So Cal Ska Masters Mad Caddies Pack the Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Sunday June 18th was not only Father’s Day but also the day the Mad Caddies played in Seattle. This time they returned to the Nectar Lounge in the one Seattle neighborhood that’s kept its counter culture charm, Fremont.

Front man Chuck Robertson came out sporting his usual scruffy look (unshaven, unkempt) and his usual . . . → Read More: So Cal Ska Masters Mad Caddies Pack the Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Darling Cora – Yearn, Hallelujah

A year ago, Darling Cora released, “Yearn” the first single off her debut album, Heart Strung Out and EPB was quick to latch on to the magic. This spring she released a beautiful video (above) to accompany the song. If you have yet to discover this promising Toronto artist, please take this oppoortunity . . . → Read More: Darling Cora – Yearn, Hallelujah

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Garlic Scapes, by Jill Kuhel

There are few things I love more than garlic. Garlic scapes prime our taste buds for July’s garlic harvest. The scapes are the seed head forming above the garlic plant. By cutting off the scape all the energy is directed to creating the most fabulous garlic bulb. Scapes even come with their own handle . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Garlic Scapes, by Jill Kuhel

Eating From Your Yard Tip: Lavender, by Jill Kuhel

I had used lavender to induce sleep, relieve headaches and for it’s anti~bacterial properties, but the first time I remember eating lavender was a lavender chocolate truffle. When I asked about how it was made she referred to lavender flower, but English is tricky and I was born blonde so I heard lavender flour. . . . → Read More: Eating From Your Yard Tip: Lavender, by Jill Kuhel

Big D & the Kid’s Table Headline A Fun Night Of SKA Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, By Holly Homan

On Sunday night June 11 I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Boston’s ska band, Big D & the Kid’s Table do a show at Seattle’s El Corazon. This time they were commemorating the tenth anniversary of the release of their iconic album Strictly Rude, which they performed in its entirety (among other . . . → Read More: Big D & the Kid’s Table Headline A Fun Night Of SKA Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, By Holly Homan

Warriors Win—What’s Next For the NBA? by Chuck Strom

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals four games to one, but the series felt a lot closer than that. If the Cavs had managed to close out their late lead in Game 3 on their home court, they would likely have played a Game 6 there as . . . → Read More: Warriors Win—What’s Next For the NBA? by Chuck Strom

Absenté Reo – Khan Yunis, Spirit Engineering

Absenté Reo is an engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and remixer from Brighton, UK who produces a range of soundtrack, acoustic and contemporary dance and future bass under various pseudonyms.

While travelling through USA, Cuba, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Australia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil; Blind Rivers Absenté . . . → Read More: Absenté Reo – Khan Yunis, Spirit Engineering

Elder Blow Has a Light Fragrant Taste, But Packs a Cold Fighting Punch, by Jill Kuhel

The elderberry bush produces lovely clusters of white flowers, which later turn into deep purple immune boosting fruit. The trick is to knock the flower heads a bit so the white flowers fall off with a whole in the center (this is the elder blow) leaving a little white part still attached to the . . . → Read More: Elder Blow Has a Light Fragrant Taste, But Packs a Cold Fighting Punch, by Jill Kuhel

Stick A Fork In The Cavs, by Chuck Strom

Time to go out on a limb and predict that the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t win four in a row against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals. They may win on Friday just to keep the Warriors from partying in their gym, but for all intents and purposes, they are done. For . . . → Read More: Stick A Fork In The Cavs, by Chuck Strom

Good Bones: Remembering Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale, by Todd E. Johnson

Engraving of “The Vision of The Valley of The Dry Bones” by Gustave Doré

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around . . . → Read More: Good Bones: Remembering Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale, by Todd E. Johnson

LeBron Vs. Steph, Round 2, by Chuck Strom

During Game 2 of the NBA Finals, I was shocked, though maybe I shouldn’t have been, to see Stephen Curry score in the low post against LeBron:

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-finals-highlights-steph-curry-dribbles-through-lebron-for-insane-layup-in-game-2/

The reason I was surprised was my memory of last year, when LeBron blocked Curry on a similar play and stared him down afterward:

