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Oct 27, 2016 Mr_Friendly commented on Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Are Skipping Seattle on Their 2017 Tour Because... Sasquatch?.
They can just fly in with their guitars and use a rented backline. Bands do this all the time for festival shows. It's not the most ideal setup, but tours are typically routed around these festival shows because they pay so well.
Jul 14, 2016 Mr_Friendly commented on Meet Sonic Boom Records’ New Owner, Mike Pitts.
@6 Did you read Nabil's article about how Sonic Boom was started? If they'd listened to the so-called experts telling them that no one was buying music anymore, they would have shut their doors years ago. I'm glad an individual with a passion for music is taking over Sonic Boom rather than some chain absorbing the business and trying to make it fit into their business model. If I had $800K laying around I would have done it myself.
Jan 29, 2016 Mr_Friendly commented on Ballard Record Store Sonic Boom for Sale.
There's nothing indicating the store is closing. If that was the case he would just let the lease run out and liquidate stock. Ideally, someone buys the store, keeps the name, and just runs it the same as before.
Oct 13, 2015 Mr_Friendly commented on Bike Activists! I Have Seen the Future! You're Going To Hate It!.
I spent some time in Copenhagen this summer and got to experience the flow of bike traffic first hand. Another point to consider is that the majority of bike riders in European cities use bikes with only a few gears, so you don't have people buzzing by you on performance road bikes. Everyone rides at the same speed because they're all on the same bike! And European riders are very experienced, so you're not gonna be stuck behind someone who is just getting back on a bike for the first time in 20 years and is not confident and doesn't know the rules of the road.

Also, there were a couple articles in The Guardian and Wall Street Journal this week about mandatory helmet laws vs. ridership in Seattle compared to other cities, and the impact on bike share programs:……
Feb 15, 2015 Mr_Friendly commented on Fifty Terrible Lines from Fifty Shades of Grey.
What if it turned out that Harper Lee's second book had the same plot as 50 Shades of Grey.
Jan 28, 2015 Mr_Friendly commented on Who Knew Tom Petty Could Be So Litigious?!.
Um, this never went to court. Their respective publishers worked out an agreement awhile ago, but just went public with it this week:…

And hey, it's not like Tom Petty's never nicked a melody or two. He liked The Jayhawks' "Waiting For the Sun" so much he lifted the guitar riff and melody for "Mary Jane's Last Dance" a year later. And he certainly didn't think twice about borrowing the "rebel without a clue" line from The Replacements.
Jan 23, 2015 Mr_Friendly commented on SkyMall Magazine Has Filed for Bankruptcy.
Thankfully, we still have SkyMaul:
Jan 12, 2015 Mr_Friendly commented on Inherent Vice Is a Mystery That Can't Be Solved.
@9 I see the parallels to The Long Goodbye in characters and tone, but there were several scenes that seemed lifted right out of The Big Lebowski. Most notably the scene where Bigfoot breaks into Doc's apartment. I like PT Anderson's films a lot, and I did enjoy Inherent Vice, but when he veered too far into Lebowski territory I just found myself thinking the Coens already did these scenes so much better.
Dec 23, 2014 Mr_Friendly commented on Paul Stanley, Knight in Folgers' Service.
Don't forget Ace Frehly shredding for Dunkin Donuts:…