Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year Seattle! Shows And Special Places To Be New Year's Eve

There's no lack of great bands playing on New Year's Eve in the Seattle area -- here are a few recommendations in case you have not made plans yet! 

Not only will this Walking Papers show be special to the loyal fans of the band, but for the band themselves, this will be historical. Legendary Guns n' Roses bass player, Duff McKagan, who plays bass in Walking Papers, will get to see his teenage daughter's band play on the same stage this New Year's Eve, and with a few very special guests -- one is rumored to be local teen rocker Jason Kerston. Grace and her band The Pink Slips have not played out much yet, so fans and family alike are very excited about this. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Restore the Rainier "R" and Bring Back the Bush! ...Among Other Glorious Moments of 2013

What a wonderful year for music in Seattle. Once again, the best music in the world is flowing freely from a collection of amazingly talented musicians. They are not only eclectic and diverse in their many styles, but so genuine, kind, and supportive of one another; it's apparent in every benefit and through generous gestures of many that there is a deep respect of Seattle music past, present, and future.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pink Floyd's The Wall Musicare Benefit, Omni Reunion Show, Missionary Position DVD Release, & New Years Eve with The Walking Papers: It's All Part of Xanaland's Holiday Rock & Roll Fantasy!

The wonderful year of 2013 is ending with a bang in Seattle! Here's a few of the events on our radar for the last 10 days of December:

Tonight, Thursday the 19th, I will be at The Feedback Lounge in West Seattle for the premier viewing of Black Dahlia's DVD of The Missionary Position. For those of us that can't get enough of this fantastic band, this will be a real treat -- the DVD is said to have 7 or more songs/videos that have until now not been seen in their final artistic form. So this should be interesting to say the least -- Black Dahlia's work is exquisite, and The Missionary Position with Jefferson Angell, Benjamin Anderson, and Michael Alex is unmatched when it comes to "bringing the sexy" to the stage! Join us if you're in the area between 7 and 9 p.m.  DVDs will be available to purchase and are already at local record stores like Easy Street Records. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Puzzle Facade: A Giant Interactive Rubik's Cube!

Puzzle Facade: Ars Electronica’s Media Building Turned into a Giant Interactive Rubik’s Cube puzzles light interactive games
For his thesis project in “Interface Culture” at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, designer Javier Lloret converted the entire facade of the Ars Electronica building in Linz, Austria into an interactive Rubik’s Cube called Puzzle Facade. Lloret created a handheld device the mimics the function of the ubiquitous puzzle toy which then wirelessly communicates with a computer that controls the network of lights installed on the building. From his website:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Holiday Treat From Mudhoney with a Custom Ice Cream and a Free Live Show at Full Tilt Ice Cream Parlor!

Photo by local singer Amanda Hardy. You can see us filming and live streaming 
from outside! Video link below! 

Every time I think I'm going to have a mellow week and get to sit around and knit a Witchburn sweater or work on Shawn Smith's hat, or make The Bee Charmer a jacket, I get whisked away to another must-see event! Luckily, this was very close to home.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Shine Music Project is Born Under a Good Sign: Brandon Wisely & Johndus Beckman Revive An Andrew Wood Demo as a Special Holiday Toast!

Poor little Capricorn, it's not his fault Mercury is in retrograde with Pluto!

Born under a good sign my ass, every Capricorn I know is fighting their demon this year, so far we're blaming that yellow bastard Pluto. Capricorns just can't seem to get a break or want to give themselves a break. See more in our astrology blog tonight at 6! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Xanaland Live Concert Moments of the Moment: Queens of the Stone Age with Mark Lanegan

If you're as hip or more hip than me, you have probably seen this or maybe were even at the show! Either way, take a break from your Sunday cleaning, football and domestic hell to watch these- Enjoy!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

This Ain't No Party This Ain't No Disco It's a Giant Rotating Disco Ball Pizza Oven !

