Listen Here: Beirut Is Back After 4 Years

Beiruts latest will be out September 11 via 4AD.
Beirut's latest will be out September 11 via 4AD.

If you could only see the state of my inbox. It's a horrifying mountain of press emails and streams and downloads that I attempt to climb each day, only to backslide down that sucker like a mudslide just happened. I finally had a chance (ahem) to throw Surf on the speakers this morning. There's not enough hours in the day. On the upside, if you're trying to convince me of that ol' "there's no good music to listen to nowadays" argument, then GTFO.

What I'm trying to say is I've come to appreciate bands like Beirut who don't insist on shoving an album down my throat every 12 months to keep up with the press cycle. Today, Zach Condon, Paul Collins, and Nick Petree announced they'll be sharing their latest album No No No—the follow-up to 2011's The Rip Tide—on September 11 via 4AD.

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Another Gay Bashing on Capitol Hill, This One in Broad Daylight

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The victim preferred not to send a photo of his bruised face. Agnieszka Lobodzinska/Shutterstock

Chip Perala, a registered nurse and ten-year resident of Capitol Hill, doesn't want to make a big deal over what happened on Friday when, he says, he was suddenly gay bashed during the middle of a sunny afternoon.

He's embarrassed about it, actually. "I always thought that if it happened to me," he said today, "I would fight back. But it happened so fast that I didn't get a chance. There have been other people hurt worse than I was."

Perala was walking home from a haircut at about 2:15 p.m. on Bellevue Avenue between Mercer and Republican. He had his headphones on. He noticed two young white men ahead of him in baseball caps, and as he walked forward, they split apart so he could walk in between them. Perala didn't think much of it and looked down at his phone.

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SIFF NOTES 2015: Ron Davis, Father of Murder Victim Jordan, Will Attend Screenings of 3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets for Q&A

“When people see this film in this country and around the world, it’s going to show them that these victims are not faceless. These victims have families. These victims are cared for. Maybe if you see this, you will think that the person you are thinking of shooting is a person. I hope that this film, in the name of my son Jordan, saves lives.” -Ron Davis
“When people see this film in this country and around the world, it’s going to show them that these victims are not faceless. These victims have families. These victims are cared for... I hope that this film, in the name of my son Jordan, saves lives.” -Ron Davis

In the event you haven't yet read Ijeoma Oluo's powerhouse interview with Ron Davis, the father of murder victim Jordan Davis, and subject of the documentary 3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets, you should go read it now. Having read it, you'll undoubtedly be interested to know that Mr. Davis will attend both SIFF screenings of the film, and will participate in post-film Q&A sessions that are certain to be a good deal more intense than usual. There are two screenings of this very powerful film: tomorrow, Tues June 2, 7pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian and Wed June 3, 6pm at Kirkland Performance Center. Spread the word.


Savage Love Letters of the Day: Ramping Back Up

I have dilemma. I'm a married man, my wife and I have been together 20 years total, and our sex life is beginning to get kind of dull. Recently she told me she would like to have a FFM threesome. Our problem is finding another F. She said she would never do it with a friend—we don't think any of her friends would do it anyway—so I suggested dating sites since neither of us knows any bisexual women. My question to you is this: Would it be better if she made the profile on some dating sites or should I do it? She told me to do it because she's too shy to do it herself. I just think it would look better if she did it. What is your opinion on finding a third?

Harder Than I Thought

Dilemma? Put up two profiles, HTIT, one for you and one as her. Then wait and see which one gets more responses. (My money's on the one you put up as her.) As for my opinion on a married straight couple finding a third: they don't call bi women up for NSA sex with established/long-married opposite-sex couples "unicorns" for nothing. (The gay version—gay guys up for NSA sex with established gay couples—are called "horses." Still majestic, yes, but easier to find.) But if you're in a hurry, HTIT, you'll have better luck going with a sex worker. (There some advice on finding a sex worker in this column.)

A few more letters... after the jump.

