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Two Acts Quit David Meinert's Band Management Company

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The Lumineers. These guys didn't quit yet. Josh Bis

Two of the acts currently signed to David Meinert's management company announced Friday that they plan to completely cut business ties with the Seattle businessman. Meinert was accused by five women of sexual misconduct, including two rape allegations, in a story published Thursday by KUOW.

Hey Marseilles said on Twitter Friday night that they are "working on a path forward" that will not include Meinert. Andrea Gibson, a spoken word poet, told me Friday that she would "not have any involvement" with any Meinert-owned company.

The Lumineers, the most commercially successful act currently managed by Meinert's company, have not made any public announcement regarding Meinert nor have they returned requests for comment.

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Friday Night at Capitol Hill Block Party In Six Lists

They turned 10th Ave into a booze lawn.
They turned 10th Ave into a booze lawn. Lester Black

Though I've lived in the Capitol Hill/CD area since moving to Seattle in 2011, I've never attended a Capitol Hill Block Party. I had heard the block party was not actually a party for people who lived in the neighborhood, but rather a block swap with Bellevue. Previous attendees have described evenings full of gratuitous underbutt, sin, suburbans, medium-spicy music, department store perfumes, high prices, heat, and long lines. But I had also heard the festival wonderfully reframes the neighborhood, offering a fresh perspective on the same old brand new condos sprouting out of the ground, the beautiful brick landmarks we know and love, and even the Shell gas station. And surely some of the music was excellent, right? Right! (Especially if you listen to what Dave and Chase tell you to listen to.)

Last night I found all of the above to be kind of true! Even though I only saw like 3ish sets, it was almost too much to take in. So I decided to condense my evening into a series of lists that will give you an idea of what you missed, happily or otherwise.

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Here's Everything You Need to Know for Capitol Hill Block Party 2018 This Weekend

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Courtesy of CHBP

Capitol Hill Block Party is finally here! If you still need tickets to this weekend's music festival, you can buy them here. If you've already got your tickets, we've also got a full guide to the festival. Here are some quick links:

- Friday Schedule
- Saturday Schedule
- Sunday Schedule
- Map
- The Top 40 Artists to Check Out
- Full Block Party Calendar (complete with music clips and artist descriptions)

Have fun!


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Confirmed: The Black Tones Are Going to Be Huge

Its always nice when a buzz band surpasses expectations.
It's always nice when a buzz band surpasses expectations. Lester Black

Buzz bands reflexively trigger skepticism in me, and the Black Tones definitely have been accruing massive buzz over the last six months or so. But once you see the Seattle trio play live (this was my first time, and it felt so right), you’ll quickly understand why the chattering classes are losing their shit over them.

Led by singer/guitarist Eva Walker (who has the best smile in the city’s music scene, if my scientific survey of one is correct) and her brother, drummer Cedric, the Black Tones don’t do anything innovative, but they sure do inject excitement into traditional rock, blues, and funk moves. I like how they started their packed Barboza set with “Mr. Mines,” a Hendrixian funk-rock warm-up exercise that gradually built in intensity, highlighted by Eva Walker’s articulate wah-wah modulations.

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Artists, filmmakers, and other creators are invited to make and submit short films—4:20 maximum length—for the first annual SPLIFF. Win big cash prizes! Winners are decided by secret audience ballot. Submit a film to win Trippiest, Funniest, Stupidiest, or Best in Show!


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Where Were You While FACS Were Making Rock Great Again?

Like wiry angst in your rock? FACS got you covered.
Like wiry angst in your rock? FACS got you covered. Lester Black

Drummer Noah Leger’s FUCK IT T-shirt betokened great things, and Chicago trio FACS did not disappoint. My pick for the most interesting act of this event, FACS come at you with tense, terse post-punk with guitar that strafes with no-nonsense clangor and anger. Guitarist Brian Case specializes in an aggressive form of Morse code anti-riffing, emitting sulfuric sparks of wiry angst.

Playing to a sparse Vera Stage crowd (it was 5 pm, after all), FACS exuded pitiless No Wave menace. Their brutal, rust-belt rock songs are stripped down and ready for conflict, chronically on the verge of exploding; that they don’t just adds to the music’s potency.

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Remembering the Extraordinary Seattle Actor, Demene E. Hall

The longtime Seattle actor and singer died on June 27th.
The longtime actor and singer died on June 27th this year. Courtesy of the family of Demene Hall

Demene E. Hall, an accomplished actor who commanded Seattle stages and screens for decades, died on June 27th.