A Rotating Disco Ball Pizza Oven by Lukas Galehr Vienna pizza food cooking architecture
Photo © Lukas Schaller
A Rotating Disco Ball Pizza Oven by Lukas Galehr Vienna pizza food cooking architecture
Photo © Lukas Schaller
A Rotating Disco Ball Pizza Oven by Lukas Galehr Vienna pizza food cooking architecture
Photo © Lukas Schaller
A Rotating Disco Ball Pizza Oven by Lukas Galehr Vienna pizza food cooking architecture
Photo © Lukas Schaller
A Rotating Disco Ball Pizza Oven by Lukas Galehr Vienna pizza food cooking architecture
Photo © Lukas Schaller
Designed by Austrian architect Lukas Galehr for the recently-opened ‘Disco Volante’ pizzeria in Vienna, this fully-functional pizza oven has been designed to look like a gigantic reflective disco ball. And yes, it even rotates. ViaMadame Mohr:
According to the clients wish the restaurant should not only carry the atmosphere of a southern Italian pizzeria but also transport the lightness of the “Italo-Disco” era of the 1970s and 80s.
The heart of every pizzeria is the wood fired oven which in this case is a giant disco ball with a rotating mechanism. After the dough is run out the Pizzaioli start the engine and the oven begins to slowly turn with about 1 revolution per minute.
You can see many more photos here and over on iGnant. Photos by Lukas Schaller. (via Dezeen)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Creative Photographer Awards On Xanaland For November: Ted Gonzales....Winning!

He takes pride in his sobriety, his work, his daughter, and his love for Starbucks coffee, and he's one hell of a photographer! 

In fact, I'm thinking of contacting Starbucks myself, because I lost count at like 200 Starbucks related photographs and all very cool and creative. 
One thing I always notice about Ted's photographs is that he seems to be in a great mood-even while he's at work...actually especially while he's at work! 
He's been one of my best friends on social media for a couple of years now, and I always look forward to his photographs. He has a unique style and what can I say, that handsome face and that adorable mohawk just cant take a bad photo! Just look at that sweet mug, he is adorable!

He also has a special place in his heart for The Misfits, and Kiss, and of course his daughter who he takes great photos of and with regularly, she may not realize it now, today we are all photographers, and with technology kids take it for granite that camera phones are just the norm, well most of us ' adults ' have only a handful of cool photos of us with our parents in comparison. She will surely one day look back at his immense collection of photographs and be very grateful. I know I would be!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Xanaland Live Stream Schedule for November 2013

What's nice about having a drunk monkey is you get to blame everything on him. What's nice about having a sober monkey, is you can plan events and actually stick to a schedule! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Walking Papers Fans, Get Ready To Get Happy! Jefferson Angell Tonight at Duos in West Seattle!

I can think of no better way to start off November than a night with Jeff Angell, soon to be back on tour with The Walking Papers. Those loyal to The Bee Charmer and to his other band, The Missionary Position, get very happy when we get treated to these laid back acoustic jams!  So please join us at DUOS in West Seattle, or if you cannot attend, Xanaland will be providing a free live stream that you can even watch on your phone!  Just tune in at 10 p.m. Seattle time to our ' Live Performance ' page.  No login or Facebook membership required, so anyone can watch it for free!  This is especially nice for all our out of town friends and fans abroad! 

Also, don't forget: If you are in London, or some of the other cities they are touring with Alice in Chains, get your tickets now! 

Walking Papers tickets: 

Here is a little preview for tonight! 

Duos Lounge : 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Vincent Price Sings "You've Got A Friend" on The Muppets!

This is simply the most adorable thing you will see on the internet today!  Share it with a friend who needs a cyber hug! 

Alice Cooper On The Muppets: Pre-Halloween Nostalgia on Xanaland

Now look, we all know there's nothing cooler than when a rock star hangs out with a muppet. 

One of the most endearing and humanizing things Alice cooper ever did was appear on The Muppets -- he even tried to get Kermit to sell his soul to the devil! 

Please enjoy part one... the set may look simple, but today everything is done with green screen and digitally, so imagine all the work that went into this! 

Here's part 2....

The costumes and puppet design are exquisite!  I wonder who has them all now! 

Then, Alice finally talks Miss Piggy into the deal with the devil, but she also turns into this bizarre bird! 

Then they add the Sci- Fi twist with the Pigs in Space.  The songs he performs are pretty cool as well, including a special version of "School's Out For Summer."  What could be more fun than Muppets in a mosh pit?!  Well, moshing, anyhow!  ... enjoy part 3!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Lush Tones Grace The Feedback Lounge Tonight

The Lush Tones are one of the first bands I went and saw around the time I started to create my website. They had only been together a few months and were already amazing. Andrew Gemkov was a good social media buddy and had tipped me about many good shows, but when I went to see his own band play, I was truly impressed. Their singer Josh Newdawns Neville is in a class of his own when it comes to style and looks. He's like a translucent grunge angel and I couldn't stop staring at him. And their adorable female drummer. Eva D....forget about it! She rocks, plain and simple! Tonight I finally get to see them again after a long year of missing their shows, and even better- you can too, even if you can't make it to The Feedback, Xanaland will be providing a free live stream you can watch right here on our ' Live Performance ' page! 

