3 Things to know today
👥 Mayor Durkan announced the members of a city BIPOC task force that will recommend ways to spend $100 million set aside for BIPOC communities. The 28-member task force, which includes members of Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County, religious leaders, and labor representatives, drew criticism from local activists who call it a PR move. (South Seattle Emerald)
🎶 Fake notices are going up as a warning outside of music venues around town. The notices have renderings of fictional real estate developments set to replace some of Seattle’s best-loved live music fixtures. It’s part of the Keep Music Live campaign, launched this week to raise funds and awareness of the troubles facing the live music industry in this pandemic. Venues like Neumos, Tractor Tavern, El Corazon all have the notices outside their buildings. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)
Take action: Donate to Keep Music Live here.
🚌 The state Supreme Court struck down Initiative 976, which would reduce the cost of car-tab taxes. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled the initiative unconstitutional, which effectively ends things for I-976, an initiative passed by voters last November. State officials had estimated the state and local government would stand to lose about $4.2 billion in revenue for transportation and transit projects over the next six years. (Crosscut)
3 Things to make you smile
🍜 A bowl *pho* you. Here’s a list of the best places to get some piping hot bowls of pho around the city. Something that we crave year-round but which tastes that much better in the colder months. (Seattle Eater)
🍬 Guess WA’s favorite Halloween candy. It may surprise you, it did for us. Apparently, our state’s top candy this year was the Tootsie Roll Pop. Agree? Disagree? What are your thoughts on candy corn and other Halloween candy in general? Let us know! (Seattle PI)
😷 Up your face mask fashion. Local crafters are adapting to the changing times and producing some pretty stylish face masks. Here’s a list of ten different crafters at Pike Place Market that you can support. (Seattle Met)
Today is your last chance to enter to win The West Wing Dinner Box created by Chef Tom Douglas. The box is valued at $75 and is full of yummy punny goodness as a homage to the hit political drama.
Included is the Josh ‘Lyman The Coconut’ Cocktail, featuring Lemoncocco and a bottle of limited edition Jones Soda Co.’s #VOTE2020 Cream Soda. Also in the box are grilled West(land) Whiskey Wings, PotoMac-N-Cheese & World Peas, Pa-Leo Steak Salad with CJ Creggs & Bacon — and for dessert, a Jed Bartlet Pear Tart.
This giveaway is only for members of Evergrey Extra, so join today for your chance to win!
Danny Denial came to Seattle by way of L.A. after a failed attempt at filmmaking. Fortunately, his way of getting over that failure has turned into a fruitful musical journey that has seen him collaborate with a number of local musicians over the years. His latest album, “F*ck Danny Denial,” was released early this summer.
The following interview was edited for length and clarity, to read the full article click here.
What bands/projects have you been affiliated with?
I have always performed under the “Danny Denial” name with various local lineups, but most actively I’ve been performing with Dark Smith since 2017.
Can you give me a brief bio — how’d you get into music and why’d you stick with it?
I grew up as a big music fan who wanted to go into filmmaking and wound up failing incredibly at that in L.A. So I sort of ended up in Seattle doing music as a way to distance myself from that experience, and it’s been an incredible journey meeting with and working with all of the artists that inhabit this community. It’s the reason I love making collaborative projects like this upcoming series! (More on that project, titled BAZZOOKA, below.)
Favorite local venue you’ve played? Favorite local venue to see a show at?
That’s a really tough one. I’m pretty sure I’ve played every local venue. But there’s something about the Cha Cha under Bimbo’s Cantina on the hill, where every time I play there it’s an otherworldly experience. It’s small but feels packed with love and excitement. And I always love seeing shows at Barboza underneath Neumos.
How would you describe your sound? Who are some of your influences?
That’s hard. I’m all over the place with my music and draw from pretty diverse inspirations I think. I’d like to say I mostly draw from Sonic Youth texturally, The Cure atmospherically, Betty Davis and Bjork energetically, and Joy Division and Lil Peep vocally.
Can you talk about your project Bazzooka and what exactly it is and how you came to collaborate with Eva?
BAZZOOKA is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It started with my 2017 film “Kill me to death” that starred Eva Walker and included appearances by DoNormaal, The Wednesdays, and others.
I just felt like there was so much opportunity to get political and confrontational and be more inclusive, and I struggled then because it was my first film. But after everything we’ve gone through in 2020, there’s no time like the present. It’ll be limited physically due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it WILL be political and confrontational, and more inclusive.