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I, Anonymous: Sorry Kid, but Your Mom Is the Worst

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STEVEN WEISSMAN

Don't worry, I saw everything. I saw your mom give you a snack on the bus and then steal the cheese and the meat. She was going to steal the bread, but it got knocked onto the floor, so she told you to eat it off of the nasty bus floor. You refused. Good kid. I would have stood up for you, but I didn't have to. You were mad and threw the empty wrappers at her and swung your balloon at her…

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Drama! Pamela Banks Slams Kshama Sawant for Fundraising in New York Over the Weekend

Urban League President Pamela Banks on Council Member Kshama Sawant: She can talk a good game about equity, but you can’t make an impact for the people of Seattle when you’re raising money in Manhattan.
Urban League President Pamela Banks on Council Member Kshama Sawant: "She can talk a good game about equity, but you can’t make an impact for the people of Seattle when you’re raising money in Manhattan."

Socialist City Council Member Kshama Sawant was in New York City this weekend asking people for money for her reelection campaign.

"Please bring your checkbook and consider donating generously!" read the Facebook page for a fundraiser organized by the New York City chapter of Sawant's party, Socialist Alternative. "Solidarity!"

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Nine Photos from Saturday's "Check Your Privilege Party" at the University of Washington

After some heated talk on Facebook, Saturdays Check Your Privilege Party on the University of Washingtons frat row ended up being a very calm event. The only yelling I heard came from two or three cars as they drove by, and it was mostly unintelligible. There was a 40-ish percent show of hands when someone asked who was in the Greek system. There were a lot of students sitting on the steps of the Greek houses as well. At the high point there seemed to be around 250-300 people at the protest. The Seattle police presence was light, and both the protest itself and Greek row had security.
After some heated talk on Facebook, Saturday's "Check Your Privilege Party" on the University of Washington's frat row ended up being a very calm event. The only yelling I heard came from two or three cars as they drove by, and it was mostly unintelligible. There was a 40-ish percent show of hands when someone asked who was in the Greek system. There were a lot of students sitting on the steps of the Greek houses as well. At the high point there seemed to be around 250-300 people at the protest. The Seattle police presence was light, and both the protest itself and Greek row had additional security. Alex Garland

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Anti-Animal Testing Activist Chained to Top of Excavator at University of Washington

One activist is locked to an excavator (with another activist in a support role) to protest the construction of a new animal research lab at UW.
One activist is locked to an excavator (with another activist in a support role) to protest the construction of a new animal research lab at UW. Michael Brady

Anti-arctic drilling protesters aren't the only ones locking themselves to large pieces of equipment in Washington these days.

As Heidi mentioned in the Morning News, two activists are on top of a large excavator at the University of Washington, protesting the construction of a new animal research lab.

Amanda Schemekes, a law student at Seattle University and member of the No New Animal Lab campaign, says activist Oliver McCaughran has been on lockdown at the construction site (on the corner of NE Pacific St and 15th Ave) for over six hours, and has effectively stopped work for the day. Another activist, who has declined to be identified, is up there with McCaughran in a support role.

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Danish Politician Wants Voters to Know He Has Lovely Tits and a Huge Dick

An object lesson for all male politicians everywhere worried about stray dick pics coming to light and upending their campaigns. The politician's twitter feed is here. His giant penis is here. Via BoingBoing.


The Commenter Who Believes We're in a Conspiracy with Cherdonna Should Just Stop Reading The Stranger for a While

Whos that girl?
Because we're not about to stop writing about her. Kelly O

As I'm putting the finishing touches on next week's piece about what makes Cherdonna a genius—and why we've nominated her for a 2015 Stranger Genius Award—I keep thinking about that one hilarious anonymous commenter who's just sure, sure, that there's something untoward about how much coverage Cherdonna has gotten in The Stranger.

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Ethan Murrow's Drawings Are Full of Mystifying Details From a Parallel Universe

What is going on here? Ethan Murrows Columbia River Beehive, a pencil drawing on paper measuring 52 by 42 inches, is at Winston Wächter.
What is going on here? Courtesy of the artist and Winston Wächter Fine Art

So many questions about Boston-based artist Ethan Murrow's drawings at Winston Wächter Fine Art this month. What are those men doing? Who do they work for? Why is there a painting underground? How big is that painting? What is the man inside the painting doing? What does the number 136 (just under the arch, to the right of the light shaft) refer to? Why is this drawing called Columbia River Beehive? Looking at it, I feel like I'm in a parallel universe where all I get to see of how the world works are these ultimately mystifying details.