Please join us at West Seattle's Feedback Lounge or tune into our live stream at 8:00 p.m. Seattle time, babyz! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Mothership at the High Dive Tonight!

Normally I would never ever miss a Mothership show, but unfortunately my clone has not arrived in the mail yet! So please if you're looking for great music and in the Fremont area tonight go check out this show, I really can't say enough about these guys, anyone who knows me knows I pimp them constantly! Here is a video I took of them last winter, and believe me it was love at first listen, remember the name Johndus Beckman because his golden voice is here to stay, not to mention his drummer..Will Andrews, also known as Seattle's 2nd most adorable drummer..fact, not opinion! Look for more video on our youtube channel, and look for their new CD coming out soon! 

Seattle's Legendary Sweet Water Tonight at the Jet Bar!

Well folks, it's another one of those nights in Seattle where we all have hard choices to make, but for this old school monkey the choice is easy.... Tonight we will be filming and live streaming Seattle's Sweet Water form The Jet Bar in Mill Creek! 

If you live up north this is the show to be at, plus the Jet has a great staff and great food! If you are not able to attend or are going to another show, you can still tune in to our free live stream on our 
Live Performance page right here on Xanaland! 

Drive safe, drive sober, and have a wonderful night! 
Here's a fun music teaser of me driving listening to Sweet Water, I promise I will have epic video tomorrow from tonight's show! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sunday in Seattle: Kim Virant Rocks The Feedback!

It just keeps getting better in Seattle! And speaking for myself, I now have a chance to redeem myself after seeing and live streaming her great performance at The Hard Rock but getting no video, so this is going to be great! If you're not in the area, please tune in to our free live stream right here on the ' Live Performance ' page. And if you live in Seattle and are lucky enough to have no rug rats keeping you at home on Sunday, please join us! The Feedback is on California S.W. and Fauntleroy. 

One Last Time Baby! Basment Sessions Demos Plays This Saturday Saturday at Slim's Last Chance

I'm starting to get excited. The Ultra Super Secret Super Group known not so simply as Basment Sessions Demos Seattle is playing a supposed last show at Slim's Last Chance this Saturday the 28th.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pre HalloweenTeaser: Kermit Biting Vincent Price

Well it's almost that time of year, and clearly at Xanaland we're very much excited and ready for the Halloween season! There are so many great TV moments to archive we figured we'd get a head start on the season, so enjoy this adorable moment with Kermit and Vincent Price.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Seattle Honors George Harrison With A Bangladesh Tribute Benefit

Brought to Seattle by loyal music fan and musician Eric Stuart Fredrick, and featuring many of Seattle's best local musicians, this was one of the best shows I've seen in years! It took place at Seattle's Hard Rock Cafe over the weekend, and many of us are still on cloud 9! Seattle musicians must really love The Beatles, because they played and sang their little hearts out! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

One Small Step For Amphibians: Godspeed Kermit!

One Giant Leap: Frog Photobombs NASA Spacecraft Launch Photo  space NASA
One Giant Leap: Frog Photobombs NASA Spacecraft Launch Photo  space NASA
In one one of the more bizarre photobombs ever, NASA released a photograph of what appears to be a frog that may have attempted, and subsequently failed, to hitch a ride aboard a Moon-bound rocket. The shot was captured on September 7th during the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), and NASA’s photo team confirms the image is genuine, but stated “the condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.” (via PetaPixel)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Seattle's Second Most Adorable Drummer and Shine Music Project Have a Gift for the World: Drums and Monkeys Are Most Definitely Involved

As many loyal Xanaland followers know, myself and some close friends including Lori Anderson and Tony Taylor, have been working over a year on starting a project that would support the donation of musical instruments to kids that cannot afford them or have instruments that are in need of repair.  Eventually we would like to own and operate a School of Rock franchise in West Seattle. 

For the last year we have been photographing, filming, documenting, promoting through social media and blogging as many local musicians as we can. To date our youtube channel has over 300 videos shot by yours truly, and this here little website boasts over 400 subscribers and 80, 000 views in less than a year. We pride ourselves on our diverse taste, and ability to reach out to music lovers all over the world and share what we see and hear here in Seattle, sometimes daily, if not weekly with our documentation of the great Northwest's unmatched music scene which includes live streaming that can be viewed right here on Xanaland for free almost every weekend.

