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
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
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.
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
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
On Saturday night January 7th I headed to Seattle’s Funhouse to see Die Nasty. This time they were headlining their own show with other Seattle punk bands. Die Nasty was just as energetic as always. Singer Lauren Goffin strutted about the stage, leaning into the crowd often as if personally serenading everyone in front. . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts a Night of Punk Starring Die Nasty, by Holly Homan
My wild New Years weekend began Friday night New Year’s Eve Eve at Barboza Lounge where three Seattle ska bands were playing. Headlining was a band I saw for the first time called Gully.
Fronted by vocalist Josh who had thick dark curls cascading past his shoulders that kept falling in . . . → Read More: How I Spent My New Year’s Weekend Part I: New Years Eve Eve Begins With a Night of Ska Featuring Gully, by Holly Homan
Home Somewhere: Finding Jules Shear
On Friday night, June 20 of 2014, I saw a VSOP with possibly my favorite songwriter and recording artist, Jules Shear. This concert was a Jules Shear musical retrospective that was being filmed for an upcoming documentary about the career and life of Jules Shear. Chasing Jules is . . . → Read More: “Steady”: My Jules Shear Movie, By Todd Johnson
The Skatalites are unique — the originators of a whole genre of music over their brief existence in Jamaica in the mid-sixties and then a stalwart institution supporting that syncopated movement since their reunion in 1983. Members come and go (50 years down the road, many of the founders are gone forever), but that . . . → Read More: The Skatalites – Simmer Down, Turn Your Lamp Down Low, by Claude Iosso
Thursday December first brought the return of NY ska masters the Slackers. They played to a packed house at the Crocodile and their second song into the set they played my favorite, Watch This. Of all the times I’ve seen them this is the second time they’ve played my favorite song and the first . . . → Read More: December Rings In With A Night Of Ska Featuring New York’s The Slackers, by Holly Homan
It’s been two days since I saw the Dwarves play at Seattle’s Highline bar and my body still feels as though it’s been through the washing machine on the spin cycle. I’m still getting my spine back in alignment and sticking body parts back together. I can still feel the bruise I got on . . . → Read More: Punk Rock Legends the Dwarves Ride Into Seattle Like A Wild Tornado, by Holly Homan
Tuesday night Seattle’s Funhouse hosted a punk band all the way from Crete called Barb Wire Dolls. I saw the Dolls about a year and a half ago opening for Dead Men Walking, a sort of super group featuring members of the Living End, the Alarm, and the Stray Cats. I was so blown . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts Greece Punks Barb Wire Dolls Along With Some Seattle Talent, by Holly Homan