Nirvana's Krist Novoselic Is Blogging for SW; Water Taxi's Back!

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Long Live the Water Taxi

We may never fix the viaduct or expand the 520 bridge, but the year-round water taxi is approved, along with continuance of the Vashon Island ferry and five additional demonstration water fleet routes, beginning with a taxi from Kirkland to the University of Washington campus.

This morning, the council, wearing their Ferry District Board hats, voted 8-1 to impose a 5.5 cent tax on every $1,000 of assessable property in King County. They estimate the additional tax burden on the owner of a $400,000 home at about $22. Reagan Dunn was the lone holdout. A supporter of Proposition 1, Dunn is also the executive director of the Regional Transportation Improvement District. His staff didn't immediately return a call to explain why he opposed raising taxes for transit in this instance.

Chris Arkills, legislative aid to council member Dow Constantine, says he expects to see the water taxi running year-round starting in the fall of 2009, possibly the spring of 2010. He says repairs to winterize the docks will be needed before they can take over operation from Argosy.

— Laura Onstot

Smells Like (Put Word Here) Spirit

I recently did an interview for a documentary called Videos That Rocked the World. It was about Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. The program is going to be aired on FUSE, a music television station that actually plays music. If you can tune into the series, I encourage you to do so (Nov. 26).

Of course, I didn't put the show together, so I'm not completely satisfied. There is not enough screen time of myself or Dave Grohl (people who were in the band /video!).

Someone else in the program told a story about the title of the song, "Teen Spirit," that I want to get straight.

Indeed, Kathleen Hanna wrote "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on Kurt's apartment wall. I recall seeing it and thinking, "Too much cheap red wine!" I don't know why she wrote it, but I know for sure that Kurt Cobain did not have any odor problems. Even though his place was a mess, he took care of his hygiene. This person would soak in the bath night after night only listening to the Beatles.

I don't do a lot of Nirvana interviews. I could do a documentary interview about the band every day, forever! For better or worse, the digital revolution is the great leveler. You don't need the volume of knowledge regarding shutter speeds, light conditions for film stock, or other expensive aspects of celluloid.

But FUSE is mainstream media, and the production company has quality standards. The biggest reason I did the interview is that I wanted to talk about the Anarchy A symbol worn by the cheerleaders in the video, on national television! (I am the bass player in Flipper, after all.) Of course anarchy is synonymous with chaos and disorder. But Anarchy has another meaning; it's about people associating outside of the state structure. Committed Anarchists are actually meeting-oriented people.

It's no coincidence that the Anarchy A symbol was prevalent in the underground/hardcore music culture of the early 1980s. Many principles of this ideology were practiced in the scene.

The punk-rock substratum was independent of the corporate/government Goliath. It functioned within a decentralized structure of individuals committed to the music and values promoted through fanzines and live performances. Countless publications were printed on photocopy and had circulations of not even 100. I attended, and even played at shows with 20 people in attendance. The point was not to be part of some kind of trend, it was to associate with people with common needs and values.

Anarchist organizations are temporary. The idea is to not encourage bureaucracy or employ developmental directors just for their sake. Also, participation with these organizations/efforts is voluntary.

The independent hardcore/punk movement thrived nationally before the domination of the Internet.

— Krist Novoselic

Note: Krist Novoselic blogs every Tuesday on The Daily Weekly. Read his columns here.

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