MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

The Upstream Music Fest + Summit has come and gone, as if it had been chased out of Pioneer Square by the U2 tour. 

Thankfully, the rain wasn’t too bad, mostly. 

Owners of vacant Pioneer Square storefronts got some temporary rental income due to Paul Allen. 

These and other venues were populated, but most weren’t too crowded. Sets were mostly short and punchy.

A LOT of local acts were represented; including acts that haven’t gotten to play Sasquatch! or the current incarnation of Bumbershoot.

At the panels, musicians and music-biz people shared some insights into surviving in (what’s left of) the music biz. (Hence the name: much like salmon, musical artists have to “swim upstream” to survive (in a business decimated by “streaming”).) 

One complaint by many attendees: the electronic ticketing system, which involved an Amazon-“powered” smartphone app, a Facebook login, a hi-tech “activated” wristband, and disclosure of who-knows-what personal data to who-knows-whom. Rich Smith said it left him “feeling like a barcode.” 



Continued cool and rainy at times through at least Tuesday.

For the first time in six years, there are no summer drought warnings for the Northwest. (AP)



The nonprofit org Humanities Washington put up “A History of Washington Literature in Fourteen Books.” Author Dan Lamberton includes a lot of the usual suspects (Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins, Raymond Carver, “The Boys in the Boat”, etc.)—but then includes the entire output of Fantagraphics as a single entry.



The NYT’s discovered Sinclair Broadcasting’s habit of forcing local newscasts on its stations (including KOMO) to run chain-produced, conservative-biased “news items.”

More evidence that Seattle may be “the capital of the resistance”: the current gaggle of mayoral candidates, who’ve “found easy red meat for voters” by emphasizing their opposition to the DC regime. (KCPQ)

RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser donated $250,000 to Mother Jones, for the mag’s ongoing investigation of Russia’s interference in the ’16 election. (GeekWire)

Yep, the race to replace the late state Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond) is, at least partly, becoming a referendum on GOP rule. (SeaTimes) (KNKX) Indeed, “all politics… has been sucked into an all-powerful, blinding vortex.” (Danny Westneat)


Speaking of the mayoral contest, one new entrant is state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, former head of the Transportation Choices Coalition. (Crosscut)


The most recent homeless “sweep” drove dozens of people living in RVs and cars out of the Sodo industrial district. Some of these vehicles migrated to a WSDOT-owned lot in West Seattle; but the city warns they could be chased out (or impounded) from that spot as well. (KOMO) (West Seattle Blog)


Ex-SeaTimes columnist Joni Balter writes for Bloomberg about Amazon’s impact on Seattle. She says the dot-com’s massive growth has made Seattle “richer and angrier,” with horrid traffic and costly housing that threatens our longstanding belief in equality.

Amazon’s next growth business: would you believe furniture? (PS Biz Journal)


Boeing’s current Japanese suppliers want a bigger share of future plane construction and even engineering. (SeaTimes)


Code Fellows put up some ads on buses with the slogan “You know who can afford a home in Seattle? Software developers.” The for-profit programming school got a lot of angry responses, and had the ads taken down. (GeekWire)

Microsoft president Brad Smith called on governments to create a “digital Geneva Convention,” promising not to attack other countries’ civilian tech infrastructure. (USAT)

Oregon’s tech sector “has gone from hot to only lukewarm.” (Oregonian)


BNSF’s appealing a state environmental review of its proposed Longview coal-train export facility. The railroad says a lot fewer locals would get cancer from the port than the state claims. (AP)

Some environmentalists have called the state’s current carbon-cap legislation too week. That doesn’t stop business interests from calling it too stringent. (KUOW)

A fin whale was discovered floating dead in Commencement Bay near Tacoma, apparently struck by a ship. (KING)

The West Point Treatment Plant is FINALLY no longer piping insufficiently-treated sewage water into the sound. (AP)


A local woman fell into drug addiction, spent 20 months in prison, and lost her marriage and home; but she got out, got clean and sober, entered the SU law school, and graduated with honors. But the Bar Association won’t let her take the bar exam. She’s suing. (KING)


The city won’t let the Capitol Hill Pride Fest change the dates of its planned rally and “unity march.” (Capitol Hill Times)


Maps show the past decade’s “mass migration” of African Americans from the Central District and the Rainier Valley toward Kent and Renton. (KUOW)

The tech industry “needs to innovate anti-racist principles,” rather than remain stuck in the white-dudebro status quo. (South Seattle Emerald)



In the centennial month of the Seattle Metropolitans’ 1917 Stanley Cup win, the Thunderbirds won their first Western Hockey League title, winning 4-3 in OT at Regina. The T-Birds next play for junior hockey’s premier title, the Mastercard Memorial Cup. (SB Nation)

The injury-plagued Mariners got swept in Toronto; though Sunday’s 3-2 loss only came via a homer with two outs in the Blue Jays’ ninth inning. Back home vs. Oakland starting tonight. 

The also injury-plagued Storm dropped its regular-season opener, 78-68 at LA. Then in the home opener Sunday, the Storm (with Breanna Stewart back in the lineup) came back to beat Indiana 87-82. Home vs. Washington Sunday.

The Sounders collapsed in the second half at Chicago, leading to a 4-1 loss. At Sporting Kansas City Wednesday.

KCPQ's Aaron Levine says Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton's anti-Sodo arena, pro-KeyArena tactics are "maddening" and "reprehensible."


Authors Cory Doctorow and Neal Stephenson. (Neptune)

“CEO Pay Machine” author Steve Clifford. (Town Hall)

Patty Hearst biographer Jeffrey Toobin. (Temple de Hirsch Sinai)

Silent art auction for Southern Poverty Law Center. (Jude’s Old Town)

Documentary “A Steelhead Quest.” (Central Cinema)

Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. (Royal Room, like “duh”)

Sunflower Sutra, Arnolds, Wade James Phillips. (Sunset)

Charlie and the Rays. (Central Saloon)

Cowboys (from Indiana), Pleasures, Juicy Thompson. (Highline)


(Jonathan Safran Foer):

“It was one of the best days of my life, a day during which I lived my life and didn't think about my life at all.”


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