North Star Diner

YES!! ANOTHER 24 HOUR DINER IN SEATTLE: The North Star Diner!! (87th and Greenwood, next to Safeway) You can never have too many 24 Hour diners. This one is the newest gem. These guys took a run down sketchy Chinese Karaoke Restaurant, and turned it into a 24 Hour diner for all ages on one side, and a Bar with Awesome karaoke on the other side. I had the Little Dipper, but promise to get the Steak and Prawns next time.

North Star Diner Karaoke
North Star Diner Karaoke Bar

North Star Diner Sign
Sign on the north side of the North Star Diner

North Star Diner Drink Booze
Drink Booze at the North Star Diner

Melvins – Showbox – 10/18/2014

Melvins played the Showbox last night for their “Hold it In” tour.

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It was Buzz, Dale, and Butthole Surfers bassist JD Pinkus. Power trio. They lit the place up. Unfortunately no encore, but killer set. They did the Butthole Surfers tune Moving to Florida with Buzz singing. So good. Other tunes I recognized from the Melvins: Night Goat, Youth of America, The Bit, Sweet Willy Rollbar and a few others.

Mark Lanegan – Showbox Market 2014

Saw Mark Lanegan at The Showbox Market.  The crowd was pretty thin, because he opened for Nick Cave the night before, and that was totally fine by me.  The less annoying, drunk strangers the better.

The whole set was acoustic, with no drums.  Pretty sick.  He even did a Screaming Trees song, Where the Twain Shall Meet

Download .zip of all tracks (MP3s) here

Mark Lanegan - Showbox 2014
Mark Lanegan – Showbox 2014
Mark Lanegan - Showbox 2014
Mark Lanegan – Showbox 2014
Mark Lanegan - Showbox 2014
Mark Lanegan – Showbox 2014

Seattle Pride Parade 2014

Today Seattle had its 40th annual Pride Parade.  I had no idea it was that old.  And I’m a little embarrassed to say, as a native only a year older than this parade, I’ve never been to one.  Or maybe I have, but just don’t remember it.  I’ll remember this one though.  It was amazing.  All 4 hours of it (longest parade in the world maybe?).

When I got off the bus on 3rd and Virginia, I had no idea where a good place to watch the parade from would be.  I found this spot on a whim.  Lucky for me, it was right in front of these lovely Emcee Queens.  They were very informative and damn hilarious.

Seattle Pride 2014 Emcee Queens
Seattle Pride 2014 Emcee Queens

George Takei showed up

 

Seattle Pride 2014 George Takei
Seattle Pride 2014 George Takei

So did Ernie and Bert

Seattle Pride 2014 Ernie and Bert
Seattle Pride 2014 Ernie and Bert

Macklemore was there too, there’s a video clip of him below. For now, here’s a giant balloon octopus.

Seattle Pride 2014 Balloon Octopus
Seattle Pride 2014 Balloon Octopus

Even the Space Needle raised the Pride flag.  Because Seattle rules.  In Seattle, you can be who you want, and it’s cool.

Seattle Pride 2014 Space Needle
Seattle Pride 2014 Space Needle

 

 

Big Business – Vera Project

Took my son to his first Hardcore show last night: Big Business and the American Sharks. It was at The Vera Project, where it’s All Ages all the time, so he didn’t need fake ID (he’s 19).

Big Business recently put out a new album, Battlefields Forever, and they played it LOUD.

American Sharks were jammin’ as well.

We loved it.  Short set, but they killed it!

Here are some photos and videos.

Big Business - Vera Project - 06/11/2014
Big Business – Vera Project – 06/11/2014
Big Business - Vera Project - 06/11/2014
Big Business – Vera Project – 06/11/2014
Big Business - Vera Project - 06/11/2014
Coady Willis – Big Business – Vera Project – 06/11/2014
Big Business - Vera Project - 06/11/2014
Scott Martin – Big Business – Vera Project – 06/11/2014
Big Business - Vera Project - 06/11/2014
Jared Warren – Big Business – Vera Project – 06/11/2014

Download .zip of all tracks (MP3s) here.

Fugazi Washington Hall 1989

It’s tough being a kid and underage when all your favorite bands play in bars.  Fortunately, Seattle had some good all ages hardcore shows back in the day.  Like this Fugazi show at Washington Hall back in 1989.

Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall
Fugazi Washington Hall

 

 

Where are the all ages shows today?  Check the Stranger All Ages section. I see Seaweed is playing the Vera Project on May 22nd.

 

Crack Sabbath – Darrells

Seattle’s own Crack Sabbath played two sets at Darrells Tavern in Shoreline last night. All-star cast  Skerik, Ron Weinstein, Keith Lowe, Mike Stone, and Brad Mowen brought it, big time.  Probably my favorite set of theirs ever. It was an epic 3 hours of earth shattering hardcore jazz. Don’t miss these guys next time they play.  You won’t be disappointed.

Download .zip of all 25 tracks (MP3s) here.

Crack Sabbath at Darrells
Crack Sabbath at Darrells
Crack Sabbath at Darrells
Crack Sabbath at Darrells
Crack Sabbath at Darrells
Crack Sabbath at Darrells

Cinco De Margo

Marginal Way Skatepark - Cinco De Margo
Marginal Way Skatepark – Cinco De Margo

Today, May 4th 2014, Marginal Way Skatepark held its annual Cinco Del Margo celebration. There were tacos, raffle, beer, shredders, more shredders, bands, and … A NEW SECTION OF THE PARK! There was a really good turnout, and I’m sure a good amount of money was raised, that will go towards finally finishing the park after 10 years of blood, sweat, crete and beer.
I have footage of the Fakies set, and will post that here as well soon.