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Record Store Nostalgia
4:07 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Slideshow: Tacoma's Tower Records

The Tacoma Tower Records Store on 38th Street wasn’t just a store, it was a scene. Complete with cutting edge finds, knowledgeable staff, colorful displays, and intriguing people, music-hungry teens combed the aisles in search of new treasures.
Bill Hansen

KUOW listeners Whitney Keyes and Chris Porter share their memories of Tacoma Tower Records with us.

Whitney Keyes

“I grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and my favorite record store on the planet was the Tower Records near the Tacoma Mall. It was the go-to place to get the hottest 45s and albums -- and check out cute boys!

“I LOVED going down every aisle, alphabetically in my fave music categories, looking at the covers -- front and back of EVERY record.

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Record Store Nostalgia
3:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Slideshow: Fallout Records

Band members of The Accused in front of Fallout Records, circa 1987.
Tim Hayes

Tim Hayes and Rob Fletcher share their memories of Fallout Records.

Tim Hayes, Owner, 1999-2003

"Fallout Records was a fiercely independent record-skateboard-zine/comic store that supplied the progressive, free-thinking consumer with creative alternative choices they couldn't find elsewhere or had no idea existed.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

A Conversation With Comedian David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier, left, and the cast of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," perform at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday June 10, 2012, in New York. The production won a Tony Award for best revival of a musical.
Charles Sykes Invision/AP


The comedy “In Living Color” turned David Alan Grier into a well-known comic actor, but he started his career singing on Broadway. Last year, he returned to Broadway to play Sporting Life in “Porgy and Bess.” David Alan Grier has performed for over 30 years, from stand-up comedy to competing on "Dancing with the Stars." He joins us in the KUOW studios.

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Music
2:16 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Want to Hear Beck’s New Music? Do It Yourself!

Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb perform tunes from Beck's 'Song Reader.'
Wayne Horvitz

In the days before records were mass-produced, people learned about popular songs through sheet music.  The pop musician known as Beck (no relation to KUOW’s Dave Beck) was so intrigued by that idea that his latest album isn’t even a recording at all. 

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Local Music Vendors
12:20 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Map: Do We Still Need Record Stores?

Luz Bratcher Flickr

Tomorrow is a dark day for many a Seattle vinyl enthusiast — Easy Street Records, the lower Queen Anne record store, is closing after serving the Emerald City for more than a dozen years. Many are bemoaning the loss of the Queen Anne record store, but what about you? Do record stores matter to you? I mean, do they really matter? Do you still buy music from stores, and how much?

With music available online through iTunes and services like Spotify, why do we still need record stores? Ross Reynolds talks with local music writer Charles Cross, Sarah Moody from Hardly Art and Eli Anderson from Neumos and takes listener calls.

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Liquer License
12:10 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Cerveza At The Cinema? Lawmakers Push For Beer And Wine In Theaters

Would you drink at the theater?
HalinaV Flickr

Some Olympia lawmakers are backing a bill to let movie theaters and live performance venues apply for liquor licenses to serve beer and wine. The bill is sponsored by Democrat Jim Moeller, who represents Vancouver. Ross Reynolds finds out the likelihood of moviegoers cracking a cold one at a theater near you.

War On Drugs
9:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

From The Front Lines Of Mexico's Drug War

'El Narco' by Ioan Grillo.
Credit Courtesy Bloomsbury Press

Since 2006, more than 40,000 soldiers, police officers, traffickers and citizens have died in Mexico’s bloody drug war — from the mountains where pot and poppies are grown to the streets of Mexico City. Journalist Ioan Grillo tracks the rise of the cartels and their increasing influence north of the border in his book, "El Narco." He joins Steve Scher with a report from the front lines of the Mexican drug war.

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Record Store Nostalgia
5:50 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Celebrating Seattle’s Record Stores On Eve Of Easy Street Closure

Easy Street Records in Queen Anne, 2006.
Flickr photo/Laura Musselman Duffy

Seattle record store Easy Street is closing its Queen Anne location on Friday. While many local music lovers try to comfort one another, they’re also waxing poetic about how record stores used to be.

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Comics
12:40 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The Secret To 30 Years Of “Love And Rockets”

A glimpse into the wide world of characters from Los Bros Hernandez.
Courtesy Fantagraphics

Brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez are considered godfathers of the alternative comics movement.  Fans and critics alike credit the brothers for bringing in a new type of narrative to the comics movement that features strong female characters and showcases Latino culture. Jaime spoke with Ross Reynolds on The Conversation.

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Decoding Contemporary Art
12:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Yoko Ott Loves Contemporary Art And So Should You

Freelance visual-arts curator Yoko Ott (left) hugs Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, director of the Frye Art Museum, after giving her a present on Danzker's birthday.
Alan Berner The Seattle Times

Contemporary art is a lot like baseball: you can't really enjoy it until you understand a few rules.   Nobody, not even the hippest art insider, is born appreciating abstract expressionism or conceptual performance. In fact, no two people will give you the same definition of contemporary art.  It can be anything, from abstract painting to live performance.

With her stylish clothing and regal bearing,  art educator and curator Yoko Ott looks like she was born in one of the world's great art capitals.  But appearances are deceiving.  "It doesn't get further away from the contemporary art scene than a little island in the middle of the Pacific," she laughs.

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Sociology
8:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Chaos, Disorder, Uncertainty: A Recipe To Thrive

Nassim Nicholas Taleb at the Digital Life Design conference in 2009.
Credit Flickr photo/nrkbeta.no

How can we thrive in an uncertain world? Nassim Nicholas Taleb identifies a category of things that not only depend on disorder -- they thrive on it. For example: human bones get stronger when subjected to stress, and riots intensify when someone tries to suppress them.

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Self Improvement
12:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Getting Things Done: How To Clear Your Mind And Increase Productivity

Getting things done starts with knowing what you're not doing.
Justin See Flickr

Getting organized and staying organized can be a daunting task, but author David Allen says there is an easy system you can follow. Ross Reynolds spoke with David Allen back in 2009.

Nature And Art
11:50 am
Tue January 8, 2013

A Conversation With Artist And Naturalist Tony Angell

Tony Angell's 'Sunning Cormorant.'
Credit Flickr photo/Andrew Nicholson

Naturalist, illustrator and sculptor Tony Angell shares his home and his imagination with birds. He joins us to talk about the ecological role birds play in our lives and how the natural world inspires his creativity.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

"Almost Live!" Alums Have Seattle's Number

Tune in on Saturday night to catch the debut of 'The 206.'
Credit Facebook/The 206 TV

Seattle has grown since KING 5's sketch comedy show Almost Live! left the air in 1999. Now some of the team that brought "The Lame List" and "COPS in Wallingford" to TV is back with a new show of modern-day Seattle-centric funny. The 206, starring Pat Cashman, John Keister and Chris Cashman, premieres tomorrow night. They join us in studio with a preview.

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Religion and Gay Marriage
8:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

"Straight Talk About Gay Marriage" With Bishop Gene Robinson

Gene Robinson, the world's first openly gay Episcopal bishop, at the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Dec. 27, 2012.
Jim Cole AP Photo

The first same-sex weddings took place in early December in Washington state. Marriage equality has come a long way in Gene Robinson’s lifetime. He was the first only gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom — and he wore a bulletproof vest to his 2003 consecration.

Today, he’s one of the world’s leading spokespeople for gay rights and gay marriage, and he has been married to a man for the last four years. Robinson spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall on December 7, 2012.

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