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:

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