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
Saturday night November 12, Seattle’s foremost punk club El Corazon hosted Canadian punk legends D.O.A. Talk about raw punk power! This trio came out churning power chords and smashing drums like they were still 20 years old. Drummer goes by the name Paddy Duddy and reminded me of Animal from the Muppets with . . . → Read More: Canadian Punk Pioneers D.O.A. Headline A Night of Punk Rock at El Corazon, by Holly Homan
Thursday November 10 brought LA Ska/funk masters Fishbone back to Seattle. Their first concert here in more than two years. The show was a sell out and Seattle’s Crocodile Café was packed.
Fishbone is a very eclectic band as well as versatile Front man Angelo Moore played about three different types of saxophones and . . . → Read More: Ska Funk Legends Fishbone Headline A Two-Hour Plus Show at the Crocodile, by Holly Homan
The best of the best. Doctorate level Pop Culture Recombination studies:
On the evening of November 3, the Showbox Sodo hosted the triumphant and long awaited Seattle return of California punks NOFX. Lead singer/front man Fat Mike came out sporting a mohawk along with a short kilt and a new Bush/Quayle t-shirt. The significance of the latter was a mystery since much of the band’s . . . → Read More: NOFX Return to Seattle For Fun Night Of Sweaty, Wild Punk Rock, by Holly Homan
The evening after Halloween brought dance macabre to El Corazon starring the Nekromantix.
Singer Kim Nekroman, with his coffin shaped bass, held said bass above his head, held it like a guitar or straddled it all without missing a lick. On several occasions he even licked it. And he had high pitched screams down . . . → Read More: El Corazon Hosts A Night Of Dance Macabre Starring the Nekromantix, by Holly Homan
On the evening of October 21 I experienced the sheer pleasure of seeing one of my long time favorites, Billy Bragg perform a two man show with pal Joe Henry. The venue was Seattle’s Neptune Theater.
These two men gave a stellar and congenial performance of mostly old American blues artists songs including a . . . → Read More: England’s Billy Bragg and Pal Joe Henry Bring Music and Political Talk to Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan
On October 11 I ventured out to El Corazon to see LA’s the Interrupters headline their own show. And what a show it was. This ska/pop/punk quartet riles up the audience by standing on the monitors, or leaning into the crowd. This is particularly done by front woman/singer Aimee Interrupter. She constantly leaned into . . . → Read More: The Interrupters Headline A Night Of Punk/Ska at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan
As one who once loudly proclaimed my Dylan hatred, I thought it was wonderfully apt. A pleasant surprise from the Nobel committee rather than a cause for the usual mystifying Googling of an author I’ll never read. Here is a writer who actually means something to the lives of people all over the world . . . → Read More: On Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize/If You Gotta Go, Go Now, by Tom Fredrickson
Last Saturday, Oct first, Seattle’s Highline Tavern hosted the Skatoberfest featuring five ska acts. The headliners this time was the Seattleites. This was my second time seeing them in a week, but they’ve already grown as a band. Added this time were some amazing vocalists with personality to boot. Their main singer (Joseph Quinone) . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Highline Hosts Skatoberfest With Five Northwest Ska Acts, by Holly Homan
Hitch, A Wild Ride or Hitch, A Musical in 13 Parts A review of The Joy Formidable’s Latest Album By Peter Dysart
As a preface, this album was released six months ago and from the week of its release, I’ve been listening intently. As the band’s third full release, Hitch was immediately a . . . → Read More: Hitch, A Wild Ride, Or A Musical In 13 Parts
Here’s how David Åhlén begins the one sheet for his new album, Hidden Light. The whole work is lovely. Check out the video above or the album sampler below:
It’s 2016 and the world is (still) in darkness. Big or small, the hurt is hurting everyone and this does not simply passes by . . . → Read More: Morning Prayer – David Åhlén
Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions will release their highly anticipated third album, Until The Hunter on November 4th. In advance of that happy day, the Warm Inventions – comprising Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and My Bloody Valentine’s Colm O’Coisog – are releasing the first single from the album on all digital platforms. . . . → Read More: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions feat. Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There
On Sunday September 15th 1963, four black girls (11 to 14 years old) were murdered by a bomb placed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Just like Nina Simone, John Coltrane was inspired to compose a musical tribute/response. Recorded on November 18th 1963, “Alabama” is Trane’s most compelling commentary, inspired by a . . . → Read More: John Coltrane – Alabama, by Pat Thomas
Last Wednesday Sept 7, Seattle’s legendary Crocodile Cafe hosted a night of punk rock featuring Britain’s Subhumans.
Subhumans didn’t come on stage as much as they ignited it. Front man Dick Lucas flitted about the stage like a lit firecracker, standing in one place no longer than a second or two. He didn’t sing . . . → Read More: I Survived Another Night Of Wild Punk Bands Starring UK’s Subhumans, by Holly Homan
Samm Henshaw has shared the video for beautiful new track ‘Night Calls’, taken from The Sound Experiment 2 EP – which is out now via Columbia Records.