Cruising, Post-Colonial Style, by Knute Rimkus

Joseph Conrad not sailing into Heart of Darkness on THIS Love Boat!

So Monday we finished a week long cruise from Seward Alaska down to Vancouver Canada on Norwegian Cruise Lines. It was more fun and enjoyable than I expected. But about the only Norwegian thing about it was the Captain and that they . . . → Read More: Cruising, Post-Colonial Style, by Knute Rimkus

VORTEX 1 – Oregon’s Rock Festival – A Biodegradable Festival of Life – Aug. 28, 1970 to Sept. 3, 1970

This recently resurfaced film clip is awesome, and tells the story as well as I could. Just watch the video:

Vortex 1 Wikipedia Page

Vortex 1 in the Oregon Encyclopedia

And more…

A Farewell to Timmy? by Chuck Strom

This recent post in Grantland is a nice take on the news that Tim Lincecum may have thrown his last pitch for the San Francisco Giants due to his recent injuries.

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-mlb-tim-lincecum-san-francisco-giants-career/

Lincecum 2012 NLDS

I would add that somehow the Giants should find a way to get him out onto the field at . . . → Read More: A Farewell to Timmy? by Chuck Strom

Death in the Afternoon – Let Go

The Swedish electro-pop act Death In The Afternoon (DITA) are treating you to their next single from their forth-coming album called Let Go. As all their other tracks, this one is also produced remotely by the duo themselves. Christian and Linda’s hard work, talent and artistic individuality seem to be paying off by . . . → Read More: Death in the Afternoon – Let Go

My Weekend, Die Kreuzen, Mars Williams, by Mark Erickson

Die Kreuzen

The 8/28 edition of the Chicago Tribune contained a gushing article by rock critic Greg Kot about Naked Raygun, a local 1980s “punk-rock band” that appeared on the bill with Foo Fighters, Urge Overkill, and Cheap Trick at Wrigley Field last night. The piece included snippets from Dave Grohl, former Nirvana member . . . → Read More: My Weekend, Die Kreuzen, Mars Williams, by Mark Erickson

Van Morrison – Let the Slave

A moment of eerie synchronicity with this tune just caught me.

I hadn’t heard it in 25 years, but a lyric from here, actually a line William Blake’s poetry, has stuck with me ever since I eagerly lapped up A Sense of Wonder on day of release in 1985: “Wisdom is sold . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Let the Slave

Chris Wood – Vulcan, by Pat Thomas

This might be on Spotify but I went out and bought this 1974 unreleased album by the late Chris Wood on CD. Wood was the flautist and saxophonist of Traffic. Recorded just after the demise of Traffic in 1974, Vulcan was begun for Island records but shelved in 1978. The sessions featured contributions from . . . → Read More: Chris Wood – Vulcan, by Pat Thomas

The Paradigm Style is Truly Love! by Ultra Van Krome

You Rockers who hate R&B You Soul Surfers that hate Rock You Jazzerz who hate everything that’s popular You fusionist who hate Blues You country Bluegrassers that hate the city You Rappers opposed to any thang Positive

I love all y’all sound ! Sound, Music Groove Pocket It’s invisible Angels Ya Big Sillyz . . . → Read More: The Paradigm Style is Truly Love! by Ultra Van Krome

Toni Basil, Unheralded Pop Genius, by Art Chantry

we tend to dismiss Toni Basil as a lightweight party gal who had a single lucky hit (“oh mickey”) and then rightfully vanished. sure, it was a catchy tune, but really? it was bubble gum pop trash, right? if that’s all you think Toni Basil ever did, they you don’t know Toni.

earliest credits . . . → Read More: Toni Basil, Unheralded Pop Genius, by Art Chantry

Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk, by Iman Lababedi

There is no finer expression of Dave Edmund’s genius than the way he manipulates Elvis Costello’s nightmare relationship into a verse chorus verse rock and roll Rockpile jumped up pop song.. wait for the instrumental break… short but so strong…

