Twitter, who also has them in New York, Silicon Valley, Tokyo and London.
So far the office only has 5 people, but a tweet says they will hire more soon!
Do you consider yourself a pretty "normal" exerciser? You've never run a marathon, but you get out and walk or run a few times a week? A new study today says that you may be a better shape than those who are out training for marathons year-round.
If exercise is like a bell-curve, the study explains, then no exercise is bad, moderate exercise is best, but then too much exercise is also bad. Over-exercising can lead to structural damage of the arteries and heart, the opposite of what we've always been told - the more exercise, the healthier your heart.
That doesn't mean this study is your excuse to sit on the couch eating potato chips. Again, moderate exercise a few times a week brings the most health benefits... just don't feel pressured to get off the couch after years of laziness only to train for a marathon. Every little step helps.
I guess it was only a matter of time, but there's now a way to build music venues in a Facebook game. Forget Farmville (growing your own virtual vegetables is so passe), now there's Cityville. Build a city complete with an amphitheater and watch your citizens come to see their favorite bands. So far, bands that have lent their likeness to the project include Train, Enrique Iglesias, Michael Buble and Michael Jackson. As in real life, the goal is to get people to concerts in hopes they'll spend money at surrounding businesses.
I remember this game when it was called SimCity in 1995. It was sophisticated for the time, and didn't blow up friends' newsfeeds with invites to play along. But if you're looking for a few minutes to kill at work on Facebook, might as well do something music-related, right? Or you could just like The Mountain's Facebook page. :) (Shameless, I know!)
After Tupac showed up via hologram at Coachella in April, the rumors have been swirling about who could be the next to use the technology. Freddie Mercury seems to be the most popular choice for a "comeback," but what about getting The Beatles back together?
While we've not heard from Yoko on the matter, Olivia Harrison says absolutely not. She tells Mojo magazine this month, "I don't think I could handle that. I think that would be unkind and unfair to him too. He needs to be where he is, y'know -- I'm sure he's occupied."
I've been pretty vocal on my feelings that this whole thing is kind of weird and creepy. Would it be cool to see dead rockstars "perform?" I guess, but music is all about soul... and that's something a hologram lacks.