Author Archive | Chris Estey

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Bumbershoot 2014: Best single Bumbershoot day ever?

No need for a loping intro to this one. For future reference, this is what happened on Sunday, August 31st at the Seattle Center. For a slobbering, no-good-for-shore music fan of many decades like me, it gives full on braingasm to try to wrap my skull walnut around it. These blurbs will be reasonably tight […]

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Bumbershoot 2014: the Saturday of your life

“It's never too late to have a happy childhood.”  ― Tom Robbins Play.  I am looking at the Bumbershoot 2014 schedule for the first time today. Just two days before it all comes down. It's not because I'm lazy, though I am that (sometimes). Or a procrastinator (all the damned time). I prefer to walk into […]

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Is the comedy album dead?

Nope! The comedy album is not dead. It probably should be, as almost every comedian has a podcast or YouTube channel now, or is appearing on three podcasts and talk shows and in festival line-ups this very week. But an album — the format of audio-based long-playing something or other, usually music, but then allowing […]

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My Big Seven musical picks for Bumbershoot 2013

You won a special ticket for seven, and only seven, musical things to do at this year's Bumbershoot. They escort you in for these several performances, and these seven performances only. Here's what I would recommend you pick: 1.) Bob Mould, Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Fisher Green Stage He's in his early 50s, he's endured scalding […]

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Bumbershoot 2013: I like Mondays (festival day 9/2) & UPDATES

Third day of Bumbershoot 2013 seems like a zappy apex and a totally chill epilogue; the outstanding extra-musical affairs continue around the big musical bomps, but in the meantime some changes have occurred since the schedule was first posted (please note!):  Saturday updates: Seattle Arts & Lectures presents The Lunchbox Podcast Live: Literary Pleasures and […]

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Bumbershoot personal pan preview 2013: Saturday & Sunday

I am going to tell you what I know about this year's Bumbershoot line up for its full three days — fortunately, it's a great year and there's almost too much to chat about! Thus, I'll be breaking it down in parts. And I know a little bit about a lot of things, and parts […]

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Bread & Wine: Fantagraphics reissues a timeless romantic masterpiece about a dystopian prophet and a homeless man

It all started with an act of kindness to a passer-by. A man saw a paperback copy of Norman Podheretz's Making It as part of a used book sale spread out on a blanket on the street, and asked the flith-smeared fellow who placed it there how much he wanted for it. It was just a […]

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Come on, Eileen! It's Capitol Hill Block Party weekend: day two {Saturday, 7/27}

This year's Capitol Hill Block Party kicks off the weekend days (after a thrills-packed Friday night) with JK POP, a Japanese and South Korean-obsessed groovy disco explosion, at the Vera Stage. This is a really cool idea, an all day dance party starting and weaving through the other shows happening at the Vera; "Look at […]

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Summer lovin’, had me some jams!

I recommend all these tunes because apparently I can't stop playing 'em: here's a quick alphabetical assessments of what's been hummin' in my iPod on Metro the past few weeks! The Blank Tapes, "Coast To Coast" from the album Vacation A little Zombies-meets-Badfinger surf hippie flower power pop from this (not surprising) SoCal band. The Blank […]

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