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Sea Hawkers Kickoff Party Tonight

I'll be at the 3rd Annual Sea Hawkers King St. Kickoff Party benefiting the Ronald McDonald House is this tonight at King Street Bar and Oven starting at 4:30pm. Join the Sea Gals, Blitz, Blue Thunder, and Seahawk Alumni as we welcome home our team to make their first home game appearance of the season! The They'll have a silent/live auctions and raffles of autographed Seahawk memorabilia with all the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House. Some of the things being auctioned are Jacob Green autographed football to autographed mini helmets. FREE ALL AGES EVENT UNTIL 9PM!
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Don't ask don't tell ends. REM breaks up. Michael Stipe joins Navy. Rock music fans celebrate.

From RollingStone.com

R.E.M. announced today that they have broken up after 31 years together. "As lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band," the band said in a statement on their official website. "We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished."

In just over three decades as a band, R.E.M. released 15 albums including landmark works such as Murmur, Reckoning, Document, Out of Time and Automatic For the People. The band's final album, Collapse Into Now, was released in March of this year. The band have plans to release a career-spanning greatest hits collection later this year, which will include a handful of new songs finished after the band completed Collapse Into Now.

Photos: R.E.M. Through the Years

"During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next'?," bassist Mike Mills wrote on the R.E.M. site. "Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together."

Mills insists that the band have ended their working relationship on very good terms. "We feel kind of like pioneers in this," he says. "There's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right."

Interview: R.E.M. Roar Back with 'Collapse Into Now'

"I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way," says frontman Michael Stipe.

Ethan Kaplan, owner of the R.E.M. fan community Murmurs and former Senior Vice President of Emerging Technology at Warner Bros. Records, says that the band's decision was influenced in part by label politics. "I suspected this was coming last fall," Kaplan tells Rolling Stone. "If you remember, they weathered a lot of storms in this business, and have always operated on their own terms. [Warner Bros.] changed starting last September, and I think the demands on a band now to get a record out were more than they might have wanted to commit. I can understand that after how hard they worked for how long, the thought of going back to 'paying dues' with new label staff, in a very weird industry, was too much."
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The Bloody Eyeball

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Body Language

Here's a little lesson in body language to start your weekend. Enjoy.
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Caption This 11/5/10


Thanks to Amanda from Bremerton for the great caption to this week's photo Wander over to my Facebook page to check out the other entries. Very funny stuff this week.
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Keep Drinking

Cracked.com gives us "5 Things Nobody Tells You About Quitting Drinking." I call it "5 Reasons to Keep Drinking." I'll drink to that.
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I miss them.

This year's political season turned out some real characters. I'm going to miss them. Here are a few of my favorites from 2010.

Dale Peterson is from Alabama and he has a gun. Enough said.

The Rent is Too Damn High movement. I would have voted for this guy.
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Big Four Live!!

Unless you have a ton of disposable income and time, which usually don't go hand in hand, you probably aren't going to be able to jet off to Europe to catch The Big Four Live

All hope isn't lost though.  A friend of mine just sent me this link. Check out thebigfourlive.com. They're going to broadcast the show to select movie theaters around the world including a few right here in the Seattle area. Minus the 10 dollar beers, smell of sweat and teenagers who somehow got their hands on acid and keep themselves together, it'll be just like being there.
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Ozzy Radio Takeover Trip

Ice Cube said it best.  “Today was a good day.”

It’s always an exciting day when I get to fly out of town to “make radio” with my favorite bands and people.  It’s especially cool when it’s Ozzy Osbourne.  Not only is Ozzy a great guy and a real pleasure to hang out with, but the guys is a f***ing legend.

The highlight of the day came when we ran into Nikki Sixx at the studio.  As you know, Motley Crue is on Ozzfest this year and Ozzy and Nikki go way back.  I think Ozzy took Motley Crue out on tour in like ’83 or something.  Back when both camps were trying as hard as they could to push the limits of what the human body could endure.   How well do Ozzy and Nikki know each other?  By smell.

When we got ready to start recording we hadn’t seen Nikki yet.  A friend of mine from Ozzy’s label mentioned to me that Ozzy was “the best smelling man in rock and roll.” A strange comment for sure, unless you know Ozzy.  I guess everyone who knows the guy knows that he wears this 8 Zillion dollar a bottle stuff that you can only buy at one store somewhere in Europe blah blah blah.  So we get done with the interview, Ozzy is in the studio signing stuff for people and here comes Nikki down the hallway.  He looks at me and says, “Is f***in’ Ozzy here?  I can smell him.”

The show will be on June 17th at noon.  It’s the Thursday before Ozzy’s new album “Scream” hits stores so you’ll get a chance to check out a good chunk of the album before anyone

The show will be on June 17th at noon.  It’s the Thursday before Ozzy’s new album “Scream” hits stores so you’ll get a chance to check out a good chunk of the album before anyone else.

...And i didn't even have to use my AK.
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