what do you know about KNOXVILLE?

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i am going to be in knoxville for 8 weeks this summer doing math things at utk. does knoxville suck? i'm sort of afraid!

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:04 (fifteen years ago) link

THE SUNSPHERE

jody the country girl doll (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:07 (fifteen years ago) link

knoxville is fun. i was there for an entire week in December.

You should check out the graffiti at the Pilot Light bar's toilet. And if you can locate this guy called Craig from Greenback, he'd show you a good time.

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:11 (fifteen years ago) link

i bet him outside of Old City Java coffee shop, and he became my best friend for 2 days. But unfortunately I didn't ask him his email so we lost contact since.

he looks a bit like this...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v515/kenjuggle2/craigeiffel.jpg


ask him about his bullet wound!!

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:14 (fifteen years ago) link

met him, not bet him

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link

also, be careful about that library (the one shaped like cubes), because it shuts at 6pm when it's not school time.

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

[broken picture deleted -mod]

j blount (papa la bas), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

tracer hand, tombot to thread

j blount (papa la bas), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

you should also go to pigeon forge at some point, and visit dollywood.

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:20 (fifteen years ago) link

i've met tracer's dad, in knoxville

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

well, i met tracerhand's dad's hand. which waved at me

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost

is this cube-shaped library on campus or is it a public library? i have a library fetish. also i'm not 21 yet so bars are kind of boring for me. is that old city java place good or boring?

caitlin oh no (caitxa1), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:22 (fifteen years ago) link

i think it's on campus... but i was able to go there and use the computers (not sure if i was supposed to!)

the java place is great! they have shows on in there and everything. there are some nice places around old city.

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:37 (fifteen years ago) link

the Golden Roast is another nice coffee house (this one is bigger and has loads of armchairs and stuff, and it's not lit too bright so it's really nice to go on your own to read books and newspapers)

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

that one is near the campus (just at the bottom of the road from that library

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:42 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.utalumni.utk.edu/campus/image_gal/library.jpg

ken c (ken c), Sunday, 10 April 2005 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Fear not, Knoxville is great!

Basic (admittedly indie-centric) info:
Free alt weekly: Metro Pulse (here's the Events Calendar)
Probably the best music store is the Disc Exchange (two locations!)
Probably the best used book store is Ed McKay's
Two indie-friendly venues are the Pilot Light and Blue Cats
The Knoxville Museum of Art is actually pretty decent (and sometimes shows good films)
The Regal Downtown West is the (mostly) art house theatre

The Great Smoky Mountains are nearby, Asheville and Chattanooga are each about 100 miles away, and there's a much-lauded aquarium in Gatlinburg (which is a mostly tacky touristy town, you know, airbrushed shirts and ol' timey photos). I think Pigeon Forge's economy is mostly based on inexpensive t-shirts and miniature golf.

Ernest P. (ernestp), Sunday, 10 April 2005 22:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I used to work for that alt weekly. It used to be better, I swear. (It has a new owner.) But the events calendar is still probably pretty reliable.

Knoxville in the summertime, well, OK. I haven't actually been to the city in about 2 years, so I'm sure there's some new stuff I don't know about, but Old City Java and Pilot Light are both good bets. (I'm not sure about Pilot Light's all-ages policy, but I think you can get in under 21.) Most Thursday nights during the summer, there's free music on Market Square downtown. I can't remember who's on the schedule this year, but I know it includes Steve Winwood and Rilo Kiley. Tomato Head restaurant on Market Square has my favorite sandwiches in the world. The Cumberland Ave. strip near the university had declined pretty badly by the time I left, and my friends say it hasn't gotten any better. Fast-food and frat bars, mostly. Oh, the Falafel Hut in Fort Sanders, the neighborhood near UT, is a good hummus-and-baba-ganouj joint. Try to go to at least one show at each of the Tennessee, Bijou and Laurel theaters, for the theaters themselves. (The Laurel is a tiny converted church, holds about 150 people; great for bluegrass shows and the like.)

