March Came In Like A Lamb, but The Wintergrass Blugrass Festival Went Out Like a Lion, by Holly Homan

Wintergrass is described as a family-friendly Bluegrass music festival, with concerts and dances at 4 different stages. There are also music education programs for kids and adults, workshops, impromptu jams, and a chance to see and hear some great music.

One of my favorite folk/bluegrass artists, Sarah Jarosz, was playing several sets, but . . . → Read More: March Came In Like A Lamb, but The Wintergrass Blugrass Festival Went Out Like a Lion, by Holly Homan

Van Morrison’s Moondance: A Perfect Album, by Pat Thomas

45 years ago today, 2/28/1970 – Van Morrison released the Moondance album. I jotted down a few thoughts on what I think in 2015.

Van Morrison’s second Warner Brothers album is so good; it arguably could have been a ‘best of’ collection. One of those rare records in which there’s no bad tracks. At . . . → Read More: Van Morrison’s Moondance: A Perfect Album, by Pat Thomas

Frida Ensam, by Pat Thomas

I’ve never understood the fascination that my friends have for ABBA. My ABBA compilation, would be a 4 song EP. Their music is a piece of chalk marinated in vinegar. However, I have a soft-spot for the 1975 Frida ensam (“Frida Alone”) LP. Sung all in Swedish, it includes versions of Bowie’s “Liv på . . . → Read More: Frida Ensam, by Pat Thomas

Reagan Youth Return To Seattle For A Night Of Wild, Hardcore Punk, by Holly Homan

Reagan Youth

Saturday night February 21 Reagan Youth headlined an all out punk show at Seattle’s foremost punk venue El Corazon. I head south the 12 miles from my home only to realize I’d left the house without my ID and had to drive all the way back to retrieve it. DOH! So unfortunately . . . → Read More: Reagan Youth Return To Seattle For A Night Of Wild, Hardcore Punk, by Holly Homan

Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

Bob’s Burgers is my favorite show of all time. Every night except Sunday I forego whatever’s on now in order to re-watch and re-enjoy the utterly perfect first season of Bob’s Burgers. On Sundays I patiently wait for whatever new episode of Bob’s Burgers awaits me. Sleater-Kinney is one of the most stupendous . . . → Read More: Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

She was no fool, by Tom Fredrickson

The late Lesley Gore was on the epochal T.A.M.I. Show; that’s epitaph enough for any pop star from the 60s. Here’s her full set:

My favorite was “She’s a Fool,” with its unforgettable, unexplainable backing vocal hook of “shacka doula.” When you’ve got Quincy Jones producing and Claus Ogerman arranging, you can . . . → Read More: She was no fool, by Tom Fredrickson

The Stuff – Saints

Here are four old guys from Stockholm who do a great job with this Breeders cover:

While writing and rehearsing original material for their upcoming album, Frog Bouquet – Covers From Our Space, Stockholm’s finest rock rangers The Stuff also explored the deep vaults of the last 45 years of music history. Each . . . → Read More: The Stuff – Saints

Tori Amos – Smells Like Teen Spirit

The first and still the best of the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” covers:

Tori Amos will release 2-CD deluxe editions of her debut and sophomore solo albums, Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink on April 14th via Rhino. Each record is newly re-mastered and paired with an entire disc of rare B-sides and . . . → Read More: Tori Amos – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Ultra Van Krome – Boogawolf, Pleased to Meet You

Ultra Van Krome kicks it with his road dog

Portland’s own Ultra Van Krome has just released a fantastic new album called Cyber Funkist and below are two choice cuts from that very same work. The album has eight songs and they’re all spectacular, definitely worth purchasing, if you can find it anywhere.

Ultra . . . → Read More: Ultra Van Krome – Boogawolf, Pleased to Meet You

Petite Meller – Baby Love, by Mike Hughes

I’m ….slightly …..disconcerted by her attire ………….. but this is top class pop music. Yowzah!!”

– Mike Hughes

Our Man in Berlin – Molière

When a band named Our Man in Berlin relases a tune called “Molière,” well, you pretty much have to share it with the world. Those names sound like the mid 80s are back, and the tune doesn’t disappoint. Late period Roxy Music must still be in vogue in Australia and that’s a good . . . → Read More: Our Man in Berlin – Molière

AMANA MELOMÉ – Icarus

This is a delicious jazz tune. Please listen well.