I want to spotlight Black and Indigenous voices, and I want an entirely queer BIPOC cast being unapologetically just that. I want to employ and elevate my peers in the community, and this the way I know how. I’m also personally just really excited to work with Eva again, along with some new collaborators!
Can you also talk a bit about your new album? It’s definitely not the kind of music you’re going to blast to pump yourself before a party. Where did the darker tone come from?
The making of that album was almost entirely introspective, whereas most of my music has come from an observational place. It’s interesting because I set out to make a lighter record sonically, back in 2018, but it ended up being my darkest thematically. I’ve been honestly really surprised by the positive reception to it for that reason, but that’s the thing I love about music. There’s an openness to follow a songwriter and a musician into any world, really, in a way you don’t get with other mediums.
You identify as queer and you’re also Black. The state of the world is emotionally taxing for a lot of reasons but especially for folx from historically marginalized communities. How have you been coping with everything?
It’s been dizzying, to be honest. Going from the shut-down to the daily protests to releasing an album and feeling like a spokesperson all summer, to then the come-down off all of that and wondering what the lasting impact is. I’ve been working hard not to let myself “backslide.” To stay busy and put my feelings into art and into the community, which is a big part of why I want to make BAZZOOKA now. Because I know I’m not the only Black artist that is feeling this way right now.
COVID has stopped all live music for the foreseeable future, do you have any ideas or plans for what these next few months might look like for you?
I just got off promoting this record “virtually” which was a mixed bag. We did eight live streams including Pride and Folsom Street Fair and they were fun, but definitely could not replace playing to crowds. For that reason, I’m shifting my focus for the next six months on BAZZOOKA and a graphic novel I’ve been working on. But I’m hoping 2021 has more music and shows in store.
What does live music mean to you?
It’s the ultimate catharsis and release, and I don’t think there could be any replacement for it. I’d be really sad for the younger generation of teens picking up instruments and ready to play for crowds if they weren’t able to play for audiences in the next few years. It was such a huge part of rediscovering my confidence and my voice, and I really hope they get to have that too.
Where can people find your music? How can they support you and other local musicians during this pandemic?
Definitely buying music and merch on Bandcamp is always a huge help! dannydenial.bandcamp.com. I also have a Patreon where I’m releasing exclusive content like unreleased demos, music videos and works-in-progress! patreon.com/dannydenial
Favorite song from a Seattle area artist OR about Seattle/the PNW?
My favorite song of the year is “.925” by Ex-Florist (F.K.A. Guayaba) who graciously let me use the song for my BAZZOOKA trailer. It’s so good! Exflorist.bandcamp.com
Anything else you’d like to add/promote?
I’m going to release my first live album/bootleg this winter, and then in 2021 look out for BAZZOOKA!
🎨 Take a peek at the items up for auction at the Pilchuck Glass School's annual auction. While bidding will take place online, you can reserve a time to walk through the items in person. (Fremont/Online)
✊ Join Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Lesser for a virtual conversation about "the superpower of women." (Online)
🎵 Tune in to The Vera Project's Civic Enragement event featuring Diet Cig and Pet Symmetry put on in partnership with The Washington Bus. (Online)
💵 Shop for a cause at Bakers and Makers Against Racism, outdoor pop-up market. Peruse cupcakes, greeting cards, plants and more. (Ballard)
🍽 Learn to make pasta with La Spiga chef Sabrina Tinsley. Each kit makes enough for two generous servings and includes panna cotta for dessert. (Online)
🤝 Volunteer with Grandma's House of Seattle and feed those experiencing homelessness. Or donate supplies to provide folks with basic living necessities. (Pioneer Square)
🍽 Join for FareStart's Great Food, Better Lives Gala Auction happening virtually this year. (Online)
💀 Join Gathering Ground for their event "Listen to your Grandma," a preparation for your own celebration of the Day of the Dead. (Online)
🗣 The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) is hosting a virtual fundraiser called Drawing on Our Strength: A Conversation with Tarana Burke. (Online)
📖 Hear from Stranger writer Lindy West as she discusses her new book "Shit Actually: The Definitive 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema."
🗻 Join the Northwest Snow and Avalanche Center for a workshop that will cover tools for the backcountry and recent scientific research. They are holding four different sessions across two weeks — October 20, 22, 27, 29. (Online)
Remember to vote and we will see you back here Tuesday! 🗳