A New Theme Song for Fox News: Fountains of Wayne’s “Traffic and Weather,” by Chuck Strom

In light of the recent stories about Roger Ailes and what appears to be the locker-room culture at Fox News, this would be an appropriate musical theme for their broadcasts: Fountains of Wayne’s, “Traffic and Weather”.

“We belong together, like traffic and weather . . . “

Quick Reflection on Seeing the Psychedelic Furs Last Night, by Todd Johnson

Photo by Kjerstin Johnson

I saw the Furs the first time at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago on August 21, 1981, 34 years and 11 months to the day before last night’s show at the Santa Monica Pier.

That show was opened by the Chicago power pop band, The Kind, and was followed by . . . → Read More: Quick Reflection on Seeing the Psychedelic Furs Last Night, by Todd Johnson

Darling Cora – Yearn

This tune is truly special. It starts out pained, focused and inward but opens to illuminate an emotional story and sonic landscape as big as all of our sadnesses put together. The voice of Darling Cora (Darlene Cuevas) has a delicious range, vivid color and a soothing, comforting feel. She sounds like the . . . → Read More: Darling Cora – Yearn

Fitz and The Tantrums – Portland, OR – August 19

Fitz and The Tantrums are playing Portland’s Oregon Zoo Amphitheater on August 19.

Their self-titled album came out June 10. The first single, “HandClap,” was #1 most added at Alternative radio for 3 weeks in a row, was in the Top 5 of Spotify’s US viral chart and is already in a FIAT ad. . . . → Read More: Fitz and The Tantrums – Portland, OR – August 19

Skating Polly – Pretective Boy, by Mike Hughes

I shouldn’t like Skating Polly, two Oklahoma kids playing thrashy post punk, but it turns out I love them utterly to bits. I got the album on a whim, and to check them out further, seeing as it turns out I’d seen them live supporting Babes In Toyland. I’d kinda filed that away in . . . → Read More: Skating Polly – Pretective Boy, by Mike Hughes

The Legendary Dickies & the Queers Headline A Night Of Punk Rock At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Friday night July 8 Seattle’s foremost punk club, El Corazon, hosted one of punk’s foremost bands, the Dickies. Hailing from So Cal, the Dickies have been around since 1977 and are essentially the clowns, the satire of punk rock while still being punk. The band integrates numerous props in their performance including an anatomically . . . → Read More: The Legendary Dickies & the Queers Headline A Night Of Punk Rock At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Maccie – High

Maccie is from a different Portland, “I grew up in Portland, Ontario in foster care, and from a young age I used music as an escape. I always had a passion for singing but when I discovered the piano at age 8 I was hooked. I taught myself by ear, I learned piano, then . . . → Read More: Maccie – High

Skating Polly – Stop Digging

Haley Bonar – Kismet Kill

From the album Impossible Dream out August 5, 2016:

Samm Henshaw – These Hands

Samm Henshaw will release his second EP, The Sound Experiment 2, via Columbia Records this summer. He describes this song as “a mission-statement to honing your craft, and being able to do anything when you put the work in.”

After A Long Hiatus, LA’s Tiger Army Returns to the Stage at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

On Saturday June 25 the long awaited return of So Cal’s Tiger Army came to El Corazon. The last time Tiger Army played in Seattle I think it was 2008 or 2009. The band took some time off, but Seattle hadn’t forgotten them. The club was packed and there was already a good crowd . . . → Read More: After A Long Hiatus, LA’s Tiger Army Returns to the Stage at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Margaret Glaspy on Fresh Air, by Chuck Strom

Today’s NPR Fresh Air show features a review of a debut album by Margaret Glaspy, who grew up in Red Bluff, CA. I once was treated to a private concert with some friends at her mother’s house, where she sang country tunes and Great American Songbook standards, with a banjo accompanist who did . . . → Read More: Margaret Glaspy on Fresh Air, by Chuck Strom

Mitski – Artist of the Year 2016 – Your Best American Girl

She’s all the rage in NYC. After you hear this song and see this video you will understand why she’s our unanimous 2016 Artist of the Year. Mitski insists she didn’t write this song to stick it to the smelly white boy indie rock establishment, but it works on that level anyway. Mitski . . . → Read More: Mitski – Artist of the Year 2016 – Your Best American Girl

The Cure – Exploding Boy, by Knute Rimkus

As is my wont, I recently got hooked on a song released many years ago, a totally new discovery to the clueless me. The Cure’s “Exploding Boy” popped up on KEXP and I thought, “Holy shit, Robert Smith’s still got it.” Of course, the song was released probably circa 1980 as a B side.

. . . → Read More: The Cure – Exploding Boy, by Knute Rimkus

Moral Crux Headlines Rowdy Night Of Pure Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday I headed back to the Highline for a sweaty, rowdy night of pure punk rock. Headlining the event was Moral Crux, a band I’d seen once before and was totally blown away by. They blew me away again. Front man James Farris is the quintessential punk. Sporting short platinum spikes, tight leopard . . . → Read More: Moral Crux Headlines Rowdy Night Of Pure Punk Rock, by Holly Homan

Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

Wednesday night April 27, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern hosted England’s Subways. Bursting with power and dripping with charisma, the band is led by they very boyish looking Billy Lunn. Add his brother Josh Morgan who thrashes the drum kit like a wild animal and Charlotte Cooper on bass.

Charlotte was no slouch in the . . . → Read More: Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

Garbage Release New Song, Empty

“Empty is just exactly what it says it is. A song about emptiness,”said the band’s Shirley Manson.

Strange Little Birds, Garbage’s sixth studio album, due out on June 10, was recorded and produced by the band in Los Angeles and is the follow up to 2012’s heralded Not Your Kind of People.

Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan

It Gets Worse

Friday night April 22 I headed to Seattle’s Highline Bar for the first night of the 2016 Seattle Ska Fest. I’d been looking forward to this show for a long time that even the head cold I’d come down with earlier that day wouldn’t keep me away. Due to having to . . . → Read More: Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan

English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Attention all you fans of punk pop, have you heard of the Subways? They’re an English punk pop trio and they’re coming to the Northwest this next week.

Think New Found Glory meets the Runaways. They have a brand video out called Dirty Muddy Paws. Check it out here.

They’re playing Seattle . . . → Read More: English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan

Rimkus Reflects on Prince

(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Believe it or not, I’ve been to two Prince concerts. Not out of a “hometown boy made good” support kind of thing but mostly because Mrs. Rimkus was always smitten by him. And liked his music I suppose. They were electrifying shows. Those who never had the pleasure…

Back in . . . → Read More: Rimkus Reflects on Prince