Great hiking/camping -- Smokies, obviously (go up out of Cosby, not through Gatlinburg), but also Big South Fork up on the Kentucky border (much less crowded). Asheville's a good weekend trip. Nashville too, for that matter. Or Atlanta (stop in Chattanooga on the way, it's got a nice downtown district).

I dunno, I love Knoxville, but I mostly loved it as a place to live. Telling people what to do there is hard, because most of what I did was hang around with friends in assorted drinking establishments, backyards, on front porches and rooftops...

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Sunday, 10 April 2005 23:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, and you must go to our friend Peg's bakery in the Old City. It's called Mag-Pies.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Sunday, 10 April 2005 23:02 (fifteen years ago) link

S: Sequoyah Hills Park, hanging out with me, hanging out with Tracer Hand's parents, various bars and venues

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 11 April 2005 03:13 (fifteen years ago) link

In short, go for the day, meet Tracer Hand's dad, get the hell out.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 11 April 2005 03:14 (fifteen years ago) link

(Just kidding, I love Knoxville)

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 11 April 2005 03:15 (fifteen years ago) link

You should also read Suttree while you're there.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 11 April 2005 06:26 (fifteen years ago) link

my folks and grandparents live just outside of Loudon

kingfish maximum overdrunk (Kingfish), Monday, 11 April 2005 06:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Knoxville was a hotbed of pro-Union sentiment during the Civil War, but chafed under the iron foot of the evil Confederates until it was liberated.

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 11 April 2005 10:54 (fifteen years ago) link

Ah, my BFF lives in Loudon, as does my mother. I go there at least once a week.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 11 April 2005 11:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I had fun in Knoxville. Besides the Pilot Light, Barley's is a pretty good place to hang out -- amazing beer selection, decent food, etc. There's a band I really like in Knoxville called Dixie Dirt, if you get to see them.

Hurting (Hurting), Monday, 11 April 2005 13:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I've only ever been to Pilot Light! I should go to Knoxville more, it's only like 2 hours from here or something.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 11 April 2005 13:51 (fifteen years ago) link

The Golden Roast is nice. At UTK you can basically go anywhere you please without ID except for in the dormitories.

The Sunsphere is as the Simpsons attest completely and totally skippable, you see it from far away, you've seen it.

The Sunsphere

That's handy as a starting point though I guess. If you scroll southwest you can see the campus and stadium of UTK, and the Hodges (Q-BERT) library. I used to live right next door from there and up the street from The Golden Roast which as ken sez is nice enough. Next door to the Golden Roast is Gus's deli which used to have great fries and is where I bought my first 40 oz. of Schlitz legally the night I turned 21.

If you follow the river northeast past the stadium you'll see a couple of bridges, one is for trains and the other is for cars and people. We used to walk all the way from campus to the bridge and cross it on foot to get to the
Disc Exchange on Chapman Highway which is the better of the two DE locations as I recall, and then you go get some Arby's next door and walk home with a bag of new records and a milkshake.

The campus, from QBERT as a starting point: The building shaped like a spam can is The Spam Can, it's part of the business school. The University Center (student union by any other name) is just northeast of that, and continuing in that direction are the buildings on The Hill incl. Ayres Hall which is I expect where your "math stuff" is going to be taking place since that's the science and engineering ghetto up there.

Southwest of the stadium, the circle-shaped park is Circle Park, and that's where communications majors go, and also they have the Guy With The Torch statue there, which we had to go rip a makeshift t-shirt off of once in the middle of the night because we got a phone call from some overzealous supporters who had unwarily endangered our place on the ballot and our entire campaign by defacing school property (chalk ok, clothing on statues bad)

Behind that is the basketball arena, and the administrative building , Andy Holt Tower, is between the park and the arena. I hate that building. On the very bottom level, adjacent to the loading dock in the parking garage, is the student radio station, WUTK 90.3 FM, which used to be an actual "college radio" station with a noise show and live bands in the studio and interviews with really indie motherfuckers but now it's just training wheels for people who want to actually work in broadcasting, scary and sad. I designed the last "new rock 90.3 fm" bumper stickers before they changed the name.

