Ken Stringfellow Returns to Portland With Supergroup Tears of Silver

Ken Stringfellow is coming to Portland with his new supergroup, Tears of Silver, on Wednesday night, Sept. 27. There’s more info at the Facebook event page below. It will be a pop-up all ages show at a location which will only be revealed to ticket holders on the day before the show. Sounds . . . → Read More: Ken Stringfellow Returns to Portland With Supergroup Tears of Silver

The Sunny Warm Weather Held Strong for the Punk In Drublic Fest Starring NOFX & Other Punk Bands, by Holly Homan

Bad Cop Bad Cop

Saturday Sept 16th kicked off the Punk In Drublic tour, the brain child of Fat Mike, front man of NOFX. This west coast tour was designed not only to showcase some great punk bands, but also multiple types of beer. This concert, held on the grounds of Tacoma’s Le May . . . → Read More: The Sunny Warm Weather Held Strong for the Punk In Drublic Fest Starring NOFX & Other Punk Bands, by Holly Homan

Goldfinger Front Man Sits Down for a Chat With EPB During Tacoma’s Punk In Drublic Show, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday the Punk In Drublic tour kicked off in Tacoma, WA and I had the esteemed privilege of sitting down for a chat with front man and founding member of Goldfinger, John Feldmann. I found him to be very congenial, intelligent and passionate (but he wouldn’t be the artist he is without passion). . . . → Read More: Goldfinger Front Man Sits Down for a Chat With EPB During Tacoma’s Punk In Drublic Show, by Holly Homan

Down to the Wire: The Cubs Make a Run for the Playoffs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

“Buckle up, hold on to your Cubs caps, and watch as the two most exciting weeks of the 2017 season are about to unfold.”

Early spark plug, Wilson Contreras.

As I noted in my last piece for this hallowed blog, at this year’s All-Star break, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs . . . → Read More: Down to the Wire: The Cubs Make a Run for the Playoffs, By Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Australia’s The Living End Crash Land at Seattle’s Crocodile Club w/ Two Great Punk Openers, by Holly Homan

It’s Tuesday night in Seattle and two great punk bands are playing at two different locations. Should I hang with the Irish and go see Stiff Little Fingers for their 40th anniversary tour or should I go to the Crocodile to see Australia’s The Living End. Decisions, decisions. Of all the 365 nights in . . . → Read More: Australia’s The Living End Crash Land at Seattle’s Crocodile Club w/ Two Great Punk Openers, by Holly Homan

Eating From Your Yard: Fennel, by Jill Kuhel

Eating from your yard tip ~ the fennel seeds are turning brown and ready to harvest! Fennel is in my top five favorite herbs. I carry a container of fennel seeds in my purse to ease coughs, upset tummies and freshen up breath. All parts of fennel are edible. Some people get upset because . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard: Fennel, by Jill Kuhel

The Day Called ‘X’

Filmed in Portland, with city leaders and local residents appearing as themselves, this is a 1957 CBS movie presentation narrated by actor Glenn Ford which shows the supposedly orderly manner with which Portlanders would react when they found out Russian planes are on their way to drop a hydrogen bomb downtown.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Day_Called_X

Here Is . . . → Read More: The Day Called ‘X’

Oklahoma Sooners Defeat Ohio State (Again), Rousing 40 Years of Sooner Football Memories, by Mark Erickson

Forty years ago the #4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners traveled to Ohio to play the #3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. I was home alone when I sat in my living room in Minnesota to watch the football game. This represented the first time I ever saw the exciting wishbone offense, which Oklahoma ran with QB . . . → Read More: Oklahoma Sooners Defeat Ohio State (Again), Rousing 40 Years of Sooner Football Memories, by Mark Erickson

Punk In Drublic, A Major Punk Fest Comes to Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum & Other West Coast Dates, by Holly Homan

On September 16th a major punk event is coming to Tacoma, WA. At the Le May Car Museum from noon to 10 p.m. major punk bands like NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Bad Cop Bad Cop all on one bill for one glorious afternoon/evening. This is part of a west coast . . . → Read More: Punk In Drublic, A Major Punk Fest Comes to Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum & Other West Coast Dates, by Holly Homan

