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The Skatalites – Simmer Down, Turn Your Lamp Down Low, by Claude Iosso

The Skatalites are unique — the originators of a whole genre of music over their brief existence in Jamaica in the mid-sixties and then a stalwart institution supporting that syncopated movement since their reunion in 1983. Members come and go (50 years down the road, many of the founders are gone forever), but that . . . → Read More: The Skatalites – Simmer Down, Turn Your Lamp Down Low, by Claude Iosso

The World of the Warriors Has Turned Upside Down, by Chuck Strom

I thought I had heard everything in sports, but now we have the New York Yankees accusing the Boston Red Sox, with their recent trade for Chris Sale, of being the Golden State Warriors. Who would have ever thought that the original Evil Empire would be looking up at the Dubs?

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/18223011/new-york-yankees-gm-compares-red-sox-warriors

This . . . → Read More: The World of the Warriors Has Turned Upside Down, by Chuck Strom

December Rings In With A Night Of Ska Featuring New York’s The Slackers, by Holly Homan

Thursday December first brought the return of NY ska masters the Slackers. They played to a packed house at the Crocodile and their second song into the set they played my favorite, Watch This. Of all the times I’ve seen them this is the second time they’ve played my favorite song and the first . . . → Read More: December Rings In With A Night Of Ska Featuring New York’s The Slackers, by Holly Homan

Ten Sports Books For That Special Someone On Your Christmas List, by Chuck Strom

Sports books don’t come anywhere close to romance novels in their share of the publishing market, but there are still enough of them out there to present a bewildering array of choices for someone looking to purchase a gift for that special someone who likes to consume sports on the page as well as . . . → Read More: Ten Sports Books For That Special Someone On Your Christmas List, by Chuck Strom

Punk Rock Legends the Dwarves Ride Into Seattle Like A Wild Tornado, by Holly Homan

It’s been two days since I saw the Dwarves play at Seattle’s Highline bar and my body still feels as though it’s been through the washing machine on the spin cycle. I’m still getting my spine back in alignment and sticking body parts back together. I can still feel the bruise I got on . . . → Read More: Punk Rock Legends the Dwarves Ride Into Seattle Like A Wild Tornado, by Holly Homan

A Rainy Tuesday Brings Skinny Lister to Seattle’s Barboza Lounge For A Wild Party, by Holly Homan

On a rainy Tuesday night, two days before Thanksgiving, I ventured to the intimate basement club Barboza Lounge on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Playing was British band Skinny Lister. This would be my third time seeing them but my first time seeing them at their own show. The last time I saw them was as . . . → Read More: A Rainy Tuesday Brings Skinny Lister to Seattle’s Barboza Lounge For A Wild Party, by Holly Homan

A Little Nature Photography to Brighten Your Day, by Chuck Strom

The photos of Mt. Shasta were taken in the morning of Friday, November 11 on my way from California to Portland. Those of Multnomah Falls and the Columbia Gorge were taken on Saturday, November 12.

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Multnomah Falls

South view of Mt. Shasta

North view of Mt. Shasta

Mt. Shasta from Weed

Mt. Shasta from I-5

Columbia Gorge

Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts Greece Punks Barb Wire Dolls Along With Some Seattle Talent, by Holly Homan

Tuesday night Seattle’s Funhouse hosted a punk band all the way from Crete called Barb Wire Dolls. I saw the Dolls about a year and a half ago opening for Dead Men Walking, a sort of super group featuring members of the Living End, the Alarm, and the Stray Cats. I was so blown . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts Greece Punks Barb Wire Dolls Along With Some Seattle Talent, by Holly Homan

A New Player on the Portland Microbrew Scene, by Chuck Strom

Welcome to the Labrewatory.

