In Olympia by night there was a gig at Dumpster Values with Broken Water & Grass Widow. I'd never seen Broken Water before, though my friend Konako plays drums/sings, and jesus, they were amazing. I'd heard them described before as "all the good '90's bands at once", and that might not be too far off. Heavy MBV/Sonic Youth guitar bend dream vibes, and this show was oddly emo in spirit.. heaviness and family members in attendance. I was trying not to cry for a lot of it and it felt great. Grass Widow was cool, too and closed their set with a Wire cover.
Damned Dogs also did a gig in Portland with Joey Casio and others, and did some recording for a tape that I'll post something about next. There was also some pretty amazing nature to be seen, and we slept in the woods near a river and on the beach where the Twilight movies were filmed. But more about that next time. For now, I am back in the mitten trying to catch up with the airport blues.