The rest is mostly dormitories and frat houses and other crap of little or no note, according to my parents the entire strip has changed except for a couple of restaurants here and there. If you're going to be housed near campus the best bets for food, assuming they are still around, are Charlie Pepper's and Stefano's Pizza right beneath it.

Downtown I never liked.

TOMBOT, Monday, 11 April 2005 13:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Downtown I never liked.

Downtown is what I loved, but I admit it takes some discovering. I think there's more stuff now than there was a few years ago, but even at that it can seem pretty desolate to the naked eye. What it really is is a small urban neighborhood that doubles (to some degree) as a business center during the day. So from 9 to 5, you have office drones in the handful of office towers and people in the banks and the restaurants are pretty crowded at lunch. After work, all those people leave and go home to the suburbs, and you're left with a handful of bars and restaurants and shops. But for downtown denizens, it has a nice homey feeling -- you don't see a lot of people on the sidewalks, but you'll probably know half the ones you do see. There's a pretty tight-knit community, including assorted artists and musicians and random interesting people (Cormac McCarthy's brother, for one), but unless you spend some time hanging out at the brewpub on Gay Street, it's easy to miss. Architecturally, I think downtown's pretty nice, there are a lot of cool little buildings. But it's true that UT students seem alienated from downtown, despite its proximity -- I think Henley is such a physical and psychological barrier, for one thing. But if you include the Old City in "downtown," which I do, then you've got a pretty good mix of interesting things within a pretty small area. Nothing to compare to Asheville, or even Chattanooga, but downtown Knoxville has a kind of scruffy quality that I like. (I realize that scruffiness is not an automatic selling point.)

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 11 April 2005 16:08 (fifteen years ago) link

(and for the record, I think Knoxville's way cooler than Chattanooga -- it's just that Chattanooga has done a good job with its little downtown area over the last 10-15 years)

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 11 April 2005 16:10 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a building just off the interstate that flashes the time and temperature. Whenever I pass it (the three or four times that I've passed thru), I always think that's Knoxville's way of saying WELCOME TO THE EASTERN TIME ZONE, TIME TRAVELLER!

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Monday, 11 April 2005 16:20 (fifteen years ago) link

That's the AmSouth bank building. On New Year's night 2000, I was smoking a joint on a downtown rooftop and watching that thing blink 3 a.m. and being really impressed that it was a new millennium.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 11 April 2005 16:27 (fifteen years ago) link

except you were a year early

[/raining on parades]

ken c (ken c), Monday, 11 April 2005 16:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Pilot Light is one of the coolest clubs I've ever been to, pretty much.
Helps that the bartender was playing some of my favorite music EVER while my band set up and broke down (Hawkwind, 13th Floor Elevators). We made great money and not that many people showed up.
Dixie Dirt are good friends and a great band. New album is stellar. Wonder when it will be out?

Trip Maker (Sean Witzman), Monday, 11 April 2005 16:30 (fifteen years ago) link

except you were a year early

Pah. I'm glad we don't have to have that argument again for 995 years.

I don't have the new Dixie Dirt, but I'm fixin' to burn a copy from a friend when I'm down there in May. The first one was great, I wore it out.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 11 April 2005 17:48 (fifteen years ago) link

about the only things I remember from visiting my uncle several times is the good food and great service, and purdy mountains nearby.

()ops (()()ps), Monday, 11 April 2005 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Kat from Dixie Dirt hosts a local radio show on the aforementioned WUTK 90.3 now. I haven't heard it, but I assume it is worth a listen.

You can check the PL website for shows. Click "calendar" (OBV) http://www.thepilotlight.com. Shipping News is playing soon, I will go to that. Nicka! I didn't know you had been to the Pilot Light!

