First Ever Cheap Trick Christmas Album Out October 20

Cheap Trick will rock in the Yuletide season with the release of their first holiday themed album CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS, out October 20 on Big Machine Records. Arriving mere months after their critically-acclaimed 18th studio album WE’RE ALL ALRIGHT!, Cheap Trick co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen . . . → Read More: First Ever Cheap Trick Christmas Album Out October 20

The Sunny Warm Weather Held Strong for the Punk In Drublic Fest Starring NOFX & Other Punk Bands, by Holly Homan

Bad Cop Bad Cop

Saturday Sept 16th kicked off the Punk In Drublic tour, the brain child of Fat Mike, front man of NOFX. This west coast tour was designed not only to showcase some great punk bands, but also multiple types of beer. This concert, held on the grounds of Tacoma’s Le May . . . → Read More: The Sunny Warm Weather Held Strong for the Punk In Drublic Fest Starring NOFX & Other Punk Bands, by Holly Homan

Goldfinger Front Man Sits Down for a Chat With EPB During Tacoma’s Punk In Drublic Show, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday the Punk In Drublic tour kicked off in Tacoma, WA and I had the esteemed privilege of sitting down for a chat with front man and founding member of Goldfinger, John Feldmann. I found him to be very congenial, intelligent and passionate (but he wouldn’t be the artist he is without passion). . . . → Read More: Goldfinger Front Man Sits Down for a Chat With EPB During Tacoma’s Punk In Drublic Show, by Holly Homan

Australia’s The Living End Crash Land at Seattle’s Crocodile Club w/ Two Great Punk Openers, by Holly Homan

It’s Tuesday night in Seattle and two great punk bands are playing at two different locations. Should I hang with the Irish and go see Stiff Little Fingers for their 40th anniversary tour or should I go to the Crocodile to see Australia’s The Living End. Decisions, decisions. Of all the 365 nights in . . . → Read More: Australia’s The Living End Crash Land at Seattle’s Crocodile Club w/ Two Great Punk Openers, by Holly Homan

Punk In Drublic, A Major Punk Fest Comes to Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum & Other West Coast Dates, by Holly Homan

On September 16th a major punk event is coming to Tacoma, WA. At the Le May Car Museum from noon to 10 p.m. major punk bands like NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Bad Cop Bad Cop all on one bill for one glorious afternoon/evening. This is part of a west coast . . . → Read More: Punk In Drublic, A Major Punk Fest Comes to Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum & Other West Coast Dates, by Holly Homan

Magazine – Kaki King (Live at Berklee feat. Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra)

This new orchestral arrangement of “Magazine,” by Kaki King is too good to pass up. Give it a listen immediately

One of King’s most well known solo compositions, “Magazine”, was originally released on her 2004 album Legs to Make Us Longer, and is now given a symphonic sendup by the Porta Girevole Chamber . . . → Read More: Magazine – Kaki King (Live at Berklee feat. Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra)

RMR – Lights

This tune has a modicum of stone cold coolishness. Give it a listen.

With their debut Lovegame, RMR made it clear that they’re not shying away from having a little fun in the bedroom. But, turns out the guys are kinda shy after all, since they prefer those games with the lights down . . . → Read More: RMR – Lights

A Disappointing Year for Music, by Mark Erickson

Two weeks ago the Wall Street Journal featured an article in its Life and Arts section called, “What Happened to the Negative Review?” Writer Neil Shah posited that critics these days are less able to interview musical artists; instead, they rely on self-promotion in this digital era. Shah also wrote that critics are more . . . → Read More: A Disappointing Year for Music, by Mark Erickson

Ten Record Collectors You Know or May Resemble, by Pat Thomas

Record collectors you may know or resemble:

1) can’t admit to not knowing an obscure band or LP: “Of course I know that private press from 1978, why wouldn’t I?”

2) Never likes anything you play for them: they always need to discover it themselves, then bring it to you.

3) Hates successful . . . → Read More: Ten Record Collectors You Know or May Resemble, by Pat Thomas

Public Enemy – Fight the Power, by Steve Stav

[Ed. Note – The author first penned these words on August 24, 2013]

It’s so mindblowingly remarkable how our American society survives by avoiding realities. The middle class, the poor… will give another dollar for a problem to go away for another week. “Mister, we don’t want any trouble.” “Here, take it, it’s . . . → Read More: Public Enemy – Fight the Power, by Steve Stav

African and European Music: Troubled Past, Potent Mix, by Davin Michael Stedman

Being influenced by African and European music is a damn good thing. Anybody who tells you any different has no clue about Western Music.

It’s like this mighty river where two other mighty rivers combine; and as rough as the waters may be, the undercurrent is even stronger.

As ugly as our past . . . → Read More: African and European Music: Troubled Past, Potent Mix, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby, by Steve Stav

This last quarter of the season – depending on where you live – when you’re really trying to make every day without rain and cold count. No wonder so many yearn for the “Endless Summer.” As an aside, I remember the first time I went to a Southern California beach – Zuma, Malibu. Driving . . . → Read More: The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby, by Steve Stav

The Smiths – Well I Wonder, by Steve Stav

When I hear this song, I can smell the 80s. I can taste it. You can cut the wistfulness with a butter knife; the Beatles of my generation. Now I know why my mom would get so “weird” when a particular Roy Orbison or Everly Brothers song would come on the stereo.

. . . → Read More: The Smiths – Well I Wonder, by Steve Stav

Give Me The Roses While I Live – Tommy Thompson, Mike Craver, Jim Watson, by Jill Kuhel

I’ve spent a bit of time in nursing homes over the last several years. There are two things I find especially fascinating. First is what people bring with them to this one little room. The condensing down of all worldly goods to the very most meaningful. The second is the deathbed gathering of relatives. . . . → Read More: Give Me The Roses While I Live – Tommy Thompson, Mike Craver, Jim Watson, by Jill Kuhel

Van Morrison – Transformation

After 72 years, Sir George Ivan “Van” Morrison is still wandering through buttercup summers and playing new games down in the hollow. “Transformation,” (above) a song from his upcoming album, his 37th, forms his latest summer into fall meditation.

It’s gold baby, this “Transformation,” and it comes to us just as northern . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Transformation

After Waiting 35 Years, I Finally Get to See Two-Tone Legends the Selecter but Trek to Portland to Do It, by Holly Homan

Thirty-five years ago I discovered ska music – in particular, Two-Tone ska music. The Selecter was one of those Two-Tone bands who were my first real introduction to ska music. As far as I know they never played Seattle – not since I’ve known of them. Really, they’ve barely set foot on US . . . → Read More: After Waiting 35 Years, I Finally Get to See Two-Tone Legends the Selecter but Trek to Portland to Do It, by Holly Homan

The Blow – The Greatest Love of All

The sonic fireworks for this song start at 1:02. Be sure to stick with it at least that far.

The Blow’s new album, Brand New Abyss, is a lightning rod. A wild assembly of frequencies produced out of a thrust of electroacoustic punk energy, the album is a search for a new sound . . . → Read More: The Blow – The Greatest Love of All

Nicky Hopkins Should be in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, by Mark Erickson

Nicky Hopkins with Keith Richards at Nellcote while the Stones were recording Exile on Main Street.

Last weekend my wife and I went to Northwestern University to attend the musical, Tommy, by The Who. Undergraduate students performed with a nine piece band, including a french horn. I retrieved my Tommy album upon return to . . . → Read More: Nicky Hopkins Should be in the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, by Mark Erickson

Seafair Weekend Ends with at El Corazon for a Night of Punk Rock Featuring the Bombpops, by Holly Homan

After spending the fifth and sixth of August watching the Blue Angels fly, I ended the weekend with yet another trip to El Corazon. This time it was to see a group called the Bombpops. This quartet from Ocean City, CA, has two very charming young women fronting the band. They shared lead vocals . . . → Read More: Seafair Weekend Ends with at El Corazon for a Night of Punk Rock Featuring the Bombpops, by Holly Homan

A Steamy Hot Night at Seattle’s El Corazon Brings Hard Core Starring He Is Legend, By Holly Homan

On the night of August third I ventured out to one of my favorite haunts, El Corazon. This time it was a hard core punk show with He Is Legend headlining.

He Is Legend is a five-piece from Wilmington, NC with lots of hair. They are fronted by the very energetic and dynamic . . . → Read More: A Steamy Hot Night at Seattle’s El Corazon Brings Hard Core Starring He Is Legend, By Holly Homan