Punk Rock Bowling 2014

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Punk Rock Bowling is a gauntlet of pain.

There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I love going, but it seriously kicks my ass every year. This year seemed even harder to get through because of the heat. I think previous years had been in the 70s and 80s for the Memorial Day weekend festival in Vegas, but this year we saw 90s and 100+ degree weather all 4 days. After a couple of drinks I suppose you don’t feel the heat anymore though.

I’m getting ahead of myself. This was my third year attending the punk rock music and bowling festival over the memorial Day weekend in Vegas. It was also my second year bowling with my friends Chris and Allison and Allison’s dad, Willy. Erin, as always, was there to drink beer and root us on.
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Dialing It In

Still playing around with the site design and such. I just can’t get it to a point that I am happy with how it looks. On top of that, I have been rather busy and haven’t had time to sit down and just work on it. Oh well, it will get there.

What the what?

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Oh, well hello there. Welcome to my blog/photos/mess of a site. You may have arrived here via a couple of different domains. My long-time primary site has been Slightlynorth.com; hosted by Tumblr for the last few years. It started as an e/n site back in 1998. That was before we had powerful self publishing tools and CMS applications. The few of us with sites like this were all hand coding everything on the site, including the posts themselves (uphill in the snow both ways). I remember the time that I would have to put in my own <BR> tags just to start a new paragraph. <BR>

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So anyway, don’t have to do that anymore. In fact, things are amazingly easier now. One can point their domain to a new location, setup WordPress with a nice looking design, and import all previous posts from the previous location in less than 2 hours. And the domain DNS isn’t even the longest part of that process anymore.

 

I guess I got the itch to get this thing started up again after working with Chris on his podcast site (Life is a Party!!) this week. I made me remember how much I love blogging/writing and sharing photos. I figure since I have a couple of domains now, a cheap host, and the ability to do it, I might as well not waste the opportunity. With that, I have removed Slightlynorth.com from Tumblr, imported all of my posts from there to here (and they look like crap, but whatever), pointed the domain to here, and will be combining it all under the flag of Static in the Sound. I love the site name, and this all fits into the original purpose of the site; Seattle, music, food, etc.

 

I’m super excited to get this going again!

The Fanciest Vegan Meal in Seattle

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It is no secret that Canlis is Seattle’s best fine dining restaurant. What may surprise you is how accommodating they can be towards vegans with just a little bit of notice. My wife and I recently celebrated 12 years of marriage and decided Canlis would be an excellent spot to mark the occasion. Thanks to Anika over at Vegan Score for the hot tip, we made a reservation for the private Cache Room and mentioned we would be having the vegetarian tasting menu vegan style. They were more than happy to accommodate us!
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Sushi Detox at Billy Beach in Ballard

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I don’t remember now how exactly it got started, but a group of friends of mine and I started this a year or so ago. We called it “Sushi Detox” after a few of us were traveling and eating too many meals of easy-to-find-but-full-of-oil-and-salt foods. Somehow we decided that sushi would be the perfect way to get together for a Welcome Back Home meal that wasn’t deep fried. Continue reading…

The Jilly Rizzo at the Sunset Tavern [Photo Gallery]

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The Jilly Rizzo played the Sunset Tavern last weekend. A show as fun as it is loud, they never disappoint. The songs are well performed and witty as all get out. You might remember front man Dick Rossetti from his time as a DJ at 107.7 The End.

They play tonight in Tacoma at The New Frontier with The Dignitaries and Trees&Timber.

Here are a bunch of photos from the show:

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Bob Mould & The Thermals at Showbox at the Market

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Last night Showbox at the Market was host to Bob Mould and The Thermals.

Portland Oregon’s The Thermals opened the night to a sparse crowd, but by the end of their 45 minute set the floor had filled up significantly and everyone was pretty into their indie post-punk sound. However, it was clear the majority of people were there to see the headliner.

Bob Mould treated the significant crowd to an energetic hour and a half long set. The first part of the set consisted of the 1992 album Copper Blue in it’s entirety. From the first note of “The Act We Act,” the crowd was right there, cheering, clapping and singing along. There was even some moshing. Bob and band played the entire album without stopping for much more than a sip of water here and there. The second part of the set was a mix of new material from “Silver Age” as well as old solo and Husker Du material. As Bob said after wrapping up the Copper Blue set; “we’ve got a lot of material to cover” and they did a pretty good job of covering Bob’s entire musical career. Bob didn’t chat much during the night, but he did make sure to mention to vote “yes” on Ref 74.

The night ended with an encore of two Husker Du songs: “Celebrated Summer” and “Makes No Sense At All.” Once the last note had faded, everyone walked off stage and left just Bob standing there. He calmly walked to the apex of the rounded Showbox stage, took in the crowd’s vigorous cheering, clapping, and smile before he gave a simple smile and a thumbs up and left the stage.

If you are a fan of Bob Mould or The Thermals, chances are you made sure you didn’t miss this show. But if you did, we have you covered with plenty of pictures after the jump.

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Chixdiggit / Old Wives / Smokejumper / Sweet Pups @ The Funhouse [Photo Gallery]

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Calgary’s finest pop-punk band Chixdiggit played the other night at The Funhouse along with Old Wives, Smokejumper, and Sweet Pups. It was a really fun night of music and hanging out with friends. The only bummer was the thought of the looming closure of The Funhouse at the end of October. That didn’t keep us down though! Check out a ton of photos after the jump!

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