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V.25 No.28 | 07/14/2016
Kurt Cobain's house
Desiree Garcia


A Black Hole in Emerald City

Creeping on Kurt Cobain's house

When you think about traveling, the thought tends to bring more of an anxiety attack than excitement. You think about where you want to go, how much it's going to cost, where you're going to stay, how long you can take off of work, things to do, and if you'll have enough time to do everything you want because who knows when you'll be back to this destination. But then there are the people like me who pick somewhere that seems cool and just pick up and go. Money will always figure itself out, and why not go for a day or three rather than sit around and wish you could because of this excuse or that excuse?
One April morning, I headed out to Seattle, Wash. and it was only a one night stay. The flight was a rough 5am flight that had a connection in Las Vegas, Nev. that left my actual flying time at a rough four hours. Why was I on my way to Seattle, you may ask? There was no real reason, I had the opportunity and that was enough to get on a plane. Have ticket, will travel. I had no set plans for when I got there, honestly.

After arriving, I spent half of the night in the hotel room eating pizza and watching “Law and Order” and falling in and out of sleep but waking myself up with gross burps from the orange soda I'd also consumed. I wasn't up for hardcore exploring after a short five hours of sleep and a long flight, but I ventured out into Seattle, had myself some coffee from the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market (which is Downtown, for those who don't know), and walked on a small boardwalk that had a ferris wheel on it. I felt constant plume of regret breeze across my skin, stemming from the fact that I wore shorts and forgot I wasn't in the desert anymore.
I ate at the Hardrock Cafe and got to end dinner by watching a drunk guy get carried out by two of his friends at 8pm. The night was still young and since I didn't do my research about Seattle, I ran out of ideas but I didn't want to go back to the hotel just to watch more “Law and Order.” And then it hit me, why not look for the house of the legendary Kurt Cobain? You know, the one he lived in before he died. I immediately had to do it.

I had the plan, I just didn't realize that it was actually going to take three hours to accomplish because my GPS is probably the worst pre-installed app to ever come on a cell phone. It took me everywhere else except where I wanted to be in the first place. I mean, I never even thought I'd find myself driving up and down a few blocks in the dead of night, looking for a house that I thought was going to bring me some sort of revelation to my angsty adolescent days to begin with. The neighborhoods that I got lost in all felt and looked the same. They were slightly weathered from all the rain and humidity, but were surrounded by trees and bushes that looked like one of those photoshopped pictures that is enhanced to make it seem like you have better photography skills than you actually do.
After getting lost in three different neighborhoods, I ended up in a quiet suburb. It was dark, and the property had that haunted feeling that crawls across the back of your neck. It sat on what felt like an island as the neighborhood was surrounded by the ocean and faced directly toward the heart of Emerald City.
As I sat there, a small red car pulled up and passed through the gate of what use to be Cobain's house. I stared at what was probably the owner, so anxious that this was even a real thing. I was 97% sure I was going to throw up. I mean, what's the big deal, right? He was just a regular guy who I only wanted to be like when I was a teenager because I thought that would make me cool. But looking at his house, it seemed like reality was altered. I've never had such a surreal feeling before. I gazed out at the house, then got out of the car to take a picture once the owner's car was completely beyond the gates. In a fog of angst and nostalgia, I somehow forgot how to take a picture on my phone and that I was in the dark and needed the flash on. When I excitedly jumped back in the car and looked at the picture ,it literally looked like a black hole. Just like Cobain left in my heart when he died. Perfect.

V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
Kelly O.

Event Horizon

I Tawt I Heard a Puddytat

Friday, Dec 4: Tacocat • post post punk pop • Red Light Cameras

Technicolor-dyed hair, surfy guitar vibes and unabashed riot grrl revivalism combine in this energetic quartet.
V.22 No.51 |


The Daily Word in Obama's year-end conference, a potted puppy and "the object"

The Daily Word

It's time for President Obama's year-end news conference!

Who will save Blackberry?

Could our recent economic growth and rise in stocks lead toward a prosperous 2014?

It looks like Bertha found “the object.”

In case you're unemployed, Eclipse Aerospace might have a job for you.

Animals shelters around Albuquerque have asked people to stop bringing in animals because there's no room left.

A parent went into a classroom and threatened a student at Colinas Del Norte Elementary School in Rio Rancho.

A portland pup ate too many weed brownies and had to be taken to the vet. Poor guy couldn't handle the high.

V.22 No.17 |


The Daily Word in Mobile explosions, Justin Bieber's alleged pot bust and Santa Fe's Gay Marriage Resolution

The Daily Word

Missing Brown student's body has been found.

Two fuel barges light up the Mobile River in Alabama.

So, TMZ apparently got the first wind on Justin Bieber's alleged pot bust, but this is still a developing story, people.

Grants High School students aim to get teacher to resign after they say he ignored a student who suffered a miscarriage in the hallway.

Gay marriage resolution passed!

Apparently Steve Kush did not know people could read his Twitter and Facebook comments.

Impostor Seattle nurse stole meds from patients' IVs. ... What is the world coming to?

V.22 No.15 |
Julia Minamata


Ode to grunge

Depending on your aural upbringing and age, the term "grunge" may conjure up wildly divergent things. Read all about Alibi Copy Editor/Staff Writer Mark Lopez's romance with the Seattle sound in Seattle Wall of Sound: A paean to grunge. For me, Nirvana's Bleach was revelatory; Lopez prefers In Utero. Exploring difference is fun, no? In honor of this myriad genre, I compiled an hour-long grunge-tastic playlist for our dear readers, featuring tracks by: Flipper, L7, Babes in Toyland, 7 Year Bitch, Hole, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Tad, Wool, Melvins, Sleep Capsule, Coffin Break, Soundgarden, Killdozer, Pixies, The Breeders and Green River. Stream it below. Less-than-fresh coiffures, well-worn flannel and Dr. Martens are optional.

V.22 No.15 | 4/11/2013
Julia Minamata

Aural Fixation

Seattle Wall of Sound

A paean to grunge

Staff writer Mark Lopez explores the fuzzy riffs, frenzied corporate co-opting and ethos of authenticity that the grunge movement birthed.
V.22 No.3 | 1/17/2013
Keith Johnson


Sioux City Pete rawks Iron Haus

Hyper-local archivist, DJ and DIY devotee Derek Caterwaul shares his experiences with depraved blues-rawk bandleader Sioux City Pete. Read all about it in Sioux City Pete & the Beggars Call up Thunder. Scroll on to peruse Sioux City Pete & the Beggars A/V. Iron Haus • Sioux City Pete & the Beggars • Pancakes! • Terri Schiavo Dance Party • Wed Jan 3 • 8:30 pm • $5 • 21+

V.21 No.45 |


The Daily Word: why George Takei is mad at facebook; how Republicans can be surprised at the Obama victory; what happens when weed is legalized in Seattle

The Daily Word

A New Mexico company is selling Breaking Bad bath salts.

The family of Albuquerque attorney Mary Han is suing APD, claiming police screwed-up the investigation into her purported suicide.

Is fracking in Rio Arriba County's future?

Albuquerque city councilors may overturn the minimum wage increase that was approved by voters last week.

David Petraeus abruptly resigned from his position as director of the CIA after his extramarital affair was exposed by the FBI.

George Clooney won the election for Obama.

Seattle Police Department explains the marijuana laws that will go into effect December Sixth.

You will probably not be allowed to hunt giant octopus in Seattle's Puget Sound anymore.

The 2011 World Press Photos contest winners.

Denmark is getting rid of the "fat-tax" that was applied to certain foods last year.

Babushkas who live in the Chernobyl "dead zone."

This song celebrating Thanksgiving may cause you to step in front of a bus.

George Takei joins the ranks of Facebook users angry about the money-grubbing EdgeRank filter.

