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Dec.
31st

The Year in Gig Pics (Pt. 4: Featuring Stevie Wonder, Reba and M.I.A.)

Here are a few more shots I had laying around on my various hard drives. Happy New Year, y’all!








From top: Stevie Wonder with daughter Aisha Morris at Chateau Ste Michelle in Woodinville; Reba McEntire at the Puyallup Fair; the Used’s Bert McCracken, looking like he’s up to something; Candlebox’s Kevin Martin bonds with fans at

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Dec.
30th

The Year in Gig Pics (Pt. 3: Interpol, the Decemberists and Sugarland – oh my)

Here’s your daily installment of the Year in Gig Pics. One more day to go, y’all, and then we’re on to 2008:







From top: Lyrics Born and wife Joyo Velarde get funky at Bumbershoot; the Mother Truckers’ Teal Collins rips it up on the other side of Seattle Center; Interpol’s Carlos D looks comparatively somber at Sasquatch Festival; Decemberists guitarist and sometime Stephen

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Dec.
29th

The Year in Gig Pics (Pt. 2: From the Police to Pain in the Grass)

More scenes from some of the biggest shows of 2007:







From top: The Police during the second night of their two-night stand at KeyArena; Hot Hot Heat’s Steven Bays lets loose at Endfest 16; Visqueen rocks at Sasquatch Festival; Buckcherry’s Josh Todd bangs his head at Cheney Stadium during Pain in the Grass; 3 Inches of Blood bring the mayhem to Hell’s Kitchen.

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Dec.
28th

The Year in Gig Pics (Pt. 1)

I’ve been going through some of my photos this week, and I noticed I’ve got a lot of cool shots I never shared with you guys. So keep checking in over the weekend and I’ll be recapping some of the memorable sights of ’07. Enjoy.







From top: Perry and Etty Lau Farrell perform with Satellite Party at Endfest, Sept. 22 in the

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Dec.
27th

Best albums of 2007

OK, I feel much better now, and I’m back to writing about stuff I liked this year. So, without further ado, here are …



EJ’s Best albums of 2007



1. "Back to Black" Amy Winehouse: The sounds of Motown updated for a new millennium. Winehouse is the most talented and refreshing soul singer to emerge in a while. Unfortunately, we now know she ain’t kiddin’ on that "Rehab" song. She’s the new Pete Doherty with weekly tabloid reminders of how much she needs to say "yes, yes, yes" to the whole detox thing. Here’s

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Dec.
27th

Raaaargh!!! Most hated songs of 2007

If there’s anything more fun than rattling off your favorite albums and concerts at the end of the year, it’s making fun of the songs that you absolutely HATE, HATE HATE! So along those lines I’m taking an informal survey of the most annoying and played out songs of ’07. You know, the stuff that should be band for ’08.


I’ll even kick it off with the Shop Boyz “Party Like a Rockstar.” What? That’s all it takes to parlay in 2007? Mumbling a bunch of cliches over a generic beat? It’s this year’s “Who Let the Dogs

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Dec.
27th

The essential 2007 mix tape

OK, I went through that 50 albums, 50 artists list I posted the other day and narrowed it down to my 10 favorite songs for 2007. Well, more like 11. Those Shins songs are equally awesome, and I tend to play them back to back, anyway. So, without further ado, here they are:



1. (tie) "Sea Legs" and "Phantom Limb" The Shins: Portland’s indie-pop heroes take chances on their third album and come up with the two dreamiest tracks of their career.



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Dec.
24th

Best concerts 2007

This year, I didn’t break ‘em, down by individual performances as in the past. Otherwise, Sasquatch would have accounted for the bulk of my top 5.


1. Stevie Wonder (Aug. 31, Chateau Ste Michele, Woodinville): The living legend hadn’t played the Seattle market for more than two decades, and it felt like seeing the Beatles must have. I literally got goose bumps during "Living for the City." But seeing Burberry-clad yuppies shaking their money makers with the wild abandon of Soul Train dancers was a bit weird, though.


2. Sasquatch Festival (May 26 to

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Dec.
21st

Fabulous Firwood reopening in January

Fife’s Fabulous Firwood will be back up and running by Jan. 11, according to a press release the club e-mailed to me this afternoon. The club was shut down earlier this month for health code violations.


The release also took issue with a story The News Tribune ran on Dec. 14, reprinted below:



Fife police may be getting some relief for one of their biggest headaches – the Fabulous Firwood roadhouse.


The 10,000-square-foot club at 8014 Valley Ave. E. was shuttered Wednesday for health violations related to its septic system. The 84-year-old institution

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Dec.
21st

Crocodile Cafe employees benefit

As that reality set in that the Croc is, indeed, toast, I came across this on Chop Suey’s site:



“UNSCREW THE CROCODILE EMPLOYEES BENEFIT SHOW” with members of Fleet Foxes, Peter Parker, Siberian, Pale Pacific, J.Tillman, Damien Jurado, Pleasureboaters and many more!


Come down, hear some songs, share a story, get a chance to say goodbye…


$ TBA


7pm doors // 21+