Java is a great thing, but they mostly have shows that appeal to the young punkins of modern hardcore.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 11 April 2005 19:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Another thing: no one spending time in Knoxville should miss King Tut's, across the river in Vestal. Best Egyptian food in East Tennessee.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 11 April 2005 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

King Tut's is close to my house.


Another Search: Harold's Deli on Gay St. A good place to read the newspaper, not a good place to read a book (the waiters and cooks want to talk to you, which is a good, not annoying, thing -- they are funny and kind.) Excellent kosher food (esp. the bacon -- made of pastrami), best eggs in Knoxville, "world famous Burned Baloney Breakfast", Schlitz proudly on tap for years. Just a great, cozy, one-of-a-kind place. The kind of place where everybody knows your name, and they're always unsurprised you came.

Caitlin, I'd be happy to show you around or take you to a show or dinner or something.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:20 (fifteen years ago) link

is king tut's the place that has Karaoke?!?!??!

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:28 (fifteen years ago) link

and so much more

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:29 (fifteen years ago) link

oh and where was the place that has karaoke on thursdays in which they take VIDEOS of you?!?!?

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:29 (fifteen years ago) link

and now Ken C will sing "Mr. Jones" by Counting Crows

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:30 (fifteen years ago) link

he's gone through a phD, gear.

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:38 (fifteen years ago) link

i now only sing "Dr. Jones" by Aqua, in karaokes

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:38 (fifteen years ago) link

That's Big Mama's Karaoke you're thinking of, and it is hell on earth.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:41 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm still sad that we never made it there!

ken c (ken c), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 15:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh we'll have two young nephews, three small dogs, and a girlfriend there. It should be hectic.

Your Own Personal El Guapo (kingfish), Thursday, 1 August 2013 17:47 (seven years ago) link

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1098536_10151539765226596_1207872991_n.jpg

Smoky Mountain minnows are nibbling my feet

Your Own Personal El Guapo (kingfish), Tuesday, 6 August 2013 01:49 (seven years ago) link

Hitting downtown today and maybe Comics Exchange to find out what their policy on buying collections is. We'll probly wander thru the old section with all the cool Victorian architecture, too.

Any other suggestions for neat/weird bits to see in the city?

Also, we hit Dollywood already. I got a snowglobe!

Your Own Personal El Guapo (kingfish), Saturday, 10 August 2013 15:52 (seven years ago) link

is comics exchange on chapman? or that the one in the old city

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Saturday, 10 August 2013 21:37 (seven years ago) link

Chapman. Hit it today, bought the first two trades of Peter Panzerfaust, then got rain dumped on us. Met up with my folks folks to eat at a great Thai joint offa Cedar Bluff

Your Own Personal El Guapo (kingfish), Saturday, 10 August 2013 22:44 (seven years ago) link

the one on chapman is really close to my house. you might hit up the octopus project show tonight @ pilot light. also Big Asses Fest is tomorrow on rosedale ave. DIY fest that's been going for years (originally started as a response to Big Ears fest, but it way outlasted it)

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Saturday, 10 August 2013 23:02 (seven years ago) link

American Idol is auditioning here tomorrow. And this is the graphic...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v335/gypsyfrocksbedlam/Knoxville_Idol_zpse8060ce1.jpg

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 23 August 2013 02:09 (six years ago) link

nothing says talent like fellating the sunsphere

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 23 August 2013 02:36 (six years ago) link

lmao!!!!

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Friday, 23 August 2013 04:10 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

please support Allies of Knoxville's Immigrant Neighbors:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/greater-knoxville-area-compact/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send+to+Friend

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 7 October 2013 07:52 (six years ago) link

im really sad that graning paint supply moved

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Thursday, 10 October 2013 23:45 (six years ago) link

haha to ppl who dont live in knox that's going to sound like the most boring small town complaint ever

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Thursday, 10 October 2013 23:45 (six years ago) link

2nd city in TN to offer domestic partner benefits: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/oct/16/rogero-adding-domestic-partner-benefits/.

