Off The Record is a recurring, feature here on the Drunkard, that marries two of my greatest interests; music and travel. Having a locals perspective when visiting a new locale is the difference between experiencing it through the lens of a tourist and of that of a native.

Off The Record gathers some of my favorite artists, asks them to reflect on their city of residence, and choose a handful of places they could not live without, be them bookstores, bars, restaurants or vistas.

This week we catch up with singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas in her adopted home of Seattle, Washington. Earlier this year Rosie released her fourth album (and Nettwerk label debut) These Friends of Mine which featured guest spots including her friends: Sufjan Stevens, David Bazan, Damien Jurado, and Jeremy Enigk.

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5 things I couldn’t live without. by; Rosie T.

1. Lighthouse — When I first moved to Seattle I wasnt a coffee drinker, honest, until the day mr. Dave Bazan took me to lighthouse and got me my first double tall americano. I have been hooked on their coffee ever since, it’s the best I have ever had, Its more like chocolate than coffee I swear.

2. Golden Gardens — I go here to write and sit by the water. On a clear day you can see the mountains in the distance and sailboats everywhere. I’ve even spent Valentines Day here and have had many bonfires here at night with my friends.

3. The Pretty Parlor and Velouria — My favorite local clothing stores to shop at. Tess owns Velouria and Anna owns the Pretty Parlor and they both have outstanding taste in clothing and to top that off, they both have outstanding personalities too.

4. Mars Bar — My friends and I have been going to the Mars Bar for years. In the back room they have a great juke box with great albums and a great view of the space needle from the window too and the food? mmm…mmm…mmm. I played some of my first shows here. They also have Gallaga, and that alone does it for me.

5. X-Ray Auto — Matt the owner who is also my mechanic sold me the baby blue 1967 Volvo that I drive now. I don’t know what I would do without him because it always needs a few small repairs, ok, perhaps more than a few, (last time I drove it up to him i thought it was on fire) but I love spending time with the mechanics and watching them fix up all those classic Volvos. I even worked for him last summer, and I got to wear a mechanic uniform.

okay…I know its supposed to only be my top 5, but if it were my top 6, I would have added “the rain” as number 6. I love that rain, I really do, it helps me write, contemplate life, and to calm down, and the smooches with my boyfriend in it have made it all the more welcome.

Related: Off The Record :: Doveman (Kathmandu)


MP3: Rosie Thomas :: The One I Love (ft. Sufjan Stevens)
Amazon: Rosie Thomas – These Friends of Mine ++ ++ eMusic

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+ Check out additional Rosie Thomas tracks at the Hype Machine.

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