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.
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. Download the episode on itunes or listen right here!
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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