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Hot Tickets: Seattle

Every Thursday at noon, PST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the Seattle area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Friday, September 23 Hillstomp, I Can Lick Any SOB, Lonesome Shack High Dive presents a killer bill of the best punk-influenced Americana in the Northwest. Hillstomp’s music draws heavily from north Mississippi trance blues, a bit from Appalachia and burns with the energy of punkabilly. Portland’s I Can Lick Any SOB’s heady mix of Americana and punk is reminiscent of Robbie Robertson and the Band and Neil Young and Crazy Horse partying with Black Flag. And local heroes Lonesome Shack’s music shows the influence of post war hill country blues and rural electric blues and gospel but maintains a voice all it’s own.

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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Hot Tickets, Seattle


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Indianapolis – “Shut Up Little Man” at the Toby Theater This Week!

In my 20’s I worked the morning shift as a prep cook at a local Seattle alehouse. My co-workers and I would spend our mornings listening to music and getting ready for our lunch shift. Occasionally we’d break up the music with some of our favorite recorded bits of comedic relief, Wesley Willis was popular as was “Shut Up, Little Man!” – secretly-taped recordings of two alcoholic roommates named Pete and Ray. We’d double over with laughter listening to these two scream at each other, making little or no sense and often engaging in real-life violence. While it was a little depressing, hearing Peter shout “shut up little man” at Ray would somehow send us into hysterics every time, and we’d find ourselves quoting their rants at parties to our bewildered friends.

The recordings were made by Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitchell D, two Midwestern punks, living in the Bay Area. They had moved into a bright pink, low-rent apartment building in 1987 and dubbed it the “Pepto Bismol Palace.” “Shut Up, Little Man’s” protagonists Peter Haskett and Raymond Huffman were Eddie and Mitchell’s neighbors, and after listening to the two’s near-homicidal arguments between the paper-thin walls, they decided to document what they were hearing. Eddie and Mitchell would also sometimes record prank phone calls that they’d make to Pete and Ray, purposefully trying to rile them into another epic rant. They originally started spreading the tapes amongst their friends, but eventually interest spread outside their social circle and the recordings were “officially” released on CD in 1993. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Film


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