(I know, not much of a milestone by the standards of other places. But it means something here.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 17 October 2013 16:37 (six years ago) link

:)

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Thursday, 17 October 2013 17:01 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

anything going on this week? other than christmas and new year's, i guess.

★feminist parties i have attended (amateurist), Tuesday, 24 December 2013 08:51 (six years ago) link

Not much I can think of. If you want to get a beer circa happy hour on Thursday, I'll be around downtown.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:52 (six years ago) link

Same.

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:24 (six years ago) link

Damn - going to the local board gamers' night with brother and sister tonight. :-/

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 26 December 2013 19:41 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Our likely next D.A. has a name that demands its own cable drama series.

http://www.charmeknight.com/images/f3e8580511610e665c626c4d334504be_kw19.jpg

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:04 (six years ago) link

omg

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:43 (six years ago) link

i've gotten really interested in pre-urban renewal/removal knoxville. some friends and i have been organizing monthly events/discussion groups/workshops called Understanding Place, exploring race, place, home, and the intersection of those ideas; gentrification, urban renewal, tenants rights, etc. the local history of grievances w/r/t those issues. councilman daniel brown (totally my bff) spoke at our last one, and i think the next one is going to be a "home training" workshop w/ 4mir4 in4s (do you know her?) and a first friday event at the birdhouse in march showing pictures of knoxville pre-UR. free + open to the public.

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:47 (six years ago) link

woah. that sounds cool! Is there a web presence for this thing, to which I could link people?

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:16 (six years ago) link

hey, roxy, that's awesome. continue to post updates on events, etc. if you please!

btw if knoxville folks haven't checked out the local TV history exhibit at the east tennessee history center/museum, you should. it's fun. if you haven't been at all, the permanent exhibit is kind of model of its kind.

espring (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 02:40 (six years ago) link

i definitely will. we're working on a web presence! it's a really new thing, we've just had 2 events so far. i'll post up fb events (and whatever we get going in the coming month) here.

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:51 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

I'm in town for the next week & and a half; anything fun going on?

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Thursday, 24 July 2014 21:28 (six years ago) link

in my NO-to-NY move i'm staying a night at the eastern knoxville motel 6 i stayed at after katrina, because they were nice to me and gave me a huge discount.

then i will eat at the mcdonalds in bulls gap tennessee, where i remember eating the best mcgriddle i have ever had, served to me by the most pleasant fast food employees i have ever encountered. can the experience possibly live up to my perhaps-traumatized memories? keep an eye on this thread for updaets

adam, Thursday, 24 July 2014 22:01 (six years ago) link

Totally taking my kids to this next weekend: https://www.facebook.com/events/785600241485238/.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 25 July 2014 18:06 (six years ago) link

awesome! see you there

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Saturday, 26 July 2014 14:28 (six years ago) link

Does this start at 330 or 4pm? Website says 4

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Saturday, 2 August 2014 16:13 (six years ago) link

oops it started at 4

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Sunday, 3 August 2014 14:03 (six years ago) link

That's okay. We wound up getting downtown late and hungry. Made it to Market Square which was a hilarious contrast in terms of development and economic stratus.

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Monday, 4 August 2014 03:27 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/knoxville_mercury_metro_pulse.php?

innaresting, esp the profit/nonprofit mix

If all goes as planned, the Knoxville Mercury will launch in February, and it will be in many ways a resurrection of Metro Pulse—a mix of news, opinion, features, and entertainment, aimed at a civic-minded, well-educated, mostly 30-something audience. Like a typical alt-weekly, the Mercury will publish a free printed paper, plus a website with daily stories and an arts calendar. But its structure would be distinctive: The new publication would operate as a for-profit subsidiary of a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to the city’s history and culture.

