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January 29, 2010 at 11:58am

Drunk Dialing stories

"Tonics for Tom Waits" by Kristen Ramirez

TELEPHONE ROOM HITS THE BOTTLE NEXT WEEK >>>

Last year at a South Sound club I witnessed a bizarre twosome that wasn't 86ed for throwing drinks on people; instead a higher-up sent them to the downstairs bar, where they presumably would make less trouble (or at least make trouble less noticeably). The twosome was an redhead, I'm talking Irish-setter redhead, who looked like someone's maiden aunt - and her heavy friend, who had the tiniest eyebrows ever to meet a pair of tweezers.

By 9:30 p.m., the maiden aunt was grinding on every man in the downstairs bar, trying to get someone to dance with her. The customers weren't receptive, and an exodus began. Then she started touching my face. Sensually. Like five times. I was scared!

For the next hour, I watched her drunk dial — loudly — close to 20 people as she wobbled at the end of the bar. She still hadn't been kicked to the curb, even though every bartender in the place had begged the manager to pack her off. Did someone have plans for later?

That story popped into my noggin' after I read the Telephone Room's description of their next show, Drunk Dialing. Seattle artist Kristen Ramirez created "an installation of inscribed liquor bottles, each retelling a sordid tale of alcohol-fueled communication. The tales on the bottles are gleaned from friends and strangers via an Internet open call for drunk dialing anecdotes," the press release states.

The show opens Friday, Feb. 5 with an artist reception from 6-9 p.m. Telephone Room receptions are free and include refreshment. Good call.

Drunk Dialing will show through the end of February.

If Ramirez included a bottle from one of your sordid drinking experiences, what story would the bottle tell?

[Telephone Room Gallery, Drunk Dialing, Feb. 5-28, by appointment after the opening, 3710 N. 7th St, Tacoma, thetelephoneroom@gmail.com]

January 29, 2010 at 12:28pm

Meet Trip the Light Fantastic (part deux)

Trip The Light Fantastic performing on the SOTA stage in 2007. Photo courtesy of MySpace

INDIE INSTRUMENTALISTS RETURN TO TACOMA WITH SHOWS AT JAZZBONES AND THE NEW FRONTIER >>>

Trip the Light Fantastic is back - after taking some time off - but the band's return was far from a given. There were plenty of times of the last year, roughly the length of Trip the Light's "hiatus," when it seemed plausible that the instrumental indie rockers might never plug in together again.

Luckily, for ears in Tacoma, the boys of Trip the Light Fantastic figured it out, and their brand of far-out (now apparently chunkier) instrumentals has returned to the stage. On Sunday Trip the Light will play an all ages show at Jazzbones, then on Thursday, Feb. 4 they'll plug in for a 21+ crowd at The New Frontier with Freeze and Fur Coat and Clyde Kurtis.

In preparation for those shows, the Weekly Volcano caught up with Trip the Light Fantastic's Tyler Pratt. Below, you'll find his witty thoughts. This interview posted to Spew in two installments, with the first installment posting on Wednesday.

VOLCANO: You've got a show coming up at Jazzbones on Jan. 31, and then one at the New Frontier on Feb. 4. What can people expect? How would you describe the band's relationship with Tacoma these days? Does Tacoma get you?

PRATT: Expect lots and lots of shit-eating grins from us on stage. We don't get to play music like in Trip with any of our other projects. It's very special for us to get to get up there and throw down like there is no tomorrow. Tacoma has been great to us over the years. We are proud to have been raised here, and only hope to make the people of the City of Destiny feel the same way. I don't know if Tacoma "gets" us. We barely "get" us. All I know is we are lucky to play music that makes us smile like idiots and we hope we get the chance to do that till the day we die.

VOLCANO: What are your goals for 2010?

PRATT: Buy a generator and start playing on a whim in the middle of the fucking street just because. Oh, and keep riding the Trip the Light beast through the cosmos. 

VOLCANO: In your humble opinion, what are the top 3 bands playing in Tacoma right now?

PRATT: $2000 Puma, Goldwing and Wheelies

VOLCANO: Has the direction of the band changed at all since you've returned? What's different, and what's the same?

PRATT: Trip the Light Fantastic actual direction hasn't really changed. The music is very different, but what's the same is that idea behind why we play and the dynamic. When Joseph, Tom, David and I come together as Trip the Light Fantastic... you hear four guys; individual style trying to come out and come together. That's what we do.

VOLCANO: If you had to sum up Trip the Light Fantastic in one sentence, what would it be?

