Right now I am super excited about local bands Pony Bwoy, the Cloak
Ox, Actual Wolf, Frankie Lee and Erik Koskinen. All-time local
favorites: Lifter Puller, Mark Mallman, Paul Westerberg, Low and
Sean Na Na.
Others, in a fragmentary attempt to plot borders: Dylan, Ryan
Adams, Melvins, Tift Merrit, Sleater-Kinney, Death Grips, Neko
Case, Wilco, Flipper, Nick Cave, Laura Marling, Brother Ali, Das
Racist, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Linda Thompson, MF Doom, Gram
Parsons, Marianne Faithful, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Leonard Cohen.
Music is my lifeline.
I love sci-fi and fantasy: China Mieville, Jo Walton, Justina
Robson, Alan Moore, Ursula LeGuin, Octavia Butler are in the
favorites list. Nick Harkaway's The Gone Away World is so good!
Best novel of last year. Just finished John Crowley's Little, Big,
which is absolutely the opposite of a page-turner but just
brilliant. The most thoughtful kinds of heartbreak.
Films at the Trylon Microcinema. Just really, go there, let them
make an evening for you. The spread of films there - from weird
trash to period-aesthetic to serious documentary to experimental
art - is a synecdoche for my interest in the world.
Have you seen the web series High Maintenance? Don't let the pot
iconography throw you, this is the most impressive "TV" I've caught
in a while: http://www.helpingyoumaintain.com
/ I am not a TV
watcher in any regular fashion, but I love occasionally burrowing
through a show that's already over (the Wire, the Office, the IT
Crowd). Someday I will watch Breaking Bad. Historically: the
X-Files, Star Trek TNG/DS9, Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. The
Simpsons first 7 or 10 seasons is one of the greatest cultural
productions of the 20th century.
Also enjoy performance art, weird dance, lectures, committee
meetings, wolves/twins/laughing-at-the-vikings, and video games.
Food? Really all of it, from fast food to small plates, but my main
impulses are local and well-crafted. Tanpopo, On's Kitchen,
Merlin's Rest, Homi, Muddy Waters, Caffe Biaggio, Namaste,
cocktails at WA Frost or Icehouse.