Ballard is the neighborhood where I live in Northwest Seattle, Washington that was a sleepy little Scandinavian neighborhood when I moved in. It’s gone through many changes over the past few decades that have made it a destination for Seattleites and for tourists from all over the country and the world. It’s where people go to drink, because there are many great bars and restaurants, plus the world famous Tractor Tavern music venue.
I took a walk through Ballard last weekend to see how the coronavirus shutdown has changed it.
Ballard was a bustling neighborhood with many thriving locally owned businesses, but now they are all hurting because of the severe economic slowdown brought on by the social distancing required to stop the spread of the highly contagious, deadly coronavirus. I can only hope the pandemic soon wanes and that Ballard, Seattle, Washington, and the rest of America and the world can get back to normal. I want all of these businesses to survive, but I don’t think all of them can without some huge help from the state and federal government, and from all the locals pitching in to buy what they can from them when they can.
The Great Recession was about “Too Big to Fail”. This recession is going to be all about “Too Small to Fail”.
This compilation is a fundraiser for the staff of the Ballard Avenue music venues that have been forced to shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The bartenders, sound technicians & door attendants at Conor Byrne Pub, Hotel Albatross, The Sunset Tavern & The Tractor Tavern are our family and make sure that we as musicians have a place to play as well as build and sustain our community.
To celebrate these noble warriors, all the artists on this compilation have recorded their own version of Casey Ruff’s song “You Don’t Bother Me” a song celebrating friendships, good times and hangovers made on Ballard Avenue
I’m rarely as impressed by a viral video as the descriptions suggest I will be. But I don’t think this one can be over-hyped. It is technically tight, doesn’t overreach creatively, and combines iconic moments from some of the best movies of the last 40 years that give you that archived serotonin rush from your love of those movies, the chosen scenes in particular.
It makes masterful use of audio and music. Flawless as far as a non-audio tech nerd can tell (me). I was especially impressed by the Stayin’ Alive/The Wall segue/superimposition. …
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. He died on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87. Visit a cartoon rendition of his office and read a short biography here.
Dr. Seuss was best known as the author and illustrator of many children’s books including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. But he had another career as a political cartoonist for a liberal New York City daily paper, PM during World War II. He drew more than 400 editorial cartoons for the paper from April 1941 through January 1943. He was highly critical of isolationists like Lindbergh; he also loathed racists, and he didn’t really care much at all for Congress, especially the Republicans and some conservative Democrats who organized the Conservative Coalition with the purpose of dismantling Roosevelt’s New Deal. Here’s one Seuss did for the May 18, 1942 edition of the paper. (via brainpickings.org)
Seventy-three years have gone by, and Conservatives are still trying to destroy America’s social safety net. All it would take to update this cartoon would be to replace “F.D.R.” with “Obama”.
First things first: I am a big Arcade Fire fan, but I had nothing to do with Will Butler’s new song about the Greek debt crisis. I will, however, be on a panel at SXSW with the Butler brothers among others. And I’m having an economist’s version of fun by looking at some not entirely random aspects of the economics of music.
So if you are going to SXSW this year, take some time out from going to music shows, drinking beer, and eating meat with your meat to go see Paul Krugman live on stage with other rock stars and music biz people. Details here where you’ll find that you do need stinking badges to see the show. Music or Platinum badges will get you in. Or maybe you can just copy someone’s badge and get in for free! That’s how the kids do it these days. Everything is FREE! And I am sure that will be a part of the discussion. I’ll miss it, so someone who is going should volunteer as a special correspondent, for FREE!
Today is Ralph Bakshi‘s 76th birthday. To honor this great animator’s work, watch “The Littlest Tramp” episode of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures. I loved this show when it came out in the eighties and watched it whenever I could.
“The Littlest Tramp” first aired on October 31, 1987 and it included a scene where a bully of a character smashes a flower Mighty Mouse is holding that he intends to give to Pollly Pineblossom. Mighty Mouse opens his hand after the flower is crushed and finds only pink dust. He thinks of Pearl and smells what remains of the flower and the dust goes up his nose.
My buddy and I were sitting in the shade inside Fountain Lawn beer garden enjoying a cold beer when we heard some loud drumming start up behind us. We turned around, and this is what we saw: the Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec performance group.
All photos taken with a Sony NEX-5, 55mm – 210mm zoom. Click to embiggen.
Jaume Plensa’s “Echo” sculpture at Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park
The piece, modeled on a young girl who lived in the sculptor’s Barcelona neighborhood, represents the mountain nymph who, in Greek mythology, distracted the goddess Hera from spying on the trysts of Zeus (Hera’s husband/brother). When Hera discovered the ruse, she took away Echo’s speech — except for an ability to repeat what others said to her.
Echo overlooks Elliott Bay facing Mount Olympus, named after the mountain over which the mythical King Zeus ruled.
Nerdy panties found their way into my sphere of consciousness today. I’ll lay out the details here in a much more boring way than what’s really going on inside my head. It will mostly involve pictures.
So, there’s Etsy with its plethora of nerdy women:
I was caught up in the ECCC traffic this afternoon (on the bus), and noticed how all these really hot girls in super nerdy outfits were being followed by throngs of less sexy nerds. It occurred to me that these women have really carved out their niche.
And I’m probably late to the party. It seems there’s a whole niche industry built up around selling nerd panties. …
The Sons of Lee Marvin is something Jim Jarmusch dreamed up. To become a member you “must have some physical resemblance or plausibly look like a son of the actor Lee Marvin”. That’s why there are no women in the club, but if there were, I can think of a few women who embody his spirit: Patti Smith, P.J. Harvey, Frances McDormand, and Kim Gordon.