Obama was declared the winner of the presidential contest in Florida.

Does fact checking matter if politicians continue to lie after their fabrications have been exposed?

Republicans were surprised Romney lost because they believe Rush Limbaugh and Fox news.

On this day in 1969 Sesame Street premiered.

V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
Jenny Invert (from left) August Johnson, Sam Miller, Eva Ave. and Sean Alkire.
Will Miller


Jenny Invert front man talks stamps, nothingness and silence

We caught up with Jenny Invert’s Sam Miller this week in To Burque, With Love. The once-Burqueño band performs in its former stomping ground this weekend. Notorious lurker and original Invert member David “Poncho” Schripsema fills in for his Pacific Northwest counterpart, Eva Ave., at the gig. Listen to music from Jenny Invert and other performing acts below. Launchpad • Jenny Invert • Mr. Gnome • the Cherry Tempo • Bigawatt • Sat Nov 10 • 9:30 pm • $6 • 21+

V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
The Intelligence (clockwise, from left) Jed Mahue, Susanna Welbourne, Lars Finberg, Dave Hernandez, Pete Capponni and Lesley Ishino.


The Intelligence brings the whip-smart rock

Rock critic Captain America schools us on the history, sound and performance style of Seattle act The Intelligence in this week’s music feature, The Intelligence Quotient. Check out a short and sweet new music video below. Low Spirits • The Intelligence • CanyonLands • Sad Baby Wolf • Nov 5 • 9 pm • $8 • 21-and-over •

The Intelligence (clockwise, from left) Jed Mahue, Susanna Welbourne, Lars Finberg, Dave Hernandez, Pete Capponni and Lesley Ishino.

Show Up!

The Intelligence Quotient

Seattle rockers sound smart

Captain America shares insight into The Intelligence’s sonic evolution, performance style and new album.
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V.21 No.36 |


The Daily Word in typos, Wells Fargo, Larry Flynt, bed bugs, and Fords

The Daily Word

Call the State Police instead: Rio Arriba County Sheriff's department will no longer be open after eight pm.

A typo and confusion over the ballot process may prevent Burquenos from voting on a minimum wage hike.

Students in China's Jiangsu province say they are being forced to manufacture the iPhone 5.

R.E.M. doesn't like the "puff adder brand of reportage" at Fox News.

The mystery of the "West Seattle hum" is solved.

People are on edge about circumcision in Germany.

How many people should a woman sleep with?

Wells Fargo foreclosed on an elderly couple's home... twice.

Wells Fargo fired a man for using a fake dime at a laundromat 49 years ago.

Gah! Bed bugs in the literature section.

Julian Assange, the movie.

Larry Flynt is offering one million dollars to anyone who produces Mitt Romney's tax records.

President Obama has a sense of humor. The jury's still out on Mitt Romney.

Parts of Romney's presidential platform are a bit fuzzy.

Roodharigendag Breda.

Long Island Tornado.

Oldest Ford in existence is up for auction.

On this day in 1958, Runaway Lita Ford was born.

V.21 No.4 | 1/26/2012
Ed King  , Oedipus Rex—get it?


Oedipus sex

A few thoughts on an odd book about incest in the Pacific Northwest

I recently read a book called Ed King, by David Guterson. I enjoyed it at first. When I began it I was having Thanksgiving with my family in Olympia, Wa., which is about an hour south of Seattle. The book is set in Seattle. It also takes the reader on a trip to the Orcas Islands (about and hour and a half north of Seattle). There’s something magical about those little islands off the western seaport of Anacortes. They have this time-lost feeling, kind of like the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, Ireland. And it’s nice to read about places you’re staying when you’re on vacation. Hell, it’s nice to read about anywhere that has a seaport when you spend 11 months of the year living in the desert.

Anyway, back to Ed King. Started great. Really good job with the scenery. But man, is it one of hell of a headache when it starts getting all lofty with analogies to Greek tragedies. Enough, though. This tangent is just my way of trying to get you to read my review of Ed King.

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