How fricken cool was it to open up the video file of Slim Wray’s “Take it or Leave it”?! About as cool as pulling an unlabeled can from the cup board, popping the seal and finding out it’s full of “Hell Yeah”. If that analogy doesn’t reach you, maybe you could imagine releasing a . . . → Read More: Slim Wray – Take It Or Leave It, by Paul Johnson
Tuning in to The Foreign Resort’s new release single “Under Bright Neon Stars” was like a trip down memory lane. I found myself back in the era of The Cure and quite frankly I liked it. The guitar and bass worked well together to sculpt a sound landscape which was freely roamed by the . . . → Read More: The Foreign Resort – Under Bright Neon Stars, by Paul Johnson
This Bach fugue (a classical guitar favorite) is particularly stunning in Chris Thile’s hands – his subtle musical approach to the piece is incredible… and on a very limited instrument. Genius.
– Don Lundell
Being uninitiated to Ghosts in Pocket and their music, I clicked on “stream” and released the flow of their musical creation. The bass line sawed away, the drums tapped and then, the lyrics sang, my mind opened, and I felt refreshed. Focusing in, I submerged for a closer look.
For me, Ghosts in Pocket’s . . . → Read More: Ghosts in Pocket – Barberton, by Paul Johnson
Back in the days before Marvel’s more “realistic” super heroes overthrew DC’s dominance in the comics marketplace, DC would sometimes feature what they referred to as “imaginary stories,” which was a rather endearing way of saying the plot pursued an alternative story arc that didn’t fit in the overall fictional continuity of the characters . . . → Read More: Superman’s Imaginary Stories, by Rich Horton
This is a great moment in the history of music on the internet. Both Fleck and Washburn caress the fretboards of their respective banjos, one bluegrass style, the other frailing style, with such delicacy that they refashion this uberdramatic metal tune into passionate chamber music.
Also, Bela looks awesome-tastic with long hair…
This guitarist reminds of a young Michael Hedges. This vid is fun. The tune he’s playing is Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and the acoustic rhythms are imaginative, strong and splendiferous.
Imagine Dragons took an honest and introspective approach to creating the music video for their new single, “Roots.” The video follows lead singer Dan Reynolds in his struggle to maintain a sense of self and balance in the chaotic whirlwind of tour life by rediscovering his roots.
(((This turned into an essay of sorts about my dog Ruby’s cremation day (a word I hated when it came to being associated with her) and it’s about her essence of course… written not of sound mind perhaps, but there’s beauty in the story and I needed to tell it quick…thank you all so . . . → Read More: I Sing for the Love of Ruby, by Jesse Sykes
one more time, i’m posting this amazing record cover. it’s the cover of the LP (issued in 1967, a few months after “sgt. pepper” hit the streets) of the mothers of invention’s “we’re only in it for the money.” the delicious parody of the sgt. pepper cover is beyond cassic. it’s beatles anti-matter.
. . . → Read More: The Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money, by Art Chantry
I was writing a song in my backyard on my Spanish guitar, when a pair of raccoons came out of the bushes to check me out. The hood is alive… with the sounds of these little thieving quasi monkey bears and the sound of sensitive pony tail music.
– Davin Michael . . . → Read More: Raccoons Love Songwriter, by Davin Michael Stedman
last wednesday, i was honored to be at a book signing event for a rather momentous and very important little poster book project. scott mcdougall is one of the best experts i’ve ever met on all things psychedelia. his own artwork (he desgned the cover, for instance) is enough to entrench him into the . . . → Read More: Split-Fountain Hieroglyphics: Psychedelic Concert Posters From the Seattle Area 1966-1969, by Art Chantry
This is downright hilarious:
– Chuck Strom
Nations of the Soul are an indie folk duo from Norway who have just released their second single, “To the Loved Ones” (above). It’s a lovely, catchy tune which you’ll adore once you hear it.
The duo’s first single, “Dancing Spirit,” released sometime before summer, was picked up and loved by the . . . → Read More: Nations of the Soul – To the Loved Ones, Dancing Spirit
Every couple of years, a new generation discovers folk singer/songwriter Jackson C. Frank – and gets all obsessive about him – similar to Nick Drake, Judee Sill, (and for reasons I’ve never understood) Vashti Bunyan – and yet, oddly not enough people do that with Sandy Denny. Anyway Frank is worth some obsessing – . . . → Read More: Jackson C. Frank – The Complete Recordings, by Pat Thomas
New article in Grantland by Charles Pierce:
Very thoughtful on the current state of Peyton Manning’s career and the physical toll it has taken on him. The NFL season has just begun, and conversation already seems to be more about casualties than the games. It makes me wonder if football may decline, . . . → Read More: New Charles Pierce Article: Why Peyton Manning Should Retire, by Chuck Strom
The Queen of Rock n' Roll by The Sinners
The Sinners have released a straight ahead rocker which is AWESOME and have chosen to have their world premiere on East Portland Blog which is even more AWESOME!
Timothy Riley (that’s him in the photo on the right) is the chief among the Sinners . . . → Read More: The Sinners – Queen of Rock’n Roll – World Premiere
Pope Francis has landed at Andrews Air Force Base for his first visit to the United States. There’s a lot of speculation about what he might say, especially when he addresses Congress Thursday morning in light of first visiting Cuba. I am hopeful that he will discuss American capitalism’s flaws, a theme he has . . . → Read More: The Pope, Pig Manure and Minnesota Water Quality, by Mark Erickson
Blending the gospel with the secular; Dylan in New Orleans, November 1981: This show was recorded for a proposed live album, which was never issued (apart from “Heart of Mine”, which appeared on Biograph), Dylan scholar Paul Williams calls this “one of his most inventive tours”, and the setlist — which mixes songs from . . . → Read More: Bob Dylan – Stadiums of the Damned, by Pat Thomas
I had been a resident of San Francisco for all of 24 hrs when I strolled into a South of Market bar in October 1987 and spotted Chuck Prophet propping up a bar stool. I sat down, didn’t introduce myself, then started making comments and asking questions about the other members of Green On . . . → Read More: Chuck Prophet – Brighton 1993 Savannah, by Pat Thomas