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Oct 22, 2014 raputathebeauta commented on Halloween 2014!.
Interesting choice, not listing the Missionary Position with Shawn Smith + Undead Burlesque at Highway 99 Blues Club on the 31st.

Sep 17, 2011 raputathebeauta commented on Okay, Fine, It's War.
It's pretty comical if not unimpressive that the "Stranger Staff" gets the byline on this cute slice of melodramatic quasi-journalistic turd. I understand. When you define cars as "four-wheeled instruments of death" and the modern car driver as "a privileged individual who is the beneficiary of a long course of subsidies, tax incentives, and wars for cheap oil" - what self-respecting writer would dare put his/her name on that?

When I start seeing more cyclists obeying traffic laws and cops treating them like motorists, riding in a far less cavalier and reckless fashion, paying some kind of registration, only then will I start taking your whiny rants seriously. Until then, keep yapping about this revolution and the car as a thing of the past, but don't forget that in 2011, a staggering 3% of Seattle commutes via bicycle. Three per cent. You drama queens really have me pissing in my pants.
Aug 17, 2011 raputathebeauta commented on A New Tax on Dancing.
If the state insists on collecting this obscure tax which very few club owners even knew about before getting audited, it will put many of those clubs out of business and then the state will get no sales tax revenue going forward. Though most people, especially musicians and customers, think club owners are all living the Life of Riley, in reality most club owners are earning an average gross annual income of around $35,000. In most cases, the bartenders are out-earning their owners. A club owner enjoys working for him/herself, but every one of them I know works about 80-100 hours a week and earns noticeably less money than the average American.

The city gets 5% admissions tax on all box office receipts or cover charges. The state gets 9.5% for essentially the same thing. For the clubs, it's like being shaken down by two different neighborhood bullies. One guy takes your lunch money, then the other dunks your head in the toilet and insults your mother.
Aug 2, 2011 raputathebeauta commented on Forever Black.
bringing Sharon Jones into it was entirely unnecessary, cousin, but since you did... it's a matter of taste, but I've always dug Jones' stuff a lot more than Winehouse's, as I prefer my soul and r&b to be a little gritty, dirty, sweaty, etc. Jones and her band sound like a band, where with Winehouse it sounds like a chick with a great voice was put into a studio and into the good hands of some worthy hired guns and a good producer. And to be sure, the Dap-Kings is Sharon Jones' band. They were formed as her backing band at a time when Winehouse was still in high school, they had been her band for several years when they were hired a few times for studio sessions by Mark Ronson, which is why they backed Winehouse on half of Back To Black and then her fist U.S. tour.

I will agree that Back To Black is a magnificent record, but it's hard to reconcile its absence from the higher-end of most of the year-end lists of 2007 (including the Stranger's) and its canonization since her death. Very good album, sure, but certainly not the genre and generation-defining masterpiece you and so many others are making it to be in the shadow of her untimely death. Some albums age and grow better than others, and many of the all-time classic albums were not necessarily the biggest chart-toppers in their years of release, but for a record that's barely four and a half years old... while some rags ranked it high in '06 and '07 many didn't (released in December '06, BTB registers in either year depending on who's defining the cut-off dates). Rolling Stone had it at 40. The Guardian UK had it at 5, Mojo at 7. The Village Voice, 4. Pitchfork did not have it in their Top 50. Spin, 7. Chicago Tribune, not in the Top 20. Billboard, 24. Amazon editors, not in the Top 24. A popular record indeed, but not quite considered the galvanizing masterpiece of its day, per recent public discussion. A handful of albums those two years were staples in virtually every Top Ten list, and this wasn't one of them. Not that it isn't a really good album. It is. It's just, you know, hyperbole abounds.

It's sad when anyone dies at a young age, even if we can't be surprised given the style and fashion in which Amy Winehouse spent her final four years. But as for our treatment of Back To Black, is it possible that many people are making it out to be a Sgt. Pepper or a Pet Sounds when it's more like a Synchronicity or an Exile In Guyville?
Jan 31, 2011 raputathebeauta commented on Up & Coming.
re: War, it's just funny that what essentially amounts to a cover band gets a preview at all. Marginalizing the split as acrimonious is an efficient use of limited space, but akin to reducing a messy divorce to personal differences. Ironically, while Lonnie & Co. were doing the greatest-hits roundup, that same night Lee Oskar was playing in town and mostly doing material that isn't 30+ years old.
Jan 29, 2011 raputathebeauta commented on Up & Coming.
Though understandably limited in space, it's too bad Dave Segal's preview of the War concerts at Jazz Alley couldn't more explicitly offer that "War" comprises Lonnie Jordan with some hired hands, while the Lowrider Band comprises War's four other surviving members, including those who "often summoned magic with a harmonica [Lee Oskar, who lives in the Seattle area and performs regularly at Highway 99 Blues Club] and a cowbell [percussionist Harold Brown, who lived around here for a couple years after being displaced by Katrina]." In an early 90s' coup with the band's manager, Jordan trademarked the name "War" and replaced the rest of the band with musicians for hire. Together, the four Lowriders represent the estates of their two fallen bandmates, Charles Miller and Papa Dee Allen. Since the split, the original members, who all received equal songwriting credit on all material released throughout the band's creative period from 1967-1992, have been denied publishing and licensing royalties by "War." They've been in litigation all these years, and the original Lowriders will surely get their due. In the meantime I think it's most responsible to distinguish between these two artists, noting that "War" is little more than a medium-rent cover band while The Lowrider Band is the closest thing to the real War, by a long shot.

Eric Maloney, Capitol Hill
May 5, 2009 raputathebeauta commented on Bob Log III @ Crocodile.
best show I've seen all year. also, the new croc is awesome (except the bar prices - ouch - a good case for sobriety. or sneaking in a flask).