Marianne Spellman

Marianne Spellman
Seattle-ish, Washington,
April 06
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When I saw this gawjuss show poster from CMRTYZ turn up on Instagram, I first went, "WHAAT??" and then I went "WHOOOOOP!!" and then my brain got all happy and excited like a kitten on Ritalin. Three super-fave bands -- garage groovers Acapulco Lips, pithy punks wimps, and the marvellou…

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When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’tRead full post »
FEBRUARY 14, 2014 11:43PM


I took off work Friday, February 14th, ticking off a “personal day†of my five allotted per year, driving out of the city towards the emptiness of the plains. Escaping the hearts and flowers, happy couples and miserable couples, optimistic, hungry singles and bitter brokenhearted was my better ch/… Read full post »
I was quite saddened to hear of the death of iconic child actor/dancer/singer and U.S. diplomat Shirley Temple Black, who died yesterday at her home in California of natural causes, aged 85. Without question she lived a long and good life, but it is still a little heart-rending to see all the…

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Holy jam butties, people, there ain't no gettin' around it -- that on this date in New York City fifty years ago the Beatles first arrived in America, is a very long time ago. I remember ten. The band had called it quits four years earlier but McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, and Starr…

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Man, there's nothing easier to do than criticize, right? Anything and everything can be picked apart, and is. It's a particularly popular sport in this age of ERR BUDDY HAS A BLOG OR TWITTER. But today, I am (virtually) standing and delivering the SLOW CLAP OF ADMIRATION to (gasp!) a large… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2014 10:49PM


For this unprecedented event,
we offer 
our deeper prayers of condolence 
invite to you to be well present 
at the celebration 
of your friends name life service 
on Monday, February 3, 2014 
that will take place at 
Eubank Funeral Home 
at 11:00 a.m.

Please fi/
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As much of the ol' U.S. of A. suffers under an unusually-cruel cold snap (again), I thought I would provide you poor chilly children with some sweet mid-century desert heat, courtesy our pal YouTube. This Palm Springs, California tourism video from the 1950s is pretty slick, back in the days when…

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Fortunately for me (and hopefully for you as well), I found some photos that Miss Eleven took on my phone from the last time we were at the thrift store before I Was Felled With Influenza. I now bring them to you, free of filthy infectious germs and misery, because this… Read full post »

1. Took a 10-min. power nap.

2. Sorted laundry.

3. Flipped through Facebook status updates.

4. Made a delicious drink of hot milk, honey, and a splash of spiced rum.

5. Then I drank it all up.

6. Processed some photos.

7. Thought about vacation spots I'd like to go to and looked at rental houses and…

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Speaking as a bo-nah-fied Amurrican myself, I think it's not until you get a chance to leave the United States that you can get an idea of how pervasive American culture and influence is across the globe -- welcomed or not by our brethren abroad. We are somehow larger than life,…

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Earlier today I contacted Marianne to see if she had bounced back from the flu sufficiently to resume her blogging duties today. She reassured me that she was just fine, then she said Liberace had just made her a mango peach smoothie and was rubbing her feet. When she said sheRead full post »

This is Marianne's pal Dena, still wandering around in the 1970s whilst Marianne battles the flu. I am hoping very much that she will feel better soon, but in the meantime I will sneak in here every now and then and throw you a Dena-bone. I hope that's okay with you,Read full post »
This is Marianne's pal Dena, just keeping Marianne's spot warm and dropping off some prime reading material for you to peruse. Marianne is unable to visit thrift shops to take pictures of weird record covers or even to sit up at the moment, which means her children are eating all theRead full post »
You know what I like? I like thinking. I like thinking about stuff and things a lot.

You know what else I like? I like not thinking at all, and just nodding my head and stomping my feet and moving around like a demented marionette to loud, dirty, and extremely basic garage…

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Is not in any way at
All, overrated.

To lose it at the
Seahawks kickoff made people
Very unhappy.

We went bowling and
Then went out for pizza and
Bought some batteries.

The firefighter
Blocking our street said, "Yeah, don't
Hold your breath, ha ha."

We watched "The Simpsons"
With the last bit of power…

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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 »