Last month Hall flew up to Alaska to reprise her solo role in Y York's Sycorax for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Within 24 hours, according to director Mark Lutwak, Hall fell ill. She was airlifted to UW Medical Center, but, due to complications related to her illness, Hall decided to end treatment. "She went out the way she wanted to," Lutwak said. "It was under her control, and it was all exactly the way she wanted it."

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A Brief History of Lip-Syncing Cops

Cops just wanna have fun.
Cops just wanna have fun. Avid Creative / Getty Images

As everyone knows, the lip sync is the pinnacle of art.

From Jimmy Fallon’s popular The Tonight Show segment-turned-actual-network-TV-show, what can be chalked up to a Hail Mary pass on RuPaul’s Drag Race, to Mariah Carey’s slip-up on New Year’s Eve, the lip sync has influenced the most important parts of culture.

Art evolves and ultimately, just like everything, it dies. In its most recent incarnation, the lip sync has been adopted by cops. Though it signals a decline in all meanings of the word, the Cop Lip Sync has become an art in-and-of itself and must—MUST!—be analyzed.

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Yaeji Kicks Off CHBP With Cool Tracks and Even Cooler Mom Jeans

No millennial rocks mom jeans better than Yaeji.
No DJ rocks mom jeans better than Yaeji. Lester Black

Yaeji makes music for all times. The DJ/producer/visual artist/fashion designer creates chill, expansive beats that live in a liminal space. It's English and Korean. House and hip hop. ASMR and a banger. She's good for revving up, as Sophia Stephens wrote for The Stranger, but also for cooling off after a night that went harder than expected. I frequently go back to her tracks. Yaeji's music is great for disassociating but not so much that I forget where I'm at or who I am or the shit I've got to do.

Her early set on Friday was a quick hustle through her popular tracks, but the level of teenage debauchery that went down in the crowd during that time was impressive.

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When Friends Do Terrible Things

When Jeffrey Lord, then a pro-Trump talking head on CNN, appeared on the Real Time With Bill Maher earlier this year, Maher described Lord as one of the nicest, kindest, and most decent people in politics. (Lord would later be fired for "using a Nazi slogan" on Twitter.) Seeing as Lord was so kind and decent, how could he possibly support Trump?

MAHER: He's the most vulgar human being. Vulgar. Why do you, nice, genteel, polite Jeffrey Lord, have this affinity [for Trump]? What is it? What is the attraction?

LORD: Two things. I have to say as someone who knows him and considers him a friend, he has always been, in my presence, polite, charming, sensitive. Truly. Truly.

Lord's defense of Trump basically boils down to this: "Well, he never grabbed my pussy." Donald Trump, an admitted sexual predator, gets a pass from his friend Jeffrey Lord because Trump never sexually assaulted Jeffrey Lord. Trump was always a perfect gentleman in my presence, says Lord, the president never did anything unseemly in my presence. And for Lord this is somehow proof that his friend Donald Trump couldn't have done the things Trump himself admitted to doing when he wasn't in Lord's presence—the things Trump admitted to doing when he was alone with women, the things more than twenty women have come forward and accused Trump of doing to them when Jeffrey Lord wasn't present.

Like a lot of people in Seattle, I've known Dave Meinert a long time. But it was only in the last couple of years that I began to see him socially and consider him a friend.

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Why Don't People Think Jeff Bezos Is As Bonkers As Imelda Marcos?

Why is this man not seen as mad?
Why is this man not seen as mad? Charles Mudede

Two big recent stories. One concerns the former Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak. The other concerns the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. This month, parts of the world learned of Razak's "excessive collection" of luxury goods: handbags, watches, jewelry, clothes, and 1,000 pairs of shoes. Those shoes, of course, recalled the "crazy" former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, who famously owned nearly 3,000 shoes. The reporter for one article on Razak, "Just like the case of Imelda Marcos," even interviewed a psychiatrist, Dr. Abdul Kadir Abu Baka. The doctor described Razak's condition as a form of depression; people like him must accumulate expensive things or they "get distressed." The doctor also pointed out that the condition "is something similar to narcissistic behaviour;" meaning, "it is about flaunting wealth" with the idea that one "can get away with it." So, the accumulation of things is clearly seen as a form of mental imbalance, if not illness. But what about Jeff Bezos? This week, the whole world learned that his fortune had grown to $150 billion.

