Marianne Spellman

Marianne Spellman
Seattle-ish, Washington,
April 06
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A new PSA video from the New Zealand transport agency, quickly going viral now, is less than a minute long, but once you view it, you will never forget it. When I came by it today on Facebook, I was very emotionally affected by it. Go ahead and watch it, please…

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In honor of the shared birthday (January 8th) of two of rock music's most icon-y icons of all time and space, David Bowie and Elvis Presley, today I bring you a little something special. It just so happens that both Bowie and Presley spent significant time in their entertainment careers as…

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Right now, almost all of the United States is suffering through an unusually-brutal cold weather blast (for instance, right now at my mom's house in Wisconsin it is -18F without the wind chill calculated). But since I am lounging around at 43F, I have the mild climate luxury to create a…

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After a good two weeks of utter holiday slothdom, I was more than ready to gear up for a solid night of Pac NW punk rock, as it clears out the candy canes, chocolate Santas, and gallons of spiked eggnog that come with December really, really well for me. Chop Suey… Read full post »

JANUARY 3, 2014 10:35PM

RIP PHIL EVERLY (1939-2014)

It is said that to seek perfection in any human endeavor is a futile quest -- that people are flawed and inconsistent by nature, and although we can achieve greatness, we shouldn't hope to to attain perfection.

But I don't think that is true. Just listen to anything of the recorded work…

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I couldn't be happier to tell you how I spent the very first day of 2014, which was creating and editing this found footage video for the Marquis Himself: multi-talented actor, musician, and all-around bon vivant Michael Des Barres! The song, written, arranged, and produced by De Barres and/… Read full post »

My pal Deb and I made a run up to lovely Edmonds, Washington to visit a couple of sweet thrifters in the last hours of 2013. Not ONLY did I get a new puffy winter jacket for ten bucks, GUESS WHAT? There were MORE weird record albums to find! Oh, The…

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Sometimes the thought comes to me as I am scouring the vinyl LP bins at thrift stores: Man, people are WEIRD. People and their music and sense of art design and just...everything. Of course, that all makes people AWESOME. Here's some more eyebrow-raisers for ya -- please to enjoy!

The record everyone…

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Every day at the thrift store brings new and different wonders. Today, the ceramic creatures were freaking me out...but you'll have to scroll to the bottom to see what topped them. Please to enjoy!

Owl and Jesus are totally not getting along these days.

Aw, damn. Global warming?

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Last year, I made a bit of a resolution: I was not going to photograph any concerts that I didn't really want to photograph. That was not quite the no-brainer choice that it might seem to be. I do really love shooting live music, and every opportunity to do so (and there are/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2013 11:27PM


Yes, nothing says "happy holidays" more than the gift of a carton of cigarettes! The smell of mentholated smoke just beckons ol' Santa to slide down the chimney! I think back in the early '60s we kids may have wrapped up a carton of Salems for my dad, which now seems…

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I needed to get OUT OF THE HOUSE for awhile this evening, so made a late jaunt to the thrifters, as I find this a supremely relaxing activity. Both stores were quiet, save for the one guy who was meticulously testing every single preset sound on an Yamaha keyboard. NERT NERT…

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I had to put some serious thought into my end-of-year music list this time, sorting through all the superb musical offerings of 2013. This is harder than it seems, because there is some amount of pressure to include the work of all the cool artists I have met and am friendly…

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DECEMBER 19, 2013 12:13AM


DECEMBER 16, 2013 4:17PM


Oh boy! I'm excited to tell you to GO ELSEWHERE! Just get RIGHT OFF MY SITE RIGHT NOW and click THIS HERE LINK RIGHT HERE to go to Spin to hear a brand-spanking new song from our musical punky Seattle pals, wimps! "Distraction" is featured on their new EP "Party At The… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2013 1:44AM


In the midst of my usual All That Is December Stressfest, I know it is important to make a little time to enjoy myself. My favorite thing to do to counteract the onslaught of Christmas store emails, blaring commercials with jingle bells, and paper cuts on my fingers from wrapping presents…

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In my house, the Opening of the Stockings traditionally takes place first thing Christmas morning, and their heavy bounty from Santa is enjoyed by all. Toys, candy, socks, soap, never know what's gonna be in there, which makes it fun. But there is a part of me that misses the…

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DECEMBER 13, 2013 3:14AM


Every year, it's the same sad story.

I wait too long to get my Christmas presents purchased, wrapped, and boxed up, and I find myself with only a few scant shipping days to spare at my local post office. When I arrive, the line is out the door, everyone is grumpy and…

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DECEMBER 10, 2013 12:42AM


Back in the era when I made a sincere-if-ultimately-misguided attempt at Classical Suburban Mom Domesticity, I got into Holiday Gift Treat Making. Each year, I would try to make something new, or would combine tried-and-true favorites in a cavalcade of Christmas food overload, all tied up in bows and…

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In the midst of the annual holiday craptacular, I took a stress break and spent a few minutes over at the thrift store, in search of something to amuse and, thereby, soothe me. Laughter is the best medicine, so HO HO HO DAMMIT! Please to enjoy!


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If ever there was a time to underline the fact that society has TOPPED OUT on crap to make and sell, it's Christmas. What a world! If there's some new GEEGAW or CONTRAPTION to sell to suckers with cash to burn (and certainly to hundreds of millions of people that really…

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You wouldn't think my hearing would be any good at all at this point in my life, considering my decades of exposure to very loud music, but it's good enough to overhear all kinds of fabulous public conversations! Now before you brand me a No-Good Privacy Stalker, I will in my…

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