Record Review: Moon Duo Build a Psychedelic Temple on Occult Architecture Vol. 1

Moon Duo play Fri  March 3 at Sunset Tavern.
Moon Duo play Fri March 3 at Sunset Tavern.

Moon Duo's latest offering, Occult Architecture Vol. 1, conjures deep references. "Cold Fear" works as an homage to early 1980s cold wave tape music with its goth-pop aesthetic and frigid vocal interplay. "Cross-Town Fade" tips a cap to Devo. On the propulsive "Creepin," they seem to be channeling the ghosts of Stereolab's halcyon dirges. "White Rose," the album's epic closer, carries the distinct air of classic Hawkwind.

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The Morning News: Trump's Speech and a Local Effort to "Trump-Proof" Seattle with an Income Tax

Lets fact check this thing.
"Presidential" in that he said the usual racist stuff while reading from a teleprompter. getty images

Donald Trump Gave His First Address Before a Joint Session of Congress: "There’s a banality to this class of political speeches that they’ve learned in places like North Korea to ignore as a means of survival—so you don’t go crazy, hearing the same shit repeated over a loudspeaker," writes Massoud Hayoun. "It’s an art we’re still learning in the United States."

All the Fact-Checks You Need: NYT, WaPo, PolitiFact, NPR.

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The New Living-Wage Fee: Politically Motivated or Just Another Expense?

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In January, Eric Beinhocker, an author and economist, was in town to meet local venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and was staying at the W Hotel downtown when he noticed a strange surcharge on his room-service bill. As the Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky reported, the hotel chain had tacked on a 6.5 percent fee, ostensibly to offset the costs of Seattle's minimum-wage increase.

Beinhocker and Hanauer took to Twitter to air their displeasure: "Shameful—@WHotels 'surcharge' for paying its workers a living wage. Where's surcharge for CEO's pay? #fightfor15," Beinhocker wrote. Hanauer joined in: "Hey @WHotels you charge a 6.5 percent surcharge for paying workers fairly, but no surcharge for the $4 million you pay your CEO. Why???"

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A Review of Trump’s First Address to Congress: A Fruit Loop Necklace of Nonsensical Words

This really happened,
This really happened. Getty Images

“He’s getting great reviews,” Wolf Blitzer said on CNN after Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday. I suppose this makes my review a hot take.

To treat Trump’s presidency fairly is to view it as a kind of performance art; it’s not to judge Trump’s speeches on the content, but on their entertainment value.

Either way, I regret tuning in tonight.

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101 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: Feb 28-March 5, 2017

General admission to Whiskeyrocks NW this weekend gets you ten tastes of the good stuff (out of the hundred or so on offer) and an evening of live music performances.
General admission to Whiskeyrocks NW this weekend gets you ten tastes of the good stuff (out of the hundred or so on offer) and an evening of live music performances.

Our arts critics have already recommended 67 great things to do this week, our music critics have picked the 39 best concerts, and we've compiled all of the resistance events, Mardi Gras celebrations and geeky Emerald City Comicon-related events that don't require an ECCC badge this weekend—but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from MoPOP's Science Fiction and Fantasy Celebration to a Ms. Pak-Man comedy show, and from a festival of horror films made by female directors to the Make America Create Again art festival. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Dark Heron Pint Night
In collaboration with Fremont Brewing, Emerald City Comicon has debuted its official beer, Dark Heron IPA, graced with an illustration of a butt-kicking, winged action heroine. The Raygun Lounge will be pouring it and letting you take home the commemorative glass.

2. Literary Happy Hour
Capitol Cider will start inviting poets and authors to read their work to a happy hour audience ($1 off drafts before 6). In February, readers will be Peter Mountford, Eli Briskin, and Amanda Baker-Patterson.

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I, Anonymous: Tell Us Everything


Send us your rants, your raves, your secrets and confessions longing to breathe free. Tell us about your obnoxious customers, your unfortunate encounters with rude people, your Trump-loving relatives, your loud neighbors, your irresponsible fellow drivers.