A new and imaginative microbrewery, the Labrewatory on NE Russell Street, has arrived on the scene in Portland. The owners, Chris Sears, Patrick Walsh, and Joe Watzig, invite larger brewers in the area to use their four-barrel system to experiment with recipes that would be more expensive to attempt on . . . → Read More: A New Player on the Portland Microbrew Scene, by Chuck Strom

Canadian Punk Pioneers D.O.A. Headline A Night of Punk Rock at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Saturday night November 12, Seattle’s foremost punk club El Corazon hosted Canadian punk legends D.O.A. Talk about raw punk power! This trio came out churning power chords and smashing drums like they were still 20 years old. Drummer goes by the name Paddy Duddy and reminded me of Animal from the Muppets with . . . → Read More: Canadian Punk Pioneers D.O.A. Headline A Night of Punk Rock at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

A New NBA Season in Portland, and The Blazers Are Wearing Their Track Shoes, by Chuck Strom

At a time when diversions from real life seem more welcome than usual, it is a pleasure to announce the start of the NBA season and the return of the Portland Trail Blazers to the Moda Center. Last Friday, the Blazers took on the Sacramento Kings in a tight, high-scoring contest that went into . . . → Read More: A New NBA Season in Portland, and The Blazers Are Wearing Their Track Shoes, by Chuck Strom

The Posies – Unlikely Places

More on Penn State, Sandusky, Paterno and Shameful Legacy, by Mark Erickson

Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University by a fellow student in 1986. Her distraught parents came to believe that Lehigh had not taken sufficient efforts to keep its college campus safe, and lobbied for legislative action. In 1990, Congress passed what is commonly known as “The Clery . . . → Read More: More on Penn State, Sandusky, Paterno and Shameful Legacy, by Mark Erickson

Ska Funk Legends Fishbone Headline A Two-Hour Plus Show at the Crocodile, by Holly Homan

Thursday November 10 brought LA Ska/funk masters Fishbone back to Seattle. Their first concert here in more than two years. The show was a sell out and Seattle’s Crocodile Café was packed.

Fishbone is a very eclectic band as well as versatile Front man Angelo Moore played about three different types of saxophones and . . . → Read More: Ska Funk Legends Fishbone Headline A Two-Hour Plus Show at the Crocodile, by Holly Homan

Hillary Clinton Sings Hallelujah on SNL Cold Open 11/12/16

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NOFX Return to Seattle For Fun Night Of Sweaty, Wild Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

On the evening of November 3, the Showbox Sodo hosted the triumphant and long awaited Seattle return of California punks NOFX. Lead singer/front man Fat Mike came out sporting a mohawk along with a short kilt and a new Bush/Quayle t-shirt. The significance of the latter was a mystery since much of the band’s . . . → Read More: NOFX Return to Seattle For Fun Night Of Sweaty, Wild Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

El Corazon Hosts A Night Of Dance Macabre Starring the Nekromantix, by Holly Homan

The evening after Halloween brought dance macabre to El Corazon starring the Nekromantix.

Singer Kim Nekroman, with his coffin shaped bass, held said bass above his head, held it like a guitar or straddled it all without missing a lick. On several occasions he even licked it. And he had high pitched screams down . . . → Read More: El Corazon Hosts A Night Of Dance Macabre Starring the Nekromantix, by Holly Homan

Mea Culpa, Chicago Cubs Pepsi Man, by Tom Fredrickson

Last Friday, I watched a bit of the Cubs victory celebration in Chicago. I’m not really a parade person, but seeing it I wished I was there. City says 5 MILLION turned out. I admit I got a little misty seeing the throngs in my various old haunts: Wrigley, LSD, the Boul Mich, Grant . . . → Read More: Mea Culpa, Chicago Cubs Pepsi Man, by Tom Fredrickson

The Chicago Cubs Are World Series Champions, by Chuck Strom

No, the title is not a misprint. In fact, this post is mostly an excuse to write that line, which has been so long in coming.

One person with extra motivation to be happy today is Aroldis Chapman, who escaped by the narrowest of margins the fate of becoming the latest victim of the . . . → Read More: The Chicago Cubs Are World Series Champions, by Chuck Strom

England’s Billy Bragg and Pal Joe Henry Bring Music and Political Talk to Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan

On the evening of October 21 I experienced the sheer pleasure of seeing one of my long time favorites, Billy Bragg perform a two man show with pal Joe Henry. The venue was Seattle’s Neptune Theater.

These two men gave a stellar and congenial performance of mostly old American blues artists songs including a . . . → Read More: England’s Billy Bragg and Pal Joe Henry Bring Music and Political Talk to Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan