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May 8, 2009 at 2:10pm

Go local, rock local, eat local, be local

MICHAEL SWAN: GO LOCAL, GRAB SOME LETTUCE >>>

The Tacoma Farmers Market on Broadway between 9th and 11th opens Thursday, May 21 at 9 a.m. More than the local produce, crafts and food, the talk of this year’s Tacoma Farmers Market is the Weekly Volcano Music Stage. Details to follow soon.

Oh, Go Local Tacoma will have a presence opening day, too.  Besides the usual Go Local swag, the organization with buying local on the brain will have a bag full of giveaways May 21.

So, in review, May 21 is the day you will cook local produce for dinner, maybe win a gift certificate or too, and have your faced rocked off on the Volcano’s stage.

LINK: Tacoma Farmers Market

LINK: Go Local Tacoma


May 8, 2009 at 2:41pm

Unemployed in Tacoma

JOE MALIK: SEE WHAT HAPPENS >>>

Down-and-Out-art You have a choice. You can go back, or you can go forward. It’s an easy thing to do â€" returning to some semblance of the past in an attempt to find your future. If you’ve lost your job, looking for another one seems a natural choice. But it’s not your only choice. Every fall provides us with an opportunity to get back up, look around, shake it off and choose a direction. Most people try and return to the path they were on, even if the path they were on made them miserable â€" even if it leads inexorably to a dead end.

You don’t need a job. I know that sounds stupid. But it’s true. If all the money in the world disappeared in an instant, we’d be thrown, but all the things we buy and sell would still exist. We’d have to find a new way to move it around and decide who gets how much of what, but ultimately, little would change. Or maybe everything would change. If so, I imagine it would be for the better. Change, if we own it, is always for the better. It’s never evident while the change is occurring. Usually it’s scary as hell. But we’ve all been through more change, struggle, strife, pain and seemingly insurmountable trouble in our lives than we’ll ever give ourselves credit for. Seriously, think about it. How many times have things seemed so dark that you we’re certain you’d never see the dawn? How many times have you emerged out the other side? I don’t know about you, but every time I go through the gauntlet, I emerge stronger, smarter, and sometimes happier. Suffering doesn’t have to be part of the equation.

If you’re among the jobless, you have an unbelievable opportunity. You have a choice.
Whether they realize it or not, people who still have jobs are living in a corner. I didn’t realize it until I was cornered until summarily ejected from it. Like the economic system that drove my employment and my prosperity, I had ground to a halt. I was still moving, I was still working, and I was still producing. But I wasn’t evolving, and I wasn’t alive.

Not really. See, life is about challenge. Not suffering â€" not being overwhelmed by so many challenges that you never look up or have the time to enjoy your achievements. That’s another kind of death, and it doesn’t pay as well. But every failure, every fall, every breakdown, every seemingly monstrous thing that occurs in our lives makes room for something else. That is, if we have the presence of mind to choose what we do after the fall. It’s hard to maintain presence of mind when you’re wondering how to feed yourself. But it’s possible. Try it. Look for the opportunities. They’re there. I promise.

But first, you have to get out if your own way. You have to remember that you’re part of and supported by a community, by people who love you, by friends, family, neighbors. But more importantly, you are perfectly positioned in a plan that’s bigger than the job you lost. I know it doesn’t seem that way. But where you are, right now, is right where you need to be. Try believing that for a moment, and consider your options. They’re infinite. Start your own business. Slack off. Do something that makes you feel alive. Remember what it’s like to play. Do something extraordinary. More than anything, recognize how good it feels, and try and think if you’ve had a moment that equals it in all your years of drudgery.

You have a window of opportunity while you’re adrift. Find the current. Follow that instead of your fear. See what happens.

May 8, 2009 at 2:58pm

All this scratching is making us itch our head

MICHAEL SWAN: THE SIXTH AVENUE LITERALLY PHOTO SERIES >>>

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May 8, 2009 at 4:55pm

LeAnn Rimes to do the Puyallup

MICHAEL SWAN: BLUE GATE TO "BLUE" >>>

Leann-rimes Like Tanya Tucker and Brenda Lee, LeAnn Rimes had a hit while she was still going through puberty.  The 13-year-old singer from Garland, Texas, stunned record buyers, studio heads and critics with her debut single, “Blue.”  The single and the accompanying album showcased an authentic country singer whose roots stemmed back to the great Patsy Cline. 

The Puyallup Fair folks just announced Rimes will perform at this year's Fair Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will range from $15 to $50 for the Golden Circle. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster outlets.

Filed under: Concert Alert, Music, Puyallup,

May 9, 2009 at 12:24am

5 Things To Do: Saturday

MICHAEL SWAN: SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2009 >>>

Hotels 1. The Hotels is your door to a mix of New Wave and post punk, up and down, dance and melancholic circumstance at The New Frontier Lounge beginning at 9 p.m.

2. Check out the Mexican Rodeo at 2:30 p.m. inside the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

3. The Dockyard Derby Dames battle it out in Season Three's Bout No. 2 at the Tacoma Soccer Center â€" door open at 5 p.m.

4. To The Waves will perform sometimes heavy sometimes light, delicious indie rock at 9 p.m. at Bob’s Java Jive.

5. Goth rockers Aiden is embarking this spring on the “Ticket to Hell Tour” â€" and tonight South Sound fans will get a chance to catch the band at Hell’s Kitchen for only $6.66.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

Photo by Christina Cadenhead

May 9, 2009 at 4:30am

Twenty years of Today’s Rock

BOBBLE TIKI: CELEBRATE KGRG'S BIRTHDAY TODAY >>>

Tiki-article-5_7 Tonight, KGRG will celebrate 20 years of its “Today’s Rock” format, which has helped shed a national spotlight on bands from Green River to Nirvana to Aiden. KGRG will take over The Viaduct in Tacoma starting at noon Saturday, and offer a day of music including headliner The Classic Crime, along with Brier Rose, I Declare War, Success! James Hunnicut and more.

Read Bobble Tiki's full report on this show here.

[The Viaduct, KGRG 20th Anniversary Celebration with The Classic Crime, Monetta, Brier Rose, Fun Fun Fun, I Declare War, Success! Open Fire, Mirror the Ghost, Cheyenne, Sky Harbor, Saturday, May 9, doors open at noon, $8 before 4 p.m., $10 after, 5412 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.472.1948]

May 9, 2009 at 9:07am

Week in Review

MICHAEL SWAN: A LOOK AT THE WEEK THAT WASN'T >>>

Every Saturday morning Weekly Volcano editor Matt Driscoll grabs a cup of coffee, smokes a cigarette or two, then sits in his robe in front of the computer and offers an almost entirely flippant review of the week that was.

Driscoll's column is on hiatus today as he is on a much-deserved vacation. He’ll be back next Saturday, robe and all.  In the meantime, enjoy his past Week in Review columns.

Filed under: Week in review,

May 9, 2009 at 10:16am

Ride them at Bob's

NIKKI TALOTTA: TO THE WAVES AT JAVA JIVE TONIGHT >>>

To-The-Waves Listening to To The Waves as I write this, I’m seriously having flashbacks to high school, my radio cranked all the way up, the wonderful sounds of alternative ’90s rock controlling the cadence of my make-out sessions.

To the Waves is a Latin translation meaning “To Hell” and knowing this, I gladly climb in for the ride. I hang tight as they build a crescendo of sometimes heavy sometimes light, delicious indie rock. Each song seems to envelop a mix of their own heat and flavor, spiced with likeness to Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu.

With members from Seaweed, Polecat, Leuko and Pipefitter, no wonder listening to the catchy riffs and well-executed vocals makes me feel like putting on lip gloss and puckering up.

[Bob’s Java Jive, with With A Bullet, Pilots And Passengers, The Purps, Saturday, May 9, 8 p.m., $5, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.475.9843.]

Filed under: Concert Alert, Music, Tacoma,

May 9, 2009 at 10:30am

Let's get small

BOBBLE TIKI: THOUGHT BANDIT, SHIP TO SHIP TONIGHT AT LE VOYEUR >>>

Thought-Bandit Not afraid of small spaces?

Not afraid of strong drinks?

Not afraid of body hair?

Chances are you’re already familiar with Olympia’s Le Voyeur. If this is the case, then you know the teeny, tiny venue also houses some of the best, least hyped, most eclectic shows around. Venture inside Le Voyeur and you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get â€" aside from a proudly served slice of Oly life. It could be just your thing, or it could repulse you like the sight of Bobble Tiki with his shirt off.

Tonight, Thought Bandit and Ship to Ship will bring the back room at Le Voyeur to life. Ship to Ship wanders through a torrent of heavy yet introspective classic rock devices, and Thought Bandit wades in similar water, though at times they stomp around in their boots a little bit more and make waves in less expected ways. It might get muddy, and you’ll have to change your socks afterward, but the best things in life don’t come without sacrifice.

[Le Voyeur, Saturday, May 9. 8 p.m., no cover, 404 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.943.5710]

May 9, 2009 at 10:41am

Your wake up call

MATT DRISCOLL: HOTELS AT YOUR SERVICE TONIGHT >>>

Music-feature-article-5_7 Travel. Romance. Solitude. Rest.

While, as a former hotel employee (I lasted seven months until I quit that shit, yo!), I can professionally attest the above semi-slogan sounds like a marketing department-created mantra you’d see on a pillow placard at the Holiday Inn, for Hotels â€" a hype-propelled Seattle band scheduled to take the stage at the New Frontier this Saturday â€" the meaning is slightly different.

Which makes sense, actually, since Hotels crafted the expression as a way to describe the band. Where the Chili Peppers are blood, sex, sugar, magic, and tube socks, Hotels are travel, romance, solitude and rest.

Or something like that … It’s really not important.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Hotels? If your radio dial ever stops on KEXP, at least within the past few months, anyway, there’s a good chance you have. Powered by the airplay success of the band’s sophomore effort, Where Hearts Go Broke â€" which officially “dropped” on Valentine’s Day and features a startling mix of New Wave and post punk, up and down, dance and melancholic circumstance â€" Hotels, as a band, is finding itself in a world that seems more ready than ever to digest it.

Read the rest of this story here.

To hear the Hotels hang out at The New Frontier Lounge tonight.

[The New Frontier Lounge, with the Girls, Sons of Ivan, Saturday, May 9, 9 p.m., $5, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, 253.572.4020]

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