I love Seattle: Bicycling to Redhook Brewery

Bicycling to Redhook Brewery in Woodinville from Seattle is one of those rites of passages to becoming a Seattleite. The trip is anywhere from 20-30 miles round trip, depending where you start and end on the Burke Gilman Trail. It is an enjoyable ride with people watching and pretty landscapes along the way. We have gone the last two summers and had a good day riding, eating, taking part in the $2 brewery tour, and riding back home. This is a must do in the summertime so grab a bicycle and go! Here are some photos from our last two trips.

  

 

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Check out a few other reasons why  I love Seattle:

Trips to Leavenworth

Mount Rainier

Scarecrow Video

Music Monday: Toe

Toe

Local artist to: Tokyo, Japan

RIYL: Math Rock, This Town Needs Guns, Shy Trafficker, This Will Destroy You, The Album Leaf

 The vast majority of the music is instrumental in nature and is also known for its melodic, clean guitar settings. Additionally, the compositions have repetition from typical rock motifs, but use very subtle changes in beat and rhythm to form a unique sound. The band has changed their sound over their musical tenure by incorporating acoustic guitars, rhodes piano, and vibraphones in their most recent releases. source

listen & like & love

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Music Monday: The Shy Trafficker

Music Monday: Errors

Currently…

Drooling over: The cinder block planter bar and dining room transformation at Design*Sponge are swoon-worthy! I am gathering design ideas by the minute and these are total keepers!

Elsie’s delicious ways to mix up an Arnold Palmer over at A Beautiful Mess are brilliant! I love all kinds of tea, especially black tea.

Watching: Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Poker After Dark. We don’t watch shows live so we are catching up on our queue. This can be challenging with soooo many spoiler posts on the twits and fb.

Excited about: Our new rental house! We will be leaving the Greenlake/Ravenna area and moving 10 mins away to the Ballard/Phinney Ridge area of Seattle. While we will miss our favorite places like Atlantic Crossing, Pies & Pints, Cafe Racer and Latona Pub, we are stoked to try out some new bars and eateries within walking distance of the new house.

Also, my little sister is currently in Italy for a six week art program. I am super excited that she is able to have this experience with her friends. Traveling overseas does change a person a little bit, in a good way of course. I love that she’s the only one in the photo not sketching and just taking it all in.

Eating & Drinking: We have been eating our greens, as we normally do but they are from Michael’s garden! So far we have lettuce and spinach! It’s crazy how something that comes from your own backyard can taste way better than store bought produce.

I have been drinking lots of green tea lately. Even though it’s June, the weather in Seattle is a bit chilly (it was warmer in April!). Once the outside temp warms up, I will get on the iced tea bandwagon.

Music Monday: Sasquatch!

Our first Sasquatch experience was a smashing success! Four days of camping, listening to music, and sleeping under the bright shinies was a perfect way to spend Memorial Day weekend. I am still taking it all in (even a week later) and we plan to attend again next year!

Around our campsite…I will buy an avocado green camper, yes yes I will.

Our camping neighbors, Hillary & Lauren.

Keeping cool in the shade.

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Those determined bananas hoisted me up during Of Monster and Men.

HoneyHoney (left), Yellow Ostrich (right)

Of Monsters and Men

STRFKR

Explosions in the Sky

I think this is STRFKR again b/c I Break Horses cancelled.

Said The Whale

Craft Spells

Portlandia: Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein (left), Com Truise (right)

Michael and I lounging in the grass.

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Araabmuzik at the Banana Shack tent

Coeur De Pirate

Wolfgang Gartner

dirty feets (left), Beirut (right)

Head and the Heart signing

The regular Music Monday has been on a brief hiatus but will be back very soon!

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Coachella: Weekend 1 Wrap up

SXSW Day 3

SIFF 2012 Picks

SIFF technically runs year round, but the actual Seattle International Film Festival is now in full swing until June 10th. Last year’s SIFF viewing was a lot of fun, both volunteering and viewing. This year is a bit more quiet on the SIFF front for us since we have other obligations and trips. I do have picks (as always) even though some of the films have passed or are already sold out but they will remain on my radar to check out at a later date and time. See you at the theater!

A Checkout Girl’s Big Adventures (France) :: Anna Sam’s bestselling memoir inspired this enchanting yet reality-grounded romantic fable. Anyone who’s spent time in retail will empathize with her heroine, Solweig (Déborah François), a literature graduate who dreamed of becoming a teacher, but became a checkout girl in a big box store. With their father in a coma, she looks after her 10-year-old brother and vents her frustrations through an anonymous blog. “Who’d be a checkout girl by vocation?” concludes one entry. (read more…)

Breathing (Austria) :: The remarkably assured directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics (best known for The Counterfeiters) negotiates an intriguing interplay between the perilousness of youth and the inevitability of death. Roman is an inmate at a juvenile detention center whose last hope of parole rests on his ability to hold down a job, in this case, as an assistant in a Vienna morgue. (read more…)

Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (USA) :: Some of the world’s greatest songs have been created by perfectly-paired weirdos. Ryan O’ Nan’s directorial debut not only explores this premise, it celebrates it. Alex (O’Nan, who also wrote the screenplay and music) is an emotional and professional mess whose life is on a steep downward slide. Jim (Michael Weston) is a socially awkward misfit who lives with his grandfather. After being dropped by their respective bands, the two have no choice but to join forces. Enter Cassidy (Arielle Kebbel) a bored rock ’n’ roller who offers to manage the bumbling duo. Love, heartfelt hijinks, and yes, a “Battle of the Bands” ensues. (read more…)

Dreams of a Life (United Kingdom) :: In December 2003, Joyce Carol Vincent died while wrapping Christmas gifts and watching television in her north London flat. The cause of her death remains unknown to this day, as her remains were not discovered until three years later, sitting on the couch with her television set still running. In this “dramatized documentary,” director Carol Morley asks, how could this happen in Europe’s largest, most populous city? (read more…)

Fat Kid Rules the World (USA) :: Actor-turned-director Matthew Lillard successfully translates K.L. Going’s novel into a hilarious and deeply touching cinematic examination of two societal outcasts who have all but given up on the world. Troy, an overweight teen, lives in his fantasies and decides to end it all by stepping in front of a bus. Marcus, a druggie and high school dropout, saves Troy at the last moment and begins using him for occasional money to buy food or drugs. (read more…)

Grassroots (USA) :: “Monorail.” When Grant Cogswell hears that word in 2001, he sees an inexpensive, elegant form of mass transit, a Jetsonian future of silent public transportation and unclogged streets. In order to make his dream a reality, Grant needs to run for City Council. But there’s one problem: Grant is a loud, obnoxious, sometime music critic for The Stranger, with no connections and no voice in Seattle politics. How can Grant campaign for office? (read more…)

Keep Calm & Carry On (United Kingdom) :: Visit the fish-and-chips van, or perhaps break out the tea and crumpets, while enjoying some of the best short films the British Isles has to offer.

King Curling (Norway) :: Break out your brooms, sharpen your skates, and polish your stones—curling in all its competitive and comedic glory returns to SIFF. Truls Paulson once ruled Norway’s curling sheets until he snapped under championship pressure. Diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and subsequently banned from competition after his outburst, Truls has become a pill-popping flunky to his wife Sigrid and her dog Pelle, until he learns that his old coach, Gordon, is near death. (read more…)

Lola Versus (USA) :: At age 29, Lola (Greta Gerwig) thinks she’s right where she ought to be: finishing her dissertation and cozily nested with her longtime boyfriend, who surprises her one morning with a proposal. But just as all the details get settled, the prospective groom gets cold feet, forcing Lola to restructure her life and reconsider the men of New York City. Helping her get back in the saddle are her two best friends, the obviously lovelorn Henry (Hamish Linklater) and the randy, consummate single gal Alice (Zoe Lister-Jones), who brings Lola down to earth by sharing her own relationship struggles and search for romance. (read more…)

Moonrise Kingdom (USA) :: When director Wes Anderson hit American cinema screens with his critically acclaimed debut Bottle Rocket, it heralded the arrival of a singular new talent. Among his early fans was Martin Scorsese, who wrote in Esquire magazine, “He knows how to convey the simple joys and interactions between people so well and with such richness. This kind of sensibility is rare in movies.” In his newest film Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson delivers a wonderfully droll yet touching comedy filtered through his own unique vision. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, it tells the story of Suzy and Sam, two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As a violent storm begins to brew off shore, various authorities begin a frenzied search, including Suzy’s parents (Frances McDormand and Bill Murray), Sam’s summer camp troop led by Ward (Edward Norton), and the local sheriff (Bruce Willis). Full of Anderson’s trademark dry wit and color-coordinated formalism, Moonrise Kingdom is a sweet, nostalgic romp that will bring out the kid in all of us.

