A Modern Lament, by Mark Erickson

In December 2015 I wrote about evangelical Wheaton College’s decision to suspend its first ever female African American tenured professor due to a seemingly innocuous FB post. Well, the acrimony intensified and now Professor Hawkins will not return.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/07/wheaton-christian-college-professor-larycia-hawkins-muslims-worship-same-god

In my EPB post, I referenced a similar trial of a Seminary professor, Fred . . . → Read More: A Modern Lament, by Mark Erickson

Scenes From Super Bowl City: the NFL Descends Upon San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

Photo op

When the NFL comes to town for the Super Bowl, it is not just a visit: it is an occupation. In addition to the game itself, the NFL has taken possession of the Moscone Convention Center for the week for its NFL Experience, a theme park and autograph show that one can . . . → Read More: Scenes From Super Bowl City: the NFL Descends Upon San Francisco, by Chuck Strom

Lamb of God Rocks Our World While Giving Us Causes for Concern, by Mark Erickson

I went to my third Lamb of God concert a couple of days ago. They are a pure American metal band from Virginia who met at Virginia Commonwealth University at least 20 years ago. In 2003, I flew from Chicago to a municipal airport in Creighton, Nebraska for work. I had a nursing . . . → Read More: Lamb of God Rocks Our World While Giving Us Causes for Concern, by Mark Erickson

Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend

Coldplay has definitely found the sweetspot where East meets West:

Blazers Dominated LeBron: What Was Up With That? by Chuck Strom

This article is an interesting update on the Blazers/Cavs game last December, suggesting that the LeBron and company may have scaled down their level of play on purpose, possibly to persuade ownership to ship Coach Blatt out the door.

http://www.blazersedge.com/2016/1/22/10818480/david-blatt-cleveland-cavalaiers-lebron-james-portland-trail-blazers

No one will likely confess to the deed, but it would not be the . . . → Read More: Blazers Dominated LeBron: What Was Up With That? by Chuck Strom

Art Garfunkel Endorses Bernie Sanders With “America” Song

I must admit I didn’t see this coming. Who’d a thunk Aht Gahfunkel would be the last hippie standing? This makes the photo of Trump and Neil Young so much sadder.

Tommy Keene – Laugh in the Dark – Review by Paul Johnson

Tommy Keene will appear live and in Portland on February 6 at the Secret Society, 116 NE Russell and in Seattle on February 7 at the Sunset Tavern.

Laugh in the Dark by Tommy Keene catches you by surprise and reminds you of fun as would a county fair stop on your way to . . . → Read More: Tommy Keene – Laugh in the Dark – Review by Paul Johnson

Dreezy – Body ft. Jeremih

Recording artist Dreezy teams up with fellow Chicago native Jeremih for her first official single, “Body.” Produced by Blood Diamonds, this smooth sultry track is digitally available now. The spitfire rapper proves just how versatile her style is. She’s one of the game’s most promising artists so stay tuned for more to come . . . → Read More: Dreezy – Body ft. Jeremih

High Waisted – Party in the Back

Formed in the spring of 2014, High Waisted is an NYC surf rock band with pop sensibilities and an affliction for rock and roll. Every show is a party. Lo-fi fuzzy bass, reverb drenched guitars and radiant harmonies mesh to create the melodies of your wave-crashed daydreams. Fronted by Jessica Louise Dye, and . . . → Read More: High Waisted – Party in the Back

Angela Burns – It’s Sad

Dig the layers in this tune…

Raised in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, Angela Burns grew up listening to 90s grunge, pop-punk, and post-grunge bands circa 2000s. Her biggest aspiration being acting, she wrote her first song at age 9 and began playing drums in a band with her two sisters, Kathryn and . . . → Read More: Angela Burns – It’s Sad

Cameron Heger – Championships EP

Cameron Heger is a musician and dog lover from right here in our beloved Portlandia, Oregonia. After writing songs and playing drums in a few bands, this past year he decided to venture out on his own and see an entire musical project through from writing, to arranging, to performing. He enlisted his friend, . . . → Read More: Cameron Heger – Championships EP

Tvärvägen – Phantom signals

Tvärvägen, the crossroads man, Henrik Öhberg, has a released a new song called “Phantom Signals” and it’s cool like January in the arctic. Give it a listen.

https://www.facebook.com/tvarvagen

Sweet Charity – #Dance Scenes (The Aloof, The Heavyweight, The Big Finish), by John Ambrosavage

Wow this is super weird – I have no idea what to say about it! Bob Fosse was great! Super great! Super weird great!

– John Ambrosavage

Damien Lillard – Dame D.O.L.L.A. – Bigger Than Us feat. Paul Rey

Damien Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers is back with another song and video:

Samm Henshaw & Bonkaz’ – Autonomy – Brings Light to Captives in Current Life Game, by Paul Johnson

Samm Henshaw & Bonkaz single “Autonomy (Slave)” operates on many levels, utilizes a stunning array of tools, and drives the lane down the center of your brain. The lyrics bring to light the captive, mediated pawns that in the current life game forever run in patterns unchanged. Visceral, ballsy, soulful and sweet, the vibrato . . . → Read More: Samm Henshaw & Bonkaz’ – Autonomy – Brings Light to Captives in Current Life Game, by Paul Johnson

Let’s Get Serious and Start Helping Syrian Refugees, by Mark Erickson

On Christmas Eve, before eating the roast beast, my family reads the Nativity story found in Luke. Verses 1-2: “At that time Emporer Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When the first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria.” Matthew 2 explains King Herod felt threatened that . . . → Read More: Let’s Get Serious and Start Helping Syrian Refugees, by Mark Erickson

Seattle Rings In The New Year With Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven At The Crocodile Cafe, by Holly Homan

It’s January the first and it’s my first concert of the year. After being out until well past midnight seeing the fireworks shoot off the Space Needle, I was exhausted all the next day and wouldn’t have made the effort for any lesser band. But the Crocodile Cafe, in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown, . . . → Read More: Seattle Rings In The New Year With Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven At The Crocodile Cafe, by Holly Homan

Another Reason Why the RRHOF is a Living, Breathing Joke, by Art Chantry

meet The Spiders From Mars, Ziggy Stardust’s backing band. they were originally were called David Bowie & The Hype (only with later manager Tony Visconti on bass). when the Ziggy Stardust album came out, their name was changed to The Spiders From Mars. but, they played on all the tunes, helped craft the music, . . . → Read More: Another Reason Why the RRHOF is a Living, Breathing Joke, by Art Chantry

Georgie Fame – Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo, by Pat Thomas

I’ve been trying to get my hands on this album for decades, today is the day I’ve got it in my hands! Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames live at The Flamingo Club in September 1963 recorded by Glyn Johns. The music has been described as involving “distinctly sensuous body movements and even the . . . → Read More: Georgie Fame – Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo, by Pat Thomas

Robert Plant and Rockpile – Little Sister – Concerts for Kampuchea, by Pat Thomas

December 1979’s Concerts for Kampuchea, a fairly successful meeting between 70s classic rock in its final breaths and a crop of ‘new wave’ bands starting to hit commercial success. Plant was the only old dude to mix it up with a ‘contemporary’ band – although nobody thought about it at the time – Rockpile’s . . . → Read More: Robert Plant and Rockpile – Little Sister – Concerts for Kampuchea, by Pat Thomas