WilliamC, Friday, 12 December 2014 21:29 (five years ago) link

Hey, I’m a very (very!) infrequent poster but obsessive reader of ILX. (I met a few of you during the last Big Ears at brunch with tipsy mothra.) I’m one of three former Metro Pulse editors involved in the above project to launch a new alt-weekly in Knoxville. We have what we think is a solid plan to make it financially viable and editorially independent—you can read more here: http://www.knoxmercury.com

MP was a good paper. We won a lot of awards—for news reporting, criticism, and music and arts coverage. A handful of ILXors wrote for us or were written about by us over the years. Knoxville’s had a good run over the last 10 or 15 years, but the city needs a publication that supports local music and arts, keeps an eye on local government, and connects people who make good things happen. (We also did A LOT of Big Ears coverage—we were the only major outlet in town that understood the festival from the start.)

Part of our plan is a Kickstarter campaign, which you can find out more about here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/789676771/knoxville-mercury-launch

If you can donate, please do! It’s a good cause, and it doesn’t take much to help. If you can’t donate, help us spread the word.

And now back to your regular ILX programming …

mte, Saturday, 20 December 2014 14:48 (five years ago) link

Flying back to Tellico Village for a week tomorrow. Does anyone have any contacts with the KnoxMakers group?

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Saturday, 20 December 2014 22:54 (five years ago) link

hey, that's great news re. knoxville mercury!

I dunno. (amateurist), Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:04 (five years ago) link

This band from Knoxville is pretty fun.

http://massdriverrockpower.bandcamp.com/album/mass-driver

earlnash, Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:25 (five years ago) link

hey mte!! i am in knoxville now. have just forwarded that link to every knoxvillian i know.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 21 December 2014 15:44 (five years ago) link

Thanks, Tracer Hand! Every time you share, an angel gets its wings, or something like that.

mte, Sunday, 21 December 2014 16:35 (five years ago) link

hey kingfish - i know some knoxmakers ppl

jello my future biafriend (roxymuzak), Sunday, 21 December 2014 18:27 (five years ago) link

I have met some of the Knox Makers guys -- last I heard they were looking to start a maker space in Knoxville proper (current one is in Oak Ridge). They're nice fellas.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 21 December 2014 19:03 (five years ago) link

Tracer, when did you move back to the US?

If I get the chance, I'm going to try to stop by their meeting this week. I've gotten hooked on wiring up Arduino shit.

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Sunday, 21 December 2014 19:39 (five years ago) link

So, monday we went to dollywood, and I posted some photos which will hopefully amuse.

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 14:56 (five years ago) link

For example, these are not the unlicensed cartoon characters I'd first expect to see at an airbrush kiosk in Dollywood in 2014, but there you go:

https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/10464060_10152511779226596_9063586482227108219_n.jpg?oh=31dd362df32a2936700792e94eae2d88&oe=55457F1A

Delbert Gravy (kingfish), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 15:08 (five years ago) link

i've spent years avoiding dollywood or indeed the whole Pigeon Forge scene. sounds horrible.

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 29 December 2014 22:17 (five years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Dollywood is great and amusingly strange. Bits of Branson mashed in with Colonial Williamsburg mashed with a Six Flags/Cedar Point.

Professor Goodfeels (kingfish), Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:38 (four years ago) link

Uh, any suggestions for the least annoying moviegoing experience for my extended clan to see a certain space movie on Xmas day? I wanna avoid Turkey Creek multiplexes like the fuggin' plague.

Professor Goodfeels (kingfish), Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:40 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

HELLO

there is a new community radio station in knoxville! WAZO

http://wozoradio.com/

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 26 January 2017 10:47 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

YASSIN FALAFEL! Hometown hero!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz4Q_SlbZgQ

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 10 March 2017 21:21 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

The lede from a short item I wrote for our daily email. What a world.

The talk of local social media yesterday was the announcement that Tom Boyd, the inventor of DNA testing for dog poop and the father of our state university president, plans a $40 million resort behind a South Knoxville Walmart that seems clearly derivative of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth. He even wrote his own accompanying book -- which you can download for free -- called The Bobbins -- Outcast to the Inner Earth.


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