Friday, November 30, 2018

Once Upon a Time There Was a Girl With a Voice as Loud as The Mustache's... Her Name Was Nurse Ratchett...

The year was 1988, the music was loud. And for some of us it was all we had. Sure, there was always music in Seattle. But after the breakout of what's now known as the Grunge Era, there were many bands and even more great singers that were left behind in the dust. 

It's okay, do not weep for us! For we went on to do other great things, like have babies that became actual good human beings - not a one of us that I know, anyhow - was responsible directly for the birthing and raising of a chode. We are indeed the lucky ones. 

As the years passed, some of us, however, were derailed by chodes. It happens. They look good at first, then you realize... fuck I am totally stuck in Chodeville... again! What the fuck is wrong with me!? Okay there has to be a way out, right?

You finally figure out that you can sing your way out! It's like magic. It's the Seattle way, it's what we do best. Sing our way out of bad relationships, bad jobs; I hear that you can even sing your way out of jail if you're really good! 

One of my very favorite singers who is currently escaping Chodeville (I call it like I see it ,dude) and singing her way to freedom is someone who was once called "the female Chris Cornell" ...we call him The Mustache in Xanaland...

In case you did not already know this, you're an idiot, you have no business reading this or even being in Xanaland, and I should fire my publicist... but he's a monkey who works for whiskey and foot massages, and that's pretty smart for a half ass monkey boy! Besides Idiots Rule, right?! 

There's Sancho the Half Ass Monkey Boy.
He's in bad need of a foot massage by the way. 
Just sayin'! 

Her name is none of your business and her band is Nurse Ratchett 

Come join us tonight 
Friday November 30th 2018 at 8:00 p.m. 

 Nurse Ratchett's EP Release Party
 At The Skylark in West Seattle

 They have come so far as a band and our little singer has come a long way in finding her voice again - I am so, so proud of her and excited for this show! 

The Skylark has amazing food too!   

Be sure to subscribe here for more fun grungy stories and memories! 

And look for our 20 questions interview with The Girl with No Name - the singer and bass player for Nurse Ratchett & also the singer for Seattle's amazing Jane's Addiction tribute band, Idiots Rule 

Interview/20 questions will be in our Dirty Dog Freedom Writer blog for December 

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 band 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.