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
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
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
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
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
“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.
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
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
(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
Muddy Waters was interviewed countless times in his long career, often by people who had little knowledge of his life or his music.
Pete Welding was a different case. He owned Testament Records, a Chicago Blues label that recorded many of Muddy’s contemporaries and friends. In this brief but illuminating interview, Welding knows the . . . → Read More: Muddy Waters – Honey Bee / Interview – 7/29/1971 – Ash Grove, by John Siscoe
At once lush, scatalogical, heartfelt, cosmological, lyrically-piercing and honest, Melody Pool’s new single “Love, She Loves Me” is not easily forgotten. This tune forms part of her eagerly anticipated second album, Deep Dark Savage Heart which will be out 29 April 2016.
Melbourne MC REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J share their first single “For Good” featuring Sampa The Great, from their upcoming album Divas and Demons, due for release later this year. After the success of 2014’s Raw x Infinity, REMI returns with a Dilla inspired, soulful track that features Sampa’s raw and powerful poetry . . . → Read More: Remi ‘REMI’ Kolawole – For Good (featuring Sampa The Great)
Lake Jons is one of Finland’s most hyped bands, rolling in like a thick mist on a sweet northern wind. Although Lake Jons comes from a garage on the outskirts of Helsinki, their sound is birthed in the woods and melodies of the Nordic landscape. They combine the harshness of a folk-ish disposition with . . . → Read More: Lake Jons – Explore, and More
Swedish sensation Nadia Nair is back with another single from her debut album, Beautiful Poetry, which will be released on April 29th. The new song is called “Dear Brother” and features 90s-inspired production, upbeat bass and mantra-like harmonies.
“Dear Brother” follows the more minimalistic first single, “Something Something Something,” which gained support from . . . → Read More: Nadia Nair – Dear Brother, Something Something Something
I just watched Mavis! on HBO – this documentary is so good, it even caused me to have warm feelings towards Jeff Tweedy!
There’s great vintage clips and commentary from Chuck D & Dylan, plus a warm moment with Levon Helm not long before he passed.
– Pat Thomas is the author . . . → Read More: Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas
Drinking a cold beer and listening to Van Morrison’s near masterpiece Veedon Fleece. I always wanted to track down this album, now I am tripping through Van’s own Irish myth and stream of conscious ramblings toward rich green patches of brilliance.
He’s just a giant mushroom. He doesn’t make much sense, but you are . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece, by Davin Michael Stedman
No music fan with a pulse can resist a tune called, “Chimbombo,” and you can’t either…
Embattled singer/songwriter Vince Grant is championing honesty about mental illness by releasing the latest video for “Oceans II” (above) from his critically acclaimed debut CD My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me (below). This release has ignited public discussion about depression.
The Los Angeles-based Grant is the rare musician who has openly . . . → Read More: Vince Grant – My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me
I was having a beer with a friend of mine when I got the news of Keith Emerson’s death. There seems to have been a recent wave of rock and roll icons exiting stage left – and given all of our advancing ages – more soon to come. But hearing about the untimely demise . . . → Read More: Keith Emerson: Pioneer, Virtuoso, Showman, Maestro, by Steve Gans
What does a record producer do? What does he bring to the studio? In the case of Phil Spector, it was usually a revolver, a cloud of dread, and a closet full of percussion instruments. Nick Lowe seems to have brought bonhomie and the shortest path through the session to the pub afterwards. To . . . → Read More: By George, by Tom Fredrickson