Phone Joan – Cry Baby

Rooted in rock, albeit with a Scandinavian edge, comes Oslo’s Phone Joan. A four piece “wild bunch” from Norway that is known to play their rock as if their lives depended on it.

Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Hosts Live Punk, Dead Milkmen, by Holly Homan

Another Saturday night and another wild Seattle punk show. This time it was the legendary Dead Milkmen at the infamous Crocodile Cafe.

Front man Rodney Anonymous burst onto the stage, announcing that this was the anti-Coachella Tour, then with a giant leap into the air, the first song rang forth. From that point . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe Hosts Live Punk, Dead Milkmen, by Holly Homan

A Corner in Arizona, by Knute Rimkus

“It’s a line. From a song. From, like, forty years ago. About this guy…who’s standing on a corner. THIS corner…” Rimkus said to his 14 year old daughter. She stared back blankly at him, slightly incredulous at this reasoning for the detour on the family spring break road trip. Rimkus continued, a bit more . . . → Read More: A Corner in Arizona, by Knute Rimkus

Grantland Article – The Odd Year Hangover‏, by Chuck Strom

Here’s a pretty good Grantland piece on the Giants’ recent fall from grace. Jonah Keri zeroes in pretty accurately on their problems. He is , if anything, too optimistic on their season prospects. They play like a banged-up collection of spare parts, which in fact they were in 2014, and their championship seems all . . . → Read More: Grantland Article – The Odd Year Hangover‏, by Chuck Strom

Kosha Dillz – SPAN-HEBRISH

I recorded the song in LA at Belief’s old spot for my album Gina and the Garage Sale, This song become one of my dopest live songs, and is a big part of my cultural branding. To make it even better, the dancing rabbi is my rapper/R n B singer friend Dean Risko, . . . → Read More: Kosha Dillz – SPAN-HEBRISH

Hugo – Twitch and Tug

“Twitch and Tug” is the first single of Hugo’s much anticipated second solo record, Deep in the Long Grass. It is an experiment in grasshop.

What do you expect from a Thai artist who has written for Beyonce and Daniel Merriweather? What do you expect from an artist who has been signed . . . → Read More: Hugo – Twitch and Tug

Garbage – The Chemicals feat. Brian Aubert

In celebration of this year’s Record Store Day, Garbage has released a music video for “The Chemicals” featuring Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups.

Directed by Sophie Muller, the clip showcases the raw energy of a raucous punk club. Describing the inspiration for the video, Manson commented, “We’ve always been talking about the . . . → Read More: Garbage – The Chemicals feat. Brian Aubert

The White Buffalo – 30 Days Back

This tune is only 90 seconds or so in duration. It’s a shorty but a goodie. I’m getting into the White Buffalo in a big way. The dude’s written some instant classics.

Opening Day 2015: Prelude to Garbage Time? by Chuck Strom

Success often breeds higher prices, and Opening Day at AT&T Park was no exception. Up to the day of the game, I waited for online ticket prices to drop to a level I was willing to pay, but despite some late movement by a few desperate sellers, they never did, with the cheapest seats . . . → Read More: Opening Day 2015: Prelude to Garbage Time? by Chuck Strom

Seattle 12th Annual Ska Fest Brings A Wealth Of Ska and Rock Steady Acts to the Highline, by Holly Homan

Gigantor

Friday night April 10 marked the 12th annual Seattle Ska Fest, once again hosted by the cozy and friendly Highline Tavern. This fest was so chock full of bands that it had a start time of five p.m. Sadly for me, I missed the opener, It Gets Worse (had to charge my cell . . . → Read More: Seattle 12th Annual Ska Fest Brings A Wealth Of Ska and Rock Steady Acts to the Highline, by Holly Homan

A New Master’s Champion, by Chuck Strom

I’m one of the few who actually likes watching golf on television, at least when it’s a major. It offers a lot of interesting psychology and body language, especially when the ball misses a cup or finds its way into a hazard. I happened to see some of yesterday’s Master’s Tournament when the leaders . . . → Read More: A New Master’s Champion, by Chuck Strom

Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980

Fantagraphics Books has just released Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980 a beautiful hardcover coffee table book which collects the photographs of legendary musician Les McCann; he documented the jazz and soul scene —across several decades. All of them previously unpublished until now. Perhaps the largest collection of . . . → Read More: Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980

THE LAMMAS TIDE – Bethnal Green

Formed in 2010, the Lammas Tide’s unique brand of psych-folk-rock draws influence from bands such as Jethro Tull, Traffic, and Cream, combining bluesy inflections and folk sensibilities with classic 60’s psychedelia.

I really enjoy this tune, “Bethnal Green,” which reminds me of one of my favorite guilty pleasures from the 60s, Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers. . . . → Read More: THE LAMMAS TIDE – Bethnal Green

Things to See in Rip City Other Than Basketball, by Chuck Strom

Portland has many attractions to offer visitors who don’t happen to have Blazers tickets. I had parts of two days on my recent trip to take a small sample:

Ramona Statue

Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

Anyone who has had kids in the last half century, or maybe is still just a big kid, might . . . → Read More: Things to See in Rip City Other Than Basketball, by Chuck Strom

BAND-MAID – I’ve Gotta Be On My Way, by Mark Erickson

The ladies in this five piece formed their band in July of 2013 and the rest is J-rawk history. It’s not clear why they chose to appear in this video dressed like the luscious lasses on St. Paul Girl beer bottles, but it’s a catchy rock’n roll tune.

Crunching guitars with licks, commanding . . . → Read More: BAND-MAID – I’ve Gotta Be On My Way, by Mark Erickson

The Golden State Warriors Bring Their “A” Game To Rip City, by Chuck Strom

Steph Curry at pregame warmup

Recently, the Portland Trail Blazers graciously issued me a media pass for their game against the Golden State Warriors. It is the greatest benefit I have received for what is essentially a writing hobby, and if I never receive any other compensation, it will all have been worth it . . . → Read More: The Golden State Warriors Bring Their “A” Game To Rip City, by Chuck Strom

Wrigley Field: Billionaire’s Playground, by Mark Erickson

The current owner of the Chicago Cubs, the ultra-wealthy Ricketts family, defied an existing legal contract signed by the former owner of the Cubs, i.e., the Chicago Tribune Company, with Wrigley rooftop businesses by significantly expanding bleacher space in right and left field. The expansion also includes the addition of video screens. These improvements . . . → Read More: Wrigley Field: Billionaire’s Playground, by Mark Erickson

Danny Darko ft Julien Kelland – Say Goodbye (Original Mix)

Danny Darko presents his new indie dance collaboration with Canadian teen sensation Julien Kelland.

My Morning Jacket – Spring (Among the Living)

My Morning Jacket have just revealed their latest track off their upcoming release, The Waterfall entitled “Spring (Among the Living),” accompanied by a captivating visualizer.

The band’s seventh full-length album, The Waterfall is set to be released May 4th, 2015 via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark their first on Capitol Records. . . . → Read More: My Morning Jacket – Spring (Among the Living)

Ella Eyre – Together

Since proving herself to be one of the UK’s most enthralling and captivating female singers, Ella Eyre has gone from total unknown singer to prolific songwriter and chart-topper, featuring on Rudimental’s “Waiting All Night” and DJ Fresh’s “Gravity” as well as her own hits “If I Go” and “Comeback.” Ella also co-wrote the . . . → Read More: Ella Eyre – Together