Jazz pop songstress Amana Melomé is premiering an intimate, in-studio video for her single “Icarus” off of her recently released Lock and Key, an EP produced by The Decoders‘ Adam Berg and Itai Shapira.

Amana has previously headlined events for Fendi and Dior and . . . → Read More: AMANA MELOMÉ – Icarus

The Return Of The Incredible Indelible Dickies and Five Other Bands Bring A Night of Punk Rock to Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

The Dickies

On Friday night February 6 everyone and anyone who’s punk headed to El Corazon for a wild evening headlined by legendary So. Cal punkers The Dickies. This was my third time seeing the Dickies and I think they get wilder each time.

The very second The Dickies hit the stage, the . . . → Read More: The Return Of The Incredible Indelible Dickies and Five Other Bands Bring A Night of Punk Rock to Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Sirena – Lunar Lights

Meet Sirena and her brand new single, “Lunar Lights.”

Thanks to the recent successes of Mapei, Seinabo Sey and Elliphant, modern Sweden seems to be perfect breeding ground for high quality pop and talented singers. Another artist making such an upward crawl is Sirena, a 22-year-old Stockholm-Barcelona based singer and songwriter. Writing poetry . . . → Read More: Sirena – Lunar Lights

In Which I Have the Utmost Privilege of Seeing Mad Caddies for the Third Time in Twelve Months, this Time With Aggrolites In Tow At Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Mad Caddies

A mid week show is often a pain to attend after a full day’s work, but last Wednesday, January 28, was the Mad Caddies at the Nectar Lounge and that was not to be missed. After a nearly eight-year absence, the Mad Caddies have performed concerts in the Seattle-Tacoma area three times . . . → Read More: In Which I Have the Utmost Privilege of Seeing Mad Caddies for the Third Time in Twelve Months, this Time With Aggrolites In Tow At Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Eddie Murphy’s Catchy New Reggae Single – Oh Jah Jah

A declaration as old as reggae itself, timely reprised here: “We live in Babylon, going back to Zion…”

Revered comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy released an awesome new reggae tune, “Oh Jah Jah,” on January 27. The song debuted at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Digital Song Chart. According to Soundscan, Murphy’s tune charted above . . . → Read More: Eddie Murphy’s Catchy New Reggae Single – Oh Jah Jah

Daft Cosmonaut: Public Service Broadcasting Achieve Spaceflight — a review of the new Gagarin single and video, by Peter Dysart

With their second full album due out in February, Public Service Broadcasting have set their sights high on Race for Space. Beginning with the brilliant teaser video and album presale campaign, it’s been a solid promotional effort. With the first single from the album, ‘Gagarin’, they now have an accompanying video that’s something of . . . → Read More: Daft Cosmonaut: Public Service Broadcasting Achieve Spaceflight — a review of the new Gagarin single and video, by Peter Dysart

The Legendary Motels Play Warm, Melodic Music to Match the Springtime Temps Outside, by Holly Homan

On the warm spring evening of January 24, I had the utmost pleasure of seeing the legendary Motels starring Martha Davis.

The Motels hit the charts in 1982 with songs like “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer,” but although those songs are exquisite, they proved this night that they have more than just . . . → Read More: The Legendary Motels Play Warm, Melodic Music to Match the Springtime Temps Outside, by Holly Homan

Meshuggah – Bleed and BEST MASHUP EVER With Lady Gaga, by Mark Erickson

[Updated 01/27/2015] San Dunn wrote and directed a series for VH1 called “Metal Evolution.” In the series, he traces various subgenres of metal, e.g., Nu, Black, and Progressive. So Mr. Nunn starts his exploration into prog metal by tracing roots to Yes, Genesis and King Crimson. He then tracks to Rush; specifically, Caress of . . . → Read More: Meshuggah – Bleed and BEST MASHUP EVER With Lady Gaga, by Mark Erickson

Records Collecting Dust Movie Coming to Portland Feb. 11, by Pat Thomas

Was interesting to hear in both the movie and the panel discussion afterwards last night in LA, how many “punk legends” got inspired by “prog-rock” in the early 70’s. Great discussion by Jello Biafra about Hawkwind and Keith Morris praising Yes, King Crimson, etc. He wasn’t mentioned but John Lydon also went down that . . . → Read More: Records Collecting Dust Movie Coming to Portland Feb. 11, by Pat Thomas