February 11, 2017 was a day I looked forward to for several weeks. Reel Big Fish were headlining a show with Anti Flag at Seattle’s Showbox (the good Showbox, not the Showbox Sodo).
I don’t know when I last saw Anti Flag but it’s been at least six years. Reel Big Fish I’ve seen . . . → Read More: Ska Masters Reel Big Fish Co-Headline A Show With Raw Punkers Anti Flag At Seattle’s Showbox, by Holly Homan
Those of you who have heard about the problems at Oroville Dam in northern California may wonder if I am among the 180,000 people that have had to be evacuated. Fortunately, I live about 50 miles north of the affected area, so I have been able to stay put. It was reported that . . . → Read More: Greetings From Waterlogged CA, by Chuck Strom
In the wake of the New England Patriots’ recent come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, many commentators have seen the game correctly as a final exclamation point for the legacies of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and the current New England Patriots sports dynasty: seven championships, two additional Super . . . → Read More: GOAT Notes On The Recent Super Bowl, by Chuck Strom
Their publicist assured me Dune Rats are closing in on a No. 1 record way down over in Australia.
To this I said, “What’s a record?”
At any rate, Brisbane, Australia’s Dune Rats play rock’n roll with unnaturally tasty hooks, the like of which we haven’t heard for a long time. They seem like . . . → Read More: DUNE RATS – Bullshit
On Feb 1, Seattle’s Funhouse hosted a night of ska this time with New York’s the Toasters headlining.
Aside from bass player Tim, and of course front man Bucket, the members of the Toasters change with every tour. This doesn’t discount the level of musicianship in every member every show. This time the horn . . . → Read More: The Funhouse Hosts A Lively Night of Ska Featuring The Toasters, by Holly Homan
On January 31st the Showbox Sodo hosted ska masters Less Than Jake From Gainesville, FL. This five-piece are punk/ska/pop all mixed together with a heavy dose of energy and fun.
Though the show wasn’t well attended, those who came were very enthusiastic. There was a bit of crowd surfing throughout and the entire dance . . . → Read More: Less Than Jake & Pepper Play A Solid Night Of Ska in Seattle’s Showbox Sodo, by Holly Homan
U.S. President Donald Trump and Neil Gorsuch, left, smile as Trump nominates Gorsuch to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
#45 announced his nomination for the Supreme Court earlier this week. From what I’ve heard, . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Succession and the Notorious RBG, by Mark Erickson
I’ve been thinking about lyrics to a song or an album that fits the current state of the nation with its new president. Like other politicians, Donald Trump made some bold pledges and promises on the campaign trail. He promised the return of manufacturing jobs to “Make America Great Again.” He wanted to tear . . . → Read More: Funkadelic – Maggot Brain: A Song Which Captures the Trump Era, by Mark Erickson
This week the awesome Canuck superband Austra released the video for “I Love You More Than You Love Yourself.” The song is haunting. The clip was filmed in Portland during this past holiday season and is based on the story of American astronaut Lisa Nowak.
On Austra’s Facebook page, Katie Stepnoski describes the . . . → Read More: Austra – I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
Freedom Fry just released a B-Side to “Awake.” It’s a beautiful song titled “Songbird” and they hope you enjoy:
“Songbird is for anyone who feels like their voice isn’t being heard. It’s about never giving up, even when the battle seems lost.” – Bruce & Marie
. . . → Read More: Freedom Fry – Songbird
ROSIN is a band of wolves dressed in formal attire. Drawing on elements of bluegrass, rock and jazz, these classical deviants create their own version of a string quartet. From upbeat Americana with orchestral accompaniments to classical arrangements with rock guitar riffs, members Jake Armerding (violin, mandola, guitar), Annie Bartlett (violin, viola), Mina . . . → Read More: Rosin – Downpour On Skyline Trail
This is a luminous and lovely bluegrass gospel song with some nice production touches. Imagine Pure Prairie League on the island of Patmos singing the song of the redeemed and you might get an idea where this is going.
On Saturday January 21 people from all over the world marched in solidarity with marchers in Washington D.C. The march was to protest the newly sworn in 45th president of the United States and his statements about and behavior toward women. It’s been no secret that Donald Trump says he divorced his first wife . . . → Read More: An Estimated Two Hundred Thousand March In Seattle For Equality and Against Donald Trump, by Holly Homan
On Friday January 20, the United States got its first fascist president. (Miriam Webster defines fascism as a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of . . . → Read More: Trump’s Inauguration Brings Various All Day Protests Around Seattle, by Holly Homan
K’Valentine will be opening for Talib Kweli on his Seven tour, coming through Portland on 1/26 at Wonder Ballroom.
On a cold snowy day at a downtown Chicago hospital, K’Valentine made her entrance into this world. She served as an early Christmas gift for her mother. The news of her birth also excited . . . → Read More: K’Valentine f/ Bj The Chicago Kid – That’s Real
On Friday the 13th Seattle hosted another night of top notch ska. This time it was at the High Dive and the headliners were Seattle legends Easy Big Fella. They came on stage introducing themselves as Puttin’ On the Ritz. This eight-piece lineup shared a few members from Natalie Wouldn’t and a three-piece . . . → Read More: Easy Big Fella Headline A Fun-Filled Ska Party at Seattle’s High Dive, by Holly Homan
Written and Produced by Maggie Gottlieb and Julie Pearson and featuring (amongst other talented performers) Kyle Glenn Johnson, a longtime friend of East Portland Blog, this is the latest from Cursed Champagne Productions:
Comedy with teeth…
Last Sunday, writers and activists gathered at Writers Resist, an event held in over 100 venues in cities across the nation to commiserate and find ways to respond to the unthinkable turn of events from last November 8. In Portland, about 600 people came to the Aladdin Theater to see Cheryl Strayed and other . . . → Read More: Freedom Isn’t Free: At the Writers Resist in Portland, by Chuck Strom
Freedom Fry’s last single, “Shaky Ground” has just about reached 6M plays on Spotify. Now, this transatlantic duo is back with “Awake,” another catchy and thoughtful tune which their fans are going to love. This shiny new ditty has already been synced in a handful of places including the Netflix show Love and the . . . → Read More: Freedom Fry – Awake
On Tuesday January 10 Seattle’s El Corazon hosted the return of the Voodoo Glowskulls. With a stellar ska lineup playing that night.
Hailing from Riverside, California, the Voodoo Glowskulls returned to Seattle after more than a two-year absence. The Skulls were the fifth band of the night and though the intimate El Corazon . . . → Read More: California’s Voodoo Glowskulls Headline A Night Of Great Ska Bands, by Holly Homan