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There are Better Angels Here: 45th St. Got Soul, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am so happy to be one of those bands you just might catch at Sea Monster Lounge. Catch me this Saturday with The Staxx Brothers and my 12th Street Horns. Andrew Nunez has built an Empire of funk, based on a Constitution of Jazz; founded upon on a deeply authentic Declaration of Soul, . . . → Read More: There are Better Angels Here: 45th St. Got Soul, by Davin Michael Stedman

How Should We Value Baseball’s Most Valuable Players? by Robert BC Carlson

Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams, 1941

My perennial problem with any sport’s Most Valuable Player award is trying to guess how sportswriters will measure how “valuable” someone is. In baseball, I always wonder how they determine that a guy who hit 40 home runs but missed a lot of fly balls in the outfield . . . → Read More: How Should We Value Baseball’s Most Valuable Players? by Robert BC Carlson

I Do Declare, by Dylan Van Keef

Wouldn’t it be a fairy tale, if Mr. Jeff sessions could get to live for FREE in some of the beautiful public housing he spent his career building?

Retirement is so expensive, he deserves to take a load off and relax amongst his peers playing all kinds of games and activities.

He will meet . . . → Read More: I Do Declare, by Dylan Van Keef

Baseball Thoughts: Cy Young Awards, by Robert BC Carlson

Baseball thoughts:

— No surprise that Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger were unanimously chosen as the Rookies of the Year. No one else came close to their performances.

— I predict the Indians’ Corey Kluber will win the AL Cy Young Award, to be announced tomorrow night. While the Red Sox ace Chris Sale . . . → Read More: Baseball Thoughts: Cy Young Awards, by Robert BC Carlson

Momma These Trees Were Meant to Die, by Davin Michael Stedman

I had a moment tonight remembering what real journalism feels like. A United States can’t elect a Donald Trump unless they have been inoculated by a critical mass of Opioids and click bait.

Yes, The New York Times has a slant. All papers have an audience and a point of view. I am not . . . → Read More: Momma These Trees Were Meant to Die, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Blazers Are Back, But With Or Without Nurkic? by Chuck Strom

For those of you who didn’t follow the Portland Trail Blazers last season, their biggest story was their February trade for Jusuf Nurkic, the Bosnian Beast and the West Coast’s answer to New York Knick sensation Kristaps Porzingis. With his shooting and rebounding, Nurkic turned around the Blazers’ season, helping them to an 18-8 . . . → Read More: The Blazers Are Back, But With Or Without Nurkic? by Chuck Strom

Time Marches On, Compares Gun Regs by State, by Mark Erickson

After a gambler saw his losing streak continue, he then used multiple, modified assault weapons to kill 58 people and wound 546 in Las Vegas on October 1st. The Orange President of the United States of America (OPOTUS) president reacted by saying the issue should not be framed in political terms. I do not . . . → Read More: Time Marches On, Compares Gun Regs by State, by Mark Erickson

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe: If the Killer is White, Trump Lets it Go, by Dylan Van Keef

When it comes to White Terrorism and machine guns, Trump is a real turn the other cheek guy.

If ISIS claims just one of these upcoming White Terrorist attacks just for the sake of trolling our troll President, Trump might go permanently cross eyed.

Guns don’t kill people, people that do nothing about people . . . → Read More: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe: If the Killer is White, Trump Lets it Go, by Dylan Van Keef

We Will Follow: Meet Lagos MC and innovator Mtrill, by Davin Michael Stedman

My friend in Lagos, Nigeria Mtrill Teria is going to be doing a TED talk November 11th.

On the bright side of social media I have been able to have a consistent glimpse into the lives of many Nigerian innovators in music, business, and technology.

I have also got a 3rd row seat into . . . → Read More: We Will Follow: Meet Lagos MC and innovator Mtrill, by Davin Michael Stedman

We Will Follow: TADIMAN – Kdor drugemu jamo koplje: New Video From Slovenia’s Finest Reggae Artist, by Davin Michael Stedman

Tadej Tadiman Tratnik is one of the more intriguing reggae artists I met in Kingston, JA. He definitely stood out Inna di Yard at Chinna’s place.

Though this world had signs of diversity, from a Japanese Rasta that smoked but never spoke to an esteemed professor from Berkeley, Tadej found a way to blend . . . → Read More: We Will Follow: TADIMAN – Kdor drugemu jamo koplje: New Video From Slovenia’s Finest Reggae Artist, by Davin Michael Stedman

New Orleans Ska Septet Joystick Headline Their First Seattle Show on Halloween Night at the Funhouse, by Holly Homan

On Halloween night I ventured to the Funhouse to see a new ska band I’d recently discovered called Joystick. This seven-piece hails from New Orleans and not only was this my first time seeing them, it was their first time in Seattle. Though they self-identify as a ska band, they seemed half ska and . . . → Read More: New Orleans Ska Septet Joystick Headline Their First Seattle Show on Halloween Night at the Funhouse, by Holly Homan

Humans minus Sal = Future (X), by Davin Michael Stedman

HELP, IS THIS ALREADY A SCI-FI STORY?