One of our very favorite singers/ songwriters and fellow half ass monkey boy is Johndus Beckman. His primary band is The Mothership. Every single member of the band possesses their own special talent, and each one has their own style. They are one of a few special bands that will soon be archived in our historic Grunge Story Teller blog, and will be performing in our live unplugged shows this winter and next spring which all of Seattle and grunge fans here and abroad are anxiously awaiting for, and they are days away from putting the finishing touches on their 3rd album. 

Johndus Beckman of The Mothership

Besides having one of the best singers with a voice of an angel, they are also lucky enough to have in their company Seattle's 2nd Most Adorable Drummer, Fact...Not Opinion...Mr. Will Andrews. You can try to argue with us if you want, but in Xanaland were sort of like the mafia, even when were wrong, were right! Besides, you will probably agree...
Unfortunately I have been getting bamboozled by youtube lately and my video links have not all been uploading onto my blogs, but here is the link, go on it! 

What did I say...adorable, que no? 

Johndus Beckman and Will Andrews of The Mothership

Luckily for us and the general generous nature of Capricorns, Will has been so kind as to offer to help facilitate the giving away of these drums! As an employee of American Music, he meets lots of kids who want to learn, so there's that and there's social  media at our fingertips! Lets give these drums away! 

 By the way,They were given to us by another loyal Xanaland friend, the one and only, lovely Annmarie Champness. 

Sancho having fun on the drums

Here is our staff drum tester Tony playing around on them, as you can see the set is not complete, but we are actively seeking the few missing pieces and they are otherwise ready to give away! 

If you have a kid who is serious about learning to play drums, has a place to play them right now, and are in the greater Seattle area, please leave us a message here on Xanaland or in the comments, and one of our staff members will get back to you. Will also teaches drumming, and to contact him and/ or The Mothership  go to the link below, and remember to support local music, even if it's just offering your time to teach a drum lesson or share a song by a new singer, there's much inspiration that comes from other musicians and artist giving back to the community! 

 Contact The Mothership and Will Andrews:

For more Mothership, John and Will videos:

Friday, August 30, 2013

Shadow Featuring Pearl Jam's Mike McCready & Sweet Water Rock Seattle at Easy Street Records!

When I wrote about this show earlier this week as an upcoming event, I described the atmosphere at Easy Street Record when bands play in store shows and said there would be people & pets, young and old rocking out, and sure enough there was many! Seattle's Shadow featuring Pearl Jam's Mike McCready also features Rick and Chris Friel and Danny Newcomb. They released a 10" vinyl this week which sold out immediately online and at the record store. They were joined by Sweet Water another one of Seattle's original 80's rock band that has recently been playing out again. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hempfest 2013 Rocks Seattle With Historic Event and Plenty of Doritos

All Dorito jokes aside, Vivian McPeak, the creator, organizer and much more of Hempfest, has made us all proud and grateful to live in Seattle, although he's doing most of the brain work, so if you support the cause, be sure to follow up with some of his advice, and wisdom, here he is speaking at Hempfest 2013: 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Shadow & Sweetwater to Play Free Show at Easy Street Records in West Seattle

Shadow is Rick Friel, Danny Newcomb, Mike McCredy, and Chris Friel 
Photo by Anna Knowlden-Friel 

You may have to get out your Grunge Family Tree to remember these bands, but when you figure it our, you'll say to yourself, " Oh sweet Lord, how could I not know who these guys are" or " how could I forget Shadow! " Well maybe not and maybe it's not that dramatic, but they are pretty darn important to the Seattle music scene, and have consistently played and brought some of us luckier folks who live here years of great music and entertainment. That is probably why Mike McCredy, their original guitar player, has taken the time out of his busy schedule as Pearl Jams guitar player, to join them for some special reunion shows. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mudhoney Makes Seattle Proud, 2 Times Baby!

It was awsome enough to see Mudhoney on top of Seattle's Space Needle earlier this summer, but this weekend they were back, this time playing at The Mural for KEXP's  free concert summer series. 

And those of us who have literally watched Mark Arm grow up can say it was definetely a * sniffle sniffle * moment. I wonder if back in the Green River days he ever thought he'd not only still be in a Seattle band, but actually have an incredible amount of respect and worldwide loyal followers. 

Seattle's Green River 1987

Xanaland's good friend and local genius photographer Carolyn Fry of Fryes Eyes Photography took these great up close shots, and I actually got a little video which you can watch in the link below be sure to check our worldwide ticket page for tour dates in your area!

Mudhoney live at The Mural!