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Gas Huffer

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
03/30/2006

Gas Huffer has been a fixture on the local music scene since the late 1980's playing a unique brand of punk-infused rock to a loyal following. The band recently called it quits with a final blowout farewell concert that also served as a CD release party for their latest and last record, Lemonade For Vampires. John Moe sits down with members of the band to find out what they've learned over the years and a history lesson in Seattle music. Also, author Robert Farris Thompson and Sounds Familiar from Amanda Wilde.

05:00 - 'Tango: An Art History of Love'
From its syncretic evolution in the nineteenth century—partaking of European, Andalusian-Gaucho, and, unbeknownst to many, African influences—to its representations by Hollywood and dramatizations in dance halls throughout the world, Robert Farris Thompson shows us tango not only as brilliant choreography but also as text, music, art, and philosophy of life. Robert speaks today with Dave Beck about his new book, Tango: An Art History of Love.

33:00 - Gas Huffer
When a punk band calls it quits after 17 years, there are really two questions to ask. First, why break up now after playing together for so long? But perhaps more importantly, how does a punk band stay together for 17 years? Gas Huffer has been a fixture on the local music scene since the late 1980's playing a unique brand of punk-infused rock to a loyal following. The band has never reached the stratospheric popularity of some of their early 90's Seattle scene contemporaries but they've managed to release several albums renowned for their literate lyrics, hard-driving guitars, and emphasis on compelling artwork. The band recently called it quits with a final blowout farewell concert that also served as a CD release party for their latest and last record, Lemonade For Vampires. John Moe sits down with members of the band to find out what they've learned over the years and a history lesson in Seattle music.

47:00 - Sounds Familiar: 'Jump Blues, Swing & Rock & Roll'
Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, brings us a tune that you probably don't realize you know so well. She shares the history of familiar songs every month.

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