Jessie Reyez – Figures

Musically, Toronto is the new Portland. Here’s another tough new tune from the rough and tumble Hogtown in Canada. Released just yesterday, it’s taking the internet by storm.

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Star of Bob’s Burgers and Archer, H. Jon Benjamin Records Experimental Jazz Album

Based on his stellar work as the voice of Bob Belcher on Bob’s Burgers (the only show that matters) and Sterling Archer on Archer, it is clear that H. Jon Benjamin is not only the most gifted actor of all time, he is the greatest human on the planet since the passing of Mother . . . → Read More: Star of Bob’s Burgers and Archer, H. Jon Benjamin Records Experimental Jazz Album

Laura Nyro – Stoned Soul Picnic, by Pat Thomas

I’d love to go to a Stoned Soul Picnic right about now…… by the way – the four night run of shows by Miles Davis (with Chick Corea-Keith Jarrett-Jack DeJohnette-Steve Grossman and Airto) in June 1970 that become Miles Live at the Fillmore [East] was in fact, Miles opening for Laura Nyro each night . . . → Read More: Laura Nyro – Stoned Soul Picnic, by Pat Thomas

R.E.M. – Gardening at Night, by Pat Thomas

34 years ago today, REM’s Chronic Town EP was released and it simply changed the whole landscape of indie-rock, college-radio, clubs, touring, fanzines – it inspired a whole host of imitators (god help us!) but also tons of bands that sounded absolutely nothing like them (such as SST bands). During the first half of . . . → Read More: R.E.M. – Gardening at Night, by Pat Thomas

Gaylord Perry Takes His Place in the AT&T Pantheon, and other Giants Notes, by Chuck Strom

Gaylord Perry Statue

Last Sunday, I paid a visit to the new statue at AT&T Park: Gaylord Perry, who spent the first decade of his career in a San Francisco uniform alongside Juan Marichal as a mainstay of the Giants pitching staff during the 1960s. Perry’s most famous pitch was a spitball, which he . . . → Read More: Gaylord Perry Takes His Place in the AT&T Pantheon, and other Giants Notes, by Chuck Strom

Wages Of Sin Headline Darrel’s Tavern On A Hot August Night, by Holly Homan

On a hot August 19 night Darrel’s Tavern just north of Seattle hosted a night of Seattle hillbilly, celtic and folk punk bands.

The headliner was Wages Of Sin. This Seattle quintet combined a bit of country, a bit of folk, a bit of punk and a heavy dose of Celtic and tossed it . . . → Read More: Wages Of Sin Headline Darrel’s Tavern On A Hot August Night, by Holly Homan

Archie and The Bunkers – Sally Lou

Everyone’s favorite acid organ punk duo, Archie and the Bunkers, have returned from a massively successful European tour and released a new record, Mystery Lover. Below is a video they released a few months ago which will give you a feel for their electrifying retro sound.

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Vince Guaraldi – Joe Cool, by Pat Thomas

Strangely, this version of “Joe Cool” sung by Vince Guaraldi is NOT featured on any of the countless Peanuts soundtracks issued by Fantasy Records (their albums only have an instrumental version) – I had to buy a CD called Lost Cues from his family’s estate.

– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, . . . → Read More: Vince Guaraldi – Joe Cool, by Pat Thomas

Where Obama’s Promises of Change Fell Short, by Mark Erickson

Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.(Photo by Pete Souza)

I twice voted for Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. Now that he has less than six months left in his job as President, and since I have been rightly critical of his predecessor (and Obama’s successor . . . → Read More: Where Obama’s Promises of Change Fell Short, by Mark Erickson

More on the Pig Manure Pollution Controversy, by Mark Erickson

The Chicago Tribune has printed a four-part series on a subject I wrote about last year:

http://www.eastportlandblog.com/2015/09/22/the-pope-pig-manure-and-minnesota-water-quality-by-mark-erickson/

Here’s one Tribune article regarding pig polluters:

http://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/launch.aspx?pbid=3e7227b1-e3b7-4fac-aa07-5f943e58b4c5