Safety Not Guaranteed (USA) :: “WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.” When Seattle magazine writer Jeff (Jake M. Johnson of Fox’s The New Girl) stumbles upon this unusual classified ad, he heads off to the scenic Washington coast, accompanied by recent college grad Darius (Aubrey Plaza of NBC’s Parks and Recreation) and nerdy intern Arnau to investigate its origins. (read more…)

Starbuck (Canada) :: A massive box office success in Québec, Ken Scott’s comedic Starbuck tracks a likeable middle-aged loser as he wrestles with regret and responsibility. Hapless deliveryman David Wozniak gets parking tickets at every single stop along his route, has thugs on his tail for massive overdue loans, and his girlfriend announced that she was pregnant just before dumping him. These, however, are the least of David’s concerns when he returns home to find a lawyer in his kitchen. The past is back to haunt him in the form of a class-action lawsuit, launched by 142 of the 533 children who resulted from the 648 sperm donations he deposited over 20 years ago. (read more…)

SuperFly :: SIFF FutureWave continues its exciting partnership with Longhouse Media to present the SuperFly Filmmaking Workshop for Youth. The SuperFly short films will open the FutureWave Shorts program. Cinema lovers of all ages will enjoy this very special film event that gives voice to the future of filmmaking.

The Beautiful Game (USA) :: “Soccer has a following larger than any one religion,” says Archbishop Desmond Tutu in this dynamic portrait of six Africans whose lives are impacted by the sport. And like a religion, soccer unifies and uplifts. For some, it provides an intense cultural bond, gluing African cultures together. For others, the sport creates opportunities to escape crippling poverty and hardship, to gain scholarships and a chance to choose their own fates. The Beautiful Game showcases young players from Nigeria, Ghana, The Ivory Coast, South Africa, Egypt, and Cameroon, their stories told with scenic backdrops as unique as each player’s life. (read more…)

The Last Man on Earth (Italy) :: Things are tough in 21st century Italy, just as they are everywhere in the world. The economy has tanked and Luca is lost, lonely, and confused. But the announced and imminent arrival of aliens from outer space means everything is about to change. It’s all everyone can talk about—except Luca. Instead, he’s stuck managing the demons left behind when his mother abandoned her family when Luca was a young boy. Now the grown man is a frightened woman hater, and the only woman he can talk to comfortably is his transsexual friend he’s known since childhood. (read more…)

The Mexican Suitcase (Mexico) :: In 2007, three mysterious, old suitcases were discovered among the belongings of the Mexican ambassador to Vichy France. Inside were approximately 4,500 negatives shot during the Spanish Civil War by a triumvirate of revered war photographers: David “Chim” Seymour, Gerda Taro, and Robert Capa. They were subsequently returned to Cornell Capa, the younger brother of Robert, and founder of the International Center of Photography in New York City. (read more…)

Your Sister’s Sister (USA) :: Hometown heroine Lynn Shelton triumphantly returns with her fourth feature and the follow-up to the SIFF 2009 favorite Humpday with this engaging, humor-infused relationship drama, shot entirely in the Northwest. Your Sister’s Sister marks the first time in the history of SIFF that work by a Seattle-based filmmaker has opened the festival. A year after his brother’s death, Jack (Mark Duplass) is alternately emotionally wobbly and outright volatile. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, good friend Iris (Emily Blunt) arranges for Mark to take a solitary retreat at her father’s cabin on a Puget Sound island, theorizing this isolation will offer closure and spiritual relief. (read more…)

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2011 SIFF picks – Part 1

2011 SIFF picks – Part 2

2011 SIFF picks – Part 3

My Favorite Blogs

Blogs feel like a guilty pleasure to me, although in today’s world they are more like a staple. I do not read them everyday, but when I start reading my favorite blogs, I can not stop. Here are a few of my go-to blogs that I love to check out each week. Oddly, none are music related. What are your favorites?

Aubsent From Texas ::

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:: Aubrey is a friend from Texas who is now living in San Francisco. She is the most fashionable teacher I have ever known! I love her style and the fact that she can put together amazing outfits on a budget. I visit her site often for outfit inspiration and to find reasons to quit wearing jeans.