PRATT: Getting to bro down, throw down, and on a good night throw up.

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

January 29, 2010 at 2:27pm

The Prefunk

BRING ON THE WEEKEND >>>

You may have noticed I've changed paths this week. I decided to feature a cat getting tanked instead of my usual shot of a dog getting hammered.

Here at The Prefunk, we're nothing if not equal opportunity.

If you're looking for those pictures of Greg Oden's junk, this is not where to find them.

However, if you're looking for something equally questionable, relating to things to do in the South Sound this weekend, you're in just the right place.

Here's a look at two events going down this weekend, and how to prepare yourself, and your liver:

Saturday

Red Cross Benefit at The New Frontier Lounge

The Volcano already told you all about this Saturday's Red Cross benefit at The New Frontier Loungewith The Color East, Bandolier, SuckerForLights and Norman Baker. It's on Saturday, there's a minimum donation of $5, all the proceeds go to the Red Cross and the people of Haiti, and if you need to know anything else just check out weeklyvolcano.com. All the pertinent info (that was available as of Wednesday afternoon) is available right there.

However, I just received word via the magic of the Internet, that the show on Saturday at The New Frontier will be Bandolier's "last show in Tacoma, maybe forever."

Sad news, for sure. I've got a call in to Lino Fernandez of Bandolier, and as soon as I know more - you will too.

That said, even without more info, this latest development makes attending Saturday's Red Cross benefit at The New Frontier all the more important.

PREFUNK: Here's what we know. Saturday's show will be Bandolier's "last show in Tacoma, maybe forever."

That's sad stuff, but it's still ambiguous. "Maybe" means there's hope.

In any case, here's what you do: Instead of pouring out a 40 for a dead hommie - in this case, the indie darlings Bandolier - pour out half a PBR tallboy. The band is sure to appreciate it more than some crummy Old English 800, and let's be honest - wasting a whole PBR would be blasphemy.

Plus, they said "maybe." ...

SUNDAY

Band Networking Party at Hell's Kitchen

Dudes in bands are good at a number of things: Identifying possible couches to sleep on, obtaining drugs, locating women with jobs that might be able to support them, etc.

And, when dudes in bands get together and combine their skills and talents, the results can be downright spectacular. For instance, imagine finding drugs, a groupie with a job, and a couch to sleep on all with one simple Facebook status update.

These things can happen - through the magic of band networking.

PREFUNK: On Sunday, Hell's Kitchen will host a "band networking party" with Seasons After, Divide the Day, Wide Eye Panic, Underride and Hide the Scarz.

Here's what you do to get ready:

Instead of smoking weed out of that old Mt. Dew can like a typical Sunday afternoon, hold off - marijuana rarely increases one's desire to "network."

Instead, drink seven Red Bulls then head out downtown to Hell's Kitchen for some dirty metal action - with heavy doses of "networking" thrown in for good measure. Maybe meet the dude that will eventually design your band's T-shirts, or, at the very least, meet the dude that will one day post bail for you after you do something embarrassing and illegal after too may Icehouses.

Then, once you get home - make seven shiny new dope pipes out of you seven empty cans of Red Bull.

It's sustainable. And it just makes sense.

See you next week. 

January 29, 2010 at 5:26pm

Music Issue: Be like Mom's Rocket

Mom's Rocket

MAKE A BAND PROFILE, BE BIGGER THAN BONO >>>

By now you've probably clued into the fact that the Weekly Volcano's fancy new Web site - weeklyvolcano.com - has a "Band Profile" feature.

Now we're sweetening the deal:

1. Create a "Band Profile."

2. Become famous online at weeklyvolcano.com.

3. See your band in print, for no additional work, in the Volcano's Second Annual Music Issue's band directory section.

Ever day until March 11 the Weekly Volcano will be featuring one Band Profile on Spew to help folks get a feel for it. Consider this just one more reason to sign up.

Today's band

Mom's Rocket

Please get acquainted below ...

Thomas Roney - Vocals
Jason Celestine - Guitar
Randy Keller - Bass
Jeff Meschke/Jason Weinsenhaus - Drums

Genre: Pop/Rock

Biography: "The Olympia-based quartet... rock with an attitude. With basic rock 'n' roll chord structures, hard crashing rhythms and plenty of volume, Moms Rocket are an in-your-face kind of band. With just a little twang, they are a bit like Lynyrd Skynyrd on steroids". -Tony Engelhart, Weekly Volcano, Jan 31, 2008

Discover when they perform next, listen to their music and become their fan on their Band Profile page here.

