Neil Diamond – The Pot Smoker’s Song, by Pat Thomas

Considered so ‘uncool’ – he’s totally cool, during this 1968 to 1972 period when he recorded for Uni Records. Besides the highly-crafted hits, there’s the occasional Fred Neil or Joni Mitchell cover, but the highlight is always his own tunes, wacky sh*t like “The Pot Smokers Song” – every one of them perfectly played . . . → Read More: Neil Diamond – The Pot Smoker’s Song, by Pat Thomas

Hozier – Take Me to Church

This is not a Christian song, certainly, but the vibe is occasionally transcendant. It was released as a single in Ireland in 2013 and went to No. 2 on what is left of the pop charts in that country. The tune was not released until this past summer (2014) in the US. I happened . . . → Read More: Hozier – Take Me to Church

Stormy Weather Pales in Comparison to Indoor Punknado of Voodoo Glow Skulls & Guttermouth in Concert, by Holly Homan

Guttermouth

On the stormy Saturday night of October 11, Tacoma’s Jazzbones was hosting yet another stellar lineup. This time it was a double bill of Voodoo Glow Skulls and Guttermouth. As if the lightning flashes and witnessed water spouts weren’t wild enough, inside Jazzbones was even more wild. I’ve been hanging out in mosh . . . → Read More: Stormy Weather Pales in Comparison to Indoor Punknado of Voodoo Glow Skulls & Guttermouth in Concert, by Holly Homan

Revolution and Street Fighting Man Coincidentally Rock 1968 Chicago Protests, by Pat Thomas

Interesting to note that during the week of the protests at the Chicago Democratic Convention in ’68, the Beatles released “Revolution” and the Stones “Street Fighting Man” as singles.

– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975.

Less Than Jake, Big D and the Kids Table & the Interrupters Crash Land In Tacoma, by Holly Homan

LTJ

It’s Wednesday night on a warm October evening and I drove 40 plus miles traffic was a bitch too) to Tacoma, WA. There’s a brand new club there called Jazzbones and they’re hosting some pretty incredible punk/ska bands this month. This tiny club is intimate but with very friendly staff. But what the . . . → Read More: Less Than Jake, Big D and the Kids Table & the Interrupters Crash Land In Tacoma, by Holly Homan

Ella Eyre – Bullet For You

Is it just me or does this new tune from Ella Eyre sound James Bond-ready? With her luscious piles of postmodern hair intact, Ella has Comeback (the title of her latest EP) with a projectiles-flying tune which combines artistic intelligence gathered from spy-high favorites as diverse as Shirley Bassey and Shirley Manson. Look for . . . → Read More: Ella Eyre – Bullet For You

The Rebel Light – Strangers

The Rebel Light is a friendly LA band with some catchy tunes. Below is “Strangers,” their latest hit in the making, and I like it. The expansive drums at the start of “Strangers” reminds me of Edwyn Collins’ “I Never Met a Girl Like You Before” and that’s a very good thing.

The . . . → Read More: The Rebel Light – Strangers

Van Morrison – Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, by Pat Thomas

40 years ago today, Van Morrison released the Veedon Fleece album – for every person who moans that Van never recorded another Astral Weeks – this album is for you. For everyone who claims Van is an “old git” – but thinks that someone like Robyn Hitchcock is still relevant, then keep in mind . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Linden Arden Stole the Highlights, by Pat Thomas

New Tune From Pink Floyd – Louder than Words

David Gilmour’s guitar playing is so recognizable, even after all these years, that it goes beyond a signature style and approaches its own musical language. Perhaps the right word is “voice.” When I hear Gilmour’s guitar, I always know that it is Gilmour who is speaking to me even when I don’t understand his . . . → Read More: New Tune From Pink Floyd – Louder than Words

A Rabid Crowd Welcomes the Dropkick Murphys Back To Seattle, by Holly Homan

Monday night the Showbox Sodo was where the hip people were hanging out. After three plus years Boston’s legendary Celtic punks The Dropkick Murphys finally returned to Seattle. This crowd was ready for them and proved that the Murphys were not forgotten. After two decent openers, the crowd grew restless and started singing, “Hey . . . → Read More: A Rabid Crowd Welcomes the Dropkick Murphys Back To Seattle, by Holly Homan

