Happy Birthday at the Ballpark, by Chuck Strom

Madison Bumgarner

My daughter Jillian turned 16 just over a week ago. The day coincided with the San Francisco Giants’ first Orange Friday game of 2014, complete with a fireworks show afterward, so we naturally decided to go to AT&T Park to celebrate. The Giants had started the season reasonably well, winning six of . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday at the Ballpark, by Chuck Strom

El Corazon Hosts the Return of Phenomenauts & Creepshow For A Fun-Filled Night, by Holly Homan

On April 9 I bore witness to five bands at El Corazon who were beyond fabulous. Though the headliner was Creepshow, from Toronto, there really were two headliners — the other being The Phenomenauts. Hailing from the East Bay area, The Phenomenauts are part corny fifties TV sci-fi show, part comedy troupe, part rock . . . → Read More: El Corazon Hosts the Return of Phenomenauts & Creepshow For A Fun-Filled Night, by Holly Homan

Dixie Hummingbirds – Loves Me Like a Rock, by Jacob Slichter

The Dixie Hummingbirds, one of the great Gospel vocal groups of the past half century, are perhaps best known to listeners as the background vocalists on Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.” (I’m posting their own version below.)

One fact about the group has always fascinated me: After one of their members, William . . . → Read More: Dixie Hummingbirds – Loves Me Like a Rock, by Jacob Slichter

Denyse Tontz – Use It

Denyse Tontz is the darling of the Disney TV show “Dog with a Blog” and soap opera “All My Children” (she plays Erica Kane’s granddaughter), for which she won a pre-nomination for a Daytime Emmy. She describes this song as, “My weird little way of saying you’re awesome and haters aren’t.”

Coin-Op Kiddie Rides, by Jacob Slichter

Having walked past various coin-op kiddie rides in the neighborhood, I sometimes wonder if these contraptions provide a child’s first experience of being underwhelmed. Toddlers eagerly climb atop the plastic horses as their exhausted parents fish out the coins and drop them into the slot. Then, as soon as the canned music starts and . . . → Read More: Coin-Op Kiddie Rides, by Jacob Slichter

#SELFIE – The Chainsmokers

Hannah Lou Clark – Calamity, by Mike Hughes

Hannah Lou Clark (TAPKA FOE) – new song, new video. Yup, different, but all still there for sure.

– Mike Hughes

Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures – Matt Wants Fanfare

This is worthy-ish:

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on Portlandia

Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco fame, learns how to write an honest folk song on Portlandia:

Poke Da Squid Host CD Release Party at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

On Friday April 4, Seattle band Poke Da Squid played a concert to celebrate the release of I Honestly Had Higher Expectations (click to see my earlier review of the CD).

Poke Da Squid is a young band. I’m positive all members are under the age of 30. They’re also adorable and ooze charm . . . → Read More: Poke Da Squid Host CD Release Party at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

This Wild Life – History

Hailing from Long Beach, CA, This Wild Life is Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso. Jordan and Del Gross grew up in the tightknit DIY punk scene in Long Beach. They quickly became friends after working at the same musical instrument store, bonding over music of their teens. The conversations were about hardcore, . . . → Read More: This Wild Life – History

Brian Eno, Karl Hyde – Someday World

Storied rock experimentalist and well-traveled collaborator, Brian Eno, is set to release Someday World, a spritely album undertaken with Karl Hyde of house and electronica juggernaut, Underworld, in May. The first two songs off the work are available for listening below.

Eno and Hyde describe the work in this way, “Someday World is . . . → Read More: Brian Eno, Karl Hyde – Someday World

The White Buffalo and Chuck Ragan to Bring the Manliest Tour on Earth to Portland and Seattle

An amazing act which I’ve just discovered, The White Buffalo (aka Jake Smith), will be co-headlining a Wonder Ballroom show in Portland on April 8 with the equally amazing Chuck Ragan, unleashing the local manifestation of what their publicist promises will be the manliest tour on Earth. Both the White Buffalo and Ragan . . . → Read More: The White Buffalo and Chuck Ragan to Bring the Manliest Tour on Earth to Portland and Seattle

San Francisco Giants Fan Fest 2014: Success This Time, and Worth the Wait, by Chuck Strom

At the O’Doul Gate

At the 2013 San Francisco Giants Fan Fest at AT&T Park, I waited the entire day on the field for an autograph, left empty-handed and resolved never to do that again. This year, I had my daughter Jillian with me and didn’t want her to endure such a frustrating and . . . → Read More: San Francisco Giants Fan Fest 2014: Success This Time, and Worth the Wait, by Chuck Strom

Portland vs. Austin: Who is Weirder [Infographic]‏

Both Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas pride themselves on being weird places to live. In fact, each city has adopted the slogan ‘Keep [city] Weird” begging the question, who is actually weirder? Each city will claim they take the crown, and no doubt there are some unusual things going on in both cities, but . . . → Read More: Portland vs. Austin: Who is Weirder [Infographic]‏

The Chicago Cubs are Headed for 100 Losses in Wrigley’s 100th Year, By Mark Erickson

Popular Cub Jose Cardenal and his feisty coiffure won over fan’s hearts without ever winning a championship in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs will celebrate the 100th anniversary of playing at Wrigley Field this year! Think of the historic events. Babe Ruth’s “called shot.” Kid K’s breakout game. Harry Caray. The collapse of . . . → Read More: The Chicago Cubs are Headed for 100 Losses in Wrigley’s 100th Year, By Mark Erickson

Lindsey Stirling – Beyond the Veil

Tori Amos – Trouble’s Lament

Photo by Amarpaul Kalirai

Here’s “Trouble’s Lament,” the engaging first single off Tori Amos’ upcoming album, Unrepentant Geraldines, which will be available May 13. Amos will tour the Pacific Northwest in July with concerts at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on July 17 and at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre in Portland on July 18.

. . . → Read More: Tori Amos – Trouble’s Lament

Portlandia – Social Bankruptcy

Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed

Celebrity update: Yesterday I drove Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men in my cab. I had no idea who this person was. At the request of his very tough female tour manager, I had to back the van up into a roiling human sea of equipment movers and fans in order to pick . . . → Read More: Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed