“Don’t Gotta Work It Out” – Fitz and the Tantrums – “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” (2010)

May 22
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A productive day at Bumbershoot takes a little pre-festival strategic mapping. It’s important to factor in the size of venues, the amount of time before show time that you need to show up to get a spot in line, and when to take a couple hours off between shows to eat a couple of skewers of protein and drink a glass of lemonade. The outdoor stages are great as you can usually find a good viewing/listening spot on the fringes of the space even if you show up last minute.

Acts like Fitz & the Tantrums are perect dance card fillers. Fresh, energetic, eager to please, and accessible, I’m guessing that these guys might get the outdoor stage at Fisher Pavilion maybe early evening for an hour set. I’m loving the mix of bands and artists that have been named so far and think that this is setting up to be one of the best Seattle Labor Day festivals in several years.


“How You Like Me Now” – The Heavy – “The House That Dirt Built” (2009)

Aug 11
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You know that smell that is supposed to smell kind of nice, and freshly washed but doesn’t quite cut it. Sometimes it kind of anti-septic and fools you for a second. Your brain senses it as “oh wow, that’s sweet and piney, citrus, old leather, or minty” but then a couple seconds into sifting through your olfactory’s hard drive, your brain screams, “CAUTION, avoid breathing deeply.” What lies beneath that thin layer of masking fragrance is something funky.

I smelled that all day at work. It’s the same smell in a locker room after a bunch of people have showered and smell like Irish Spring which is doing it’s fightin’ best to ward off the smelly, sweat soaked uniforms or workout gear that litters the floor. It’s the can of Febreze that you spray in a pair of hockey gloves in attempt to ward off the musty, wet dog nastiness that lingers in the gloves’ leather. It’s the person who overslept and tried to sponge bath and speed stick the funk that they don’t want their co-workers to wiggle their noses at. It doesn’t work folks. Funk is funk, and no matter what you try to cover it up with, it’s going to make its presence felt Of course some types of funk are better than others and it doesn’t matter who’s wearing it, we like it.