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Monday, September 26, 2005

Oh, and one more thing.... 

Allan Prell is off the air! There is a God!

I'm kinda hoping that the rumor that Ross is moving back to mornings isn't true - I'm not a big morning person, so if he were to move back to mornings I wouldn't hear nearly as much of him as I do (and I tend towards the Bob Rivers' Show when I'm awake in the mornings anyways).

spouted incoherently at Monday, September 26, 2005 by Willis

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Apocalyptica 

I went to the best show last night - a Scandinavian heavy metal cello quartet called Apocalyptica (yes, I just said "heavy metal cello quartet").

I was introduced to them 10 years ago when they released an album of Metallica cello covers (yes, I just said "Metallica cello covers"). It wasn't a great album, but it was a new and interesting way to hear my favorite band (at the time - since then they release ReLoad - and I'm sure I'm not the only fan whose devotion has waned in the last decade....).

In their second album they started to release their own original compositions (and at the same time their covers became more intricate and hard core - especially in the case of Sepultura's "Refuse, Resist", where they made some truly unnatural sounds come from their instruments).

Long story short, I was a fan, but never held out hope of seeing them live - how many Scandinavian cover bands tour the States, much less Seattle? My wife was nice enough to point out an upcoming date, and my work schedule and budget both agreed with the decision to check it out.

And I was blown away!

They managed to mix the frantic pulse of a heavy metal show with the beauty of a classical performance. One second you would be headbanging, the next you'd be in awe of their fingering skill. It was one of the most staggering shows I've ever seen - it was so good that I was seriously thinking about driving down to Portland to catch their Sunday show (then I realized that it would be 6 hours in the car, $60 worth of gas, and I wouldn't be home until 3:00 Monday morning....).

I know that I don't have the words to describe the magic that is Apocalyptica - I urge you to check out their website and listen to a clip or two (make sure you turn the volume UP), or watch a video.

spouted incoherently at Sunday, September 25, 2005 by Willis

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I'm staying off the Alaska Way Viaduct for the next three weeks.... 

....after reading this.

spouted incoherently at Wednesday, September 14, 2005 by Willis

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Monday, September 12, 2005

The Gap's Response to Katrina 

Found this photo on the front window of the Downtown Seattle Gap:

Don't get me wrong - I think it's super that they're doing what they can to help their employees who've been affected by hurricane Katrina - but (and this is where I may be getting a bit cynical) how does posting this notice on the front window of the store in SEATTLE help employees who were affected by the Hurricane? It seemed more like cheap advertizing and exploitation of the event to show the public all the public good the Gap was doing.

Frankly - I like it best when people give their time and money quietly. Giving in this manner (and posting it on your front window in a city where NONE of your employees will be seeking this aid) just reveals that you gave with ulterior motives - yes the Gap wanted to do the right thing, but the marketing department also wanted to make sure that we all knew about it...

spouted incoherently at Monday, September 12, 2005 by Willis

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Guess who's back on the air? 

If you guessed Bryan Styble, you'd be correct. Apparently 710 KIRO Program Director Tom Clendening didn't listen to my advice to dump him. He desperately needs to understand that when you're on the air from 1:00-5:00am, "propagating conversation at the speed of sound" isn't how you do radio. Frankly, the best overnight radio hosts sound as tired as their listeners are - no one wants to listen to a hyperactive caffeinated talk show host with a bad case of ADD in the wee hours of the morning - we just can't keep up!

Frankly, with Bryan his problem is circular - because he's on late at night, he worries about getting calls (understandably), so in an effort to encourage more calls he goes from topic to topic at a rapid pace in the hopes that if he tosses out enough topics that someone will finally call in - the problem is that going from topic to topic (especially during an overnight shift) actually discourages people from calling - they always feel as if they're behind the conversation - but because Mr. Styble doesn't recognize this paradox, he speeds up his spastic jumping from topic to topic, further alienating listeners and discouraging callers.

On another note - Lou Pate tonight was more obnoxious than usual. I respect Pate for his ability to relate to people in the middle of the night, but his hatred of Seattle (the weather, politics, people, drivers, etc) is growing annoying. Tonight he ranted for two hours about how he thought people (and obviously he was attacking liberals) were politicizing the problems associated with Katrina. He was very adept at parroting the Republican talking points - attacking people who were too poor to get out of New Orleans, blaming the local authorities when FEMA and Homeland Security were nowhere to be seen, etc. He wasn't accepting phonecalls from liberals all night - he told liberals to go masturbate instead of calling his show (not sure what that has to do with this, but I swear he said it...sounds like a sexual fantasy to me...). What he did was pussy out of any real conversation with listeners by framing the debate in such a way so that anyone who disagreed with him was already in the wrong - it was fairly genius, if his goal was to sound like KKKVI.

Really, what I'm trying to say is that the only good thing that happened in radio over the last couple of days is that Bryan Styble finally stopped saying "rhymes with bible" in reference to his name. Thankee Jeebus!

spouted incoherently at Tuesday, September 06, 2005 by Willis

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