In the year 20xx, a super computer at Cambridge finally becomes self aware. Our worst fears that such a computer will destroy our civilization comes to pass, but in a twist humanity itself is spared.

The computer gains consciousness and becomes immediately aware of the evil, manipulation, . . . → Read More: Humans minus Sal = Future (X), by Davin Michael Stedman

The Hunt for Goldeneye, by Davin Michael Stedman

When I go back to Jamaica, one of my goals I am sending the mysterious German manager Lennart Tacke, is filming myself playing my Bond song at Goldeneye.

Of course I haven’t written my Bond song yet. But I told Scott Rowe I would pen such a tune for our Brighton band Sherlock . . . → Read More: The Hunt for Goldeneye, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Real Threats to American Democracy, by Davin Michael Stedman

Let me tell you something that Putin understands, that his Soviet predecessors were blind to in their circle jerking Marxist cult:

America was never going to be over thrown by Leftist labor leaders, or beatniks, or hippies, or Black Panthers that took night classes and found out they had the right to bear arms.

. . . → Read More: The Real Threats to American Democracy, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Creepshow Return to Seattle for a Grungy, Saccharin & Rowdy Show, by Holly Homan

On the balmy Sunday night of October 22 I ventured to the Funhouse to see the Creepshow. This punk quartet hails from Montreal and combines sweat, grit and charm into one tight package. Singer and guitarist, Kenda oozes so much charm, I left feeling like I’d had a major sugar overdose, but I . . . → Read More: The Creepshow Return to Seattle for a Grungy, Saccharin & Rowdy Show, by Holly Homan

Will America’s North Korea Response Be Informed By History? by Mark Erickson

I came across this passage last night while reading Tim Weiner’s book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon. The next paragraph is verbatim (page 68).

“We tried every operational approach in the book, and committed our most experienced field operatives to the effort to get inside the government in Hanoi,” . . . → Read More: Will America’s North Korea Response Be Informed By History? by Mark Erickson

So. Cal’s Aquabats Bring Their Sci-Fi Kids’ Show and Punk/Ska Music Back to Seattle, by Holly Homan

October has been a prolific month for concerts but the one I’ve looked forward to t most happened Thursday October 19 at the Showbox where the Aquabats headlined. Promoting their brand new album High Five Soup, the Aquabats, led by Mc Bat Commander were pure entertainment. This show was also a family affair. Spearheaded . . . → Read More: So. Cal’s Aquabats Bring Their Sci-Fi Kids’ Show and Punk/Ska Music Back to Seattle, by Holly Homan

Former Go-Go’s Member Jane Wiedlin Fronts Elettrodomestico at the Sunset Tavern, by Holly Homan

On Wednesday night October 18, I braved stormy weather and headed to the Sunset Tavern in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Playing was a band called Elettrodomestico with Jane Wiedlin (formerly of the Go-Go’s) playing guitar and singing lead vocals. Playing with her were Joe Gore (P.J. Harvey & Tom Waits) on bass, Dawn Richardson . . . → Read More: Former Go-Go’s Member Jane Wiedlin Fronts Elettrodomestico at the Sunset Tavern, by Holly Homan

Splatterhouse Wreckords and Ruckus in the Records presents The Splatterhous: A Fun-Filled Night Featuring Many Acts including the Silver Shine, the Rocketz and Black Eyed Vermillion, by Holly Homan

Silver Shine

On Saturday night October 14 I once again ventured out to El Corazon, this time to see a series of bands in what was dubbed The Splatterhous. My main reason for attending was to see The Silver Shine, a great psychobilly trio from Budapest.

The event started at 5:00, but I . . . → Read More: Splatterhouse Wreckords and Ruckus in the Records presents The Splatterhous: A Fun-Filled Night Featuring Many Acts including the Silver Shine, the Rocketz and Black Eyed Vermillion, by Holly Homan

Van Morrison and the Squirrel, by Davin Michael Stedman

YOU SEE I KNOW THIS SQUIRREL that is quite obsessed with Van Morrison:

As I trade texts with the great Rock & Roll music critic Dennis Cook about the virtual Morrison mix tape he is making for me, for you, and for Mother Earth, I recalled this amazing little story I forgot to tell . . . → Read More: Van Morrison and the Squirrel, by Davin Michael Stedman