Feb 3 T commented on Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Seven: Ben Folds.
Whew, I was worried this was going to be an overly cynical teardown of one of my all-time favorite artists. Ben Folds is a great rock pianist and while his songs are often goofy, he's still a pretty great storyteller through his lyrics.
Oct 28, 2016 T commented on Is Seattle Experiencing Festival Fatigue?.
There are so many factors at play here, I don't really know where to begin, but here goes...

1. Most of the music festivals here have such a wide variety of acts that they all feel really unfocused, and leave a lot of people out because we'd only go to see 1-2 bands, and that sure isn't worth the price of a weekend pass. When you look at niche fests like Decibel Fest or Rain Fest, you have lineups that are musically consistent and they are well attended by fans wanting to see the headliners and might discover a new favorite band along the way.

2. Weather-wise, we only have a handful of nice weekends each year to hold outdoor festivals, so they all get lumped together in the same 2-month span every year. Maybe climate change will help spread them out more over the calendar year.

3. The bands that get the most attention in papers such as The Stranger frankly aren't really worth paying attention to, which has resulted in a weak local music scene outside of the niche stuff that doesn't get any attention. When you guys lost Megan Seling and killed LineOut, I stopped paying attention to most of the music articles, and I don't think the Seattle Times has written a music article worth reading in over 10 years.

4. A lot of people who go to these festivals don't give a shit about the music or the performers. They go because it's the "cool" thing to do for the weekend, leaving people who actually care about the bands/performers having to listen to inane, drunken chatter during a set. I haven't been to CHBP in probably 6-7 years for this reason, and I can only assume it's gotten worse.

5. Related to #4, the more "corporate" these festivals get, the less "cool" they feel. They get widely advertised, have sponsors and ads and banners everywhere, and draw a whole new group of people who don't give a shit about the music. Wading through a sea of Amazombies and listening to their bullshit is not my ideal Saturday.

6. Something I've found that's unique in both Bumbershoot and Sasquatch (and CHBP some years) is that they draw 3-4 HUGE headliners for the weekend, but then the rest of the lineup is relatively unknown or forgettable bands. When you look at lineups for the various Riot Fests, for example, there's a couple of huge bands, but then there's a lot of mid-size bands as well as newer up-and-comers.

7. Reunion sets! UGH!!! I mean, I'm guilty of going to festivals just to see a band that I thought I'd never get to see, but if that's the biggest/only draw you have, then it's pretty weak and probably not worth the price of admission.

I guess what I'm saying is that I don't think we have "festival fatigue," I think we don't know how to do festivals properly, and as we are rapidly becoming a city of transplants, we're losing any semblance of identity that we ever had.
Oct 20, 2016 T commented on Luke Cage: We Don't Need Another Hero.
Dude, chill the fuck out and just enjoy something for once in your miserable life. It's a TV show based on a comic book. You wrote a review for it, and seemed to like it. That's all we really needed. And for the record, I can't say I've ever made a decision based off of one of your bullshit "reviews" anyway.

I don't think any of The Stranger's readers were clamoring for more of your thoughts on this. You wrote this for yourself. So at some point, this becomes purely masturbatory, no?
Sep 29, 2016 T commented on Two Weeks After Turning Down a $50K Record Deal, Olympia Punk Band G.L.O.S.S. Split Because Fame Is Too Stressful.
@11 And that's fine, though from what I remember of the band's original post, part of it was a signing bonus (I think ~$20k) and the rest was an advance for their next record, not the full $50k. They made a business decision for their business, good for them. But it's the publicizing of that decision as a means of gaining any sort of punk "cred" that is dumb. I guarantee that numerous other bands have shot down far better offers, even from Epitaph, who are far from the devil and have a handful of reputable punk bands as well as a bunch of "hey, let's keep the lights on and be able to sign reputable punk bands" bands.

Also, the idea that they were ever going to sell 12,000 copies of their debut album is fucking laughable, but they bragged about that too. Good luck selling whatever merch and 7"s you still have in your closet, assholes. I'd bet good money that most of that shit ends up at Goodwill.
Sep 29, 2016 T commented on The Morning News: Young Everett Mother Dumps Baby in Trash Compactor, Big Tech Wants ST3 to Happen.
@2 Exactly. Tagging is not graffiti, and most people's "art" is simply vandalism. But seeing a proper mural on the side of the building is one of the benefits of living in a city. Maybe we'll get there someday.

And good god, WSDOT is not a fucking business any more than Charles Mudede is a journalist. Whether you like them or not, we need roads to keep people and goods moving from place to place.

You guys just lost Larry Mizell, I have to think Dan Savage probably isn't far behind (and most of his pieces these days are just reruns of old Savage Love columns). This site is about to become all Mudede all the time, and that is frankly embarrassing. Nobody should ever give half a fuck about what bullshit he has to pontificate.

Oh how the mighty have fallen...
Sep 29, 2016 T commented on Move, Bitch. Get Out the Way. My Final Philosophy.
And The Stranger loses yet another of its last decent writers (possibly THE last decent writer?) who actually contributed something meaningful to this paper.

Christ, at this point, why even bother trying to be The Stranger anymore? Just complete the transition into some meaningless blog full of daily news and reruns of Savage Love. You might last a little longer just off of the ad revenue.
Sep 27, 2016 T commented on Two Weeks After Turning Down a $50K Record Deal, Olympia Punk Band G.L.O.S.S. Split Because Fame Is Too Stressful.
Haha, fuck this band. And I say that as someone who legitimately enjoyed their music and was excited to see where they went as a band.

These turds were given an offer that isn't offered to independent bands anymore, and they turned it down. Good for them. The part they fucked up was their publicizing of turning down that offer. "Oh, we're just so good, but we told Epitaph to shove that $50k up their asses because PUNX!" I don't have a problem with them running their band like a business (because it is), it's the humblebrag nature of it all that I have a problem with.

Whatever. Nobody will remember this band next week, and we hopefully won't have to deal with more of their insufferable bullshit after that.
Sep 4, 2016 T commented on EOD: Encounters With Pax West Cosplayers.
There's a level of Seattle Snark to this that is really unnecessary.
Aug 12, 2016 T commented on Federal Judge Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey Murder Conviction Thrown Out by Federal Judge.
It's about time! He can finally turn in his book report.
Jun 5, 2016 T commented on A Grown-Up Emo Kid Braces for the Coming Wave of Emo Nostalgia.
Hey, Stranger's music coverage, I'm not even going to report the spam post above this, I'll let someone else do it. Instead, here's a fun photo....