Archive for August, 2008

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Want to be a musician? You’re not alone.

August 5, 2008

NME reports the results of a study that states that one-fifth of Brits are frustrated musicians and fantasize about giving up trading their jobs for one in the music industry, including something like 10% of doctors.  I guess if you already have a lucrative, stable, societally-approved career, it’s pretty much inevitable that you would dream of changing to one that Neko Case describes thusly, “Playing in an independent rock band will eventually make you equal parts truck driver, gladiator, and mule.” These stats also go a long way to explaining the massive success of Rock Band.

Previously: For Those Who Tried to Rock

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Quiz: Bands of the Pacific Northwest

August 1, 2008

Driving across Washington State, I saw road signs for a number of places that I realized I recognized mostly because they are the hometowns of indie and alternative bands. So in honour of zedequalszee’s relocation to Seattle, a brief quiz – match the band with the hometown.

Bands:

  1. The Dandy Warhols
  2. Death Cab for Cutie
  3. Modest Mouse
  4. Nirvana
  5. Sleater-Kinney

Hometowns:

  1. Aberdeen, WA
  2. Bellingham, WA
  3. Issaquah, WA
  4. Olympia, WA
  5. Portland, OR

Bonus question: What band (pictured above) is named after the Washington State Department of Transportation phone number for reporting HOV lane violations?

Answers: (select to read) Dandy Warhols – Portland; Death Cab for Cutie – Bellingham; Modest Mouse – Issaquah; Nirvana – Aberdeen; Sleater-Kinney – Olympia; 764-HERO.