I was recently talking to a friend about our mutual love of Pez… I’ve got a drawer full of Pez, mostly unopened with the two packs of little sugar tablets that will never expire… I loved Pez as a kid, and my mom would often bring home one that she thought I’d like. I . . . → Read More: Pez, The Poor Man’s Rose, by Steve Stav
From the Desk of: Knute Rimkus
It’s impossible to resist the charm of hunky John Scargall. He’s relentlessly positive and comically self-effacing, as can be read in this excerpt from his bio, “For his debut album, John decided to work with a 5-time Grammy award winning producer, but after weeks of unreturned phone calls and e-mails, he ended up going . . . → Read More: John Scargall – Tearin’ Me Up and That Wind’s Always Gonna Blow
Early medieval women were far from passive damsels waiting for a knight to rescue them.
Of course, this time period is hardly an ideal time for women: childbirth so risky expectant mothers were urged to confess their sins before they went into labor, fathers choosing whom a girl would marry, age 13 considered marriageable, . . . → Read More: Medieval Misconception: All Women Were Chattel, by Kim Rendfeld
I’m reading a book right now, Red or Dead, a fictionalized biography of Bill Shankly, the maniacal manager of the Liverpool football team who made it a dynasty in the English soccer league in the ’70s. I believe the Smiths were slamming him in the song “Frankly, Mr. Shankly.” Being from Manchester, which has . . . → Read More: The Smiths – Frankly, Mr. Shankly, by Knute Rimkus
It’s the last Friday of September and the place to be is Slim’s Last Chance in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Northwest legends Girl Trouble are headlining a show. Hailing from Tacoma, Washington, Girl Trouble never puts on a disappointing show.
GT front man, KP Kendall is the ultimate showman, often making spontaneous jokes, this . . . → Read More: Girl Trouble Lighten Up A Friday Night At Slim’s Last Chance, by Holly Homan
We all remember Shaun Cassidy as a 70’s “teen idol” – but we tend to forget his 1980 exploration into “new wave / punk” with his “Wasp” album produced by Todd Rundgren with Todd & Utopia as the backing band – they cover songs by Bowie, Talking Heads, the Animals, and Ian Hunter. There’s . . . → Read More: Shaun Cassidy – So Sad About Us, by Pat Thomas
Seattle music legend and supernice guy, Graig Markel, would like to introduce you to his uberfresh, retro-soul/Muscle Shoals inspired project, Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band. They’ve just finished a record, and are playing a release show in Seattle at Barboza Friday, October 3rd at 7pm.
Markel is joined on 88th Street . . . → Read More: Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band Release Awesome Record – Will Perform 10/3 at Barboza
Meet Daniella Watters, an award winning pop/soul/R&B singer-songwriter from Toronto. She has just released a video for her latest single “Never Will Die,” a song dedicated to her grandmother.
As a Canadian child, it was Watters’ dream not to play pro hockey, but to be an Olympic figure skater who delighted worldwide audiences . . . → Read More: Daniella Watters – Artist with a Hidden Talent
Sunday September 21, 2014, people in many municipalities around the world gathered to protest climate change and push for clean, renewable energy sources.
When I arrived things were already in full swing in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Plaza. I was quite surprised to see so many gathered in the one acre park. People stood or . . . → Read More: World-Wide March For Climate Change Draws About Two Thousand Plus In Seattle, by Holly Homan
I was born and raised in Minnesota, and despite having lived more than half my life in Illinois, I still bleed purple. In my childhood, the Minnesota Vikings absolutely dominated their division throughout the 1970s. Bud Grant, Alan Page, “Benchwarmer” Bob Lurtsema, Chuck Foreman, and Sir Francis Tarkenton were household names. Tommy Kramer, Anthony . . . → Read More: A Die Hard Vikings Fan’s Take on Adrian Peterson, by Mark Erickson
It’s Sunday night and Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood is teeming with night life. I’m hanging at the Nectar Lounge where The Skatalites are headlning. Skatalites are pure reggae ska. Although they list Jamaica as their hometown, the members hail from all parts of the globe. And with various guest performers joining them from time to . . . → Read More: Skatalites Return to Seattle’s Nectar Lounge For A Night Of Dancing And Smooth Ska, by Holly Homan
The Real McKenzies, from Vancouver, BC, ventured into Seattle for a hell raising show at El Corazon. After some rebel rousing from four opening acts, the Real McKenzies, all wearing green plaid kilts, hit the stage sans their lead singer, Paul McKenzie. They led the audience in several chants for, “Paul! Paul! Paul!” to . . . → Read More: Real McKenzies Rile A Small But Zealous Crowd At El Corazon, by Holly Homan
Cover design by Gustavius Payne
By Peter Dysart
It’s been a blustery overcast morning. The steady rain has formed rivulets and puddles all over the lawn. Hot cup in hand, I’ve opened the email and click on a link to a new song. Within seconds of sound waves pushing a few bars of The . . . → Read More: Tynnu Sylw and the quick trip through the Aruthrol transporter
If you haven’t seen these three ladies yet (plus one daughter along for the walk) you must stop and watch right now. I like the gritty sound from thestringed instrument one of them plays. This is a minimalist music video in the Georgian language which is absolutely lovely.
First published Sept. 8, 2014, on Spann of Time http://www.susanspann.com
To prove her innocence of adultery, Kunigunde, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II, walked over red-hot ploughshares (circa 1010, bas-relief from Bamberg Cathedral).
Who’s Guilty? God Knows. By Kim Rendfeld
Delve into the justice system of early medieval Francia and . . . → Read More: Who’s Guilty? God Knows. By Kim Rendfeld
Playing at Seattle’s Bumbershoot as part of their short reunion tour, the Replacements kick, kick, kicked our doors down. We didn’t realize what great anthems those songs were when only 200 people were in the audience.
Somewhere between 5,000 to 10,000 were in attendance Sunday at the main stage at Memorial Stadium, singing along . . . → Read More: Bastards of old bring it in reunion, by Claude Iosso
Aren’t pugs wonderful? There is nothing they can’t do. Thanks to boingboing.net:
Linda Ronstadt, one the great folk chanteuses, has been in the news lately, receiving a National Medal of the Arts in July for all of her work. She released a collection of duets with various artists in April, and her memoir, Simple Dreams, was published in September 2013.
Ronstadt was a leading member of . . . → Read More: SHE SANG TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM, by Knute Rimkus
How can you not feel optimistic? In a world where unicycle-riding kilt-wearing Darth Vaders can belch flames from their bagpipes, there’s just no room for cynicism.
– Randy Rendfeld