John Scargall – Tearin’ Me Up and That Wind’s Always Gonna Blow

It’s impossible to resist the charm of hunky John Scargall. He’s relentlessly positive and comically self-effacing, as can be read in this excerpt from his bio, “For his debut album, John decided to work with a 5-time Grammy award winning producer, but after weeks of unreturned phone calls and e-mails, he ended up going . . . → Read More: John Scargall – Tearin’ Me Up and That Wind’s Always Gonna Blow

The Smiths – Frankly, Mr. Shankly, by Knute Rimkus

I’m reading a book right now, Red or Dead, a fictionalized biography of Bill Shankly, the maniacal manager of the Liverpool football team who made it a dynasty in the English soccer league in the ’70s. I believe the Smiths were slamming him in the song “Frankly, Mr. Shankly.” Being from Manchester, which has . . . → Read More: The Smiths – Frankly, Mr. Shankly, by Knute Rimkus

Girl Trouble Lighten Up A Friday Night At Slim’s Last Chance, by Holly Homan

It’s the last Friday of September and the place to be is Slim’s Last Chance in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Northwest legends Girl Trouble are headlining a show. Hailing from Tacoma, Washington, Girl Trouble never puts on a disappointing show.

GT front man, KP Kendall is the ultimate showman, often making spontaneous jokes, this . . . → Read More: Girl Trouble Lighten Up A Friday Night At Slim’s Last Chance, by Holly Homan

Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band Release Awesome Record

Seattle music legend and supernice guy, Graig Markel, would like to introduce you to his uberfresh, retro-soul/Muscle Shoals inspired project, Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band. They’ve just finished a record, and are playing a release show in Seattle at Barboza Friday, October 3rd at 7pm.

Markel is joined on 88th Street . . . → Read More: Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band Release Awesome Record

Daniella Watters – Artist with a Hidden Talent‏

Meet Daniella Watters, an award winning pop/soul/R&B singer-songwriter from Toronto. She has just released a video for her latest single “Never Will Die,” a song dedicated to her grandmother.

As a Canadian child, it was Watters’ dream not to play pro hockey, but to be an Olympic figure skater who delighted worldwide audiences . . . → Read More: Daniella Watters – Artist with a Hidden Talent‏

Skatalites Return to Seattle’s Nectar Lounge For A Night Of Dancing And Smooth Ska, by Holly Homan

It’s Sunday night and Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood is teeming with night life. I’m hanging at the Nectar Lounge where The Skatalites are headlning. Skatalites are pure reggae ska. Although they list Jamaica as their hometown, the members hail from all parts of the globe. And with various guest performers joining them from time to . . . → Read More: Skatalites Return to Seattle’s Nectar Lounge For A Night Of Dancing And Smooth Ska, by Holly Homan

Real McKenzies Rile A Small But Zealous Crowd At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

The Real McKenzies, from Vancouver, BC, ventured into Seattle for a hell raising show at El Corazon. After some rebel rousing from four opening acts, the Real McKenzies, all wearing green plaid kilts, hit the stage sans their lead singer, Paul McKenzie. They led the audience in several chants for, “Paul! Paul! Paul!” to . . . → Read More: Real McKenzies Rile A Small But Zealous Crowd At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Tynnu Sylw and the quick trip through the Aruthrol transporter

Cover design by Gustavius Payne

By Peter Dysart

It’s been a blustery overcast morning. The steady rain has formed rivulets and puddles all over the lawn. Hot cup in hand, I’ve opened the email and click on a link to a new song. Within seconds of sound waves pushing a few bars of The . . . → Read More: Tynnu Sylw and the quick trip through the Aruthrol transporter

The Trio Mandili – Apareka

If you haven’t seen these three ladies yet (plus one daughter along for the walk) you must stop and watch right now. I like the gritty sound from the stringed instrument one of them plays. This is a minimalist music video in the Georgian language which is absolutely lovely.

Bastards of old bring it in reunion‏, by Claude Iosso

Playing at Seattle’s Bumbershoot as part of their short reunion tour, the Replacements kick, kick, kicked our doors down. We didn’t realize what great anthems those songs were when only 200 people were in the audience.

Somewhere between 5,000 to 10,000 were in attendance Sunday at the main stage at Memorial Stadium, singing along . . . → Read More: Bastards of old bring it in reunion‏, by Claude Iosso