File Me Away ::

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:: Megan and I have lots in common from our rockin’ music taste, compulsive dunny collecting, capturing lots of photos of bands, and we went to the same High School. I adore every single blog photo and her vintage taste is absolutely divine. If you don’t believe me, then check out Megan’s Etsy page. This girl knows her stuff and the best places to find it!

Orange Juice Etc ::

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:: Husband and wife blog run by Elias and Theresa contains some of the most incredible photos on the interwebs while using the largest array of cameras to get those photos. A single photo on their blog tells a whole story and then some. I’m not sure how they do, but I hope they never stop. This couple seems quiet and reflective so it’s nice that they let us peak into their peaceful, little world.

Flights of Whimsy ::

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:: Brandi is a design genious fixing up her first home (with help of hubby, Scott) and posting her amazing progress along the way. I attended her wedding and know her taste is amazing! Her style is a mix of vintage and classic with a heaping dose of DIY. All around lovely! Brandi’s enthusiasm makes my want to buy a house.

A Beautiful Mess ::

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:: Elsie Larson is the current internet darling. If you do not visit her lovely blog at least once a week, then you are truly missing out. Her shoes are absolutely adorable and the DIY craft projects are totally doable. A blog staple!

Sometimes Sweet ::

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:: My favorites parts of Danielle’s friendly blog are the Tattoo Tuesday series for some tattoo inspiration and the photos of her daily life. She’s a hot little momma with an adorable little boy and makes life look so vibrant! Danielle is also a contributing writer for Hello Giggles.

Music Monday: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

Local artist to: Los Angeles California

RIYL: Flamboyant Folk, Vaudeville Pop, Devendra Banhart, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister was one of my choices for SXSW this year. Their performance was the first show I saw of the festival and well worth the trek ten blocks to Key Bar.

HMBSMS are heading out on tour starting May 1!! Some of the dates include opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Unfortunately, there are no dates in the PNW, but I will keep my fingers crossed for the next tour. Go see this band, you won’t be sorry! Tour dates here! He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister could be the Grouplove of 2012, just sayin…

How’m I Gonna Get Back Home Tonight

Tales That I Tell

Clip I shot from SXSW 2012 …no, that’s not Zach Galifianakis

listen & like & love

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Music Monday: The Mother Truckers

Music Monday: Grouplove

Happy 5th annual Record Store Day!

Background of Record Store Day:

The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April. (source)

To find out what events are happening at your local record store, check out the venue search.

Favorite Record Store: Good Records – Dallas TX

Good Records has been around since 2000 and is owned by Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree and is managed by Chris Penn. The two of them have done a stellar job running one of the best record stores I have ever been to (which is a lot). The store is always clean and insanely organized. I have never once found anything out of place, which is not something that can be said about a majority of music stores today. I just love the in-store performances and every Record Store Day there are bands playing all day. This year’s bands are: James Earl Alford, Skeleton Coast, Diego Garcia, Joe Pug, Umphrey’s McGee, Ting Tings, Civil Twilight, Switchfoot, Zhora, Glorium, Yells At Eels, Blixaboy, Sealion, The Quaker City Night Hawks, Stardeath & White Dwarfs.

  

old Good Latimer location (left), current Lower Greenville Ave Location (right)

Dallas local band, A Hard Night’s Day, playing the Beatles album/Rockband release in 2009


Jason Lytle & Midlake performing ‘Now It’s On’ on Record Store Day 2011:

Amanda Palmer – Fake Plastic Trees @ Good Records:

Grimes – Genesis @ Good Records (I WISH I WAS PRESENT FOR THIS!!!):

Coachella: Weekend 1 Wrap up

 

We are still coming down from the excitement of Coachella. Here are bits and pieces of the first weekend, which is the better of the two…I may or may not be biased. If you are attending weekend 2, check out Coachella tips by Kid Dangerous. I think there will be live streaming again next weekend but lots of the past performances can be found on the Coachella youtube channel. Just today, there were photos added to the Coachella fb page and they are absolutely gorgeous. This was easily one of the most visually stunning music festivals I have ever attended.

Over the course of 3 days, we smuggled in 5 flasks, saw a total of 58 bands live, and checked the puppy webcam more often then we should have. Anyhoo, my favorite performances of the weekend were WU LYF, Yuck, GIVERS, First Aid Kit, Alesso, Andrew Bird, AWOLNATION, Real Estate, Housse de Racket, Childish Gambino and Grouplove.

