Noted, thanks for the recommends. I'll be sure to bring that up should the evening take us that route.
In this edition of "wonk hates downtown Seattle," I wandered around Saturday night looking for a coke to drink my whiskey with, and a bag of chips. I already know downtown Seattle is one of the worst places to visit if you need supplies to get you through the weekend. I've been there six times in the last two years, so I know of three places to get food after 10pm. But an open grocery store or convenience store late night is difficult to find. I went to Bartles at 9:50, only to find out they close at 8pm. A grocery store downtown closes at 8pm on a Saturday night? There were multiple people out front asking passers by, "any place to get anything this time of night?"
I asked the hotel attendant, "anywhere close to get a Pepsi or a bag of chips?" He laughed and said, "no no, not at this time of night." It was 10:08pm. I wandered around for an hour looking for soda, and eventually walked into a hotel and asked where their soda machine was. I paid $2 for a 12oz can of Coke. At that point, it was worth it.
I got back to Portland shortly after 10pm Sunday night, and walked passed six places on my way home (downtown) which served food and/or soda. They were all open until midnight, ON A SUNDAY.
I know you Seattle hipsters will say, "the places to hang out here are not downtown," but the highest concentration of hotels reside downtown, plus an NFL stadium, and an MLB field. I've been downtown in many cities, and Seattle is a complete anomaly.
Read as: I am crazy and am the only person ever who is not in love with St. Vincent.
If I was nearly incapacitated, Stormy would be my best translator. I could clinch my fist, fart, and making a choking sound, and she would say, "wonk is pissed at you, doesn't understand why you routinely talk out of your ass, and thinks you should suck his dick."
Pretty last minute, but some friends and I are headed to Portland tonight for the weekend. We are staying by the convention center if that helps. We have a basic plan, but if there's anything off the beaten path we should do, suggestions are welcome.
Oh and it's for a bachelor party, so nudity bar suggestions are also welcome.
You'll probably be bar hopping in the old town area which is right across the river from the convention center, so you only have a couple nudity bar options. Mary's is a nice shit hole, and the Magic Gardens is a not so nice shit hole. I think there is a new place called Dirty or something, but I've never been there.
All the nice nudity bars are on the outskirts of town. If you have a ride, the Acrop south of downtown is a must. There are a couple nice ones next to each other in Beaverton, the Dolphin 2 and Stars.
For those who don't know, and I'm sure 98% of boarders and lurkers don't care, Steely Dan is a jazz fusion pop duo. Walter Becker plays guitar and Donald ***en, (the hit maker) plays keys and does lead vocals. They've made countless great albums over the last 40 years, but when they play live, they employ the best session musicians available. That meant 13 people on stage; three female vocalists, badass little kid drummer, piano, extra guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, alto sax, baritone sax, and the Steely Dan duo. It's a collection of solid musicians, so to answer your question Burrito, it was solid. Everyone who reads this knows at least five Steely Dan songs, and probably more like 10-15.
One of the musical highlights was when they played "Dirty Work," from their first album. They didn't play that song last year at Edgefield. I started grooving to the chune, then thought, "wait a second, some random dude was the vocalist on that song, not Steely Dan, so who is going to sing this?" One of the female backing vocalists ripped into the song, and it worked very well.
Another highlight was when Walter Becker told the Portland crowd that they played their second live show in Portland in the early 70s, and how much they like Portland. He said something along the lines of, "we loved this city when it was nothing, and we watched it grow into a fantastic city, then we watched it regress into what it is now." Everyone laughed.
They played for two hours, and were nice enough to end ten minutes before Fuck Buttons started, which was a ten minute walk away.
I've been told the cross section between Steely Dan fans and Fuck Buttons fans is me.
I third Los Gorditos, but it would appear that wonk's been holding out on me.
Taqueria Portland previously lived in a shit hole structure in a shit hole location. St. John's in North Portland to be exact, the newest almost gentrified ghetto. They shut down and opened a new location in the Grand Central Station building on Morrison, the bowling alley. It's fancy. They make their own tortillas, like Los Gorditos does, which is key if you want to be a respected Burrito establishment.
I am not a punk historian so I don't know a lot of those bands. However, I would be curious what you think of Deadkill. If you get a chance you should check them out. They have been getting better and better in the live setting. My favorite Seattle punk band that I have seen. deadkill.bandcamp.com/
EDIT: I should say I don't know a lot of those bands' music. I know the names.
I gave Deadkill a couple listens. I didn't hear much punk, more hardcore mixed with metal. I'll check them out next time they play in Portland. I like guitars and yelling.
The list wasn't meant to be comprehensive. If it was, how could I overlook Green Day and the Offspring? Dead Kennedy's aren't there either, although that is mostly because I forgot how to operate a CD player.
I'm not a huge Black Flag fan anyway. Two different versions of the same band toured recently, neither with Henry Rollins, and I always confuse them with another punk band Anti-Flag. Black Flag has had 43 different band members, and I don't really care about any of them outside of Rollins. I was one of 14 people at Ginn's Coachella set though.