Burmese Python to Appear In Seattle

I don’t often post press releases verbatim, in fact, this might be the first time I have done so. But apparently a Burmese Python will be part of The Jim Rose Circus’ show in Seattle on July 8th. I can’t wait. Read on:


Jim Rose didn’t when he agreed to purchase the mammoth deadly snake, MAURICE LE GRAND, from Belgium. It arrived in the United States yesterday. When its special crate was opened, Jim’s wife gasped in sheer horror: “I knew it was big, but until you see it you can’t even come close to fathoming what a complete monster it is”.

MAURICE LE GRAND was purchased for $63,000, the highest price ever paid for a snake. Nearly twenty-four hours after its new home in the U.S. was set up, the Roses have adjusted somewhat. Jim says “It’s actually pretty cool. We spent three months studying this species and the particulars of the nature of these rare albinos. We have also hired a snake butler who cares for it 24/7. Within two weeks I should be able to get into the encampment with it and begin bonding with the python. This has been my dream since I was a little boy. I can’t wait to take it from city to city, showing people all over the United States that snakes deserve respect and dignity. In our Jim Rose Circus vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts tour, MAURICE LE GRAND will have an entire moving habitat constructed for the journey.

The Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus), is the largest subspecies of the Indian Python and one of the 6 largest snakes in the world, on average growing up to 5.5 metres (18 ft) and weighing up to 71 kilograms (160 lb). They are native to rainforest areas of Southeast Asia, are nocturnal, semi-aquatic, and while young are often found near water and in trees; they are excellent swimmers, staying submerged for as much as half an hour. The Burmese Python continues to grow throughout life, and their great length is due to the presence of a large number of vertebrae. When adult girth is reached, the snakes tend to be ground hunters. An unsuitable choice for inexperienced snake handlers, Burmese Pythons are carnivorous, and are known to have attacked animals as large as alligators.


Noise for the Needy Ends: Photos from Neumos

Noise for the Needy 2009 ended at Neumo’s on Sunday night with Constantines, Crystal Antlers, Hey Marseilles and I Was a King. I am going to sound all preachy here but keep in mind, if you’re in a position to give time or money to an organization you admire, do it.
All photos by the wonderful Alex Crick.


Crystal Antlers

Hey Marseilles

I Was a King – you can see more photos of I Was a King @ Neumos here.


Photos: I Was a King @ Neumos

Norway’s I Was a King took part in this year’s Noise for the Needy. They came all the way from Oslo and Egersund to bring their groovy sound to Seattle – this was their first tour of the States but I would expect them back soon. Photographer Alex Crick was there and got some lovely shots of them.

all photos by Alex Crick


Photos: Handsome Furs @ Neumos

Handsome Furs brought their sassiness to Seattle the other Friday and this couple is so spectacular. They don’t have a bad song and you can see and feel their chemistry onstage – this is not always possible with couples. Some couples act together and have no chemistry. I am not sure why this happens. But it’s not the case with Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry, a gorgeous and talented duo from Canada. Wow. This was my first time seeing them and the audience members around me were telling me how great they are live and then, well, the band lived up to the talk.

all photos by Dagmar – Gallery of Handsome Furs @ Neumos


Photos: Drums of Death @ the Showbox

Drums of Death opened for Peaches at her most recent Seattle appearance and the reaction of the crowd was really great. I genuinely enjoyed this show and I didn’t feel any awkward moments with the audience as can sometimes can happen with opening bands. Drums of Death, aka Colin Bailey, has a super voice – kind of rare to combine that with being a DJ.

all photos by Dagmar – more photos Drums of Death at the Showbox