One more time. Films that purport to show Planned Parenthood selling baby parts are deceptively edited fraud. They spin the truth into lies. If you believe these videos, as Republicans in Congress apparently did, you’re a dunce.
Planned Parenthood is not selling baby parts. They are allowed by law to let mothers donate fetal . . . → Read More: Let’s Go Over This Again, by Randy Rendfeld
“16 shots, 14 months. 16 shots, 14 months. 16 shots, 14 months.” I attended a protest rally on Black Friday that was easily attended by more than 5,000 people. The protest closed down Chicago’s “Mag Mile”, which is the high-end downtown shopping mecca. We congregated at the majestic Chicago Tribune building and proceeded north. . . . → Read More: Chi-Raq: As in Chicago and Iraq, by Mark Erickson
“Easy Way Out” by The Post will be released shortly in December and will ward off the chills as would a shot of it’s subject matter. If you prefer your rock and roll straight up, you will enjoy this potent foursome as they crank out an amped-up ode to the ritual, sometimes habitual. The . . . → Read More: The Post – Easy Way Out, by Paul Johnson
another item that recently sold from Ringo’s warehouse of memorabilia. this is (strangely) the VERY FIRST rock and roll logo/brand/id/trademark in history (note: even elvis didn’t have a logo). the story on it is even more peculiar. according to Bodhi Oser’s amazing little book, “BAND ID, The Ultimate Book of Band Logos” (chronicle . . . → Read More: The Beatles: Even Their Logo Changed the World, by Art Chantry
Born in 1963, celebrated actor John Stamos would have attended this high school prom sometime in the late 70s or early 80s, shortly before his acting career began on General Hospital in 1982. E! Online UK tweeted out this photo today, claiming it to be Stamos’ actual prom photo. Stamos grew up in . . . → Read More: John Stamos High School Prom Pic
The Last Waltz-as-an-actual-event was a Requiem for both a Sensibility and an Era (call it Classic Rock, if one must), even if no one present knew it. I’ve also always assumed that–as of this date in 1976 anyway–not a single person on that Winterland stage (Patti Smith’s pal Bob aside, of course, and . . . → Read More: Last Shootout at the Classic Rock Corral! by Tom Kipp
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Is it just the 15 or so Moth slam events I’ve been to, or does the best storyteller of the night generally not win?
I know it’s inherently subjective, and that’s part of the fun, but on Sunday at the Grand Slam . . . → Read More: At the Moth Grand Slam, Listening for Great Storytelling, by Daniel Housman
The Blazers celebrate a hard-earned victory.
In our NFL-focused society, it can be easy to forget that the NBA season actually starts in November. For those who haven’t paid attention, there already have been some interesting developments, including a fired coach (Kevin McHale of the Houston Rockets) and a Golden State Warriors team that . . . → Read More: It’s November – Time Again for Rip City, by Chuck Strom
My grandson loves cats, but he struggles to understand that you can’t tell a cat what to do. I have found catnip to be the same way.
Last summer my neighbor came by for some catnip for his cat, but the patch I had planted in the parkway, for people’s easy access, was . . . → Read More: Catnip (Nepeta cataria) From Hangmen to Love Potions, by Jill Kuhel
Photo by Mike Hughes.
School Of Seven Bells – SVIIB to their mates – have had a place in my heart from the start, but it’s not always been firmly fixed. It seemed so sweet when twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza met up with Benjamin Curtis while opening on tour for Ben’s . . . → Read More: School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes, by Mike Hughes
A who’s-who of anime characters appear in the new video from Seattle band Quickie. That’s because the group shot the colorful video for their song “Pretty” outside of the most recent Sakura-Con convention, with over a hundred and thirty cosplayers taking part. Not as extras, but front and center as lead singers in the . . . → Read More: Quickie – Pretty – Filmed at Sakura-Con 2015
I remember a moment in the early 1990s when I stood in the crowd at First Avenue as we all waited for the show to start. The house speakers blasted Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, and other loud awesomeness.
Suddenly, I was arrested by an amazing new song I hadn’t heard, a sonic . . . → Read More: Curtis Mayfield – If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go, by Jacob Slichter
While others make the pilgrimage to genuflect inside Room #8 at Joshua Tree Inn for Gram – you’ll find me in Tipton, sitting under a headstone inscribed “Harold Eugene Clark – No Other.” Today is Gene Clark’s birthday and nobody ever captured the LA experience as poignantly as he did with this.
– . . . → Read More: Gene Clark – Los Angeles, by Pat Thomas
There is nothing comparable. I have had several litters and it is worth the stretch marks.
– Paul Johnson
I’m not claiming to be a fan of the UFC, but this fight was amazing. The conditioning, quickness, and strategy I witnessed during Rousey vs. Holm was breathtaking. This is violence. This is brain damage. This is capitalism. You could see Rhonda Rousey’s market value and aura of invincibility hit the canvas harder than . . . → Read More: Requiem for Rhonda Rousey? by Davin Michael Steadman
Here’s a cut from Donna Summer’s fifth studio album, I Remember Yesterday (1977). Reaching number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, the tune was produced by Giorgio Moroder of “Midnight Express” fame.
I first heard this tune a few months ago and loved it. Now Roses and Revolutions have performed it on Balcony TV so we get to watch them perform it with a lovely view of the New York skyline.
Kishi Bashi’s third LP, String Quartet Live!, is out via Joyful Noise Recordings. Listen below. It’s a collection of songs from his previous two releases, 151a and Light, performed live by himself and an accompanying string ensemble.
Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with artists like Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, . . . → Read More: Kishi Bashi – String Quartet Live!
In the wake of the recent bombings and killings in Paris, I offer this. But first, I must step back. Shortly after 9/11, I opined in a pre-Twitter universe to a creation similar to Twitter, something called “xnpc”, that the United States had stoked hostility by imposing sanctions and a killing machine upon Iraq. . . . → Read More: After Paris: Is War the Answer? by Mark Erickson
Occasionally, as I think back on various experiences of trying to CREATE in Havre or Missoula, Montana during the 1980s (and subsequently, as well, in Northern Virginia or Seattle)–whether that involved establishing a “beach head” and persona for radio, learning to write/combine criticism and history (and humor), attempting to make music of widely varying . . . → Read More: Creative Severity Yields Major Dividends! by Tom Kipp