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Seattle Music Scene a Loser If Ferries Are Cut

Chris Kornelis at the Seattle Weekly has two blog posts that deal with the proposed cuts to the Bremerton ferry, eliminating any sailings past 9:05 p.m. Kornelis is making the case local leaders have not yet proven, that losing Bremerton’s business hurts Seattle.

These cuts would massively reduce the accessibility of Seattle music to Bremertonians — and Seattle clubs’ access to their wallets — and would be devastating loss to show-goers in the ferry-dependent community. It would be a huge loss for the Seattle music community as well.

In the second piece Kornelis speaks exclusively with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Gibbard grew up here, went to Olympic High School and was a regular traveler to pick up shows in Seattle.

“As a native Bremertonian, it’s really unfortunate to me that Bremerton continues to get the short end of the stick,” Gibbard says. “We grew up always having the busted ferry. Whenever Bainbridge Island got a new ferry, we got the hand-me-downs. (This proposal is) a further kind of indication of how much political influence the affluent West Side suburbs have, that they are relatively immune to this part of the budget cuts, and Bremerton as usual has to take Bainbridge Island’s leftovers.”

An ‘On Notice’ Emergency

UPDATE: The performers in Death Cab for Cutie are gentlemen and the promoters paragons of graciousness, all previous inferences to the contrary aside.

OnNoticeDC4C.jpgWe are compelled to bring back the “on notice” board for a group of people who have about an hour to come correct for the locals.

You may recall that I got to cover Bruce Springsteen (who recently endorsed Barack Obama for president) and the E Street Band, but apparently the Kitsap Sun is not haughty enough to have a photojournalist attend the Death Cab for Cutie (whose politics are unknown to me personally) concert, which is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. across the street at the Admiral Theatre.

Now, bear in mind that I have no personal stake in this. I can’t think of a single DC4C song I’ve ever heard, so it’s not like I want to go. I’m secure enough in my own oldness that stopping by and getting milk for the family is preferable than a night with the band.

But we’ve got reporters here who wear Northface fleece and have iPod headphones (with or without the actual iPods). We’ve got a reporter here who has an actual iPhone, a photographer who was the academic achiever at a Miss Poulsbo pageant (She also, by the way, used to hang out with DC4C band member Ben Gibbard.) and another reporter who won a robotic boxing contest in a Wilmington, N.C. Hooters restaurant.

We got cool people.

All of this should give us the street cred necessary to get a few quick photos inside the Admiral, but DC4C promoters are so far saying, “Mmmmm maybe.”

I will remind the court that MxPx didn’t say “Maybe.”

MxPx has never been put on notice, either.

Be warned, Death Cab for Cutie promoters, that failure to accommodate the demands of the Kitsap Sun will result in dire consequences. You’ll move from the “On Notice” board to the “Dead to Me” list. It will be, shall we say, the death cab for Death Cab.

Oh, and Port Orchard is on the list again just because that’s so much fun for me.