The Tallest View West Of The Mississippi, by Chuck Strom

The Columbia Sky Observatory in Seattle, WA offers the tallest view available to the public west of the Mississippi. It can be a little frustrating to negotiate the surrounding one-way streets to get there, but the panorama is well worth the effort and the $14 fee. The Columbia Observatory may not be as well-known . . . → Read More: The Tallest View West Of The Mississippi, by Chuck Strom

Levi’s Stadium: Chip Kelly’s New Home, by Chuck Strom

The first thing you notice about Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and their new coach, Chip Kelly, is how far it is from the city itself—about an hour’s drive south to Santa Clara in a neighborhood dominated by corporate office buildings. With its exposed white framework, the stadium has a . . . → Read More: Levi’s Stadium: Chip Kelly’s New Home, by Chuck Strom

Blazers vs. Warriors, Game 2, by Chuck Strom

For the first three quarters of Game 2 of the NBA Western Semi-Finals, the Portland Trail Blazers did everything they could to defy conventional wisdom. They crashed the boards, made big shots and on defense forced the Golden State Warriors to work for their points, and at the beginning of the fourth quarter the . . . → Read More: Blazers vs. Warriors, Game 2, by Chuck Strom

Moral Crux Headlines Rowdy Night Of Pure Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday I headed back to the Highline for a sweaty, rowdy night of pure punk rock. Headlining the event was Moral Crux, a band I’d seen once before and was totally blown away by. They blew me away again. Front man James Farris is the quintessential punk. Sporting short platinum spikes, tight leopard . . . → Read More: Moral Crux Headlines Rowdy Night Of Pure Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

Game 1 to the Warriors, by Chuck Strom

One should never judge a series by its first game, but with their 118-106 victory, the Dubs took care of business with a 20-point lead in the first quarter, never allowing the score to get close after that. Lillard and McCollum shot a combined 30% from the floor—they and the Blazers may have been . . . → Read More: Game 1 to the Warriors, by Chuck Strom

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors: Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs, by Chuck Strom

When I saw the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Clippers back in November, I wrote at the time that the Blazers looked better than expected, while the Clippers seemed to have more than their share of issues. I would have never predicted, though, that the Blazers would not only make the NBA . . . → Read More: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors: Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs, by Chuck Strom

April Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

I once heard a fan at AT&T Park say that he liked pitching duels when watching baseball on television, but when he was at the park, he wanted to see runs scored. I understood his perspective; hits and baserunners are a lot more interesting from the upper deck than a continual succession of pitches . . . → Read More: April Baseball in San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

Wednesday night April 27, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern hosted England’s Subways. Bursting with power and dripping with charisma, the band is led by they very boyish looking Billy Lunn. Add his brother Josh Morgan who thrashes the drum kit like a wild animal and Charlotte Cooper on bass.

Charlotte was no slouch in the . . . → Read More: Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

Night Two of the 2016 Ska Fest Brings More Great Bands, by Holly Homan

Night Two of the 2016 Seattle Ska Fest. The first band I saw was already on stage. The Mean Threes, a trio from Vancouver, BC, reminded me of a lot of sixties folk rock with provocative poetry and a reggae beat. Not a lot of on stage energy in this band, just laid back . . . → Read More: Night Two of the 2016 Ska Fest Brings More Great Bands, by Holly Homan

Garbage Release New Song, Empty

“Empty is just exactly what it says it is. A song about emptiness,”said the band’s Shirley Manson.

Strange Little Birds, Garbage’s sixth studio album, due out on June 10, was recorded and produced by the band in Los Angeles and is the follow up to 2012’s heralded Not Your Kind of People.

Eating Onion Chives from the Yard, by Jill Kuhel

Wednesday eating from your yard tip~Onion chives are one of my top five favorite herbs! Both the flowers and the leaves have a sudtle onion flavor. My favorite way to eat chives are chopped up and heated with a quarter size of oil to flavor the oil before I throw in my eggs. The . . . → Read More: Eating Onion Chives from the Yard, by Jill Kuhel

Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan

It Gets Worse

Friday night April 22 I headed to Seattle’s Highline Bar for the first night of the 2016 Seattle Ska Fest. I’d been looking forward to this show for a long time that even the head cold I’d come down with earlier that day wouldn’t keep me away. Due to having to . . . → Read More: Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan

English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Attention all you fans of punk pop, have you heard of the Subways? They’re an English punk pop trio and they’re coming to the Northwest this next week.

Think New Found Glory meets the Runaways. They have a brand video out called Dirty Muddy Paws. Check it out here.

They’re playing Seattle . . . → Read More: English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Rimkus Reflects on Prince

(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Believe it or not, I’ve been to two Prince concerts. Not out of a “hometown boy made good” support kind of thing but mostly because Mrs. Rimkus was always smitten by him. And liked his music I suppose. They were electrifying shows. Those who never had the pleasure…

Back in . . . → Read More: Rimkus Reflects on Prince

Come Into Our Scandinavian-American Kitchens, by Mark Erickson

Garrison Keillor has occasionally referenced the basement of a Lutheran church as well as a dinner entrée called a casserole (aka hotdish) during his successful, long-running radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. I was raised in a denomination, i.e., the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), which is similar to Lutheran (two sacraments: baptism and communion). . . . → Read More: Come Into Our Scandinavian-American Kitchens, by Mark Erickson

What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané

I suspect the Republican nomination will either go to Trump or be a big-time mess, or both. Someone like Paul Ryan could emerge as the nominee, but only after a public bloodletting in a non-brokered free-for-all of a convention that might put 1968 to shame. He would start the general election with serious disadvantages . . . → Read More: What About Paul Ryan? by Vino Knight-Trané

R.I.P. Garry Emmanuel Shandling, by Chuck Strom

Just saw that Garry Shandling passed away suddenly. I liked him. He made meta funny and accessible at once.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/24/471773637/actor-and-comedian-garry-shandling-dies-at-66

His appearance on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee wasn’t that long ago:

http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/garry-shandling-its-great-that-garry-shandling-is-still-alive

Note the title of the segment.

Replayed the episode. A lot of discussion of death, almost eerily so. At one . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Garry Emmanuel Shandling, by Chuck Strom

Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

President Barack Obama has spent the last few days in Cuba as part of his effort to normalize relations with the island that has endured a 50 year embargo. The Chicago Tribune reported that Obama advocated for “human rights, including freedom of speech and assembly and religion” during the trip to which President Raul . . . → Read More: Cuba vs. US: From Secret Assassination Attempts to the Present, by Mark Erickson

Muddy Waters – Honey Bee / Interview – 7/29/1971 – Ash Grove, by John Siscoe

Muddy Waters was interviewed countless times in his long career, often by people who had little knowledge of his life or his music.

Pete Welding was a different case. He owned Testament Records, a Chicago Blues label that recorded many of Muddy’s contemporaries and friends. In this brief but illuminating interview, Welding knows the . . . → Read More: Muddy Waters – Honey Bee / Interview – 7/29/1971 – Ash Grove, by John Siscoe

Melody Pool – Love, She Loves Me

At once lush, scatalogical, heartfelt, cosmological, lyrically-piercing and honest, Melody Pool’s new single “Love, She Loves Me” is not easily forgotten. This tune forms part of her eagerly anticipated second album, Deep Dark Savage Heart which will be out 29 April 2016.