As I read the article that landed on my doorstep today I recall the book The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which exposed the production and sale of . . . → Read More: More on the Pig Manure Pollution Controversy, by Mark Erickson

Good News About the Shaggs, by Pat Thomas

“Credit must be given to the foremothers: the Shaggs. In 1969 they recorded an album that can stand, I think, easily with Beatles ’65, Life with the Lions, Blonde on Blonde, and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks as one of the landmarks of rock history. The Wiggins sisters (an anti-power trio) not only redefined . . . → Read More: Good News About the Shaggs, by Pat Thomas

Shane Ericks – Love Me For What I Am

This fine Carpenter’s cover was discovered by my lovely wife who tells me that when she grabs the mic to sing, her favorite karaoke jam is this song. As for this version, it’s marvelous. Ms. Ericks channels Karen Carpenter excellently. Enjoy:

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Evolution of Lollapalooza: “Dad, Rock is Dead,” by Mark Erickson

Beach House: the band that rocked Pitchfork

On the eve of the Pitchfork Music Festival last month, I read the Chicago Tribune’s preview of the three day event. The article coded the entertainers by genre such as EDM, hip hop, indie, rock, etc. On day one, the first act was a rock band called . . . → Read More: Evolution of Lollapalooza: “Dad, Rock is Dead,” by Mark Erickson

From the NYT: Unfiltered Voices from Donald Trump’s Crowds

The NYT posted a video today of Trump’s supporters letting it all hang out at his rallies. The footage is instructive, but not for the squeamish.

– Vino Knight-Trané

http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004533191/unfiltered-voices-from-donald-trumps-crowds.html

Ron Swanson’s Back to School Song List

I have been on a Modest Mouse kick of late. Love the records Good News for People who Love Bad News and We Were Already Dead before the Ship Sank. I really love those records, pretty much in their entirety, but especially, “Ocean Breathes Salty.” My right now favorite lyric of all time is:

. . . → Read More: Ron Swanson’s Back to School Song List

The Showbox Market Hosts the Return Of Ska Masters Streetlight Manifesto, by Holly Homan

Streetlight Manifesto in December 2011.

Last Saturday night was a long anticipated event, the return of NJ ska band Streetlight Manifesto.

SLM are a very tight band. They exude an energy on stage that is reflected in their music, but not in their physical actions. This is not a band that interacts much . . . → Read More: The Showbox Market Hosts the Return Of Ska Masters Streetlight Manifesto, by Holly Homan

Chicago Transit Authority Token – Jill Kuhel

I keep my grandpa’s wooden box full of foreign coins and coins I find interesting. I hadn’t looked through it for a long time. I was dusting tonight and found this CTA token. What happy memories~thought you– and all of the Chicago diaspora nation– would enjoy seeing it. I don’t know if tokens like . . . → Read More: Chicago Transit Authority Token – Jill Kuhel

Ian Hunter – Dandy

I am extremely grateful that Ian Hunter is still with us. So underrated… He has a new record coming out called Cross My Fingers. Since I saw Ian and the Rant Band on their 2001 tour I honestly don’t think anyone has put out better music since. We’ve had Rant, Shrunken Heads“, Man Overboard, . . . → Read More: Ian Hunter – Dandy

Japanese Breakfast – Everybody Wants To Love You (Live Session)

A side project from her work as front woman of Philadelphia indie punk band Little Big League, Michelle Zauner released a tape in June 2013 under the solo moniker Japanese Breakfast. The tape was titled June and boasted thirty tracks written and recorded every day of the month. A stark deviation from Little . . . → Read More: Japanese Breakfast – Everybody Wants To Love You (Live Session)

A New Theme Song for Fox News: Fountains of Wayne’s “Traffic and Weather,” by Chuck Strom

In light of the recent stories about Roger Ailes and what appears to be the locker-room culture at Fox News, this would be an appropriate musical theme for their broadcasts: Fountains of Wayne’s, “Traffic and Weather”.

“We belong together, like traffic and weather . . . “