Interesting Perspectives From John Le Carre on Fresh Air

Yesterday, the NPR show Fresh Air featured the legendary spy novelist, John Le Carre. Over the course of the interview, Le Carre offered some interesting perspectives on the current investigations of the Trump campaign. If nothing else, the interview is worth a listen solely for the opportunity to hear a cultured and authoritative English . . . → Read More: Interesting Perspectives From John Le Carre on Fresh Air

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Eggplant, by Jill Kuhel

The versatile eggplant is sliced, cubed, mushed, breaded, stir fried, baked and fried all around the world except up in the far northern tundra. Maria Baher-Olomi bakes sliced eggplant then serves it with a yogurt and spearmint sauce. My Joy of Cooking cookbook is marked to open on page 74 baba ghanoush (roasted eggplant . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Eggplant, by Jill Kuhel

Speaking of NFL Protests . . .

My recent NFL post included the following:

Speaking of which, NFL owners made a very short-sighted decision with their blacklist, informal or otherwise. Somehow, they appear to have forgotten that 75% of NFL players are black, with many of them having likely experienced firsthand the issues with law enforcement that Kap had protested.

Two . . . → Read More: Speaking of NFL Protests . . .

The West Is Burning, by Chuck Strom

Photos posted today in The Atlantic of wildfires in the West. Portland residents may be particularly interested in those of the Eagle Creek fire along the Columbia River. The first two, taken from the Washington side of the river across from Cascade Locks, are quite dramatic.

https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/09/wildfires-rage-across-the-american-west/538977/

– Chuck Strom

106 Degrees in San Francisco, CA, by Chuck Strom

The title is not a misprint. When I arrived in San Francisco to see the Giants on Friday, the temperature was 102 degrees. The high had been 106, smashing all previous records and reversing the normal weather pattern of cooling temperatures on the Bay inversely proportional to the summer heat of the Central . . . → Read More: 106 Degrees in San Francisco, CA, by Chuck Strom

Magazine – Kaki King (Live at Berklee feat. Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra)

This new orchestral arrangement of “Magazine,” by Kaki King is too good to pass up. Give it a listen immediately

One of King’s most well known solo compositions, “Magazine”, was originally released on her 2004 album Legs to Make Us Longer, and is now given a symphonic sendup by the Porta Girevole Chamber . . . → Read More: Magazine – Kaki King (Live at Berklee feat. Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra)

RMR – Lights

This tune has a modicum of stone cold coolishness. Give it a listen.

With their debut Lovegame, RMR made it clear that they’re not shying away from having a little fun in the bedroom. But, turns out the guys are kinda shy after all, since they prefer those games with the lights down . . . → Read More: RMR – Lights

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Basil, by Jill Kuhel

Eating from your yard tip ~ there are many basils with different tastes, colors of leaves and flowers. I have it on good authority from two elderly tipsy Italian women that purple opal basil is the key to a good marinara. Both the basil flowers and leaves are edible. A traditional basil pairing is . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Basil, by Jill Kuhel

A Sad Liver Story

“Service with a smile,” the customer said sarcastically as I opened the taxicab door for him.

“Two months to live. Liver is gone,” he continued, apparently referring to himself.

“I’m sorry to hear that,” I said, not knowing what else to say.

“Once you get to know me, you won’t be sorry.” He chuckled . . . → Read More: A Sad Liver Story

A Disappointing Year for Music, by Mark Erickson

Two weeks ago the Wall Street Journal featured an article in its Life and Arts section called, “What Happened to the Negative Review?” Writer Neil Shah posited that critics these days are less able to interview musical artists; instead, they rely on self-promotion in this digital era. Shah also wrote that critics are more . . . → Read More: A Disappointing Year for Music, by Mark Erickson

Forever Miss August: Cancer Takes Playmate Sharry Konopski At 49, by Steve Stav

My Facebook friend Sharry Debolt (nee Konopski) left this earth August 25 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was a really nice, cool gal who said very lovely things to me before and after my wife died last year. Though we had little in common besides cancer and living in the same . . . → Read More: Forever Miss August: Cancer Takes Playmate Sharry Konopski At 49, by Steve Stav