Bloomberg called Bezos the richest man on earth and in earth's history. To use words from "Rapper's Delight," he now had "more money than a sucker could ever spend." But the reporter of the Bloomberg story did not consult a psychiatrist about Bezos and his super-excessive wealth. In fact, it is not even considered excessive. 3,000 shoes, and you are nuts and bats. $150 billion, and there is some talk about maybe doing some philanthropy, and maybe some talk about how some of this money might soon be lost because Prime Day got off to a rocky start. What is going on here? Why do we not see the excessive pursuit and accumulation of money as a form of madness? I think I have the answer.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2018 Must-See: Teskey Brothers

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You’d never know The Teskey Brothers hail from Australia, nor that the quartet's lead singer was a young, fair-haired white man, unless you beheld him with your own bare eyes, as Josh Teskey is a dead vocal ringer for Otis Redding, his pipes perfectly smoky with a hint of whiskey-soaked rasp. And his namesake band with bro and back-up singer/lead guitarist Sam Teskey craft sounds close enough to the high-quality Motown/Stax soul, blues, and R&B of yesteryear that you won’t even care it’s not really Otis.

The Teskey Brothers play Sunday, July 22, 3–3:30 pm, on the Vera Stage. Find a complete list of (40) must-see acts here, check out The Stranger's full Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, and see schedules broken up by day—Friday, July 20; Saturday, July 21; and Sunday, July 22. Listen to some Teskey Brothers (and peep videos) below.

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Why Am I Compelled to See Tom Cruise Movies?

Mission: Impossible – Fallout opens July 27 in wide release.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout opens July 27 in wide release. Paramount Pictures

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Defend your willingness to see the new Tom Cruise movie. (This premise will self-destruct in 474 words.)

Guess what: I can't defend it. Aside from the thing of just liking what you like, I really can't account for how much I enjoy Tom Cruise movies. By which I mean proper late-period Tom Cruise movies, the ones with stunts and running, especially the Mission: Impossible series—the sixth installment of which, Fallout, opens July 27.

By the way, this is not a review of Fallout. I haven't seen it. Yet. They didn't screen it in time for our deadline; why bother when they know how much people who care about cinema hate Tom Cruise?

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His Son Wants to Fuck Pokémon—Is There Anything He Can Do About It?

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Originally published March 19, 2014.

I am a liberal parent. I raised a daughter who is bi and poly. I always thought that I could accept anything that parenthood might throw at me. I knew that I could embrace my son if he were straight, gay, bi, trans, etc. If there is a controlling consciousness of the universe, it has a nasty sense of humor. Putting it bluntly: My son is sexually attracted to Pokémon. He dropped hints that I didn't really pick up on. But over the last few years, I have stumbled across evidence of his browsing habits that left me pretty clear about his proclivities. He is now 17, so thoughts that he would "grow out of it" are fading. My biggest fear is that he won't find someone to pair with. I love my children and want them to be happy. Should I address this with him? Try to discourage an orientation that, to me, seems kind of pathetic?

Dad Of Pokémon Enthusiast

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Sadly, suddybuddyseattle.com is non-existent and a phone call went unanswered, but if you are unwilling or unable to clean your own bong, there's (apparently) a service for that.

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For everyone else, throw a little rubbing alcohol and some salt in your glass piece, shake vigorously, and your bong will be clear as a newborn's lungs in no time.


We End the Week With the Report of Michael Cohen Having Recorded Trump Discussing Silencing Playboy Model

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Charles Mudede

And the recording is in the possession of the FBI, and this is how another week of this presidency ends—as crazy as it began. The week's highlights: Trump sides with Putin in opposing a US intelligence report that describes in great detail how the hostile power attacked the nation's democratic institutions. Next highlight: Trump explains that we, the public, did not understand what he really said when he said he supported Putin and not US intelligence—he really said he did not support Putin. And today, the last day of the business week, there is a report that Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen recorded "the two men... discussing a payment to a former Playboy model who has alleged an affair with Trump." Karen McDougal is her name. She must not be confused with Stormy Daniels, a former porn star who was arrested on July 11 for allegedly touching a patron in a sexual way during a performance in the Sirens Gentlemen's Club in Columbus. The conversation was recorded two months before the election.

"I can't believe Michael would do this to me," Trump is said to have said when he learned of the recording. "This country is so unreal right now," my brother said to me over the phone as I walked around the almost empty Convention Center bus stop. It closes tomorrow, July 21, but buses will still use it until March. After then, it will be a tunnel just for Link trains.

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