Jeff Mangum

Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag (left), Gotye could fill up 2 Mojave tents (right)

Beirut (left), SBTRKT (right)

GIVERS (left), Childish Gambino (right)

WU LYF

   

THE GOOD The Art installations :: Crab Fries :: The sound of EVERY stage was better than any other outdoor music festival :: Tupac hologram :: Perfect non-scorching weather :: Celebrating my birthday

THE BAD The Hives annoying-ness between songs :: Getting searched more than airport security :: Chilly, drizzly Friday :: Jeff Mangum and Radiohead not shown on the giant video screens :: Fuzzy bear hats worn with bikinis

 

First Aid Kit (left), art is everywhere at Coachella (right)

 

Super fun performance from Housse de Racket (left), Balloon art (right)

Andrew Bird playing at sunset

Sebastian Ingrosso (left), Grouplove (right)

At The Drive-In (left), dancing to Alesso (right)

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SXSW 2012 Days 4 and 5

Outside Lands 2011!

 

Music Monday: Coachella

While we are both stoked for 80% of the bands playing Coachella this year. Michael and I chose our top five per day that we are most excited to experience. And the 2012 Coachella app was finally released today but the times are still TBA, so there is still lots of planning to get the max amount of music humanly possible.

Michael: FRIDAY Explosions In The Sky, The Horrors, Alesso, GIVERS, WU LYF SATURDAY AWOLNATION, Andrew Bird, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor SUNDAY At The Drive-In, Gotye, Beirut, Real Estate, Zedd

Annie: FRIDAY Explosions In The Sky, M Ward, WU LYF, GIVERS, Hello Seahorse! SATURDAY Jeff Mangum, AWOLNATION, Andrew Bird, Radiohead, St Vincent SUNDAY The Growlers, Real Estate, At The Drive-In, Beirut, First Aid Kit

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SXSW 2012 Music Selections – Part 2

SXSW 2012 Music Selections – Part 3

Robots in the Garden

The last week has been brought back down to a normal level after our March vacations (I was in Austin for SXSW and Michael went on a ski trip in Jackson Hole). The weather is starting to warm up here in Seattle. By warm up, I mean that one or two days of each week are getting above 60 degrees. Michael and I spent most of the first day of April working on our above ground gardens. He built the frame on the garden where we plan to grow spinach, tomatoes, peppers and basil to name a few. Our rental house had few old planters that had something growing in them at one time, so those will hopefully have pansies, zinnias and asters popping up this Spring. I’ll post updates on our progress. I just love that on any given residential street in Seattle there are anywhere from two to ten urban gardens near the curb. Luckily we have some space in the backyard but the challenging part will be keeping our dogs out of it.

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SXSW Days 4 and 5

Craft Spells play the Brooklyn Vegan party at Hotel Vegas.

Alex Maas of The Black Angels. I love him!

The Black Angels (left), People listening outside of Hotel Vegas (right)

Joe Lifto showing me his rad shirt.

Air Review performs at Doc’s patio. They were a nice surprise since we were shopping next door at Parts and Labour.

Air Review (left), Austin sign on South Congress (right)

Crawfish at Shoal Creek (left), Mike and Leslie dancing to Sam Cooke on East 6th St (right)

Jan van Lier at Kingdom.

           

It’s not SX without a Bill Murray sighting (left), Art by Tim Doyle on South Congress (right)

The Spring Standards play on the 18th floor of the Hilton, shortly past 2am.

The Spring Standards

Parlovr!!!

Parlovr

The lovely and talented Tara McPherson shows me her bunny ring at her Flatstock booth.

Abe Lincoln. Holding a pizza. With a guitar purse. WIN.

Ben Kweller singing “Wasted & Ready” (one of my faves). We listened from across the street while indulging in beer and Amy’s ice cream.

Balthazar was a must see on my list and they were the perfect last band of SXSW!

All photos by Annie Campos
 
 

SXSW Day 3

Of Monsters and Men :: Incredible live!!

Of Monsters and Men

Glen Hansard :: Such a sweetheart!

Half Moon Run

Thus:Owls

Hospitality :: One of my favorite bands currently!

I met Jacquie who saw way more bands than me. I met her doppelganger, Margot, the day before.

Korallreven :: Members of the amazing band, Radio Dept!!!

Korallreven

Killer set by Fanfarlo

The Drums :: 2nd show

Ume

This Will Destroy You

On our way to Leslie’s 1st Shins show at Auditorium Shores

Auditorium Shores

The Shins

All photos by Annie Campos