Sunday, June 24, 2018

Walking Papers Drummer Will Andrews Answers 20 Questions ~See Walking Papers Live This Saturday June 30th at Plunge Music Festival at Seattle's Historic Triple Door Theater

Xanaland blog is proud to have the opportunity to do this fun interview with Will Andrews of Ten Miles Wide, OMNI, and Walking Papers who are headlining this year's Plunge Music Festival (read our blog on Plunge Music Festival tomorrow on Xanaland Main Blog)  at the Triple Door Theater on June 3oth 2018.

photo by John Bamlett 

 I have personally known Will since 2013. We met while I was filming Jeff Angell's other band The Missionary Position. I'll never forget that night. It was a really rainy night in the deep winter in Seattle at a bar.  I have now seen Will play many times at this very bar called The High Dive. I was live streaming and back then I was using a laptop to do so. I needed something to set my laptop on, and not knowing anyone there, I looked around and spotted Will and Johndus who turned out to be the drummer and singer for the opening band The Mothership (now Ten Miles Wide). This was on January 9th 2013 - and Will immediately gave me his drum case to use as a shelf. 

My video from that night is at the end of this blog. 

 Benjamin Anderson, Jeff Angell, Johndus Beckman, & Will Andrews 

....lucky for me, Jeff & Ben from The Missionary Position/ Walking Papers 
have been big fans of John and Will's bands for many years and had them opening 
for them that night at the High Dive

We three became fast friends, learning quickly that we are all Capricorns. I've watched him go from full determination and seemingly born with musical talent, to pretty much Seattle's best drummer. You might even say he's the Matt Cameron of our time. Ten Miles Wide to me, is the best hard rock bad to come out of Seattle in 25 years. Congrats my friend on your hard-earned success; I look forward to continuing to follow you on what's sure to be an amazing musical journey! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Birthday Letter to Chris Cornell by Xana La Fuente

Dear Chris,

You left my world a long time ago, and I never understood why. Now that you're really gone, a lot of your behavior makes sense to me, but I'm also left with many questions. Myself, your family, friends and fans want to know why. What was so horrible in your life that you chose to end it? 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Origins of a Grunge Girl ~ Part 1 ~ How a Lost Girl from Santa Fe Stole the Heart of a Mississippi Lovechild

I started writing this series about a year ago. But after the response from the Demri blog, I sort of gave up on writing the truth here. Maybe I will write a book, but that just seems  super cheesy to me. I've always envisioned a movie made from a book where my life as a child was told and shown; I envision Santa Fe, New Mexico and my upbringing, so to speak. I imagined what Andy's life as a child was like but I only know bits and pieces from what he told me. Talking to the Woods is not an option at this point. They did take property that was mine - not Andy's - from Chris Cornell. They did and still are selling stuff of Andy's and kept stuff of mine that was not theirs to keep. They are still trying to sell stuff online that was not even Andy's. This is a fact. So I have nothing to say to them. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hollywood Gets Their Minds Blown by Mother Love Bone ~Otherwise Known as the Night I met My Wife~ A Grunge Love Story by Vince Garner

I'm starting to go through all the stories I have been sent and out of 30 or so I have about 10 I think are great and will be publishing. Look for this in your email by August 1st and here soon after.

Thank You 

Xanaland Staff 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"Xana You've Got to Stop Doing Heroin and Start Doing Speed ...Preferably Chased With Jack Daniels" And Other Great Advice From Lemmy

Moving right along to way more hilarious and heartwarming stories, be sure to be subscribed to get this new and totally chode-free article in your email August 1st. 

Thank you and have a glorious day! 

Xana La Fuente 

Owner, writer, photographer, shenanigator, and apologizer @ 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Watch Entire Never-Before-Seen Alice in Chains Concert Footage from 1989: A Small Town Received Many Big Delights

Back in the ‘80s, the tiny farming and college town of Pullman, Washington was often a destination for Seattle bands.  This, of course, was during a time before “grunge” was a known musical term. The Pullman crowds were hugely appreciative of live music at that time, and many WSU students who hailed from Seattle were thrilled to experience their hometown bands on the other side of the state.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Grungy Affair To Remember

The eighties were a great time to be in Seattle. I worked at a sex store on 1st & Pike. I don't think a lot of people today realize how odd it is that 'Showgirls' still occupies a portion of that corner. It was once called 'Deja Vu,' with the best and most honest business motto ever: "50 Beautiful Girls and 3 ugly Ones." Roger Forbes owned Fantasy Unlimited, Champ Arcade, and Deja Vu. He was a great boss. When Andy died, he came to the memorial at The Paramount, and looking quite out of place in his suit and tie, he cried and handed me a check for $3,000 and told me I was the best employee he ever had, and that even though I had no boobs and was too skinny, he thought I was pretty cute.