25: Seattle

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12.12.12

A few things about this weeks’ guest/Seattle expert, Tree, that we completely forgot to touch upon in this week’s episode.

  • It’s not her real name, but it may as well be.
  • She witnessed authorities remove the body of late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley from a University District neighborhood in April of 2002. She didn’t know it was Staley’s remains until after the fact, but still…
  • She lived in the building that serial killer Ted Bundy had once lived in.

 

Given those sordid factoids that we omitted, one may assume that this week’s episode wasn’t completely awesome. Do you know what happens when you assume, though? That’s because this week’s episode on Seattle and the Pacific Northwest was completely awesome. And given what we do learn in chatting with Tree about her native lands, those three facts imprint here even more into Seattle/Olympia/western sound lore as a permanent O.G. than we even thought possible. So, that’s why we were ecstatic to have her on board for this.

Twenty years after Seattle exploded onto the American consciousness as the city of flannel, coffee, and grunge, it is easy to forget that it had long been an all-American city of flannel, coffee, and intensely local hard rock and punk bands for years before that. In fact, many would argue that the 1990’s killed a lot of what made Seattle special. Yuppies poured in to work for Microsoft and Starbucks, driving up real estate in certain neighborhoods that had long been pockets of immigrant culture (e.g. Ballard, long known as a Scandinavian stronghold). Regardless, it remains a somewhat isolated jewel of American culture, buried up there in a pile of recycled coffee cups, next to all of those friendly people who don’t really want your number. This will all make perfect sense after you have a listen.

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: “The Face of the Earth” by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
Alice in Chains – “Them Bones”
“The City It is a Changin'” (Bob Dylan parody) from Almost Live!
Woody Guthrie – “Pastures of Plenty”
Modest Mouse – “Bukowski”
The Postal Service – “This Place is a Prison”
Jimi Hendrix – “Castles Made of Sand”

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