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Can a Rock Drummer Become Mayor? Keith Whiteman Is Trying to Find That Out

Does this drummer have a (rim)shot at becoming Seattles next mayor?
Does this drummer have a (rim)shot at becoming Seattle's next mayor?

Two years ago, the Long Winters’ front man John Roderick tried in vain to get elected to Seattle’s city council. He’s one of the rare musicians in town who have taken a serious stab at politics. This year, though, Keith Whiteman, former drummer for goth-leaning post-punks Grave Babies and many other bands, is audaciously—some might say quixotically—attempting to run for mayor. Now, Whiteman’s a strong timekeeper and he has great musical taste, but what does he know about running a major city? Read our interview with him after the jump to find out what’s driving the earnest political aspirant to potentially unseat Ed Murray come November.

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After Going Missing for Two Years, Zachary Bowen Is in Recovery—But He Still Needs Your Help

Zachary Bowen
Zachary Bowen Courtesy of Suzette Cereghino

Zachary Bowen, 27, went missing about two years ago. On February 13, his mother Suzette Cereghino received a phone call. A woman who identified herself as Jada explained that she was outside the Central Library in downtown Seattle and may have found her son, Cereghino recalled. She said Jada told her she remembered seeing Bowen's picture on Slog.

"I don't know how she recognized him," said Cereghino during a phone interview today. "It really is a completely divine intervention that she recognized him and took the time [to stay with him] and that he was alive. A couple weeks more on the street and he probably wouldn't have made it because he was so thin."

Since he was found two weeks ago, Bowen has been recovering with support from doctors and mental health counselors, his mother said. But he still needs more help.

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Why Eric Elbogen Is Saying Bye to His Band, Say Hi

Eric Elbogen: Fangs for the memories.
Eric Elbogen: Fangs for the memories. JENNY JIMENEZ

Say Hi, the musical project of Seattle multi-instrumentalist Eric Elbogen, has come to an end after 15 years of mostly positive critical reception and middling commercial success. While Elbogen's relatively small yet steadfast fan base may be crestfallen, other readers may be asking, "Say who?" That dichotomy summarizes the predicament of today's independent musician.

These days, even the artists who record for solvent labels and who've racked up a fair amount of media attention and licensing deals struggle to make a living—or even a partial living. While the glut of music gushing forth from manifold online and meat-space outlets allows for anyone with electricity to have a platform, it also conspires against anyone but the best-looking, best-bankrolled acts from attracting an audience.

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I, Anonymous: Post Pot


You, in what I imagine was a regrettable error, swapped the "To" and "From" addresses and accidentally mailed a package intended for the Big Easy to me, the random Seattle address you tried to list as the return address. Of course I decided it needed to be opened. What was my address sending people? Weed.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Straight Uncle Offers Trans Nephew A Summer in the City (But Mom Says No)


My wife and I live in a big city. We have two very small kids. We have lots of friends in the LGBTQ community. My sister (and her ex-husband) live in a small town. Their biological daughter—at age 16—has just come out as trans. He has done some amazing things, like get his high school to install at least some gender-neutral bathrooms and consider changing overall bathroom regulations. But I don’t think he has a lot of exposure to other folks in the community. We were thinking of inviting him to come and stay with us this summer; we’d pay all the expenses, give him his own room, help him find a job or internship (one of our LGBTQ friends has already agreed, if he’s willing, to give him part-time work at a local activism organization.) The problem is that my nephew’s parents don’t want us to do any of this, and say that we’re interfering. They say that their child may still be just “in a phase.” I don’t know whether that’s true or not, but my argument is that we have to support the person my nephew IS right now, not the person he may or may not become (or have been). Obviously, we can’t make the summer plan happen without parental approval since my nephew remains a minor, but my sister has asked me not to even mention the offer or any of the surrounding issues to my nephew. I feel like he may need the support and I want him to know that whatever he’s going through, he has a loving family here in the big city to depend on and that accepts him.