Wait, that feels like this universe.

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Caitlyn Jenner Debuts On the Cover of Vanity Fair

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From VF's press release...

Speaking publicly for the first time since completing gender transition, Caitlyn Jenner compares her emotional two-day photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for the July cover of Vanity Fair to winning the gold medal for decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. She tells Pulitzer Prize–winning V.F. contributing editor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger, “That was a good day, but the last couple of days were better.... This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, okay. This is about your life.”

The People of the Internet have set aside their usual criticisms about the impossible beauty standards to which women in our culture are held—particularly by the covers of glossy magazines—to heap on praise 65-year-old Caitlyn Jenner's appearance. And her bravery. Her bravery too. But most of the comments I've seen this morning led with praise for Jenner's appearance. And she does look amazing. Also: some are detecting a little "fuck you" in Jenner going with Caitlyn-with-a-C and not Kaitlyn-with-a-K.

UPDATE: And I'll say it again...

Hey, reporters covering the 2016 Republican nomination contest: Asking Jeb, Rand, Marco, Ted, Lindsey, Donald, Carly, Rick, Rick, George, Ben, et al, which public restroom they think their fellow Republican Caitlyn Jenner should have to use—the men's restroom or the women's restroom (in places not evolved enough, of course, to have gender-neutral restrooms, aka most places)—is a totally legitimate question. The Republican nominee becomes the defacto leader of the Republican party and Republican politicians all over the country are pushing anti-trans bathroom bills that would force trans men and women to use the restroom that reflects the gender they were assigned at birth. So where do Jeb, Rand, Marco, et al, stand on this sort of legislation? Do they support forcing Jenner to use mens restrooms? Or do they oppose this kind of dangerous, bigoted anti-trans legislation? It's a much more legitimate and germane question than whether they would attend the hypothetical gay weddings of their imaginary gay friends.

UPDATE 2: Salon rounds up reactions from rightwing haters.


The Title of Jessica Hopper's Music Criticism Collection Made Me Uncomfortable—I'm Glad I Read Past the Cover.

The first author photo on the first collection of…
The first author photo on the first collection of… DAVID SAMPSON

Though many of my friends were in on the joke, at first I found the title of Jessica Hopper's new book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, uncomfortably arrogant. Given all the female music writers out there slogging through the trenches of male opinion, I was concerned that the wink of the title concealed the old, tired music-critic habit of making grandiose declarations as a means of bulldozing any potential contradictions…

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In Music News: Kanye West Baby No. 2, Enrique Iglesias Bleeds for You, Kendrick Lamar Shames Salad CEO

Theres a bun in the oven.
There's a bun in the oven. Electrolysis / Shutterstock.com

• Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have spawned again. Brace yourselves, Planet Earth. The news broke last night after the mid-season finale (apparently one finale per season is not enough) of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In a teaser for the upcoming episode, the audience saw Kim announcing the news to her sister Khloé. Kim posted a picture from a recent photo shoot only an hour or so before the teaser aired, and she doesn't appear to be showing yet. But we should all mentally prepare ourselves for more Balenciaga baby clothes and temper tantrums at Fashion Week. I am not even ready to speculate on what ridiculous name this child will receive.

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Government's Bulk Data Collection of Your Telephone Data Ended Last Night, Temporarily

The NSA wont be collecting your metadata for a while, but they will still be using magnifying glasses to sleuth for clues!
The NSA is not collecting and storing your metadata at the moment. Gil C / Shutterstock.com

At midnight last night, as Wired explains, congress allowed Section 215 and two other parts of the Patriot Act to expire, temporarily, partly due to Rand Paul taking his time while getting super pissy on the floor. And, I know—Rand Paul. But Section 215 is the one that allows the NSA to collect and store your cellphone metadata. And recently, a report from the Justice Department found that the FBI was also using the section to collect “electronic communication transactional information,” which means they can track your to/from on emails and your IP address.

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