Not . . . → Read More: LeBron Vs. Steph, Round 2, by Chuck Strom

News From the NBA’s Evil Empire, by Chuck Strom

For those who haven’t been watching the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers two games to none in the best-of-seven series, and neither of the final scores of Games 1 and 2 were close. Detailed analyses on the proceedings can be found on the Ringer:

https://theringer.com/2017-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-golden-state-warriors-game-1-takeaways-33f69f2b4f63

https://theringer.com/2017-nba-playoffs-finals-game-2-warriors-cavaliers-takeaways-7f860d8d146c

What we . . . → Read More: News From the NBA’s Evil Empire, by Chuck Strom

49th Anniversary of RFK’s Passing – If he had been the nominee, would Chicago protests have taken place? by Pat Thomas

49 years ago today, we lost Bobby Kennedy. In my forthcoming book, I discuss that the Yippies were considering not protesting at the Chicago Convention if Kennedy was the presidential candidate – just days before he was shot, he met with SDS to discuss having the anti-War protests occurring in Chicago with his . . . → Read More: 49th Anniversary of RFK’s Passing – If he had been the nominee, would Chicago protests have taken place? by Pat Thomas

The Rebel Light – Where Did All the Love Go?

Los Angeles poppers the Rebel Light have a new song for you. It’s called “Where Did All the Love Go?” and vocalist and keyboardist Will Steil emailed to say, “When I wrote this song, I am not sure anyone could have predicted the political chaos our country would have descended into… each breaking news . . . → Read More: The Rebel Light – Where Did All the Love Go?

Remembering Frank Deford, by Chuck Strom

Frank Deford, Pete Rozelle

Frank Deford, who passed away last week on Memorial Day, is familiar to most as the charming curmudgeon who commented on sports for NPR’s Morning Edition since 1980. A worthy career in itself, it was nothing compared to his work as a profile artist for Sports Illustrated, where he . . . → Read More: Remembering Frank Deford, by Chuck Strom

Dan Wilson Announces New Album, Re-Covered: Lyric Videos for “Someone Like You” (Adele) ft. Kronos Quartet + “Home” (Dierks Bentley)

On August 4, Dan Wilson will return with Re-Covered, a unique album that finds the Grammy-winning songwriter reinterpreting songs from his storied career that he wrote for and with other artists. The album, which marks his third solo studio release, is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Pledge Music and includes instant . . . → Read More: Dan Wilson Announces New Album, Re-Covered: Lyric Videos for “Someone Like You” (Adele) ft. Kronos Quartet + “Home” (Dierks Bentley)

Championships – We Will All Have Been Brothers and Sisters – The Best East Portland Indie Album of the Decade and Probably the Century

The recent EP from Championships is a delight. It has six carefully crafted pop classics all written and sung by Cameron Heger, the Championships mastermind. Gifted as he undoubtedly is, Heger gets by with a lot of help from his talented friends. On his last recording, an eponymous debut in November of 2015, it . . . → Read More: Championships – We Will All Have Been Brothers and Sisters – The Best East Portland Indie Album of the Decade and Probably the Century

Strawberries Rarely Make it into the House, by Jill Kuhel

Pick the strawberry and eat! Boom. Drop the mic. At our house strawberries rarely make it into the house to make anything with them. We have several kinds of strawberries in the yard ripe and ready to eat. The white alpine strawberry, which is soft and tastes pineapple-ish, is the kid’s favorite. At the . . . → Read More: Strawberries Rarely Make it into the House, by Jill Kuhel

Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Thomas Ricks followed up his Fresh Air interview with some choice words about Trump in Politico:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/28/general-mcmaster-step-downand-let-trump-be-trump-215199

For those unfamiliar with Ricks, he has been one of the leading writers on the American military for the last two decades. His book Fiasco is the definitive work on the Iraq War, and his influence is . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Tom Ricks was on Fresh Air this week. (The podcast may be heard below.) I’ve always enjoyed his interviews, but this portion of it, when the subject of Fox News came up, made me sit up and take notice:

GROSS: You must be wondering what’s going to happen at Fox News now, especially after . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is