Rumor Has It

Apologies in Advance

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Perhaps a day will arrive when Big Business can come to town and I will not mention it, but as long as the band is comprised of a KARP (Jared Warren) and a Murder City Devil (Coady Willis)—or two Melvins, which also works—that day remains in the future. They’re touring through our neck of the woods and, as is their custom, will land at the Shakedown—and not just for the pinball and falafel. They’ll play a show Thurs., Feb. 13 with Dryland featuring special guest drummer and the only person I will willingly high-five unless it’s my birthday Noah Burns. Tickets, unlike my birthday high-fives, are still available.

I probably should not follow up talking about a respectable and respected band like Big Business by informing you about an event that involves a dog kissing booth, especially when said kissing-booth event has nothing to do with live music, but I gotta be me (do I though? Highly debatable).

Paws for a Beer, a place that will one day kick me out when they finally realize I don’t have a dog, is hosting a Valentine’s Day event that, as far as I know, is the first of its kind in Bellingham.

It’s called Kiss Your Pup (or, in my case, Kiss Other People’s Pups and No That’s Not Weird), it happens on Valentine’s Day proper and the scant info about it includes the following: “Grab a dog and pucker up! Any dog will do. Take a selfie or have a friend take a photo. We will provide the kissing booth, you provide the lips.” I can’t tell if it’s the “any dog will do” or the “you provide the lips” that is funnier, but it’s all solid gold. Apparently the kissing booth will be there all day, which prompts me to state the obvious: What a time to be alive. It’s possible that Cascadia Weekly office dog and snack tester June will be in attendance, and while I can attest to the fact that she is a gentle kisser, her breath often smells like hot kibble, so your mileage may vary there.

I just want to apologize again to Big Business, but this time because I expended twice as many words on a canine-focused V-Day event as I did on their upcoming Shakedown show. I could’ve mentioned that the always-excellent band is fresh off a tour with Sleep or that Willis recently did a stint as the house drummer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, but regrettably I chose to highlight a dog kissing booth instead. Just remember, when it comes to Valentine’s Day, any dog will do.

Past Columns
A Trickle of Tunes

June 24, 2020

One Strange Summer

June 10, 2020

COVID Chronicles

May 27, 2020

Pandemic Problems

May 13, 2020

A Bummer Summer

April 29, 2020

The Show Goes On

April 15, 2020

My Pandemic Diary

April 7, 2020

We’re Baaaaack

April 1, 2020

Strange Days

March 25, 2020

Making it through

March 18, 2020

Pandemic Panic

March 11, 2020

You’ve got mail

March 4, 2020

Of bongos and backwards balls

February 26, 2020

Drink it up

February 19, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Chicken and egg:

January 15, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020


January 1, 2020