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Sweet Water

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Sweet Water

A few weeks ago I wrote a bit on Green Apple Quick Step, and the place they occupied in my own musical development. Living in a very similar place is Sweet Water. As yet another Seattle band signed to a major label in 1992-Nirvana's Nevermind was released in late

Old World decadence

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Old World decadence

Marzano Italian Restaurant Where:  516 Garfield St. S. Parkland, 253.537.4191 Hours: Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and dinner: 4-8:30 p.m., 4-9 p.m. Saturday Cuisine: Italian and Italian inspired Northwest seafood, salad, pizza, pastas Scene: Comfy, elegant, relaxed Drinkies: Extensive wine list - domestic and Italian, beer, Italian sodas, Lavazza espresso, Seattle's Best coffee, and interesting sodas Prices:

South Sound Music Calendar: Thursday, May 6

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South Sound Music Calendar: Thursday, May 6

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Olympia Farmers Market Olympia - Downtown. Abby. All Ages. 11 am. NC. Uncle Sam’s American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Jerry Miller Unplugged. Plus it's Taco Thursday. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC. Liquid Soul Coffee Roy. Open Mic. Hosted by David Wayne. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Cafe Luna Vashon. Open Mic, hosted by

South Sound Music Calendar: Friday, May 7

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South Sound Music Calendar: Friday, May 7

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi Bar Vashon. Island Women Showcase, with Kiki Means, Allison Shirk, Kelsey Bernheisel, Kat Eggleston, Kate McLeod, Sarah Christine. All Ages. 7 pm. NC. Matrix Coffee House Lewis County. Song Circle Open Mic. All Ages. 7 pm. $2. BLUES Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Becki Sue & Her Big

Space camp

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Space camp

It took Susan Sontag over six thousand words to describe "camp," so I probably shouldn't even try.  She viewed it as a "disengaged, depoliticized" aesthetic "sensibility" skewed toward "artifice and exaggeration," with a "spirit of extravagance" and "glorification of [exaggerated] ‘character.'"  Even in 1964, she recognized that homosexuals "constitute

South Sound Music Calendar: Saturday, May 8

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South Sound Music Calendar: Saturday, May 8

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Back Porch Swing. All Ages. 8 pm. $8-$12. Matrix Coffee House Chehalis. Phil O'Sullivan, Paul Christensen, Leon House. All Ages. 8 pm. $6. The Hub Tacoma - Stadium District. Steve Stefanowicz. 21+. 9 pm. NC. D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts Tacoma - Upper Tacoma.

South Sound Music Calendar: Sunday, May 9

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South Sound Music Calendar: Sunday, May 9

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Gina Belliveau. All Ages. 1 pm. NC. O'Callahan's Pub & Grill Key Peninsula. Tammy Faye & The Thrill Billies Family Jam. All Ages. 4 pm. NC. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. The Straw Hat String Band. All Ages. 2 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and

South Sound Music Calendar: Monday, May 10

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South Sound Music Calendar: Monday, May 10

BLUES The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Captain Dick & The Portholes. 21+. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 21+. 7 pm. NC. DJ/ELECTRONIC Happy Days Casino Lakewood. DJ dance. Top 40. 21+. 9 pm. NC. O'Malley's Irish Pub Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Rebel Monday/Industry Night. DJ Jason Diamond spinning roots reggae,

South Sound Music Calendar: Tuesday, May 11

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South Sound Music Calendar: Tuesday, May 11

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC O'Blarney's Irish Pub Olympia - Eastside. Irish Sessions. Live traditional Irish music. 7:30 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Summit Pub Puyallup. Tim Hall & The Band Real Times. 21+. 7:30 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Ha Ha Tuesdays, hosted by Ralph Porter, with guest

South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, May 12

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South Sound Music Calendar: Wednesday, May 12

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC A Rhapsody In Bloom Florist and Cafe Latte Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Hank Cramer. All Ages. 7:30 pm. Donations. Sax Restaurant and Lounge Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Olivia De La Cruz. The guitarist, singer/songwriter performs during dinner. All Ages. 7-9 pm. Free. Hannah's Bar & Grille Olympia - Downtown. Open Mic. 9

How to read a shelf tag

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How to read a shelf tag

This week's grocery musing is not focused on any particular store, however it's more about educating you on how to navigate around the store for the best deals. I will use Fred Meyer as an example because that is where I do the bulk of my shopping. Most grocery stores

On a more positive note ...

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On a more positive note ...

"You take yourself far too seriously ..."  "You seem to have a personal vendetta ..."  "judgemental [sic] and unhappy ..."  "usually negative in tone and often times [sic] downright mean ..."  "cranky and nasty ..."  "mean people suck ..." Gosh, what did Joann Varnell do to earn those character assassinations? Did

WEDNESDAY READING: Fuckin' Rush, dude!

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WEDNESDAY READING: Fuckin' Rush, dude!

I found a 2112 cassette tape in my P.E. locker midway through seventh-grade. I got home and put it in my mom's shoebox-sized player recorder - the kind with the little toggle switch.  Just play, stop and forward. The tape was already rewound to the beginning of side one.  "Overture/Temple of

Bite Us: Blessing Burger, The Den Tea Bar

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Bite Us: Blessing Burger, The Den Tea Bar

A blessing A&W Burger Drive-In on Pacific Avenue South became Blessing Burger in late 2009. I fondly remember A&W; there was one in Logan, Utah where I was born. It had a round, interior fireplace and it was here that I discovered dunking fries (and later my burger) directly into

Lord of storytelling

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Lord of storytelling

This is a woman with presence. Her mere smile or scowl can send a shockwave through a room of people; her voice carries like a kite that hits the wind just right, and her words can swell an emotion as good as any full moon. Her name - Elizabeth Lord

Mecca Normal

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Mecca Normal

Guitarist David Lester and singer Jean Smith are the underground musical duo Mecca Normal. They are also visual artists, and they have curated and are featured in a month-long exhibition at the all-ages club Northern in Olympia. The show is called The Black Dot Museum: Political Artists from Vancouver, and

MUSIC PICKS: Paris Spleen, Selkie, The Nextdoor Neighbor, Where Sails Meet Rails, The Winter Sounds

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MUSIC PICKS: Paris Spleen, Selkie, The Nextdoor Neighbor, Where Sails Meet Rails, The Winter Sounds

PARIS SPLEEN >>> Friday, May 7 To the joy of underage girls everywhere, Paris Spleen announces they are still a band. Despite a dramatic onstage breakup last fall, they will continue to deliver the goods. The goods being bass-driven disco punk, bad attitudes, and a multi-racial mélange of shirtless guys who can

NON-STOP HIP-HOP: Hip-hop radio conundrum

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NON-STOP HIP-HOP: Hip-hop radio conundrum

I've been involved with hip-hop radio since 1989 when I was invited to visit KAOS 89.3 FM in Olympia - where I host a show to this very day.  I was intrigued by the smooth voice of hip-hop radio pioneer Nancy G. Plus, I never forgot about KDAY in Los

Wild discovery

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Wild discovery

Mere weeks after their last Tacoma appearance, Seattle's Wild Orchid Children are set to return to town, where, presumably, they'll dole out mind-melting jams with typically persuasive pizzazz. The six-member band has perfected a recipe for psychedelic rock that's wholly unique - and derives, at least in part, from the

Music as dominoes

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Music as dominoes

Have you longed for the quirky emotionalism of Jonathan Richman to careen headlong into noise-rock? Sure you have. You just never knew it. Now, once those two sounds have been precariously welded together, how would you prefer them to be thrown at your head? If you said, "By way of a

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