Don’t know what to do, ethically/morally/logistically.

Uncle Recommends Bringing Along Nephew

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Seattle Population Hits 700,000, But Our Transportation System Isn’t Ready

Lots of people and good  information on Link...
Lots of people and good information on Link... Charles Mudede

It is estimated that 100,000 people were added to Seattle's population in six years (we crossed the 600,000 mark at the end of the last decade). When I moved to Seattle in 1990, the population was only 516,259, and the bus tunnel had just been completed. Since that time, the improvements on the city's transportation infrastructure have been, to put it kindly, moderate; while in comparison, the city's population growth, an increase of 200,000 people, has been exceptional. The city as a thing is far behind the city as lived.

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High Society: Five Women, Five Weed Suppositories, One Sparkly Night


Every week seems to bring some crafty new deployment of legal weed: cannabis-enhanced Keurig cups, marijuana lip balm. But this one caught my eye: Fairwinds' Feminine Relief—cannabis-infused vaginal suppositories "designed to provide daily and monthly relief." The product's claims were cryptic ("monthly relief"?), but understandably so, since the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board forbids cannabis producers from hyping any concrete medical benefits, leaving weed PR teams to dance around with words like "relieve" and "enhance" and "support."

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Cycene Does Grits (and Breakfast, and Lunch) Right

The Kentucky Hot Brown grits bowl featuring roast turkey, pimento mornay, bacon and tomato, and the Blackened Chicken grits bowl featuring Alabama white BBQ sauce, black-eyed peas, red onion and pickles. Suzi Pratt

Usually the answer to Ty Dolla $ign’s famous query ("You gon' make them eggs cheesy with them grits, or nah?") would be—at least here in Seattle—a resounding “nah.” Grits aren’t exactly a Seattle breakfast thing. Overpriced crab benedicts or smoked salmon omelettes, perhaps, but not grits.

That said, while they might not be a menu fixture, there are plenty of places to grab a bowl. Roux, Hudson, and even the tiny Both Ways Cafe all come to mind. However, if you’re living the commuter lifestyle, those aren’t exactly convenient. I mean, I live in South Park and Hudson is right across the bridge, but getting there means driving, and driving to work is the ultimate misery. Now, I’m thrilled to report, we have a very awesome, very centrally located, and very Southern place to get grits: Cycene.

Cycene occupies one of the teensy restaurant slots on the 1st Avenue side of the Sanitary Public Market building, wedging itself in between El Borracho and Old Stove Brewing Co. They’re a breakfast and lunch affair, being open from 6am-2pm every weekday except Wednesday (their day off), and 8am-3pm weekends. If you’re, say, transferring buses at Westlake during an ungodly hour, you can pop into Cycene and be out in half an hour.

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13 Mardi Gras Events In Seattle This Week

Celebrate Brazilian Carnaval with music and dancing at the Crocodile.
Celebrate Brazilian Carnaval with music and dancing at the Crocodile on Saturday. StockPhotosArt /

Happy Mardi Gras! There are lots of opportunities to let the good times roll today—from a Cajun tasting menu at Tilth to the Columbia City Beatwalk Fat Tuesday to parties with cheap hurricane drinks. Plus, if you can't celebrate today, there are events in the coming days as well, including Brazilian Carnaval at the Crocodile this weekend. See all of your options below, or on our Mardi Gras calendar.

Note: This is an excerpt of a longer article that included Mardi Gras events over the weekend.

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1. Mardi Gras Tasting Menu
For Mardi Gras, Maria Hines's local-focused restaurant Tilth will serve a special eight-course, New Orleans-style menu featuring boudin (blood sausage) croquettes with creole mustard and remoulade, shrimp and grits with andouille, red beet risotto, and blackened venison with broccolini, and Theo chocolate ganache. Try them with other dishes for a cheaper-than-usual $80 ($100 with wine pairings). Of course, there will also be Cajun music, beads, and masks.

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