KUOW listeners Whitney Keyes and Chris Porter share their memories of Tacoma Tower Records with us.
â€śI 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!
â€śI LOVED going down every aisle, alphabetically in my fave music categories, looking at the covers -- front and back of EVERY record.
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.
The comedy â€śIn Living Colorâ€ť 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 â€śPorgy and Bess.â€ť David Alan Grier has performed for over 30 years, from stand-up comedy to competing on "Dancing with the Stars."Â He joins us in the KUOW studios.
In the days before records were mass-produced, people learned about popular songs through sheet music.Â The pop musician known as Beck (no relation to KUOWâ€™s Dave Beck) was so intrigued by that idea that his latest album isnâ€™t even a recording at all.Â
Tomorrow is a dark day for many a Seattle vinyl enthusiast â€” 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.
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.
Since 2006, more than 40,000 soldiers, police officers, traffickers and citizens have died in Mexicoâ€™s bloody drug war â€”Â from the mountains where pot and poppies are grown to the streets of Mexico City.Â Journalist IoanÂ GrilloÂ tracks the rise of the cartels and their increasing influence north of the border in his book, "El Narco." He joins Steve Scher with aÂ report from the front lines of the Mexican drug war.
Seattle record store Easy Street is closing its Queen Anne location on Friday. While many local music lovers try to comfort one another, theyâ€™re also waxing poetic about how record stores used to be.
Brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez are considered godfathers of the alternative comics movement. Â 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.
Contemporary art is a lot like baseball: you can't really enjoy it until you understand a few rules.Â Â Nobody, not even the hippest art insider, is born appreciating abstract expressionism or conceptual performance.Â In fact, no twoÂ people will give you the sameÂ definition of contemporaryÂ art.Â It can be anything, from abstract painting to live performance.
WithÂ her stylish clothing and regal bearing,Â Â art educator and curator Yoko Ott looks like she was born in one of the world's great art capitals.Â But appearances are deceiving.Â "It doesn't get further away from the contemporary art scene than a little island in the middle of the Pacific," she laughs.
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.
Naturalist, illustrator and sculptorÂ TonyÂ AngellÂ 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.
Seattle has grown since KING 5's sketch comedy showÂ 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,Â starring Pat Cashman, John Keister and Chris Cashman, premieres tomorrow night. They join us in studio with a preview.
The first same-sex weddings took place in early December in Washington state. Marriage equality has come a long way in Gene Robinsonâ€™s lifetime. He was the first only gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom â€” and he wore a bulletproof vest to his 2003 consecration.
Today, heâ€™s one of the worldâ€™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 Seattleâ€™s Town Hall on December 7, 2012.