LINK: Weekly Volcano's Band Profile section

LINK: Sign up for a Band Profile

Filed under: Music, Web/Tech, Weekly Volcano,

January 30, 2010 at 8:58am

5 Things To Do: Ira Glass, Becky Frehse, Bobby Galaxy ...

Ira Glass

SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2010 >>>

1. Ira Glass - host and producer of the monumental This American Life radio program - is all about the stories. Whether you consider him a journalist, a radio personality or just a nerd in horn-rimmed glasses, Glass' audio narratives are the work of genius, and it's no wonder he and his radio show have managed to build the devoted following they have. At 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Pantages, Glass will offer live insight into what makes This American Life tick, as well as "recreate the sound of his radio show onstage, with music and quotes and sound," according to promotional information.

2. The opening reception for Becky Frehse's solo exhibition, Adaptations, at The Sandpiper Gallery will go down between 2-5 p.m.  Her unconventional paintings are based loosely on the natural world. 

3. The Capitol Theater will screen Paranormal Activity at midnight. Oh, scary.

4. Off The Rails Ozzy Osbourne tribute band will perform at 9 p.m. inside the Halftime Sports Saloon in Gig Harbor.

5. DJ Bobby Galaxy will spin exclusively soul, funk, R&B, Motown and various combinations and permutations thereof beginning at 9 p.m. inside the Tempest Lounge.

January 30, 2010 at 9:41am

NIGHT MOVES: Red Hex, The Color of East

The Color of East

MUSIC IN THE SOUTH SOUND TONIGHT >>>

INDIE POP: Like many others, and many of you, the devastation and suffering in Haiti has been too much for The Color of East to sit back and watch idly. The band wanted to do something - and since what they do is rock, a benefit show seemed natural. The show is set for tonight. The Color of East invited Portland's SuckerForLights, along with Tacoma's Bandolier and Norman Baker - a snug bill for an obviously worthy cause. 9 p.m., $5 and up, $10 and receive a free The Color of East EP, The New Frontier Lounge.

GARAGE ROCK: Led by Sam Olson, of relation to Girl Trouble's Bon Von Wheelie, Red Hex howls at the moon garage rock style, proving you don't need to be old enough to remember the Ramones in their prime to channel that same rebellious energy.  Just check out the Red Hex song "Lisa Frank" and tell me I'm wrong. You won't be able to, I promise. with Apache Chief, Tarek Wegner, Fine Slew, 7 p.m., all ages, The Den @ urbanXchange.

LINK: More live music and DJs tonight in the South Sound

Filed under: Music, Night Moves, Tacoma,

January 30, 2010 at 2:40pm

Be the next Tacoma Poet Laureate

it's time to let Tacoma hear your poetry scribbles.

DO YOU HAVE THE WRITE STUFF? >>>

Admit it - you've scribbled a few lines yourself, secretly on cafe napkins or extensively in ornate notebooks.

Maybe it's time for you to go pro.

Urban Grace: the Downtown Church announces the third annual Soul of the City Poetry Competition, the winner of which will be designated Urban Grace Poet Laureate of Tacoma for 2010-2011.

Applicants must submit two poems and the completed application - which includes questions about why the applicant believes poetry is important and what he or she would like to accomplish as Poet Laureate of Tacoma - by Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

The Urban Grace Poet Laureate will hold the title for a period of one year from April 2010 to April 2011, and receive a cash prize of $1,000.  He or she will further provide, on behalf of Urban Grace, two workshops during the year relating to poetry and spirituality, as well as recite his or her original work once per month at Urban Grace services on themes that serve as liturgical, social, or spiritual commentary.

Current Tacoma Poet Laureate Antonio Edwards will host an event in conjunction with National Poetry Month in late April to announce the winner of the competition.

Applications for the competition can be picked up at Urban Grace's main office (902 Market in downtown Tacoma), online here, or by emailing npaso@urbangracetacoma.org.

Filed under: Tacoma, Word,

January 31, 2010 at 12:55pm

Tacoma Needs More Art

Art work by Aaron Trotter-Voronoff

NEW BLOG >>>

Artist Aaron Trotter-Voronoff - a "21st century stylistic schizophrenic kind of guy" as he likes to call himself - has created a blog to "stir things up" he says. Trotter-Voronoff - or Voronoff the Ghost Critic as he also calls himself - will critique art in Tacoma on his new blog, Tacoma Needs More Art. Apparently, he's going to call it as he sees it.

Filed under: Arts, Tacoma, Web/Tech,

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