– Iman Lababedi

Also in Rock NYC, Iman’s music blog: Band I’d Most . . . → Read More: Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk, by Iman Lababedi

Fast Romantics – Julia

This is an old school pop tune. Very 60s, very Fitz and the Tantrums. There are plenty of hooks here. I heard this on NPR yesterday and decided to pass along. The last NPR tune which motivated me to go share-sies was Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” which wound up being a huge US . . . → Read More: Fast Romantics – Julia

View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

My brother, who works in San Francisco, got an invitation to see the Giants play the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night from a luxury skybox. The accommodations were nice: no standing in line for bathrooms or concessions here. The play on the field, at least for Giants fans, was not. Pitcher Matt Cain didn’t have . . . → Read More: View From The Skybox: The Chicago Cubs Are For Real, by Chuck Strom

The Greatest Gigposter of All Time, by Art Chantry

over the decades, there has been an enormous amount of debate over “what is the greatest gigposter of all time?” some talk about elvis or the beatles (like the greatness of the band had anything to do with the greatness of the poster). The Who had amazing posters (try to belittle that infamous “maximum . . . → Read More: The Greatest Gigposter of All Time, by Art Chantry

Neil Young – Ambulance Blues, by Art Chantry

maybe my single favorite Neil Young tune. supposedly written after watching nixon’s resignation speech and then quickly recorded in a single take. a brilliant capture of what the 1970’s FELT like.

– Art Chantry

Moa Holmsten – Tougher than the Rest

The songs of Bruce Springsteen might seem like an odd choice for Swedish recording artist, Moa Holmsten. After fronting heavy metal band, Meldrum, then releasing two dynamic and avant-garde albums of her own songs (Do You Want Me, Death? and All Blade, No Handle)… Moa Holmsten and Tony Naima went into the studio . . . → Read More: Moa Holmsten – Tougher than the Rest

This Wack-job Changed My Life, by Pat Thomas

Keith Moon – this wack-job changed my life – the hours I spent as a teenager listening to every note that came out of his drum set and trying to emulate his sound and style caused me to get kicked out of bands in high school, got me praised occasionally in more recent years, . . . → Read More: This Wack-job Changed My Life, by Pat Thomas

Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From, by Pat Thomas

In the mid-70’s, my parents had a Volvo 122-S that they’d bought new in ’64. It was still running strong and had only an AM radio in it – which every 30 minutes seem to play this song during 1975-1976.

– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds . . . → Read More: Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From, by Pat Thomas

Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss, by Randy Rendfeld

This is the same family from A Christmas Story, you know, the kid who wants a Red Ryder BB gun. Here they’re taking a summer vacation. It’s written by Hoosier storyteller Jean Shepherd. This is one of Shep’s best films — after A Christmas Story, of course. 7.7 on IMDB.

I’ve also . . . → Read More: Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss, by Randy Rendfeld

Retriever Puppy Walks Into a Bar, by Randy Rendfeld

A retriever puppy walks into a bar, sits down at the piano, and starts playing a mashup of Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Debussy. He’s really getting into it when a much bigger dog walks in, grabs the puppy by the neck, and drags him out of the bar. One guy sitting on a bar stool . . . → Read More: Retriever Puppy Walks Into a Bar, by Randy Rendfeld

Greg Graffin – Faith Alone – Will Appear at Hawthorne Theater, Portland 9/23

Author and Bad Religion member Greg Graffin has shared “Faith Alone”, one of his own songs that thematically inspired his new book, Population Wars. The full series including “My Poor Friend Me”, “The Answer”, “Changing Tide” are available on an limited edition exclusive 7-inch available for pre-order with Population Wars at kingsroadmerch.com/badreligion.

With . . . → Read More: Greg Graffin – Faith Alone – Will Appear at Hawthorne Theater, Portland 9/23